LAHORE - Imam-e-Kaaba Dr Saleh bin Muhammad Al-Talib has said the Saudi Arabia-led military alliance of Islamic countries will defeat terrorism and violence in the Muslim world.

He was delivering a Friday sermon on the final day of two-day Ittehad-e-Ummat and Istehkam-e-Pakistan Conference at Kala Shah Kaku. The Markazi Jamiat Ahle Hadith (MJA) organised the conference, which was attended by a large number of party workers and followers of Ahle Hadith school of thought from across the country.

Imam-e-Kaaba, who is on a three-day visit to Pakistan, attended and addressed the conference as chief guest on both days. He later led Maghrib prayers at Jamia Ashrafia in Lahore, known religious seminary of the Deoband school of thought, and addressed a large number of people and students of the seminary. Dr Saleh held meetings with religious scholars and discussed matters of mutual interest and challenges to the Muslim world with them.

“Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are like two bodies and one soul. Both countries have brotherly relations spanning decades and now Pakistan’s contribution to the Saudi-led military alliance (Islamic Military Counterterrorism Coalition of 41 nations) will help defeat terrorism and violence,” he said while addressing the Ahle Hadith conference. He said terrorism and extremism could not be tolerated anymore and they should not be linked to Islam.

Dr Saleh called for unity in ranks of the Muslim world and condemned sectarianism. He said that wrong interpretation of Islamic injunctions was the reason for terrorism in Islamic countries and other parts of the world. He said terrorism was destroying economy and spreading poverty and ignorance in the world. So, he said, it was the responsibility of the Islamic scholars to stand against this evil. He said that more responsibility to unite Muslims against violence and extremism rested on the shoulders of those in power.

The Imam-e-Kaaba advised Muslims to seek guidance from Quran and Sunnah and then from the lives of companions of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) in their daily life as it was the best way to bring comfort and ease in lives. He said Muslims should refrain from speculating about others without solid evidence. He said Muslims should abstain from acts, which can harm others. He advised Muslims to refrain from backbiting.

The Imam-e-Kaaba said Pakistan was the epicentre of the hopes of the Muslims of the world.

Addressing the gathering, Professor Mir said the military and judiciary should act in their limits as both institutions were respected ones. He said that attempts to “malign politicians in the guise of accountability must stop now”. He said that people will not accept disrespect to their representatives. He called for imposition of Islamic system in the country. He said his party, which is long time ally of the PML-N, will start a campaign for enforcement of Shariah in the country.

MJA chief Sajid Mir and senator-elect Hafiz Abdul Karim presented shields to the Imam for his services for Islam. Strict security arrangements were made on the occasion to prevent any untoward situation during the conference.