Muslims can overcome challenges thru collective effort: Dr Abd-Allah

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Underlines Pakistan’s crucial role in the Islamic World

Ashraf Ansari

Islamabad—Prominent American Muslim Scholar Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah says the Muslim world is trapped in dismal situation and confronted by history’s most difficult challenges which imperiled their civilization. The Muslim countries can overcome these challenges only through collective efforts.
The scholar, a convert to Islam, was delivering a lecture at Aiwan-e-Quaid here Friday on “Challenges to Islamic Ummah and Response”. Nazriya Pakistan Council arranged the lecture.
Dr. Abd-Allah said Pakistan has a crucial role to play in the Muslim world to surmount the challenges faced by the Muslims as a whole. He also appreciated Turkey’s response to the influx of Syrian refugees and for Ankara’s sympathy towards the misery of Syrian refugees.
He said the Muslims should revive the tradition of learning and draw guidance from great Muslim scholars of the past. They should study the works of great Muslim legal experts like Imam Abu Hanifa and Imam Jaffer Sadiq. The Madrisas must revive their past status as seats of higher learning so that they spread real message of Islam. The Muslims should remain beware of extremism as this trend destroys the true spirit of the religion.
He said Muslims had no reason to suffer from inferiority complex as they are inheritors of great heritage based on Islamic values. They need to promote love and understanding among themselves to overcome their economic and social problems.
Dr. Abd-Allah stressed the need for Muslims to study their history objectively so that they are able to know where mistakes were made and where they took the right direction.
He said there are two centuries of darkness in the history of the Muslims starting from 1799 when Tipu Sultan was martyred while fighting for the cause of the Indian Muslims. The Muslims should learn from this dark era and try to avoid mistakes of the past.
Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah (Wymann-Landgraf) is an American Muslim born to a protestant family in Columbus, Nebraska. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Missouri with dual majors in History and English literature. Dr. Abd Allah read the autobiography of Malcolm X which inspired him to embrace Islam. He studied Arabic and Islamic studies and received his doctorate for a dissertation on the origin of Islamic law.
Mr. Zahid Malik, Patron Nazriya Pakistan Council and Editor-in-Chief Pakistan Observer in his vote of thanks said the need of the hour was that religious scholars should guide Muslims in facing the modern-day challenges. Equally urgent is the need to revive the spirit of Ijtehad. He noted that the Muslim world was in danger of fragmentation, and this challenge can only be met collectively. There was also the need to bridge the gulf that exists between religious scholars and the modern elite. The Muslims, he said, should foster harmony between them and reject narrow-mindedness, extremism, sectarianism and terrorism.
He also said the Muslims must focus on the life and teachings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) to overcome their difficulties and to promote human rights in their societies.
Mr Malik thanked the eminent American Muslim Scholar Dr. Umar Faruq Abd-Allah for his enlightening lecture. He also thanked Gen. (R) Mohammad yusuf, Pir Mohammad Naqib-ur-Rahman and Muslim Ambassadors who graced the occasion. Ambassador Adel Elarbi of Tunisia, Ambassador Waled Abu Ali of Palestine, Ambassador Maj-Gen (R) Nawaf Khalifeh Ibrahim Saraireh of Jordan, Ambassador Saqr Mubarik Al-Mansouri of Qatar and Charge d’affaires of Azerbaijan Mr. Chengiz. Chairman NPC Dr. Naeem Ghani was also present on the occasion.
A large number of people from all walks of life attended the lecture.

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