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March 8, 1998

Dr. Israr Ahmed,
Ameer Tanzeem-e- Islami, 36-K, Model Town, Lahore - 54700, Pakistan
Dr. Mohammad Tahir-ul-Qadri,
Ameer Minhaj-ul-Quran, 365-M, Model Town, Lahore, Pakistan
Mr. Qazi Hussain Ahmed,
Ameer Jamaat-i-Islami, Mansoora - Multan Road, Lahore. Pakistan Mr. Ayaz H. Ansari,
chairman Tolu-e-Islam, 25-B Gulberg 2, Lahore - 54660, Pakistan
Allama Sajid A. Naqvi,
Quaid Tehrik-e-Jafria Pakistan, 71-C, Satellite Town, Rawalpindi, Pakistan

Honorable Religious Leaders, 

Assalamo-Alaikum. May Allah bless you and your families. Ameen. First an introduction. I was born and brought up in village Chitti Sheikhan, Sialkot; moved permanently to north America in 1965 and have lived in Dallas, Texas since 1983. Last year in March I visited Pakistan during the meeting of Organization of Islamic Conference, and had the honor to have an extensive meeting with Dr. Israr Ahmed on the subject of my one-man mission for Muslim Unity. (Dr. Israr advised that my Muslim Unity mission will have better footing and success if I move to a Muslim country such as Pakistan or Afghanistan. Dr. Israr may be right, but I feel that at present the volatile and lawlessness situation in both the countries is unfavorable for such a move.) I also briefly met Mr. Ayaz Ansari but could not meet Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri who was out of Pakistan at the time. I hope that on one of my future trips I will have the honor to meet Amir Qazi Hussain Ahmed, Dr. Qadri and Mr. Sajid Naqvi. In the meantime, I am sending you all a set of my appeal letters that will give you a glimpse of my activities on the subject of Muslim Unity. Your comments will be welcomed.

Dear friends, the main purpose of writing this letter is to appeal to you to please find a way to have a sense of UNITY among yourself in order to bring an end to the religious madness going on in Pakistan between Sunnis and Shias. Last year, several hundred innocent people were massacred in sectarian attacks and the killing goes on without any end in sight. A small minority of militant extremists from both Sunni and Shia communities are causing the greatest damage to the image of Islam and to friendly relations between Pakistan and Iran. As our religious leaders, particularly the majority Sunnis, you have a special responsibility to control your zealot followers by telling them in your own words that what they are doing is un-Islamic and inhuman, and that they will receive awful punishment, both here and in the Hereafter (Qayyamat.)  First, all the Sunni leaders must unite among themselves, and then they should sit down with the Shia leaders and form a UNITED FRONT to end the sectarian violence permanently. I don't understand why it is that we study the same Quran and yet are absolutely INTOLERANT of the meaning which the other draw from it. We should not quarrel and judge others-only Allah can judge us rightly. If you search your mind, your heart and your soul, you will find a solution for the problem. May Allah give you enough courage, strength and wisdom to rise above the petty and minor differences that divide you and enable you to focus on many things that you agree on and reach a consensus acceptable to all factions to end the tragedy. Your united action will usher a new era of peace between Sunnis and Shias, not only in Pakistan but all over the Muslim world.

Thanks, good luck and warm regards.


Sincerely,



 

 

Mr. M. Khaliq Qureshi,
1317 Shamrock Lane,
Plano, Texas 75093. U. S. A.
Res. Tel : (972)380-5106 

 

1998

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