King Khalid University
King Khalid University, represented by the Faculty of Sharia and the Foundation of Religion, through the Unit of Awareness and Cultural Activities, concluded the Global Education and Cultural Program in the Federal Republic of Brazil, the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) and the Maldives. The program came under the directives of His Excellency, Dr. Faleh Bin Raja Allah Al-Solamy, the Rector of King Khalid University, and in accordance with University's plan to fulfill its mission and achieve its objectives through the creative programs of social responsibility. Recently, the "Balagh" program was launched. It was aimed at Muslims in general and preachers in particular, in addition to students of science. The program sought to teach students the sciences of Sharia, such as doctrine, jurisprudence and origins, interpretation, the origins of the call to God the Almighty. The program also sought to collect many scientific materials in one book, in addition to preparing training bags in various subjects.
The Rector of the University said that the program of the World Cultural Education Program in Brazil, the Ivory Coast and the Maldives came after the approval of His Excellency the Minister of Education, Dr. Ahmed Al-Essa, to establish these pioneering scientific activities that could highlight the country's status and leadership and in response to the guidance of our leadership, led by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. Rector Al-Solamy stressed that the program is a directive of Vision 2030 in service of Muslims, and to contribute to the efforts of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the areas of Da’wa globally, and strengthen the religious and cultural relations between the Kingdom and Islamic countries and Muslim minorities in the world. In brief, the program is a great chance to increase dialogue skills with Muslims and others and supporting other Saudi universities in these areas.
Al-Solamy: The program comes to achieve the social responsibility tenets of Vision 2030 and to serve Muslims in need.
On behalf of himself and all of the University stakeholders, Rector Al-Solamy thanked the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, His Highness the Crown Prince, and His Highness the Governor of the Asir Region and his deputy, may God preserve them all.
In turn, the official spokesman for the university, Dr. Mohammed bin Hamed Al-Beheiri, stressed that the directives of the Rector to implement the "Balagh" program is evidence of Saudi Arabia's keenness towards linking Muslims to the genuine and correct Islamic approach. He added that the program was a natural result of the diligent efforts of King Khalid University, represented by the Faculty of Sharia and the Foundation of Religion. The program will promote international Islamic cooperation in order to serve the educational and academic process. Moreover, the program will work on spreading Islam, teaching sciences of Sharia, and countering misguided ideas and deviant methods that distort the image of Islam and Muslims by violating the approach of the Sunnis and the companions in those countries. Finally, the program achieves an effective interaction with scientific and cultural leaders in various countries.
For his part, the Dean of the Faculty of Sharia and Fundamentals of Religion at King Khalid University, who is also the Deputy General Supervisor of the Unit of Educational and Cultural Activities, Dr. Mohammed Dhafer Al-Shehri, pointed out that the College of Sharia and the Fundamentals of Religion at the University was keen on extending bridges of cultural and scientific cooperation between scientific and educational institutes inside and outside the Kingdom. Thus, the “Balagh” program was one of these bridges through which we could interact with some of these institutions in Brazil, the Ivory Coast, and the Maldives.
Dr. Al-Shehri explained that the program held a number of fruitful and constructive sessions, meetings, and workshops, which reflects the level of scientific excellence reached by King Khalid University. Sessions and meetings were characterized by the scientific and methodological approach, which was welcomed and found cooperation with a high degree of hospitality. Dr. Al-Shehri seized the opportunity to thank the Rector of the University for his tireless follow-up and support for these programs.
The program was held in some cities in Brazil, including Sao Paulo, Sauberando, Londrina, Fozidiguasso and Ciudad. The coordination was carried out through the Embassy of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in Brasilia. The activities included the two-day "Elite" program, which was directed to many heads of Islamic centers in Latin America and imams and preachers of mosques. 35 in number benefited from the program, in addition to a number of beneficiaries who have a role in the work of women with the associations of the centers or in the women's chapels. The program included holding sessions of legitimacy and communication skills. One of these sessions was entitled "Muslims in Belief" presented by Prof. Dr. Ali Al Shahrani. Another presentation ensued called "The Origins of Jurisprudence," by Dr. Saeed Al-Qahtani. There were also two sessions, the first was entitled "Successful Dialogue Skills" by Dr. Mohammed Al-Kardam, and the other was about "Ideas and Experiences in Institutional Work" by Dr. Nasser Al-Qamishan.
The delegation also participated in Friday sermons in numerous large mosques, including the Islamic Center of Brazil in the center of São Paulo. The number of worshipers to attend were estimated to be about 1500 worshipers of 28 different nationalities. In the Center of the Islamic Call in Latin America in the city of Sauberango, the number of worshipers was approximately 800 worshipers.
In the Republic of Maldives, the delegation was received, in the presence of the Director of the Islamic University of Maldives and the representative of the Ambassador of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Mr. Tarek Makki. A speech ceremony was held in honor of Deputy Ambassador, Mr. Matarik Al-Dosari. The delegation started its work by teaching science courses including Interpretation, Hadith, Curriculum, Doctrine, and Jurisprudence over five days. About 120 students from different educational stages at the Islamic University of the Maldives and the National University and the Center for the Arabic Language benefited from this program.
Also, three specialized courses were offered to postgraduate students that benefited about 40 students. The courses included: "How to Choose a Subject for your Scientific Thesis," presented by Prof. Yahya Al-Bakri, "Studies in Objective Hadith" and "Methodologies of the Qur'an and Hadith," presented by Dr. Abdullah Al-Aideed, and "How to Examine a Juristic Question" presented by Dr. Yahia Al-Hanash. Additionally, a course on Criticism Criteria of Scientific Studies and Research, and educational courses in the English language for members of the Faculty of Islamic Studies at National University, and another one for teachers in the Islamic Maldives were presented by Dr. Saeed Al-Qahtani.
In the framework of the program and in the Ivory Coast, the delegation headed to Abidjan, where they visited the Ambassador of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in Abidjan, His Excellency Mr. Saud bin Saad Al-Thubaiti, blessed the initiative and related that it was not witnessed by the Ivory Coast for over 30 years. He stressed the importance of the Kingdom's leading role in the world. The program started with the meeting of the Dean of the Faculty of Shari'a at Al-Furqan University and the participating students, who were over 150 students, divided into three levels (secondary, undergraduate, and postgraduate). A series of lectures for five days comprising over 60 hours were presented. Lectures handled various sciences, most notably: Interpretation, Culture and Da’wa, Jurisprudence and its Fundamentals, Arabic Communication and Speech Skills. The delegation also offered some training courses in the Development of Thinking, Teaching Methods and the Art of Negotiation.
The team made a number of field visits, during which they held many meetings with the staff of instruction and gave guidance speeches to the students. They also delivered numerous Friday sermons in the mosques of Abidjan and visited a number of schools and institutes.
It is noteworthy that at the end of the program, a ceremony was held under the patronage of His Excellency, the Ambassador of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Higher Education and the Undersecretary of the Ministry of the Interior in Ivory Coast. The Ambassador made a statement explaining the role of the Kingdom and the need for African countries to benefit from such great initiatives. The Ambassador thanked the Rector of King Khalid University and the joint delegation for all efforts done to achieve the mission of the university successfully.
The President of Al-Furqan University further praised the role of the Kingdom in adopting Muslims’ issues, standing with them, and taking care of them in light of current events. He prayed to God to keep the Kingdom stable. His Excellency, the President of Al-Furqan University, thanked King Khalid University, represented by its Rector, for supporting this successful and fruitful project. He hoped the Rector of King Khalid University would accept students of the Ivory Coast into the KKU Scholarship Program in recognition of its status and creativity in education.