New Delhi: There is a strong need to realise the role of our responsibilities and duties, rather than fighting for our rights. Every nation needs hardworking people who can contribute. On the other hand, people want more from the country than they give, speakers observed at a conference organised to mark the Silver Jubilee Celebrations of Alhikmah Foundation.
"Alhikmah believes that Peace is not a process rather it constitutes of some elements. Alhikmah run dispensaries has catered to almost 11 lakhs poor patients over the past 25 years. Prime Minister has given us a slogan Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas. But Alhikmah Foundation since its vey inception is working in this direction", Dr. Ziauddin Ahmad, Chairman of Alhikmah, said while addressing the conference titled 'Road Map for Peaceful Nation Building'.
Prof. Akhtarul Wasey, Commissioner for linguistic Minorities, Govt. of India while quoting Hadith of Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) said what we chose for ourselves we must chose for others as well. We must treat others the way we would like to be treated.
"Our country is a mosaic of several languages, religions and races. Our responsibility is that we should crush all the negative and divisive forces. India turns into a great country by the camouflage of the beautiful traditions of all the religions", he said.
"Justice is the key to peace. When peace is established development is ensured. Indian secularism is a binding force of all the all religions and races. Our aim should be to strengthen this bond of secularism", he added.
He called for Common Minimum Program to fight against poverty, gender, discrimination, drug and human trafficking etc.
"If India were to emerge as a major power by 2020 then it has to evolve as icon secularism and religious tolerance and turns into the spiritual capital of the world". he said.
Minister Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Dr. Harsh Vardhan praised the mission and ontribution of Alhimah Foundation.
"In my almost 25 years of public life, I have travelled far and across the world. But, for the first time I have seen a Chairman of an NGO emphasising duties rather than rights", he said.
"The moment our countrymen realise our duties our country will progress by leaps and bounds. A few miles you travel there is a change in everything including religion, language traditions", he added.
Mahmood Madani, Gen Secretary Jamiat-e-Ulema Hind in his speech emphasised the importance of justice for a peaceful society.
"The crux of peace is justice. As soon as we refer to justice we point to its establishment by judiciary and government. There is yet another dimension to it that is society", he said.
"The Muslims cannot progress unless they determine their priorities and start working on them. I would like to submit that first we should try to remove our internal crises. Unfortunately, today we are more concerned to thwart off external crises. This is a wrong diagnosis", he added.
"A huge majority of Muslim is illiterate and remain uneducated. In every sphere of human life, ironically we retard rather than progress", he said.