|Aqeedat Ke Rang|
Hind Islami Tahjeeb Ke Rang : Aqeedat Ke Rang
ABSTRACT AND BIODATA OF PARTICIPANTS
The Tradition of Arabic Devotional Poetry in India with Special Reference to Qazi Abdul Muqtadir of Delhi
It is an indisputable fact of history that there flourished in India a good number of internationally renowned scholars of Arabic and Islamic Studies. They not only preserved and carried on the traditions of Arabic and Islamic learning in this country, but also enriched the Indo-Arab literature in almost all branches of Arabic and Islamic learning which cannot be ignored while making an assessment of Arabic-Islamic literature of the world.
Although a great deal of Arabic literature produced in India was lost into oblivion because of the negligence on the part of the Indian biographers, yet the remnants of it preserved in published and unpublished forms are sufficient enough to acquaint the readers with their spectacular literary achievements. They wrote volumes of books on both religious and secular subjects such as Hadith, Jurisprudence, Tafsir, History and Philological subjects. The names of Shah Wali-Allah of Delhi, Sayyid Murtaza al-Bilgrami, Nawab Siddiq Hasan Khan of Bhopal, Prof. Abdul Aziz Maiman of Aligarh Muslim University, Maulana Abul Hasan Ali Nadawi, to mention only a few who are popularly known and honoured all over the world.
In the field of Arabic poetry too our country is proud of having produced some eminent poets such as Shaikh Nasiruddin Chirag Dehlavi, Qazi Abdul Muqtadir, Shaikh Ahmad of Thaneswar, Sayyid Ghulam Ali Azad, Maulana Baqir Agha, Mufti Sadruddin of Delhi and others whose compositions earned them fame and reputation not only in India, but also in the Arab world.
Of the above mentioned poets Qazi Abdul Muqtadir of Delhi (d. 1389 AD) was one of the most distinguished Arabic poets produced by India. His political genius is best illustrated by his famous eulogy (Qasidah) on the Prophet Mohammad (P.B.O.H) known as Lamiyyat al-Hind which he composed in imitation of the universally celebrated ode Lamiyyat al-Ajam composed by al-Tughra’I of Isfahan in 1111 AD. This Qasidah by the Qazi is highly remarkable for its imagery, novel ideas and beauty of expression.
The land from where came cool breeze to the Chief of the Arabs, That very land is my country, that very land is my country.
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