News & Events
Friday, 25 December 2015Shaykh-ul-Islam Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, the leader of Pakistan Awami Tehreek and founder of Minhaj-ul-Quran International, has congratulated the members of Christian community living in Pakistan as well as around the world on the auspicious occasion of Christmas. In his felicitation message, Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri said that Christmas is an occasion of festivity that marks the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ. He said that while celebrating the festival, it is important to remember the message of peace, love and harmony espoused by Jesus Christ.
Tuesday, 8 December 2015The Muslim and Christian communities will have to forge unity in their ranks to defeat monsters of terrorism and extremism. The practice of proving oneself right and others wrong should come to an end. How can Islam approve of taking lives of humans when it has determined rights for the animals? Dr Hussain Mohi-ud-Din Qadri, Vice Chairman of Board of Governors of Minhaj University, expressed these views while addressing a seminar on the subject of “Peace on Earth” held at the F.C. College University on December 8, 2015.
Friday, 20 November 2015Sohail Ahmad Raza, Director of MQI Interfaith Relations, has said that the followers of Baba Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikh religion, are held in high esteem here in Pakistan. He said that Sikh pilgrims coming from across the world including India for attendance of birthday anniversary of their spiritual leader get the red-carpet welcome. He said that Pakistan is included among countries where minority communities are meted out excellent treatment and enjoy complete religious freedom.
Wednesday, 4 November 2015A high-level delegation of Forman Christian College University led by Prof Dr Charles Ramzay, the head of Interfaith Dialogue Department visited the central secretariat of Minhaj-ul-Quran International University. He held a meeting with Director of MQI Interfaith Relations Sohail Ahmad Raza. Sohail Ahmad Raza briefed the delegation about services and contributions of MQI and its leader Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri. He focused on welfare and education projects in his briefing.
Monday, 21 September 2015Sohail Ahmad Raza, Director of Interfaith Relations, represented MQI in the ten-day Interfaith Harmony Workshop on the invitation of Silsila Dialogue Movement and Religions Council of Philippines. The Workshop was held in the Harmony Village of famous island ‘Zamboanga’ of Philippine. The event was attended by faith leaders from Italy, Pakistan, Austria, Bangkok, Germany, Malaysia and Philippines.
Monday, 21 September 2015Archbishop of Lahore Sebastian Francis Shah has awarded Peace Award on Director Interfaith Relations of MQI Sohail Ahmad Raza as a mark of acknowledgement of his contributions and services for promotion of peace. The Award Giving Ceremony was hosted by Dr James Chanan, Director of Peace Centre Lahore. Provincial Minister for Minority Affairs and Human Rights Tahir Khalil Sandhu was the chief guest on the occasion.
Tuesday, 11 August 2015An important ceremony was held under the banner of the MQI Directorate of Interfaith Relations and the Centre for Human Rights Education to mark the National Day of the Minorities on August 11. The faith leaders belonging to various communities and religion spoke at the ceremony.
Saturday, 18 July 2015An Interfaith Iftar and Prayer Meet were jointly hosted by Minhaj ul Quran, Observer Research Foundation and Indialogue Foundation on 16th July at Mumbai Cricketers Association Club, BKC. It was attended by dignitaries from Muslim, Hindu, Christian, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi faiths and intellectuals and professionals of various fields. Rafeeq Ahmed Khan, President of Minhaj ul Quran International, introduced the newly launched Anti-Terror Curriculum of Dr. Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri to the audience.
Saturday, 23 May 2015Speaking on the occasion, Sohail Ahmad Raza, Director of Interfaith Relations, said that the Muslim and Christian youth will have to get together and create unity in their ranks on the shared agenda of establishment of peace, promotion of love, and harmony and elimination of hatred. He said that PAT and MQI are struggling for promotion of interfaith harmony and dialogue, respect for one another’s religious teachings and rights of each community. He said that all of us are equal citizens of this country and have equality of rights under the Constitution. He said that together we can help eliminate terrorism and extremism in our midst.
Saturday, 16 May 2015Rana Muhammad Farooq, Director Research FMRI, apprised the members of the delegation about technical, scholarly and research aspects of the peace curricula which has been designed by FMRI under the direct supervision and guidance of Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri. He threw light on various aspects of curricula to be taught to students in different stages in addition to informing them about the framework evolved to implement the peace project. He also answered questions of the delegates on the occasion. The delegation appreciated the peace project of MQI.
Monday, 4 May 2015Sohail Ahmad Raza, Director Interfaith Relations of MQI, held a meeting with the first secretary of Norwegian Royal Embassy Mr. Thomas Rimburdal. Raza apprised the first secretary about efforts and contributions of PAT chief Dr Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri for promotion of peace, interfaith dialogue, and harmony and for eradication of terrorism in the world. He informed the diplomat that the Directorate of Interfaith Relations is working in over 90 countries of the world and its mission is to build bridges and help initiate dialogue between various cultures, religions and civilizations etc.
Sunday, 26 April 2015Islam Studies Association (ISA) and Interfaith Relations Minhaj-ul-Quran International (India Chapter) jointly organized an interfaith program "Together We Build Peace" on April 26, 2015 at Presentation Convent Senior Secondary School, Old Delhi. The program was aimed at bringing together some of the practitioners of dialogue so that they can know one another, learn from one another; so that they can work together for Peace, Reconciliation and Justice.
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.