Why is Al Madinah a capital of Islamic culture?
Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) announced the selection of Al Madinah Al Munawwarah : capital of Islamic culture for the 2013 A.D. on the occasion of embracing the seventh Islamic conference of the Ministry of Culture, as well as the sublime status it holds among the cities and what distinguishes it of sanctity and privacy for being visitors’ destination in the seasons of Ziyarah, Pilgrimage, or Ummra. Dr.Saleh Al Radadi, the Manager of the branch of the Ministry of Culture and Information in Al Madinah Al Munawwarah outlined that there is a Higher Committee formed to implement a group of the events to be announced tomorrow(Sunday).
In a speech with « Asharq Al Awsat «:»The selection of Al Madinah Al Munawwarah as a capital of Islamic culture was based on the meeting of the Ministers of Culture and Information in the Islamic countries two years ago».
While Dr. Abdullah Osaylan, the Head of the Literary Club in Al Madinah stated that it is not strange to select AlMadinah as a capital of science and Islamic culture since the moment in which the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) settled in its spaciousness and built his Mosque to which the hearts of Muslims and science students yearn.
He pointed out that the Prophet’s Mosque has a long history of disseminating science and knowledge where the science students meet the scholars therein throughout history from all over the world. Besides, Al Madinah Al Munawwarah is rich with libraries wealthy of the treasures and precious manuscripts.
He added : «Al Madinah Al Munawwarah is famous of its schools, booming with science and knowledge, and whoever reads the book of(the Noble Masterpiece in the History of the Honorable Madinah) by Al Sakhawy will realize that».
It is noteworthy that the Prince of Al Madinah Al Munawwarah and the Minister of Information and Culture will hold tomorrow evening a press conference with the aim of shedding light upon the preliminary programs and initial preparation to cope with the selection of Madinah Al Munawwarah as a capital of the Islamic culture. Besides, it will host the seventh Islamic conference of the Culture Ministers in the Islamic countries.
The program of the capitals of the Islamic culture whose implementation is supervised by the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) is regarded as one of the mechanisms to deepen the Islamic cultural unity and the appropriate means to establish the immutable foundations of the cooperation among the member States to renovate the civilized construction of the world.
This program is represented in selecting three ancient Islamic cities annually from all the three Islamic regions including the Arab world, Africa, and Asia and adding the capital that will host the Islamic conference of the Ministers of Cultures to be held every two years.
It has been signed since 2001 by the third Islamic Conference of the Ministers of Culture held at that time in the Qatari capital, Doha, and it was adopted in the fourth Islamic Conference of the Ministers of Culture witnessed in Algeria in 2004 A.D.
The goals of the conference are represented in disseminating the Islamic culture and renewing its contents, and refreshing its message and immortalizing the cultural and civilized glories of the cities selected as capitals of the Islamic cultures with regard to its service to culture, literature, arts, science, and Islamic knowledge, and introducing the real image of the human Islamic orientation to the world, as well as consolidating the dialogue among the culture, civilizations, and disseminating the values of co-existence and understanding among the people.
2005 A.D. witnessed the selection of Mecca as a capital of Islamic culture, while Aleppo was crowned with this title in 2006 A.D. for the Arab Region, Asfahan for Asia, and Timbuktu in Mali for the African Region.
As well, Tripoli in Libya was selected for this title in 2007,Fes and Tashkent for the Asian Region,Dakar for Agrica,while Alexandria, Lahor, and Djibuti in 2008,beside Kairouan, Azerbaijani Baku, Malysian Kuala lumpur, Chadian N'Djamena in 2009.
Yemeni Tarim,Tajik Dushanbe, Comoros Moroni were capitals for the Islamic culture in 2010 A.D.,as well we as selecting Telmcen in Algeria, Nouakchott in Muritania, and Indonesian Jakarta, and Conakry in Guinea in 2011.
Also, Najaf was selected as a capital of the Islamic culture for the Arab Religion, Dhaka and Niamey for 2012,in addition to Al Madinah Al Munawwarah in 2013,Sharjah for 2014,and Nizwa in Sultanate of Oman in 2015.