Religious scholars call for spreading message of peace
Religious academicians and scholars from different Muslim countries have unanimously announced that academic institutions would keep emphasizing on spreading Islam’s message of peace. They condemned all forms of terrorism, extremism and sectarian violence and call for youth to spread a message of peace and harmony for the entire world as it was their responsibility.
In a joint declaration issued after the two-day international conference titled ‘Orientalism in Muslim World: Challenges and Prospects’ concluded on Tuesday at Sargodha University.
They stressed on ideological and intellectual alliance to be the panacea to all ills and challenges facing the Muslim world, calling for guiding and educating youths against terrorism, extremism and sectarianism.
A two-day international conference was aimed at examining the persistent charterer of orientalist discourse in western narratives context.
The moot was organized by the Department of Islamic Studies in which well-known national and international religious scholars including Dr Muhammadi Abdul Baseer Al-Hizri from Cairo and Dr Muhammad Ibrahim Saad-un-Naddi from Egypt participated.
Around 80, religious scholars from across the country and boarder shared their research articles and poster presentations.
Scholars expressed that, there is no compulsion in Islam and all religions must be respected. In Islamic history, Christians and Jews preferred to live in Islamic lands because they were treated with respect and allowed to practice their religion freely, they said.
Addressing the conference, Dr Muhammadi Abdul Baseer Al-Hizri said that new forms and formations of orientalist discourse have emerged corresponding with the West’s new imperial designs in the post-Cold War era and especially during the so-called ‘War on Terror’. Whereas in classical orientalist narratives the ‘oriental native’ had indispensably occupied central status as the ‘object’ of ‘authentic’ oriental knowledge, in the neo-orientalist discourse the ‘native’ becomes the ‘voice/authority’ of the reorientalized native cultures, he added.
Dr Muhammad Ibrahim Saad-un-Naddi said “when we are able to study and understand other cultures and religions through their own lens stereotypes, feelings of superiority, and misjudgments immediately disappear.”
At the end, Dr Feroz-ud-Din Shah presented souvenirs, shields, gifts and participatory certificates among the guests and participants.