By OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
Amir Jamaat-e-Islami Hind and renowned Islamic scholar Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari, during his week-long visit to Pakistan, was warmly welcomed in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi, where he addressed a number of select gatherings. Dr. Raziul Islam Nadvi, who is also a renowned Islamic scholar in his own right, was accompanying him all through his visit.
On June 8, Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari inaugurated the 3-day Qur’ān exhibition “Mazahir-ul-Qur’ān”, organised at the Idara-e Noor-e-Haq in Lahore. Iranian Consul General Abbas Ali Allahi, Director Iranian Cultural Centre Mehdi Khateeb and Vice Consul of Japan Yucki Ochai were also present on the occasion.
In his inaugural speech, Maulana Umari said that the Holy Qur’ān has brought about a revolution in the lives of the Muslims, adding that the promising effects of the Holy Qur’ān could only be attained by implementing its true message. He further said the unrest and frustration across the world is due to the abandoning of the teachings of the Holy Qur’ān, and it happens to be the only holy book through which a revolution can be brought in the world.
Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan chief Syed Munawwar Hassan was presiding over the inaugural session and delivered the presidential address. JI Karachi leader Muhammad Hussain Mahenti and deputy JI chief Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rehman also spoke on the occasion.
The exhibition, Mazahir-ul Qur’ān, which was divided in five sections, comprised rare editions of the Holy Qur’ān, translations in different languages, Tafaseer (commentaries), and handwritten manuscripts which were compiled during the Mughal emperor Alamgir’s era and coated with pure gold. The exhibition offered around 70 different editions of translations in different languages, including Sanskrit. Around 35 Tafaseer were also on display.
IIUI WELCOMES JIH AMIR
During Maulana Syed Jalaluddin’s visit to Islamabad, International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) organised a special programme in his honour.
Addressing the welcome ceremony on the occasion, Maulana Umari said Islam is a religion which convinces others through arguments and not through power or force, and the people who talk unlike are not well aware of Islamic teachings.
Maulana Jalaluddin said that there is dire need of research in the field of various Islamic sciences and arts to present the real picture of Islam to the world. He stressed the holding of seminars and workshops to discuss the various current issues from Islamic perspective to find out its positive solution. The JIH leader expressed pleasure on research work done by the International Islamic University and said that research work in various fields of Islam done by IIUI may not be done by any other university.
Earlier, President IIUI, Dr. Mumtaz Ahmad, in his welcome address, briefed the delegation about the IIUI and its constitution units, their progress and future plans. He said that IIUI is playing its role in the field of research as an international institution. Dr. Sahibzada Sajidur Rehman thanked the delegation for its visit to the university.
The members of the delegation accompanying the Maulana to the IIUI included Muhammad Raziul Islam Nadvi of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Dr. Muhammad Kamal, Naib Ameer Jamat-e-Islami Pakistan and former MNA Mian Muhammad Aslam. Dr. Mumtaz Ahmad, President IIUI, Prof. Dr. Sahibzada Sajidur Rehman, Vice President (AF&P), IIUI were also present on the occasion. Faculty members and administrative officers of IIUI also attended the ceremony.
AT HYDERABAD RECEPTION
Addressing a reception hosted in his honour by local chapter of the Jamaat-i-Islami Pakistan at Hyderabad on Sunday (June 9) evening, he emphasised the need for an amicable solution of Kashmir dispute and said Indian Muslims believed war was not the best option to resolve a dispute.
He said that Pakistan, Bangladesh and India were a reality and the countries should accept each other wholeheartedly. Although Muslims were considered weak in India but Islam was flourishing there. The Holy Qur’ān has been translated into 13 major languages of India to convey the message of Islam to the countrymen, he said.
He said that the Government of India has started paying attention to reports that focussed on socio-economic conditions of Muslims but its result would take time to make itself felt.
Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, he said, was working for the welfare of Muslims. It did not participate in elections but workers were free to take part in elections from the platform of any political party while maintaining the party’s discipline, he said. He said that extremists could not afford to see Muslims in power in India but at the same time they could not afford to challenge them. JIH was working for capacity-building of Muslims academically, many micro-financing schemes were under way for economic wellbeing of Muslims, he said. He said the Muslims associated with trade were more content than others.
Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari also inaugurated Syed Abul A’la Maudoodi Academy at the residence of the founder of Jamaat-e-Islami at Ichhara, Lahore. The Academy along with Reference Library is run by Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan’s students wing Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba. The JIH Chief also handed over certificates to the participants of 15-day Fahm-e-Deen Class at the Academy