Sheikh Sudais visits Jamaat-e-Islami Hind Headquarters
Shekh Sudais and his associates with Ameer-e-Jamaat Moulana Jalaluddin Umari, Moulana Iqbal Mullah and Janab H Abdur Raqeeb
The Foundation for Students’ Islamic Centre was laid by Dr. Shaykh Abdur Rehman Al Sudais, Imam, Masjid-e-Haram, Mecca, Saudi Arabia at the Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO)’s Headquarters.
Sheikh Sudais was greeted and welcomed ...by an overwhelming gathering of intellectuals, scholars, Ulemas, students and other dignitaries from across the country that gathered to witness the historic event.
Foundation stone is being unveiled
Addressing the audience after laying the Foundation Stone, Sheikh Sudais expressing gratitude and joy said that SIO’s role is indeed of great importance in service of the Indian society. He further expressed that the student community is a vital source of development and progress of the world. He appreciated the activities of SIO and congratulated for ensuring the service of student community in the form of Students Islamic Centre.
Sheikh addressing the students at SIO
A grand reception for the Sheikh in Jamaat Markaz
Muhammad Azharuddin, President – SIO introduced the organisation and welcomed His Excellency to the student gathering. The foundation stone was laid in the presence of Mohd. Azharuddin, President – SIO; Maulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari, Ameer, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH); Abdul Aziz Swaleh, Secretary – Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; Prof. Siddique Hasan, Vice-President, JIH; Moulana Muhammad Jaffer, Vice-President, JIH; P.M. Salih, Secretary General – SIO; Shaukat Ali, Secretary – SIO, Sharique Ansar, Secretary – SIO; Shaikh Shoaib, Secretary – SIO and other invitees.
The imam commended the Students Islamic Organization of India (SIO), which is building the center, for its efforts in spreading the message and culture of Islam among the student community. The SIO has branches in most Indian states as well as in GCC countries.
“I am very happy to learn that the SIO is playing an important role in the Indian society,” the imam said. “The student community is a vital source of development and progress for any country,” he said. He wished every success for the student center project.
Earlier, SIO President Muhammad Azharuddin welcomed the imam and introduced his organization. “We are greatly honored to have Your Excellency to launch this Islamic center project,” he said.
The SIO works for preparing students and youth for the reconstruction of society in the light of divine guidance, Azharuddin said. “The SIO believes that the real function of education should be to impart genuine knowledge about life, existence and future,” he added.
The ceremony at the SIO headquarters was attended by President of Indian Jamaat-e-Islami Syed Jalaluddin Umari, the Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs’ Abdul Aziz Swaleh, Jamaat vice presidents Siddique Hassan and Muhammad Jaafar, SIO’s secretary-general P.M. Saleh and other dignitaries.
The imam emphasized the importance of inculcating the values professed by the sahaba (the Prophet’s companions) in the daily lives of Muslims. He urged parents to bring up their children on these values. “A special TV channel should be set up to ensure that people get to know about the noble lives of the sahaba and their values and messages,” the imam said.