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“UAE Hosts Symposium with 160+ Participants to Address Fatwas on Scientific Advancements”

Scientific Advancements Addressing Fatwas on Scientific Developments

The UAE Council for Fatwa’s International Conference is set to pioneer innovative and adaptable approaches aligned with Islamic Sharia principles, charting a path for fatwas concerning scientific and technological progress, according to a senior official.

High-Profile Inauguration

Prominent Start Under Distinguished Patronage

Under the patronage of Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the chairmanship of Abdullah bin Bayyah, Chairman of the Council, the two-day conference will begin on Tuesday.

Conference Theme: Scientific Advancements

Exploring Sharia-Compliant Scientific Developments

The conference, themed ‘Towards Sharia Conceptualization of Scientific Developments: Civilizational Methodology, Real-World Applications, and Ethics of Sustainability,’ will encompass various topics, including discussions on medicine, family, environment, sustainability ethics, and artificial intelligence.

Elevating the Discourse

Addressing Contemporary Challenges

Dr. Omar Habtoor Al Darei, Director General of the UAE Council for Fatwa, emphasized that the conference’s launch aligns with UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s declaration of 2023 as the ‘Year of Sustainability.’ It will address pressing concerns stemming from scientific advancements, presenting contemporary challenges for deliberation among Sharia scholars and experts in the natural sciences.

Paving the Way Forward: Scientific Advancements

Extending the Discussion on Fatwas

Dr. Al Darei noted that the Council’s initial conference in 2020, focusing on ‘Emergency Jurisprudence’ in response to inquiries related to the Covid-19 pandemic, provided Sharia-compliant solutions and answers to religious questions, assisting communities in dealing with the pandemic effectively.

Global Participation

Collaboration on a Grand Scale

Over 160 scholars, intellectuals, and scientific personalities representing more than 50 countries and 71 fatwa bodies worldwide will participate in the event.

Diverse Representation

Experts from Various Fields

Medical, legal, and technical institutions, universities, and AI authorities will also be represented, contributing to over 50 discussions and the publication of over 60 research papers following the conference.

Proactive Initiatives

Creating New Fatwas for New Challenges

The conference aims to establish new fatwas through a deliberative process that ensures the integration of religious scholars with scientific expertise in various fields.

Fostering Collaboration

Uniting Scholars and Experts

The desired outcomes include fostering collaboration and coordination between religious scholars, scientists, experts, diverse institutions, and the natural sciences, thus creating a scholarly and scientific reference point in this domain.

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