SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, on Saturday said miseries of the educated unemployed youths won’t end unless they don’t value the dignity of labour and engage themselves with the art and craft of Kashmir”.
Mirwaiz was speaking at a seminar on ‘‘Seerat Rasoolullah (SAW) Ke Hayaat Afreen Pahlun’ organised by Anjuman-e-Nusrat-ul-Islam at Islamia Higher Secondary School, Rajouri Kadal, here.
“The youth must hone their talent and come forward to promote our traditional professions thus ensuring a Halal earning,” he said.
Mirwaiz said the need of the hour is that youth instead of craving for government jobs should opt and promote the traditional artisanship “which had for long been an important component of a stable economy in Kashmir”.
He said there were times when Kashmir was economically stable and its people had preserved their art and crafts like carpet weaving, shawl making, papier-mâché, walnut carving, copper and silver engraving. “Kashmiris used to export these goods but now people are looking down upon such professions and giving them up. This has made people dependent on others.”
Hurriyat (M) chairman said, “All prophets of their times adopted different professions for their livelihood. Even Prophet Muhammad (SAW) continued business and emphasised on giving importance to indigenous forms of livelihood and skilled labour. It is unfortunate that today Kashmiris are giving up traditional skills and artisanship.”
Mirwaiz said Muslims need to strengthen their bond with Islam and Prophet Muhammad (SAW) to meet the challenges facing them. “Following the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) in letter and spirit and showing involvement in adopting the principles of Islam in everyday life alone could help resolve the problems of the Muslims,” he said.
Besides religious scholars, senior citizens, intellectuals, and members of Anjuman, dozens of students from various private schools participated in the conference and expressed their viewpoint.
The first three positions were bagged by Muneeb-ul-Rehman from Green Valley Educational Institute, Aatif and Shaila from Islamia Higher Secondary School Rajouri Kadal while as Areeza of Muslim Public School, Rajbagh and Saliha from R P School Malla Bagh received consolation prizes.