Islam is a religion of peace & love: Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri
Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri has said that fifteen centuries have gone by with the result that vast changes have taken place in economic, social, political and sociological domains, also incorporating individual and family needs. In these circumstances, the question arising in the minds of young people is that in view of the changes in the demands of the contemporary age, are the teachings of the Holy Prophet (saw) practicable and applicable? He said the teachings Islam presented some fifteen centuries ago were complete code of conduct for humanity till the Day of Judgment. He expressed these views while addressing a conference under the banner of Minhaj-ul-Quran International, Canada, entitled "Islam on peace, integration and human rights". He said the pre-Islamic Arab society was known for extremism, injustice, tribal arrogance, social and moral evils. It was a time when humanity used to be degraded and dishonoured. He said that the mention of Roman civilization can be found at that time along with Greek, Persian and Hindi civilizations but these societies were unaware of the meanings of human values, culture and morality. In these circumstances, the Holy Prophet (saw) was raised with Divine message and he introduced those principles of civilization, morality and tolerance whose source was the Holy Qur'an and Sunna, The touchstone of its authenticity was his own ideal conduct. Shaykh-ul-Islam said that Islam gave the first constitution of the world 15 centuries ago. Islam introduced the concept of federal, provincial and local governments at a time when word coming from the mouth of King was a law unto itself and its violation or disobedience invited punishment and even death at times. Islam presented the consultative system and endowed on women their legal and human rights, whereas the fact remains that the so-called torch-bearers gave women the right to vote in 1920s for the first time in history. He said 15 centuries ago, the Muslim women were appointed on the positions of judge and sent to other countries as diplomats during the days of rightly guided Caliphs. He said the sister of Sultan Saluhuddin Ayubi was the governor of Halab. Islam is a religion of peace and love and its message also denotes the same. No one can be allowed to pass religious edict at personal and sectarian levels in the name of Jihad and Caliphate. Urging all participants especially the youth to carve out their position in their societies and live amicably and peacefully along with other communities, Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri said that Islam does not preach isolation.