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Imam-e-Kaaba attended Paigham-e-Islam Conference

15 April, 2019

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President Dr Arif Alvi Sunday said both Kashmir and Palestine will win freedom one day as no community or religion can be suppressed by force.

“My heart beats with Palestine. My heart beats with Kashmir. Pakistan will continue extending moral and political support to the Kashmiri people,” the president said while addressing the ‘Paigham-e-Islam Conference’ organised by the Pakistan Ulema Council here.

The event was also attended by Imam-e-Kaaba Dr Sheikh Abdullah Awad Al Juhany, Chief Justice of Palestinian Shariat Council Mustafa Al-Tawil, Saudi Ambassador in Pakistan Nawaf bin Said Al-Malki, Pakistan Ulema Council Chairman Allama Tahir Ashrafi, representatives of Saudi Ministry of Religious Affairs and religious scholars from across the country. The conference started with the mesmerising recitation of Surah Rahman by Imam-e-Kaaba.

Wearing the Palestinian-flag themed scarf, the president said the Jews must keep in mind that like the use of force couldn’t eliminate them in the 20th century, the freedom movements in Kashmir and Palestine cannot be ended with force.

Recalling Pakistan’s generous hosting of 3.5 million Afghan refugees, he said the world must learn compassion and humanity from Islam and Muslims as currently, some western countries are resisting to host even few dozen refugees with others erecting walls to bar them letting them die in the sea.

He advised the religious scholars to spread the message of social revolution from the pulpit that has been the platform for social messaging since the early days of Islam. He said the clerics must guide the people on social issues like cleanliness, water conservation and tree plantation for being the urgent needs of the country. He said the journey of social change will accomplish only after the introduction of uniform education system in the country.

Condoling over the loss of lives in a terror attack that took place in Quetta on Friday, the president said Pakistan has successfully fought out terrorism and the residues will also be eliminated.

Thanking the Saudi leadership for further strengthening ties with Pakistan, he believed that no force in the world can harm Muslims if Pakistan and Saudi Arabia stand united for any cause.

Earlier, the president gave away shields and souvenirs to the visiting dignitaries and also received the same from Imam-e-Kaaba.

Minister for Religious Affairs Nurul Haq Qadri said the clerics owed responsibility to create unity among the Muslims and sensitise them on country’s rules and regulations. He said the government has resolved to protect religious seminaries and is striving for a uniformed education system to bring the seminary students on a par with other educational institutions.

The conference decided to evolve an effective and systematic mechanism to streamline the issuance of decrees (fatwas). In this regard Dar-ul-Afta Pakistan will be established in Lahore, in which religious scholars of different schools of thought will get representation. The institution will accomplish its educational and ideological task with the assistance of Saudi Arabia, Egypt and other Muslim countries to face the challenges confronting the Muslim world.

A joint declaration issued at the conclusion of the conference announced that an Islamic ideological alliance would be formed to contain Islamophobia at the international level. A meeting of the leadership of Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and other Muslim countries would be called to finalise the mechanism for the alliance.

The conference endorsed the initiative of Prime Minister Imran Khan and his government to launch “One-Nation with One-Education” programme. It lauded government efforts to reform educational structure in the country, stating that seminaries as well as conventional school education system should be reformed. “Registration of Madaris-i-Arabia with the education ministry is the best initiative... and practical steps in this regard are inevitable,” the joint declaration said.

It urged the United Nations to enact international laws to ensure respect and protect honour of holy places of all religions.

The conference urged all parties to the Afghan conflict to come to the negotiating table and lauded the role of Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the UAE for peace talks between Afghan Taliban and the US.

A resolution adopted at the conference underlined that no organisation or individual would be allowed to do politics on the issue of finality of Prophethood.

The conference pointed out that Islam is a religion of peace, tolerance and forbearance which has nothing to do with terrorism, extremism and sectarian violence. “Elements responsible for fanning these evils are enemies of Islam and Muslims.”

It lauded the role of the armed forces, government and law enforcement agencies for peace and stability in the country.

The joint declaration condemned brutalities being committed against oppressed Muslims of Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Palestine and Kashmir and called on the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and the UN to take notice of these atrocities.

The conference observed that the relocation of the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and the US decision to recognise Golan Heights as Israeli territory were sheer violation of international laws.

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