PRESIDENT ISKANDER MIRZA SPONSORS COLLOQUIUM OF ISLAMIC SCHOLARS – REMARKABLE MOVEMENT FOR ISLAMIC REFORMATION 29TH DECEMBER 1957

PRESIDENT ISKANDER MIRZA SPONSORS COLLOQUIUM OF ISLAMIC SCHOLARS
 REMARKABLE MOVEMENT FOR ISLAMIC REFORMATION 29TH DECEMBER 1957
President Iskander Mirza

Major-General Iskander Mirza was from East Pakistan, a Bengali brethren of ours. Not much importance is given to his period of rule and his period is regarded as that of anarchy. And completely forgotten is an attempt for Islamic reformation with an international meeting of Islamic Scholars in Lahore on 29th December, 1957.  This movement was spearheaded by Muhammed Asad the great Islamic scholar of the century.  Islamic scholars were invited from all over the world and they stayed at Flatteis Hotel Lahore. We do not have a list of all of them (we are trying to get a copy of Islamic Colloquium papers published by University of Punjab in 1960) or even images of the occasion, but a person of that period preserved a photograph done at Madarassa ul Binat, Mozang in Lahore, and mentions one scholar as Dr Sethi. This was an event organized by University of the Punjab. We are proud to give this rare and torn photograph for lovers of ijthehad in Islam. Some of the papers read at the same were published by University of the Punjab under the heading International Colloquium Papers but the publication skipped the mention of Muhammed Asad. Obviously sabotage was done to this event spearheaded by a religious orthodox party, who had no interest in the progress of Islam which was not in their hands.

Muhammed Asad
Madarassa ul Binat Colloquium 1957

Remembering those stalwarts like Muhammed Asad and G.A. Pervez gives us a new lease of life. We will add more information with time and for the present you can read the beautiful article on the meeting by a scholar Dr Zahid Munir Amir, and the link is this:

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