‘Ex­trem­ism can be de­feated with Is­lamic cul­ture’

Daily Trust - - ISLAMIC FORUM -

The Ruler of Shar­jah in the United Arab Emi­rates, Dr Sheikh Sul­tan bin Mo­hammed Al Qasimi, has said that Arab and Is­lamic cul­ture could be used to fight ex­trem­ism.

He said ex­trem­ism could be de­feated through restor­ing the “true, peace­ful faith which en­sures sta­bil­ity, se­cu­rity and the abil­ity to pro­duce knowl­edge and cul­ture.”

He was speak­ing dur­ing an in­ter­ac­tion with se­nior Emi­rati jour­nal­ists at the Shar­jah Book Author­ity (SBA) pavil­ion at the Frank­furt Book Fair in Ger­many yes­ter­day.

He said the in­ter­na­tional ex­hi­bi­tion pro­vided plat­form to com­mu­ni­cate with other cul­tures, en­hance di­a­logue and pro­mote the lit­er­ary and sci­en­tific val­ues of the Arab and Is­lamic world.

The most ef­fec­tive way to face “neg­a­tive forces” is through ed­u­ca­tion as this will em­power in­di­vid­u­als and de­velop their crit­i­cal think­ing and de­ci­sion mak­ing skills, he said.

He said that Shar­jah was named World Book Cap­i­tal 2019 in ap­pre­ci­a­tion of its efforts to pro­mote books as a prime source of cul­ture, in­tel­lect and sci­ence.

Books, he said, act as mes­sen­gers of wis­dom not only for the UAE, but for the Arab and Is­lamic world.

He de­tailed his cul­tural vi­sion of build­ing a knowl­edge-based so­ci­ety and cre­at­ing gen­er­a­tions “blessed with ethics, mean­ing­ful ed­u­ca­tion and sci­en­tific knowl­edge”. (Khaleej Times)

Photo: Osun Govt. House

From left: JAMB Reg­is­trar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede; Gov­er­nor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State; Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary, Mus­lim Ummah of South­west of Nige­ria (MUSWEN), Prof. Daud Noibi; and the Re­gional Direc­tor, In­ter­na­tional In­sti­tute of Is­lamic thought Jor­dan, Fargo Malkawi, dur­ing the open­ing of the Con­fer­ence on Is­lamic Uni­ver­si­ties or­ga­nized by the In­ter­na­tional In­sti­tute of Is­lamic Thought in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Foun­tain Uni­ver­sity, Osogbo in Osun State

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