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  • 04/22/2019

    Dr. Abdullah Al-Lhaidan, Advisor to the Minister in charge of the knowledge exchange program received , Rev. Lev Munksgaard, Counselor of the Copenhagen Church in Denmark, who visited the program. Dr. Al-Lhaidan gave an overview of the program and highlighted his activities to highlight Islam’s call for co-existence among followers of religions and the call to Islam with wisdom and good advice. Dr. Munksqard presented the activities of the Copenhagen Church for Interfaith Cooperation where the Church, in cooperation with Islamic societies in Denmark, organizes joint visits to secondary schools, where Each religion give illustration of their religion, as well definition of aspects of cooperation between the Church and the Islamic and Jewish societies in joint works to serve the community, last year more than 150 schools was visited. On the other hand, Al-Lhaidan gave an overview of the program’s publications to introduce the concepts of Jihad, Ethics, Life and Sharia in Islam, as well as a booklet on the status of women in Islam. It was agreed to continue communication between the two sides to achieve a better understanding among followers of religions. At the conclusion of the meeting, Al-Lhaidan presented the plaque of the program to the guest of honor and took memorial photos.

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  • 04/21/2019

    Under the patronage of His Excellency the President of the Republic of Pakistan Dr. Aref Alawi, the Fourth World Conference “Message of Islam” concluded its work in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad, organized by the Association of Pakistan Scholars Council. The conference was attended by the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Da’wah and Guidance for Islamic Affairs. The guest of honor of the Conference was the Imam of the Grand Mosque, Dr. Abdullah bin Awad Al-Juhani, with the participation of scholars and thinkers from ten Islamic countries.
    The conference concluded with a number of recommendations, including: Emphasizing the importance of the role of scholars, preachers and imams of mosques and media to promote peace, tolerance and reconciliation among the peoples of the world. it urged Muslims in general and Muslim minorities, especially those living in non-Muslim countries, to interact with those countries, and warning of clashes, violence, extremism, deviation and extremism contrary to the tolerance of Islam.
    The conference also recommended the encouragement of parents, teachers, imams, preachers, scholars and the media, and asking them to focus on intensifying educational programs within Islamic societies and spreading Islamic values, ethics in the hearts and minds of young people and encouraging them to love God and His Messenger. And the need to protect them, and to strengthen the stability of society and protect young people from extremism, terrorism, corruption.
    The conference invited scholars, specialists, preachers, educators and media professionals to continue their blessed efforts to educate the Muslims, spread the moderate curriculum, and reject sectarian differences, party affiliations, violence, extremism and terrorism.
    The participants concluded their recommendations by renewing their thanks and appreciation to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for its leadership in Islamic and humanitarian issues and sponsorship of the two Holy Mosques and pilgrims, and spreading the tolerance of religion and effort to serve of the sciences of Quran, Sunnah and moderation.

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  • 04/14/2019

    The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Da;wa and Guidance participated in the conference of ” value system and its impact on the development of dialogue and the promotion of educational guidance” organized by the International Center for Educational and Family Strategies in partnership with the Faculty of Islamic Studies in Serbia in Novi Pazar. Dr. Al-Lhaidan delivered a paper entitled “Dialogue and its impact in achieving social peace” Alhaidan begin his speech by saying that dialogue is an authentic Islamic approach, maintained by the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him in all stages of life And that it leads to the consolidation of co-existence and tolerance among members of society then synergy becomes possible, and a natural thing that they practice among themselves to achieve their interests and preserve their gains. Allhaidan said It is known that the entire world, especially the Arabian Peninsula, was witnessing many wars at the time of the inception of the Prophet peace be upon him and before his mission, the Arab tribes were fighting between Or with other tribes because or without reason, and Islam came to bring people out of this difficult life and transfer them to where the security and safety and tranquility, and the Prophet peace be upon him was keen to keep people away from wars and everything that leads to it, and He is also looking for peaceful and calm ways to deal with conflicts.
    Al-Hhaidan then explained the Saudi Arabia efforts to promote a culture of dialogue, saying:
    In the last two decades, the Government of Saudi Arabia has worked hard and constructively in advocating dialogue. In 2008, King Abdullah opened the World Conference on Interreligious Dialogue in Madrid, Spain. The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, under the guidance of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and Crown Prince Prince Mohammed bin Salman and under the leadership of His Excellency Dr. Abdullatif Al-Sheikh, Minister of Islamic Affairs, worked to combat the rhetoric of extremism and hatred and called for dialogue as a method of work by the monitoring of preachers of mosques (more than fifteen thousand mosques) and referral of the rhetoric of incitement and extremism to be discussed in the monitoring committees and the appropriate penalty for violating the correct Islamic legal approach, which calls for dialogue and Humane and compassion. The Ministry has also set up Knowledge Exchange Program, which aims is to communicate with universities and academic and scientific centers and followers of other religions to clarify Islam’s call for peace and coexistence.
    The Supreme Council of Scholars has issued numerous statements on extremism, in which the Islamic approach has been shown to call upon God with wisdom and good advice.
    Also The King Salman Center for Peace Studies was established in Malaysia in 2015 and the Moderation Center for Fighting Extremist Networks was established in Riyadh in 2017.
    Allhaidan concluded his speech by explaining that extremism is one of the greatest causes of disturbing social peace., Where a small, extremist group looks at society as it has deviated from ideal values ​​and must be corrected by all means, including the use of violence. Extremism is a global phenomenon that is not limited to the Muslim world. We have recently seen what happened in New Zealand from terrorism against Muslims by non-Muslim extremists.

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  • 04/02/2019

    Deputy Minister of Islamic Affairs, Da’wah and Guidance for Islamic Affairs Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Samil delivered a Friday sermon at the Mohammed Al-Ameen Mosque “Rafic Hariri” in the center of the Lebanese capital Beirut
    And he recommended virtue at the beginning of the sermon to piety God Almighty; (O you who believe, fear God and look at what you present for tomorrow and fear God that God is well aware what you do) and said: God Almighty sent his Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him as a guidance and the religion of truth, o reform of the earth, but the most important reason is the unification of the Lord of the Worlds and Devotion to God, and obedience to His Messenger.
    The deputy of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs said that there is no goodness for the land and its people except that God alone is the only God and all prayers is not to anyone else, obedience and follow his messenger is not for anyone else but Him. obedience should be only according to the following his messenger way.
    Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), said : Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): (I am the riche than any diety partners any worship done in partnership with Me will not be acceptd.
    The Sharia (law of Islam) is easy God said: :” We have made you a middle nation. ” moderation in the religion is a legitimate demand, the Prophet warned against extremism in religion, he said peace be upon him: «Perish the extremists», he said three three times. narrated by Muslim.
    Dr. Abdullah Al-Samil reiterated that the duty of all is to know the grace of God upon us in this great religion by thanking this grace by sincerity and follow-up, and adhere to the approach of the Prophet peace be upon him, the method of moderation, mercy and facilitation. The people of extremism, terrorism and injustice, want to tarnish the image Islam.
    One of the greatest reasons for reforming the land is “good character”. With the Muslim and non-Muslim, The prophet , peace be upon him, said: «Nothing is placed in the balance of deeds heavier than good character, and the owner of good character to tell him the degree of fasting, and prayer».
    Dr. Al-Shamil call to reflect on how the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said that “a woman entered the fire because of a kitten who she did not feed” Also the prophet said, “In every wet liver is reward.” If this is with other than the human, the Islamic law came with the respect of the human being, whatever the charity and good behavior with him.
    Al Samel stressed that strengthening the values ​​of tolerance and coexistence between peoples and humans is one of the greatest sought by the reformers, and God Almighty says in his book: “God does not forbid you about b those who did not fight you and did not take you out of your homes to be just with them and be humble to them, Allah loves justice” The reformers in the land should pay attention to these values, and promote their establishment and dissemination and engage in constructive and fruitful cooperation with international, regional and local authorities in the dissemination of these values.

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  • 03/26/2019

    The Advisor and supervisor of the Knowledge Exchange Program, Dr. Abdullah bin Fahd Al-Lhaidan, met at his office, Sheikh Nasser Al-Hussein and Sheikh Turki bin Abdulrahman Al-Manea from the Gift to the World Program in Riyadh, Dr. Mohamed Ahmed Al – Fayfi adviser to the minister and member of KEP attened the meeting.
    The meeting discussed a number of issues of common concern, especially the proposed plan of cooperation between the Knowledge Exchange Program and the World Gift Program in light of the ministry’s mission is spread the culture of tolerance and exchange of knowledge with non-Muslim communities in the Kingdom.
    This meeting comes within the framework of the directives and follow-up of His Excellency Sheikh Dr. Abdullatif bin Abdul Aziz Al-Sheikh to work on partnerships with various sectors in society to develop advocacy and cultural work, spreading values ​​of moderation and tolerance, and illustrate Kingdom’s mission and leadership to serve Islam in light of the Ministry’s follow-up to the vision of the Kingdom 2030.

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  • 03/17/2019

    The Use of Social Media as a Breeding Ground for Hate and Incitement Must be Addressed”

    The multireligious Board of Directors of the International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID) issued the following statement following the shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on 15 March 2019. The shooting resulted in 49 casualties, and more than 20 wounded during Friday prayers, making it the country’s worst ever mass shooting, which Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern condemned as terrorism.

    The Board said:

    “By attacking during weekly Friday prayers at the mosques, the perpetrators struck at the very heart of this small community in New Zealand, with the clear intention to cause harm to as many peaceful Muslim worshippers as possible. The fear and terror created by this attack on the members of New Zealand’s Muslim community, which is only 1% of the total population, cannot be overstated. The attack, taken in context of a rising number of attacks against peaceful worshippers around the world, is a clear indication of rising prejudice and violence against minorities around the world. Attacks against peaceful worshippers, irrespective of their faith, is a violation of universal human rights.

    The heinous nature of the original attack is only compounded by the use of social media to spread further fear and terror in its wake. The use of social media, and the connection to online hate speech groups, is a clear reminder to us that violent extremists of all stripes are using social media to spread hate speech, and incitement to violence. Young people are especially vulnerable, but no part of society is immune from this disease.

    Incitement to violence is a crime, whether it is practiced online or offline, and we call on the religious leaders and communities in New Zealand, and worldwide, to bond together in the face of terror, through practicing interreligious and intercultural dialogue for peaceful coexistence, and bringing their voices and messages of peace online as well as putting them into practice in their daily interactions.

    We extend our heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of all the victims, to everyone affected by this attack, to the people of New Zealand as they rebuild their community, and we echo the Prime Minister’s message that ‘Violence has no place in New Zealand’ but we add also, the world.”

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  • 03/17/2019

    The Daily Telegraph,

    I visited Christchurch, New Zealand last year and met with ordinary Muslim shopkeepers, waiters, and students. While there, I also visited the home of Karl Popper, the Austrian Jewish author who fled Hitler and, in Christchurch, wrote his liberal masterpiece The Open Society and Its Enemies. Popper praised New Zealand, but more importantly saluted the laws, languages, and liberties of that nation that, along with the UK, stood tall against Nazism.

    We now face a new threat to our open societies. Yesterday’s purely evil terrorist attack in which 49 innocent worshippers were killed at their mosques was the latest horror perpetrated by far-Right racists. The suspect, a white man in his late twenties, took two years to plan the killings, but laid out in his “manifesto” the six years of reading, travelling, thinking and conversing with other racists that led to his decision to kill Muslims. The manifesto reads like a new version of Mein Kampf. Nazism is alive in our midst and we must be vigilant against it.

    The threat our societies face is so great, however, because it is a twin danger: a deadly combination of far-Right fascism and Islamist extremism. They feed and need each other. This is not about any particular organisation, an al-Qaeda or an ISIS, or a Combat-18 or a Klu Klux Klan. These groups are only tactics for a much larger strategy. Behind these organisations is a narrative, a worldview, a vision of the future and a deadly commitment to pursuing their ideologies. With their global movements, they radicalise each other.

    Firstly, they both seek revenge for crimes against “our people”. The lead bomber for the 7 July 2005 terrorist attacks on London’s Underground, Mohamed Siddique Khan, proclaimed in a Yorkshire accent, addressing Brits at the height of the Iraq war, that “until you stop the bombing, gassing, imprisonment and torture of my people, we will not stop this fight”. Osama bin Laden claimed to avenge Palestine. The killer in New Zealand gave explicit reasons for his attack: “To take revenge for the thousands of European lives lost to terror attacks throughout European lands.” And this revenge is not devoid of a wider strategy.

    Secondly, through their revenge based on racial and religious identities, they reinforce supremacism and separatism for a much greater purpose. Isil released a 10-page document in 2015 praising the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the surge in terrorism in France that year, and which said that “the time had come for another event to bring division to the world and destroy the grey zone”. The “grey zone” is pluralism of peoples and peace. Similarly, the terrorist in New Zealand was direct in his reason for violence: “To agitate the political enemies of my people into action, to cause them to overextend their own hand and experience the eventual and inevitable backlash as a result.” They both seek to end the harmony of humanity.

    Thirdly, they both abuse history by connecting their present crimes to an imagined past. Islamist extremists seek a religiously pure caliphate: white supremacists call for a racially pure continent. They both recall the crusades. “What would Pope Urban II do?” asked the mosque murderer. The killer had got blessings from the “Knights Templars”, he claimed. But they ignore today’s realities: Pope Francis visited the UAE last month, held an open air mass for the first time in history in Arabia, and signed a treaty of peace and co-existence with Islam’s Sunni leaders.

    Fourthly, they both hate the modern West. Al-Qaeda railed against capitalism and targeted the World Trade Centre in 1993 before succeeding in its evil in 2001. Islamist extremists from Syed Qutb onwards have attacked our individual freedoms. The Ariana Grande concert attack in Manchester in 2017 was an attack on the liberty of the individual to choose his or her own form of entertainment. The killer in New Zealand explained his aim to “eventually destroy the current nihilistic, hedonistic, individualistic insanity that has taken control of Western thought.”

    Our twin enemies are not madmen. They are driven by a purpose bigger than themselves and ideas that we must not underestimate. They have support bases online and in an underworld that may not be readily apparent to our eyes. But for the security of our families, our countries and our civilisations, we must renew our pledge to the prosperity and freedoms that underpin modern civilisation.

    Millions died in two world wars to bequeath open societies to us. We owe it to them and the as yet unborn to uphold our values of secular government, private religion, individual liberty, strong nation states, and racial and gender equality in the eyes of the law of the land. Newcomers embrace these values and become proud citizens. Neither Islamists nor white supremacists can change us.

    by Ed Husain author of The House of Islam: A Global History (Bloomsbury), a senior fellow at Civitas: Institute for the Study of Civil Society and Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars in Washington DC.

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  • 03/17/2019

    Saudi Arabia has condemned the terrorist attacks in New Zealand mosques on Friday.
    An official source at the Foreign Ministry said that Saudi Arabia condemns in the strongest terms possible the shootings at two mosques in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, which resulted in dozens of deaths and injuries.

    The source reiterated Saudi Arabia’s denouncement of all forms of terrorism, regardless of its source. It added that terrorism has no religion and homeland, stressing the Kingdom’s position that all religions should be respected. SPA
    Meanwhile, the Council of Senior Scholars has also strongly condemned the horrific terrorist attacks, targeting worshipers in two New Zealand mosques.
    In a statement issued on Friday, the Council said: “While condemning in the strongest terms this ugly, barbaric crime carried out by extremist terrorists, we call upon the whole world, including all its countries, organizations and institutions to make racist speeches and discourses criminal offenses at the earliest as they lead to such barbaric terrorist incidents.”
    The Council stressed that racist speech, which considers others an outcast and ought to be confronted, does not serve world peace and security that all the wise people of the world are calling for.
    The council prayed to Allah Almighty to have mercy on the souls of the dead and expressed its warmest condolences to families of the victims. It also prayed to Allah to grant them patience, and consolation and quick recovery for the injured. – SPA

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