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Islam and Contemporary World

Islam is a universal religion. It is not community or country specific. Universal brotherhood, compassion and peace forms core of its teaching. The prophet of Islam is Rahmatul lil Aalamin (embodiment of universal mercy and compassion) and Ulema are inheritors of legacy of prophets( Al Ulama Warasatul Ambiya). However it is most ironic that while interdependence of various communities in modern society is increasing and physical space is shrinking the gulf between Muslim community and its neighbours is widening. Communal tension, riots and terrorist attacks burn more bridges than those being built. All this is mostly because Ulama have failed to interpret true meaning of Islam and project its true image to the modern world which is the prime duty of community leaders.

In the context of social and political divide in India which is still reeling under the shadow of historical division of motherland, it remains to be sufficiently propagated how Ulama stood firmly to oppose religious divide and two nation theory; their role in the national struggle for freedom and how they kept majority of Muslims from being swayed by the populist slogan of separatism and how they helped to build modern democratic and secular state. They interpreted holy text and the message of Prophet to their audience to prove that Islam was against division on the basis of religion and professed national unity and solidarity.

Ulama of the modern age face many complex political economic and social issues and challenges, the cause of much misunderstanding and Islam bashing, especially in the realm of gender equality, human rights, minority rights and cultural identity. They need to study these issues dispassionately and respond to ever-growing spiritual, moral and social needs of their society keeping with their role as community leaders. This training course is meant to extend their scholastic learning to the practical realm and in the process to widen their intellectual acumen and horizon. The course would cover most highlighted and complex issues of modern society namely:

  • Role of Ulama in freedom movement and Two Nation Theory
  • Islamic Sufism
  • Comparative religion
  • Theological differences
  • Gender equality
  • Community service
  • Minority rights
  • Affirmative Action
  • Community cohesion
  • Literacy program
  • Media
  • Supplementary schooling of Madrasa Students
  • Indian Muslim organizations
  • India's Islamic Heritage
  • Indo Islamic culture
  • Communalism and communal riots.