Governor Sindh Muhammad Kamran Khan Tessori said that the religion of Islam is not only a name of concept but also a name of practice. Quran is without any doubt is the real source of life and the end of prophethood is an essential part of every Muslim’s faith.

He also said that if we truly follow the teaching of our beloved last prophet Hazrat Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) then we can certainly get out of ethnic race, regional prejudice, and injustice in society and other problems.

He was addressing at the Seerat-e-Khatimun Nabiyeen Conference organized by the University of Karachi (KU) and Sindh Higher Education Commission (SHEC) in collaboration with Paigham-e-Pakistan at Dr Saleem Uz Zaman Auditorium, HEJ, on Tuesday.

The provincial governor expressed that the teachings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) are the only way to salvation. He mentioned that this is a need of the hour that we truly follow the life and teachings of the Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) as it is more important than anything else.

He hoped that Muslim Ummah could get out of its misery if it manages to provide strong foundations in the light of Seerat-Mustafa (SAW). The Governor Sindh Kamran Tessori said that it cannot be denied that the University of Karachi is one of the prestigious institutions of Pakistan and it is known for its quality education and research activities.

He informed the audience that the University of Karachi brings out the talents of the students and also known for its quality education and research activities.

Meanwhile, the Head of Jamia Tur Rasheed (JTR) Mufti Abdul Rahim said that Pakistan has been facing difficulties for the past 20 years and surrounded with lot of crises. “Pakistan is currently standing at such a point that if we do not become serious, we may face a situation like Iraq, Syria and Libya.”

He lauded that owing to an organized and strong military force, Pakistan is safe till now, instead of criticizing Pakistan’s forces, we need to stand firmly with them.

The NED University (NEDUET) Professor Dr Farooq Hasan said that one of the major problems in our social problems is social tolerance, inter-faith social tolerance, though we all know that tolerance is one of the basic values of Islam. He added that societies that are tolerant are more developed and prosperous and mentioned that Islam encourages interfaith dialogue.

“There is a need to effectively promote inter-faith and inter-religious culture. The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) created a society based on broad-minded diversity, racial equality and mutual respect, discouraged ethnic prejudices and religious hatred.”

Meanwhile, the Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan Dr Mukhtar Ahmad said that our young generation is our asset, but if we do not train them properly, they can become a big threat. “Teachers have a key role in the development of any society. They should ensure that they guide the younger generation in the light of good character. We need to heal ourselves first, the society will heal itself.”

On the other hand, the Chairman Sindh HEC Dr Tariq Rafi said that intolerance is growing in Pakistani society and we need to play our role to end the culture of intolerance. He said that we have to promote the culture of tolerance for the betterment of Pakistani society

He observed that the involvement of our young generation in terrorist activities is our failure, we need to understand the reasons behind their involvement in such activities and it needs to be addressed.

The KU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Khalid Mahmood Iraqi said that the life of the Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) is there to guide us in every field, as there is no field where the guidance of Allah’s book and His Messenger is not present.

“We should adopt the virtues of the Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) which can end the unrest, terrorism and linguistics spread in the society. Peace and social stability can be promoted by using tolerance as a tool of understanding between religions.”

The KU VC Professor Dr Khalid Iraqi mentioned that it gives man the right to choose his religion according to his will and perform his worship freely. Islam has always given freedom in the matter of religion and there is no strictness in this regard.

The former professor of the KU Department of Islamic History Dr Nigar Sajjad Zaheer said that religion is the greatest means of providing rights. The Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) gave equal rights to men and women and opened the doors of knowledge to them.

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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