KEP Participate in Astana congress of Religious Leaders
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Dr. Abdullah bin Fahd Al-Lheedan, Advisor to the Minister supervising the Knowledge Exchange Program, participated in the World Religions and Traditional Religions Conference in a security world, currently in Astana, capital of Kazakhstan.
Dr. Al-Lheedan delivered a speech at the third session of the conference entitled “Religion and Globalization: Challenges and Response”. At the beginning of his speech, Al-Luhaidan said: “I am pleased to express my pleasure to participate in the sixth conference of religious leaders in the Republic of Kazakhstan, representing the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Da’wah and Guidance in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I am also pleased to convey the greetings of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz to the Government of His Excellency President Nursultan Nazarbayev and his continued support to the peace efforts in the world. I also convey the greetings and appreciation of His Excellency Dr. Abdullatif Al-Sheikh, Minister of Islamic Affairs, Da’wah and Guidance, and his wish for this conference to continue success.
Al Lheedan continue saying: In view of the complex problems and crises of mankind today in all parts of the world, and the imperatives of the situation in which man searches for the path to perfection and happiness, and when materialism and material life overwhelm him, he looks into a bright window to emerge from this dark tunnel. All over the world, there has been a wave of thirst for spiritual issues, especially among the younger generation. This issue is increasing today the burden of the message placed on the men of religions, and the message of the religions, especially the Abrahamic religions, becomes greater. Turning away from useless conflicts and arguments, adhering to the Abrahamic chain (the father of all true religions and monotheistic religions), and turning towards intimacy and dialogue, are among the duties of religious men. Today, our world is witnessing successive incidents of violence and terrorism, the assault on the safe, the intimidation of the peaceful, the fueling of conflicts, the spread of hatred, the spread of sectarianism and racism, all amid successive calls for a clash of civilizations and a clash of religions. Some people mistakenly believe that religions – including the Islamic religion – are causes in increasing the conflict and fueling that burning fire. Hence, this conference is important because it sheds light on the position of religions, including the Islamic religion, on contemporary issues.
He added : Modernist thought believed that religion was a matter of the past, a feature of primitive societies, that it would either be greatly weakened or completely disappear and, at best, would become something of an individual faith, in modern secular societies. But world history has taken these days, different paths from all expectations. In post secular society, religion is no longer perceived as an apprehension, but as an essential component in building facts. The same thing is happening in Muslim societies, but in different ways, that is, considering religion as a means of building civilization, overcoming weakness and delay, and contributing to universality. The return of religion is evidence that secularism has not been able to convince the spirit within a human being, whose bent on religion,. Thinkers did not hesitate to clear the possible positive role of religion, replacing the works of Ernst Blauch, They saw religion as a force for justice and reform in the event of political and social conditions, refusing to reduce religion to a role of justification of authoritarian.
In this context, Jürgen Habermas stressed that the future is for “rational religion”. modern society reject myths and legends, multi-religious, cultural and ethnic world, religious consciousness must recognize the principle of difference with other sects and accept the authority of science. It must also accept the laws and principles on which the modern state is based, despite its emergence from non-religious ethics. Habermas acknowledges that religion must return to public space and contribute to the building of its realities. This is about the new and clear vision of a religion that accept others. Religion has never been a human means of controlling, managing, or controlling people, but rather in response to the need for meaning, amid excess in all forms of consumption and secularization. in the Islamic world, return to religion came as a result of the failure of development projects and the suffering of people from poverty, ignorance and disease. These issues is increasing today the burden of the message placed on the men of religions, and the message of religious people becomes heavier. Where we must move towards familiarity and dialogue.
Al Lheedan added : The dialogue is an authentic Islamic approach, maintained by the Prophet Muhammad in all stages of his life with the friend and the enemy. Prophet Muhammad made dialogue a means for three things: acquaintance and co-existence and co-operation between peoples, the Quran said ((O people we created you male and female and made you peoples and tribes to know each other) people acquainted through encounter and meetings. For the followers of religions and cultures, cohabitation is possible, it is a natural thing that they practice among themselves to achieve their interests and safeguard their gains. For cooperation in the Holy Qur’an: “Cooperate with righteousness and piety, and do not cooperate in harm and aggression.” The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The best of people is their benefactor .” So it is to benefit all people – and not only to Muslims – is to be a trait and a standard for a true Muslims.
This stage of cooperation between nations and peoples, cultures and civilizations to achieve common interests and meet the common challenges and threats, and to replace : fear with security, chaos with , stability, backwardness with development, poverty with sufficiency in injustice with justice and fairness. The Messenger of Allah Muhammad peace be upon him With a group of non-Muslims in Makkah sign a treaty in which they support of the oppressed, and the Prophet said: (I have seen in Dar Abdullah bin Jadaan an alliance, if I was invited to like it in Islam I would answered)
Al Lheedan concluded by saying: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz and His Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, is making a great effort to support the efforts of understanding between the followers of religions and cultures and seeks to consolidate moderation and confront extremism and exclusion. The knowledge Exchange Program in the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, and Guidance, which is supervised by His Excellency Dr. Abdullatif Al-Sheikh, Minister of Islamic Affairs, aimed at conveying true knowledge of religions and their scholars through dialogue and understanding. To cooperate and achieve common objectives with followers of other religions.

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