The Regional Dawah Center (Sindh), Karachi of Dawah Academy, International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) conducted a “Two-Day Islamic Training Program for Students (MS/PhD)” . The workshop was held under the auspices of the Department of Islamic Learning at the University of Karachi, the workshop brought together 30 research scholars specializing in Islamic Studies. The central theme of the workshop was “Modern Contemporary Trends and Challenges,” aimed at fostering innovative research in the field.
Distinguished speakers at the workshop stressed the importance of integrating modern topics into Islamic research. Dr. Syed Azzal Rahman, a prominent figure in the field, shared his insights, stating, “It is the responsibility of all of us to find solutions to new problems in Islamic sciences.” Scholars of the workshop also emphasized the significance of addressing contemporary challenges in Islamic sciences.
The opening ceremony witnessed the presence of Dr. Zeenat Rasheed, Chairperson of the Department of Qur’an and Sunnah at the University of Karachi. In her address, Dr. Rasheed said that the training programs conducted by the Da’wa Academy, highlighting their relevance in understanding the challenges of the present era. She encouraged students to utilize their research to benefit society amidst the current circumstances.
Dr. Syed Aziz ur Rehman, the In-charge of the Regional Dawah Center (Sindh), Karachi, expressed the institution’s commitment to raising awareness through training initiatives, emphasizing the importance of understanding modern research trends and contemporary challenges.
During the two-day workshop, various notable speakers enlightened the participants on diverse subjects. Former Dean of Social Sciences and eminent religious scholar, Prof. Dr. Abdul Shaheed Naumani, delved into “Modern Trends in Hadith Science,” urging scholars to explore new trends in Hadith research relevant to the present age. He underscored the rich history of Hadith scholarship, with a particular focus on India’s significant contributions.
Dr. Syed Aziz ur Rehman shed light on “modern trends and needs of research in biographical sciences,” while Tasnimul Haq Farooqui discussed the “use of modern technology in scientific research.” Mufti Muhammad Owais Paracha delivered an insightful lecture on “Modern Jurisprudential Discussions and Research Needs.” Additionally, Prof. Dr. Mahmood Ghaznavi, former head of the Department of Mass Communication at the University of Karachi, emphasized the “Role of Media in Dawat Tabligh.”
The participating scholars expressed their appreciation for the workshop, considering it an invaluable resource in their academic journey. They voiced the need for Da’wah Academy to organize similar programs in the future, particularly for the benefit of new students entering the MPhil and PhD programs. At the conclusion of the event, participants were presented with certificates from the Dawah Academy and gifted selected books, serving as a token of their participation and knowledge gained.
During the concluding ceremony of the workshop In-Charge RDC said that this workshop has served as a platform for nurturing innovative research and fostering a deep understanding of the intersection between Islamic studies and contemporary challenges. He hoped that with an increased emphasis on addressing modern issues during the workshop, the scholars would be equipped to contribute meaningfully to the field and find practical solutions rooted in Islamic teachings.