Seerat moot begins at IUB
BAHAWALPUR, April 21(Dawn): The three-day third international Seerat conference
opened at the Islamia University Bahawalpur here on Friday.
Chair of the university is holding the conference, titled 'Importance and
necessity of Seeratun Nabi'. About 60 foreign and local scholars and teachers
drawn from various universities from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Afghanistan and
India, are attending the conference.
Speaking as chief guest at the
inaugural session, Vice-President of Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Prof Dr Taha
Abu Kuresha stressed the need for solving all problems being faced by the
Muslims from the holy Prophet's (peace by upon him) Sunnat.
He said there
was a dire need to highlight the Seerat to give a wake-up call to the Islamic
He stressed the need to disseminate the message of Islam in the
Islamia University vice-chancellor Prof Dr Belal Khan urged
the Muslims to learn from the Seerat. He observed that in view of the
socio-religious and political conditions of the Islamic countries, such
conferences were not only timely but were need of the hour.
his concern, the VC said Islamic society was suffering from intellectual
backwardness to an alarming degree and faced with the challenges of sectarianism
and racism. There was lack of justice, patience, accountability and respect for
human rights in the Muslim world. Moreover, research activities, quest for
knowledge and proper planning to meet current and future challenges found no
room in the Islamic world.
Dawaa Academy, Islamabad, director-general
Prof Abdul Jabbar Shakir, Seerat Chair director Prof Dr Abdul Rauf Zafar and
Faculty of Islamic Learning dean Prof Dr Salim Tariq also spoke.
chief guest later inaugurated exhibition of rare manuscripts of the holy Quran.
It included a manuscript of 930 Hijri written by one Muhammad Jaffer. According
to an organiser, the manuscript was brought from Iran by its owner and its
tafseer and translation was in Persian language.
There is another
manuscript written by Faisalabad's Muhammad Qamar Sultan in the shape of map of
The second session was presided over by Prof Dr Ahmed Bra
Al-Amiri, Wazaratul Maarif, Al Makkah Al-Arbia, Riyadh. Chief guest on the
occasion was Prof Dr Zafarul Islam, president, Department of Islamic Studies,
Aligarh Muslim University, India while dean speaker was Muhammad Adeeb Badnajki,
The third session was presided over by Sheikh Muhammad
Saeed Albadnajki, director, Islamic Centre, Halb, Syria, while guest speaker was
Prof Dr Hamdullah Ismail, Department of Islamic Studies, University of
Engineering and Technology, Kabul, Afghanistan.