International Islamic Fiqh (Jurisprudence) Academy delegation participates in a strategic dialogue with US State Department in Washington

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Jeddah, May 27, 2022, SPA – A delegation from the International Islamic Fiqh (Jurisprudence) Academy (IIFA), headed by the Secretary-General, Dr. Koutoub Moustapha Sano, participated in the strategic dialogue organized by the US State Department between the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the US in Washington D.C, at an official invitation from the US State Department, on 23-24 of May 2022.
The Secretary-General highlighted important aspects of the Academy’s achievements in many areas of common interest between the OIC and the US, mainly the fight against extremist ideology and terrorism, and underscored a series of intellectual and practical measures submitted by IIFA to the OIC member states to combat extremism and terrorism.
He also underlined IIFA's efforts in spreading the culture of moderation, tolerance, and coexistence, and promoting moderation inside and outside the Islamic world, praising the good results achieved through the commitment of many member states to the decisions and recommendations of the Academy.
In his speech, Sano touched on the efforts of IIFA in promoting awareness and the importance of correcting misconceptions about many legal terminologies, such as jihad, loyalty, disavowal, governance, and others, stressing that the concepts woven around these expressions to achieve doubtfulness were and still are one of the most important reasons for the spread of extremist thought, fanaticism and terrorism, which prompted IIFA to issue many decisions and recommendations to correct these misconceptions in a scientific, systematic and objective manner.
the Secretary-General also spoke about the efforts of the academy in explaining the legal provisions appropriate to calamities and developments, citing the new Corona pandemic, where the academy organized two specialized seminars that focused on several issues related to the pandemic, especially about dealing with precautionary measures, and those infected with the Coronavirus, and those who succumbed to disease, as well as issuing the religious point of view with regard to taking Corona vaccines and spending from zakat funds to buy vaccines and provide them for the needy individuals, communities and countries.
The Academy’s Director of Family and Women's Affairs, Sarah bint Amjad Hussein, highlighted IIFA efforts in empowering women and combating all forms of violence and injustice against this venerable group, adding that the Academy, in many of its organized sessions, issued effective decisions that clearly explain the rights granted by Sharia to women, including the right to education, the right to work, the right to own property, the right to inherit, the right to choose, the right to move, and the right to participate in the efforts of construction, progress and development for countries and societies. She added that Sharia did not distinguish between men and women in many religious domains, such as compliance with the pillars of Islam and the pillars of faith.
She explained that the origin of the assignment letter of faith is that it is directed to both genders and that men and women are addressed together, and are equal in rights and duties and stimulated in many of the Sharia texts, the Holy Quran and the Prophetic Sunnah.
For their part, the American side hailed the Academy’s various efforts in all fields, especially its recent measures to counter rumors about vaccines, and urging Muslims to adhere to precautionary measures aimed at preventing the spread of the pandemic. They also expressed their desire to establish partnerships of cooperation and understanding between some of the US State Department agencies and the Academy, in the hope of achieving more coordination and integration.
19:18 LOCAL TIME 16:18 GMT