President Bashar al-Assad received on Monday a delegation of Islamic clergymen in Damascus on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan in the presence of Endowments’ Minister, Mohammad Abdel-Sattar al-Sayyed.
President Assad’s speech concentrated on the role of the religious institution and the importance of the clergymen adopting idioms that suit the essence of religion and its purposes.
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In this regard, President Assad referred to the true concept of the religious reform and renovation, affirming that scholars of the religious institution in Syria have crossed important stages in the development of this institution and the reform of wrong concepts that penetrated among the clergymen a long time ago, and this has directly contributed to reforming society.
The President considered that the deep notion of the renovation term depends on “our ability to absorb from religion what we can of knowledge in light of the principle that the Quran is for all ages and all circumstances.”
President al-Assad also talked about the principle of “Shura” ( consultation), considering that it is very important to propose wider ideas that come in the interest of the whole nation and society, affirming the importance of returning to the main source of legislation, which are the Quran and Hadith.
The President considered that religious institutions in the Islamic world face big and accelerated challenges in terms of ideology or doctrine, particularly the intellectual war, so, these institutions are in need to use equal tools, like education and ethics, traditions, and postulates in order to strike the poisonous thinking in society.
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