A seminar was held at the University of Sedi Muhammed bin Abadullah Fas, Morocco, on 24 December, 2018. The President of the Fas University Prof. Dr. Rizwan Murabit, Vice President Dr Khadija Al Safi, and Deans of various faculties received the IIUI delegation consisting of the President Prof. Dr. Ahmed Yousuf Al Darwish, Executive Director IRD Dr. Husnul Amin, and Advisor to the President on International Affairs Dr. Ashraf Abdul Rafea.
The delegation was received at the office of the President’s office of the University and after a brief introductory session with VPs and Deans, a Seminar on Allama Iqbal’s thought was organized in the Seminar Room attended by a good number of faculty members, Deans, and VPs and research students. Dr. Rizwan Mratib welcomed the IIUI delegation and extended his gratitude over the arrival of the delegation at their campus. He also briefly informed about Fez University, its historical significance, strength, faculty, and students. Then he invited President IIUI to address the audience. The President IIUI Prof. Dr. Ahmed Yousuf Al Darwish thanked the President, the audience, and the faculty and extended his pleasure over the warm welcome by the hosts. Prof Ahmed explained in detail the history of IIUI, its significance, and its role not only in Pakistan but also globally. He mentioned the number of students enrolled, the strengths of departments and academic faculties, and the need for such universities to play a proactive role in developing moderation and WASATIYYA in the Muslim world. After these remarks, President IIUI extended a detailed lecture on Iqbal’s thoughts and self-respect, and self-confidence among the Muslims. He started off with the deep impact of Allama Iqbal’s poetry and philosophy having on the entire Muslim world. He specifically focused on the following points in the light of Iqbal’s poetry and philosophy.
Iqbal’s teachings proactively encourage us to learn from Islam which is based on Quran and Sunnah and which is void of all kinds of extremes and violence. His poetry is a kind of translation of Quran and Hadith.
The second important thing in the poetry of Iqbal is his insistence of educating Muslims. Education is the key to success and the panacea for ignorance and poverty and misery.
The third important message is reflected in his poetry is the concept of khudee which I translate in my own understanding as self-respect but also self-reliance. We need to rely on ourselves in the realm of economy, culture, industry, agriculture. Unless we rely on our own potentials, we cannot succeed.
The fourth important element emerges from his poetry is moderation that i pronounce as WASATIYYA. An approach to life in all religious and worldly affairs rooted in moderation and not extremism and violence.