SRINAGAR: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Thursday said the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) is a blessing for all humankind and his life and teachings a way to peace and salvation for all.
“The life of beloved Prophet Muhammad’s (SAW) is a complete guidance for humanity for all times. Most issues and problems presently confronting the Muslim Ummah in general and the people of Kashmir in particular, can be resolved if we follow the foot-steps of the great Prophet (SAW) in true letter and spirit,” Mirwaiz said while speaking to a gathering of students, parents, teachers and academicians at a Seerat conference.
The conference was organized by the Anjuman-e-Nusratul Islam at the auditorium of Islamia Higher Secondary School Rajouri Kadal in connection with the ongoing sacred month of Rabi-ul Awal.
Mirwaiz urged the gathering to make their bond with the great Prophet (SAW) stronger, if they want to succeed in this world and hereafter.
Mirwaiz stressed upon the parents and teachers to play their role in safeguarding the mother tougue—Kashmiri. “We should speak and teach it (Kashmiri) to the children in order to preserve it, as every nation is known by its traditions and mother tongue,” he said.
Mirwaiz said that it was scientifically proven that children proficient in their mother tongue develop better ability to learn and gain knowledge as grownups but unfortunately people in Kashmir instead of speaking in their own language prefer to speak to them in other languages.
He said those in the education sector should be appreciated for introducing Kashmiri language in school as a compulsory subject.
Mirwaiz said that Prophet (SAW) and his companions preferred to earn their livelihood through skilled labour as that is considered the best means of earning and most halal.
“In Kashmir, great Sufi saints brought with them crafts and various skills to the people for their economic stability, so that people here would economically prosper and be independent, but sadly we are fast loosing these skills as the next generation is keen to pursue it and are more interested in jobs,” Mirwaiz said.
While addressing the youth, Mirwaiz said that the economy would prosper if we understand and appreciate the dignity of labour and associate with our crafts and skill oriented professions rather than only pursuing government jobs.
Dozens of students from various private schools of Kashmir participated in the Seerat conference and presented their papers on the life of Prophet (SAW).
The first position was bagged by Kameel Muzaffar of Burn Hall School Srinagar, second position by Sheikh Urooj Iqbal of Green Valley Educational Higher Secondary School and third position by Muhammad Owais of Islamia Higher Secondary School Rajouri Kadal.
Mirwaiz distributed cash rewards and certificates to the winners on the occasion.
Dr G M Khan, Muhammad Ashraf Kakroo, and Ghulam Mohiudin performed the duties of jury on the occasion while as the seminar was moderated by Moulana M S Rehman Shams.
A special Rabi-ul Awal issue of the Anjuman’s magazine was also released on the occasion.