Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that ever-increasing corruption and sex crime are the two biggest challenges faced in the Muslim world. He said this during a program on 02-01-2022. According to the PTI, a news agency he said this during a discussion in a seminar held with top Muslim scholars around the world on the topic 'Riyasat-e-Madina, Society and Ethical Revival'. The discussion was organized by the recently established National Rehmatul-Lil-Alameen Authority (NRAA). Earlier in October last year, Imran Khan had constituted this authority to research how to convey the message of the Prophet's life to the people. Many scholars involved in the discussion also gave their views in the context of protecting the youth from the influence of social media and making faith and religious values a part of their lives.
On this occasion, PM Imran Khan said that there are two types of crimes in society. First corruption and second sex crime. A sex crime is spreading rapidly in our society, for example, incidents of rape and child sexual abuse. And only 1% of the cases are registered. Imran Khan indirectly attacked Nawaz Sharif, the head of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz Party, saying,
"I believe the remaining 99%, must be combated by society. The same is the case with corruption. Society has to reject corruption. Unfortunately, when your leadership gets corrupted over time they become corrupt. make it acceptable."
Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif has turned 72 years old and he has been living in London since November 2019. The Lahore High Court had allowed him to go to London for four weeks for treatment. Three-time PM Sharif, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Muhammad Safdar were convicted in the Avenfield property case in July 2018.
Nawaz Sharif was also sentenced to seven years in prison in December 2018 after being found guilty in the Al-Azzia Steel Mills case but was granted bail in both cases. Along with this, he was also allowed to go to London for treatment. A leading newspaper has said in a report that while listening to the views of international scholars, Imran Khan also indicated that he would have such discussions with scholars in the coming times as well. In his address, Imran Khan also stressed the need for Muslim youth to avoid obscene content on the internet.
Muslim scholars who attended this seminar suggested a collective effort of Muslim countries to deal with the negative effects of modernity. "The world today has become a more uncertain and far more dangerous place, especially for young people," said Dr. Syed Hussein Nassar, university professor of Islamic Studies at George Washington University.
On this occasion, he condemned the western elements making negative remarks against Islam. He called it an attack on religion. Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, an American scholar, said that "Corruption is like a rotten apple". She said that corruption can ruin society. She added that the impact of corruption on the people and the society has also been told in the Quran.
Giving his views, he said that in Islam, "Men have been given the responsibility of looking after women and children. The youth should be taught to respect women. You should not go to the place where you should not be. This applies first and foremost to men and we cannot blame the victim. But at the same time, women also need to understand that there are wolves outside and they are real."
Dr. Abdal Hakim Murad, Dean of Cambridge Muslim College, said that the information available on mobile is the biggest challenge of today's time. Especially concerning the younger generation Dr. Osman Bakar of the University of Malaysia stressed the need for inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue. He expressed hope that this would bring stability into society. Sheikh Abdullah bin Bayyah, the chairperson of the UAE's Fatwa Council, said, "We are in the era of globalization and social media, the Internet has had a great impact on the youth."