The conditions regarding the protection of the rights of minorities are not ideal in Pakistan.
The violence continues unabated targeting non-Muslims and their assets in many cities across the country.
This despite the fact that under Islam, the rights of minorities in Muslim societies are fully protected to ensure their complete security and harmony; and the same can be deemed ideal for any society.
In order to ensure, safeguard and promote the rights of non-Muslims as enshrined in Islam. UNITE would undertake and strive to improve & ensure an enabling environment for non-Muslims in society. UNITE shall operate under the aegis of this federal ministry to realize its plan under the able guidance of Janab Sardar Muhammad Yousaf.
The head of UNITE is the country's young, renowned religious leader Mufti Abu Huraira Mohiuddin, who is rendering ideal guidance by preaching patience and tolerance, religious harmony while educating youth about Islam's progressive ideas in the country.
Majlis Saut ul Islam Pakistan (MSIP) was established in 1991 to reach out to young ulema with a message of pluralism; shunning racial, religious, sectarian, ethnic and regional prejudice and leanings.
It embarked on this new path to ensure global peace when few foresaw the absolute necessity for sustaining a peaceful world.
Hold a two-day International Conference in Islamabad on Interfaith Harmony that would include leading scholars and representatives from over 20 countries.
w This would send out a strong message for peace and amity, raise issues of minorities and offer workable solutions from the scholars' own experience.
Inauguration ceremony of Universal Nexus for Interfaith Trust and Engagement (UNITE) organized by Federal Ministry of Interfaith Harmony on June 16, 2015. The ceremony was attended by Minister for Interfaith Harmony Sardar Mohammad Yousuf. UNITE Chairman Mufti Abu Huraira Mohiuddin said that it was because of the few so-called religious leaders that the image of clergy class has been portrayed negatively in the society. He said they have trained 600 religious scholars on peace, interfaith harmony and tolerance. Ms. Bashir said that there was shrinking space for people from different religions and urged for mutual respect to foster harmony. She demanded from the Federal Minister that we need those religious and political leaders who own us.
Interfaith dignitaries reflect on Ali's legacy
Excerpts…article by Phillip M. Bailey for the Courier Journal
The body of Muhammad Ali returned to his hometown Sunday afternoon amid community members, leaders and activists at the Louisville Islamic Center for an interfaith service memorializing the boxing icon and world humanitarian.
"Muhammad Ali was an interfaith leader before we knew what an interfaith leader was," Mayor Greg Fischer said during the ceremony. The West End native was outspoken, he said, and decried terrorism and hatred even in his final days.
Among those in attendance was Ambassador Attallah Shabazz, the eldest daughter of Malcolm X. Fischer and other speakers – which included Dr. Muhammad Babar of the Islamic Center, Spalding University President Tori Murden McClure, community activist Christopher 2X and Erin Herbert, director of programming at the Muhammad Ali Center – called on the community to fight for the ideals Ali held dear.
"Now who will push back against the agents of hatred, and watch our back?" said Babar. "When we fight these demons of Islamophobia, who will show the light to our youth surrounded by traitors of terror?"
Fischer added that those who support Ali's six core principles need to combat intolerance with compassion in the November elections. He said in one of his final public comments, Ali stood up against terrorism abroad and political demagogues running for public office at home.
"Champ would be disappointed, this is the final round of the fight, this is round 15," Fischer said. "People are getting tired. What's your choice...Folks, it's time to fight."
Outside the center, Yahya Johnson of Louisville, who attended the ceremony, said many are quick to claim Ali's legacy now that he has died. He said given Ali's affiliation with the Nation of Islam, anti-Vietnam War and other counter-culture causes of the 1960s that might be more difficult.
"What tends to happen with black heroes, once they become acceptable to a wider audience they whitewash their legacy," said Johnson. "He had an outspoken and uncompromising character to his nature."
The event at the center was just one of many spontaneous memorials and public acts of outpouring in the 36 hours following Ali’s death late Friday. Several hours prior to the interfaith ceremony, hundreds have visited Ali's boyhood home in the Parkland neighborhood and more than 100 people gathered at the Muhammad Ali Center in downtown where fans had left flowers and offered prayer throughout the weekend.
"He was always the greatest," Boxer Dezzmond said of Ali. "And he fought like a champ."
the Yum! Center interfaith service included clerics from several religions.
From Muhammad Ali Center
Muhammad Ali’s life and legacy are inspirational and impactful. The lessons learned are universal and transformative; his global footprint is enormous. Muhammad Ali was one of a select few individuals to have transcended athleticism into a symbol of larger societal issues and it is the totality of his life and the core principles that had guided him that have made him one of the most beloved symbols of peace and well-being in our nation and the world.
His awareness of the needs of the developing world had guided much of his good work. He had served as a symbol of hope and a catalyst for constructive international dialogue, had delivered sorely-needed medical supplies to an embargoed Cuba, provided more than 22 million meals to the world’s hungry, and helped secure the release of 15 U.S. hostages from Iraq during the first Gulf War. As testament to his work in developing nations, the United Nations named him a Messenger of Peace, and he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, as well as Amnesty International’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In September 2012, he was the recipient of the prestigious National Constitution Center Liberty Medal.
Beyond Mr. Ali’s international efforts, he was equally devoted to helping charities at home. In addition to co-founding the Muhammad Ali Center with his wife Lonnie, Mr. Ali hosted the annual Celebrity Fight Night in Phoenix, was involved as a founding member of Athletes for Hope, and contributed substantially to the awareness and research efforts of Parkinson’s disease. Muhammad Ali had proven that one person can change the world.
SIX CORE PRINCIPLES
Confidence Belief in oneself, one’s abilities, and one’s future.
Conviction A firm belief that gives one the courage to stand behind that belief, despite pressure to do otherwise.
Dedication The act of devoting all of one’s energy, effort, and abilities to a certain task.
Giving To present voluntarily without expecting something in return.
Respect Esteem for, or a sense of the worth or excellence of, oneself and others.
Spirituality A sense of awe, reverence, and inner peace inspired by a connection to all of creation and/or that which is