MBC’s religious program discusses Islamic topics openly

MBC’s religious program discusses Islamic topics openly
Host of the program, Abdulwahab Al-Shehri, said that throughout its episodes during Ramadan, the program was talking to Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, secretary-general of the MWL. (Screenshot from the program)
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Updated 15 May 2020

MBC’s religious program discusses Islamic topics openly

MBC’s religious program discusses Islamic topics openly
  • Al-Shehri said that Al-Issa was keen to talk about his personal experiences and the situations that he had experienced around the world
  • During Ramadan, the program will feature Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, secretary-general of the MWL

MAKKAH: The MBC Channel’s “Billati Hiya Ahsan” is currently among the most watched religious programs on satellite channels in the Arab world, discussing a range of topics that are not usually talked about openly and transparently.
Host of the program, Abdulwahab Al-Shehri, said that throughout its episodes during Ramadan, the program was talking to Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, secretary-general of the Muslim World League and president of the Association of Muslim Scholars.
Al-Shehri said that Al-Issa was keen to talk about his personal experiences and the situations that he had experienced around the world. The aim was to engage the Muslim community in discussion and create a more realistic debate that is closer to the daily life of Muslims, highlighting a true image of moderate Islam and revealing the beauty of Islamic civilization.
The program discussed a number of controversial topics in the Islamic world, and shed light on current phenomena, practices and events happening globally.
One of the most notable topics related to Islam in the program was the conflict between Sunnis and Shiites. Al-Issa said that it was a “struggle between extremists and sectarians from both sides, not a struggle between moderate Sunnis and Shiites who represent the majority.”
The moderate speech was broadly embraced by the Islamic world’s leadership from all doctrines and sects, and Shiite leaderships, in particular, praised it and said that the Islamic world was in need of such moderate voices to stand up to the abnormal voices of struggle.
The program also devoted an episode to uncovering the corrupt practices of political Islam and ethics of its groups, most notably the Muslim Brotherhood, and said that those organizations gave up on their belief and Islamic behavior to achieve their agendas.
The program also discussed the prohibition on attacking places of worship, and said that Islam stressed the need to respect the presence of other places of worship, imposed on Muslims a need for their protection, and incriminated their attacks, regardless of the reasons.
Dedicating two episodes to women in Islam, the program corrected misconceptions around their perceived mistreatment.
During both episodes, Al-Issa was keen to promote the idea of women’s empowerment in Islamic law. This emphasized giving women their rights and allowing them to play their role and have influence as scientists, thinkers, experts and professionals in different tasks and national service.


Religious leaders denounce extremism in Europe

Updated 03 December 2020

Religious leaders denounce extremism in Europe

Religious leaders denounce extremism in Europe

RIYADH: The King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID), in collaboration with the European Council of Religious Leaders, organized a virtual dialogue seminar under the theme “The Contributions of Religious Leaders in Tackling Violent Extremism and Promoting Social Cohesion in Europe: Fight and Response.”
The seminar was part of a series of initiatives by KAICIID to promote social cohesion in Europe following recent terrorist attacks in France and Austria. 
KAICIID’s secretary-general, Faisal bin Muaammar, said that terrorists’ behavior stemmed from a false and misleading understanding of their religion. “They chose the language of violence, leaving behind all peaceful alternatives,” he said.

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The seminar was part of a series of initiatives by KAICIID to promote social cohesion in Europe following recent terrorist attacks in France and Austria.

Bin Muaammar highighted the effects social media platforms have in fueling violence and hatred after similar attacks in recent years.
“The responses and counter-responses from followers of religions and cultures in Europe and the world at large fuel controversy, hate speech and crimes according to research and studies adopted in this regard,” he said.
“The abuse of religion on one hand, and the targeting of societal components, religion, race and culture, on the other hand, have become an exciting feature of some societies. Last week, there was an attack on a rabbi on a street in Vienna because of his apparent religious identity only. Behind every story like this, there may be hundreds of similar stories out of the spotlight,” he added.
Participants addressed several themes, including the effectiveness of dialogue, and strengthening partnerships between religious leaders and policymakers to prevent extremism and potential violence.
Bin Muammar said that the virtual seminar reflects the center’s attempt to “provide space for reflection, confidence and participation.”