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  June 2003

Current Affairs
Motamar Al-Alam Al-Islami holds seminar
The Prophet of Islam (SAW) and
Peace and Justice in the World
TMW Report

Motamar Al-Alam Al-Islami Secretary General Raja Zafarul Haq said here last month, that Islam as a religion preaches peace and the creation of a society based on justice.

This was the message that the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him), gave to the people as the Messenger of Allah and stressed the importance of abiding by the laws as ordained in the Holy Quran, he said.

Raja Zafarul Haq was speaking at the seminar organised by the Motamar Al-Alam Al-Islami at a local hotel to mark Eid Milad-un-Nabi on May 28. He stressed the fact that the message of Islam as delivered by the Holy Prophet (PBUH) was of peace and justice.

Raja Zafarul Haq stressed that all the ills that the nations today faced in the world owed to the denial of justice. When there is no justice there could be no peace, he added. He said that the conditions faced by the Palestinian Arabs, the Kashmiri Muslims, the Muslims in Chechnya the Muslims in Philippines and other places, including Iraq, were because there was no justice.

In fact these problems emanated from the fact that these people were denied their rights and subjected to oppression.

He said today there was no body to stop the injustices and atrocities being committed on the Muslims; neither the United Nations nor even the OIC did anything to stop them.

Raja Zafarul Haq said that the salvation of all ills that the Muslims today faced lay in promoting unity in their ranks and seeking the development of their countries; with the abundant natural and mineral resources they have to excel in education and technology.

Earlier, Maulana Wali Razi said that the Muslims must give up all forms of Western culture and manifestations and instead adhere to Islamic norms.

Maulana Wali Razi, a former minister and a religious scholar, said that the Muslims would have to take a U-turn. They would have to stop looking to the west and western institutions for justice. He said now the issues had become crystal clear. "We will have to discriminate between the right and the wrong. All the 1.60 billion Muslims of the world will have to take a U-turn. There is no middle way," he observed. Islam was the only path to world peace, he said.

Motamar Alam-e-Islami Assistant Secretary General Mir Nawaz Khan Marwat highlighted various instances from the life of the Holy Prophet (PBUH), wherein the adherence to justice was paramount.

Islam preaches peace and justice and absence of justice always promoted a reaction. Islam is also a religion of peace and it was important that Islam's stress on peace must be projected everywhere.

Professor Hasnain Kazmi, well known scholar on Islamic law, said the basic stress in Islam was on promoting a society that ensured the quality of life based on Islamic tenets, including equality in the eyes of law and dispensation of justice without discrimination.

Qutubuddin Aziz, former diplomat and author of books on Islam, told the meeting that all the conspiracies against Muslims emanated from the Jews. He recalled the crusades of the middle ages and said that while these had ended in the middle ages with the victory of Islam and with Jerusalem under Islamic control, the machinations of the Jews led to the creation of the state of Israel.

Mr. Qutubduddin Aziz said that jews were behind 90 percent terrorist incidents in the world today.

Mr. Abdullah Dadabhoy, Treasurer of the Motamar, welcoming the guests said that the world of Islam was passing through difficult times there days and urged for the unity of Muslim Ummah.

He expressed sympathy with the people of Afghanistan and stressed that we must work for peace and justice on earth.

He said Islam is a universal religion and recalled the history of the Motamar and its efforts to establish peace and justice in the world.

The seminar was largely attended by the elite of the city including politicians, religious scholars, writers and journalists.