Two-day Online International Conference on Dr. Mohammad Natsir
New Delhi, Feb. 11, 2021: Great Islamic scholars, statesmen and thinkers from Institute of Objective Studies (IOS), International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) and Ibn Khaldun University Bogor, join academics from India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the US and other countries to examine, uphold and spread the Legacy of Dr. Mohammad Natsir, on February 6-7, 2021.
In the inaugural session, among the international luminaries was H.E. Dato Seri Dr. Anwar Ibrahim, former Deputy PM of Malaysia (who delivered the inaugural address); H.E. Dr. Jusuf Kalla, former Vice-President of Republic of Indonesia (guest of honour); Dr. Hendri Tanjung, Vice-Director, Postgraduate School, Ibn Khaldun University, Indonesia; Mr. Ahmad Fauzie Natsir, son of Dr. Mohammad Natsir and former Attache at Indonesia Embassy at Riyadh, KSA (he read a profile of Dr. Natsir); Dr. Fadli Zon, Chairman of the House Committee for Inter-parliamentary Cooperation, The House of Representatives, Republic of Indonesia; Prof. M. Kamal Hassan, former Rector IIU, Malaysia and advisor CENTRIS, Malaysia (delivered keynote address); Dr. M. Manzoor Alam, Chairman, Institute of Objective Studies, New Delhi (delivered a few words of appreciation); Dr. Ahmad Totonji, Vice-President, International Institute of Islamic Thought, USA (whose presidential address was read out by his son Dr. Mohammad Totonji); Dr. Mohammad Siddik, VC, Board of Trustees and former Chairman, Dewan Da’wah Islamiyah, Indonesia (speaker); Prof. ZM Khan, Secretary General, IOS (Introduction of IOS and welcome address).
The speakers during the technical sessions of the conference included: Dr. Nirwan Syafrin, senior lecturer, Ibn Khaldun University Bogor, Indonesia; Prof. Haseena Hashia, former Professor of Geography, Jamia Millia Islamia and Assistant Secretary General, IOS; Prof. M. Faheem Akhtar Nadwi, Professor and head, Deptt. of Islamic Studies, MANUU, Hyderabad; Dr. Kamal Ashraf Qasmi, Assistant Professor and former Head, Deptt. of Islamic Studies, Aliah University, Kolkata; Dr. HM Hidayat Nur Wahid, Vice-Chairman, People’s Consultative Assembly, Republic of Indonesia; Dr. Sajjad Ahmad Padday, who did his doctorate in Islamic Studies from Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh; Ms. Kahkashan Naz, research scholar, Deptt. of Sunni Theology, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh; Dr. Sohirin Mohammad Solihin, Professor, Deptt. of Quran and Sunnah Studies, IIU Malaysia; Prof. Hamid Naseem Rafiabadi, former Dean, School of Media Studies, & Head Deptt. of Religious Studies, Central University of Kashmir; Dr. Abdul Majid Khan, Associate Professor, Deptt. of Islamic Studies, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh; Mr. Umair Azmi, Staff Engineer, R&D, Tejas Network Ltd., Gurgaon; Prof. Syed Jamaluddin, Director, Historical Research Projects, IOS; Mr. Hilman Fikri Azman, Executive Secretary to Chairman, International Institute of Islamic Thought, Malaysia; Dr. Aijaz Ahmad, Assistant Professor, Deptt. of Islamic Studies, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh; Dr. Sumaiya Ahmad, Assistant Professor, Deptt. of Islamic Studies, Aliah University, Kolkata; Ms. Sana Naz, Research Scholar, Deptt. of Sunni Theology, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh.
In the Valedictory session, Dr. Hendri Tanjung delivered the special address and Prof. M. Afzal Wani, Vice-Chairman of IOS, delivered the valedictory address.
A five-point resolution to carry Dr. Natsir’s legacy forward was unanimously passed. The resolution was read out by Prof. Ishtiyaque Danish, Finance Secretary, IOS. Chairman of IOS, Dr. Mohammad Manzoor Alam delivered the presidential address and a vote of thanks was proposed by Prof. Haseena Hashia.
The conference adopted the following resolutions:
- In order to understand the real global political, social and economic situation in the world during the transition from colonialism to independence, studies should be conducted by universities, research institutions and scholars on prominent personalities and contributors like Dr. Mohammad Natsir to the process of changeover and reshaping of the world.
- Their biographies, scholarly contributions and studies conducted on various thinkers of these times should be made available in other languages, particularly, in English, for access and benefit to all with a spirit of service to academics and information for general masses.
- Appreciating the role he played in his times as a scholar and public functionary, a collection of selected works of Dr. Mohammad Natsir may be brought out by the Institute of Objective Studies, Ibn Khaldun University Bogor, Indonesia, International Institute of Islamic Thought, USA, and Dewan Da’wah Islamiyah, Indonesia, with support of other universities and research and cultural bodies, mainly from Indonesia.
- The Government of Indonesia may institute an award in the name of Dr. Mohammad Natsir to people for contributions towards promoting understanding of Indonesian tolerant culture and Islam as role models for the better guidance of humanity the world over.
- Notably with reference to his simplicity from school to rising to the position of Prime Minister and later an international leader and awardee, scholarships may be given in the name of Dr. Mohammad Natsir to students in various countries for advancing the intellectual prominence of Indonesia with Islamic thinking and scientific temperament.
The programme began with the recitation of a Quranic verse by Maulana Athar Nadwi. The two-day programme was moderated by Prof. Prof. M. Afzal Wani, Vice-Chairman of IOS.
(A detailed report will follow)