Today’s Pakistan in conflict with Iqbal’s vision: Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri

Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri has said that Allama Dr Muhammad Iqbal awakened among the Muslims of the sub-continent the desire to get right to self-determination. The establishment of Pakistan as an independent state, he added, owes itself to the thought of Allama Iqbal. Deploring the present state of affairs, Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri said that today’s Pakistan is surrounded by crises of monumental nature and the scourges of sectarianism, regionalism and provincialism, are eating into the vitals of our polity. He said that this state of affairs has been further compounded by the raging fires of extremism and terrorism, which have brought both Pakistan and Islam into disrepute at the global level. “In these dire circumstances, it is the responsibility of the youth and especially the students to play their due role to steer Pakistan out of these crises by taking guidance from the thought of Allama Iqbal", he opined.

Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri expressed these views while delivering his keynote telephonic speech from Canada at a seminar entitled “Iqbal’s Thought and Today’s Pakistan”. Vice Chancellor of Minhaj University Lahore Dr Ali Muhammad Qadri, Col. (r) Muhammad Ahmad, G.M. Malik, Chaudhry Muhammad Youqub and Dr Zahid were also present on the occasion.

Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri said that today’s Pakistan appears to be in conflict with Iqbal’s ideals. Contrary to the huge importance Islam attaches to the human rights, the honour, life and property are not safe here. He said that the ship of the Pakistan state seems to be caught up in unchartered waters with little chance of coming out of whirlpool with the kind of leaderships presently available in the country. He instructed the students to dedicate themselves to learning knowledge to get the country out of its present predicaments.