October 27, 2014 – by Mobarik A. Virk
Islamabad : Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC) Chairman Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi said that the PUC wishes to turn Pakistan into a state like the one exists in Madina Munawarah where the weak and oppressed segments of society were protected by the state of Madinah.
Hazrat Umar Farooq (RA) and other ‘Khulafa-e-Rashdeen’ protected women, children and the non-Muslims in line with the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him), which was unmatchable even today,” Ashrafi said.
While addressing the peace seminar titled ‘Ashra Farooq-o-Hussain’, the PUC chairman said that the whole world is benefiting from the system that was implemented by Hazrat Umar Farooq (RA) in his era as Caliph and stressed that it is the system of ‘Khilafat-e-Rashidah’ that can ensure global peace even today.
He said that the PUC alongside the National Unity Council (Qaumi Yekjehti Council) will play their role for maintaining peace and harmony all over the country during the month of Muharram.
“I appeal to the ‘Ulema’, ‘Khutaba’, ‘Zakreen’ and Wa’aizeen’ belonging to all schools of thought to please follow the code of conduct jointly approved and not disrespect the persons holy to them or their holy places. The tradition set by Hazrat Umar Farooq (RA) at the time of conquering of Baitul Maqdas when he respected the non-Muslims and their worship places and protected their rights invites all of us to follow the same now,” the PUC chairman said.
“Islamic teachings doesn’t allow any individual, group or organisation to kill the followers of other sects or religions and take away their right to life,” he said.
He said that the PUC will organise a ‘Piyam-e-Amn Convention’ in Faisalabad on October 29 in which the Ulema and Mashaikh from all schools of thought would be invited to join hands in maintaining peace and harmony during the month of Muharram.
He also demanded that the government should commemorate the days of ‘Khulafa-e-Rashdeen’ at state level as well. He said that the PUC was in contact with the federal and provincial governments for maintaining peace and harmony during the month of Muharram and expressed the hope that there will be no repetition of the unfortunate incident like the one happened last year in Rawalpindi.
He said that the dialogue between the leaders of Ahle Sunnah and Ahle Tashia are continuing to resolve the issues in a peaceful manner. “I hope the leaders of both the sects will adopt a better strategy and will help promote peace and tolerance in the country,” Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi said.
The peace conference was attended by Maulana Mushtaq Ahmed, Maulana Abdul Qayum, Maulana Ashfaq Pitafi, Maulana Muhammad Tayat Qasmi, Maulana Noman Hashir, Maulana Ayub Safdar, Maulana Hafiq Muhammad Amjad, Maulana Shafi Qasmi, Mufti Muhammad Umar Farooq, Maulana Anwarul Haq Mujahid and others. (the news)