IIUI PRESIDENT PRESENTS PAPER ON FAISAL MOSQUE IN INT’L MOOT ON ISLAMIC ARTS IN EGYPT
Dr. Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh, President International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) in his paper in a two-day international conference on “Cultural and Civilizational Heritage between Tradition and Modernity in Islamic Art”, has said that message of Islam can be disseminated in efficient manners through its civilization and arts and inviting world to explore these attributes.
He was presenting his paper titled “The Faisal Mosque of Islamabad: its history, construction and Islamic architecture” in aforesaid international moot organized by the Arab Society of Arts and Islamic Civilization, in collaboration with the Al Maktoum Foundation and ISESCO and in cooperation with the prime minister’s office (Egypt), in Sharm El-Sheikh city of Egypt.
The conference was aimed at providing an opportunity for scientists, philosophers and writers to conduct research that reveals the treasures and humanitarian values of the Arab and Islamic civilizations.
Dr. Al-Draiweesh, who also chaired one of the sessions of conference said in his paper that Faisal Mosque was gifted to Pakistan by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to honour the late King Faisal bin Abdul Aziz and to honour the strong brotherly ties between both nations.
He furthered “The Faisal Mosque is birthplace of the IIUI and I have been very much fan of the Faisal Mosque”.
IIUI President said that Islamic Republic of Pakistan holds a unique position in the world for its continuous services for Islam and Muslims in all spheres of life including academic, scientific and cultural fields.
He added that significant omen of role of Pakistan for Muslim world’s service is presence of IIUI in its capital, Islamabad. He added that the government of Pakistan has always positively contributed for the uplift of IIUI, while he also apprised that President of Pakistan Mr. Mamnoon Hussain is chancellor of the university who is taking keen interest in progress of the university.
He also spoke on the importance of mosques in Islam saying that Mosques always play significant role in the formation of the lives of Muslims. He especially mentioned three grand and historical mosques of Islamic history Makkah , Madinah and Al-Quds.
The president said that the Faisal Mosque is one of twenty most important mosques of the world. In the end, Dr. Al. Draiweesh thanked organizers of the conference and prayed for their success in spreading message of Islam through its civilization and arts.