ISLAMABAD – There is no denying the fact that Arabic is a unique, comprehensive, brief and enriched language of all ages that makes it an exclusive source of communication but it may not be an only source of unity for ummah, said Rector Ripha University Prof Dr Anees Ahmad.
He stated these views while addressing the 3rd (third) one-day National Conference on the topic of “Role of Arabic Language in the Unity of Muslim Ummah” which was arranged by the Faculty of Near Eastern Languages and Culture (FNEL&C) at National University of Modern Languages (NUML), Islamabad, today.
The Conference was also graced with the presence of Vice Chancellor Sarghodha University Dr Muhammad Akram Chaudhary, Rector National University of Science and Technology (NUST) Lt Gen Muhammad Asghar, Dr Ashfaque Hasan Khan and Rector NUML Maj Gen (R) Masood Hasan while dean FNEL&C Dr Ali Anwer, deans, directors, heads, faculty members and large number of students of different departments of the university also attended the conference. Abubakkar Bhutta, Lecture FNEL&C was the focal person of the conference.
Dr Anees said that it was fact that Arabic was spoken, read and understood by billions of people across the world and it had highly influenced languages of Arabic Peninsula, Europe, Asia and beyond but at the same time it was also reality that Arabic as a source of communication had never been a source of unity among the warring tribes and nations of Arabic world. He said that it was not the language but the world view and values that provided us a strong base for humanity.
Dr Anees went on saying that truth, knowledge and ‘Hikmah’ (reason) were essence of our religion and the Quran was the manifestation of all three. It was the Holy Quran that preached that all earlier slogans of language, colour, creed, race and geography were irrelevant and we could not insist that any one of them was a source of unity. It was ‘Hidya’, which was sent to us in the Arabic language, and it made the Muslims united.
He said that the Holy Quran was revealed to Islamise the Arab and World but not Arabanise the World and it gave the only criteria for unification of Ummah was the ethics and value but not Arabic language.
Speaking at the occasion, Vice Chancellor Sarghodha University Dr Muhammad Akram Chaudhary said the status of oldest history and literature of the world that continued to exist was enjoyed by the Arabic as Arabic language and literature were heights of its life even before 200 years of the birth of Holy Prophet (S.A.W.). He said that Arabic language had the beauty of syntax, semantics and phonology which hadn’t been blessed to any other language. All the languages of the world were prone to semantic change but Arabic language enjoys the exception as it continued to have same semantic values. All the big languages of the world were extinct as they didn’t have a major source like the Holy Quran, he added.
In his address, Rector NUST Lt Gen Muhammad Asghar, said that beacon of knowledge, ethics and values, which used to be raised by our elder was now held by the West and all the knowledge and innovations flew from the West. He said that we had failed to comprehend the message the holy Quran and our holy Prophet (S.A.W.) to have successes.
Recor NUML Maj Gen (R) Masood Hasan, in his address, said that until we had a cause and motivation we would not be united. He also quoted the examples of leaders who with the power of their cause turned the fate of nations.
Lastly, Rector NUML distributed university shields among the guest and expressed gratitude for gracing the conference with their presence. This conference was arranged with the collaboration of Diyar-e-Noor, Hajj Umrah Services and Pak-Saudia Najam, Hajj Umrah Services.
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