Islamabad - The promotion of inter-faith harmony is necessary to bring Muslim Ummah out of social crisis and terrorism.

Executive Director Iqbal International Institute for Research and Dialogue (IRD), Dr Husnal Amin yesterday told APP that it is need of the hour to promote teachings of Poet of the East Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal who conceived the idea of a separate homeland for Muslims. He added that the challenges faced by Muslims would be tackled in a better way by following the golden saying of the great philosopher to present soft image of Islam globally.

“IRD was playing a key role for the promotion of tolerance in the society, awareness, safety of rights and to eliminate the reservation about polio campaign in the far-flung areas of the country”, he informed.

The Muslim world was facing challenges due to lack of unity, sectarianism, intolerance, he said, adding that the institution was engaged to resolve the issues through dialogue especially among Muslims and generally among the other religions.

He stated that the budget of the institution was approved directly from the Higher Education Commission (HEC), but IRD is being administered by International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI).

Iqbal Institute of Research and Dialogue provides a platform to the Muslim scholars belonging to different schools of thoughts for forging unity, tolerance and love in the society, he explained.

IRD holds conferences, seminars and dialogues throughout the country in which scholars of different religions from all over the world deliver lectures to highlight the eminent features of Islam including brotherhood, affection and humanity for all without any discrimination, Amin said.

For the purpose, he said, the students of 180 universities of Pakistan and scholars were also being engaged to achieve the targets.

With the efforts of the students, politicians and Ulema, the IRD has launched awareness campaigns to curb the fatal disease in far-flung areas of all the provinces including Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir.