Dr. Ameen Ghamaz, Assistant Professor, Department of Islamic Studies, Faculty of Science and Arts at King Khalid University, participated in a study on the contribution of the Islamic Culture Courses at King Khalid University to the development of societal modest thinking at the international conference, "The Duty of Saudi Universities and Their Impact on Protecting Youth from Groups, Parties and Deviations." The conference was organized by Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University and took place at the Conference Building in the University City under the auspices of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz, may God protect him, in the presence of senior leadership, and the participation of more than one hundred scholars from different Arab and Islamic countries. The conference was held earlier last week.
The study had four research submissions and a keynote conclusion. The first research piece was a definition of the concepts of the study, in which Dr. Ghamaz identified the concept of moderation in Islam and other related concepts. Moreover, he clarified the concept of culture in general and Islamic culture in particular. The second topic was a presentation and analysis of deviant thought, its gravity, and the main reasons leading to it. Dr. Ghamaz defined deviant thought as an ideology that is characterized by excess and negligence. He spoke about the most important reasons leading to deviant thinking, the most important of which is the misinterpretation of the teachings of Islam and its principles, especially the texts related to jihad, succession and legal laws, the absence of the role of the family, the school and the university in some countries, and unscrupulous media tactics.
In the third topic, the researcher clarified the great role of Islamic Culture Courses in protecting university youth from deviant thought, through the following points:
- The focus of Islamic Culture Courses on the commitment to provide a moderate model of religion while striving to be a medium-dominant public culture.
- The contribution of Islamic Culture Courses in educating youth on the negative consequences of intolerance and extremism and taking lessons from the societies that suffer from this disease.
- The necessity of directing cultural courses to the minds of university youth and investing in them for the benefit of the homeland.
- The contribution of the Islamic Culture Courses to the dissemination of moderate thinking by responding to the suspicions of the extremists intellectually through scientific means.
- Cultural courses must strive to strengthen the spirit of national belonging as one of the great foundations of this religion.
He then explained the societal and religious responsibility of universities in spreading moderate thought using dialogue and discussion, as a method of teaching, and at the same time, avoiding the method of indoctrination in education.
Dr. Ghamaz: Universities must assume their responsibilities by carrying out educational activities and lectures aimed at protecting future generations and our society from any subversive thought that goes beyond the established boundaries of our Islamic faith and culture.
The researcher also pointed out that the universities must assume their responsibilities by carrying out educational activities and educational lectures aimed at protecting generations and society from any alien thought on our original Islamic faith and culture. He further related that they should also enhance the role of Sharia colleges and Islamic Studies departments in adopting moderate foundations while avoiding teaching abnormal opinions that counter the moderate approach in Islam.
In the fourth topic, the researcher presented the characterization of the Islamic Culture Courses at King Khalid University with a statement on the strengths in these courses, suggestions, and recommendations that promote the building of the moderate thinking among the students. At the end of the study, the researcher recommended that the courses of Islamic culture must be compulsory courses for all students in all Arab and Islamic universities. He also added that universities should benefit from the experience of King Khalid University in this field.
The researcher also recommended the formation of committees of professors of Islamic law, psychology, and sociology for the continuous evaluation of these courses, in line with national requirements. He also stated these courses should include a special chapter to introduce deviant groups and parties that emerge from time to time to the students.
In the end, the researcher thanked the organizers for this valuable conference, headed by His Excellency, Dr. Sulaiman Aba Al-Khalil, the Rector of KKU, and a member of the Senior Scholars Council. He also praised the efforts of Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University for their service to Islam and Muslims. It is noteworthy that all the research presented at the conference were printed in a scientific record consisting of ten volumes distributed to participants, attendees, and students.