All Karachi Bainul Madaris Speech contest

KARACHI, July 28: A madrassa student, who argued that matters already outlined in Islam do not require further debate, has won Rs 125,000 as first prize in the Majlis-e-Sutul Islam All Karachi Bainul Madaris Speech contest.

Around 400 students from 150 madrassas participated of which 19 made it to the final round. Gulshan-e-Maymar Jamiatur Rasheed student Attaur Rehman, who secured the first prize, spoke on "Bainul mazahib mukalma and its Islamic interpretation". The crux of his argument was that those matters which had already been outlined by Islam did not require further debate. However, practices common among all religions could be discussed, except halal and haram.

Jamia Hanfia Orangi Town student Ahmed Shah Baloch secured the second prize of Rs 80,000. He spoke on the extent of personal opinion in Islam. Our religion allows freedom of expression; however, this idea has been unfavorably projected by Europe. Our opinions should be according to Islamic principles, he argued.

Jamia Islamia student Hasan Dayar was awarded the third prize of Rs 60,000.He spoke on the causes and solution to sectarian violence by arguing that our citizens must stop accusing each other to prevent misunderstandings and disagreements.

Majlis-e Sutul Islam is an organization of young ulema, with its head office at Jamia Islamia, Clifton. This mosque was founded five years ago by Mufti Abu Huraira Mohiuddin, who is now its chairman, and Mufti Abuzar who is the general secretary

The mosque's information secretary Jamilur Rehman Farooqui said that the purpose of holding such a competition was to create enthusiasm among students for social development and to deny western allegations against Islam.

This competition, which began Thursday night, continued till Fajr Friday morning. It was judged by Maulana Mufti Hasan Jan from the Peshawar Madaris Imdadul Uloom, Prof. Dr Saad Siddiqui from Punjab University Lahore, Turbat Jamiatul Rahseed Maulana Ihtishamul Hasan and Khairpur Mazharul Uloom's Mufti Idrees.

The chief guest for the event was Shaykh-ul-Hadis, Maulana Sher Ali Shah of Jamia Huqqania, Akora Khattak. He was once a teacher of Osama bin Laden and Mullah Omar. "Today, some people say that the basis of Pakistan was secularism," said Maulana Shah. "This is absolutely wrong. In reality, Pakistan came into existence in the name of Islam, because for the creation of this country, thousands of Muslims were martyred by Hindus and Sikhs. All these sacrifices by the Muslims were not made for secularism. This country is not for dacoits, robbers, and thieves. It was made for Muslims, and if we wish to maintain the foundation of this country, we must struggle for an Islamic system."

He went on to say that it was their right to demand the implementation of an Islamic system in Pakistan, because even after 60 years, Pakistan is still deprived of such a system. Daily times



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