Leaders of minorities pay rich tribute to Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri
International Peace Seminar was held in the Naulakha Presbyterian Church in connection with the 58th birth anniversary of Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri. American Political Officer, Mathew D Lowe, presided over the seminar, whereas Secretary General MQI, Dr Raheeq Ahmad Abbasi, was the guest of honour at the occasion. Other speakers included Dr Majeed Abel, Dr Kunwal Feroz, Syed Usman Muneer, Zoroastrian leader Noushairwan Dastoor, Hindu leader Munwar Chand, Director OTS Qaiser Julius, G.M. Malik, Sister Shakeela, Ahmad Nawaz Anjum, Mian Zahid Islam, Jawad Hamid and Sohail Ahmad Raza. This seminar represented leaders of almost all communities who paid rich tribute to Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri for his services in different fields including promotion of peace, love, integration and interfaith dialogue. They cut the cake of his birthday.
Addressing the seminar, American Political Officer, Mathew D Lowe, said that the dialogue between Islam and other religions should continue. Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri's endeavours for promotion of interfaith harmony and global peace deserved to be appreciated.
Dr Raheeq Ahmad Abbasi said that Shakyh-ul-Islam's efforts for elimination of extremist tendencies and promotion of dialogue among civilizations, cultures and religions were recognized globally. The very fact that leaders of different minorities were present to celebrate his birthday indicated that his life was devoted to promotion of peace, harmony and love among religions and humanity.
Dr Kunwal Feroz said in his remarks that Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri was the pioneer of initiating Muslim-Christian dialogue when he established Muslim-Christian Dialogue Forum. He is the ambassador of global peace projecting such values as culture of tolerance, mutual coexistence and forbearance. The Christian community held his services in high esteem.
Secretary General of Pakistan Bible Society, Anthony Ejaz, said that there was need to work hard on promoting humility and love in the society. Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri has played important role in popularizing and fostering constructive and positive attitudes. Other leaders should also follow him in his footprints.
Zoroastrian leader Noushairwan Dastoor prayed to God to give long life and health to Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri so that the society could get peace on sustained basis.
Hindu leader Munwar Chand commented that the love and respect Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri extended towards the minorities did not have any match in Pakistani history. Dr Qadri has worked hard in spreading the concept of rights of minorities given by Islam. He was the representative of the whole humanity and real ambassador of peace.
Sister Shakeela said that purpose of every religion was to impart love and Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri had played effective role in spreading the Islamic concept of love for minorities.
G.M. Malik said in his speech that we would have to bring down walls of hatred, narrow-mindedness and extremist attitudes to be able to move forward. Dr Qadri had been instrumental in promotion of humanitarian values in society.
Ahmad Nawaz Anjum, Jawad Hamid and Sohail Ahmad Raza also spoke at the seminar.