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No move to change Khatm-i-Nabuwat law

DAWN - the Internet Edition

19 February 2001
24 Ziqa'ad 1421

No move to change Khatm-i-Nabuwat law, says Tarar
By Our Staff Reporter

LAHORE, Feb 18: President Rafiq Tarar on Sunday categorically dispelled the impression that there was any move to influence the Khatm-i-Nabuwat law.

"No body can influence it because it has a constitutional cover," he told the audience at an award-giving ceremony organized by the Quran Institute.

Tarar said the Holy Prophet (PBUH) was the centre of love and respect for over one billion Muslims in the world who were ready to sacrifice their lives and property for him. He urged the people not to lend an ear to what he called rumours.

He called for the establishment of more centres of Quranic teachings, besides introducing the holy book as a subject in educational institutions.

He said the Council for Islamic Ideology was undergoing the process of Islamization of all laws and the electronic media was presenting popular programmes for the understanding of Quran. Learning of Quran had also been made a compulsory subject up to matriculation level.

In addition, he said, extensive work was being done at the non-governmental level for the promotion of Islamic teachings and for creating an ideal Islamic state compatible to the modern day requirements.

He hoped that the Quran Institute would extend its services to other cities, villages and far-off places.

The president said it was heartening to note that the desire to learn and understand Quran was increasing day by day among the people, including women.

Earlier, he distributed certificates among the students of the institute who had stood first in the examinations from 1998 to 2000.

© The DAWN Group of Newspapers, 2000

The News - Internet Edition
Monday, February 19, 2001 -- Ziqa'ad 24, 1421

Lahore News

No change proposed in blasphemy laws, says Tarar
Urges Ummah to follow Holy Quran for solution to problems

LAHORE: President Rafiq Tarar has said more than one billion Muslims all over the world are guardians of the sanctity of the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him), and no one can dare indulge in any blasphemy against the Holy Prophet.

"There is no truth in the rumours regarding change in blasphemy laws in the country. We will safeguard sanctity of the Holy Prophet with our utmost efforts and render every sacrifice for this noble cause," he said in his presidential address at a prize distribution ceremony of the Quran Institute here on Sunday.

"Pakistan is one of those fortunate countries, which have given constitutional guarantee to Islamic injunctions, and a number of institutions including Islamic Ideological Council are working to facilitate their implementation," he said.

The president exhorted the Muslims to mould their lives in line with the Islamic teachings to resolve their problems. "The basic cause of all the problems facing the Muslim Ummah today is their deviation from Quranic teachings," he said.

"There is a dire need to learn the divine book, understand and comprehend its teachings, establish institutions for the enforcement of its injunctions, and the propagation of this divine message," he said. "The Muslim Ummah today does not reflect the political, social, cultural, judicial and economic set-up envisioned by the holy Quran. This is mainly due to Ummah's failure to adhere to the teachings of the holy Quran," he added.

He stressed the need to learn the Holy Quran in its true spirit and said that the institutions like "Quran Institute" were rendering valuable service for spreading teachings of the holy book. He emphasised that there was a need to establish more such institutions to expand the scope of learning of the divine book to every nook and corner of the country and facilitate implementation of its teachings.

"Truth and wisdom of the sacred book is in its following, in the manner the Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) and his companions had done in their lives," he said. Speaking on the occasion, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Dr Mahmood A Ghazi said: "It is a miracle that the Holy Quran, though revealed 1,400 years ago, still retains its linguistic beauty."

Punjab Governor Lt-Gen (retd) Muhammad Safdar was also present on the occasion. Head of Quran Institute Dr Muhammad Arshad Randhawa welcomed the chief guest. Dr Khawaja Sadiq Hussain and Prof Dr Munawar Hayyat also addressed the gathering.

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