ISLAMABAD: Need for promoting inter-faith harmony and tolerance in the society urged by President Mamnoon Hussain.
President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain laid emphasis here on Sunday Dec 8, on the need to build up inter-faith harmony and tolerance in society while asking religious scholars to admonish people in agreement with the teachings of Islam. President Hussain while addressing a conference on “Inter-faith Harmony” organised by the Nazaria Pakistan Council Trust he said: “The nation was united on the issue of terrorism and sectarianism and expressed the hope that the government with the cooperation of people would purge the country of this menace.”
While addressing the conference he directed the Muslims of Pakistan and the world to endorse love and harmony and revere non-believers by setting aside all dissimilarities. “Unfortunately, the country which was created to ensure religious freedom has been caught up by terrorism and sectarianism. Neither mosques and Imam bargahs nor Churches and shrines are safe,” he condemned. At this occasion the President said:” Islam did not allow anyone to impose his faith on others, adding it was because of religious tolerance that Muslims had ruled the sub-continent and followers of other religions had embraced Islam.”
The President went on to say: “Terrorism had sowed fear across the world and because of the attitude of a few misguided people Islam was being linked with extremism and terrorism. Our religion preaches peace, brotherhood and harmony and strictly prohibits bloodshed and chaos. It declares that the murder of a human being is tantamount to killing the whole humanity. War and conflict never provide solution to any problem. The Holy Quran also teaches the lesson of adopting the path of peace.”
President Hussain greeted proposals; in the vein of bearing equality in syllabus, made by speakers at the conference and asked them to send more suggestions to him. Apart from President Hussain, Sahibzada Sajidur Rehman, Maulana Shah Awais Noorani, Allama Qari Niaz Hussain Naqvi, Maulana Hafiz Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi, Aneeq Ahmad, Khawaja Ghulam Qutbuddin Faridi, Mufti Munibur Rehman, Maulana Mohammad Samiul Haq, Allama Sajid Ali Naqvi, Senator Professor Sajid Mir and Maulana Mohammad Hanif Jalandhri also addressed the assemblage at the conference. The speakers reproved sectarian killings, and stressed the need for harmony among followers of different sects and religions in Pakistan.