Establishing justice in society is the main responsibility of religious leaders: Prof Salim Engineer

New Delhi: ‘Dharmak Jan Morcha’ and ‘Institute of Harmony and Peace Studies’ (IHPS) jointly organized an interfaith seminar on ‘Concept of Justice in Different Religions’ at the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind headquarters. Leaders of different religions and social leaders participated and discussed ways to highlight principles and concepts of justice and equality in religious books and popularize them in society. The conference was held under the chairmanship of JIH Vice President
and National Coordinator of Dharmak Jan Morcha – Professor Muhammad Salim Engineer.

In his opening address, Prof. Salim Engineer emphasized the fundamental role of justice and equality and said, “Quran and all other religious books have highlighted justice and equality. Every citizen especially religious leaders has the primary responsibility to establish justice in the society. The Qur’an is the last book revealed by God for the guidance of human beings, in which it is said that the main purpose of sending messengers and prophets and the revelation of books is the establishment of justice in human society. It is not possible to establish peace without establishing justice in the society.”

Participating in the conference, Dr. MD Thomas, founder director of ‘IHPS’ expressed the values ​​of different religions and adherence to the secular and democratic principles of the Indian Constitution and said that justice was given great importance in Christianity like other faiths.

On this occasion, Goswami Shisheelji Maharaj of Bharatiya Sarva Dharma Sansad said that peace and justice have been advocated in all religions. A common agenda should be developed to promote these values ​​and a monitoring forum should be created to deal with violence and injustice.

Muhammad Ahmed, National Secretary of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, said that the role of the state in protecting religious freedom is very important. The country’s Constitution is based on secularism, in which equal justice is guaranteed to all. He emphasized social unity and harmony among the citizens while pointing out the increasing trend of targeting Muslims, Dalits, and other minorities.

Dr. Syed Ahmad Iqbal, Chancellor of Halima Aziz University, Imphal, and Goodwill Ambassador of Indo-Arab Society, mentioned the value and importance of human life in the Quran and the strict prohibition of taking the life of an innocent person.

Various religious representatives participated in the conference, among which Sister Hussain of Brahma Kumari said that “the message of justice is not possible without mercy and good deeds”. Ajay Jain from the Jain community, Yash Pal from the Sikh community, and Acharya Yeshi Panstok from the Buddhist community.

The participants discussed the various aspects of the practical implementation of justice and equality mentioned in their respective religions. All the religious leaders and social leaders who participated in the conference emphasized the need to work together and move forward with a collective commitment to promote justice and equality.

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