CII, IPS highlight works of Allama Asad in joint seminar

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Islamabad :               Highlighting the intellectual services of
Allama Muhammad Asad in the formation of the ideology of Pakistan, which
gave birth to the first nation state in the name of Islam, speakers at a
seminar were unanimous that his lifelong works were relevant and critical
to conceive a model of the state of Madina for Pakistan in the contemporary
world.

The seminar titled ‘Allama Muhammad Asad and the Formation of Pakistan’ was
co-organized by the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) and the Institute of
Policy Studies (IPS), Islamabad.

The session was addressed as a chief guest by Senator Raja Muhammad Zafar
ul Haq and presided over by Professor Dr Qibla Ayaz, chairman, CII. The
speakers included Khalid Rahman, executive president, IPS, Dr Khalid
Masood, former chairman, CII, Dr Muhammad Arshad, chairman, Department of
Urdu Encyclopedia of Islam, University of the Punjab, and Dr Ikram ul
Haque, secretary, CII. A message from Dr Anis Ahmad, vice chancellor,
Riphah International University (RIU) was also read out at the session.

Senator Zafar-ul-Haq stressed on the need to learn from Asad’s work and
keep the spirit and ideology alive of the nation’s founding fathers. He
also proposed measures to widely publish and spread his works, which were
an invaluable part of the movement on the reconstruction of Islamic thought
spearheaded by Allama Muhammad Iqbal and Syed Abul Ala Maududi in the last
century.

Dr Ayaz, while signifying the importance of Asad’s work on Islam, said that
the intellectual was a Muslim by choice who offered great insights from an
Islamic perspective over issues and problems faced by the societies in
general and the Muslims in particular. He announced that in the recognition
of Allama’s services and contributions for Pakistan and Islam, the library
of the Council of Islamic Ideology is being named after him.

Khalid Rahman, in his inaugural speech, maintained that for our nation it
is important to remember the personalities, their thoughts and their
struggles that played an important role not only in the ideological and
sociopolitical foundations of Pakistan during the independence struggle and
the formative phase but also in setting the directions for its development
thereafter.