Eminent legal luminary Justice Rejender Sachar is of the view that Nahj al-Balaghah, a collection of the teachings of Hazrat Ali, is the guiding principle for protection of the rights of all human beings, especially orphans, the poor and downtrodden, labourers, women and minorities. Hazrat Ali wanted to implement the justice system of Islam in a way that the rights of all human beings could be protected and no one’s rights be violated. The Justice expressed his opinion in an international conference on “Nahj al-Balaghah and the Challenge of Modern Age” held in New Delhi in the first week of November. According to The Inquilab (November 6), many scholars and intellectuals, including Justice Sachar and other Non-Muslim scholars participated in this conference. The collective opinion of all the participants was that Nahj al-Balaghah is the complete and best guideline for proper guidance of all human beings these days; in its light human problems can be solved. Further that the Alvi politics is the complete specimen of the divine politics. The conference was hosted by Idara Tafheem-e-Islam and India Islamic Cultural Centre.
The first thing to be pleased with
The first thing to be pleased with is that Justice Rajender Sachar not only participated in this conference but also expressed his view positively; otherwise he never participates in a programme held with reference to Islam or any other religion, saying that he does not believe in God or religion, as if he is an atheist. We hope that he would have participated in this conference with complete understanding and expressed his opinion on Nahj al-Balaghah only after its study; likewise, the Muslim and Non-Muslim participants would have expressed their respective opinions with full responsibility. Otherwise, generally it so happens that eminent personalities are invited to such academic conferences; and they do participate and customarily express whatever they know on the subject or whatever they are briefed. The organisers and the audience do not take their talks with much sincerity. It is a matter of concern that it happens in the programmes held on Islamic subjects as well.
Give it the shape of a campaign
But with the reporting of Nahj al-Balaghah conference we feel that the participants expressed their views with responsibility and that they were sincere in their views. Now, if they widen their canvass of thinking to look at the subject afresh, they would definitely reach a conclusion that the knowledge of Hazrat Ali was extracted from the Qur’ān and Sunnah. It is necessary to have the knowledge of the Qur’ān and Sunnah to appreciate Nahj al-Balaghah or the teachings of Nahj al-Balaghah call for the study of the Qur’ān and Sunnah. The scholars cannot but reach the conclusion that Islam provides the complete way of life and covers all the spheres of life. It is the obligation of the organisers of Islamic conferences that they convey this message at every level. In the present age it is necessary because anti-Islam forces in the leadership of America and Israel have waged a war against Islam; at present humanity is standing at a crossroads. Therefore, there should not be mere customary expression in support of the Islamic system rather it should be given the shape of a campaign and movement. It is only thus that concord between thought and action can be seen.