ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: President Dr. Arif Alvi has called upon the Ulema and Mashaikh of the Country to play their role in bringing positive social change, discouraging extremism, terrorism, and sectarianism, inculcating ethical and moral values in society, promoting the conservation of resources, national solidarity, religious tolerance, and inter-faith harmony and peace.
The president expressed these views while talking to a delegation of the Ulema Mashaikh Yakjehti Council of Pakistan (UMYC) that called on him at Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad on Wednesday.
The delegation was led by the Chairman UMYC Qari Hidayat Ullah Mirani, and consisted of Muhammad Younas Qureshi, Maulana Gul Wali, Major Ehtasham Uddin Kiyani, Professor Abdul Ghaffar Shah Bukhari, Abdul Rahim Abbasi, Noor Elahi, Fahad Maqsood, Hameed Ullah Khan, Sheikh Mazhar Hussain, Sheikh Zia Ur Rehman, Alama Mufti Mehmood Ahmed Tabasam, and Jamal Khan.
صدر مملکت ڈاکٹر عارف علوی سے علماء مشائخ یکجہتی کونسل آف پاکستان کے وفد کی ملاقات
صدر مملکت کا انتہا پسندی کی حوصلہ شکن، سماجی اصلاح میں کردار ادا کرنے کیلئے علمائے کرام پر زور
ملک کے علمائے کرام و مشائخ مثبت سماجی تبدیلی لانے کیلئے اپنا کردار ادا کریں، صدر مملکت pic.twitter.com/VOur1bgGYa
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Talking to the delegation, the president urged Ulema to play their role to eliminate extremism, terrorism and sectarianism by highlighting the true teachings of Islam in the light of the Quran, Sunnah and Ahadith of the Holy Prophet (PBUH).
President Arif Alvi said that the challenges of terrorism and militancy in Pakistan required a comprehensive action plan coupled with concerted efforts on the part of the Ulema in the areas of counter-extremism and counter-terrorism.
The president stated that it was the responsibility of religious scholars to disseminate the true teachings of Islam among the people, especially the youth of the country, to bring in social reforms, and promote virtue, ethics, and morality in society.
Dr. Arif Alvi said that Pakistan could progress and achieve its rightful place in the comity of nations through discipline, persistence, moral righteousness, and promoting social justice.
The president said that Ulema should make concerted efforts to remove divisions from society, and should promote unity and solidarity within the country. He added that youth should be educated on tolerance, forgiveness, and peace as these were the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
President Arif Alvi said that Islam emphasized the conservation of resources and avoiding wastage, adding that Ulema should help promote moderate, responsible and sustainable consumption of resources, especially fuel and energy, through the Friday sermons in the mosques.