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SPRING CARNIVAL-2015
The Spring Carnival at International Islamic University Islamabad kicked off with great enthusiasm at male and female campuses separately. See More Details


Male Activities Schedule
 
Female Activities Schedule
 
TALENTED IIUI SCIENTIST DR. IMRAN AWARDED US PATENT
Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
Dr. Muhammad Imran Shabbir, Assistant Professor in Department of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology, Faculty of Basic and Applied Sciences International Islamic University, Islamabad has been awarded with an “International Patent”.
He has been awarded on the invention in which he described a device and a method for avoiding harmful ultraviolet radiation exposure during the analysis and processing of biomolecule-resolved electro phoretic gel matrices. It is pertinent to mention here that the electrophoresis is a key molecular biology technique used for studying biomolecules, for example, deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), ribonucleic acid (RNA) and proteins. Currently, Dr. Imran’s invention in the process of commercialization to bring this useful technology to the market to benefit the community of scientists and health professionals involved especially in the analysis of DNA. The worth mentioning here is that Dr. Imran has independently prepared and submitted his extraordinary invention for obtaining intellectual property rights to United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in 2012 and obtained a provisional US patent. Later in 2013, as a continuation, a utility patent was applied which has been accepted and recently published.

DEE STUDENTS CLINCH EVENT TITLE IN SOFTEC 2015 AT FAST-NU LAHORE
Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
The talented team of young engineers from Department of Electronics Engineering Faculty of Engineering and Technology International Islamic University clinched team winner award and event title of ”National Event SOFTEC“ held at Foundation Advance Science and Technology National University (FAST-NU) Lahore. Three IIUI teams comprising Mirza Omer Baig, Muhammad Basit Ameen, Muhammad Tariq Dilbar, Ammad Shakir Khan, Awais Yaqoob and Muhamad Basat participated in different competitions.

Two teams participating in Robo Rumble competition won 1st and 2nd positions respectively, while third team presented their Final Year Project “Design and Development of Variable Frequency Drive for Induction Motor Using Advance Techniques” in Engineering Project Exhibition being highly acknowledged and appreciated as IIUI teams achieving high marks in all competitions also stood on top of the victory stand and secured event winner title. The IIUI teams was supervised by the Engr. Adil Farooq Lecturer, DEE FET.

IRD TO HOLD INTL CONFERENCE ON DIALOGUE IN THE PROPHET’S SEERAH ON 27TH APRIL
Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
Iqbal International Institute For Research & Dialogue (IRD) International Islamic University, Islamabad (IIUI) in going to hold a 2-day International Conference on “Dialogue in the Prophet’s Seerah and Its Impact on the Peaceful Co-existence: Models and Applications”. The conference will be held at Faisal Masjid Campus, under the joint auspices of Iqbal International Institute for Research & Dialogue (IRD), IIU and Imam Muhammad Bin Saud Islamic University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The aim of the Conference is to provide opportunities for researchers, scholars and academicians to share their insights on the importance of dialogue as a mode of bridging differences drawing on the glorious examples from the life of the Prophet (SAWS). The inaugural session will be chaired by the President Islamic Republic of Pakistan Mr. Mamnoon Hussain, which will be held at Marriot Hotel.

EXTREMISM IS A MINDSET, EXISTS EVERY SOCIETY, PARTICIPANTS SAY
Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
Religious harmony, co-existence and tolerance are the key factors which bring peace, tranquility and prosperity in any society. Islam is the only religion in the world, which highly endorse these values and practically establish a society on this foundation.

This is a gist of lecture organized with the title “Peace and Education Foundation“ by Iqbal International Institute of Research and Dialogue International Islamic University Islamabad. Mr. David Saperstein, Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, USA was guest speaker, which was also attended by the Rector IIUI Prof Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, President IIUI Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh, Executive Director IIIRD Dr. Mumtaz Ahmed, Director General AF&P Gulzar Ahmed Khawja, Deans, Directors and faculty members including students.

In his lecture Mr. David Saperstein while giving eh examples from American history said that intolerance, extremist thinking and hate provoking inclinations are the universal attitude; these values have nothing with Islam. He further said that education plays an important role to creating harmony and peaceful existence; it also plays a vital role in alleviating and removing misconceptions and doubts regarding religions. Mr. David went on saying that, Pakistan is taken as model where large number of diversity of sects, religious groups and ethnic group are living to-gather peacefully. He further expressed that, it is absolutely misperception that extremism only found in Islamic society rather it is a mindset existed in the societies worldwide.

In his address Dr. Msaoom appreciated the effort of IIIRD in organizing such lectures and he also encouraged the participants to explore the contemporary religious aspects. He said IIUI is an institution of global repute, spreading message of love, peace and brotherhood through its students all over the world.

He urged students to adopt attitude of moderation and discourage extremism and violence in the society.

Dr. Al-Draiweesh in his address said that Islamic university heading towards with the environment of peace, tranquillity as the core message of Islam. He said, Islam for centuries has been religion of peace, tolerance and has no room for terrorism, fanaticism and extremism. Islam and Muslims have nothing with current spell of terrorism and intolerance in the world. At the end, participants joined open discussion.

IIUI STUDENTS SHINE IN ENVIRONMENTAL MELA
Report By: Muhammad Nauman
Students of Department of Environmental Science of the International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) have won 2nd Prize in Environmental Mela which was organized by National Cleaner Production Center (NCPC), at Ayub Park Rawalpindi.

Title and Theme of the Mela was “Importance of Soil in Food Security Program”. The scientific models were presented by different universities’ students focusing the given theme. Earlier, Prof. Dr. Muhammad Irfan Khan, Chairman Department of Environmental Science, IIUI inaugurated the program being a Chief Guest at the opening ceremony.

EXHIBITION OF RARE MANUSCRIPTS HELD AT IIUI
Report By: Muhammad Nauman
An exhibition of rare manuscripts and publications of “Prince Sultan Library of Science and Knowledge” was held here at Faisal Masjid campus of International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) on Tuesday which was inaugurated by former Minster for Religious Affairs Muhammad Ejaz ul Haq and President IIUI Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh.

The book exhibition was jointly organized by IIUI’s Islamic Research Institute (IRI) and Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, Saudi Arabia. The guests also visited under developed IRI Picture Gallery, which is going to be inaugurated soon.

Inaugural sessions of both events were joined by the Vice President IIUI Dr. Mohammad Bashir Khan, Directors General, Deans, Directors and delegates from Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University.

Free books, Quran e Majeed, Islamic literature and publications were distributed to the visitors by the representatives of Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University. On the other side, rare manuscripts, rare pictures and rare calligraphic collection were shown in the exhibition of IRI’s gallery.

Ejaz ul Haq along with Dr. Al-Draiweesh visited IRI press, Hameedullah library and IRI book shop and lauded the effort of the institute. He also appreciated the efforts of DG IRI and hoped that under the leadership of Dr. Al-Draiweesh IIUI would keep progressing with more zeal and zest. President IIUI said in his remarks that the exhibitions were a constructive activity and both IRI and Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University must be lauded for their hard work.

He congratulated DG IRI for arranging this successful constructive activity while he also prayed for the success of Muslim Ummah and IIUI. He vowed that university would keep arranging such activities in the future while all possible support would be provided to the institutions, faculties and departments of IIUI for arranging such significant programs. Visitors took keen interest in the books and pictures at the exhibitions while they termed it as a vital opportunity to explore Pak- Saudi relations in the perspective of history and literature.

IPD HOLDS FIVE-DAY INDIGENOUS ON-CAMPUS TRAINING
Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
Institute of Professional Development International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) in collaboration with Higher Education Commission organized a five days comprehensive training program with the title ”Indigenous on-Campus Training“ (IOT) under the Modern University Governance Program. The first session commenced on Monday, which was graced by the Dr. Bashir Khan Vice President Academics IIUI, Mr. Nasir Ali Director Quality Assurance Agency Higher Education Commission Pakistan as chief guest. Project Director IPD Dr. Saeed ul Hassan Chishti, Master Trainer Kashif Sohail Malik, Saneeha Khalid Training Management Specialist IPD were also present, while it was attended by large number of professionals.

In his address Dr. Bashir Khan said effective management plays an important role in professionalism while saying that, if the tasks are being done properly, it goes to good governance which is the secret of smooth functioning.

He further said that behavioral change is the key to achieve the big goals and destination as the change is in nature of human being.

Dr. Bashir said that trained and skilled people are very vital to achieve the core objectives of any organization. He said every worker and employee should make the justice with his or her responsibilities associated by the organization.

Mr. Nasir said that teaching is not an easy task it requires full commitment, dedication and concentration with good communication skills. He further said HEC is striving to achieve standard in higher education institutions in Pakistan.

In the training, about 175 participants from management, administration, accounts and finance, HR, audit as well as early career faculty members and participants from other public sector Higher Education Institutes are attending this cutting edge training program.

IIUI DELEGATION VISITS AL-IMAM MUHAMMAD IBN SAUD ISLAMIC UNIVERSITY
MEETING WITH DEAN OF IT HELD
Report By: Muhammad Nauman
A high level delegation of International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) headed by its Rector Dr. Masoom Yasinzai and President Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh visited Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University where they had a meeting with Dr. Waleed bin Abdul Aziz Dean of Faculty of Information Technology of the university.

During the meeting, it was agreed the already signed MoUs would be further expanded and more steps of promoting bilateral cooperation would be taken. He added, in future, steps would be taken to learn from experiences of each other. It was also agreed on the occasion that exchange of delegations in the field of information technology would be held to share the bilateral experiences.

 

 

 

IIUI DELEGATION PARTICIPATES IN MOOT AT NAIF ARAB UNIVERSITY
PRESIDENT IIUI PRESENTS HIS PAPER
Report By: Muhammad Nauman
Islamic scholars have pivotal role in promotion of stability and peace as they can make world aware about the Islam’s true message of peace and brotherhood, said Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh while presenting his paper in a conference at Naif Arab University for Security Sciences.

Dr. Al-Draiweesh expressed these views in a moot at Naif Arab University titled “The Role of Religious Scholars in Preventing Terrorism and Extremism”.

The conference was attended by a high level delegation of IIUI which was headed by the Rector IIUI Dr. Masoom Yasinzai and Principal Investigator to the President IIUI Hafiz Aziz ur Rehman. The delegates also met various prominent personalities and discussed issues of mutual interest in different meetings.

In his paper, Dr. Al-Draiweesh maintained that Islam is religion of peace and it promotes moderation. He stressed that negative attitudes are not allowed in Islam while behaviors such as extremism must be discouraged. President IIUI maintained that Islamic religious scholars have a vital responsibility to make the world aware that Islam can be the source of promoting peace across the world. He was of the view that Muslims would have to forge unity among their ranks to foil the attempts of enemies while all the Muslim brothers must be united to portray Islam’s real message. He added that misconceptions against Islam must be dealt on priority basis.

On the sidelines of the conference, Rector IIUI and President IIUI also met with Dr. Abdul Rahman Ibn Abdul Aziz as-Sudais, General President of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque. He felicitated Dr. AL-Draiweesh for Tamgha-i-Imtiaz from Pakistani government and hoped that IIUI would keep progressing under the leadership of Dr. AL-Drawieesh.

 

IIUI DELEGATION MEETS WITH NEW BOT MEMBERS
Report By: Muhammad Nauman
Dr. Masoom Yasinzai Rector IIUI and Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh President IIUI met with the new member of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the university. The meeting was held during the visit of a high level IIUI delegation to Saudi Arabia.

The meeting was held with Shaikh Abdur Rehman Al-juraisee and Shaikh Hamood Abdullah Alzaib. During the meeting, issues regarding the development of the university came under discussion while vital ways to enhance the performance of IIUI were discussed.

 

 

 

 

DCS STUDENTS VISIT LOK VIRSA
Report By: Muhammad Nauman
An exposure visit to enhance the course capabilities and comprehension of students of Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering (BSSE) (Male Campus) of the Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering (DCS&SE) was arranged to Lok Virsa.

A number of twenty eight students of course “Pakistan Culture & Society” participated in the visit which was led by their teacher Syed Muhammad Bilal Shah.

The students took keen interest in the Cultural stalls and termed the activity as significant for their exposure while saying that practical examples helped to clear various concepts of their course.

INDONESIAN SCHOLARS VISIT IIUI, MEET VARSITY LEADERSHIP
Report By: Muhammad Nauman
A four member delegation of Indonesian scholars visited International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) here on Monday and met with the Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, Rector IIUI and Gulzar Ahmed Khwaja, Director General AF&P.

The delegation was comprised Dr. Hamid Fahmy Zarkasyi, Vice Rector for Academic Affairs, University of Darrussalam (UNIDA) Gonotor Indonesia, Setiawan Bin Lahuri, Vice Rector Finance, UNIDA Gontor Indonesia, Khirul Umam Suiri, Dean Faculty of Economics and Management UNIDA and Eko Nur Cahyo, Head of Department of Islamic Economics and Laws UNDIA.

During the meeting with Rector and DG IIUI, the delegation was apprised about the IIUI objectives while Dr. Masoom Yasinzai also gave a detailed introduction of the university.

“Provision of quality education integrated with teachings of Islam is one of the core objectives of IIUI” said Rector IIUI. He added that IIUI would provide all possible cooperation to the Indonesian university especially in the field of Islamic economics. He was of the view that exchange of delegations from both sides must be encouraged as it would help to learn from experiences of each other.

Gulzar Ahmed Khwaja said on the occasion that both universities are closer to vision of each other as both are working on the agenda of providing quality education with a blend of Islamic traditions to the students Muslim Ummah.

Dr. Hamid said on the occasion that Darrussalam University is keen to work with IIUI and cooperation in all the fields would be encouraged. He maintained that Muslim countries’ educational institutions should focus on nurturing the young minds according to teachings of Islam.

The meeting was also joined by Dr. Hafiz Muhammad Yasin Director General International Institute of Islamic Economics and Mr. Atiq ul Zafar.

At the end, exchange of gifts took place. Meanwhile, the delegation also visited the central library of the university.

SHARIAH ACADEMY TO HOLD TWO DAY WORKSHOP TITLED ISLAM’S TEACHING OF JIHAD, CONTEMPORARY ISSUES AND DOUBTS
Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
The Training Department of Shariah Academy International Islamic University Islamabad is going to hold two day workshop titled “Islam’s Teaching of Jihad, Contemporary Issues and Doubts“ on 21, 22 April, at Allama Iqbal Auditorium Faisal Masjid Campus IIUI. The workshop would be honored and addressed by Moulana Muhammad Khan Sherani, Chairman Council Islamic Ideology Pakistan, Dr. Anees Admed, Vice Chancellor Rifah International University Islamabad, President IIUI Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh, Dr. Mumtaz Ahmed Executive Director Iqbal International Institute for Research and Dialogue IIUI, Dr. Suhail Hassan Director General Shariah Academy, Dr. Muhamamd Tufail Hashmi Chairman Department of Islamic Studies Hi-Tech University Taxila and research scholars of IIUI. The workshop will cover the aspects of Jihad in the lights of Quran and Sunnah, analysis of the trends in contemporary views of jihad, western philosophy about Jihad and related topics of contemporary time.

The purpose of the workshop is to promote the true concept of Jihad and to remove the philosophical misconceptions and doubts particularly the role of state in regard to Jihad. The workshop will be attended by the teachers, students of IIU, Ulemas, lawyers and journalists from twin cities.

IIUI’S SHARIAH ACADEMY PUBLISHES BOOK ON “NIKAH”
Report By: Muhammad Nauman
Shariah Academy of International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) has published a book “ Aqd-e- Nikah: Riwayti Tasawur aur Jadeed Shaklain”.

The book is compiled by Prof. Dr. Ahmad Yousif Al-Draiweesh, President IIUI while it is a translation of his (Arabic) book “Al-Zawaj Al-Arfi” which is translated by Academy’s team comprised of Naveed Iltaf, Muhammad Sarfraz Khan and Abdul Hameed whereas it was reviewed by Dr. Abdul Hayee Abro.

In the Book, writer has discussed the traditional concept of Nikah in Islamic Fiqh and discussed various aspects of it in the light of Islamic Shariah.

Dr. Al-Draiweesh is a PhD in Islamic Jurisprudence and owns vast experience of teaching and research in the fields of Islamic Law and Comparative Jurisprudence. He has written more than 50 books and research papers on various important topics including comparative jurisprudence, Islamic economics, human rights and religious extremism.

IIUI ALL SET TO KICK OFF SPRING CARNIVAL
Report By: Muhammad Nauman
International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) is all set to witness remarkable talent of university students as its Spring Carnival Kicks-off on Monday.

The event would commence in both male and female campuses on March 13, Monday with a number of events which will be joined be the talented Islamians. The mega event would keep university students engaged in multiple constructive activities till March 30 where approximately 28,000 on campus students would participate in speech, arts, essay writing, Qirat, Naat competitions while a number of seminars would be organized to discuss the vital issues of the society.

Students are also excited to join the sports gala event of the two-week activity where they would show their talent in the number of sports activities. The university has scheduled book fairs which will be attended by the renowned personalities and students of the twin cities.

Schedules of the programs and competitions have been uploaded on the university website www.iiu.edu.pk.

HEC TEAM VISITS IIUI, SHOWS SATISFACTION OVER PERFORMANCE
Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
The five member team of Higher Education Commission Pakistan visited International Islamic University and evaluated the performance, progress and academic programs. The team was comprised Dr. Muhammad Farooq Director Quality Enhancement Cell (QEC) Bahauddin Zakrya University, Multan, Dr. AbdulSami Qureshi Director (QEC) Mehran University of Engineering & Technology, Jamshoro, Dr, Aamir Ujaz Director (QEC) University of Punjab, Lahore, Dr. Ahrar Khan Director (QEC) University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Mr, Nasir Ali Director (QEC) Higher Education Commission Pakistan and Mr. Muhammad Shoaib Project Director QEC, HEC.

The team after thorough evolution and examining all the academics, administrative matters and performance of the university, showed its satisfaction and termed university is achieving its core goals rapidly. The team purposed some recommendations and suggestions to enhance the quality and standard of education along with administrative matters. The concluding meeting was also attended by Dr. Bashir Khan Vice President Academics IIUI, Gulzar Ahmed Khawja Director General (AF&P), Director QEC IIUI Dr. Muhammad Tahir Khalily respectively. In his talk Dr. Bashir assured the team members that, university is heading towards its core objectives and goals with great dedication.

He said university has talented academic and administrative staff to maintain the standard of education. Dr. Bashir further said that the university takes great care to achieve the quality of academic research. He also assured them that their valuable recommendations and suggestions will be taken special consideration. Earlier, in the introductory session with team which was attended by all deans, directors and chairpersons of varsity in which Gulzar Ahmed Khawja gave detail briefing about the university.

DR. NAJEEBA ARIF APPOINTED AS STUDENTS ADVISOR FEMALE
Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
Dr. Najeeba Arif has been appointed as Students Advisor Female Campus International Islamic University. She is also holding the position as Chairperson Department of Urdu (Female) IIUI.

She has vast experience of teaching, research and administration at the national and international level. Dr. Najeeba Arif has rich contributions in Urdu literature and supervised number of PhD and MS thesis. She also has number of publications including books, articles and research papers in her part.

IPD TO HOLD INDIGENOUS ON-CAMPUS TRAINING
Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
Institute of Professional Development International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI in collaboration with Higher Education Commission is going to organize a five days comprehensive training program titled ”Indigenous on-Campus Training“ (IOT) under the Modern University Governance Program. Institute of Professional Development (IPD) will host a series of five batches of this cutting edge training program. First batch of the training would commence from Monday 13th. 175 participants from management, administration, accounts and finance, HR, audit as well as early career faculty members and participants from other public sector Higher Education Institutes will also be attending this cutting edge training program. Prof Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed Chairman Higher Education Commission Pakistan will be chief guest on the occasion while President IIUI Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh will preside over the session.

CTF LAUNCHES BOOK TITLED MUSLIM WOMEN WRITERS OF THE SUB-CONTINENT
Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
Critical Thinking Forum International Islamic University has launched a book titled” Muslim Women Writers of the Sub-Continent “(1870-1950) edited by the Dr. Munazza Yaqoob Chairperson Department of English, IIUI & In-charge Critical Thinking Forum and Ms. Sofia Hussain Department of English, IIUI.

The book launching ceremony was held at Female Campus International Islamic University which was attended by Dr. Mumtaz Ahmed Executive Director Iqbal International Institute for Research and Dialogue IIUI, Dr. Munawar Iqbal Gondal Dean Faculty of Language and Literature IIUI, Dr. Najeeba Arif Students Advisor Female IIUI, and Dr. Aziz Ibn-ul-Hassan as guest speakers. The ceremony was attended by faculty members, the members of the Critical Thinking Forum and a large number of students. Dr. Munazza welcomed the guests and gave a brief introduction of the book. She said that the book would help readers to trace the roots of their socio-cultural identity and develop a connection of their past with the present. The speakers appreciated the efforts of the authors for their contribution in the field and regarded the book as a valuable record of the literary and cultural history of the Subcontinent.

DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS PRODUCES FIRST PHD
Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
Ms. Rehana Mustafa student of Physics International Islamic University Islamabad has successfully defended her PhD dissertation titled “Simulation, Formation and Characterization of Ultra-Shallow Junctions in CMOS”. With this defense, Physics Department IIUI has produced its first PhD. Ms Rehana’s thesis was internationally evaluated by senior professors from University of California USA Dr. Z Hussain, Dr. Willander Chalmers University Sweden, whereas locally by the faculty members from COMSATS Institute of Information Technology Dr. Nazar Abbas and Dr. Pervez Akhtar respectively. She has completed her research work under the joint supervision of Prof. Dr. Ahmed Shuja Syed (Electronic Engineering) and Prof. Dr. Ehsan Ullah khan (Physics) as this work lies in the specialized field of Nanoelectronics and Semiconductor Chip engineering. The work is interdisciplinary in nature and in close coordination with the global semiconductor’s industry. Chairman, Department of Physics IIUI, Dr. Waqar Adil Syed chaired the committee. With this first successful PhD defense the department has achieved a milestone necessary to establish a solid research dimension with several other PhD students completing the degree requirements very soon.

FAHM-E-QURAN COURSE CONCLUDES AT DAWAH CENTRE KARACHI
Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
The 10th course of understanding and Tajveed of Quran organized by the Regional Dawah Centre Karachi concluded. The course was attended by more than fifty participants from different field of life. Dr. Noor Ahmed Shahnaz Director Sheikh Zayed Islamic Centre University of Karachi graced the concluding ceremony as chief guest. Speaking on the occasion he said the teachings of Quran and the life of Prophet PBUH (Seerah) is the basis of Islam. Dr. Noor while appreciating the role of Dawah Academy termed the course a vital for the society and urged the participants to devote themselves to understand the true message of Quran. In-Charge Regional Dawah Centre Karachi Dr. Shehzad Channa in his address said Dawah Acadmey playing very significant role in society by organizing different courses to enhance the understanding of Islam. He also congratulated the participants on completing the course with success. The concluding ceremony also addressed by different scholars, while Hafiz Abdussamad course coordinator presented detail report on program. At the end chief guest distributed certificates among participants.

DEFENSE OF HOLY MOSQUES IS RESPONSIBILITY OF EVERY MUSLIM, PARTICIPANTS SAY
Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
The defense of Two Holy Mosques and Kingdom of Suadi Arabia to be ensured at any cost and measures taken by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to defend the Harmain Ashreefain, Islamic sanctities and for deterring aggressing against its territories supported by all means.

This was also agreed that the rebellion movement and non state actors would not be tolerated at any case, anywhere; there support should be discouraged and condemned beyond all associations and conditions.

The constitution of a joint committee comprising trustworthy scholars of the two countries to pursue issues and topics of common concerns and initiating discussion and study to achieve which can entail all the good and benefit for particularly Muslim Ummah. This was the gist of one day seminar titled “The Role of Scholars in Strengthening Pak-Saudi Relations “organized by the International Islamic University Islamabad. The seminar was addressed by the Vice Chancellor Allama Iqbal Open University Islamabad Dr. Shahid Siddique, Vice Chancellor University of Sargodha Dr. Muhammad Akram Choudhary, Nazim-e-Aala Wifaqul Madaaras Al-Arbia Pakistan Qari Haneef Jalandhry, Muhammad Saad bin Al-Dousri Director General Maktaba tu Dawah Pakistan, Muhamad Abduho Ateen, Director General Rabta Aalame-e-Islami Pakistan, Rector IIUI Prof Dr. Masoom Yasinzai, President IIUI Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh VP (HSR) Dr. Muhammad Tahir Mansoori, Director General IRI Dr. Muhammad Zia ul Haq, Executive Director IIIRD Dr. Mumtaz Ahmed, Director General Shariah Academy Dr. Suhail Hassan, Moulana Yasin Zafar, Qari Rohullah Madni Ex Minister for Religious Affairs, Moulana Abdul Aziz Haneef General Secertary Markzi Jamyet Ahel-e-Hadees, Dr. Fazl Rabi and prominent scholars.

The seminar also recommended an establishment of Pak-Saudi friendship centre in both countries, as an embodiment and culmination of historical relationship between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan and to effectuate the directions of leaders of the two countries. The participants also agreed on the fact that Muslim Ummah passing through very critical time of hardships, trails and pain; it needs unity and harmony by removing all differences and misconceptions. They deliberated that every Muslim is ready to defend the land of Two Holy places as the Muslims have deep religious affiliation and the protection of them is the part of their faith. They were of the views that Saudi Arabia always stood in with Pakistan in every critical time since its very inception as both the countries have close relationship from govt to govt and people to people level; it is ultimate responsibility of every Pakistani to come forward for this cause. The scholars also urged to take initiatives in the field of science and technology to counter the anti Islam activities in this field as well.

MEETING OF IRI PUBLICATION COMMITTEE HELD
Report By: Muhammad Nauman
The meeting of Islamic Research Institute (IRI) Publication Committee was held here at Faisal Masjid Campus. The Committee approved various IRI’s projects and books for publication. Various rules and regulations regarding the peer-review of research papers and manuscript were also approved in the meeting. It is pertinent mention that after the approval of the Publication Committee IRI is busy in publication of new IRI books and it is expected that within the next few weeks IRI’s these new books would be published and will be available for sale.

ISLAMIC ORIENTATION PROGRAM FOR TEACHERS CONCLUDES AT DAWAH ACADEMY
Report By: Muhammad Nauman
Discouragement of violent attitudes is a pre-requisite for the progress of nation, said Dr. Mumtaz Ahmed, Executive Director Iqbal International Institute for Research & Dialogue (IRD) of International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI).

He was addressing the concluding ceremony of 64th ten-day long Islamic Orientation Program for the Teachers organized by the Dawah Academy of the university. The course was joined by 32 lecturers across the country while its closing session was also joined by the Deputy Director General Dawah Academy Dr. Imtiaz Zafar, course coordinator Zaheer ud Din Behram, other staff members of academy and the participant teacher.

“Teachers are the most vital source in discouraging violence and nurturing the young minds with positive thoughts” said Dr. Mumtaz who is a veteran professor and country’s one of the top social scientists. He maintained that teachers must involve the students into the constructive activities and they should also urge them to study the course books too. Dr. Mumtaz added issue of rising disappointment among youth must be dealt on priority basis and young minds must be nurtured with the attributes such as optimistic approach.

Dr. Imtiaz Zafar termed the course participants as ambassadors of the academy and vowed that Dawah Academy would continue such activities in future too.

Earlier, Zaheer ud Din presented detailed report of the ten-day program and apprised about the goals and objectives of the program. Later, Dr. Mumtaz Ahmed distributed course completion certificates among the participants.

IIUI TO HOLD SEMINAR ON PAK-SAUDI RELATIONS
Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
International Islamic University Islamabad is going to hold a seminar on the topic “The Role of Scholars in Strengthening Pakistan-Saudia Relationship” on Sunday April 5 at 11:00 am at Allama Iqbal Auditorium Faisal Masjid Campus IIUI. The seminar will be addressed by the renowned scholars, intellectuals, analysts and experts from different fields.

CONFERENCE ON PROPHET’S SEERAH: PRESIDENT IIUI CHAIRS REVIEW MEETING
Report By: Muhammad Nauman
International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) is going to hold a two-day International Conference titled “Dialogue in the Prophet’s Seerah and Its Impact on the Peaceful Co-existence: Models and Applications” which will be held on 27–28 April.

A meeting to review the final arrangements of the conference was held here at new campus of the university which was chaired by Dr. Ahmad Yousif Al-Draiweesh, President IIUI. It was also attended by Executive Director Iqbal International Institute for Research & Dialogue (IRD) Dr. Mumtaz Ahmed, Dean Faculty of Shariah and Law Dr. Muhammad Tahir Hakeem, Dean Faculty of Social Sciences Dr. Nabi Bux Jummani and other senior officials.

Issues pertaining to finalization of venue, development on research papers collection and other vital points were discussed on the occasion. President IIUI directed the concerned to expedite the efforts regarding fulfillment of the assigned tasks while he showed satisfaction on arrangements and lauded the services of Dr. Mumtaz.

It is pertinent to mention that the conference is being organized by IRD in collaboration with Imam Muhammad Bin Saud Islamic University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and Higher Education Commission, Pakistan.

The aim of the Conference is to provide opportunities for researchers, scholars and academicians to share their insights on the importance of dialogue as a mode of bridging differences drawing on the glorious examples from the life of the Prophet (SAWS).

LECTURERS’ DELEGATION VISIT IIUI
Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
A delegation of 64th Islamic Orientation Program for teachers and lecturers by Dawah Academy International Islamic University Islamabad visited new campus of the university yesterday. The delegation comprised more than thirty lecturers from different colleges across the country including 11 lecturers from Baluchistan, 4 from Azad Kashmir, 12 from Sindh and 7 from Punjab. The delegation was welcomed at varsity by the Additional Director Protocol and Public Relations D K Hairan Khattak and was also briefed by him.

He made participants aware that university has unique and prominent position where Islamic values are taken great care. He said IIUI is playing vital role in nation building and promoting moral values of the students in university. Hairan Khattak also elaborated the core objectives and goals of university. He particularly apprised the participants saying that IIUI is playing very distinct role in different fields and significant contributions in the field of higher education, research and generally for society. He further added that IIUI is one of the leading universities of country which is producing highly qualified talented graduates duly integrated with the teachings of Islam. He also made them aware about the admission process at IIUI. Harian Khattak also explained role and services of IIUI academies and constituents units in detail. Participants took keen interest in knowing details about university faculties and constituent units.

YOUNG JOURNALISTS FOR BETTER SOCIETY
Report By: Muhammad Nauman
A seminar, titled “The Role of Young Journalists in Current Scenario” in which renowned journalist participated , was organized by Islamians Media Society (IMS) of the Department of Media & Communication Studies (DMCS) of International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI).

The event was held at Faisal Masjid campus of the university while an enormous gathering of students of media studies attended the seminar. Dr. Nabi Bux Jumani, Dean Faculty of Social Sciences and senior teachers of department were also present on the occasion.

Eminent journalists including Salim Safi, Ahmed Qureshi, Waqas Rafique, Salim Sethi and Mohsin Raza Khan shared experiences regarding the field of journalism and elaborated do’s and don’ts of profession. Dr. Zafar Iqbal, Head DMCS also expressed his views during a welcome address. He urged upon the students of the Department who are aspiring to become media professionals in near future to own their own media using new information and communication technologies specially focused on media. “There is a huge scope of innovative ideas and creativity in the social media set ups, very lucrative opportunities to our youth” he furthered.

Senior journalists emphasized that youth is the image of any nation and young journalists can play a key role in nation building. They added that positive role can promote constructive and positive journalism.

They opined that it’s a good omen that young minds are taking interest in media and adopting true practices of this profession. During the seminar, senior journalists focused that new generation must come forward and play positive role in resolution of the problems being faced by our country. The panel of senior journalists congratulated DMCS of University for conducting media seminar for young journalists. They said that spreading information without authentication is not a positive feature of journalism.

Questions and answers session was also held in which media students actively participated by raising various issues related to profession of journalism. Professor Dr. Nabi Bux Jumani, Dean of the Faculty appreciated efforts of Media Department of the University for taking this initiative which would help in improving standards of journalism among the media students. In the end, University Crests were also presented to special guests.

PRESIDENT IIUI VISITS NEW CAMPUS, MEETS WITH TEACHERS
Report By: Muhammad Nauman
President International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) Dr. Ahmad Yousif Al-Draiweesh visited faculty blocks of the university where he met with Vice President Academics Dr. Mohammad Bashir Khan and other faculty members.

Dr. Al-Draiweesh was accompanied with Director Administration Khalid Mehmood Raja, Dr. Tahir Khalili and other senior officers.

During the meeting with Dr. Mohammad Bashir Khan and faculty members, President IIUI told about the recent visit and his meeting with the Director General Saleh Al Rajhi Trust in Riyadh. He told that the trust has assured of cooperation in establishing Arabic Learning Centre at IIUI.

Dr. Al-Draiweesh directed all the concerned for smooth arrangements of mid-term examinations while he also appreciated the hard work of faculty members.

Later, on his arrival at new campus, President IIUI was received by Director General AF&P Gulzar Ahmed Khwaja where President IIUI inquired about his health and prayed for his early recovery.

 

FET STUDENT SHINES AT IEEE
Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
Mr. Ihtasham Zahid a talented and brilliant student of Electronics Engineering Faculty of Engineering and Technology International Islamic University Islamabad has brought fame to the University by winning an Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Islamabad “Section Student Volunteer Recognition“ award in COMSATS Abbottabad.

He is student of Electronics Engineering and currently holding the position as a Chairperson of Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers International Islamic University a Student Branch.

He has dedicated his award to the convener Dr. Muahmmad Amir and counselor Engr. Tila Muhammad of the Branch because without their guidance this would have not been possible. He has been appreciated by the students teachers’ session in which the audience enthusiastically participated

PRESIDENT IIUI CALLS ON DG SALEH AL RAJHI TRUST
Report By: Muhammad Nauman
President International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) Dr. Ahmad Yousif Al-Draiweesh called on Director General Saleh Al Rajhi Trust in Riyadh.

During the meeting, issues pertaining to the development of Muslim Ummah and progress of IIUI were discussed. DG Saleh Al Rajhi Trust assured on the occasion that his organization would support IIUI for establishing an international centre of Arabic learning.

Dr. Al-Draiweesh, while lauding the services of Al Rajhi Trust through its cooperation to Islamic educational institutions, told that IIUI is heading towards achievement of its lofty goals where 30-thousand male and female students of various Islamic countries acquiring quality education integrated with teachings of Islam. He told that IIUI’s 9 faculties and constituent units working in the various vital fields including Islamic research, training and dissemination of Islam’s message of peace.

DG Saleh Al Rajhi maintained that the trust would provide cooperation to IIUI for its infrastructural requirements such as labs, transport while scholarships for the bright students would also be provided. He suggested that more courses of Quran, Sunnah and Shariah should be launched.

President IIUI thanked DG Saleh Al Rajhi for the meeting and his assured cooperation while he also appreciated the Saudi contributions for the IIUI and Faisal Masjid.

 

FACULTY OF SHARIAH, EMBASSY OF KAZAKHSTAN JOINTLY ORGANIZE SEMINAR
Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
Faculty of Shariah and Law International Islamic University Islamabad in collaboration with Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Pakistan and RSI “Қoғamdyқ kelіsіm” of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan organized a lecture-presentation on “Assembly of People of Kazakhstan” in connection with 20th anniversary of the APK. The program was attended by the Consul of the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Pakistan, Mr. Marat Aikeyev, Dean of the faculty “Shariah and Law” Prof. Dr. Muhammad Tahir Hakeem, member of Assembly of People of Kazakhstan, Sherzod Pulatov, Head of the Department of International Relations IIUI, Dr. Manzoor Khan Afridi and Assistant Professor of Faculty “Shariah and Law” IIUI Dr. Abdullah Rizq Al-Muzaini.

The aim of the lecture-presentation was to promote Assembly of People of Kazakhstan, the popularization of the model of Kazakhstan for inter ethnic tolerance and social harmony of Nursultan Nazarbayev. In his, views expressed by the Marat Aikeyev spoke about the policy of Kazakhstan and relations between Pakistan and Kazakhstan. He also paid high thanks to organizer for arranging meaningful and informative program. Dr. Tahir Hakeem thanked the chief guest and participants and organizers of the event and said that the APK brought benefits for the people of Kazakhstan and for the country in general.

Head Department of International Relations IIUI Dr. Manzoor Khan Afridi talked about the relations between Pakistan and Kazakhstan. Dr. Abdullah Rizq AlMuzaini Assistant Professor FSL also shared his views with participants.

In the end, the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan and IIUI exchanged souvenirs, while all the participants provided information booklets, albums, calendars and newspapers telling about the culture of Kazakhstan.

ARABIC TEACHERS TRAINING COURSE CONCLUDES AT IIUI
Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
Arabic Teacher Training Course Concluded here at International Islamic University Islamabad which was jointly initiated by the Faculty of Arabic IIUI and Ministry of Religious Affairs Pakistan to promote Arabic Language in Pakistan.

The concluding ceremony was graced by the Dean Faculty of Language and Literature IIUI Dr. Munwar Iqbal Gondal, Dean Faculty of Arabic Dr. Muhammad Bashir, while course coordinator Dr. Zaheer Ahmed, faculty members and participants attended the ceremony.

In his views Dr. Munawar Iqbal appreciated the efforts and steps taken by the faculty of Arabic to promote not only Arabic language but harmony among the sects. He termed these refresher courses are mile stone for teachers particularly in their carrier, where they get the opportunity to learn new teaching techniques and methods. He was of the views that these opportunities provide interactive sessions with their fellows and also enhance the exposure of the teachers. He urged teachers to transfer their learning, skills and benefits taken from this training course. Dr. Bashir in his talk paid his gratitude to Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yousif and President IIUI Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh for their support and cooperation to make this course successful. He also thanked to all the participants for taking keen interest. He vowed to organize such more training courses and sessions to promote Arabic language in Pakistan.

In his briefing Dr. Zaheer said that initially Faculty of Arabic has arranged 1st Batch of the Training Course for the teachers from different universities, Deeni Madris, Colleges and schools in one month long course on its own expanses. The worth mentioning is here that this particular training course was conceptualized by the President of Pakistan Mr. Mamnoon Hussain. The most significant part of this course is that the second week of the course shall be conducted by the Trainers of “Arabic for All” Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

IRI ORGANIZES LECTURE ON THE IMPACT OF INFLATION ON DEFERRED PAYMENTS: A PERSPECTIVE OF ISLAMIC LAW
Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
Islamic Research Institute International Islamic University organized a lecture on “Mu’akhkhar Ada’igiyon par Ifrat-i Zar kay Atharat: Shar‘i Nuqtah-i Nazar” The Impact of Inflation on Deferred Payments: A Perspective of Islamic Law at Faisal Mosque Campus of the University.

Professor Dr. Mohyuddin Hashmi, Department of Islamic Thought, Faculty of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Allama Iqbal Open University Islamabad was the guest speaker whereas Professor Dr. Zia-ul-Haq, Director General, IRI presided over the session. Academicians, teachers, and students from both campuses attended the lecture.

Dr. Hashmi, in his lecture, stated that inflation has become a serious financial problem after the legal money replaced the real money in the monetary system of the world. He, further, emphasized that this problem is more badly affecting Muslim world by two ways, firstly because inflation rate in developed countries is mostly very low and secondly because they have a system of adjusting inflation rate in the interest rate whereas in most of the Muslim countries inflation rate is very high.

He highlighted that high-inflation-rate violates human rights and breaches the Islamic justice system regarding deferred payments, prescribed in the Qur’an 2:279.

Dr. Hashmi opined that the only available, practical solution to protect the rights of humans against the menace of inflation is to relate the deferred payments to the indexation system. He presented a number of arguments in favor of his opinion, including that this view is more approximate to the spirit of maqasid al-shari’ah (purposes of Islamic law). He concluded his lecture with responding to the arguments of those scholars who oppose connecting the deferred payments with the indexation system. It is to note that IRI has recently published Dr. Hashmi’s book on the same subject.

Professor Dr. Zia-ul-Haq, in his speech on the occasion, thanked Dr. Hashmi for sparing precious time and delivering such a scholarly and timely lecture.

He emphasized that this is an academic debate and Dr. Hashmi is one of the pioneers who initiated this debate by contributing a research paper to Fikr o- Nazar (a research journal of IRI) in early 1990s. Other scholars later joined the debate and consequently a rich academic literature has been now produced on the subject. He opined that the time has come to reap the benefits of this debate and to contextualize the shari’ah in our ever-changing world. He further introduced IRI to the audience and emphasized the role that IRI has played in advancement of research and knowledge. He reiterated that IRI will continue playing its role in light of its objectives. He concluded his talk with thanking again Dr. Hashmi and participants for making such a beneficial event possible. After the lecture there was a question-answer session in which the audience enthusiastically participated.

US EMBASSY TO EXPAND LINCOLN’S CORNER AT IIUI
Report By: Hafiz Atiq ur Rehman
A delegation from the Embassy of United States of America in Islamabad called on Rector International Islamic University Islamabad Prof Dr. Masoom Yasinzai. The delegation comprised of Ms Afshan Amir Director Country Information Resource Centre (IRC) U.S Embassy Islamabad and Mr. Maqsood Ahmad Shaheen IRC Program Assistant.

In the meeting with Rector IIUI, the delegation members discussed the matters regarding expansion of Lincoln’s Corner at IIUI Central Library. In his views Dr. Masoom said that Lincon’s Corner at IIUI is a very busy corner as students and teachers greatly benefit from it.

”Due to very small size and limited facilities, there is a dire need for the expansion of the Corner as the students and teachers’ strength at the University is growing rapidly “. Dr. Masoom Said. The Rector gave the idea of the establishment of Social Science Laboratory with this resource of Lincoln’s Corner, equipped with all modern facilities to which the delegation agreed in principle. He was of the view that the establishment of Social Science Lab would give an opportunity to establish connectivity with viable academic groups worldwide through video link, which will not only uplift academic standards of IIUI but will greatly facilitate MPhil, PhD students’ theses and research papers.

Rector made it clear that Internationalization of the University is our main agenda and expansion of Lincoln’s Corner would certainly pave the way for that purpose. He said in this endeavour, the efforts of our senior librarian Mr Sher Nowrooz Khan are noteworthy. Ms Afshan assured every possible effort to expand the collaboration with IIUI and gave proposal to establish a separate Lincon’s Corner Centre at IIUI. Ms Afshan said there are 16 Lincoln’s Corners established across Pakistan but the students’ response regarding Lincoln’s Corner at IIU is highly admirable.

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