The Islamia University of Bahawalpur (IUB), Department of Translation Studies and Department of Religions, Scholars and Interfaith Harmony, organized a one-day international seminar titled “Translations of the Arabic Quran and Contemporary Needs” at Ghotvi Hall, Abbasia Campus under the Faculty of Islamic Learning.

The seminar was presided over by Vice Chancellor the Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Engr Prof Dr Athar Mahboob. Professor Dr Saleem Tariq Khan, former Vice Chancellor the IUB was the guest of honor, while renowned American economist and Quran translator and commentator Dr Badar Hashmi delivered the online keynote address, university teachers, MPhil and PhD scholars also participated in large numbers.

Dean Faculty of Islamic Learning Prof Dr Sheikh Shafiq Ur Rahman thanked the distinguished guests and taught at BS level under the supervision of Dr Zohaib Ahmed. Prof Dr Saleem Tariq Khan paid tribute to Engr Prof Dr Athar Mahboob and Prof Dr Sheikh Shafiq Ur Rehman and said that understanding the Qur’an is a basic need of the Muslim Ummah, which the Islamic nation of the beloved country is not aware of. Such programs strengthen our relationship with the Qur’an.

Guest speaker Dr Badar Hashmi said in an online address from America that the need to translate the Qur’an into English language was felt because all the previous translations were difficult languages. Secondly, the need for it arose because the common teachings of Muslims and other believers of the Abrahamic religion in the translation and interpretation are also mentioned in the context of the former Sahaf Samawiya, so that Europe and America may the preaching of Islam be easy.

He said that after 9/11, propaganda against Islam and Quran was done in Europe and America. However, those affected by this propaganda also become Muslims when they study the translations of the miraculous book Quran.

Dr Athar Mahboob said in his presidential address that America’s renowned economist Badar Hashmi has been permanently residing in North America for the past four decades. He belongs to Bahawalpur, got his primary education from Bahawalpur, joined civil service, been associated with big institutions like World Bank and as an economist, spent a long time in America but don’t forget his roots, Islam and the land of Bahawalpur.

Many of his publications have come to light, in which he has especially given credit to the two major universities of South Punjab, the Islamia University of Bahawalpur and Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) Multan.

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Arsalan Haider is a reporter at Academia Mag and has worked with leading national dailies and news channels. He tweets @arsalanhaider14

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