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.

15th Shah Waliullah Award

“Objective Study of Indian History and Culture”
The last date for receipt of nominations is 31 July 2024.
A Note on the Theme of the Award
Situated in the Asian sub-continent, India has been at the centre of world attention since centuries. This is a unique territorial region about which it could be affirmed with full confidence that the oldest races and civilisations of the world took refuge in this wonderland. A number of new researches in the field have corroborated this thesis. The caravan of humanity has been associated with this land. Arguably, the geographical importance of this region significantly contributed to its fascination. This region is rich in many diversified natural resources. Besides, this is imbued with ostensible charm and warmth which woos every beholder. That is the reason why great conquerors, suzerains, sultans and rulers dreamed of settling on this land. While many of them met with success, the rest were not so lucky. Those who tasted the success also included the Muslim rulers of the mediaeval period. 
They not only fostered deep affection for this land and refrained from treating it as a conquered territory but also adopted it as their native land. They invigorated its grace, made it more alluring and fascinating. As a matter of fact, the influence of a different race and culture produced a varied Attar (perfume), which is called Hindustaniyat (Indianness) and Hindustan (India).
Unfortunately, a communal mindset came to the fore post-independent India, and its tentacles stretched with the passage of time. It dealt a heavy blow to Indian’s real identity. The damage was done not only to its body politically, but also socially and culturally. After Independence when the work of writing the past history of India started, a sizeable section was beset with the communal mindset. Instead of engaging in historiography, this section set itself on re-writing history based on myths and manufactured facts. In their writings, they confined themselves to the rulers whom they held dear and showed the Muslim Kings of India in a bad light. This sullied the image of the country and a deep sense of exasperation prevailed. In such circumstances, the job of objective writing of Indian history and culture was not an easy task. 
But many of historians took upon themselves the responsibility to put the history of India and its culture in their accurate and fact-based perspective.
In the past few years, India’s political landscape underwent a sea change. This change was marked by the persistence of communal frame of mind, which also witnessed the assassination of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. It was like announcing that from now on, there will be no space for those who talked of a united nation and the dictum of unity in diversity. In spite of all this, a sizeable section of scholars always remained active to challenge this mindset. This section always spoke the truth without being biased and never endured distortion of facts of history and culture belonging to a community. In fact, the need for such an endeavor was felt soon after India’s Independence. But this job assumed more importance in the past few years because of the obligation to preserve the real Hindustaniyat for future generations. If this does not happen, supreme sacrifices, which made thousands of people shed their blood for the sake of freedom from the Britishers, will go in vain.
If sincere efforts are not made to preserve India’s rich and authentic history and culture, it will be difficult to think of India an Independent and Sovereign Democratic Republic.
In view of the urgent need for objective study of Indian history and its culture, the Institute of Objective Studies has finally selected this topic “Objective Study of Indian History and Culture” for the 15th Shah Waliullah Award in order to recognize the contribution of an Islamic scholar who keeps his lamp aflame even during heavy winds. This is also aimed at engaging the younger generation in the momentous task by acquainting them with his services.
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.
Essay Writing Competition 
(Junior Category) 
“Treatment of Muslim rulers to Non-Muslims in India”
The Institute of Objective Studies invites essays on the topic of “Treatment of Muslim rulers to Non-Muslims in India” by young scholars and researchers. The best essay will receive a cash award of Rs. 25,000/-.
The last date for submission of the essay is 31 October, 2023.
Candidates who wish to participate in the competition are required to submit their essay in accordance with the following guidelines:
  1. The candidate should be below 45 years of age.
  2. The essay should have a high academic standard and should not exceed 10,000 words. Detailed references should be appended at the end of the essay.
  3. The essay should be submitted along with the CV of the candidate.
  4. An essay which is submitted for the competition should not have received any award by any other organisation or institution.  If the essay wins the award, the IOS will have the exclusive right over its publication.
  5. The decision of the IOS on the selection of the best essay shall be final.
A Note on the theme of Essay
Treatment of Muslim rulers to Non-Muslims in India
History is the rich heritage of a country. It not only strengthens the bond with the past, but also paves the way for new spirits and courage. History teachers us to distinguish between right and wrong and suggests ways to brighten the future. If a race is deprived of its history or its history is covered with a veil, or its history is altered, it could lead to ruination and desperation of that ethnic group. The history of Muslims in India has been very long and vivid. After the foundation of the Delhi Sultanate was laid in 1206, the history of Muslim rule continued to expand to vast swathes of territory in the country. The Muslim rule in India was spread over a period of more than six hundred years. During this long period, Muslim rulers created an atmosphere of peace, order, progress and prosperity among the Hindu majority communities. Religious, social and economic policies of these rulers made them very popular and strong. Sultans of Delhi and Mughal rulers not only treated non-Muslims well but also gave them share in administration. They were placed at high posts and in responsible positions, and precious gifts, including land, were held out to them to fulfill their religious needs. They received equal treatment socially, economically and legally. Effective steps were taken for their prosperity and their educational and cultural development.
These golden impressions of the history of Muslim rule in India are preserved in the books that were written by contemporary scholars and historians. The sultans and other rulers got the historical events recorded. Their farmans (edicts), policies, events of that period, descriptions of emissaries and travelers form a part of historical records. Besides contemporary writers, upright scholars of later periods provided clinching historical evidence.
Several attempts have been made to change the manifest and shining history of Muslims in India. A sustained and planned campaign is currently underway to re-write history by distortion of facts. The new generation is feared to be deprived of the golden history of the long Muslim rule in India. In such circumstances, impartial and unprejudiced historians and scholars, pro-humanity writers and well-wishers of the Ummah, are urged to bring forward the treatment of Muslim rulers, particularly with their non-Muslim subjects, for the benefit of young generation. They are appealed to acquaint the new generation with the outcome of their research, based on the documents, farmans and royal decrees in order to create a congenial atmosphere for peace and harmony in the country. This will go a long way in helping Indians to feel proud of their glorious past.
In this connection, on the occasion of the 15th Shah Waliullah Award presentation ceremony, the topic for the essay writing competition under the junior category will be “Treatment of Muslim rulers to Non-Muslims in India (Hindustan mein Ghair Muslimon kay Saath Muslim Hukmaranon ka Bartao)”.
You are invited to send your essay on this topic.
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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 March 27, 2004, at Ansari Auditorium, Jamia Millia Islamia, 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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