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Grand Mufti regrets misrepresentation of Islam

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Markaz anniversary comes to an end in Kozhikode

The 33rd anniversary celebrations of the Markaz Ssaquafathi Ssunniyya concluded at Karanthur in Kozhikode on Sunday.

Grand Mufti of Egypt Sheikh Ali Gomaa inaugurated the valedictory session, which also marked the convocation of 788 students, who completed various courses from the Markaz institutions.

It is the first time that Ali Gomaa, highest official of religious law in Egypt, is visiting India to address a conclave.

In his inaugural address, Dr. Gomaa said: “Islam is the religion that calls for peace and mercy. Unfortunately, some commentators from the non-Muslim world have taken the actions of a small but highly visible and disruptive minority of people within the Muslim world to represent the beliefs of the majority of Muslims, claiming that Islam has been a violent religion from the beginning.”

“This view has unfortunately been reinforced through the presentation of Islam in much of the mass media. These are blatant fallacies,” he said.

Expressing joy over the visit to Kerala, Dr. Gomaa said “India is best known and admired for so many wonderful aspects among my fellow Egyptians. For creativity and originality, for progress and respect for traditional values, for being the fountain of spirituality and the cradle of the wise and for the haven of those who reflect and ponder over the secrets of the universe.”

Convocation

Religious scholar from Makka Omar Abdulla Kamil presented course certificates to the graduates at the convocation ceremony.

General secretary of Markaz Kanthapuram A.P. Aboobacker Musaliyar delivered the convocation address. Sayed Abdurahman Al Bukhari, president of the Samastha Kerala Jamiyyathul Ulama, chaired the function.

Resolutions passed

Calling attention of the government to social, religious and political issues, 11 resolutions were passed in connection with the three-day Markaz conference.

The resolutions urged the government to adopt creative measures for controlling the price of essential commodities. The anxiety of citizens in the increasing corruption of officials at top positions was also reflected in the resolutions.

Religious leaders, who moved the resolutions, requested government bodies to be more alert against such elements trying to stain the name of the country. They also urged the government to seriously look into covert operations from various quarters to create communal discord.

Communalisation of political clashes and murders for vested interests should be opposed by all means, they said.

Science centre

Earlier, Maharashtra Governor K. Sankaranarayanan laid the foundation stone for the Markaz Science Centre.

He said changes in the education sector would be successful only if those were implemented after talks with experts and added that no one would be able to deny the role of private education sector in improving the educational standard of the country.

Mr. Sankaranarayanan said the State and Union governments should show responsibility to address the basic demands of institutions striving to contribute for the educational empowerment of the country.

He said the efforts of the government alone would never succeed in accomplishing the educational needs.

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