LAHORE - Islam has nothing to do with retrogression (a return to a less advanced stage), and its dynamic principles can take us to the peak of success, Pakistan Movement Workers Trust chairman Chief Justice (r) Mian Mehboob Ahmad said yesterday.

He expressed these views in his presidential address at the concluding session of the two-day Seerat-un-Nabi Conference jointly organised by the Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust and Pakistan Movement Workers Trust at the Aiwan-i-Karkunan-i-Tehreek-i-Pakistan.

The theme of the conference was “The Following of Holy Prophet’s (PBUH) Life and the Present-day Requirements”. Sahibzada Mian Waleed Ahmad Jawad Sharqpuri was the guest of honour. The attendees included Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust vice Chairman Prof Dr Rafique Ahmad, Ch Naeem Hussain Chatha, Dr Fareed Ahmad Paracha, Qayyum Nizami, Maulana Amir Hamza, Maulana Muhammad Shafi Josh, Allama Naseer Ahmad Qadri, Allama ManshaTabish Kasuri, M.K. Anwar Baghdadi, Farooq Khan Azad, Daniyal Gilani, and a large number of mystics, scholars, teachers, students and people from various walks of life.

NPT secretary Shahid Rasheed conducted the proceedings of the session. Mian Mehboob Ahmad observed the famous western statesman, George Barnard Shaw, termed Islam as a religion brimming with vitality, which could assimilate any changes whatsoever taking place in any sphere of life. Sahibzada Mian Waleed Ahmad Jawad Sharqpuri observed that our deep love for the holy Prophet (PBUH) can enable us to transcend sectarianism.  Dr Fareed Ahmad Paracha emphasised the need for character-building, unity and unanimity amongst the Ummah.

Maulana Amir Hamza identified the elimination of sectarianism as the biggest present-day requirement. He stressed the differences among the Muslims should be settled through dialogue which is motivated by love.

Qayyum Nizami observed that the Holy Quran envisages a society free from all evils. He stressed the need for empathy towards our fellow human beings. Maulana Muhammad Shafi observed that the love for the holy Prophet (PBUH) is a common factor amongst the Muslims all over the world. Kashmiris are being tyrannised simply because they are Muslims, he held and added the Muslim world should share their grief and pain, and help them recover their inalienable right to self-determination.

Allama Naseer Ahmad Qadri observed that even the illiterate bedouins of Arabia would undergo a miraculous transformation of personality and character once they had the opportunity of being in the company of holy Prophet (PBUH). “We must strive to inculcate that very charisma in our personalities,” he urged.