Islam stands for peace, harmony, brotherhood and co-existence. It
the interests of every human being and guarantees a peaceful and
just society, said Shaikh Usman As Siddiquee
while inaugurating the ten day Islamic Dawah Conference October 22
here in Mumbai.
"The guidelines and the principles
Islam has laid upon its followers has brought peace and harmony in
the world. It safeguards the interests of every human being and
stresses in clear terms the freedom of religious practice and co-existence", Shaikh Usman who is the former Imam of Masjid Khaif, Mina, near Makkah Saudi Arabia said while
delivering the Friday
"Some of the rights introduced by
Islam specially for the women and downtrodden were totally new to
the world", he added.
The former Imam rejected the
propaganda which is underway about Islam by a section in the
"Today some people try to spread
misconceptions about Islam and tries to project Islam in a way
that has no relation to its true teachings and actual principles",
"The whole history of Islam and
the entire life of Prophet Mohammad (Peace be upon him) and that
companions are full of instances to show how they brought peace in the
world and paved the way for the formation of a just and peaceful
society while working on the principles and guidelines laid down
in Islam", he
said even as thousands of people sat listening to the sermon with apt
The conference held at the Sumaiya
ground in Mumbai and organised by Islamic Research Foundation (IRF)
that began with the Friday sermon October 22 is fourth in Mumbai.
It will end on October 31.
Eminent scholars and Islamic
preachers from India and abroad have come to the venue to address
the conference which is orgainsed first time in Urdu. Earlier
three conferences organised on the same ground and at the same
times in the past three years were in the English language.
Later, while addressing a press
conference Dr Zakir Naik Founder President of IRF elaborated in
details the purpose and objectives of the conference.
"For people of all beliefs,
this conference will be a learning opportunity to realize, reflect
on and correct their misunderstanding (if any) about Islam in the
light of talks by authoritative and renowned international
Blaming Western media for creating
misconceptions about Islam, Naik said that it chose to “glorify
black sheep within the community as exemplary Muslims”. This ended
up projecting a wrong picture of Islam.
“This conference is to clear certain misconceptions and tell the
world how peace is the solution for humanity,” he said.
On the Sena’s demand for banning the
burqa, he added that any person’s rights should not be snatched.
“Previously, I read that it [the demand] was because a baby was
stolen. The next day, I also read somewhere that a lady dressed
like a sadhvi had stolen a baby. Does that mean that she, too,
should not be allowed to wear what she wants to? Not wearing the
naqab in public would be tantamount to impinging on the person’s
freedom,” he said.