‘Extremism can be defeated with Islamic culture’
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)
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