The Aligarh Muslim University Chancellor H.H. Dr. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin on Tuesday said the whole world looks at those with knowledge to help rescue it from the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic that sweeps humanity.
Delivering a special commemorative address to mark the AMU’s centenary celebrations – presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi – the Syedna also referred to the teachings of Prophet Mohammed (SAW).
“Prophet Mohammed (SAW) said: ‘Seeking knowledge is a duty obligated upon every Muslim and woman’. Within Islamic traditions, the very purpose behind acquiring education is to put one’s knowledge into practice, thereby benefitting others,” said the Syedna, who is also the spiritual head of the Dawoodi Bohra community.
In these critical times, education and knowledge are paramount, and when knowledge is put into practice, it holds the keys to solving humankind’s most pressing challenges, he pointed out.
“Knowledge put into practice has the capacity to solve all problems. Knowledge bridges the distances between people and brings together hearts and minds,” the Mumbai-based Syedna said.
The AMU Chancellor lauded the vision of the varsity’s founder, Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, and the institution’s century old services to the nation, highlighted the hard work of its students, faculty and administrators who have raised the banner of the country in various fields.
On the occasion, he also prayed for the doctors, healthcare workers and all other frontline workers who have helped people in this unseen pandemic, besides the success of the cause of vaccination.
Modi, in his inaugural address referred to the Syedna’s offer to assist in the vaccination programme, and released a special commemorative postal stamp marking the AMU Centenary Celebrations. Besides, the online event was graced by Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and Minister of State for Eduation Sanjay Dhotre.