MULTAN-The reason behind prevailing unrest - at national and international is absence of social justice , which warrants building a new society based on teachings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) to get rid of terrorism, extremism and crime.
Vice Chancellor (VC), Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU), Prof Tahir Ameen observed while addressing an international Seerat Conference organised by Islamic Studies Department and Seerat Chair here at IMS Hall in BZU campus on Tuesday.
The VC further noted that justice could not be maintained in the society without bridging the gap between the poor and the rich. “Great poet and philosopher Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal has declared Tauheed and justice as two basic components for setting up a society,” he pointed out.
Speaking on the occasion, Prof Dr Muhammad Yaseen Mazhar Siddiqui, former dean Faculty of Islamic Studies, Aligarh Muslim University India, said that justice holds utmost importance in Islam as Allah Almighty (SWT) declared justice the basic element which should exist in all areas of life. He said that Islam commands Muslims to do justice even with non-believers and the Holy Prophet (PBUH) promoted justice in the society. He said that a non-Muslim government could prevail but the system of injustice and tyranny could never. He said that Islam fixes the responsibilities and rights of each member of a family including parents and children but the children don not respect their elders in today’s world.
Dr Hammad Lakhnavi said that Islam gives the concept of justice and not equality but weak judges give verdicts on the basis of equality to appease both the parties. He said that the rights of women are clearly explained in Surah-e-Nisa in the Holy Quran.
Prof Obaid Ullah Fahad, Chairman Islamic Studies Department, Aligarh Muslim University India, said regretted that the Muslims lag far behind from the world in the fields of knowledge. He said that jihad and ijtehad should be promoted.
Prof Muhammad Saad Siddiqui, chairman Department of Islamic Studies, Punjab University, said that the system for social justice must base on commandments from Allah otherwise the section of the society, which makes law, will give priority to its own rights. He noted that the west is afraid of the concept of justice given by Islam.
Dr Abdul Qudoos Sohaib, chairman Islamic Studies Department, BZU, said that justice could be maintained in the society by promoting the teachings of Quran and Sunnah. He noted that Almighty Allah likes taqwa and taqwa could greatly help in promoting justice in the society. He stressed the need for ending social divide from the society.
Later on, the VC distributed shields among the guests and speakers.
ACTION ILLEGAL CONSTRUCTION
Commissioner Multan division Bilal Ahmad Butt declared on Tuesday strict legal action would be taken against those doing illegal construction.
Chairing a meeting of district planning and design committee, he added that the coming time is the time of commercialisation and we can avoid complications in future by keeping in view international standards while constructing buildings. He directed the concerned authorities to ensure implementation of setback law. He warned that huge fines would be imposed on those doing commercial constructions in residential areas.
He disclosed that a committee was being constituted to test the construction of schools in light of international standards. “The committee will also review other aspects like playgrounds and other facilities for extracurricular activities in the schools,” he added.
The Commissioner declared that no one would be allowed to set up any petroleum storage facility in residential areas. “As far peri-urban areas are concerned, only those persons will be given permission to set up storage, who will adopt all precautionary measures,” he added.