Rights of Non-Muslims 'Seerat Conference Rahmat-ul-Alameen (PBUH) for the Worlds

Rights of Non-Muslims 'Seerat Conference Rahmat-ul-Alameen (PBUH) for the Worlds
Rights of Non-Muslims in an Islamic State  
A great gathering of leaders of all religious and schools of thought in Pakistan


http://peacecenter.org.pk/upload/image004_5.pngPakistan Ulema Council Pakistan and International Interfaith Harmony Council Organized “Rights of Non-Muslims in an Islamic State” on 1st of October, 2023 at the celebration of the birth of Muhammad – the Prophet of Islam. This conference was organized in the   Alhamara Hall Lahore. Hafiz Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi was the Chief Organizer. This conference attracted participants from various walks of life, representing diverse religious and political organizations. Over 500 scholars and religious leaders attended the event, presided over by Pakistan Ulema Council Chairman and President of the International Interfaith Harmony Council, Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi. Very Rev. Bishop Azad Marshall, Moderator Bishop of Church of Pakistan and Fr James Channan OP, Director, Peace Center were the Guests of Honor.

Addressing the conference Hafiz Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi, Chairman, Pakistan Ulama Council and special representative of the Prime Minister of Pakistan said all members of minority communities in Pakistan are equal citizens of Pakistan. He said I do not like to address them as “minority” but they should be called ‘Non-Muslim” Pakistanis.  It is for safeguarding non-Muslims lives, properties, dignity, and places of worship is not only a duty of the Pakistani State but also a responsibility of all Muslims. He Islam provided full protection of the lives, properties and places of worship of Christians and other minority communities as well. This is what we read in the Holy Quran and seen the life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).   Our governments must ensure that all rights of minorities are fully protected.  The incident of Jaranwala in which 26 Church and over 86 houses of Christians were burnt and heinous suicide attack on Muslims in Hangu and Mustang on the rally celebrating the birth of Muhammad – the Prophet of Islam, have received many unanimous condemnations from religious and political organizations and individuals representing various schools of thought. He I strongly condemn attack of Christians in Jaranwala and burning their churches and houses. Christians must be provided justice and all culprits involved must be punished. He also sought forgiveness from the Christian community for the acts of vandalism against them in Jaranwala.  

Muslim and Christian leadership and the thinkers participated and expressed their thoughts on unity and respect of all. The conference was attended by all religions and writers, political and religious parties, scholars, elders and religious leaders.

http://peacecenter.org.pk/upload/image006_4.pngHafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi, said that the constitution of Pakistan guarantees the rights of individuals from all religions and denominations. Every Pakistani is duty-bound to protect the constitution. Non-Muslims residing in Pakistan should not be labeled as minorities but as non-Muslims.

 Those responsible for these heinous acts should be brought to justice without discrimination. Any country’s survival and progress hinge on its justice system’s effectiveness. The commendable efforts undertaken by the Honorable Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Qazi Faiz Issa, to resolve long-standing blasphemy cases pending in the Supreme Court for decades are praiseworthy. We hope that the Honorable Chief Justice will set a precedent in this regard, inspiring those who succeed him to follow his exemplary lead both in letter and in spirit. Furthermore, we anticipate that the Honorable Chief Justice will reform the justice system in Pakistan, ensuring that the innocents are protected while those involved in crimes receive exemplary punishments.



http://peacecenter.org.pk/upload/image010_3.jpgThese cases must be urgently addressed, allowing innocent individuals to be exonerated and those responsible for these accusations to face appropriate legal consequences. The trials of individuals implicated in the incidents in Jaranwala and Sargodha should also be expedited to ensure that those responsible are held accountable. Bishop Dr Azad Marshal said that both Christian and Muslim religions are closer to each other but few evil elements have created hatred between Muslims and Christians. He said we want to sow seeds of religious harmony and peace in Pakistan demanded justice for victims of religious violence in Jaranwala.

Bishop said we want justice and exemplary punishment for all those who are responsible for such mob violence against Christians.
All other speakers of this Conference eexpressed deep regret and strongly condemned the incident on the burning of Christians properties and places of worship by angry Muslims mob in Jaranwala. Maulana Tahir Ashrafi emphasized on promoting unity, brotherhood and peace among Muslims and Christians. He expressed religious tolerance and in the light of the teachings of Islam, emphasized on ensuring the safety of minorities' lives, property and places of worship.

Fr. James Channan OP Director Peace Center attended this Seerat Conference and congratulated the Muslim community on Eid Milad-ul-Nabi (Birthday of the Prophet of Islam – Hazrat Muhammad). While addressing this Seerat conference, he wished best wishes to Muslims around the globe.                 He strongly condemned the Jaranwala tragedy, burning of 26 Churches and around 86 houses. He demanded the protection of their religious freedom and insisted that the culprit elements must be brought to justice so that such tragedies can be avoided in the future and to promote sustainable peace in society.  He thanked the Government of Pakistan, Caretaker, Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Anwar ul Haq Kakar, Caretaker Chief Minister Punjab, Mr. Mohsin Ali Naqvi, Chief of Army Staff, General Asim Munir and Justice Qazi Faiz Isa, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan for visiting Jaranwala for visiting Jaranwala and damaged houses of Christians. Government of Pakistan committed to rebuild the damaged churches, houses also to offer compensation to the affected families.



Fr. James Channan OP said it is the responsibility of the state that they should provide complete protection to all the minorities. Muslims religious schools should not be used to spread hatred but be used for love and religious harmony. Promotion of Interfaith harmony, respect and peace must be made part of the National curriculum.

The conference was presided over by Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi, Chairman of Pakistan Ulema Council and the speakers were Fr. James Channan OP, Bishop Dr Azad Marshal, Allama Abdul Haq Mujahid, Pastor Immanuel Khokhar, Dr. Majeed Abel, Maulana Muhammad Rafiq Jami, Maulana Mohammad Khan Laghari, Maulana Noman Hashir, Maulana Asadullah Farooq. Allama Zubair Abid, Allama Tahir ul Hasan, Maulana Obaidullah Gormani, Mufti Falak Sher, Mufti Syed Naseem ul Islam, Maulana Ashfaq Patafi, Maulana Tahir Aqeel Awan, Maulana Mohammad Aslam Siddiqui, Maulana Muhammad Aslam Qadri, Qari Abdul Hakeem Athar, Maulana Amin Haq Ashrafi, Maulana Ibrahim Hanafi, Maulana Al-Majid Haqqani, Maulana Qari Mubashir Rahimi, Qari Faisal Ameen, Qari Sajid, Maulana Nasir Haqani, Moulana Zubair Khatana, Qari Kifayatullah and Mufti Rahmat Din. All they are prominent interfaith personalities and as guests of honors they were present in this conference.


Reported by:
Asher Nazir
Executive Secretary
Peace Center Lahore


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