President bestows Hilal-e-Pakistan on MWL General Secretary
ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi conferred Hilal-e-Pakistan on Muslim World League Secretary General Dr Muhammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa on Monday in recognition of his services to Pakistan in different fields during a special investiture ceremony held in Aiwan-e-Sadr.
The award was given in recognition of his services in strengthening the fraternal relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia; to be an instrument for awarding scholarships to Pakistani students in educational and higher education institutions in Saudi Arabia; for pursuing and safeguarding the rights of Pakistani expatriates in Saudi Arabia; to promote peace and harmony by organizing conferences, seminars and dialogues within Muslim societies and also with the rest of the world with the aim of creating harmony and unity in the Islamic world; and presenting a peaceful, harmonious and tolerant image of Muslims around the world.
Later, Dr. Muhammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa and his delegation appealed to the president. Minister of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Mufti Abdul Shakoor, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Nawaf bin Saeed Al Malki also attended the meeting, the press wing of the President’s Secretariat said in A press release.
Addressing the Secretary General, the President called “Islamophobia” one of the biggest challenges facing Muslims and stressed the need to allay the world’s fears about Islam. He said that Islam advocates peace, solidarity and harmony among the peoples of the world, and people of different nations should be educated on the true message of Islam.
The President stressed the need to highlight the true and harmonious nature of Islam in the Muslim world and beyond.
He said that Islamophobia should be fought and eliminated through peaceful and harmonious actions in the Islamic world. He also stressed the need to organize inter-religious conferences, dialogues and meetings to exchange ideas with religious scholars and leaders of other religions to explain the true message of Islam.
The President said that moderation in Islamic societies could go a long way not only to eradicating extremism, terrorism and intolerance, but also to ensuring the promotion of peace and socio-economic justice. He also expressed his concern over the growing trend of Islamophobia in India, adding that Islamophobia in India is deeply rooted and fostered at the state level. He stressed the need to take concrete steps to relieve Indian Muslims from the negative effects of Islamophobia.
During the meeting, the President urged the Muslim World League to consider launching scholarships for students in Sharia, Islamic studies as well as scientific and technical disciplines. He also stressed the need for an exchange program for government officials to study governance, especially the regulation of religious affairs.
The President appreciated the efforts of the Muslim World League for the cause of Islam and the well-being of the Muslim world and commended its work in establishing vocational education and training centers, supplying water and the renovation and construction of mosques and religious institutions.
The President also appreciated the implementation of his idea communicated to the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Pakistan to establish an Islamic Museum in Pakistan. He said that after the completion of this museum, the people of Pakistan and the rest of the world would benefit from the exhibits and be able to learn more about the different aspects and phases of the life of the Holy Prophet (PBUH).
The President thanked the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for providing valuable support to Pakistan to help overcome its most pressing financial needs and for providing generous assistance to alleviate the suffering of flood victims.
During the meeting, Dr. Muhammad Bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa appreciated Pakistan’s efforts to raise its voice against Islamophobia in all global forums, including the United Nations, which declared March 15 as a against Islamophobia”.
He said Pakistani academics and civil society were deeply concerned about the growing trend of Islamophobia and were playing an active and effective role in showing the peaceful and genuine face of Pakistan to the rest of the world.
He also appreciated the speech of the President at the international conference Seerat-un-Nabi (peace be upon him) titled “Morality of society, reform and development: in the light of Seerat-un-Nabi (PBUH)” organized by the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interreligious Harmony, Islamabad.
The Muslim World League is an international non-governmental Islamic organization based in the holy city of Mecca. It was founded in accordance with a resolution adopted at the meeting of the General Islamic Conference, held in Makkah on May 18, 1962.