At a seminar organized by Muslim Institute the speakers highlighted the changing geo-political environment in past two decades, especially in the West, by some who claim to act in the name of all 1.6 billion Muslims which has tarnished the image of Islam in the West. It has given rise to views that Islam and the West are ‘incompatible’ and that Muslims cannot integrate into the Western societies. However, this view and image ignores the long and shared history between the Islamic and Western cultures that have been collaborative, peaceful and productive. Muslim contribution towards the knowledge of the world cannot be ignored.
The topic of the seminar was “Islam & West: Emerging Challenges & Way Forward”.
Speakers of the Siminar included Ambassador of Italy to Pakistan H.E. Mr. Stefano Pontecorvo, Ambassador of Portugal to Pakistan H.E. Mr. Jao Paulo Sabido Costa, President Just International Malaysia Dr. Chandra Muzafar (Via Video Link) Vice President, Center for Intl Peace & Stability, USA, Mr. Paul Salem (Via Video Link), VC Air University Air Vice Marshal (Retd) Faaiz Amir, Former Senator & Senior Diplomat Mr. Akram Zaki, Chairman MUSLIM Institute Sahibzada Sultan Ahmad Ali, Dr. Bakara Najimdeen (CIPS) NUST and Former President NDU Lt.Gen (Retd) Saeed uz Zafar.
The speakers emphasised that the most dramatic turn by Trump admin that they wanted to ban all the Muslims travelling to US is unprecedented in the whole American political history. It is very troubling as it indicates a huge anti-Muslim bias by Trump team. The team’s linking Islam with terrorism is also very troubling even among republicans. Any terrorist attack in the wake of such mistrust can create havoc in the world. Trumps is actually a businessman and he lacks understanding of world issues.