Objects that were owned by the holy Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) and other religious figures were exhibited at the Islamia University Bahawalpur on Saturday.
The exhibition was organised by the Sacred Trust, Turkey, and inaugurated by Harun Koken, the chairman of Turkey Rumi Forum.
Earlier, addressing a seminar held in connection with the birth anniversary of the Poet of the East, Allama Iqbal, Koken highlighted the achievements and objects of the Rumi Forum and the Sacred Trust.
He spoke about his efforts to collect objects that belonged to famous religious personalities and said that the nations, which followed their leaders and forefathers, succeeded.
He paid tribute to Allama Iqbal, Khawaja Ghulam Farid, Maulana Rumi and the founder of modern Turkey, Kemal Ataturk, whose death anniversary falls on November 10. He said the Rumi Forum would cooperate with the IUB to promote academic and research activities.
IUB Vice Chancellor Dr Muhammad Mukhtar expressed gratitude on behalf of the IUB faculty members, staff and students besides the citizens of Bahawalpur. He said the people of Bahawalpur had a rare chance to view the most valuable sacred objects of the Sacred Trust.
He hoped that the visit by the Turkish delegation would promote IUB’s ties with both organisations.
He said the IUB would be in a position to promote educational and research work through exchange programmes.
He also paid tribute to Allama Iqbal, Maulana Rumi and Khawaja Farid for their poetry and philosophy which he said had helped change people’s lives.
“We should follow their teachings and philosophy based on peace, love, brotherhood, harmony and prosperity,” he said.
Turkish Prof Dr Murad, Islamia University Bahawalpur’s Dr Faizul Hassan Nasim, Dr Javed Chandio, Dr Rozina Anjum Naqvi and Prof Sohail Aziz paid tribute to the holy personalities and said they had done remarkable works.
Socio-political and literary figure Malik Habibullah Bhutta and lawyer Mukhtar Ahmed Farani thanked the Rumi Forum and the Islamia University Bahawalpur for arranging the exhibition and the seminar to give young people a chance to watch and learn from history.
The exhibition will be open for the general public from 9am to 5pm till November 14 at the Abbasia Campus, Islamia University Bahawalpur.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 11th, 2012.