Political gatherings and protests during Hajj are Un-Islamic: PUC Conference

|Arif Qureshi| August 19,2016

Islamabad: Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Senator Pervaiz Rashid said for all the people their religious sites were most sacred places and for Muslims no place was more sacred than the Holy Ka’aba and Masjid Nabvi (SAW), and those casting bad eye to the Holy mosques were the real Satans who deserved to be throne.

He was addressing the “Niday-e-Ummat Conference” organized by the Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC) headed by Hafiz Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi here in Islamabad on Thursday. Ambassadors of Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Egypt and a large scale of religious scholars from all school of thoughts participated the moot. 

Minister for Information said we are thankful Pakistan Ulema Council as it highlighted the real peaceful image of Islam at a time when terrorists were trying to distort its image by spreading hatred through the use of weapons. “If the religious scholars had not come forward, the terrorists would have convinced the world that they were representatives of Islam”, he added.

In his inaugural address PUC Chairman Hafiz Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi said Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Daesh) and militant organization Hezbollah have nothing to do with Islam and their activities causing a bad name for Islam. Speakers at a ‘Niday-e-Ummat Conference’ condemned suicide blast in Quetta, holy cities of Saudi Arabia Makkah and Madina, and expressed solidarity with heirs and families of the martyrs of the blast. It also condemned foreign interference in Islamic countries, particularly in Arab countries and also condemned all sorts of endeavors to create sectarian-based violence in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Bahrain.

The moot extended its support to Dar-ul-Aftaa – a decree released by the PUC – stating that any sort of political gatherings and protest demonstrations during days of Umrah and Hajj are against Shariah. The conference also appealed to pilgrims visiting Saudi Arabia for Hajj and Umrah to stay away from political sloganeering, processions and protests.

The conference also condemned terror attacks in France, Turkey, Germany and America and also condemned killing of a cleric in US, besides urging world leadership to unite for world peace. While expressing concern over prevailing peace situation in Palestine, Kashmir, Syria and Yemen, the speakers appealed to UN, OIC and other world organisations to make an end to ongoing oppression and cruelties in Indian-held Kashmir and Palestine. The conference urged world leadership to play their role to end foreign intervention in Syria and Yemen.

The moot also called on Iran and Arab countries to move for dialogue and negotiations for peace and stability in Islamic world and urged Muslim leadership to make serious endeavors to settle all confronting issue in a peaceful atmosphere. The conference lauded Saudi Arabia for not indulging in war with Iran:

The Writer is Editor Daily Online News Paper “The Fortress” He can be reached at arifqoreshi@gmail.com

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