- Blood donation campaign launched within the ‘Health of the Fasting’ programme
Dubai: Well-known Islamic scholar Sheikh Saleh Al Mughamsi on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 delivered a lecture in Arabic titled ‘Every Day He Brings Things For His Creation’ within the activities of the 14th Dubai Ramadan Forum, organized by the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) in Dubai under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation.
Extending his thanks to the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing in Dubai for inviting him to be a part of the annual Forum, Sheikh Saleh Al Mughamsi said: “I’m pleased to participate in this blessed event, which comes as a result of an organized effort and includes several other activities held alongside the main lectures. From having been associated with the Forum in its previous editions, I can tell that those who are in charge of the Dubai Ramadan Forum seek perfection in all aspects of the organization of this event, which has evolved with every passing year. I thank the organizers for their outstanding effort in making the Dubai Ramadan Forum so appealing to the public, as evidenced by the large turnout of attendees, both citizens and residents, who actively participate in the various events and activities of the Forum.”
“I extend my congratulations to the Muslim world on the holy month of Ramadan, and invite them to perform good deeds throughout this blessed month, and I urge them to be compassionate and generous to each other, while maintaining diligence in acts of worship,” he added.
Wonderful Interpretation of Surah Ar-Rahman
Sheikh Saleh Al Mughamsi in his lecture spoke on Surah Ar-Rahman (The Beneficent) in the Holy Qu’ran, and said that to understand the meaning of the verse “Every Day He Brings Things For His Creation”, one should refer to the verses that precede it. Giving a detailed explanation of the verses of Surah Ar-Rahman, Sheikh Al Mughamsi said that the main objective of Allah the Almighty in creating mankind and the jinn is to worship and obey Him; and that Allah the Almighty hears the prayers of His slaves and answers them. Angels in heaven ask Him for forgiveness for people on the earth, mankind and jinn ask Allah of His bounty, grace, livelihood, and a rewarding afterlife, and Allah the Almighty responds to whom He pleases, and delays His response to whom He pleases.
Sheikh Al Mughamsi urged Muslims to take advantage of this holy month to increase their acts of worship and good deeds to win His wonderful and endless rewards in this life, and the biggest reward in the afterlife – ie, being able to look at His face in paradise. He said that extremism in religion harms Islam and Muslims, and that Muslims should be tolerant and not be rigid in religion.
Saleh bin Awad Al Mughamsi is an Islamic scholar from Saudi Arabia. He holds the position of Imam of the Quba Mosque of Medina. Al Mughamsi is the author of several books on Islam which have attained immense popularity in the Muslim world. He also hosts a weekly program on popular Islamic TV channel, Al-Majd.
All Dubai Ramadan Forum lectures are held at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) – Zabeel Hall, from 10:30 pm to midnight. All Arabic lectures are accompanied by simultaneous interpretation into English for the benefit of non-Arabic-speaking audience.
The Importance of Protecting Your Liver
The main lecture of Sheikh Saleh Al Mughamsi was preceded by a short health education lecture hosted within the ‘Health of the Fasting’ awareness program, delivered by Dr. Mohammad Azzam Qyasah, Liver, Digestive System and Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Specialist. In a presentation entitled “From Care to Healing”, Dr. Qyasah displayed the anatomy of the digestive system and the liver, and stressed that the food consumed by people determines the state of their liver. The liver works to remove toxins from the body, he said, and is the key to sustainable health of the human body, as one’s overall health relies greatly on one’s liver health.
Dr. Qyasah pointed to the importance of Sunnah with regard to food and diet, especially in the month of Ramadan. Studies have confirmed that breaking the fast with dates has two great benefits. First, dates contain lots of natural sugar and different amino acids which help with the digestive process; dates also help improve blood flow, thereby energizing the fasters and improving their mental focus. Second, dates help reduce food cravings and insatiability in fasters by contributing to weakening their appetite, leading them to eat just enough food and avoid overeating.
As part of a blood donation campaign organized within the “Health of the Fasting” program, a blood donation vehicle was stationed outside the lecture hall. The blood donation campaign attracted overwhelming participation from visitors attending the activities of the 14th Dubai Ramadan Forum. Free medical checkups were also conducted for the benefit of the Forum’s attendees.
The Importance of Science and Scientists
The health education lecture was followed by the ‘Preacher of the Nation’ competition, aimed at supporting the development of emerging talents in the art of public speaking and poetry recitation; the competition involves children from the age of 6 to 11 years.
In yesterday’s round of the competition, Imad Mekdad gave a wonderful sermon entitled ‘Science in Islam’. Mekdad stressed in his sermon the importance of science and scientists in the Islamic religion, and noted that Allah the Almighty ordered people to respect scientists and science students, and not to encroach upon scientists by word or deed.
The night concluded with a raffle draw for members of the public attending the lecture, which saw attractive prizes being given away including “Umrah” trips, tablets, and smartphones.
The 14th Dubai Ramadan Forum offers a bigger and enhanced agenda of activities and events including Arabic and non-Arabic lectures, ‘Preacher of the Nation’ competition, the ‘Convoy of Goodness’ campaign, ‘Be a Preacher’ zone, ‘Health of the Fasting’ awareness campaign, mass Iftar tents, and Iftar experience for non-Muslims.
Other activities held as part of this year’s Forum include an exhibition on the ‘History and Art of Arabic Calligraphy’ hosted at The Dubai Mall, and the ‘Origins of Creation’ exhibition at the DWTC, which displays exclusive CGI animated posters and 3D animations containing verses of the Noble Qur’an explaining the origins of creation, as we know it, along with the English translation of the Qur’anic verses and explanation.