TOP SCHOLARS, JURISTS CONFRONT CHALLENGES OF MODERNITY AT 3-DAY FIQH SEMINAR IN KERALA
By Abdul Bari Masoud
Oachira (Kerala) — The 24th Seminar of the Islamic Fiqh Academy India held here concluded Tuesday declaring that donation of certain human organs is not against the spirit of Islam. While lauding the efforts of Fiqh Academy, All India Muslim Personal Law Board president Maulana Rabe Hasni Nadvi said it is the duty of Ulema and Muftis (jurists) to guide the community on the contemporary Issues and challenges in the light of Quran and Sunnah, the Prophetic traditions.
Passing a number of resolutions at the concluding session of the three-day seminar on ‘Organ Donation, Rights of Children and Halal and Haram in Food items’, Shariah experts, jurists and scholars were unanimous in their opinion that certain organs ( blood and liver) can be donated with some riders. They however deferred the decision on other organ donations for further deliberations. Also, they totally rejected the proposal of building male/ female sperm bank and mother’s milk bank describing it as ‘Haram’ (prohibited).
The Islamic scholars and jurists said that the growing practice of sperm trading is against the dignity of human life and morally and physically repugnant and damaging for the society.
The seminar also passed resolutions on the protection of child rights, child labour, and publication of Qur’an in Braille code, publication of Qur’an’s old manuscripts, issuing certificate for Halal/Haram Foods, and other contemporary issues.
Presiding over the last session, All India Muslim Personal Law Board president Maulana Syed Rabe Hasni Nadvi said that it is imperative for the Islamic scholars and jurists to address the problems and difficulties arising in every age as people, who want to follow Islam and make Shariah the standard guide in all the spheres of life, are confronted with a number of questions for which they seek guidance from theologians. Maulana Nadvi also emphasized that the Ummah cannot be divided into bits and pieces as Islam is a complete Deen (religion) and it is obligatory for every Muslim to adhere to the Islamic teachings in their entirety.
In his opening remarks, Maulana Khalid Saifullah Rehmani, General Secretary of the Fiqh Academy, said that Academy has been making endeavors to bring ulema and Islamic theologians on one platform to confront the challenges and issues arising out of a fast changing world and scientific and technological advancement.
Highlighting the activities of the Academy, Maulana Rehmani said it is the hallmark of the Fiqh Academy to provide solutions to all sorts of issues facing the community and follow utmost caution and moderation in offering its opinion and guidance.
He said the Academy has so far held 24 fiqh seminars examining more than 116 issues of contemporary nature. “It has become a dynamic platform of leading Islamic jurists of different school of thoughts to sit together for searching solution of modern problems and issues collectively”.
The 3-day seminar which began on Sunday on the lush green soil of Kerala ended with a resolve to carry further the deliberations of the Academy. More than 500 scholars, jurists, and fresh graduates of top seminaries from across India and from around the world took part in the deliberations.