Plea to recognise services rendered by Muslim scholars
THANJAVUR: Communal harmony was being maintained in Tamil Nadu and people of all religions freely mingled with each other, said S. N. M. Ubayadullah, Minister for Commercial Taxes, here on Saturday.
Presiding over the two-day 13th annual Islamic Tamil Literature celebrations organised by the Islamiya Tamil Ilakkiya Kazhagam, the Minister said that Islam community scholars had rendered yeoman service for the growth of Tamil literature from ancient days and recalled the services of poet Umarupulavar and others.
Mr. Ubayadullah said that Muslims had been treated well by the society in Tamil Nadu. He appealed to the society to recognise the services rendered by Muslim scholars for the cause of Tamil literature.
Dr. A. Ayyub, Kazhagam president, said that as many as 153 books written by Islamic scholars were released by the Kazhagam in the last 13 years and pointed out that Tamil scholars, poets, journalists and others were being honoured.
He pointed out that several essay competitions were conducted for the college students in the State to create awareness of Islamic Tamil literature, he said.
Dr.K. Baskaran, Registrar of Tamil University, released several Tamil literature books that were received by Y.M.Habibur Rahman. Dr.H.M. Natharsha, Head of the Department of Tamil, New College, Chennai, spoke about the contents of the books.
Dr.A. Raffiudheen, president of World Tamil Culture Organisation, and Saraswathi Ramanathan, Tamil scholar, addressed the function.