LAHORE - Former chief justice Mian Mehboob Ahmad observed that the biggest hurdle in achieving our goals is lack of consolidation as a nation.

Delivering his presidential address on the second and last day of the Seerat-un-Nabi (PBUH) conference organised by the Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust in collaboration with the Pakistan Movement Workers Trust at the Aiwan-Karkunan-i-Tehreek-i-Pakistan, Chief Justice (r) Mian Mehboob Ahmad chaired the ceremony with Sahibzada Waleed Ahmad Jawad of Sharqpur Sharif as the guest of honour.

The speakers included Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust Vice Chairman Professor Dr Rafique Ahmad, Allama Ahmad Ali Kasuri, Allama Shehzad Ahmad Mujadadi, Allama Abdul Quddus Durrani, Maulana Muhammad Bakhsh Karmi, Maulana Amir Hamza and Justice Munir Ahmad Mughal. The proceedings of the ceremony were conducted by Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust Secretary Shahid Rasheed.

The divisions and walls that were keeping us apart from each other were of our own making, the former justice stressed. As long as the Muslim ummah remained consolidated and united under the guidance of the Holy Prophet (PBUH), it showed miraculous performance, he added.

Unfortunately, he said, Ummah having been divided into so many parts, schools of thought, creeds, sects and types of faith. The reason for this sorry state of affairs, he said, is that we have been rendered incapable of rising above our personal interests.

Prof Dr Rafique Ahmad observed that the Indian Muslims demonstrated unity and solidarity under the dynamic leadership of their beloved leader Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who had set their hearts afire with zeal and fervour to attain an independent country of their own. The same unity needs to be forged amongst the masses divided by the stratagems of our enemies, he observed.

Allama Shehzad Ahmad Mujadadi observed that though we have stuck to the rituals, we have miserably missed or ignored the most important aspect of the Holy Prophet’s (PBUH) life, which is to impart such education, training and enlightenment to the aspirants as would purify their souls. Less theory and more practice is what is required for this purpose, he remarked. The best way to resolve our disputes is to base the argument on commonalities, not on the differences, Allama remarked.