by Zulfiqar Ali Khan
Hunza, August 24: Scholars and poets at the “Seerat-e- Murtazavi” conference held in Karimabad, Hunza stressed on the people to shun their differences and stand united, in order to cope with the contemporary challenges faced by the Muslim Ummah. The conference was organised under the auspices of Ismaili Tariqah and Religious Education Board (ITREB), for Hunza, in collaboration with Ismaili Regional Council, Hunza.
The objective was to promote dialogue and understanding among different islamic interpretations so that an enabling environment can created where initiatives can be taken to curb sectarianism, extremism and terrorism.
Agha Syed Rahat Hussain Al-Hussaini, Imam Juma wa Jamat, Imamia Jama Masjeed, Gilgit, presided over the conference. The speakers underscored various aspects of the life of Hazrat Ali (AS) and paid rich tributes to the first Imam of the Shia Muslims, and fourth pious caliph of all Muslim, for his wisdom, generosity, patience, gallantary, firmness, and justice. They said that there was no other personality in the human hisotry that could be compared with him in terms of knowledge, wisdom and bravery.
Speaking at the conference Agha Rahat Hussain Al-Hussaini highlighted different dimensions of the personality and teachings of Azrat Ali (AS) . He appreciated the efforts of Ismaili Tariqah and Religious Education Board for Hunza and expressed the need to organise such forums regularly in order to create harmony in the region.
Other speakers at the occasion included Khawaja Khan; President Ismaili Regional Council for Hunza, Muhammad Aslam; Coordinator ITREB North, Ali Muhammad; Director Huswa School, Sheikh Muhammad Mussa; Khateeb Jama Musjid Aliabad, Dr. Aziz ullah Najeeb, Aetmadi Fida Ali Esar; Senior Scholor ITREB and Muhammad Nabi; Chairman ITREB for HUnza .
Poets from different parts of Gigit-Baltistan also paid rich tributes to Hazrat Ali through their poems and Qaseedahs, emphasizing on the life, teachings and Seerat of Hazrat Ali (AS). The poets included Amin Zia, Jamsheed Dhuki, Abdul Khaleeq Taj, Nazir Ahmed Bulbul, Sher Baz Khan, Ghulam Abbas Naseem and Asmatullah Mushfiq.
A large number of people from various schools of thought attended the conference and stressed the need to promote interaction among all four major Islamic interpretations living in Gilgit-Baltistan.