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International Dialogue Between Islam & Oriental Religions

Friday, February 19, 2010 09:31:17 PM, Special Correspondent

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Introducing Islam

New Delhi: An international conference will be held on February 20-21, 2010 in Delhi to initiate a dialogue between Islam and Eastern religions, the chief organiser of the conference, Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan, announced at a press conference held here at the Press Club of India.


This first of its kind dialogue will be inaugurated by the Vice President of India Hamid Ansari.


The conference to be held at Jamia Millia’s Ansari Auditorium will be attended by top leaders and scholars of Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism from India and neighbouring countries. Buddhist and Hindu scholars and religious leaders from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and other countries will take part in addition to participants from almost all parts of India.
Hitherto Muslims have held many rounds of dialogues with Christian and Jewish leaders and this is the first initiative of its kind between Islam and religions with roots in India. The organisers hope that this will lead to a better understanding and co-existence between the followers of these religions in the country in particular and South Asia in general.
The conference is being held with the participation of all major Indian Muslim organisations. The initiative is also supported by the Qatar-based Union of Muslim Scholars whose head Shaikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, the greatest contemporary Muslim scholar, will attend the dialogue alongwith key members of his organisation.
Speakers at the press conference included Pandit NK Sharma, Dr JK Jain (owner, Jain TV), Maulana Abdul Hameed Nomani (Secretary, Jamiat Ulama-e Hind) and Mujtaba Farooq (Secretary, Jamaat-e Islami Hind). They lauded this effort and said that this initiative will unify the nation and help bring social cohesion and peace which are needed for the country’s progress so that it may become a world power and attain the level of development we all dream.
Dr Khan said that the initiative has received tremendous support from Hindu, Sikh, Jain and Sikh organisations and personalities in India and neighbouring countries. He hoped that an atmosphere of goodwill and mutual understanding will be reached through this effort which will continue through similar conferences and workshops on various levels.


Detailed Program

International Dialogue Between Islam & Oriental Religions
Venue: Ansari Auditorium, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi

20-21 Feb. 2010  / Seven Sessions
Saturday, 20 February 2010
Time: 11 am to 11.45 am
(details in according to  the Invitation Card, if you are not carrying a numbered printed invitation card, please arrive at the venue by 10 AM and get yourself an entry pass from the registration counter, any photo id will be required to issue an entry pass )
Second Session (12.00 pm-1.45 pm)
Theme: Shared values
Chair: [Eminent Hindu personality]
4 Speakers /scholars [15 minutes each]
Q&A and Interventions: 25 minutes
Chairman’s comments: 5 minutes
Lunch/prayer break 1.45-3.00 pm
Third Session (3 pm -4.30)
Dialogue: Muslim perspective
Chair: Prof. M D Nalapat
4 speakers/scholars [15 minutes each]
Q&A and Interventions: 25 minutes
Chairman’s comments: 5 minutes
Tea/prayer break (4.30-5 pm)
Fourth Session (5-7 pm)
Dialogue: Hindu perspective
Chair: Dr Ibrahim Al-Na’imi, President, Interfaith Dialogue Centre, Doha
6 speakers/scholars [15 minutes each]
Q&A and Interventions: 25 minutes
Chairman’s comments: 5 minutes
Dinner in the lawns next to the venue 8-9 pm

Sunday, 21 February 2010
Fifth Session (10 am - 11.30 am)
Dialogue: Sikh perspective
Chair: [Eminent personality]
4 Speakers/scholars [15 minutes each]
Q&A and Interventions: 25 minutes
Chairman’s comments: 5 minutes
Tea Break 11.30 am -12 pm
Sixth Session (12 pm - 1.30 pm)
Dialogue: Jain perspective
Chair: [eminent personality]
4 Speakers /scholars [15 minutes each]
Q&A and Interventions: 25 minutes
Chairman’s comments: 5 minutes
Lunch and prayer break 1.30-3 pm
Seventh Session (3-5 pm)
Dialogue: Buddhist perspective
Chair: [Eminent personality]
6 Speakers /scholars [15 minutes each]
Q&A and Interventions: 25 minutes
Chairman’s comments: 5 minutes
Tea and Asr prayer break 5-5.30
Valedictory Session 5.30-7 pm
Chair: Prof. Ali Al Qaradaghi
Guests of honour: Prof Akhtarul Wasey,
4 speakers/scholars (15 minutes each) 5.30-6.30
Resolutions and vote of thanks
6.30-7 pm
Maghrib prayers 7-7.30 pm







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