The Knowledge Exchange Program participated in the Eighth Islamic Forum,
03/04/2018
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The Knowledge Exchange Program participated in the Eighth Islamic Forum, which continues to be active during the period 2-3 March 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey, entitled Spiritual Authority and Integration. The Forum also includes two conferences on the Muslim women and Muslim youth. The forum brings together more than 200 personalities among ministers, scientists and university professors. From all Islamic countries. The forum was opened by the head of the Center for Asian Studies in Turkey, Suleiman Sansawi, followed by a speech by the Minister of Islamic Affairs of Pakistan, the Minister of Hajj and Islamic Affairs of Afghanistan and a speech by the Minister of Youth of Turkey and by the deputy Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, Jamal Yusuf. Then Dr. Abdullah bin Fahd Al-Lhaidan, Advisor to the Minister and supervising the Knowledge Exchange Program, delivered a speech in which he said: Your Excellencies
HE Director of the Center for Asian Strategic Studies
Scientists and thinkers
Ladies and Gentelmen:
I greet you all with the greeting of Islam:
Peace, mercy and blessings of God.
I am pleased to express my pleasure in participating in this distinguished forum on: Spiritual Authority and Integration in Theory and Practice as a representative of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Advocacy and Guidance in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I also thank the organizers for this wonderful effort and the important subject and convey to you the greetings of His Excellency the Minister of Islamic Affairs
He went on to say that Islam is a religion guidance and the application of the provisions of Islam on people according to the requirements of circumstances and the difference of time and circumstances, it was obvious that the Islamic religion holds the two authorities: temporal power and spiritual power, to have a combined machine of organizing life and after life. If Islam disregarded temporal authority and remained with only spiritual authority, it would have been a religious religion in its goals, and Muslims became something that is not limited by the law of society and does not know the norms of humanity.
Islam came with temporal power as well as spiritual authority in the system of government. The government system is guided in all its roles by the guidance of the spiritual authority and temporal authority, comes primarily from the Quranic foundations to draw the boundaries and evaluate circumstances. Human rights in the various transactions, whether they were related to their personal status or the transactions between them and what follows them even in the organization of the government.
What can not be neglected by the famous German thinker Kant is that the idea of ​​morality and will can not be implanted in us by an external order, we may be forced to do something, but we can not be forced to define our goals, “said – Kant – any legislator wants to impose by legislation moral goals, will fail ” hence the importance of religions that make the commitment to morality stems from within each individual. “Islam is in accordance with the call for an ethical life and the needs of the body, and the life of society. In short, it is a religion that was very close to the natural religion that was believed by most men of the Enlightenment,” wrote Maxim Rodinson, a French orientalist who adopted communism in his book on “the heritage of Islam. . ”

Al-Lhaidan explained that the Sharia combines the elements of stability and flexibility, and is manifested in the stability of its fundamentals, and flexibility in the branches and their parts and functions, stability prevents it them from melting and melting in other civilizations, and flexibility makes it respond to all developments of the times.
Islam also carried the highest principles of shura to be the basis of good government and support, because the consultation better than the opinion of the individual, it is the result of opinions derived from the strength of the group is not intended to the total happiness with notice of justice and equality .Thus, the Islamic system is not a theocratic, but it is also not secular, but it is a system characterized by special features.

In view of the complex problems and issues of mankind today in all parts of the world, human crises and the imperatives of a situation in which one searches for the path to perfection and happiness, and when materialism and material life overwhelm man, he looks into a bright window to emerges from this dark tunnel. Throughout the Islamic world, there has been a wave of thirst for spiritual issues, especially among the younger generation. The religious return in the world in general has been in response to the need for meaning, in a society that is underdeveloped in all forms of consumption and secularization, and in the Islamic world, as a result of the failure of development projects and the suffering of people from poverty, ignorance and disease.
This issue is now increasing the burden of the message on leaders and religious scholars, and the message becomes heavier, as there must be orientation, dialogue and cooperation. Dialogue is an authentic Islamic approach, maintained by the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him in all stages of his life with the friend and enemy, he made it a means of acquaintance and coexistence, cooperation, theQuran said ((O people we created you from a male and female and made you in to people and tribes to know each other))

The Holy Quran said: ((cooperate on righteousness and piety and do not cooperate in sin and aggression); that man is a social creature with his instinct need to cooperate with others in all areas of his life, has been stated in the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him: do good and benefit of allpeople not only Muslims – a trait and a standard for the Muslim right.
Then we move to the stage of cooperation between the nations and peoples of Islam to achieve common interests and to meet the common challenges and threats, to replace fear with security, backwardness wit development, poverty with wealth, injustice with and justice.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz and His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, is exerting great efforts in supporting the efforts of establishing moderation and confronting extremism and exclusion and cooperation with religious scholars to achieve distinctive Islamic solutions to the problems of the times. With regard to women, the Government of the Kingdom has focused on education and higher education, where women in universities and institutions of higher education accounted for more than 50%. This was reflected the passage of time in the fields of work. Women constituted 25% of the members of the Shura Council. Is continuing its plans to strengthen the role of the women in all fields.
Al-Lhaidan explained that the Islamic world has tried during the past decades a number of attempts to integrate all failed because it did not follow the guidance of Islamic law and cooperate to achieve the participants with respect, and it is time to adopt cooperation and respect for religious values ​​in all Islamic countries.
The unity and solidarity of Islamic countries will be achieved if development is achieved in each country. Many Islamic countries suffer from underdevelopment. The sum of zero plus zero is always zero. When development is achieved, each country will be right number if you add them give you a bigger and more effective number. But in the interest of mankind in general. The development success of a number of Islamic countries such as Malaysia, Turkey and the Gulf states is encouraging. But what is more important is unity and solidarity of hearts before economic and political solidarity.
Islam has decided the temporal and spiritual powers together, so that one authority can not be separated from the other because they are intertwined in their existence. The temporal authority shapes the form and purpose of the government, establishes the diverse systems of various individuals, families, groups and tribes, and establishes the provisions of war, peace, judicial and administrative policy, And the spiritual authority flows from the personal conditions related to the establishment of a valid marital relationship between men and women and entitle women to rights and rights of men, and then the rulers be subjects to Islamic Law of equality and fairness. With this harmony between the two bodies, the nation and the government achieve justice based on mutual sincerity and good spirit in all the country’s facilities.
In conclusion, Al-Lahaidan reiterated his thanks to the organizers of this important forum, which he ask God to come up with practical recommendations that contribute to the return of Islamic countries to their place in the forefront of the global civilization.

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