Guest Lecture on Seerat un Nabi at NRKNA Secretariat

Islamabad, May 16, 2024 – The National Rahmatul lil Aalameen Wa Khatamun Nabiyyin Authority (NRKNA) organized a guest lecture at its Secretariat, presided over by Dr. Khalid Masood, the former Chairman of the Council of Islamic Ideology. The lecture, titled: “Study of Seerat-un-Nabi: Muslim Traditions and Contemporary Trends,” was delivered by Dr. Riaz Mehmood, Associate Professor from Allama Iqbal Open University.

The event witnessed a diverse audience comprising students from various universities and Islamic Madaris, reflecting a broad interest in the subject. Dr. Riaz Mehmood provided a comprehensive overview of the history of Seerat writing, emphasizing the evolution of this scholarly tradition. He highlighted that contemporary Seerat writers need to address pressing global issues such as global warming, societal polarization, and lack of tolerance within their works.

Dr. Riaz argued for the importance of making Seerat writing more effective in combating Islamophobia by ensuring it is inclusive and relevant to current global challenges. He stressed that modern Seerat literature should focus not only on historical narratives but also on how the teachings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) can offer solutions to today’s problems.

In his presidential address, Dr. Khalid Masood lauded the lecture, describing it as timely and necessary. He pointed out that the compartmentalization of knowledge in the modern era has led to a disconnect among people. Dr. Masood urged educators to tailor their messages to the audience’s understanding level and questioned why there is not more focus on the Makkan period of the Holy Prophet’s (PBUH) life, which offers universal role models irrespective of religious beliefs.

Mr. Khursheed Ahmad Nadeem, Chairman of NRKNA, expressed gratitude to all attendees and revealed plans to make such lectures a regular feature to promote the Seerah.

The event concluded with the distribution of commemorative plaques and books among the guests, marking a successful and engaging session.