UN Headquarters Austria Extends Prestigious Invitation to Prof. Dr. Hussain Mohi-ud-Din Qadri as Keynote Speaker and guest of honour for the World Interfaith Harmony Conference 2024 in Vienna.
Prof. Dr. Hussain Mohi-ud-din Qadri had the honor of being invited exclusively to the United Nations as an honorable keynote guest speaker for The World Interfaith Harmony Conference 2024 held at The United Nations Headquarters in Vienna. This event brings together notable figures with deep insights into religion from around the world.
World Interfaith Harmony Week is an annual event held during the first week of February, since the General Assembly designation in 2010. The General Assembly pointed out that mutual understanding and interreligious dialogue constitute important dimensions of a culture of peace and established World Interfaith Harmony Week as a way to promote harmony between all people regardless of their faith.
In his speech, Prof. Dr. Hussain Mohiuddin Qadri shared a historical account from the time of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), recounting the challenges faced by early Muslims (Sahaba) under Meccan persecution. He highlighted the Prophet's guidance, urging them to migrate to Byzantine lands ruled by a Christian king, referred to as a land of truth in the Quran. Among the migrants were the respected Caliph Usman bin Affan (RA) and the Prophet's daughter, emphasizing the shared experiences and pursuit of truth across different faiths and regions.
Moreover, he elucidated on the nuanced connotations of the term "tolerance," noting its subtle undertones of negativity. Instead, Dr. Hussain Mohi-ud-Din Qadri advocated for the adoption of the phrase "mutual love" to foster a more positive and harmonious environment.
Professor Dr. Hussain Mohi-ud-Din Qadri's discourse culminated with a poignant reference to the venerable founder of Pakistan, Mohammad Ali Jinnah. In his seminal address on August 11, 1947, Jinnah unequivocally ensured the liberty of minorities in Pakistan, articulating, "You are emancipated; at liberty to visit your temples, mosques, or any other sanctuaries within the confines of the State of Pakistan."