His Royal Highness Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Majid Bin Abdul Aziz the Prince of Al Madinah Al Munawwarah Region the Head of the Higher Committee of the events of Al Madina Al Munawwarah Capital of Islamic Culture in 2013 A.D. on Sunday 24/2/1434 A.H. in his palace in Sultanah chaired the fourth meeting of the Higher Committee of the occasion events of Al Madinah Al Munawwarah capital of Islamic culture 2013 A.D.
At the outset of the meeting, His Highness the Prince of the Region welcomed the attendees and the final schedule of the events was adopted and announced and information plan of the occasion was adopted. As well, the contributors in the meetings reviewed a presentation of the final version of the website, the presentation of the technical committee and occasion’s moving logo, and the report of Saudi Armco’s contribution.
At the conclusion of the meeting, His Highness the Prince of the Region and the Chairman of the Higher Committee thanked all the contributing authorities. Afterwards, His Royal Highness Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Majid Bin Abdul Aziz the Prince of Al Madinah Al Munawwarah Region announced the launching of the cultural and scientific events of the occasion of selecting Al Madinah Al Munawwarah as a capital of Islamic culture for the year 2013 A.D. on the eighth of next Rabi’ Al Awal. This was in a press conference held in the palace of his Highness in Sultanah in the presence of his Excellency the Minister of Culture and Information Dr. Abdul Aziz Bin Mohey Al Deen Khojah and his Excellency the Chairman of the Consulting Committee of the occasion and the General Secretary of King Abdul Aziz foundation Dr.Fahd Al Semari and His Highness affirmed that the events will extend to a whole year and will include miscellaneous activities comprehending the conferences, symposia, lectures, and competitions highlighting the cultural and civil status of Al Madinah Al Munawwarah.
At the outset of the press conference, His Highness Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Majid stated: Welcome to the abode of faith, goodness, and purity; Al Madinah Al Munawwarah to read in its history a biography of a nation. It was born with the emergence of a dawn whose sun rises, and with its emergence, its history rises to be a history of a state full of all the meanings and ideals in terms of faith, belief, urbanization, civilization, and science. It is Al Madinah Al Munawwarah and the beloved Taibah whose name recurs in the time memory and its eco is disseminated in the horizons depths where the history sibilating the fragrance of the Master of creations, guide of humanity and its savior from the aberrance the Messenger of Allah(Peace be upon Him and the completeSalutation). He is the founder of the first principles of the Islamic State in Al Madinah Al Munawwarah from which the Da’wa launched to the eastern and western parts of earth and it became the attraction of the hearts of the Islamic world. There is no doubt that the capital of Islamic culture turns to be the an extension of its noble history. His Highness confirmed that Holy City received the transcendental care and attention by the rulers in our beloved country since the eras of the founder King Abdul Aziz and the eras of His Sons May Allah have Them in His mercy King Saud, Faisal, Khalid ,and Fahd till the era of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz and his Highness His Crown Prince Salman Bin Abdul Aziz May Allah bless Them.
The examples thereof are numerous, apparently visible, and articulate of the most eloquentrhetoric through what has been accomplished of huge projects .In the last year, Al Madinah witnessed the project of the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz represented in the largest expansion of the Prophetical Mosque in a way providing the opportunity to absorb the largest number of those heading for the Holy Mosque and its Visitors from all over the world. As well, the selection of Al Madinah Al Munawwarah as the capital of the Islamic culture came in a time in which the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz May Allah bless Him announced his historical project to consolidate the principle of international dialogue and call for intermediacy and peaceful co-existence ensuring(May Allah bless Him) the methodology of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its principles seeking the service of all the issues of the whole humanity and contribution in consolidating the communication and setting up the joint bridges among Muslims and the world people. In this blessed night from this holy place, we all meet to declare the launching of a tremendous number of activities and scientific and cultural programs embraced by Al Madinah Al Munawwarah within a year based on the programs of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO)which selected Al Madinah Al Munawwarah to be the capital of the Islamic Culture of 1434/2013 A.D.
His Excellency thanked all contributors involved in organizing this occasion of specialists and executives, and he particularly thanked His Excellency Dr.Abdul Aziz Bin Mohey Al Deen Khojah and all the employees in the Ministry of Culture & Information and those in the(ISESCO) organization represented in its Director General Dr. Abdul Aziz Bin Othman Al Tuegry. As well, His Excellency thanked the Islamic University, Taibah University, King Abdul Aziz Foundation, and the General Secretary of the Occasion and Madinah Research and Studies Center and all the employees. His Highness supplicated to Allah, in his name and the name of all the people of Al Madinah, imploring to Allah Almighty to bless the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques and His trustee Crown Prince and to lead them to the way of goodness and to get the maliciousness of the cunning people away from this country.
Then, His Excellency answered the queries of the media and press men which revolved on the events and activities of the occasion of selecting Al Madinah Al Munawwarah as a capital of the Islamic culture. In a response by His Highness to a question on the role of information in highlighting this endeared occasion and if we shall see a media and announcing campaign at the level of Madinah and outside it to identify the occasion and its activities, His Highness answered: The Ministry of Culture and Information undertook its work in this side fully referring the question to His Excellency the Minister of Culture and Information Dr.Abdul Aziz Khujah who affirmed that the Ministry has developed an integral plan along the year for all activities including the information activities. There are programs to be broadcasted throughout the year in the Radio, first Saudi channel ,cultural channel, and there are permanent programs, pointing out that the cultural channel will have a greater role in this regard, and the news channel will take the news role and all the information sectors. As well, the newspapers shall contribute and find out affluent materials for publishing. His Excellency added that the information has an integral plan which has been discussed with His Excellency Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Majid and it was adopted by the Higher Committee of the occasion. His Highness Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Majid eulogized the comment of Dr.Khoja adding that what the General Secretary has stressed is the new information where there shall be an interaction through the social websites such as facebook and twitter, and there will be a an interactive website on the worldwide web, and after the occasion, a quantity of materials will be available for the usage of all. Also, there will be applications for the smart phones whether those using Android or OIS systems
In response to a question posed on women’s role in the events, His Highness said: All those interested are targeted whether they were male or female, and the places are distributed and divided in way that maintains the main controls of the contribution of the two genders and in correspondence with type of contribution.
In response to a question on the aspirations of His Highness as The Highest Head of the occasion’s events, His Highness said: When an individual talks about Al Madinah and on his aspirations regarding it, he will not feel satisfied, but he will feel a dereliction towards the mightiness of the responsibility and the status of Al Madinah. However, when an individual is held responsible, he has to verify the attainment of subjectivity and following-up the teamwork, and each goal must undergo an assessment and rectification, and I supplicate to Allah to grant all success.
In response to a question on the role required to be performed by the people of Al Madinah Al Munawwarah in interacting with the occasion, His Highness the Prince pointed out: When we deliberate over culture, so we talk on the people of Madinah, and there are many youth who have the capacity and determination and they want to contribute, and they are entitled to have the door opened to contribute and to encourage them, but we need ideas and proposals, and undoubtedly they will have the appropriate role.
In response to a question on the availability of a mechanism to identify the Visitors and the Ummra Performers of the events and activities to be witnessed by Al Madinah throughout the occasion period, His Highness pinpointed: There will be maps for the occasion and more than one site such as the garden of King Fahd and the occasion tent next to Quba mosque and in Sultanah. There will be multiple events and there will be maps for the historical sites to be visited and available scientific materials. As well, huge quantity of information will be available which after the expiry of the occasion ,will be converted into a material available for all on the Worldwide Web God willing.
On the idea of organizing journeys by recurrent vans for the people of the Governorates and the Region’s villages to attend the events of the occasion, His Highness said: the subject I possible and I do not mind studying it.
On the Madinah’ s fame of popular heritage and folklore and if it will be witnessed in the events, His Highness confirmed that folklore is a part of culture and it must be as a part of the events, particularly the Prophet(PBUH) was received by chanting and the people of Al Madinah have an original and beautiful heritage and culture, and their rights and our right to show the representation of Al Madinah properly.
In an answer by His Highness to a question on the noted concentration of some media men on topics offensive to the people of Madinah, His Highness said: I think only the correct information abrogates the misinformation, and when we pinpoint the cultural event, so cultural matters include rectifying some conceptions, and we open our hearts for all to let people say what they wish and they will be answered in a pure cultural and subjective way as we believe that respecting the recipient and reader is an inevitable matter, and the information material is the stuff we deal with to rectify the conception. Opinions regarding endeared things to people such as Al Madinah are different and such matters are to be clarified. I believe that if any Muslim or educated man hears the legal text, he will say we hear and obey. In response to a remark on the initiation of the media campaign before the occasion, His Highness professed: There is a studied and prepared media plan according to the timing of occasion. Timing is the most significant factor in taking decisions. So, there should be no an advertising for a product or an events which does not yet really exist and you will see what will please you. In an answer on the most important events to witnessed on the occasion, His Highness Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Majid said: I think all the events are substantial, and through the personalities and subject-matters, so they are all of paramount importance; a miscellaneous variety of seminars, lectures, and competitions, and what may concern the woman and child and there will be conference. This has been reviewed frequently to ensure that we did not leave anything and all details are available in the website.
In an answer to His Highness on a proposal to establish a great cultural library in the Madinah to serve Muslims and educated people all over the world, His Highness said: The Custodian of the two Holy Mosques is very keen on the library matter, and there is King Abdul Aziz library that Aref Hekmat library is regarded as a part thereof. There was an idea to establish
Al Haram library and the subject was postponed, not for disinterest but it is of paramount significance. There was a consensus that there should be one distinct library instead of several libraries and it was included in the comprehensive scheme of urban areas to be included by Al Madinah such as Dar Al Qalam which is about to be completed, Qur’an Oasis ,and the project of developing Quba and Trench areas. However, the area of the Master of Martyrs has been adopted. On the possibility of investing the religious occasions such as Pilgrimage and Ummra in attracting Muslim personages to talk on and activate the occasion, His Highness said: When reviewing the invitees list, we will find great personages who will come and contribute. All the Islamic world is concerned with this occasion and whoever can add an invaluable benefit, we shall consider him as one of the teamwork to give the city its appropriate status.
On the idea of allocating an e-channel for the occasion on its website and allocating screens to broadcast the events in the public places, His Highness stated that the notion is good and it can be implemented
On the notion of holding a conference for Archeologists in Al Madinah Al Munawwarah in which the divergence among the historians on the monuments of Al Madinah shall be specified, His Excellency the Minister Khojah said: We will have a conference in the events for the men of letters ,and its researches may address the monuments and it is an excellent idea.
While Dr.Fahd Al Samari,the Head of the Consulting Committee of the occasion added that there will be a conference for the urban heritage in Al Madinah Al Munawwarah.
As well, Dr. Abdullah Osaylan, the Chairman of the Cultural and Literary Club in Al Madinah Al Munawwarah added that the club will hold its annual meeting God willing entitled: The Landmarks of Al Madinah Al Munawwarah in which 18 male and female researchers shall participate and all their researchers shall be on the landmarks of Al Madinah Al Munawwarah, history of Al Madinah, specifying the landmarks, and what may be relevant to the issues raised over these landmarks.
At the conclusion, His Excellency thanks all for attendance, then all attendees ate dinner at the table of his Excellency.