Demand for Arabic University
Various programmes marked the celebration of International Arabic Day at the Rouzathul Uloom Arabic College, Feroke.
Scholars from Arabian countries attended the three-day festivities that concluded on Monday.
A meeting held on the occasion demanded that an Arabic University be set up in the State for promotion of the Arabic language.
Ahmed Salem Al Wahishi, Arab League Ambassador to India, inaugurated the celebrations. Dr. Wahishi called upon the educated classes for translation of Arabic and Indian works.
K.V. Kunhammed Koya, president of the Rouzathul Uloom Association, presided over the function. P.K. Ahamed, president of the college committee, gave away the prizes to the toppers of the university examinations and winners of literary competitions.
Saqar Al Qureshi, administrative office head of the Saudi Arabian Embassy in India, delivered the keynote address.
U. Mohammed, former Principal of Farook College; and A. Kuttialikutty, Principal of Farook College, spoke.
Abdurahman Fouzan, Arabic professor from King Saud University, Riyadh, inaugurated an exhibition portraying the tradition and heritage of the Arabic language.
Hundreds of people from Kozhikode and neighbouring district visited the exhibition.
Rare collections of Arabic books, manuscripts, newspapers, magazines, journals, Arabic literary works of Indian authors, calligraphy, and Koran copies were on display at the college.
Muhammad al-Sheikh, director of Arabic for All, a Riyadh-based organisation promoting the Arabic language, inaugurated the valedictory meeting.
International Arabic Day is celebrated worldwide on December 18 after the United Nations recognised the Arabic language on December 18, 1973. Arabic enjoys equal status with English, French, Chinese, Russian and Spanish.
“Arabic is one of the most articulate languages in terms of its vast and comprehensive vocabulary, consistency of literary styles and being a living language with applications covering all aspects of the modern life,” said Husain Madavoor, Principal of Rouzathul Uloom Arabic College, welcoming the gathering.