Shah Waliullah Award

To commemorate the outstanding services of Hazrat Shah Waliullah and to promote the Islamic values, the Institute of Objective Studies instituted an Award known as "Shah Waliullah Award" to honour eminent scholars who have done outstanding work in Social Sciences, Humanities, Law and Islamic Studies. The Award is in the form of a cash of one Lakh rupees, Memento, shawl and a scroll of honour containing citation which is given annually to the best scholar of the year. The scheme was started in 1999.

The scheme is administered by an independent Board which nominates a Panel of Experts consisting of eminent scholars to identify and recommend the scholar to be honoured. The subject or the field of the Award is decided by the Board for each year.

Rules relating to the conferment of the Shah Waliullah Award
1. The Award will be administered by an autonomous Board appointed by the Governing Council of the Institute of Objective Studies.
2. The Board shall nominate a Panel of Experts to identify and recommend the recipient of the Award. The Panel shall consist of at least three eminent scholars from disciplines or fields in which the Award is to be given. The composition of the Panel will change every year according to the discipline or field in which the Award will be given.
3. The subject or theme of the Award shall be determined by the Board in each year.
4. Only Indian citizens shall be eligible for the Award.
5. The Institute of Objective Studies shall solicit the opinion of scholars, heads of university departments and the ulama for nominating the recipient of the Award.
6. If the work of a nominated scholar happens to be in a language other than Urdu, Arabic and English the publications will be required to be submitted along with a brief summary in English for the consideration of the Panel of Experts.
7. Self-nomination shall not be entertained.
8. The bio-data of the scholars nominated for the Award should be submitted as per the prescribed format.
9. While making the nominations, the totality of the work of the nominated scholar would be kept in view.
10. The recipient of the Award will not be eligible for the award for the second time for the next 5 years.
11. Nominations should be accompanied by a brief bio-data of the nominated scholar and at least two of his/her works, which are supposed to constitute his/her most important contribution.
12. The decision of the Board regarding the selection of the awardee shall be final.
13. The Board may defer or withhold the Award in a given year, if nobody is found suitable for the Award.
14. In a situation where there is no clear nomination for the award, or where the opinions of the proposers are divided, or where the person nominated by the Board for the Shah Waliullah Award declines the award, the Shah Waliullah Award Board will have the authority to nominate an eminent scholar for the award.
15. The Award may be given posthumously, provided the death of the nominated scholar has not occurred more than five years before the last date prescribed for submission of nominations.
Shah Waliullah: An Introduction
Shah Waliullah (1703-1763) was one of the most outstanding Muslim scholars of eighteenth century India. He was a rare polymath who made highly original and seminal contributions to a variety of Islamic disciplines, including the translation and exegesis of the Qur'an, Hadith, Fiqh, historiography, Kalam, Tasawwuf and Islamic philosophy. He played a pioneering role in the revival and regeneration of the intellectual, moral and cultural legacy of Islam and thereby influenced and inspired several generations of Muslims in the Indian subcontinent.
One of the most important and enduring contributions of Shah Waliullah relates to the Holy Qur'an. Four distinctive but interrelated dimensions of his approach to the Holy Qur'an and his contributions to Qur'anic studies are noteworthy.
He emphasized the pivotal role of the Qur'an in the Islamic ethos and considered it incumbent on every Muslim to understand its meaning and message. Realising that a majority of Muslims in India were not sufficiently conversant with the Arabic language, he undertook a translation of the Qur'an into Persian. Subsequently, two of his sons rendered the Qur'an, on the basis of his Persian translation, into Urdu, the lingua franca of Muslims in large parts of the country. These translations paved the way for the translation of the Holy Qur'an into other vernacular languages.
Shah Waliullah firmly believed that religious instruction in Islamic madaris should begin with the learning of the Qur'anic text, followed by its translation and explanation of difficult words and passages as well as a brief commentary in the local language. He believed that this should form an inseparable part of the curriculum of Islamic madaris.
He realized, to his dismay, that the scholars and ulama of his times were deeply enamoured of Greek philosophy and attached undue importance to philology and grammar. He cautioned them against the insidious consequences of this preoccupation and urged them to turn instead to the fundamental sources of Islam - the Qur'an and Hadith - which alone could provide a true understanding of Islamic teachings and principles.
Shah Waliullah was acutely aware of the need to interpret and project the teachings and principles of Islam in the contemporary academic and literary idiom. He worked out, for this purpose, a comprehensive and cogent system of Islamic philosophy and scholasticism based essentially on the edifice of the Qur'an and Hadith but presented in the idiom and style of his time.
List of Awardees
S.No Topic Conferred upon Date & Venue
Ist Uloom-e-Islamia Maulana Syed Abul Hasan Ali Nadvi (R.A). Received By Maulana Syed Mohammad Rabey Hasni Nadvi November 3, 2000 at Ansari Auditorium, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
2nd Islamic Fiqh Hazrat Maulana Qazi Mujahidul Islam Qasmi August 26, 2001 at Engineering College Auditorium, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
3rd Islamic Economics Prof. Mohd. Nejatullah Siddiqui May 19, 2003, at Hamdard Convention Centre, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi
4th Qur'anic Disciplines and Contemporary Context" Uloom-e-Qurani Aur Asri Tanaazur Maulana Shihabudddin Nadvi Received By Maulana Jamilur Rahman Nadvi May 19, 2003, at Hamdard Convention Centre, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi
5th Historiography in Islamic Perspective Prof. Yaseen Mazhar Siddiqi September 24, 2005 at Engineering College Auditorium, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
6th Quranic Exegesis and its Principles No award was conferred  
7th Islamic Law in Comparative Perspective Professor Dr Tahir Mahmood July 11, 2009 at Constitution Club, New Delhi
8th Hadith Literature Dr. Taqiuddin Nadwi February 26, 2011 at Jamia Hamdard New Delhi
9th Sociology/Social Anthropology in Islamic Perspective Dr M Khaleel Abbass Siddiqui (MKA Siddiqui) December 22, 2012 at Bhartiya Bhasha Parishad Hall, Shakespear Sarani, Kolkata
10th Islamic Mysticism (Tasawwuf) Mualana Shah Qadri Syed Mustafa Refai Jilani Nadwi August 23, 2014 at Darul Uloom Sabeelur Rashad, Bangalore
11th Education in Islamic Perspective Hazrat Ml Rabey Hasani Nadwi August 1, 2015 at Faculty of Engineering, Auditorium, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
12th Media, Society and Indian Muslims Mr. S. Iftikhar Gilani, Editor (Strategic Affairs) and Chief of National Bureau of DNA April 3, 2017 at FTK Centre for Information Technology, Near Ansari Auditorium, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi-110025
13th Islam and Political Science Prof. Obaidullah Fahad, Head, Deptt. of Islamic Studies, Aligarh Muslim University Friday, September 27, 2019 at Convention Centre, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi by Institute of Objective Studies, New Delhi.
14th Islamic Dawah Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari, Vice-president, All India Muslim Personal Board Sunday, June 20, 2021 at a virtual function organised by Institute of Objective Studies, New Delhi.

أضواء على جائزة الإمام ولي الله الدهلوي لمعهد الدراسات الموضوعية منذ 1999م

بهدف تخليد خدمات جليلة للإمام ولي الله الدهلوي ونشر القيم الإسلامية أنشأ معهد الدراسات الموضوعية جائزة توصف بـ "جائزة الإمام ولي الله"، يتم من خلال تفويضها تكريم أبرز الباحثين الهنود الذين قاموا بأعمال مميزة في العلوم الاجتماعية والإنسانية والدراسات الإسلامية. وتتمثل الجائزة في مبلغ مالي قدره مائة ألف روبية هندية ودرع تذكاري والشّال (قطعة قماش نفيس أبيض توضع على المنكبين وتلفّ على الصدر) وشهادة الإشادة والثناء المحتوية على أهم المنجزات. ويتم تفويض الجائزة إلى أفضل الباحثين للسنة.
علما بأن تفاصيل الجائزة التي فوضت أولا عام 2000م. تذكر فيما يلي:

الرقم التسلسلي العنوان الشخصية / الجهة المفوضة التاريخ ومكان التفويض
الأولى العلوم الإسلامية سماحة الشيخ السيد أبو الحسن علي الحسني الندي يرحمه الله، تم استلام الجائزة من قبل فضيلة الشيخ رابع الحسني الندوي حفظه الله 3 نوفمبر 2000م. في قاعة الأنصاري للمحاضرات بالجامعة الملية الإسلامية، نيودلهي
 الثانية  الفقه الإسلامي  سماحة القاضي مجاهد الإسلام القاسمي 26 أغسطس 2001م. بقاعة المحاضرات لكلية الهندسة في الجامعة الملية الإسلامية، نيودلهي
الثالثة  الاقتصاد الإسلامي   البروفيسور نجات الله الصديقي 19 مايو 2003 في مركز الندوات لجامعة همدرد بجامعة همدرد، نيودلهي
الرابعة  العلوم القرآنية والسياق المعاصر  سماحة الشيخ شهاب الدين الندوي، تم استلامها من قبل فضيلة الشيخ جميل الرحمن الندوي  24 مارس 2004م. في قاعة الأنصاري للمحاضرات بالجامعة الملية الإسلامية، نيودلهي
الخامسة  التأريخ من المنظور الإسلامي  البروفيسور يسين مظهر الصديقي  24 سبتمبر 2005م. في قاعة المحاضرات بكلية الهندسة في الجامعة الملية الإسلامية، نيودلهي
السادسة  تفسير القرآن الكريم ومبادئه  لم يتم التفويض لعدم التمكن من تحديد شخص / جهة مناسبة  -
السابعة  القانون الإسلامي ومبادئه  البروفيسور طاهر محمود  11 يوليو 2009م. في المنتدى الدستوري بنيودلهي
أدبيات الحديث النبوي 
الدكتور تقي الدين الندي  26 فبراير 2011م. في جامعة همدرد، نيودلهي
العلوم الاجتماعية والإنسانية من المنظور الإسلامي 
الثامنةالدكتور محمد خليل عباس الصديقي 22 ديسمبر 2012م. في صالة بهارتيه بهاشا باريشد، شيكسبير سرائي، كولكاتا
التصوف في الإسلام 
فضيلة الشيخ سيد مصطفى الرفاعي الجيلاني الندوي  23 أغسطس 2014م. في صالة دار العلوم سبيل الرشاد، بنغلور
الحادية عشرة 
التعليم من المنظور الإسلامي 
سماحة الشيخ رابع الحسني الندوي  1 أغسطس 2015 في صالة المحاضرات لقسم الهندسة بالجامعة الملية الإسلامية، نيودلهي
الثانية عشرة 
الإعلام والمجتمع والمسلمون الهنود 
السيد افتخار الجيلاني، رئيس تحرير جريدة الشئون الاستراتيجية ورئيس الهيئة الوطنية لتحليل الأنباء اليومية  3 أبريل 2017م. في مركز إيف تي كي لمعلومات التكنولوجيا قربا من قاعة أنصاري للمحاضرات بالحامعة الملية الإسلامية، نيودلهي.
الثالثة عشرة 
العلوم الإسلامية والسياسية 
البروفيسور عبيد الله فهد، رئيس قسم الدراسات الإسلامية بجامعة عليجراه الإسلامية  الجمعة، 27 سبتمبر 2019م. بقاعة المؤتمرات لجامعة همدرد بنيودلهي من قبل معهد الدراسات الموضوعية، نيودلهي
الرابعة عشرة 
الدعوة الإسلامية 
الشيخ السيد جلال الدين العمري، نائب رئيس هيئة الأحوال الشخصية للمسلمين لعموم الهند  الأحد، 20 يونيو 2021م. في المؤتمر الافتراضي الذي عقد من قبل معهد الدراسات الموضوعية، نيودلهي

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