Mumbai, 27 August, (Asiantribune.com): ‘Ulama are the real spirit of the Muslim ummah, they have deep knowledge of Islam and they can only lead the Muslim community to the eternal success,’ observed by the speakers yesterday at a Convocation ceremony of Markazul Ma’arif Education & Research Centre (MMERC) at M.H. Saboo Siddique Musafirkhana, Mumbai.
The MMERC Convocation 2008 was chaired by Mufti Azizur Rahman Fatehpuri. Mufti Khairul Islam, Amir-e Shariat Assam, was the chief guest where prominent Muslim scholars and intellectuals from Mumbai city were profusely present.
All India Ulama Council’s general secretary Maulana Mahmood Ahmad Khan Daryabadi said, “It is a great pleasure to attend this convocation for the first time where we see the English language is being Islamized here”. Our ulama never opposed English as a language what they did was opposition of the English culture and their system of education which still we do. “I find this institution (MMERC) more than what I have heard and expected,” he added.
Maulana Mustaqim Ahasan Azmi, secretary Jamiat Ulama-e Maharashtra urged the audience and said that the mission of MMERC is a movement that needs to be propagated across the country. Addressing the graduates who have completed two year Diploma in English Language and Literature (DELL) under MMERC this year, Professor Zakir Ilahi said, “Wherever you go, a sincere service to the society and community must be your first priority, you are first an Alim and then anything else, you bear a heavy responsibility towards the nation”.
Maulana Mohammad Afzal Qasmi, an MMERC alumnus who now teaches English in a college in the UK and Islamic subjects in a madrasa in Blackburn, elaborated his journey from a small village in Bihar to MMERC, to Darul Uloom Deoband and to United Kingdom as a language teacher. He said, “All credits of my success go to none other than Markazul Ma’arif and its founder Maulana Badruddin Ajmal Al-Qasmi”. “I am a son of poor parents from Bihar and an ordinary graduate of madrasa, by the grace of Allah, I succeeded to a label in Deen and Dunya only after being connected with MMERC,” Afzal added.
Marking the farewell speech to the out going MMERC graduates Maulana Burhanuddin Qasmi, MMERC Director, said, “My students and my friends! You are and you will be an entrusted of the ummah. We are happy to consign the most precious gift to the community today– in shape of you young men– who have been equipped with required education and modern skills, and are able to communicate Deen to others”. Maulana MB Qasmi added, ‘but I also feel sorry that we are physically parting from each other today’.
He gave a list of advices to the students and focusing on the mission of MMERC he once again urged that the service of Deen– peaceful propagation of Islam and helping those in need– must be the sole purpose of their lives. MB Qasmi also thanked Maulana Badruddin Ajmal Al-Qasmi and his companions who apprehended the enormity of the situation and started this movement in 1994, later followed by others, which resulted at least a dozen of other institutions in different part of the country today.
Speakers were highly appreciative for the efforts of MMERC in the field of journalism. They applauded regular publication of articles and views from MMERC teachers and students in the mainstream national English and Urdu newspapers. “Gradual progress of Eastern Crescent, English monthly published from the house of MMERC, both in quality and content is a good omen for the Indian Muslims,” speaker asserted. Eastern Crescent, campaigns to be an alternative media and people’s choice began publishing in May 2006.
The inaugural speech in the convocation was delivered by Maulana Atiqur Rahman Qasmi, branch Incharge of Markazul Ma’arif, Jogeshwari. He said, “We tried our best to make these students best examples for others, it’s up to the beneficiaries now to engage them successfully.”
A nine member group of students have staged a play titled ‘Hakim Qabrasthani’, which was selected among the best during creative art competition of the students this year. The drama scripted and directed by one first year student Javed Iqbal was among the most amazing components which captivated the audience and they highly appreciated the students’ creative performance. In the 15-minute long drama a traditional semi-Hakim (neem Hakim) in rural UP and his disciples were acted by the student nicely.
Hifzur Rahman Qasmi, Usama Zakir Qasmi and Muhammad Ismail Qasmi, all students, delivered speeches on various important topics like “Is Qur’an God’s word?”, “God’s promises about Israel land” and “The real purpose of education” respectively.
Hifzur Rahman Qasmi said in his speech that the Qur’an is a pattern of eloquence. How it can be the words of an illiterate man? Usama Zakir Qasmi said that the situation of Israel and Palestine is going from bad to worse, the Muslim world should seriously think and act to resolve the deadlock situation in one of Islam’s most holy places. ‘The real purpose of education is the good upbringing of the children’ said Ismail. He said during his speech, “The Prophet (saws) had said that the best present from parents to their children is the teachings of good morals.”
MMERC research trainees Razi Ahmad Qasmi and Anwar Ahmad Qasmi threw a light on their topics– ‘Contemporary Media and Muslim Issues’ and ‘Islamic Movements Through the Ages’. They informed the audience that they are about to submit their thesis on their respective assignments by the end of August.
Students were rewarded with 17 precious prizes for their best performances in various fields. The best speaker, the best writer, the efficient personality, the social personality, the spiritual personality and the sportsman of the year 2008 were some attractive awards in the function. 22 students who completed two year diploma in English language & literature (DELL) were honored with certificates this year.
The programme was concluded with Dua of Mufti Azizur Rahman Fatahpuri. He said in his presidential address that it is the need of time to learn English language by the ulama and Al-Hamdulillah Markazul Ma’arif Education & Research Centre (MMERC), Mumbai is rendering good services in this field.