ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan Tuesday vowed to continue the struggle of turning Pakistan into a welfare state on the model of the state of Medina to take care of the poor, uphold justice, raise moral standards, stop corruption and preserve the family system.
Speaking on the second day of the two-day National Rehmatul-lil-Aalameen Conference held to celebrate the festival of Eid Milad un-Nabi, he said: “We can rise as a nation by following the guiding principles of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).”
The prime minister said Pakistan had everything but people needed to change their path to achieve success and change Pakistan according to the model of Riyasat e Madina.
25 years ago, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) was founded to struggle for a welfare state, he recalled.
He said Rehmatul-lil-Aalameen Authority was formed to make youth familiar about the life and teachings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
The authority will be headed by an experienced scholar well versed in Islamic thinking and the life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), he informed.
Courses on Seerat-e-Nabi were started in schools and the authority would monitor the curriculum, he added. “We will produce cartoons according to our culture.”
Scholars in the authority will monitor the media and an international cell would be formed to stop Islamophobia and convey to the world the feelings of Muslims and their love for Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), he told.
Research would be done in universities on the rise of Muslim society while through special projects, citizens would be taught about eminent Muslim personalities who emphasized love for humanity and peace, he explained.
The PM said Rehmatul-lil-Aalameen scholarships would be given to students who would be doing the research on the life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
The prime minister said in the year 622 A.D., Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) arrived in Medina and in ten years, he changed the map of Arabia, tens of thousands of people converted to Islam and prevailed upon the empires of Byzantine and Persia.
He said the Holy Quran stressed Muslims to learn from the life and teachings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
Our youth would be made aware of the life and teachings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) through the new authority, he added.
He said Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) raised the level of morality in society and created the distinction between good and evil. Muslims of Riyasat-i-Medina had high moral standards and were endowed with values of justice, equity and rule of law.
The countries which moved ahead in the world had high moral standards, justice and equality, he maintained.
“Our struggle is for justice and creating a society where right prevailed and poor received justice.”
Tribesmen in Afghanistan always remained free due to their justice system and they fought all the super powers of the world, he noted.
So the prevalence of justice kept the people free, he said, adding that a system of merit was an important ingredient for a successful society.
He said Riyasat-i-Medina was the first welfare state which took care of the poor people and vulnerable sections of society.
Muslims brought a revolution not through sword but through a change of thought, he observed. Fariduddin Ganjshakar, Ali Hujwiri, Mu’in al-Din Chishti and others followed the life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and earned love of the people, he asserted.
The PM said Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) created leaders who were truthful, trustworthy and brave.
He said Allah created humans as the best of creatures, adding Muslims gave rights of property to women, made slaves part of society and treated them as their family members.
He said our Prophet (PBUH) stressed the importance of education and Islamic countries became centres of learning.
Our Prophet was a blessing for the whole of humanity not just for the Muslims, he stressed.
Khan said in the Panama Papers case, the politicians were lying in the Supreme Court, if they had done so in a British court, they would have been sent to jail.
He said nobody think in Britain to buy votes and steal the public money. “When I look at our political system, I think that our country cannot strengthen democracy and make progress without moral standards.”
The nations got destroyed when they had different rules for the rich and poor, he noted.
On the occasion, a documentary was shown on the life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). It described the events which led to the creation of Riyasat Madina which protected rights of women, slaves and minorities.
The prime minister said the documentary showed the reasons why Muslims loved their Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) who brought a revolution in human society and made Muslims a great nation.
He said nine million Pakistan nationals living abroad possessed wealth but they could not adjust in their country due to a failed system.
“If few thousand overseas Pakistanis make an investment in Pakistan, we will get rid of International Monetary Fund (IMF).”
Morality could not be destroyed by bombs as was evident from Germany and Japan which rose back after world war due to high moral standards, he reminisced.
According to the experts of Financial Accountability, Transparency and Integrity (FACTI) Panel of the United Nations, he said $1,000 billion looted through corrupt practices every year were sent from the poor to rich countries.
He assured that people would be provided with subsidies on food items, loans for houses and opening of businesses besides health cards of citizens would take care of their medical needs.
He expressed concern at the increasing sex crimes in the society, adding obscenity destroyed family system in Britain.
“We have to protect our children, youth and family from the obscene culture.”
He appreciated all those who decorated and illuminated the cities especially Islamabad for celebrating Eid e Miladun Nabi.
Federal ministers, MPs, religious scholars and people from all walks of life attended the conference.
Earlier, the prime minister gave away awards to the best writers for their books on the Seerat of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and for reciting naat.