Al-Qaradaghi receives a delegation from Dar es-Salam University in Indonesia

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Al-Qaradaghi receives a delegation from Dar es-Salam University in Indonesia

On Sunday 29th Dhul Hijja, 1434 of the Hijri calendar, coinciding with November 3rd, 2013, IUMS Secretary General Dr. Ali Al-Qaradaghi received at the union headquarters a delegation from the Dar es-Salam University that included several deans of faculties, and teaching scholars, both men and women. Also attending the meeting was Dr. Mohamed Khalifa, head of the Qaradawi Center for Islamic Moderation and Renewal, and a number of union officials.

After welcoming the university delegation, IUMS Secretary General exchanged conversation with them around the emergence of the union first as an idea in 1988 until its registration in 2004 in Ireland before being embraced by Qatar which became the host for its headquarters. Al-Qaradaghi then elaborated on the members of the union that covers dozens of organizations, scholarly associations and thousands of affiliates.

The Secretary General explained that the union seeks , as the union covenant states, to become a general authority for Muslims in their affairs, not only fatwa edicts, hence the union’s support for Arab Spring revolutions and the causes of Muslims and people subjected to injustice all over the world.

On the other side, the head of the Indonesian delegation gave a presentation about the establishment of the Dar es-Salam University which was founded half a century ago. The presentation covered the academic syllabuses, the administrative structure of the university, the development it has witnessed along its path, as well as cooperation relations with other Islamic universities around the world, particularly the Qaradawi Center for Moderation since the delegation came to participate in one of the training courses organized by the center.

During the meeting, the Secretary General gave a presentation about the moderate method and path where he stressed that moderation is the scale that sets the balance of behavior, thought, and relationship to the other. Such a method also sets the balance between opposites, the imbalance of which leads to either excess or negligence for instance regarding issues of reasoning versus text evidence (`aql versus naql), this life and the hereafter, predestination versus freewill, and other issues where the mind can be lost in the absence of this protective scale.

At the end of the meeting, the visiting delegation thanked the IUMS and affirmed their wish to consolidate cooperation with the union and take it to further levels in a manner that serves the causes of Islam, Muslims and promotes moderation as thought, method and behavior.