A number of academics, opinion-holders, thinkers, artists and poets participating in “Alkahyma Alkhadhra” emphasized the merit of Doha to be the capital of Islamic culture due to its great efforts in activating the role of the cultural scene, its support extended to all needy societies and its interventions to enhance security and achieve peace all over the world.
Participants in “Alkhayma Alkhadhra” conference belonging to “Li kolli rabie zahra” program, which was held under the title (Doha, the capital of Islamic culture) talked about the role of the State of Qatar in serving and spreading Islamic culture and the importance of reviving and perpetuating cultural glories and highlighting the human contents and values of Islamic civilization. They also stressed the impact of Islamic civilization on the scientific renaissance in the world and the promotion of dialogue between cultures, and the spreading of the values of coexistence and understanding among peoples.
Dr. Saif bin Ali Al-Hajri, head of “Li Kolli Rabie Zahra” program, explained that the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization “ISESCO” has set up the program of the Capital of Islamic Culture since 2005 to be awarded annually to three Islamic cities. Doha / Qatar on the Arab world, Banjul / The Gambia on Africa, and Islamabad / Pakistan on Asia have been planned for the year 2021.
Dr. Al-Hajri stressed that the program of Doha the capital of Islamic culture aims to spread Islamic culture and renew its contents. It also aims to highlight the cultural contents and human values of Islamic civilization and to enhance dialogue between cultures and civilizations, as well as to spread the values of coexistence and understanding.
He indicated that the State of Qatar’s interest in culture began since its inception by encouraging scholars, writers and intellectuals and holding seminars and conferences. Moreover, the interest in culture was clear through investing in public and university education, and taking care of universities, schools and museums. In addition to that, Doha established cultural arenas, forums as well as public and private cultural centers. It is also worth to mention its cultural contributions at the regional and international levels.
He pointed out that Doha is preparing to hold more than 500 activities during the current year. In fact, Doha is aiming behind these activities to achieve many objectives. Firstly, it aims to encourage creativity and innovation and to promote Islamic cultural heritage. Secondly, Doha is looking forward to promote Islamic values based on science and human dignity, and to focus on cultural diversity as an added value to the Islamic countries and the Islamic culture in general. Last but not least, holding these activities is an opportunity to introduce the cultural experience of the State of Qatar and its efforts to promote Islamic culture.
In the same context, poet Hashemia Mousawi, from the Sultanate of Oman, talked about Doha’s merit to be the capital of Islamic culture due to its efforts to promote cultural diversity and activate the role of the cultural scene by supporting and organizing events for all residents in Qatar. She also noted that culture in Qatar is not the theoretical literature of a civilization or a nation, rather it is a reality to be lived, a system and a way of thinking as well as a behavior to be practiced in daily life.
She affirmed the State of Qatar’s constant endeavor to spread Islamic culture by providing help to needy communities outside its borders, and its endeavor to spread peace and security, defuse war, cease conflict and settle disputes in various countries of the world, in addition to its local and regional humanitarian, social and cultural contributions and the efforts of its research, cultural and scientific institutions.
Dr. Yahya Zakaria Al-Agha, Senior Adviser at the Palestinian Embassy in Doha praised the activities carried out by the State of Qatar, especially those related to Doha as the capital of Islamic culture, as it is based on the development of human thought, building personality and advancing society and the nation. He indicated that such activities need distinction in thinking and diversity in the cultural movement.
He pointed out that Doha has a great challenge to show the realistic image of Doha, with its scientific and intellectual oasis, that is based on building people through its pioneering cultural centers and world-class museums. The realistic image of Doha can be shown also through its role in spreading art, thought, inspiration, the cultural district of Katara, the scientific club, the qualitative universities and scientific laboratories that provide innovations which promote the Arab-Islamic identity and build the Qatari personality.
For his part, Dr. Nabil Darwish spoke about the fact of difference and diversity among human beings and how Islam established the relationship between Islamic civilization and other civilizations, indicating that Islam builds its civilization on a set of foundations which enable its continuity and survival.
Dr. Nabil specified these foundations saying that the Islamic civilization belongs to mankind and it is not only restricted to Muslims. He explained that the goal of the mentioned foundations is to achieve human happiness and recognition of religious pluralism and the right to difference and diversity, which is based on acquaintance, harmony, coexistence and the exchange of benefits and knowledge. Furthermore, he stressed that these foundations have approved the principle of civilization that leads to the construction of the universe and the realization of benefits, and not to the clash of civilizations and the survival of the fittest. Dr. Nabil talked also about the belief in the meeting, interaction and coexistence of civilizations, the lack of monopoly or exploitation of the cultural achievement, the recognition of human rights and the organization of the relationship between Muslims and others based on peaceful coexistence, freedom of belief and opinion, and recognition of the rights of minorities and sects as main objectives of the Islamic foundations.
In the same context, a number of speakers, poets, academics and artists praised the wide steps taken by the State of Qatar in organizing scientific, cultural and tourism events and youth activities and laying out strategies developed and applied by scientific and cultural institutions. They also stressed the state’s efforts to promote cultural diversity and the interest in cultural programs through universities and research centers, as well as the activities and the prizes allocated in children’s literature and dramatic writing. They expressed their hope that Arab countries would return to be a beacon of culture and science and that their cities would contain the best and most prestigious scientific centers in the world as they used to be in previous periods.
They focused on the great and fundamental role of the State of Qatar and its contributions to the service and spread of Islamic culture, with its activities and events that resonate in various countries and for long periods of time, stressing that culture in Qatar is a reality of living and a life that the whole society lives in all its different affiliations and ethnicities.
The participants in the Green Tent highlighted the importance of reviving cultural glories, principles and values that affirm the Islamic civilization’s prosperity, linking youth with it and empowering them with their civilization and means of supremacy by linking them to curricula, field trips to cultural sites, organizing awareness campaigns, and organizing conferences and forums that promote local culture. Every Arab and Muslim country has enough. Of the cultural heritage that deserves to be published and made known.
The participants also talked about the role of Arab scientists in the renaissance of the Western world, pointing out that the Arab region is the cradle of ancient religions and civilizations, and that Arab scientists have excelled in chemistry, physics, medicine and various sciences, and they have great contributions in agricultural, environmental and animal sciences.
A number of artists and poets contributed to the symposium with a group of poems on the occasion of choosing Doha as the capital of Islamic culture and other poems in love with Qatar, glorifying its people, highlighting their efforts in its renaissance, introducing its cities and the best places in it, stressing the role of poets in promoting what their country is doing and documenting it through their poems and their participation in reviving Arab heritage and keeping abreast of events and documenting them for future generations.