World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkey's top cleric Mehmet Gormez met Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday in the capital Islamabad, where he earlier spoke at a conference on the life of Prophet Muhammad.
He offered his greetings to Sharif and the Pakistani people for Prophet Muhammad's birthday, which is being celebrated in many countries across the Muslim world.
Sharif offered condolences to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Turkey for the deadly terror attacks in Istanbul that killed 44 and injured more than 150 others Saturday.
Prior to his meeting with Pakistani leader, Gormez delivered a speech at the International Seerat-un-Nabi conference at Allama Iqbal Open University.
Gormez said Prophet Muhammad stands at the center of the old and new world.
“He [the prophet] belongs to the old world in the sense of the source of religion he brought but in the context of the message of the religion, he belongs to the future world,” Gormez added.
“We cannot learn from the prophet by constantly going to the past, we should study the prophet for the future,” he said, quoting famed Pakistani Poet Muhammad Iqbal saying “Islam is a way, not a stop or a destination.”
During his tour of Lahore, Gormez also met Sharif's brother, the Punjab state Chief Minister Shabaz Sharif.
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