South India’s renowned seminary, Jamia Nizamia, devoted the greater part of Sunday to discuss what it termed as the ‘anti-Islamic activities’ of the media and the ways and means to check it. Many a scholar, who attended a seminar on the issue, was of the view that Ulemas should not consider media as the ‘forbidden tree’ but embrace it to dispel misgivings and present the correct picture of Islam.

“It is a matter of shame that the Islamic world doesn’t have a single English channel worth the name,” regretted Mohd. Anwar Ahmed Qaudri of Jamia Nizamia. He wanted Ulemas to get a command over not just English but other regional languages if they have to play a role in media.

Mufti Khaleel Ahmed, Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Nizamia, did not agree with the view that the entire media was anti-Islamic. There were many newspapers which were secular in outlook and presented things in the right perspective. He advised madrassa students to keep themselves abreast of the happenings around the world.

“Don’t confine your study just to the syllabus books,” he told students.

Dr. Zulfekhar Mohinuddin, Arabic lecturer at the Osmania University, felt Muslims should seek justice and their rightful dues through democratic ways not through protests at the drop of a hat and allow the media to turn them into a laughing stock.