Shoura issued 10,000 decisions in 7,000 sessions over 88 years

Updated 24 September 2015
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Shoura issued 10,000 decisions in 7,000 sessions over 88 years

RIYADH: The Shoura Council completed its 88th year with a total of 10,000 decisions that were taken in 7,000 sessions, since King Abdul Aziz bin Abdulrahman said “We need to follow what came in the Qur’an and Sunnah in implementation of God’s orders when he said, ‘consult with them on matters’.”
The Shoura Council then had private councils and advisory commissions, in addition to consultants and consulting bodies as well as specialized committees of scholars and tribal heads.
After the first phase, the first regulatory body for the Shoura Council was set up. The council was made up of part-time members, and with the expansion of the Saudi state and the increased duties and tasks, a royal decree was issued in 1927 to form the first Shoura Council with full-time members under the presidency of the general deputy of the King and eight other members three years before unifying the Kingdom.
In 1930 the Shoura Council was reformulated in its new session which lasted until the end of 1931. In 1932 the second Shoura Council was formed and continued working for the first session and renewed its members until 1935.
In 1936 it was reformed yet another time, and it included the chairman, his deputy and his second deputy and 10 full-time members. Work continued until 1953 when it was reformed; this year is the considered as the last Shoura Council during King Abdul Aziz’s reign and this council came out with new 20 members instead of 13. Work continued with the Shoura Council as a consultative body with independent responsibility.
In 1992 King Fahd issued a new system for the Shoura Council that replaced the old system, and the council had 60 members and a president. King Fahd said the new council is a “continuation of the Islamic methodology that had been followed by King Abdulaziz, and we instill the pillars of consultations in a way that depends on clear basis.”
During the reign of King Abdullah, the council lived through a phase known as the flourishing years, with its many successes and achievements. Women entered the council and were given 30 seats and had a strong and clear representation, in addition to participating in the decision-making process inside the various executive sectors in universities, ministries, educational and government establishments, which led to setting up a culture that respects women and realizes their potential and abilities, and recognizes them as a major partners in all walks of life.
The council witnessed great growth in members during its history; in its first session it had a president and 60 members. The number grew to 90 members; the third had 120 members with various specialties and qualifications.


Muslim World League signs deal with Moscow to promote interfaith dialogue

Updated 22 April 2019
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Muslim World League signs deal with Moscow to promote interfaith dialogue

  • Al-Issa lauds Russian model of national harmony and coexistence
  • Al-Issa also met with Speaker of the Russian Parliament last month

MOSCOW: The Secretary-General of the Muslim World League (MWL) Sheikh Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa held a meeting with the president of the Russian People’s Council, Sergei Ordzhonikidze, and other council members, where they discussed issues of common interest.

They looked into means of boosting cooperation between Russia and the Muslim world, supporting positive national integration programs and countering extremist speeches and Islamophobia.

Al-Issa lauded the Russian model of national harmony and coexistence, while Ordzhonikidze presented Al-Issa with a copy of the council’s yearly report.

At the meeting the two parties signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to share their experiences in the fight against extremist ideologies, the promotion of interreligious dialogue and coexistence and the implementation of joint projects to achieve shared goals. They also stressed the pure and peaceful values of Islam and rejected all forms of extremism and Islamophobia.

The meeting was attended by the Russian deputy chairman of the Committee for the Development of Agriculture, Aygun Memedov, the chairman of the Committee on the Normalization of Relations Between Nationalities and Religions, Sheikh Albert Karganov, the Mufti of Moscow and the Khanti-Mansisk Region in Siberia Sheikh Tahir Samatov.

Last month, Al-Issa met with Speaker of the Russian Parliament Vyacheslav Volodin. They discussed subjects related to promoting and supporting dialogue among followers of different religions and civilizations, activating cultural contacts and exchanges between the Muslim world and Russia.

Al-Issa signed a cooperation agreement between the MWL and Moscow’s Fund for Islamic Culture, Science and Education. The agreement focused on tackling extremism and promoting tolerance. The agreement stressed the need for cooperation in the fight against extremism, intolerance, aggression and hostility among religions, races and ideologies that could lead to terrorism.

Both parties agreed to exchange information on the activities of scientific centers, cultural forums and websites.