King Salman Hadith Complex to have great  cultural, academic impact on Islamic Ummah

October 19, 2017
Prince Faisal Bin Salman
Prince Faisal Bin Salman

Saudi Gazette report

MADINAH – Prince Faisal Bin Salman, emir of Madinah, said that the announcement of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman to establish the King Salman Complex for the Prophet’s Tradition would have great cultural and academic impact on the Islamic Ummah as a whole.

“The hearts of Muslims all over the world are delighted by this royal order,” he said in a cable sent to the King thanking him for the noble initiative.

On behalf of himself, the scholars of Madinah and the general public, Prince Faisal congratulated King Salman on the issuance of this royal order.

In a royal decree issued on Tuesday, King Salman appointed Sheikh Muhammad Bin Hassan Al-Asheikh, member of the Council of Senior Scholars, as the president of the council.

Speaking to the Saudi Press Agency, Asheikh thanked the King for the great trust reposed in him.

He said that the complex would be a solid scientific edifice that is concerned with the sciences of Prophet’s Tradition, which is free from any deviation.

In his decree, the monarch said that the decision also underlines the significance for having an authority that takes care of the Prophet’s Tradition as well as its sciences and studies.

"The new body’s aim would also be to eliminate fake and extremist texts and any texts that contradict the teachings of Islam and justify the committing of crimes, murders and terrorist acts,” according to a statement from the Ministry of Culture and Information.

The scientific council of the complex is set to monitor interpretations of the Prophet’s teachings to prevent them being used to justify violence or terrorism, the ministry noted.

Grand Mufti and President of the Council of Senior Scholars Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh thanked King Salman for issuing royal decree to establish a complex for the Prophet’s Tradition in Madinah. “There is no doubt that it is an important matter that Muslims were waiting for since long time.”

The grand mufti urged all Islamic scholars across the world to extend their full cooperation to the complex.

He also called upon the universities in the Islamic world in general and the Saudi universities in particular to cooperate with the complex and communicate with it through its faculties and specialized departments.

The general secretariat of the Council of Senior Scholars lauded the King’s initiative to set up a comprehensive Hadith complex in Madinah.

“This royal order comes as a continuation of the services being rendered by this blessed nation in serving the Islamic Shariah and its sources. It also meets the long-standing demand from specialists and those interested in the Prophet’s Hadith to have a complex for it similar to the King Fahd Complex for the Holy Qur’an,” said Fahd Al-Majed, secretary general of the Council.

Sheikh Abdurahman Al-Sudais, head of the Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, said that the royal decree to set up the complex emanates from the great attention and sincere care on the part of King Salman for the Tradition of the Prophet (peace be upon him).

The complex would be instrumental in effective use of Hadith, the second source of the Islamic Shariah, in addressing the issues facing Islam and Muslims in the contemporary world as well as to resolve their differences and disputes on the basis of the Qur’an and Sunnah.

Sheikh Abdurahman Al-Sind, head of the Commission for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, said that the complex would help to launch huge academic projects in serving the Prophet’s Sunnah and enable Muslims all over the world to take advantage of them. Hatem Al-Marzouqi, president of the Islamic University of Madinah, said the complex aims at taking proper care of the Islamic Shariah and consolidate its sciences on its straight path while Abdul Aziz Al-Sarrani, president of Madinah’s Al-Taibah University, said that the complex is set to play a key role in serving Islam and Muslims around the world, in addition to preventing any misinterpretation or misunderstanding of the Prophet’s Tradition.

Abdullah Basfar, secretary general of the International Organization for the Qur’an and the Sunnah, said the complex would be a beacon of knowledge and reference for Muslims in all parts of the world.

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