Islamabad: President Mamnoon Hussain Saturday called upon the thinkers, researchers, teachers and students to play their due role in highlighting the true image of Islam by effectively countering a negative impression created by certain elements.
The President observed that extremist thoughts and terrorism had ached the humanity manifold and the specter of such curse had also dreaded the whole world.
Addressing 10th Convocation of the International Islamic University Islamabad, the President said being followers of Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him), there was a need to inculcate and project the image of Islam in its true perspective.
He stressed upon the Ummah to shun the petty differences and strive hard for the peace and safety of the whole world. The President noted that under such prevailing circumstances, the role of thinkers, teachers and students of the IIUI had assumed great importance.
Certain misled elements had wrecked havoc with their actions by misinterpreting teachings of Islam and their terrorist activities also brought lawlessness in the Muslim societies, he added. President Mamnoon urged the teachers and researchers to fully concentrate on finding solutions to the problems being faced by the Muslim Ummah.
He opined that time had come to formulate a collective counter-terrorism narrative and a joint stance to tackle such issues and in this connection, teachers, researchers and thinkers would have to play an important role. He urged the IIUI and its allied departments to contemplate over the burning issues confronting the Muslim world and offer before the world, practical solutions to all such ills.
The staffers of the IIUI associated with research should seek solution to such issues like as to how a poor mans standard of living could be raised in the era of free economy, so that he could eke out needs of life with ease, he added.
The President said that there was a common complaint about functioning and objectivity of the media, which had neglected the vital issues being faced by Muslims.
President Mamnoon said that Muslim media men should therefore work out guidelines to enable the media to effectively serve their people. The President expressed the hope that the IIUI would render its services for the revival of past glory of Islam and promote universal peace and solidarity.
He also congratulated the students and their parents on the completion of the degree and doctoral programmes and expressed the hope that they would become a real asset for the nation and the country in future. He also urged the IIUI authorities to encourage a culture of research and studies and adopt a stringent mechanism so that plagiarism in doctorate programmes should not take place. The President said institutions, which thrived on tendencies of plagiarism, should be closed. He opined that the country required services of such Ph.D scholars, who could impart real knowledge to others. The President in his capacity as Chancellor of the IIUI also announced conferment of bachelor, graduate, post-graduate and doctorate degrees upon the successful students.
He also gave away gold medals and degrees among the successful Ph.D students. Pro-Chancellor IIUI Professor Dr. Suliman A. Aba Al- Khail and Chairman HEC Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed were also present. Earlier, IIUI Rector Professor Dr. Masooom Yasinzai and IIUI President Professor Dr. Ahmed Yousif Ahmed Al Draiweesh presented an overview of the aims and objectives of the university.
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