at Islamia University of Bahawalpur 9-10 May 2016.
The Iqbal International Institute for Research & Dialogue (IRD) organized a 2-day national conference on “Responsibilities of Ulama and Present Challenges” for ulama of different schools of thought hailing from Bahawalpur on 9-10 May 2016 at Islamia University Bahawalpur.
Dr. Shafiq Ahmad, Ex-Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, the Islamia University of Bahawalpur quoted the sayings of Allama Muhammad Iqbal and told that time could not change, the challenges were always there from the first day of the history of human beings and will remain till doomsday. The persons who have the vision to solve the issues of today are more visionary than those who are not interested to resolve.
Mr. Mukhtar Ahmad Farani, a Social Worker of Bahawalpur said the Pakistan was created in the name of Islam. Islam was spread by peace and not by sword and this religion promotes equality among its followers and encourages them to establish the system of justice where all get access to justice and no injustice breeds in the society. Islam comes from the root word ‘salaam’, which means peace. It also means submitting one’s will to Allah. He stressed upon the people to live according to Quran and Sunnah.
Dr. Zawar Hussain Shah, Principal, F.C College, Bahwalpur talked on the literary culture and politics. He divided national harmony into seven parts;
(1) national standard, (2) language quality, (3) role of national institution, (4) social rights, (5) reaction of stallholder, (6) responsibility of nation (7) discord, conflicts and militancy.
Dr. Shafiq-ul-Islam, Associate Professor, Postgraduate College, Bahawalpur spoke on role of religious scholars, intellectuals, professors of the universities, interfaith and civil society organizations and policy makers in formulating an effective strategy to combat the negative forces and foster harmony among the people of different religions and sects at grassroots level for the noble cause of global peace and development.
Prof. Dr. Arshad Ahmad, Chairman, Department of Urdu University of Bahawalpur talked about rights of Allah and rights of people. He elaborated the message of Iqbal about ego and self-image of human beings He said that we should seek guidance from Quran and Sunnah. It is the responsibility of human beings to explore the hidden treasurers and acquire knowledge of all branches.
Professor Dr. Iftikhar Ahmad, Chairman, Department of Islamic Studies, the Islamia University of Bahawalpur thanked Prof. Dr. Ahmad Yousif A. Al-Draiweesh, President, IIU for patronizing the conference and asked IRD team to hold a 2-day national conference in the premises of the Islamia University of Bahawalpur. He informed the participants about the activities of Dawah and Shariah Academies. He said that we should play meaningful role to bring the community and society closer and promote tolerance, peace and harmony in the society.
Mufti Muhammad Kashif, Principal, GSS, Bahawalpur stated that Islamic solidarity and unity is not based on any interests, race or color. It is based on something infinitely superior: According to the principles enshrined in the Quran and the Ahadith the unity of source and faith provides the basic fraternity among human beings. Disagreements among human beings are nothing new, nor it is something abhorred or prohibited. He added that dialogue is the best mean to resolves the disputes when applied in a positive manner and accepting the opinions of others.
Prof. Dr. Mussarat Nazir, Dean, Faculty of Urdu & Iqbaliyat, spoke on the role of a teacher, moral values, character building. She added that we have to spare time for our children, to mentor them in all sphere of life. She added that the teaching component of the Islamia University of Bahawalpur enables the expansion of faculty teaching expertise through in-person and virtual workshops, mentoring, and pedagogical collaborations. She advised that don’t build command in our words while adopt moral values. It is responsibility of a mother who is first teacher to build character in the society. She stressed upon the parents and teachers to save the moral values of their children.
Prof. Dr. Maimoona Ghani, Acting Vice Chancellor of the Islamia University of Bahawalpur chaired the concluding session and distributed certificates and shields among the participants and resource persons. She thanked the administration of IIU and IUB. She focused on social ethics and contemporary Islamic thoughts and said that students of madrassa have the opportunity to take admission in the Islamia University of Bahawalpur designed for them. She added that the role of religious leaders and teachers in promoting the culture of dialogue and combating the extremism and terrorism in the societies is essential. The teacher should come forward to solve the problems of the students. She said that developing critical thinking is very important in the students and students must have an ability of looking at the issues in the global perspective. It is the responsibility of the teachers to develop the ability of critical thinking, rationality and logical reasoning in the students and enlighten them about all the possible aspects of the fields and instead of being conclusive and judgmental leave the conclusion to the students and let them draw a conclusion by their own using their intellect and ability of critical thinking.
Mr. Muhammad Ismail, Assistant Director, IRD briefly introduced the objectives, mission and activities of the institute. Dr. Talib Hussain, Director (Programs), IRD said that the Muslim theology of dialogue can be developed by improving the discussion. The objective of madrassa education is not merely to impart theological education but also to build the students character in accordance with the Qur’an and the Sunnah. The efforts and inventions of Muslim and non-Muslims theologians were discussed briefly. He further told the participants about Ibn Khaldūn who was a North African Arab Muslim historiographer and historian, regarded to be among the founding fathers of modern sociology, historiography, demography, and economics. He is best known for his book, the Muqaddimah. Auguste Comte was a French philosopher and founder of the discipline of sociology and of the doctrine of positivism. Ibn-e-Maskave was also discussed briefly.