Islamabad, Dec 13: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif invoked the religious leaders to help his government in eliminating extremism in the country. And he used the occasion of the Prophet’s birthday – Eid-e-Miladun-Nabi – for making this appeal to the Islamic clergy.
According to Radio Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif in his address at Seeratun Nabi conference in Lahore on Monday urged the religious scholars to play their role for the elimination of the extremism from its roots.
The Pakistani Prime Minister regretted that ‘certain elements’ had distorted Islam’s image as a religion of peace by spreading anarchy and bloodshed.
Sharif pointed that the hideouts of the terrorists had been destroyed due to the efforts and sacrifices of the national leaders, religious scholars, armed forces and cops. Sharif further added that it was now the responsibility of the religious scholars to re-establish the link between Islam and peace, taking guidance and inspiration from the life and teachings of the Prophet.
Sharif said, “Prophet Muhammad spoke against name-calling and hate speech.”
“Respect for humanity became an integral part of Islamic teachings through the many examples of Prophet Muhammad’s life. He said that the respect for every human life should be equal to the respect of Kaaba,” Sharif said, stressing the importance of humanity and equality in Islam.
In his address, Sharif said that the Prophet’s last sermon taught us that civilised societies are formed on the basis of equality and mutual respect. “The Prophet raised the society’s standard of respect and gave us a practical example of all these things to live by,” he said.
“We need to look back at Pakistan’s journey and check if we have adhered to all the guidelines of governance and social standards laid down by Prophet Muhammad” , he
Religious scholars and members of civil society attended the Seeratun Nabi conference held on the birthday of Prophet Muhammad.