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  RELEVANCE OF QURAN IN THE
 

21ST CENTURY

 Dr. Khalid Sohail

 

OPENING ADDRESS BY DR. KHALID SOHAIL

Since the September 11, 2001 tragedy and the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, the dialogue between followers of different religious, spiritual and secular traditions worldwide has reached new heights and depths. While followers of some religious traditions are dreaming of creating theocratic states, secular minded people are working to preserve scientific education in their schools and maintain the human rights of women, children and minorities in their communities and cultures. more...                              

 Ziauddin Ahmed

PAPER PRESENTED BY ZIAUDDIN AHMED

Whether Qur’an is relevant or not in the 21st century will begin to make more sense if we study the relevance of religion in our lives and the nature of the Book itself. It is not only the West that has a distorted image of Islam, most Muslims have it too. This is due primarily to the reliance on the orthodox fundamentalist’s interpretation of it. Now, the common Muslim is as simple and naive as the common Christian, Jew or for that matter a follower of any other religion. more...

  FEROZ KARAMALLY

PAPER PRESENTED BY FEROZ KARAMALLY

Quran will always be relevant because it is believed by 1.2 billion people to be God’s word, but it truly becomes relevant if it is proved to be the Word of God. For that it has to first be proved that God exists, and that HE sent down this book unaltered.  It should also answer our most urgent questions and solve our most pressing problems. You and I have been deceived by atheists and creationists and now demand indisputable proof. more...

   Javed Chaudry

PAPER PRESENTED BY JAVED I. CHAUDRY

The Holy Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammad over a period of 23 years. It was compiled a few years after the Prophet had passed away. The Quranic chapters are organized such that the shorter chapters follow the longer ones.  The chapter 1, the opening chapter, Fatah is however an exception. There is a noteworthy reason for this exception. The opening chapter represents a wish, a desire or a request by man to God. The rest of the book, Chapters 2 to 114  represent God’s reply providing His guidance for the humanity. more...

DR. TAHIR M. QAZI

PAPER PRESENTED BY DR. TAHIR QAZI

The topic is, “Relevance of Koran in 21st Century”. Koran is relevant in 21st century partly because it has stood the test of time for more than 1400 years and partly because more than a billion Muslims on the globe are faithful to this scripture at this time. However, the word “21st century” in the topic bears an existential connotation that requires us to viewing this sacred scripture through historic developments.    more...                                          

    RASHID MUGHAL

PAPER SUBMITTED BY RASHID MUGHAL

 

First and foremost, I guess the relevance of the Koran in the 21st century is a matter of great concern to countless confused Muslims residing away from their homelands in the comfort and safety of the West.
The comfort and safety of those displaced or misplaced Muslim exiles are marred by the discomfort and danger of an identity crisis in which everyone is blindly groping for an anchor in the turbulent sea of change all around us.
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   Farzana Hassan

PAPER PRESENTED BY FARZANA HASSAN

The reference here is to the eternal character of the Quran. It is a claim made by the Quran fourteen centuries ago-- a claim which in my opinion is quite extraordinary in the light of more or less established truths. The bulk of humanity has witnessed and attested to these truths over time: that societies perpetually evolve and social norms change, therefore all societies need to reconsider the laws regulating altered ethics.  It is also a claim that has not as yet been tested, as undoubtedly scripture is often treated as sacrosanct, demanding abject loyalty from the faithful.  more...

   IBRAHIM HAYANI

PAPER SUBMITTED BY IBRAHIM HAYANI

The Prophet received the first Qur’anic revelation at the age of 40 in the year 610. The revelations continued to come for the next 23 years, in fragments and ‘at intervals’, ending 82 days before the death of the Prophet in 632, with the following verse: “Today have I perfected your religious law for you, and have bestowed upon you the full measure of My blessings, and willed that self-surrender unto Me (Islam) shall be your religion.” (5:3) more...

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