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“Rashid bin Humaid Council” Discusses the Contribution of Muslims in Building the Human Civilization

Ajman, May 20, 2019

His Highness Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Chairman of the Ajman Municipality and Planning Department, confirmed that establishing an example of civilization is a cornerstone in proving that Islam is a religion of moderation and tolerance, and that demonstrating selflessness in daily practices is a live example of such that is more convincing than books and lectures. He reminded that Islam reached many areas of the world through good conduct and the morals that characterized Muslim traders who travelled around the world.

 

He referred to Islamic traditions and teachings as a fundamental value inherent in Emirati citizens, indicating that the values based on tolerance demonstrated in the practiced of the state and its citizens stem from the teachings of Islam, the official religion for the United Arab Emirates. He also mentioned that the UAE Vision 2021, launched by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, at the closing of a Cabinet meeting in 2010, states that our culture is based of the original values of Islam, the values of advancement and moderation, and its association with the rich Arabic language and our Emirati traditions and heritage, which are all factors that contribute together in reinforcing our national identity.

His Highness also indicated that establishing the concept of moderation is the role of several entities responsible for Islamic affairs, which provide religious advice and guidance, while citizens of other religions are allowed to practice their beliefs freely.

 

His Highness expressed his statements in the third session of “Rashid bin Humaid Council” in Ramadan, which was held on Sunday in the presence of several Sheikhs and personalities in the Emirate of Ajman, and included a lecture entitled “Islamic Civilizations and the Emergence of the Modern Western Civilization”, presented by the researcher “Ed Hussein”, the writer of “The House of Islam: A Global History”, and the fellow of the Middle East studies at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in the US state of Washington, who is also conducting his PhD studies with Sir Roger Scruton from Buckingham University.

 

 

The session was headed by the Emirati writer Yaser Harb, member of the Supreme National Committee of the 'Year of Tolerance', who commenced the session with an introduction in which he spoke about the role of Muslims not only in transferring sciences, but also in developing them and structuring them in ways that facilitated using them by their successors; this was done by Ibn Sina, Al-Farabi and others whose books were a fundamental resource for European scholars.

 

The scholar “Ed Hussein” discussed the influence of Islamic civilizations and their philosophies on the Western civilization, the interaction of Arab Muslims with modernity, and the future challenges that hold growing hostility for Muslims and Islam in some western communities, that are pretending to forget the contribution of Muslims in the human civilization for centuries and their role in creating the modern world.

The lecturer also discussed the growth of Muslims beyond the number of followers of any other religion, as it is estimated that their numbers will reach more 3 billion people by 2060.

 

In one of his answers to the questions of attendees, he spoke about the significance of religion in carrying countless values that encourage believers to defend their culture and country, and that this is a missing value in the modern western civilization as there aren’t many people left who are willing to exert themselves and their money for their countries because they no longer believe in religion, patriotism or other values.

 


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