The West And The Region’S Future After The Political Changes
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Discussing the middle east issues after the radical political changes it had witnessed or the so called Arab Spring, the Observer reported that the initial results of the Egyptian parliamentary elections that showed the progress of Islamists, have increased the west concerns about the region`s future.
The journal`s foreign affairs reporter mentioned that the rise of Islamists is the key feature of the Arab revolutions, affirming that the same result we could get if elections had been made in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Morocco two decades ago.
But what about the political Islam that on its way to dominate the political scene in the Middle East region? The reporter answers saying that its main characteristic is that it denounces the concept of violence which was adopted by others, like Al-Qaeda organization.
Quoting from lecturer Amr Ashour, university of Extere in Britain, the lecturer said that Muslim brotherhood has got the lesson from both experiences in Algeria and Gaza and know now how it is very dangerous to have a clash with the west so, it will focus its efforts on the social and economic issues not implementing shari`a.

Riyadh newspaper published on Monday 21-11-211, issue 15855 a report for Ali Almanee` titled: Conference of “Peace Making and the Language of Dialogue” recommends promoting the studies and researches of common values

The two day international conference “Peace Making and the Language of Dialogue” organized by university of Muhammad Bin Saud in cooperation with Japanese university of Doshesha, has ended its sessions in Tokyo yesterday. The second day of the 8 sessions conference, started with discussing the common values of Japan and Saudi Arabia that help achieving peace. The sessions were chaired by the director of Imam Muhammad Bin Saud Islamic university and during which Dr. Khalid Alqurishi, manger of curriculum planning and studies in the ministry of education, gave a speech referring to the concept of peace and the role of education in spreading the culture of peace and how to create educational approaches that promote this concept.
He also stressed promoting the common values and concepts through integrated parts of curricula and benefiting from the previous and current efforts in promoting dialogue that can maintain and promote the culture of peace.
Then, the fifth session managed by Mr. Gero Arimi from college of political management in Kio University discussed how to make peace, through a dialogue and during which Dr. Abdullah Bin Fahd Aluhidan, undersecretary of Islamic affairs ministry discussed the general principles of international relations in Islam and how dialogue and cooperation can achieve peace.

Riyadh newspaper published on Tuesday 29/11/2011, issue No 15863, a report for Khalid Abdullah titled: Scholars and Thinkers Forum Holds Its Second Conference in Kuwait.

Under the auspices of his highness Sheikh Subah Al-Ahmad Al Gabir Alsubah, prince of Kuwait, the second international conference for muslin scholars and thinkers, titled (the early Muslims and their status in Islam), affiliated to world Islamic league, is due to be held in cooperation with the Ministry of Awqaf & Islamic Affairs in Kuwait in the period from 20th to 22nd next December. His highness sheikh Dr. Abdullah Bin Abdulmuhsen Al-turki, general secretary of Muslim league and member of senior scholars showed that forum along with the Ministry of Awqaf & Islamic Affairs in Kuwait, organized the first conference of (The early Muslims and their status in Islam) with participation of great scholars who recommended keeping discussing the topic of the prophet`s family and his companions, highlighting their high status, cooperation and contribution in establishing good Islamic society and spreading out Islam, and how they played a big role in laying the foundations of the Islamic civilization. Dr Al-turki showed that the second conference (the early Muslims and their status in Islam) seeks to achieve some goals, including reviewing the great civil achievements made by the prophet`s family and companions, and discussing how can the ministries of endowments and Islamic affairs go ahead in presenting and spreading the correct understanding of the texts related to the prophet`s family and his companions, in addition to the opinions of big scholars of the prophet`s family. He added that workshops will work on finding out media and cultural projects seeking to highlight the unity of Muslim community in the era of the prophet`s family and companions and their high status. He indicated that these projects include launching satellite channel to spread the legacy of the prophet`s family and his companions, project of children literature that serve the legacy of the prophet`s family and his companions, producing programs, establish endowment to help funding media publications and a project for integrating the culture of the prophet`s family and his companions in school textbooks. His Highness gave his special thanks and that of the league and the forum to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, king Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al-saud and to crown prince Nayif Bin Abdulaziz Al-saud, for supporting the activities of the forum and the league.

Al-Riyadh newspaper published on statuary 3/12/2011, issue no 17755, a report for Abdulrahman Alsiali titled: Dr Yusuf: The International Competition For Memorizing Qur`An Is The Best

Sheikh Dr. Yusuf Gomma Salama, preacher of the Holy Mosque of Alaqsaa and ex minister of endowments and Islamic affairs affirmed that the competition of king Abdulaziz for the Holy Qur`an is one of the best international competitions of memorizing Qur`an. It seeks as he said to highlight the interest of Saudi Arabia in the holy book of God, its memorization and interpretation, in addition to encouraging Muslim children to memorize and understand it, providing an encouraging atmosphere of competition. The competition has big numbers of competitors from different Arab and Islamic countries, and Islamic communities in the entire world.
“The arbitration committee annually includes a group of great scholars and reciters who have good experience of international competitions. The competition is a big civilized project for graduating memorizers of the Holy Quran all over the world. It reflects the moderation of Islam and the interest in teaching children the correct Islamic values” he said. Finally, he suggested broadcasting of the competition on live from the holy mosque via satellite channels of Qur`an, Ahlu AL-Qur`an and Alsunnah Alnbwyiah so as to please Muslims all over the world and link the together with the holy Mosque.

Riyadh newspaper published on Tuesday 29/11/2011, issue No 14863, a report for Radwan Al-said titled: Reform and Renaissance of Islamic Thought

I have read four books, including one in English, about Fridays` speeches, preachers, lessons delivered in mosques and their roles in the last decades. Richard Anton, the author of the English book, said in his book that what had been changed over these decades in relation to speeches and lessons delivered is that preachers became more inclined to discuss public affairs. On the contrary, Arab researchers see that Muslim preachers` speeches are still traditional that need to be more relevant to the reality of today. Undoubtedly, this paradox could be in part due to the difference of countries in which the study had been carried out, but mainly because of the Arab researchers` belonging to certain parties. In fact, Muslim preachers in many countries now are discussing current issues, which can be considered a kind of politics. But since the Arab researchers are now belonging to parties, they don’t see it enough. On the other side, compared to the period from 60th and 90th, the European researchers find that discussing politics is more than in enough in preachers` speeches. In fact, Muslim preachers are of two kinds: those who preach inside mosques and those who do it via media. As for Fridays and lessons` preachers, they are of traditional religious background, that’s why their topics are focusing on religious rituals. And as for media preachers (especially in Egypt and Pakistan) they don’t have that culture, so their speeches come more relevant to social and public affairs. However, still there are exceptions. For example, in many Arab and Islamic countries, the state or ministry of Islamic affairs is no longer controlling all the mosques, since the authorities allowed to several mosques to be established through self funding in the last decades. Taking into consideration that the possibility of belonging the mosque founder to any political party, we know how the preacher of this mosque can turn to be the mouthpiece of the founder`s party. Something else has to be considered is that there are political systems in some Arab and Muslim countries that have control over mosques and religious institutions, consequently demanding preachers to be in their sides and attacking the opposite parties. Any way, it seems clear enough how so much politics and public affair issues are being discussed nowadays by preachers. It is not negative phenomena however; it could have disturbing implications, especially if religious scholars competed to assume authority.
The rearrangement between religion, community and state is the solution that can get us out safe from this dilemma. Such arrangements has to be made through scientific movement and wide Islamic culture, not through weak institutions of education and religion as it was be over the last decades. Regardless of titles, roles are more important in fields like education and fatwa. It is the roles that cannot be played except by big Muslim specialized scholars. It is not of our interest at all to help weakening our religious institutions, since this means that politicians and those who are competing to assume authority will have control on our religion.

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