GDC Bhaderwah Observes World Arabic Day (Special Lectures Organised On The Language)
Department of Arabic, GDC Bhaderwah organised World Arabic Language Day here today.
While welcoming the participants, Dr. Reyaz Nadwi said that this day commemorates the role Arabic has played in promoting the dissemination of the sciences and philosophies of ancient civilisations such as the Greeks and the Romans, and in giving birth to the European Renaissance.
On this occasion, resource persons said that Arabic is at least 1,500 years old. Classical Arabic originated in the sixth century, however, earlier versions of the language no doubt existed, including the Safaitic dialect- an old Arabic dialect used by the Pre-Islamic nomadic inhabitants of the Syro-Arabian desert, they said adding some of its inscriptions date back to the first century.
Faculty members who threw light on the Arabic language include Mushtaq Ahmed(Persian Deptt), Naz Zargar(HOD English deptt) and Dr. Nazar ul Islam(HOD Islamic Studies) respectively.
Students speakers also expressed their views about the subject. Calling it a pillar of the cultural diversity of humanity, they explained that it is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, used on daily basis by more than 400 million people.
Notably, the World Arabic Language Day is celebrated every year on 18 December which was first started in 2012 and the date coincides with the day in 1973 when the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted Arabic as the sixth official language of the Organization.
Other faculty members who participated in the event include Dr. Javed Iqbal HOD Urdu, Prof. Manzoor Ahmed, Mr. Zakir Ali PTI, Dr. Adil Zargar English, Dr. Showkat Ahmed Chemistry, Dr. Owais, Prof. Virender Singh English and others.
Later, Dr. Riaz Ahmed Nadwi thanked the participants and expressed satisfaction on the way the language is becoming popular in the society. He also informed that it is for the first time that World Arabic Language Day is being celebrated in the College.