Dr. Israr Ahmad attracted youth towards Islam and had a vibrant influence upon his times. These views were given by teachers, researchers and students at Shah-i-Hamadan Institute of Islamic Studies (SHIIS), University of Kashmir today in a condolence meeting which was organized to pay tributes to Dr. Israr Ahmad who passed away yesterday of cardiac arrest at his Lahore residence.
In the opening lecture the head SHIIS Prof. Hamid Naseem Rafiabadi shed light on the biography and academic works of the deceased scholar of Islam and said that the scholar was well versed in the Qur’anic studies and put Islam in the modern perspective. Professor Rafiabadi further said that the thought of Dr. Israr was an amalgamate of thoughts of various scholars like Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Imam Ibn Taymiyyah, Shah Waliullah Dehlvi, Allama Iqbal and Maulana Maudidi. “His thought focussed mainly on tolerance and broad mindedness and our young generation need to imbibe this basic element of his thought,” Prof. Rafiabadi said.
Dr. Abdur Rashid Bhat, Associate Professor, SHIIS also spoke in the meeting. He said that Dr. Israr was a researcher as for as his contribution is concerned. He claimed that Dr. Israr had a deep insight in various disciplines of Islam. Dr. Manzoor Ahmad Bhat, Sr. Assistant Professor, SHIIS said that the real tribute to Dr. Israr are to practice what he has preached. Dr. Nazir Ahmad Zargar, Lecturer SHIIS said that central theme of Dr. Israr’s thought revolves round the teaching of the holy Qur’an.
Some students of the Institute also shared their views and observations in the condolence meeting and declared the death of Dr. Israr as a great loss to the humanity.