Islamabad: President Mamnoon Hussain has urged the nation to inculcate austerity and simplicity in their life as practised by Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). The President said this addressing the 39th Seerat-un-Nabi Conference arranged by the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony here at the Aiwan-i-Sadr on Tuesday.
The conference titled “Responsible use of public office and resource in light of Holy Prophet’s teachings” which was attended by religious scholars from all schools of thought, also featured speeches by Ulema and prize distribution by the President among the authors of the best publications on life and teachings of the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him).
The President said the government was cautious about the use of public resources and expenditures and it had already taken measures to promote austerity.
“Extravagance, self-projection, and misuse of authority neither have anything to do with our religion nor ever taught by our sages. Austerity, simplicity, public welfare, brotherhood, and peace are the values taught by the Holy Prophet (PBUH),” he said.
He said the Prophet (PBUH) neither adopted harsh ways for spreading knowledge and reformation nor allowed his followers to do so.
President Mamnoon said it was need of the hour to follow Prophet’s teachings in true spirit and project the real image of Islam to the world.
He said the subject of the conference required attention of both individuals as well as the whole nation.
Quoting an event, he said the Holy Prophet (PBUH) was the embodiment of simplicity as strangers could not identify him while sitting among his companions. Even, the Prophet (PBUH) prohibited the construction of a stage for him which proved his disliking for use of public money on self-projection.President Mamnoon said,”We are morally and religiously bound to follow as well as preach the Holy Prophet’s teachings. Dealing with individual and collective matters, we should keep natioanl interests in view.”
He urged the people to make a commitment on this occasion to avoid self-projection and misuse of public resources, besides advising others to follow suit.
He said the Holy Prophet (PBUH) was a role model for the whole mankind and even today, his teachings provided a solution to all the challenges and issues.
Later, the President distributed prizes among 11 winners of the competition of the publications on the Holy Prophet’s life and teachings.
Addressing the gathering, Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Sardar Muhammad Yousuf said the government was holding conferences in major cities to promote interfaith and sectarian harmony in the country.
He said with the collaboration of religious scholars, the government would devise a code of conduct on religious harmony that would be enforced through a would-be formed Ulema Council.
Minister of State for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Pir Amin-ul-Hasnaat Shah, Chairman Ruet-Hilal Committee Mufti Munib-ur-Rehman, President Wafaq-ul-Madaris Allama Hanif Jalandhri and Allama Amin Shaheedi also addressed the gathering.