KARACHI - Religious scholars from different schools of thought here on Monday assured their all out support to the cause of polio eradication from Karachi.
In a meeting with Commissioner Asif Hyder Shah, they acknowledged that administration of oral polio vaccine (OPV) was a religious obligation as it is meant to protect humanity against the crippling disease.
Deformities or ailments are conditions that need to be averted through best possible efforts, agreed the scholars reiterating their support for measures adopted to help kids against polio that has otherwise been eliminated from all parts of the world except Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The scholars who met Karachi Commissioner included Maulana Omer Sadiq, Allama Zubair Usmani and others. They also acknowledged that zero prevalence of polio virus was an issue closely linked to the national dignity and ought to be given optimum attention so as to retain country and its inhabitants respect in the world community.
Discussing in detail the measures needed to strengthen OPV campaigns in the sensitive union councils (UCs) of Karachi in particular and other areas in general, they assured to play their role in convincing the concerned parents and communities for the cause of polio free Pakistan.
The meeting also decided that next meeting of National Islamic Advisory Group will be held in Karachi.
ULEMA BACK NIZAM-E-SALAT
IN KARACHI
Ulema of different school of thought from Karachi the other day endorsed the plan for introducing Nizam-e-Salat, the fixed and same timings of Azaan and Namaz in all mosques in Karachi to promote humanity and society.
They supported and appreciated the Nizam in a consultative meeting on “Nizam-e-Salat” held under the chairmanship of Federal Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Minister Sardar Yousuf, at Sindh Secretariat, here. Special Assistant to Sindh Chief Minister on Religious Affairs, Dr Abdul Qayoom Soomro and other officials from department and ministry concerned were also present.
Federal Minister M Yousuf said the Nizam first of all had been introduced in Islamabad after the long consultation with around 30 to 35 Ulema belonging to various school of thoughts from Islamabad. He said on March 4, 2015 his ministry invited Ulema and formed a committee having their representation to prepare a Nizam-e-Salat calendar with consensus.
The committee with consultation unanimously decided on a fixed time for the Azaan and Namaz in all mosques of the Capital and gave shape to those times of Nizam-e-Salat in a calendar, he said. “Nimaz-e-Salat was formally announced on May 1, 2015 from the Faisal Moqsue of Islamabad,” he added. He said it was an effort to bring closer our brother Muslims to each other and promote solidarity in the country.
Yousuf said all clerics were also on the one page for the same cause. He said he had also talked to the Chief Ministers of all the four provinces to bring out the Nizam in the provinces. He hoped that Ulema would nominate their representative for forming a committee to fix the timings in Karachi and later for other cities.
The minister said the aforesaid Nizam already existed in different countries including Turkey, UAE, and Malaysia. Special Assistant to Sindh Chief Minister, Dr Abdul Qayyum said the committee regarding Nizam-e-Salat would be set up within a week.
He said that the committee would have two representatives each from every religious and political parties. “No any proscribed Religious outfit will be added to the committee,” he added.
He further said the religious department was laying a plan for the sermon of Friday prayers as a code of conduct and the same would be passed from Sindh Assembly to make it a law. He also appreciated the measures of Federal Religious Ministry for introducing the Salat Nizam.