INTERVIEW WITH DR NOOR AHMED SHAHTAZ, DIRECTOR SHAIKH ZAYED ISLAMIC RESEARCH CENTRE (SZIC), UNIVERSITY OF KARACHI.
June 20 - 26, 2011
Jurisconsult/Advisor Fiqh, Federal Shariat Court, Islamabad.
x-Shariah Advisor/Consultant, UBL
x-Shariah Advisor/Consultant, Al-Zamin Mudarabah Company.
Ph.D. (Islamic Studies): Karachi University, Thesis on Hudood
Title of the thesis: History of implementation of Hudood system in Muslim World throughout the 14 centuries and their implementation in Pakistan.
a) Adeeb Arabi:
b) Fazil Arabi:
c) Fazil Urdu:
d) Shahadah Al- Alamia: (Dars-e-Nizami) From Tanzeem ul Madaaris.
a) Arabic: Full Command on Speaking and Writing.
b) Urdu: do
c) English: do
d) Persian: do
1) Egypt (For completion of thesis on Hudood)
2) Iraq do
3) Iran: do
4) Libya: do
5) Saudi Arabia: do
6) Sultanate of Oman: do
7) India: To attend a seminar
8) Sri Lanka: To attend a conference.
9) U.A.E: To attend a seminar.
10) South Africa: To attend a conference.
11) Syria: To deliver lectures in the Damascus University
12) United Kingdom: To deliver lectures on Sirah & Sunnah.
13) Japan: To deliver the lectures on Sirah & Sunnah
14) China: Personal Private visit.
15) Malaysia: To attend an Intl. Conference of Muslim Scholars on reduction of drugs.
16) Jordan: To attend a workshop/seminar.
PARTICIPATION IN NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES
a) Attended 3rd International Islamic Seminar, for South East Asia, On the Role of Islamic Dawah in Confronting modern Challenges, held at Colombo, Sri Lanka, from 21st to 27th May 1990.
b) Participated in the Fourth General Congress of the Islamic Call, held at Tripoli-Libya, from 24th to 28th September 1990.
c) Participated in the Ulema convention held on 15-8-93 at Taj Mahal Hotel Karachi.
d) Participated in the Ulema convention held on 26-9-93 at Sohag hall
e) Attended Nafaz-e-Shariat Mushawarti Convention, on 5th September 98 at Islamabad, on invitation by the Ministry of Religious affairs, Government of Pakistan.
f) Organized Seminar on Islamic Banking at SZIC University of Karachi.
g) Participated in the First Islamic Banking Conference on 14th & 15th Sep.2005 in Karachi.
h) Attended an international Conference of Muslim Scholars in 2009 in Malaysia.
i) Attended International session of Muslim Scholars at Jordan. Organised by the Ministry of Religious Affairs Jordan.
j) Attended and participated in the three days National Conference conducted by the Council of Islamic Ideology, Islamabad, to discuss the problems of the Muslim Ummah.(10-12 May 2011)
Several seminars and workshops attended and organized.
Recently a workshop was organized for the social justice for women at SZIC.
a) Tarikh Nafaz Hudood.
b) Cloning in the light of Islami Shariah.
c) Credit Card in the light of Islami Shariah.
d) Paper Currency in the light of Islami Shariah.
e) Imam-o-Khatib, in the light of Islami Shariah.
f) Role of Computer in Promoting Islamic Sciences.
g) Muntakhab Mabahith Fi Uloom-al-Quran.
h) Deduction of Zakaah through the Banks.
i) A collection of my own Fiqhee Articles, published in different periodicals.
j) Another collection of my own articles, published in different periodicals.
k) Edited/Reviewed Tafseer ul Quraan el Kareem (Noor ul Irfaan) in English.
l) Translated (Partially) and reviewed Kitaab ul Lubaab (Fiqh) Arabic to Urdu.
m) Translated (Partially) and reviewed Resolutions of International Fiqh Academy Jeddah and published in Pakistan with the title, "Jadeed Fiqhi Masaail".
More than 50 articles on different Islamic topics published in famous national and international journals, periodicals and newspapers.
EDITORSHIP OF RESEARCH JOURNALS:
Editor, Quarterly The Islamic Culture, a trilingual Research Journal of the University of Karachi.
Honorary Editor, Monthly Research Journal, of Islamic Jurisprudence (Fiqh-e-Islami) Karachi.
Honorary Editor, Urdu monthly (Karwan-e-Qamar) Karachi.
Member Special committee of NCSW Govt of Pakistan, to review the Hudood Ordinance.
Visiting faculty member of Dadabhoy Institute of Law, Dadabhoy University Karachi.
Member Bait-ul-Hikmah (Hamdard University), Karachi.
Member, University Scholars, Forum Scholars Academy for the promotion of Islamic Research, Karachi / Lahore.
A) TEACHING & RESEARCH:
22 years experience, as University teacher, for teaching Islamic Studies subjects (Islamic Law, Fiqh, Hadith, Tafseer, Logic, Early Islamic sources, Usul-e-Fiqh, Arabic, Islamic History, Islamic Banking.
Supervised research thesis of M.A, M.phil/Ph.D. candidates.
Organized conferences/seminars/workshops on different Islamic and current issues.
Translated 4 books and a number of Articles from Arabic and English into Urdu, and vice versa for different institutions.
Participated in the preparation of a syllabus on social justice for women. The syllabus was prepared by the Faculty of Shariah & Law, Shairah Department of the International Islamic University Islamabad.
C) SPEAKER :
Delivered lectures to the Advocates in different training Programs arranged by Al-Shariah Academy International Islamic University, Islamabad, at Karachi.
Delivered lectures to the trainees in different training Programs arranged by Al-Dawah Academy International Islamic University Islamabad, at Karachi.
Delivered many Lectures in the Army, Air force and Pakistan Navy on Islamic laws, at different occasions, as Guest Speaker.
Delivered lectures through different T.V. Channels / TV stations on different topics.
Delivered lecturers to the Bankers, in Islamic Banking workshops & seminars.
Delivering Juma Khutbaas at Jame Masjid Taibah Karachi, since last 22 years.
PAGE: YOUR VIEWS ABOUT VALUE OF DEGREE IN ISLAMIC BANKING IN PAKISTAN.
DR NOOR: The degree of Islamic Banking and Finance in Pakistan carries a good value, as the Islamic banking industry is growing very fast. We have trained in the past two years about 400 candidates from different banks, conventional and Islamic both at our centre. We have started a 24 week executives program for those who want to know about the Islamic banking, as what is it and how it works.
PAGE: YOUR VIEWS ABOUT BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION AND ISLAMIC EDUCATION.?
DR NOOR: I think that both are very important areas, and the education being provided in Islamic side is poor, not up to the mark, and it does not a person a practical Muslim. Just few verses from Quraan and Hadith, and few stories from the Islamic history are not sufficient for Muslim children they should be given the chance of thorough study of Islam during their education in the schools, colleges, and the Universities. On the other hand, the Madrassh education needs also enhancement and an Alim coming from a Madrassah as a fresh graduate must know about the problems of his era and the region, as well as the problems of Muslim Ummah and its solution.
PAGE: WHAT SHOULD BE DONE TO PROVIDE QUALITY EDUCATION IN PAKISTAN?
DR NOOR: To provide quality education in Pakistan, the people think that the quality education means the education in a good quality and standard buildings, with lavish services. This is why the private sector is struggling for only hiring of well maintained Bungalows in every and each part of the cities in Pakistan.
The Building is nothing, the actual thing is the teacher.
If we do not have good and sincere teachers, and we do have good buildings, good infrastructure, we can't provide good and quality education. The focus should be on the training of the teachers.
The quality education dose not mean a big bag on the back of each male and female student, full of books and notebooks.
The quality education can be delivered without carrying a load of books, and only in few books we can cover all the required subjects by re-viewing our syllabus.
If the books are everything, then the University students must carry a cart of books with them every morning, but you see that they take only few books and a note book only.
The dual education system in Pakistan should also be reviewed, and only one system of education for wealthy and poor on equal opportunity basis should be selected and implemented.
PAGE: HOW WOULD YOU COMMENT ON UNIVERSITY FUNDING FOR RESEARCH?
DR NOOR: The funding for research in the Universities is very poor and insufficient, with great sorrow I would say that the Govt perhaps has no concern over the research in Pakistan.
PAGE: YOUR VIEWS ABOUT YOUTH OF PAKISTAN.
DR NOOR: The youths of Pakistan have good potential, but due to the lack of positive activity choices /chances for the youth, they turn to the negative activities. I will recommend that the youth should be provided the positive activities during their education and even after the education, for example if the students are provided with the internship in different departments of government and private sector, they can get their education money from this end, and the departments will get low paid staff in the shape of internees and they will save their expenses.
PAGE: WHAT INCENTIVES EDUCATION SECTOR NEEDS FROM THE GOVERNMENT?
DR NOOR: The incentives for the education sectors are already fixed, however if the financial crises are not there, more incentives can be suggested. At present, it seems difficult to meet just recurring grants for the institutions so I do not think that this is the time to ask for more incentives when everybody realizes the financial situation of the country.
PAGE: YOUR VIEWS ABOUT USE OF TECHNOLOGY IN ISLAMIC EDUCATION IN PAKISTAN.
DR NOOR: The use of technology in the Islamic education in Pakistan is not only necessary but this should be adopted as compulsory, specially the IT and the computer literacy. This is the vision of SZIC, this is why the courses designed here are technology based and we award the master degree in Islamic studies with computer technology.
PAGE: WHAT IS THE SPECIALTY OF THE SZIC?
DR NOOR: The specialty of SZIC is to provide education and training in Islamic Banking and Finance at master level. To provide the BS level education with computer technology to the students of Islamic studies.
PAGE: DO YOU DEPEND TOTALLY ON THE GRANT FROM THE GOVERNMENT OR YOU HAVE YOUR OWN SOURCES AS WELL?
DR NOOR: We do not depend on the recurrent grants only, but we generate the revenue our own as well. A big part of our needs is covered under our own source.