Prof. Ishtiyaq Ahmad Zilli, Director(Nazim) & Secretary of Darul Musannefin Shibli Academy has gone through a surgery at J.N. Medical College, AMU Aligarh on 12th December 2012. Surgery went fine and with some initial hick-ups, Prof. Zilli is fine and on a path of speedy recovery.
After retiring as a Professor from Dept. of History, Aligarh Muslim University in 2004, Prof. Zilli took over the rein of Darul Musannefin Shibli Academy in March 2008 after an accidental death of the then Director & Secretary Maulana Ziauddin Islahi. In last more than 4 years Prof. Zilli played a vital role in the revival of the institution. A major administrative and academic overhauling took place in Shibli Academy under his leadership. More than 40 books were published in last 4 years and some of its famous books were reprinted also which includes, Seeratun Nabi, Al-Farooq, Rahmat-e-Alam and Seerat-e-Sahaba.
Azamgarh (October 18, 2012): Mohammad Adeeb Saheb, M.P. (Rajya Sabha) and a Senior Alig visited Shibli Academy on his whirlwind tour of U.P. in connection to create awareness about the ‘Politics of Terror’. He extended invitation for the 2nd convention on ‘Politics of Terror: Targeting Muslim Youth’ to be held in Mawlankar Hall, Rafi Marg, New Delhi, on 4th November, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. He addressed a select gathering of intellectuals in conference hall of Shibli Academy. He emphasized on three points to be raised in the convention:
1. Prosecute and convict those involved in act of terror.
2. Compensate illegally confined Muslim boys being acquitted after a decade or more than a decade from Hon’ble Courts.
3. Prosecute and convict those who wrongfully proceeded to arrest Muslim youths.
Adeeb Sb. described in graphic details the extreme torture to which accused and their relatives are subjected and the barbaric act of extorting confession from accused throwing to winds all norms. Describing such despicable acts he could not control his emotions and broke down. Mr. Ameeq Jamei, convener of the convention requested the gathering to come to Delhi and discussed the program of the convention. Mr. Sonkar, MLA of Azamgarh also spoke on the occasion. He assured full cooperation of his party (Samajwadi) and secular minded persons in the struggle. The program was conducted by Dr. Feroz Talat, a senior Alig and social activist and it started through recitation of verses from holy Quran by Mr. Tauqeer Sherwani.
Prof. Ishtiyaq Ahmad Zilli, Director Darul Musannefin Shibli Academy is visiting Hyderabad to participate in the annual Convention of Association for the Study of Persianate Societies (ASPS). After a long time ASPS is able to organize its annual session in India. Prof. Zilli had also participated ASPS 3rd Biennial Convention in Tiflis-Georgia in June 2007.
Prof. Zilli is also planning to stay in Hyderabad for a week to restore and revive the relation of Darul Musannefin with Hyderabad. Darul Musannefin Shibli Academy has an almost century old relationship with Hyderabad. In fact, it was the scholarship (wazeefa) of Rs. 300/-per month of Allama Shibli Nomani from princely state of Hyderabad that was transferred to Darul Musannefin Shibli Academy after the death of Allama Shibli paved the way for the establishment and smooth functioning of Darul Musannefin Shibli Academy in 1914. The present President of Management Committee of Shibli Academy is Mir Nawab Karamat Ali Khan Mufakhkham Jah, Prince of Hyderabad and a direct decedent of last Nizam of Hyderabad, Mir Osman Ali Khan. Shibli Academy is still functioning as independent research organization without any support from state of central government of India.
Darul Musannefin Shibli Academy in collaboration with Iran Culture House New Delhi is organizing a 2 day seminar on "Allama Shibli Nomani and his Legacy". The seminar will be organised at Darul Musannefin Shibli Academy, Azamgarh India on 11-12 December 2011. Scholars from Iran, United States of America and India have confirmed their participation.
Allama Shibli Nomani was a leading scholar and theologian and served as a faculty at M.A.O. College from 1883 to 1898. He is the founder of leading seminary Darul Uloom of Nadwatul Ulema at Lucknow, Shibli National P.G. College at Azamgarh and Darul Musannefin Shibli Academy, Azamgarh India. He wrote several books including his masterpiece Al-Farooq and Seeratun Nabi. His other famous books are Al-Mamoon, Seeratun-Nomaan, Al-Ghazali, Sawaneh Maulana Room and Sherul-Ajam. A brief life sketch of Allama Shibli Nomani and his work can be found at http://shibliacademy.org
Darul Musannefin Shibli Academy had signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Iran Culture House in January 2010. The Iran Culture House is an organisation under the Embassy of Iran based in New Delhi. It is working for the promotion of mutual understanding and cultural co-operation among peoples in India and Iran in line with the principles of our cultural heritage. Their aim is to create enduring partnership between Iran and other cultures, and we do this by creating opportunities to connect with the latest skills, ideas and experience from Iran. Their activities in the field of culture is to promote mutual understanding among peoples of different cultures, to preserve and promote cultural heritage, both tangible and intangible, and to enhance the cultural activities and creativity.
Islamic Manuscripts Association held its seventh conference on the theme of "Islamic Manuscripts in South Asia and South East Asia" in collaboration with Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies at Magdalene College, University of Cambridge from 12-14 July.
Professor Ishtiyaq Ahmad Zilli, Director, Darul Musannefin Shibli Academy, was invited to present paper on the manuscripts preserved at the Academy. Darul Musannefin Shibli Academy has a small but valuable collection of manuscripts in its library. some of these are very valuable. Academy has very recently completed the digitization process of its rare manuscripts.
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The library of Darul Musannefin has a modest collection of Manuscripts. Some of these are very valuable. Due to the lack of necessary resources it has been rather difficult over the years to do whatever was needed for the proper upkeep and preservation of this valuable collection. With the help of National Archives of India an effort is being made to do the needful in this regard. Efforts are also being made to secure help from National Manuscript Commission for this purpose. We have been in touch of various agencies including Juma al Majid of Dubai to get the manuscripts digitized. It is a matter of great pleasure that our efforts in this regard have borne fruit. With the help of the office of Cultural Attache in the Embassy of Saudi Arabia, Dr Ebrahim al Batshan, the digitization of the manuscript has begun and it is expected to continue for a month or so. It will be an important step in the direction of the preservation of the manuscript of the Academy.
Shibli Academy commenced the programme of Hindi translation of its books with the publication of the Hindi version of Rahmat-i Alam famous biography of the Prophet (SAWS). There has long been a demand for a biography of Allama Shibli Nomani in Hindi. Shibli Academy is happy to inform our well wishers that Shibli Academy has just published a Hindi biography of Allama Shibli Nomani. We hope to proceed with the Hindi translation of large number of the books of the academy as the necessary resources become available.
25th March 2008: As Vice Chairman of National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language (NCPUL), New Delhi, Janab Shamsur Rahman Farooqi arranged for holding an annual extension lecture (Allama Shibli extension lecture) in Darul Musannefin Shibli Academy. Janab Farooqi Saheb delivered this year’s extension lecture on “Shibli Ki Farsi Ghazal”.
After ‘Maghrib’ prayer the program started with recitation of holy Quran by Maulana Kaleem Sifat Islahi. Maulana Umair-us-Siddique Nadwi, who conducted the proceedings, introduced the topic by describing Shibli’s poetry as being one out of four pillars of Persian poetry of 20th century. He quoted someone “If Shibli had devoted full attention to Persian poetry then it would have outshone all other famous Persian poets”. He mentioned Maulana Hasrat Mohani and Maulana Altaf Hussain Hali, who were all praise for Shibli’s Persian poetry.
Azamgarh(March 6, 2011): All India Educational Movement organized its second two days conference in Shibli Academy, Azamgarh. Inaugral session was chaired by Mr. Tarique Azam, a resident of Azamgarh and presently residing in Malaysia. Mr. Azam, an IIT, Madras graduate was the moving spirit behind holding this conference in Azamgarh. He is determined to revive the past glory of Azamgarh and gear it up to face the challenges of new millennium.
Conference started with the recitation and translation of verses from holy Quran by Mr. Qamar Abbasi. In his welcome address, Dr. Iftekhar Ahmad, Prinicpal, Shibli National College, exhorted Muslims to move with modern times and laid emphasis on making Muslim institutions as centre of excellence. He congratulated Mr. Amanullah Khan (Chairman Central Organizing Committee) and Mr. Tarique Azam for selecting Azamgarh as the venue of this conference. Mr. Amanullah Khan gave detailed introduction of All India Educational movement and its program of establishing information centre in various places and establishment of an educational fund. He praised the potential and literary tradition of Azamgarh and said that the purpose of holding this conference in Azamgarh is to let it become an educational hub.
Azamgarh (February 19, 2011): Justice M.S.A. Siddiqui, Chairman, National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions, paid a visit to Darul Musannefin Shibli Academy today in the morning. First he prayed at the grave of the founder, Allama Shibli Nomani and then went around the Academy. He keenly observed the memorabilia displayed in the Academy museum and was delighted to see newly printed Academy's books. Justice Siddiqui admired the preservation of manuscripts and suggested microfilming of these precious collections. Dr. Shabistan Gaffar, Chairperson, Committee on Girls Education, who accompanied Justice Siddiqui, showed keen interest in manuscripts and was inquisitive of Academy's functioning.
Justice Siddiqui has come on 18th as Chief guest for the founder's day celebration of Maulana Azad Inter College, Anjan Shaheed (Azamgarh). Justice Siddiqui was given the 'Friendship Award 2011' jointly by College Manager, Mirza Arif Beg and Mr. Ajai Kumar Singh, President of 'World Peace Society'.
Justice Siddiqui and Dr. Gaffar was escorted to the Academy by Mirza Faridul Hasan Beg, Mirza Mahfoozur Rahman Beg (Manager, Shibli National P.G.College), Mr. Neyaz Jamali, Mirza Qamrul Hasan Beg, Mirza Arif Beg and Ms Fatima (Secretary, Jamia Cooperative Bank, Delhi).