Markaz; shaping a culture

Established in 1978, Markaz has been a name not just of an Islamic University, but of a culture that the Muslims Community in India seems to be representing over the past three decades. As the term ‘Markaz’ itself literally denotes, it has gradually grown to become a ‘centre’ of social, cultural progress as well as educational excellence for the entire communities in India as a whole and those of Muslims in particular.
Markaz firmly believes that a system of education devoid of deep-rooted moral and spiritual vision is more likely to lead to cultural anarchy that would affect the goodwill of the society it represents at large. Therefore, it always truly attempts to combine much significant and broader aspects of sacred and profane knowledge. In the process, creating a very good ambience stimulating direct experiences of spiritual refreshment, it offers each student a thorough guideline in order to be enlightened with moral literacy. Much seriously, it considers both streams of education to be essential not just as it can help the citizen get comprehensive progress, but it largely concerns the security issues of the nation. Markaz, hence, relentlessly try to ensure that orphans, destitute and students from underprivileged societies get into schools and undergo higher education. Needless to say, empowering the women community is apparently one of the prime objectives of its institutions that relentlessly try to get them into the forefront of higher education and moral literacy campaigns, in a way that is strictly adhered to Islamic principles.
Markaz, through a number of spiritual gatherings, Ahdaliyya Majlis for instance, (named after Seyyid Abdul Qadar Al ahdal, one of its founding fathers), conducted at the beginning of each month and led by great scholars and Sadaths (descendants of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ),is able to provides best experiences of spiritual solace to each of its larger community including students, teachers and well-wishers, and tend to convince them of the significant issues encountering the society and of the best ways of approaching it. Some brilliant visionaries with a pragmatic vision anchored at a clear sense of purpose, pleasant and favourable environment of learning, a harmonious relationship between student community and   faculty, the work force well-committed to making material and non-material outcomes, a spiritually inspired linkage between the University and the society, a refreshing capacity for championing the cause of the whole humanity are the central elements that help the process of ‘shaping a culture’ get actually done.
 It always truly attempts to combine much significant and broader aspects of sacred and profane knowledge. In the process, creating a very good ambience stimulating direct experiences of spiritual refreshment, it offers each student a thorough guideline in order to be enlightened with moral literacy.
An all-encompassing love for the God al Mighty and a genuine affection for the whole humanity are at the heart of who we are. Driven out of this bold vision, we try to redefine culture in a way that is well suited to the age we live; that is: ‘the continual process of creating a man’, which is loyal to the society and the environment in which he lives
In essence, the character, example and concerns of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ are the standards that shape our vision of an Ideal culture. Because of this, an all-encompassing love for the God al Mighty and a genuine affection for the whole humanity are at the heart of who we are. Driven out of this bold vision, we try to redefine culture in a way that is well suited to the age we live; that is: ‘the continual process of creating a man’, which is loyal to the society and the environment in which he lives. Therefore, being much conscious about some of the rapidly emerging radical changes, disturbing trends and its far-reaching consequences, Markaz carries out systematic and in-depth analysis to look into the problem and leads massive awareness campaigns through its nation-wide units. It strongly opposes the extremist, communalist and fundamentalist narratives that appear to have been associated with the religion by some lobbies with recent decades. Markaz, with large number of its initiatives giving a healing touch to the turbulent and violence ridden society facing the scourge of terrorism manifests how successfully the traditional Muslims can develop in a country with a secular constitution and sustain the intellectual and harmonious legacy of the religion. In effect, the culture Markaz shapes proves itself to be an antidote to extremism.
Markaz always try to treat the mental and emotional well-being of its wider community with a great care, as well as that of the physical, by getting them close to our spiritual therapists and consulters. Because it is much aware of such negative aspects of consumerism, ultra-modernism and neoliberalism as competitive self -interest and individualism.
In brief, its triumphant journey towards achieving the goal it has set before itself marks a very important step in the preservation and expansion of true Islamic knowledge tradition and culture in the context of pluralistic Indian society.
Markaz always truly attempts to combine much significant and broader aspects of sacred and profane knowledge. In the process, creating a very good ambience stimulating direct experiences of spiritual refreshment, it offers each student a thorough guideline in order to be enlightened with moral literacy.
An all-encompassing love for the God al Mighty and a genuine affection for the whole humanity are at the heart of who we are.
Markaz always truly attempts to combine much significant and broader aspects of sacred and profane knowledge. In the process, creating a very good ambience stimulating direct experiences of spiritual refreshment, it offers each student a thorough guideline in order to be enlightened with moral literacy.
An all-encompassing love for the God al Mighty and a genuine affection for the whole humanity are at the heart of who we are.