The 24th session of the International Islamic Fiqh Academy Conference

The 24th session of the International Islamic Fiqh Academy Conference discusses the importance of tolerance and achieving food and water security from an Islamic perspective

Dubai, 05 November 2019: The 24th session of the International Islamic Fiqh Academy Conference held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and organised and hosted by the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department in Dubai (IACAD), witnessed in its second day, five scientific sessions discussing various topics including: FIDIC contracts and their impact on modern contracts in Arab countries, tolerance in Islam and its social and international necessity and effects, the achievement of food and water security and its effects on Future challenges in Islamic countries, the human genome and future bioengineering, as well as discussing the recommendations of the sessions held by the Academy in the last three years.

The day started with a session titled “Tolerance in Islam and its social and international necessity and effects,” presented by Dr. Ammar Al-Talbi and Dr. Ahmed Abdel-Alim Abdel-Latif. The participants discussed 12 research papers, all of which emphasized the importance of tolerance as the aspiration of religions and the aspiration of all mankind. The session also highlighted the duty of thought leaders, politicians and religious scholars to assume their responsibilities in remembering the values of Islamic thought in terms of understanding, forgiveness, tolerance, transgression and improving relations between Muslims, and improving tolerance in Muslim relations with other religions. In general, the values that were emphasized is that Islamic Sharia is simple, easy, and isn’t strict or rigorous on people. At the end of this session, the sponsors were honored for their efforts in demonstrating the concept of tolerance and highlighting its importance.

H.E. Dr. Hamad Bin Al Shaikh Ahmed Al Shaibani, Director General of IACAD, praised the valuable contributions made by researchers and scholars participating in the conference sessions, pointing to the vital role played by the Islamic Fiqh Academy in discussing issues that concern the present and the future of the Islamic Nation, and in coming up with decisions and recommendations based on scientific and jurisprudential details that fit the requirements of the times.

H.E. said: “In line with the UAE’s approach to embracing tolerance, coexistence and human openness, IACAD was keen to include tolerance in Islam in the conference’s agenda. The scientific session presented a number of valuable research papers that presented a comprehensive vision of the concept of tolerance in Islam and highlighted its social necessity and its effects on Muslim societies.”

The fourth scientific session of the conference discussed the issue of FIDIC contracts and their impact on modern contracts in Arab countries. Eight research papers were presented, that dealt with various economic, legal and jurisprudential aspects, to determine the legitimacy of FIDIC contracts in Islamic jurisprudence and sharia, and the impact of these contracts on building contracts in the Arab and Islamic countries. Additionally, they discussed ways to resolve disputes in these contracts from an Islamic perspective. Dr. Abdul-Sattar Al-Khuwaildi and Dr. Abdullah Aqeel acted as presenters during the session, while Prof. Dr. Hamed Mohammed Abu Taleb acted as Rapporteur.

On day two, the second session of the conference discussed water and food security and its effects on the future challenges facing the Islamic Nation. Four research papers were presented that tackled the issue in many ways, especially the effects of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on the fields of food and water security from an Islamic perspective, and how the jurisprudence can contribute to facing the challenges of the Islamic Nation in this area.

The first day of the conference discussed topics such as the issue of smart contracts and how to activate and terminate them, and the extent to which they relate to the subject of digital currencies, as well as defining them from a Shari’a perspective. Additionally, the issue of monetary inflation and change in currency value was also discussed which focused on linking rights and obligations to price change, Fiqh solutions to address the effects of inflation with accounting interpretation and analysis, the effects of monetary inflation and how to address it jurisprudentially and economically. That in addition, to the problems of cash money in the context of inflation situations from the Islamic perspective, the role of the principle of “reconciliation” in the handling inflation in the era of near money, and the negative effects forced by inflation on societies.

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