MU students promote communal harmony1 min read
Manipal: For the first time in Manipal, a ‘Peace Convention’ aimed at promoting communal harmony between Muslims and the locals, was held at the Fortune Inn Valley View hotel on April 5.
The brothers of the Islamic Youth Association (IYA), Guidance Centre Counsel and Hope Foundation organised this conference, keeping in mind another prime agenda – clearing the misconceptions about Islam that are prevalent in today’s society. An exhibition on Islamic culture was also conducted at the venue where various topics on Islam were demonstrated and free copies of the holy Qur’an were distributed.
Luqman Hakim Zaharan, a second year, Manipal Melaka Medical College (MMMC) student from Malaysia, and one of the organisers of the event said, “The Malaysian Muslim students and the locals don’t mingle much. Bridging this gap and bringing everyone together is the prime idea behind this convention. Also, Islam is being misinterpreted by most of the people around the globe. Our attempt is to tell everyone that Islam is not a religion of terrorism.”
Dawood Vaid, CEO and founder of Burooj Realisation, and Ather Khan, trainer orator on Islam and comparative religion, were the two speakers of the day. While Vaid spoke about leadership in teaching, and re-learning life goals, Khan concentrated his talk on the misconceptions of Islam that are prevalent today. In his talk, Khan said, “People should respect each other irrespective of which religion they follow.” He also spoke about the Swacch Bharat initiative from an Islamic perspective, saying that until the people in the society do not cleanse their minds, it is far from reality.
Annamalai K, the Superintendent of Police in Udupi, did not attend the Convention though an invitation was extended to him to be the chief guest.
Sub-edited by Kavana Desai