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Last Updated: Monday, 23 January 2017
Article from PAKISTAN CHRONICLE titled "THE LONE CRUSADER FOR ISLAMIC RENAISSANCE" PDF Print E-mail

Polite and humble, Khaliq Qureshi, the founder of the One Man Mission for Muslim Unity is a remarkable person. His paramount dream is the Islamic renaissance with its pristine glory. His heart pains over the decline of the Muslims and their persecution in the present times. But he sternly believes that by emulation of the life and teachings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), Muslims can regain their splendid past. Khilafat-e-Rashida is the model of Islamic governance that Khaliq Qureshi exhorts the Muslims rulers to establish in their territories. "This is the only route to the salvation of the oppressed, tyrannized and in some instances enslaved Islamic countries ", he emphasizes.

Khaliq Qureshi has an intellectual approach towards the debacle of the Islamic nation continuing for the past several centuries and has therefore contemplated for years to explore as a how they can overcome this calamitous phase and rediscover their lost or faded grandeur and redeem their status of a noble nation. Not minding what others do in this direction, he launched a solo yet monumental endeavor "One-man Mission for Muslim Unity" in 1995 and ever since has steadfastly embarked upon this. With an unshakable faith in the divine help coupled with an indomitable will, he has not spared any effort that is not directed towards the spread and dissemination of his universal message for the salvation of the Islamic world from the prevailing downfall.

A person of immaculate integrity and self-abnegation, Mr. Qureshi has been funding the mission all by his own God-given resources. Except the house that will be the property of his family, the half of the rest of his possessions is informally dedicated to the mission. Currently, perhaps there is no parallel of such a spirit of sacrifice as demonstrated by Khaliq Qureshi. Understandably, all the movements and missions are contributed and funded by the whole community whether at the national level or local level. The mission of Mr. Qureshi takes precedence and is on a much higher moral pedestal than countless others who worked for the uplift or welfare of their community, but who depended upon the material or financial support of the community members

Temperamentally, Mr. Qureshi is a pacifist, therefore he cannot imagine of employing violent or aggressive methods for the dissemination of his momentous program that is so inextricably linked to the destiny of Muslim states around the world..

"He is a man of peace and reconciliation and knows the power of ideas and pen." To begin with, he wrote countless letters to the rulers of Islamic states on the grave challenges facing the Islamic world. He beckoned and appealed to some of them to take up onerous responsibility of steering the Islamic countries out of the prevailing impasse. He originally pinned his hopes on former President Suharto of Indonesia, the incumbent Prime Minister Mahatir Mohammed of Malaysia and President Pervaiz Musharraf of Pakistan to spearhead the Islamic resurgence movement for rehabilitation of the Islamic splendor. He went all the way to Indonesia, Malaysia and Pakistan to personally plead with them the inevitability and dire need of pulling the Muslims out of the abyss in which they were sunk. Unfortunately, he could not deliver his vital message of Muslim unity personally to these leaders owing to their preoccupation. However, he continued with his 'crusade and pen', which definitely brought about to a fair degree salutary changes in the perceptions of those whom he addressed. They not only readily responded to his thoughtful reflections on the plight of the Muslim world but also agreed with him in totality on the imperative need of such a unity.

But the Muslim world is so deeply torn apart and its Islamic fabric so fragile that despite pious planks nothing could be done practically. But Mr. Qureshi remained undaunted and least despaired. He has divine intuitions, which constantly impel him to steadfastly pursue his noble mission without caring for the outcome. But outcome would be there. This is what Mr. Qureshi staunchly believes. He holds that sufferings and hardships in life are also a part of divine will. These ought to be therefore accepted and endured with gratitude and as pre-ordained by almighty God. This is the kind of unshakable belief in the mercifulness of God that keeps Mr. Qureshi unswerving on his chartered path of forging unity and brotherhood among the Muslims all over the world. Once it is done and once Muslims revert to the shining period of Khilafat-e-Rashida, no country how strong or antagonized it may be could inflict any harm any more on them.

In the course of his passionate crusade for Islamic revivalism and to bring into limelight the grave atrocities being perpetrated by the oppressors on their Muslim populations, he wrote important and rather inspirational letters to the heads of non-Muslim states, the United States being one of them. His letters written to President George Bush, President Clinton and Senator Hillary Clinton, President Jacques Chirac of France and Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain make impressive and persuasive reading.

With the financial help of two of his local friends - one of whom not only paid major portion of the printing costs but also went to Pakistan and searched, located the printer/publisher/artist and selected the title page of the book - a selected number of letters, correspondence, communications and their replies are now compiled in his recently published book titled "A ONE-MAN MISSION FOR MUSLIM UNITY.'. Mr. Qureshi has presented this valuable book to all the heads of the Muslim countries and also at least two copies each to the University libraries of all of the Muslim countries. The front page of the book carries the spacious Arafat, Makka, with Jabal-ar-Rahmah in the center of the picture. It is a fascinating book that brings into sharp focus the Muslim tragedies all over the world, particularly in Chechnya, Kashmir and Palestine. Mr. Qureshi's mission statement is "To End the Muslim Human Suffering around the world, Particularly in Chechnya, Kashmir and Palestine, Through the Strategy of Non-Violence (Civil Dialogue and Friendly Persuasion)". The Muslims are encouraged to read the book to understand the depth and significance of Mr. Qureshi's message. This book is available on Website: onemanmission.org.

Mr. Qureshi felt that if no Muslim leader is willing to lead and articulate the sufferings of Muslims, then at least the search for such an outstanding person should continue by some one as Mr. Qureshi who is so profoundly distressed over affliction of the Islamic Ummah. It was precisely for this reason that Mr. Qureshi launched his One-Man Mission for Muslim Unity.

Mr. Qureshi wants the Muslim leaders to engage the non-Muslim leaders in civilized dialogue and help in ending the occupation and oppression of the Muslims in various parts of the world. He postulates that the Muslim world should know that neither terrorism nor extremism or fundamentalism will bring them the glorious era. To achieve their pristine glory the Muslims should earnestly study and follow the life and character of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and his followers who tenure is known as Khilafat-e-Rashida. Besides Muslims should have unflinching faith in Allah and build the sterling character of a true Muslim. He says that the reward of deeds depends upon the real intentions of a person and the success comes through the divine will.

 
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