World Bulletin/News Desk
A two-day symposium titled “Ijma as a Common Roadmap and Collective Awareness” will be held during the weekend in Istanbul. Scholars from 80 countries will exchange views about ijma, an Islamic term meaning religious consensus, and stress the unity of Muslims.
Former Egyptian Mufti Professor Ali Gomaa, Tunisian Professor Ahmed Abbâdi and Professor Abdulhamid Abdulmunim Medkur are among the speakers were in attendance at the conference.
In a special interview with Cihan News Agency (Cihan) ahead of the conference, former Egyptian Mufti Ali Gomaa has said that “Ijma” is one of the fundamentals of Islam which has been appealed by Islamic scholars for centuries to bring new interpretations on some regious issues.
Pointing out that Turkey and Egypt are the most powerful two countries in Sunni Muslim world, Gomaa added, “Turkey serves as an economic and political role model for Islamic world.”
Ali Gomaa has also talked about well-known Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, saying “His light and dhikrs have reflected to his acts, our present time, and the educational institutions he inspires.”
Abbadi: Solutions based on ijma is important
Saying ijma has lost its role which has during the time of Prophet Muhammad, Tunisian Professor Ahmed Abbâdi indicated that with this principle of collective consciousness scholars will seek ways for issues which concern all humanity in this globalized world.
Abdulhamid Abdulmunim Medkur, a professor from the Faculty of Islamic Philosophy at Cairo University, has also said the symposium will bring “ijma” back to the lives of Muslims again. “Ijma has no effect anymore on regulating relationships in Muslim or non-Muslim societies.
The event, which is jointly organized by the Yeni Ümit and Hira magazines, will take place at İstanbul's Haliç Congress Center on April 27-28.Last Mod: 27 Nisan 2013, 08:47