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Inter-faith relations essence of Islamic teaching, say speakers at seminar

Speakers at international seminar on life of Prophet Mohammed condemn terrorism

February 22, 2016 12:00 am | Updated 05:48 am IST - HYDERABAD:

An international seminar on the life and ways of Prophet Mohammed condemned terrorism and declared that Islam has no room for any terrorist activities.

“Islam is the religion of peace, fraternity, tolerance, mutual respect and patriotism,” said eminent scholars from across the country at the three-day international seminar that was inaugurated on Sunday at Al Mahadul Aali Al Islami at Taleemabad in Shaheen Nagar.

The scholars also emphasised on inter-faith cordial relationship terming it as the “essence of Islamic teachings,” according to a press release.

Deputy Chief Minister of Telangana Mahmood Ali, who was the chief guest, called upon the Muslim countries to spend their wealth on educational and welfare activities instead of using it for warfare, weaponry and destructive purposes. He urged the Islamic scholars and clergies to guide Muslim youth to excel in worldly affairs of engineering, medicine, science and technology and other areas and be of community service.

Member of Parliament from Hyderabad and AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi alleged that the “Central government was dividing Muslims into different sects” and trying to “prove that a certain group is favouring terrorism and a certain group is opposing it”.

Maulana Mahmood Madani called upon Muslims to coexist cordially and in peace with other religions. He urged Muslims to not refrain from expressing their love for the nation whenever possible, noting that the condition of Muslims in India numbering to nearly half of the sub-continent’s Muslim population were better off than those in others parts of the sub-continent. He said times won’t ameliorate with the change of government but only when we “ameliorate our characters and deeds” and be exemplary in conduct.

Mohammed Khaled Saifullah Rahmani, Secretary, All India Muslim Personal Law Board in his keynote address said Muslims should teach Islamic teachings in regional languages to clear the misconceptions about Islam among people of other faiths. He said this would help narrow the gap between Muslims and other communities.

Saudi Islamic scholar Abdullah Mohammed Al Ghamedi also spoke. Maulana Mohammed Rafeeq Qasmi, Secretary, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (Delhi), Shaikh Mohammed Ahdal, Hazrath Maulana Mohammed Saifan Qasmi, Maulana Abbas Ali, Maulana Abdullah, Mufti Ahmed Dehlvi, Hazrath Maulana Syed Mohammed Wali Rahmani, Ziauddin Nayyar, Mufti Sadeq Mohiuddin and others were also present.

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