By Arab News
By Abdul Hannan Tago
An international conference on “Mercy in Islam” will take place in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh on Sunday. Top scholars from 27 Muslim countries will participate.
Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar will open the event organized by the Islamic Studies Department of the Faculty of Education at King Saud University.
According to the chairman of the organizing committee, Prince Saud bin Salman bin Mohammed Al-Saud, the event aims to highlight the meaning and purpose of mercy in Islam. It will also emphasize the contribution and objectives of religious duties in the lives of believers.
“It also seeks to underline compassion as a way of dealing with others based on the Holy Qur’an and Sunnah guidelines. It will also shed light on aspects of compassion in the life of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him),” the prince said.
He adds: “The event will monitor the practical applications of mercy in the aspects of Islamic legislation, especially at this moment of time, to educate people on the very principles of Islam while enemies of Islam relentlessly criticize the Islamic nation in general, and Saudi Arabia in particular. They portray Islam and Muslims with the ugliest images,” he observed.
Scientific committees have approved 135 research papers out of 560 submitted which contain a variety of specialties from all disciplines of law and humanities from 27 states, representing educational institutions in the Muslim world involved in Dawah, universities’ academic departments, ministries of Islamic affairs, media organizations and specialized channels.
Activities of the event will include presentations by researchers during which the audience can raise questions or interact with experts.
There will also be an exhibition, scientific workshops and panel discussions on how to raise Muslims and students in compassion, and mechanisms of activating compassion within communities.