LAHORE – Religious learning and research were indispensable to counter the impact of Western civilisation on our socio-cultural values, Al-Azhar University College of Shariah Dean Dr Mohayyuddin Afifi said on Thursday while addressing a seminar on the ‘Challenges to Ummah and Their Solution’ at the Hameed Nizami Hall.

The seminar, which was attended by a large number of people from different walks of life, was organised by the Sout-ul-Quran International and hosted by Saifullah Sipra. Dr Afifi delivered his address in Arabic and it was translated into Urdu by Dr Zahoor Azhar.

Dr Afifi said the Muslim world should have experts in all the fields of life. “The true interpretation of Quran and Hadith is vital, and minimising the role of Shariah to only religion is wrong,” he clarified.

The noted scholar rejected the stance of some of the Muslims that God would feed them even if they did not struggle, saying the reality is different. “Allah himself orders us to work hard for earning livelihood and forbids sitting idle,” he maintained. Dr Afifi regretted that the Ummah lacked unity; stressing Muslims should stand united, seek knowledge and conduct research in all fields of life.

Mufti Muhammad Khan Qadri, speaking on the occasion, said: “We should obey the teachings of Islam in letter and spirit, but strengthening the economy of the country is important too. Knowledge and economy go side by side in the development of a nation.”

Dr Zahoor Azhar said the Muslim world should be united so that it could meet the ongoing and emerging challenges. Dr Ali Akbar Al-Azhari said Muslims constituting almost one-third of the total UN membership should have at least one veto in the international organisation.

Sout-ul-Quran International chief Qari Syed Sadaqat Ali thanked TheNation Editor-in-Chief Majid Nizami on his unwavering cooperation on national issues. He also presented a shield to chief guest Dr Afifi on this occasion.