Introduction and service
Importance and necessity of a Think Tank
Discussions on Scientific and intellectual topics play an important role in intellectual development of society. In these meetings questions are answered which arise in young educated minds. Mr Saqib Akbar felt that such discussions should be organized in which young intellectuals and researchers should come and present their thoughts in independent manner and educated youth should participate and express the questions which arise in their minds. Intellectuals and researchers should answer their questions and process of understanding and comprehension should start.
The need for such think tank increases when there is stagnation in the society, people do not like to listen to each other, fatwas of disbelief, polytheism and arrogance are imposed on small things. In any case, as a result of mutual discussion, many complex issues are solved and collective wisdom yields astonishing results.
The Holy Prophet loved dialogue. That is why it is found in the traditions that once he entered the mosque, some people were discussing and some people were engaged in ZIKR. He preferred to sit with those who were discussing with each other. He used to hold such gatherings in difficult times. On the occasion of the GHAZWA-e-OHAD, the Holy Prophet and his Companions were faced with the question, how to deal with such a large number of enemies?
In this situation, Hazrat Salman Farsi (RA) suggested that we should dig a trench to stop the enemy army. This shows that living societies face new problems; the best way to get out of these problems is to be discussed by intellectuals. It solves problems.
This practice lasted until the time of the Companions, the followers and the jurists, in which there was mutual consultation on modern issues. Its largest center was the Prophet’s Mosque. In the meetings of the jurists, there was a regular dialogue in the light of the arguments of the scholars. This practice lasted for a long time. The biggest advantage of this practice was that competitor’s opinion was known.
What are the arguments for this? Also, what were the problems with your opinion? This criticism was followed by a strong opinion. Ever since everyone built his own mosque, it has given rise to a storm of misunderstandings which later grew into a fistula of sectarianism. Due to which breadth resulted because of discussion has gone.
Modern era has brought flood of problems with it. Vulgarity of west is reaching in every house. Now it is not possible to stop a thought by closing borders and restricting press. That era has ended and the only way left is to discuss issues and present a better solution. New generation is asking for it. No sect can show a blind eye to it.
In these situations a forum was established to address the issues raised in minds of new generation in view of the universal message of Islam. MAJLIS e BASIRAT is an intellectual and ideological forum which is beyond sectarian affiliations.
Its diverse topics and purely literary discussions have made MAJLIS famous in literary circles. Its rules and regulations impress new comers and are cohesion force for previous intellectuals. Rules and regulations are as under:
Rules and regulations
In the first session, the audience approved some rules and regulations. They are described below. In addition, some specifications are included:
1. The main scope of MAJLIS will be modern theological and topics regarding ILM-e-KALAM, MAJLIS will try to answer the questions and challenges facing the very basis of religion. Especially it will try to eliminate intellectual confusions about religion in modern minds, by examining the questions.
2. MAJLIS is a flag bearer of ideology of IJTIHAD and calls for constant monitoring of the possibility of change of order proportional to change of time and place.
3. The MAJLIS will follow the principle of presenting its case with arguments and will adopt the method of seeking arguments from others as well.
4. The MAJLIS will also peripherally look at social issues as per requirement and will express/adopt its views on their intellectual and ideological aspects. The MAJLIS does not believe in gender discrimination in intellectual and ideological matters, so its doors will be open for all intelligent and like-minded women and men.
5. The MAJLIS is primarily an institution for those who believe in the truthfulness of Islam, but non-Muslims will also be welcomed in its literary sessions and their dignity will be respected.
6. All the members of the MAJLIS will agree on KULIYAT, but there will be scope of disagreement in details. Differences in style and strategy will also be addressed amicably. Problems will usually be resolved by consensus, however where this is not possible, the principle of majority will be followed.
7. Any individual or member will be able to leave the MAJLIS easily. However, it will be expected that despite leaving the MAJLIS, a relationship of mutual tolerance and mutual respect will be maintained in view of the days of friendship.
8. Principles such as general ethics of religion, chastity, moderation, and helping one another in times of sorrow will be observed.
9. The unity of the UMMAH will be adopted by this MAJLIS as a principle and the better understanding of each other and respect for each other’s sanctities will be kept in mind regarding the differences between the religionss.