The Minhaj University Lahore (MUL) in collaboration with the School of Religion & Philosophy organized the 4th International online conference on Spirituality & Religion (ICSR-2021).
The theme of the conference was: “The Inner Dimensions of Religion: The Search for New Meaning in Ancient Tradition.”
Almost 1,000 participants from global academic circles had registered to participate in the virtual conference.
The objective of the conference was to provide a forum for scholars and interested persons from around the world.
Hindus, Buddhists, Christians, Sikhs and Muslims from different countries participated in the conference and expressed their views in an atmosphere of respect and appreciation.
In two sessions, there were 4 keynote speeches, two-panel discussions and presentations of 16 research papers.
The virtual conference was attended by eminent researchers and research scholars from different religions including Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the USA, Australia and other countries.
Dr Hussain Mohiuddin Qadri, Deputy Chairman BOG-MUL, while delivering the keynote speech on “The Spiritual Journey in Islam” underpinned the concept that most of the religions in the world aim at helping their followers to purify and elevate them spiritually, and encourage them to move away from immoral desires and activities.
To conclude the concept of the spiritual journey in Islam, he quoted that Abrahamic traditions such as, Juda-ism, Christianity and Islam, and is dependent on the idea of unending life after death, either in heaven or in hell; whereas, the latter is supported by the religions of Indian tradition, such as Hinduism, and Buddhism, and is dependent on the idea of the spirit’s immortality.
Dr. Sajid Mehmood Shahzad, Vice-Chancellor also addressed the conference.