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NOVEL INITIATIVE: Camels on display in front of the cave-entrance to the ongoing Dhexpo 2009 at Darul Huda Islamic Academy, Chemmad, in Malappuram.
NOVEL INITIATIVE: Camels on display in front of the cave-entrance to the ongoing Dhexpo 2009 at Darul Huda Islamic Academy, Chemmad, in Malappuram.

Staff Reporter

MALAPPURAM: A novel IT-backed exhibition based on the Koran and the Islamic way of life is pulling crowds in large numbers to the campus of Darul Huda Islamic Academy at Chemmad.

The exhibition titled Dhexpo 2009 (Darul Huda Exposition) has been arranged by the students of Darul Huda to mark the 10th convocation and anniversary celebrations of their alma-mater.

Invoking Islamic history, Dhexpo 2009 welcomes a visitor to the Hira—the cave in which Prophet Mohammed got his first revelation from God. The organisers said care was taken to replicate the real nature of the historic cave on the Jabal Nur mountain near Mecca.

From the 13-feet-long cave, one is led to a long array displaying nature as a wonderful composition in the Koran. Different aspects of nature depicted in the Koran are exhibited in vinyl.

Unlike other exhibitions, visitors are led through the exhibits in batches.

The students of Darul Huda take turns in explaining each exhibit. “For those who want to satiate their thirst for knowledge, we have in plenty,” said U.P. Abdurahman, leading a group of visitors.

Audio-visual displays

Visitors are then led to an audio-visual pavilion, where nature is explained in fair detail from an Islamic point of view. Koranic verses buttressing various natural phenomena are heard in the background and their meanings have been explained in Malayalam.

Then, the visitors are led to an alley displaying the importance of leading a virtuous social life. Various issues like family planning, drinking, and female foeticide are discussed at length.

Zoology pavilion

The Zoology Department of Calicut University has arranged a zoology pavilion, displaying a wide variety of butterflies, insects, and reptiles.

Another audio-visual pavilion exclusively discusses the nefarious influence of mass media, particularly the electronic visual media, on social life. “Even when acknowledging the merits of the media, we are warning the society against their negative influences,” said Mr. Abdurahman.

Led through another alley, the visitor will wonder if there is no space for amusement in Islamic life. “In fact, there is little space for amusement,” said Mr. Abdurahman, explaining the exhibits. Another audio-visual pavilion is exclusively dedicated to life and death.

“We have arranged Dhexpo in such as way as to make people think. Any questions raised means we meet our goals,” said Mr. Abdurahman.

The 10-day exhibition will continue till May 14, said the organisers.

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