Iqbal International Institute for Research and Dialogue (IRD) of International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) launched its website and screened out its documentary in a ceremony held here at new campus of the university amid 10 years’ celebrations of excellence of IRD.
The website was inaugurated by IIUI Rector Dr. Masoom Yasinzai and President IIUI Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh who also cut the cake on the occasion.
“IIUI has distinctive attributes of internationalization and Islamic values and its faculty and researches of constituent units hold a vital responsibility of disseminating both characters globally with a blend of Islam’s message of peace” said Dr. Masoom Yasinzai in his speech. He continued saying that universities are the places which provide solutions to the contemporary challenges and 180 universities of the country would have to lead from the front and produce feasible solutions to the problems of society. He furthered that IIUI, through its constituent units such as IRD, focusing upon addressing the societal issues and discouragement of negative attitudes. He said that IRD’s outreach programs, moots and musters are paying back as youth, teachers and students of Madaris are being provided opportunities to be in the national stream.
He hailed IRD and urged its officials to follow the vision of its late Executive Director Dr. Mumtaz Ahmed. He emphasized that teachers of the Pakistani universities would have to play their role of society builders and he termed this responsibility as a justification of the bestowed responsibility to them.
Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh, in his speech said that IIUI was working to disseminate the message of Islamic scholars and thinkers across the world and role of IRD was significant and appreciable in this regard. He furthered that IRD was heading towards right direction by spreading Iqbal’s message of Muslim unity and values of Islam to the society. The IIUI President maintained that Islam was religion of peace and tranquility and Islamic values have discouraged the negative attitudes such as extremism. He added that same lines have been given to the scholars and researches of the IRD. He appreciated the role of IRD and felicitated its officials on 10 years of success.
Earlier, Dr. Husn ul Amin, Executive Director IRD said in his remarks that the ceremony was held to mark the ten years of excellence. While briefing about the ongoing activities, he said that IRD was focusing on publications and told that soon as many as 10 books would be introduced which will be discussing psychology and extremism, governance and other vital topics. He apprised on the occasion that IRD will be giving training to one thousand teachers and one thousand students of Madaris in certification programs during the current year. He added that the institute will also be holding youth engagement programs this year.
Meanwhile, the IRD, in connection with its celebrations of 10 years of excellence, will hold a recreation trip for seminary students of all schools of thought of twin cities today (Thursday) at 9am to 5 pm at Pir Sohawa, Islamabad. The event shall comprise different games and lectures. Rector and President IIUI shall be the chief guests on the occasion.