Muslim UniversityÂ launches Centre for Interfaith Understanding forÂ bringing different communitiesÂ closer
ALIGARH: The Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University, Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah (Retd.) inaugurated a Centre for Interfaith Understanding at the Sir Syed Academy in order to fulfill Sir Syedâ€™s dream of making society more tolerant and liberal.
Addressing on this occasion, Lt. Gen. Shah said that AMU should take an initiative to process the interfaith dialogue. He said that this Centre will examine the commonality of all religion to encourage understanding between all major religions.
Delivering a lecture on the contribution of Aligarh Muslim University, Prof. Masoodul Hasan, former Chairman, Department of English said that Sir Syed Ahmad Khan believed in having an ethical and pragmatic approach, and he was a pioneer in India to promote scientific temperament. One of the main pursuits of Sir Syed was to bring together the distanced community respecting tenets of each otherâ€™s faith.
Prof. Masoodul Hasan said that Sir Syed wrote Tabâ€™eenul Kalam, the first major work on comparative religion in post-1857 era.
Dr. Abid Raza Bedar, former Director, Khuda Bakhsh Oriental Public Library, Patna said that to mark Sir Syedâ€™s bicentenary birth anniversary, a memorable eventful and historic occasion, it is desirable that a centre for creating interfaith understanding between the Indian religions be established so that the words of the of founding father of our great institution may become a reality.
Prof. Tariq Ahmad, Director, Sir Syed Academy said that â€œtoday is a very historic day to establish a centre for understanding with other faithsâ€. He also proposed a vote of thanks.