IRD organized a 3-day Training Workshop

Role of Religious Leaders in the form of Transforming Society”

بدلتے سماج کی تشکیل نو میں اہل علم کا کردار

The Iqbal International Institute for Research & Dialogue (IRD) in collaboration with Department of Islamic Studies, University of Malakand, Lower Dir organized a 3-day workshop titled: “Role of Religious Leaders in the form of Transforming Society” From 17 to 19 April 2019 at Malakand University Chakdara.

Prof. Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, Rector, International Islamic University, Islamabad thanked Vice Chancellor, Dr. Gul Zaman and his team for providing an opportunity to interact with the Students and faculty of the University. He also appreciated the IRD team for arranging such type of activities.  He said we have to promote امر بالمعروف اور نہی عن المنکر.  Allah (SWT) bestowed equal opportunity for all creatures.

 

He said that our fundamental inspiration in all these activities and programs comes from the two unique characteristics of our university, it is Islamic and it is international. Its Islamic characteristic inspires us to strive for creating an awareness of humanity’s common goal to build a peaceful, just and morally informed social order. Its international characteristic guides us to play a leading role in harmonizing competing ideologies, mitigating global political and economic conflicts, that is based on mutual respect and cooperation between nations rather than on narrowly defined national interests. He said that Islam basically the relation between Allah and His people and the first and most important objective is the protection of Islam. The Shariah is the protection of human life and killing of a person is like the killing of entire humanity and saving a life is deemed for saving of whole humanity. The promotion of dialogue is necessary for the culture in Pakistan.

He shared that he is heading a committee, which works for equal certification in the country. He stressed ulama and religious leaders to get contemporary education also. He is desirous to choose 500 students from the Madaras and to admit 100 students each year in the universities. After that, they may be able to build nation character both morally and economically.

Prof. Dr. Gulzaman, Vice Chancellor, University of Malakand, Dir Lower, KPK expressed his gratitude and welcomed Rector, IIU and IRD team at their campus. He said over the past several years, his university developed probably the closest relationship with the other universities of Pakistan and abroad.

He asked that Rector, IIU to identify international students and faculty for the University of Malakand to get its global recognition. He is desirous to offer admission in different departments of the University to international students and researchers. He further added that the University of Malakand is a hub for researchers and faculty. He seeks support by the International Islamic University, Islamabad to uphold his idea. He further admires that the Rector, IIU being the  Chairman of Vice Chancellors Committee to extends his maximum assistance for the university. He paid his rich tributes to the organizers of the workshop and their efforts and support. He thanked the Rector, IIU and IRD team and its Executive Director, Dr. Husnul Amin of a very successful three days workshop.

Dr. Kausar Yasinzai, Head/Chairperson, Department of Gynecology, Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, Islamabad stated that ulama can play their role regarding healthcare activities in Pakistan. The life of Muhammad Peace Is Upon Him is a role model in healthcare cases also. The women who have been pregnant suffered a lot.  Social cohesion contributes to a wide variety of social outcomes such as peace, growth, social uplift, health, and economic prosperity in the country. She stressed upon the participants to bring religious norms in their lives and adopt Sunnah methods. She said Ulama in their Jumma Sermons may also guide people, to bring Sunnah in their daily life for a healthy society. It is the prime responsibility of every parent to train their child in the right way. They need to give awareness and knowledge to their children, help them to gain good characteristics, and develop a virtuous personality.

Islam as a comprehensive code of conducts and provides a complete moral system that is an important aspect of its world-view. We live in an age where good and evil are often looked at as relative concepts. Islam has declared certain rights for the parents and has instructed us to fulfill these rights. We have to use, honey, olive oil, dates, zam zam in our daily life. These things protect the human body from so many diseases.

 

The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) As a Teacher by Dr. Ata-ur-Rahman, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Humanities & Chairman, Department of Islamic Studies, University of Malakand, Chakdara, KPK

He said that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was the loving teacher and tutor whose teachings and sayings still guide, inspire and instruct the whole humanity. The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was the most effective spokesman. He knew how to address the hearts, and thus he became the beloved one of the hearts. He first made himself loved and then sought ways to educate people. He used a style in his speeches that affected people and made them think, so he achieved permanent behavior change in people by means of the best educational methods.

He said that peace is one of the most wonderful gifts that God has given to the world. One way of viewing peace is that it is a way of life committed to the nonviolent resolution of conflict and to personal and social justice. Islam lays paramount importance on coexistence, peace, justice and well being of the humanity which can be seen from the life of Holy Prophet (SAW). Almighty Allah say in the Holy Quran, ‘‘we have not sent thee but as a blessing for the worlds’’ (21:107). The Holy prophet expressed these golden words to the angel, ‘‘I have been sent as a blessing instead of inconvenience in this world’’ on the occasion of a heart-rending incident of Taif when his shoes were full with flowing blood due to tyranny by the non-believers. Islam does not forbid establishing relations of generosity and just behavior with followers of other religions (60:8). Real Islamic vision of coexistence with the followers of other religions can be visualized through the evergreen example of Medina Charter which was signed by the Holy Prophet (SAW) and the Jews of Medina.

He highlighted the aims of the Department of Islamic Studies of the University of Malakand which were largely based on bringing together people of different faiths and cultures and respecting and understanding each other. He told that the department of Islamic Studi had created courses on peace-building and accepting “the other” with the goal of creating understanding and empathy. He added that the Qur’an emphasizes peace and reconciliation as basic to all social and even international relations. Over the course of history, the general approach of Muslims has been supportive of maintaining peace, spreading an environment of serenity and trust, and constructing a civilization of love, compassion, and mercy to share with other people in peace.

 

Syed Hassan Aftab Director, IRD thanked the administration of the University of Malakand especially Dr. Ata-ur-Rahman, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Humanities & Chairman, Department of Islamic Studies, University of Malakand, Chakdara, KPK. He described the basic principles of Islam, the introduction of three days workshop. He explained the Islamic concept of peace and tolerance in society and misunderstanding about Islam. He asked the religious leaders and ulama for focusing on human rights, harmony among various religions, sect, and society. He briefly introduced IRD and IIU.

 

There is no doubt that Islam is a peaceful and liberal religion and teaches its followers to live in peace with all others. It advocates the dignity of Islam, Muslims and Ummah must always be taken into consideration while discussing such issues. Muslims can promote tolerance and patience with the followers of other religions but it does not mean that Muslims adopt behavior that results in the disgrace for Islam or Muslims. He said that a dialogue is meant to understand each other’s religious beliefs and principles in order to co-exist in peace and tranquility. It is a dialogue and not a debate to score points against each other. Dialogues must not turn into debates because debates put each other’s backs up and do not achieve or create a harmonious environment.

He said that Islam is a complete code of life and it is not for the mosque only. Islam is for life, daily life. It guides for the whole life in all aspects; socially, ethically, economically and politically.  Islam keeps the Muslim away from confusion because Islam is logical and rational. Allah is one and has no sons.

Syed Hassan Aftab Director, IRD shared a story with the Ulama and Religious leaders “Elis on the dreamland”. Elis was a creatively innovative and commercially wise senior manager. Over the last one and a half decades, she worked for many companies. She has wide experience of working with high profile clients and brands.

He asked the participants of the seminar ‘determine your direction’. What you have to do after learning? What would be your aims, whether you have to become Khateeb of a Masjid or become a good religious leader? The success depends on the preferences of every human being. People who do not determine the way they never get success in their lives.

Muhammad Rashid, Master Trainer, IRD expressed his gratitude to the administration of the University of Malakand, Dir Lower, Chakdara, KPK, and International Islamic University, Islamabad for arranging a beautiful interaction with the ulama and religious leaders of the community. He said that knowledgeable people can bring change in the lives of human beings particularly and society in general. He stressed upon the participants to learn more and more and engaged the speakers with full passion. Do not interfere with sectarian things. Scholars can bring change in society and in your own self. Learn the lesson from your own aspiration. You must be aware of your position to understand your status so that you can identify and enter it in a safe zone. Man is looking for better than better.  It is natural to have casual movements inside of each human being the knowledge is the victory of the world.

Mr. Muhammad Rashid further stated we are followers of ideologies. Religious leaders and Ulama must know everything and acquire knowledge of religious science as well as social science and anthropology.  He asked the participant to learn about the different sects. He termed that knowledge is power and every person’s behavior and knowledge is different from others. He emphasis upon Ulama should be expert in different sciences.

Dr. Hazir Ullah, Chairman, Department of Sociology, IIU delivered his lecture titled: “An overview of Social Research”. He explained about social research, the purpose of social research and the importance of social research for social scientists.  He shared the participants about new knowledge; broaden horizon, confidence and Entering the context.  He discussed sources of knowledge, common sense,  intuition,  just know it, beliefs, tenacity-time has given it validity, tradition, personal Experience, authority,  the words of experts, divine, reasons and scientific. He talked at the base of methodological distinction, ontology, epistemology, methodology, design, and instrument. He shared the story of Aristotle in an argument with Plato. Aristotle gestures to the earth, representing his belief in knowledge through empirical observation and experience.  Hermeneutics is the theory and methodology of interpretation, especially the interpretation of religious texts, literature.

Mr. Bilal Idrees delivered his lecture on “Religious, Educational, Social and Environmental Challenges”. He talked on the exclusion of religion from the collective life. He said living in a Muslim space, it is perceived by respondents to protect them against their sense of social exclusion and the persistent threat of religious-based riots, whatever the intensity of their own religiosity. However, although respondents experience insecurity and their symbol of religion is in fear. The impact of religion decreases within its framework systematic exploration of nexus of Islam. A thorough exploration is required to carve out their contributions to this debate and discourse.

He said that it rationalizes religion from western paradigms and is created to cater to the minds of modern Muslim generation which has been educated in Western traditions. The main theme is to locate the place of a human being in cosmology.

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