News & Events
Friday, 27 March 2015Dr Leif Hetland, Chairman of Global Mission Awareness USA, visited College of Shariah and Islamic Science, Minhaj University Lahore, on the invitation of MQI Director Interfaith Relations Sohail Ahmad Raza. He spoke to the students on the subject of ‘interfaith dialogue and establishment of peace.’ He said that there is a pressing and dire need of investing more efforts and energies in improving relations among different faiths and promoting shared human values.
Friday, 6 March 2015Sohail Ahmad Raza, Director of MQI Interfaith Relations, attended Hindu cultural and religious festival of ‘Holi’ organized at Shri Krishna Temple under the banner of Evacuee Trust Property Board, Government of Pakistan. Sohail Raza is also a member of the Board. Addressing the ceremony, he congratulated the Hindu community on behalf of PAT chief Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri. He said that ‘Holi’ is a cultural festival of the sub-continent which heralds the beginning of spring season. He said that the festival is all about colours.
Monday, 9 February 2015Speaking on the subject of mysticism, Mrs. Razia Naveed, Secretary General of Minhaj Women Wing, said that Sufism came into being during the blessed life of the Holy Prophet (SAW) and that it is not an innovation as it is supposedly made out to be. She said that Sufis are revered and blessed people whose lives are dedicated to the service of humanity without any discrimination of caste, colour, creed and race.
Friday, 13 February 2015Sohail Ahmad Raza (MQI Interfaith Relations) lectured students of COSIS on Friday 13th January at 10:00 am PST. The lecture was held at the Seminar Hall of COSIS. Raza is a senior graduate of COSIS which is the Shariah department of Minhaj University. He is known for his contributions towards representing Dr. Qadri at interfaith moots and establishing relations with various faiths. Sohail Raza specializes in comparative religions and has toured various countries propagating the peaceful message of Islam. He has also studied at the Vatican and presented the Fatwa on Terrorism to the Pope during his stay.
Wednesday, 4 February 2015Faith leaders belonging to Muslim, Christian, Sikh and Hindu communities attended a seminar titled “Respect for Religions Seminar” held under the banner of PAT Interfaith Relations and Noulakha Church. The prominent attendees in the seminar included PAT President Dr Raheeq Abbasi, provincial minister Tahir Khalil Sandhu, Reverend Dr Majid Abel, Sardar Bishin Singh, Pundit Baghat Lal, Sohail Ahmad Raza, Priest Emmanuel Khokhar, priest Shahid Miraj, Pir Usman Noori, Maulana Zubair Ahmad, Maulana Ijaz Ahmad, Hafiz Muhammad Nauman, Javed William, Anwar Gondal and others.
Friday, 6 February 2015An Interfaith Harmony Week (February 03 to February 09) is being celebrated under the banner of United Nations at a time when 1.5 billion Muslims are incensed over the publication of blasphemous caricatures in a French magazine and taking out rallies to protest these sacrilegious sketches. No Muslim has condoned or supported the attack on the office of Charlie Hebdo and killing of the magazine’s staff there because Islam is against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. The taking of law into one’s hands paves the way for terrorism and extremism.
Saturday, 20 December 2014Interfaith ‘Istehkam-e-Pakistan’ Convention was held under the banner of Noulakha Church Lahore. In addition to faith leaders, people belonging to different walks of life including politicians, civil society activists and human rights workers attended the Convention. Sohail Ahmad Raza, Director of Interfaith Relations, represented Minhaj-ul-Quran International on the special invitation of the programme’s host Reverend Dr Majed Abel.
Thursday, 1 January 2015New Year interfaith prayer ceremony was held in Saint Mary Church in Gulberg, Lahore, under the banner of National Council for Interfaith Dialogue. Reverend Francis Nadeem was the host of the ceremony. Faith leaders made a collective prayer for year 2015. Those present on the occasion were Master Emanuel Khokhar, Hindu leader Pandit Bhagat Singh, Sikh leader Sardar Bishin Singh, and Muslim leaders Allama Shafaat Rasool, Mufti Ashiq Hussain, Allama Ghulam Mustafa Chishti and director of MQI Interfaith Relations Sohail Ahmad Raza.
Wednesday, 24 December 2014Attended by Muslim political and religious leaders in addition to members of Christian community, a prayer ceremony was held in connection with Christmas in Noulakha church. Central PAT President Dr Raheeq Abbasi, PPP Secretary General Sardar Latif Khosa, Federal Minister Kamran Michael, Reverend Dr Majed Abel, Dr Kunwal Feroz, Pervez Khan Saroyya, former provincial minister Mian Imran Masood, Pir Usman Noori and others attended the ceremony.
Saturday, 10 January 2015LAHORE (Daily Dunya) – In an unprecedented event in history of the subcontinent, Bishop House Catholic Church in Lahore on Friday observed Milad-e-Nabi (PBUH) event together with Minhajul Quran Interfaith Relations. Members of various faiths attended this special event. Dr Raheeq Abbasi, Arch Bishop Sebastian Francis Sha, Sardar Ramesh Sindh, Dr James Chinon, Father Francis Nadeem, Kashif Nawab, Pandit Bhagat, Yousaf Binjori, Faizur Rehman Durani, G.M. Malik, Raja Zahid, Ghulam Murtaza Alvi, Qazi Faiz, Raja Nadeem and Sohail Ahmed Raza addressed the gathering.
Wednesday, 24 December 2014Minhaj Welfare Foundation’s initiated a community ‘Food Bank’ on Wednesday 24th December 2014 (Christmas Eve) in London. The main aim of the event was to highlight the ever growing concern of extreme poverty in the UK. Dawood Mash’hadi, Managing Director of MWF said: “we hope that this could be the stepping stone of many more food banks to come.”
Tuesday, 9 December 2014A Peace Award Ceremony was held under the aegis of International Council for Interfaith Dialogue in a local hotel in Lahore the other day. The chief guest of the ceremony was Dr William Robinson, Director EGM, USA. Directorate of Interfaith Relations, Minhaj-ul-Quran International, was given a peace award due to the organization’s efforts for promotion of peace, interfaith dialogue and harmony at national and global levels.
Tuesday, 18 November 2014Those who have are responsible for Kot Radha Kishan tragedy should be brought to justice and meted out exemplary punishments under the law of the land. Their act of burning a Christian couple alive has brought a bad name to Pakistan, Islam and humanity making the people of Pakistan hang their heads in shame and embarrassment. The Punjab government has yet to fulfill its promise of aid to the aggrieved family which it had announced following the horrible incident.
Thursday, 13 November 2014Addressing the participants of the prayer ceremony, PAT Secretary General Khurram Nawaz Gandapur said that every Pakistani is grieved on the horrific and tragic killings of Shamma and Shahzad in Kot Radha Kisan. He said that PAT strongly condemns this barbaric incident and calls for severe punishment to those who are involved in this crime. He said that Islam is a religion of peace, love and humanity and does not allow anyone to take life of others.
Sunday, 30 March 2014A multi-religious forum held a meeting aiming at social integration through inter-faith harmony and inter-religions dialogue. The meeting was supervised by the representatives of local government. Several religious communities such as Roman Catholic Church, Buddhist, Protestants, Muslims, Bangladeshi, Turk, Austrian and many others were present in the meeting.
Friday, 14 March 2014Director of Interfaith Relations (MQI) Sohail Ahmad Raza has felicitated Archbishop Sebastian Francis Shah, Catholic Church, on his appointment as Archbishop by the Vatican City. The MQI’s felicitation message was conveyed in an interfaith consultation moot held under the banner of National Peace and Interfaith Network Pakistan. Sohail Ahmad Raza gave proposals on behalf of MQI to promote and expand cultural relations amongst various faiths and avoid any untoward incidents with a potential to rupture the religious harmony in Pakistan.
Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri’s services for peace laudable, say Bishop Tony Robinson and Archbishop of Canterbury
Wednesday, 5 March 2014Right Reverend Bishop Tony Robinson, the chairman of Focus Pakistan and Archbishop of Canterbury, Church of England have said that Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri’s services for promotion of interfaith dialogue, harmony, tolerance, establishment of peace at global level and elimination of terrorism are praiseworthy.
Wednesday, 5 March 2014Renowned Christian scholars from Germany called on Dr Hassan Mohi-ud-Din Qadri, President of MQI Supreme Council, and Dr Hussain Mohi-ud-Din Qadri, President of PAT’s Federal Council, in the central secretariat in Lahore and exchanged views on matters of mutual interest including the measures to promote Muslim-Christian dialogue and interfaith harmony. Director of Interfaith Relations Sohail Ahmad Raza was also present at the occasion.
Saturday, 1 February 2014Dr Raheeq Abbasi went on to say, MQI is working for promotion of interfaith dialogue, peace and harmony in the world. He said that these ingredients were core of the Islamic message. He said that none can harm or damage MQI because of its ideology, vision and promotion of love, knowledge and peace throughout the globe between all cultures and religions.