Seminar on ‘State of Madina and Pakistan: Formation and Demands’
The Department of Islamic and Arabic Studies at Sargodha University organized on March 9, 2019 an international seminar on ‘State of Madina and Pakistan: Formation and Demands’ to discuss Seerah and Islamic jurisprudence in order to establish an ideal state.
The seminar was delivered by renowned Islamic Scholar Prof Dr Ahmed Yousif Al Draiweesh, the President of International Islamic University Islamabad. The event was graced by the Vice Chancellor Dr Ishtiaq Ahmed, Director General of Islamic Research Institute Prof Dr Zia-ul-Haq, Professor of Principles of Religion Dr Zafar ullah Baig, and Chairman Department of Islamic and Arabic Studies Dr Muhammad Feroz ud Din Shah.
While introducing Prof Dr Draiweesh, the Vice Chancellor said: “Today we have one of the top Islamic scholars with us who intellectually contributed to the Islamic world through writing around 80 books on Islamic Jurisprudence and portrayed traditional Islamic Studies in modern discourse.”
He further added that for the distinctive contributions of Dr Draiweesh he has been awarded with several Saudia Arabian and Pakistani awards. For promoting strong relations between Pakistan and Saudia Arabia, Prof Dr Draiweesh has also been selected as ‘Goodwill Ambassador’ between the two states.
The Vice Chancellor also expressed that the bond between Pakistan and Saudia Arabia is based on historic, cultural, and economic relationships. Appreciation the leadership of Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, the Vice Chancellor added, “The Vision 2030 by Saudia Prince reflects the transformation of Saudia Arabia from oil refineries to building digital cities. In this regard, the Pakistani researches and experts in Information Technology must join their hands with Saudia Arabia to avail the employment opportunities.”
Prof Dr Draiweesh said that Pak-Saudi relations are not just religion oriented but both the nations share common culture and social values. He called for concrete steps to cement the academic ties between the two countries.
“Pakistan holds a respectable position in the Islamic world for promoting peace and harmony in the region. To establish a stable state, peace justice and equality must be promoted. And we have the Quran and Sunnah between us that are enough for guidance,” he added.
Expressing hope for the better future of Pakistan, Dr Draiweesh said that Pakistan is the proud of all the Islamic states because it has the potential to become the superpower.
“The top oil exporter Saudi Arabia is exploring new economic avenues and transforming its one-tier economy under the Saudi Vision 2030. This will create huge opportunities for high qualified professionals in Pakistan,” he said, adding that he will extend his support to Sargodha University in collaborating with Saudi academic institutions.
Dr Zial-ul-Huq said that it is appreciable that the whole nation is coming forth to establish a stable an ideal state. He urged the youth to play their role in achieving this goal.
Dr Feroz ud Din Shah that the best source of enlightenment that a Muslim has available is Quran and Sunnah and this seminar was organized to familiarize the youth with these sources.