Nevada (US), Jan 1 (ANI): In a remarkable interfaith gesture, distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed was welcomed at Darul Uloom Deoband (Uttar Pradesh, India), a highly respected religious and academic center of the Islamic world.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, was presented a shawl by its Vice Chancellor Abul Qasim Nomani and was later taken on a tour of the institution, including its internationally known library, mosque, classrooms, etc. He also briefly met other Islamic scholars on the campus.
Rajan Zed and Nomani had interfaith dialogue over cup of tea.
Islamic university Darul Uloom Deoband, whose history goes back to 1866, is said to be a great religious teaching institution of the Muslims of Asia, working in religious sciences like Tafsir, Hadith, Fiqh, Kalam, culture, morality, etc. It runs 32 departments/offices and teaching here includes Islamic jurisprudence, Quran, Arabic, Persian, Islamic studies, calligraphy, etc. Its library has about 200,000 volumes in 25 languages and 100 broad subjects and includes many rare books and manuscripts. It also has "Centre for Study of Christianity"; runs Islamic Madrasa Board and Computer Training Department; teaches English Language and Literature, handicrafts, and journalism; and publishes Arabic and Urdu magazines. Besides India, students from many other countries also study here. It has produced large number of notable scholars spread throughout the world. (ANI)