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Passion Islam I January 2009 ORLD NEWSW I 17
Prince Naif warns against
misinterpretation of Quran, Sunnah
Saudi Arabia’s Interior Minister Prince winners of awards this year included Muslims have come to ignore the
Naif bin Abdul Aziz urged Muslims to Dr. Abdul Razzaq bin Ismail Hermas proper Islamic creed included in the
guard against misinterpretation of the and Dr. Yasser Ahmed Al Sayyid Holy Qur’an and Prophet’s Sunnah.
Glorious Qur’an and the Sunnah of Noor in the Prophet’s Sunnah branch Prince Naif said non-Muslims
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon for their research on the sources could be excused for failure to
him). “Sunnah is the second source of the Prophet’s Seerah between understand Islam and the sources of
of legislation after the Holy Qur’an narrators and historians. The prize the Islamic legislation, but the sons of
and there should be no attempt to for the contemporary Islamic studies the Muslims will never be excused if
misinterpret it,” Prince Naif said and section went to Dr. Muhammad they fail to understand their religion.
warned that any attempt to manipulate Hasanein Hasan Hasanein. The prize Prince Naif congratulated the winners
them would result in disunity among for “religious edicts (fatwa), their of the awards this year and urged
the Muslim ranks. Prince Naif, who importance, controls and effects” them to unwaveringly work in the
is also Chairman of the Supreme was shared by Dr. Muhammad Yusri service of Islam.
Commission of Prince Naif bin Abdul Ibrahim and Sheikh Abdul Rahman Prince Naif also announced the
Aziz international Award for Prophet’s Bin Muhammad Bin Abdullah Al- establishment of an endowment
Sunnah and Contemporary Islamic Dakheel. involving a hotel and commercial
Studies, was patronizing last month In a statement after the ceremony, complexes at the central zone
the closing ceremony of handing over Prince Naif said he felt happy at surrounding the Prophet’s Mosque.
the award in its Third Session held by meeting a number of Islamic scholars Its proceeds would be utilized for
the general secretariat of the award. and thinkers and people concerned financing another annual prize for
“The aim of honoring the with Islamic affairs, the Saudi Press those who work for the revival of the
best researchers in Sunnah and Agency reported. Prince Naif noted Sunnah. He watched a documentary
contemporary Islamic studies is to the weakness and backwardness film on the Endowment. The
encourage research in the studies of Muslims in various domains, Endowment is designed like a 14-
of Sunnah, the second source of and warned against the dangerous story hotel on an area of more than
Islamic law, and highlight its values phenomena like terrorism, extremism, 10,000 square meters. Its hotel
such as tolerance and humanitarian immorality and bad behavior. He said includes shopping centers, restaurant
character,” Prince Naif said. The all these have resulted because the and other utilities.
Nigeria to launch Islamic
Translation Centre
Arrangements have reached Garba Yusuf Abubakar while he was
advanced stage by the Kano state the commissioner of information; he
branch of Nigeria’s Council of Ulama welcomed the idea but in the process
to establish a translation centre he was transferred to another ministry
aimed at promoting Islamic culture as such the effort was dashed.” He that the emergence of his leadership
and Literature. The centre will be maintained that, as the chairman of has brought concrete unity among the
similar to the famous Baitul-Hikimah Nigeria Council of Ulama, he revisited Ulama of all sects, and that even the
during the reign of Abbasid dynasty the idea and now everything possible newly constituted Kano state Council
in Baghdad. Speaking to Daily will be done to see to the realization of Chief Imams had thumbed up his
Triumph newspaper, the Chairman of the idea. resort to tolerance and maturity in
of the Council Sheikh Ibrahim Khalil On Muslim unity, the Islamic preaching.
said that the translation centre will scholar asserted that it is impossible Another success according to him
go along way in translating Muslim to get the Ummah united on minor is his embarking on tour to seven
scholars’ works on various branches issues as the Almighty (SWT) did not zones across the state to interact with
of religious human knowledge into destine so to take place rather, major his counterparts where he started
Hausa and English languages. issues should be given priority when with three out of the seven and soon
According to Sheikh Ibrahim, the talking of unity among the Ulama and he will be in touch with the remaining
uniqueness of Arabic language not their followers. Dwelling on successes four. On shifting his ‘Fahimta Fuska’
only as a divine language but even in recorded during his one year in office a radio phone-in program to a behind
science subjects had invited the idea as the chairman of Nigeria Council time, the Islamic scholar said that
of establishing the centre. “When of Ulama, Kano state branch, Sheikh only the station’s authority can effect
I tabled the demand before Alhaji Khalil said that he can boastfully say the change.
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