Govt plans curriculum for Friday sermons

Published: September 19, 2017
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PHOTO: AFP

PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: The government is devising “a curriculum for Friday sermons” which would mainly base on educating people about practical life in the light of Quran and Hadith, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal said on Friday.

Presiding over a meeting on implementation of the anti-terror National Action Plan (NAP), the minister expressed deep concerns that university students were found affiliated with extremist organisations.

As many as 70 vice chancellors of national universities participated in the meeting at the Higher Education Commission through live video conference.

The minister said that this was the age of information revolution and that a battle of ideologies was under way on social media.

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“It is our duty to undertake collective efforts to prevent our youth from accessing the material based on extremist ideologies. We have to ensure that our youth use social media only for educational and healthy activities,” he said.

“We have to formulate a national narrative to counter the extremist agenda,” he said, adding that the youth must be made aware of the importance of peace enjoined by the Islamic injunctions. He said students must be prepared to tolerate the difference of opinion among peers and within society.

About student politics, the minister said that students must be given opportunities to express their thoughts. “Faculties in the universities must play their due role” in this regard, he added.

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University students, the minister told the vice chancellors, must also be provided the fora to hone their leadership qualities. “In every university, career counselling mechanism must be formulated to evaluate the potential of students for better avenues in future.”

Talking about the upcoming International Peace Day, falling on Thursday, the minister emphasised the day must be celebrated in every university “with the resolve to spread the message of peace among our youth and apprise them of the counter-narrative against extremism”.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • salman
    Sep 19, 2017 - 11:25AM

    Good step! Please declare Friday as a holiday as well. Recommend

  • SH
    Sep 19, 2017 - 1:09PM

    This is extremely important. All the sermons, whether the masjid is big or small, should be regulated. I’ve heard a lot of hatred being spread over the loudspeakers during these sermons. It is very damaging for the young minds. Recommend

  • Malik Aslam
    Sep 19, 2017 - 1:20PM

    The only man in Pakistan Muslim League N Iqama group, now Interior Minister, is on a Saudi Iqama – his actions being an interior minister must be watched very closely.Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Sep 19, 2017 - 1:31PM

    welcome move … hope people of other faiths and religions too participate in this training programme . Recommend

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