LAHORE - NPT Chairman said that Syed Ahmad Shaheed of Bareilly combined military and mystical tendencies. His mission was to revive Islamic rule in India returning to the practices of the Holy Prophet’s (PBUH) time.

These ideas were expressed by the Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust chairman Rafique Tarar in his presidential address at a special sitting held at the Aiwan-i-Karkunan-i-Tehreek-i-Pakistan on the death anniversary of Syed Ahmad Shaheed.

The sitting was jointly organized by the Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust and the Pakistan Movement Workers Trust. The Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust secretary Shahid Rasheed conducted the proceedings.

Tarar said Syed Ahmed Shaheed fought against corrupt practices and innovations with the spiritual help of Shah Waliullah’s followers founding the movement called “Tariq Muhammadiya”.

The great sacrifices rendered by him paved the way for the attainment of Pakistan. We must follow his teachings to transform Pakistan into a modern Islamic, democratic and welfare state that sets an example for the other nations to follow. We must include the life and achievements of our heroes in the curriculum.

Tarar went on to say that Syed Ahmad Shaheed worked tirelessly for the renaissance of Islam. He marched from a corner of India and volunteers swelled his ranks on the way. He wanted the enforcement of the teachings of the Holy Quran and the traditions of the Holy Prophet (PBUH).

NPT Vice Chairman Prof Dr Rafique Ahmad observed that though the kings in India exercised political and military power, yet it was the Sufi saints and the ordinary people who propagated Islam.

Ameer Hamza observed that Syed Ahmad Shaheed belonged to the era when the Mughal empire was collapsing, Hindu Marhattas had occupied vast areas of India and the Punjab had fallen into the hands of the Sikhs who were suppressing Islamic practices.

Maulana Shafi Josh observed that Syed Ahmad Shaheed had a keen desire to revive the Islamic reign and enforcement of “shariat” in India and waged a practical struggle to achieve this purpose.