Jamia seminar discusses Islam, Azan and loudspeaker, VC says Islam a religion of peace


Jamia Millia Islamia’s Vice Chancellor Prof. Talat Ahmad has said that Islam was a religion of peace and it condemned the killing of innocent.

Speaking at the seminar on ‘The Idea of Peace, Humanism and Tolerance in Islam,’ Ahmad said, “Islam and Muslims have not been at wars during the world wars and so-called Holocaust. As an institution, we have to defend Islam and respond to the malicious campaign against it. Islam is a religion of peace and strongly condemns the killing of an innocent.”

Also attending the seminar was an Islamic scholar and Vice Chancellor of Maulana Azad University, Jodhpur, Prof. Akhtarul Wasey.

He said “the misconception against the Islam is because of the conduct of Muslims. We have to lead a life as per the guidance given by Quran and life of Prophet.”

Dr. Hilal Ahmed, Senior Researcher, CSDS, talked about the much-debated issue of loudspeakers used for Azan. He gave recent example of Sonu Nigam’s tweets on Azan and how it triggered a controversy all across the country. He gave survey findings of 17 states on how an overwhelming majority of the respondents including Hindus, Sikhs and Christians were not in favour of Azan ban and the reason for such ban.

He said, “according to the survey findings there were approximately 70 percent people not wanting the ban and remaining 20 percent want a ban to stop and control noise pollution and 10 percent people to stop the feeling of communalism to grow. Their survey included ban on Aartis too and the reasons were same which shows that there is no hatred among people of different religions.”

Professor Balram Shukla from Delhi University made a unique comparison between Geeta with Quran with special emphasis on the teachings of Lord Shri Krishna and Prophet Mohammed. His lecture was more on composite culture of India.


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