Students discuss Islam1 min read
Manipal: A seminar on ‘Understanding Islam’ was conducted by the Centre for Gandhian and Peace Studies, Manipal University at Old TAPMI building on Saturday, April 16. Shariq Ahmad Khan and Nadeem Ahmed, students of School of Communication, Manipal University and Zubair Ahmed, an engineering student from Hyderabad held the seminar.
Varadesh Hiregange, Director of Centre for Gandhian and Peace Studies, elaborated on the idea behind giving a platform to student speakers. “We need to give a chance for young minds to be a part of discussions, especially at University level. Also, we avoided often repeated topics like ISIS and focussed more on understanding the different dimensions of the religion.”
Shariq began the seminar with a talk on the origins of Islam before Zubair Ahmed discussed practices and beliefs in contemporary Islam. Nadeem Ahmed ended the three hour long session with an interactive presentation on Sufism and Women Rights in Islam. The presentations were followed by an intense discussion session where Islamic ideologies and practices were questioned. One audience member remarked, “Don’t you think Islam needs a reform?” to which, all three speakers unanimously disagreed saying that Islam needs better interpretation, not reform.
Nadeem Ahmed, student of Gandhian and Peace Studies and School of Communication in Manipal, was elated with the opportunity to discuss a topic of relevance in today’s world. “I think it is very important to perceive the idea of any religion. Religion in the current socio-political scenario has its own understanding and solving contemporary issues must be the primary aim of any religion.”
Edited by Keshav Padmanabhan