Terrorism and extremism cannot be tolerated anymore and they should not be linked to Islam. Terrorism is destroying the economy and spreading poverty and ignorance in the world, so it is the responsibility of Islamic scholars to stand against this evil, said the Imam of Kaaba Saleh bin Muhammad Al-Talib talking to Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq at Parliament House on Monday.
He also addressed a seminar on Moderation in the light of Quran and Sunnah and its application in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan at International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI).
Imam admired Pakistan’s role for maintaining peace in the region and commitment to eradicate terrorism and extremism from the country and beyond.
He hailed Pakistan for its role in the services of Muslim world and said that Pakistan is an atomic power and Muslim world is proud of this country.
He called for unity in the ranks of the Muslim world and condemned sectarianism and extremism. He also expressed immense pleasure over his visit to Pakistan and said that people of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have strong and eternal bonds.
Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are like two bodies and one soul. Our sorrow, happiness and destination are the same. Both the countries are the symbol of peace, brotherhood, progress and prosperity. Pakistan has a significant place in the Muslim world and is playing a vital role for peace and stability in the region, he said.
While talking about the Kashmir issue, Imam of Kaaba said that he considers Kashmir is the part of Pakistan and accept this reality. I always remember the innocent people of Kashmir in my prayers, Saleh bin Muhammad said.
Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has said “Pakistan is worried about the situation in entire Muslim Ummah. Terrorism, extremism and destruction are common in most of the Islamic world. I think this is the conspiracy designed by our common enemies who did not want the development and prosperity of Islamic world.”
The speaker said that the people and government of Pakistan have the greatest regard for Saudi Arabia and they would never tolerate any aggression against it.
‘We are ready to sacrifice our lives for the protection of Harmain Sharefain’, the speaker said. He said that the relations between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are deep-rooted and time-tested and the same level of relationship exists between the peoples of the two countries.
Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Inter-faith Harmony Sardar Muhammad Yousaf, Senator Professor Sajid Mir, Senator–elect Hafiz Abdul Kareem, MNAs Sahibzada Tariq Ullah, Sheikh Salahuddin, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Pakistan Nawaf Saeed Ahmed Al-Maliki and others were also present in the meeting. NNI
Imam-e-Kaaba addresses seminar at IIUI
Moderation is all about truth and righteousness. The teachings of Islamic Shariah are the same and this particular term must not be interpreted as changes in Shariah.
This was said by the Imam of the grand Mosque in Makkah, Shaikh Salih Bin Ibe Talib at International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) while addressing a seminar on Moderation in the light of Quran and Sunnah and its application in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.
He maintained that Pakistani human resource has always added pace to the progress of Muslims. While referring to the Pak-Saudi relations, the Imam said that both countries have exemplary ties and mutual bond was getting stronger with the passage of time.
The Imam hailed IIUI while discussing Paigham-e-Pakistan initiative of the university and said that the university has brought the Muslim world on a page to have a narrative against the forbidden deeds such as violence.
He also appreciated the University for arranging discussions and moots for promotion of moderation and dissemination of the message of Islam.
IIUI Rector, Dr Masoom Yasinzai, in his speech on the occasion welcomed the Imam and said the Saudi cooperation had made IIUI a truly international institution.
He said that the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia Nawaf Al-Malki and IIUI President Dr Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh had provided meaningful contribution in progress of the university. IIUI Rector furthered that Pakistani people had immense love for KSA in hearts and reception of respected Imam of Kaaba was a visible example.
IIUI President, Dr Ahmed said on the occasion that application of moderation was the dire need of hour. He said that Saudi government had contributed a lot in dissemination of moderation through its commitment against extremism and violence. IIUI President also briefed the audience about the initiatives of the university taken for moderation.
The seminar was also attended by the KSA Ambassador, while diplomats, IIUI Vice Presidents, Directors General, students and relevant officials also attended the seminar.
Earlier, the Imam had led the Maghrib prayer which was attended by renowned figures of society, IIUI leadership, diplomats and a large number of the people of twin cities.
He also visited the Islamic research Institute of the university and penned his remarks regarding his visit to the university.