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Prof. Dr. Rashad Ahmad

Shaykh Zayed Islamic Centre is a little niche of University of Peshawar that has a unique stance and standing: it has a pro-Islamic aura that blends in excellently with modern day spirit. The Centre offers studies in subjects like Economics, Computer Science, English Language and Literature, Political Science, Mathematics, Statistics etc. along with traditional Islamic subjects like Fiqh, Hadith, Tafseer, Tajweed, Islamic History, Contemporary Muslim World etc. at graduation level. It is indeed serving in a huge capacity to facilitate Madrassah students by including them into the mainstream Graduation study Program of Peshawar University. As Director I am proud to see that it has made steady progress: from a mere 80 students to more than 600; from a single program of BA (Hons) to BS(CS) to BS Islamic Studies to MA (Qura’nic Studies) to M.Phil leading to Ph.D and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Islamic Banking. It has improved tremendously in the last couple of years and has expanded its horizons in a great way. It has some unique features like regular conferences and seminars, research oriented mode of study, semester system, make-up exams, a highly conducive pro-Islamic environment for female students, its state of the art labs, a spacious library, its lush green lawns, a playground, a hostel, a Masjid --- may not I say that Allah has richly blessed this Centre. Its corridors echo with heartwarming Tilawat-e-Qur’an and Zikr-e-Rasool (SAWW). Often when I take a round, what I overhear from the ongoing classes is Qur’an and Hadith. Like Pakistan, it was built with the aspiration to serve Islam and may I say it is striving hard to do so in its minor capacity and meager resources. The staff of this Centre is dedicated and thoroughly professional. Yet the hallmark of my staff is their highly co-operative and accommodative bearing towards our students. Our research journal ‘Al-Idah’ is a voice of moderation and is an emblem of all-inclusive nature of Islam. The Centre has proven its worth and earned merit in diverse capacities. It has been a valuable addition to Academia. I pledge to work harder for its further expansion and wish it the very best and hope earnestly that it may achieve further glories and more success in future. Our asset is our students. We leave no stone unturned to groom them, to train them and to equip them to face the challenges faced by Muslim Ummah. Our mission is Islam and our motto is the service of Islam.

Shaykh Zayed Islamic Centres in Pakistan owe their existence to the tireless efforts of the ex-President of UAE and ruler of Abu Dhabi, His Highness Shaykh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahayan (Late). The purpose was to further strengthen the ties between the two Muslim brother countries i.e. Pakistan & U.A.E. The vision and scope behind these Centres is to combine Qur’anic teachings and Arabic Studies with Computer Science and other modern disciplines - so as to equip the young generation with the Islamic teaching and train them simultaneously in the fields of modern science and technology. This far-sighted approach is the most pressing need of the Ummah today. If ever the Muslim Ummah is to rise again to the glorious heights that it enjoyed in the yester years, the solution lies strictly in this to teach the modern disciplines in the light of Islamic teachings so as to produce a strongly religious yet a compatible and well equipped lot of Muslims who may serve in all walks of life. The root-cause of all our contemporary maladies lies in the fact that we have segregated Theology from Social Sciences and other modern technological disciplines. Inspired by such noble sentiments the Government of UAE established and equipped three Centres in Pakistan, namely at Lahore, Karachi, and Peshawar. Once constructed, they were handed over to the Government of Islamic Republic of Pakistan and further handed over to its three Universities namely: Karachi, Punjab and Peshawar in 1985. The Government of Pakistan accepted the full financial and administrative responsibility for the three Centres in consonance with the academic autonomy of the Universities. In recognition of the kind and gracious gesture of His Highness Shaykh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan (late), the Centres were named after him and are called “Shaykh Zayed Islamic Centres. The Amir of UAE has established a trust for the developmental expenditures of the Centres. Our graduates and scholars are awarded degrees by the University of Peshawar.