What was significant during the seminar, organized by Riyadh newspaper two days ago, was the statements made by officials at the Ministry of Islamic Affairs. The officials included Dr. Tawfiq al-Sudairi, Sheikh Saad al-Yahya, Sheikh Abdullah al-Sheikh, Sheikh Abdullah al-Nasser, Dr. Hamad al-Alayan and Dr. Saleh al-Zahrani.
Demonstrating the responsibility of their position, they addressed the challenge of religious rhetoric in the Islamic world getting hijacked and voiced the importance of restoring the renewed religious rhetoric as the latter must dominate amid the regression due to terrorism. Sudairi said that the September 11, 2001 attacks marked a transformation point that changed the West’s view of the Islamic world.
We need to overcome this perception that religion is on the verge of demise. God’s religion will stay and those claiming that people are exhausted are in fact the ones exhausting peopleTurki Aldakhil
Yahya said that the Ministry of Islamic Affairs supervises around 100,000 mosques and those who are picked to deliver speeches there, adding that they undergo certain exams before they are assigned. We hope that orators address matters related to education, behavior and civil life instead of delivering speeches that insult this or that figure or party.
We need to overcome this perception that religion is on the verge of demise. God’s religion will stay and those claiming that people are exhausted are in fact the ones exhausting people!
This article was first published in Okaz on May 1.
Turki Aldakhil is the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. He began his career as a print journalist, covering politics and culture for the Saudi newspapers Okaz, Al-Riyadh and Al-Watan. He then moved to pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat and pan-Arab news magazine Al-Majalla. Turki later became a radio correspondent for the French-owned pan-Arab Radio Monte Carlo and MBC FM. He proceeded to Elaph, an online news magazine and Alarabiya.net, the news channel’s online platform. Over a ten-year period, Dakhil’s weekly Al Arabiya talk show “Edaat” (Spotlights) provided an opportunity for proponents of Arab and Islamic social reform to make their case to a mass audience. Turki also owns Al Mesbar Studies and Research Centre and Madarek Publishing House in Dubai. He has received several awards and honors, including the America Abroad Media annual award for his role in supporting civil society, human rights and advancing women’s roles in Gulf societies. He tweets @TurkiAldakhil.