ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday launched an academic block of the “first great seminary,” Al Qadir University, where modern sciences would be taught along with Islam, other religions, sufism and moral values.
Last month, Khan also set up a ‘Rehmatul-lil-Aalameen (blessing for all the worlds) Authority,’ which he said would portray the true image of Islam, research the life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and monitor the media and school curriculum.
"Islam and science were both working alongside each other," Khan said, speaking about a past tradition that he aims to revive with Al Qadir University. "There was harmony between them. Read Al-Biruni and others, they had a strong connection to Allah."
He lamented a lack of universities researching the lives of Muslim leaders, warriors, scholars and reformers, saying he had always aimed to create institutions in Pakistan that would implement Islam in its true spirit.
“Prime Minister Imran Khan is launching Pakistan's first great seminary Al Qadir University where young people are taught modern sciences along with religious education, mysticism and high morality,” State information minister Farrukh Habib said on Twitter on Sunday, without disclosing when the institution would begin functioning.
“What is the purpose of Al-Qadir University, that how can our religion become relevant in the lives of our people,” Khan said in a video shared by Habib, adding that he wanted to revive the tradition of bringing science and Islam together, as was the case in the past.
“This [university] will develop the minds in Pakistan," the PM added. "Right now, our [Pakistani] youth is highly influenced by the West … but as humans are they [youth] growing in the right way, are they going down the right path?”