Islamabad - A three-day national conference organised by Islamic Research Institute (IRI) of International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) titled “Status of Quranic Studies in Pakistan” started here at Faisal Mosque campus of the university on Tuesday in which more than 40 scholars and Islamic researchers participated and delivered lectures.

In his presidential address to the opening ceremony of the conference, President IIUI Dr Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh said Quran is the source of unity for Muslim Ummah which guides all Muslims to take guidance for solution of their problems. “Guidance from Quran is vital when we have to talk with the nations of world,” he added. He stressed that appropriate opportunities of Quranic understanding should be provided to the youth and added that present conference was a good example for the achievement of this goal.  

Dr Al-Draiweesh said religious scholars can play significant role in dissemination of Quran’s message.  While talking about the unity of Muslim Ummah, the president IIUI said, “IIUI shows solidarity with the people of Palestine and we pray for the end of violence and illegal occupation of the Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa Mosque”.

He said Islam is a religion of brotherhood and peace and IIUI would continue its efforts for spreading Islam’s message of peace.

The ceremony was also attended by Head Jamia Ashrafia Maulana Fazl-ur-Raheem, Head Lahore Islamic University Hafiz Abdur Rehman Madni, Deputy Director General IRI Dr Sohail Hassan and other IIUI officials.

On the occasion, Dr Sohail Hassan thanked all the participants for attending the conference and hoped the efforts on vital subject would allow having constructive points to further expedite the efforts for Quranic understanding. Earlier, head of department of Shariah & Law and IR, Dr Asmat ullah gave detailed introduction of the conference.

People who are working for the Quranic understanding in present era deserve admiration as they have made this process easy even for the beginners, said a veteran participant of conference and renowned scholar Maulana Fazl-ur-Raheem.

Later, the president IIUI also inaugurated a Quran exhibition where rare manuscripts, calligraphic work and Islamic research theses were exhibited. On the first day, sessions of the conference were presided by Maulana Fazl-ur-Raheem and Maulana Muhammad Hanif Jalindhri. On the second day (today) various important topics such as problems in understanding of Quran would be discussed by the scholars.