Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Friday that education is crucial to the country’s advancement, hoping that Al-Qadir University will become a research centre and character-building facility based on the golden principles of Islam.
During an interactive session with educators, Islamic thinkers, scientists and parliamentarians at Al-Qadir University, the prime minister said the research to be conducted at the facility will later be disseminated to educational institutions across the country.
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A couple of years ago, he laid the foundation stone for the university in the name of the great Sufi saint of Islam, Sheikh Abdul Qadir Jilani, to make the institution a cradle of science and spirituality.
Prime Minister @ImranKhanPTI laid foundation of #AlQadirUniversity in 2019. Named after great Sufi Scholar Abdul Qadir Jillani, the university aims at sharpening the Scientific & Technological skills of the students and developing connection between "Rohaniyat" & Science. pic.twitter.com/IJXvExPL23— Prime Minister's Office, Pakistan (@PakPMO) March 12, 2021
Imran Khan currently says that the Islamic studies taught in schools are incomprehensible to students and therefore irrelevant to the correct interpretation of the Islamic faith.
He said Al-Qadir University will begin its academic activities in September and recruit Islamic scholars such as Syed Nasir Hussain and Hamza Yousuf, who are Syed Nasir Hussain and Hamza Yousuf, as part of the University Council for their worthy guidance.
He said the goal was to educate the knowledgeable and talented youth with moral strength. The prime minister said he wanted to reform the system with Al-Qadir University, similar to Al-Azhar University in Egypt, one of the most prestigious institutions in the world.
He called for the introduction of scholarships for hard-working and ingenious students at Al-Qadir University to help them complete their studies and contribute to the development of the country.
Aside from inspiring the West to develop technology, he said some aspects of their culture, such as truth and fairness, deserve to be imitated, with the exception of their flawed family system, which encourages dissolution in Eastern society.
Imran Khan suggested that Al-Qadir University explore the concept of Islam’s first welfare state, Medina, based on the principles of socio-economic justice and high moral standards.
Later, the Prime Minister, flanked by the Minister of Science and Technology, Chaudhry Fawad Hussain and MNA Farrukh Altaf, planted a tree in front of an olive grove on the grounds of Al-Qadir University.
So far, the University’s Sufi and Research blocks have been completed, while two more academic blocks, dormitories and faculty housing, are currently under construction.
As part of Miyawaki’s urban forest project, approximately 16,500 trees will be planted on the university campus, including 1,000 olives and an additional 34,500 tree plantations to be planted nearby.