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Mosque imams are partners in progress
By PRINCE KHALED AL-FAISAL Published: Feb 18, 2012 03:17 Updated: Feb 18, 2012 03:17 The imams of mosques, especially those who deliver Friday sermons, have a great role to play in our ambitious development projects. They should reactivate the role of the mosque in evaluating and correcting our living conditions. The imams should spread the culture of communal responsibility in development projects and motivate people to enhance the positive aspects and get rid of the negative sides. In one of the weekly meetings of the Makkah Council a few days ago, I spoke to the participants who consisted of judges, preachers and imams, about the idea of applying the Kingdom's development strategy in Makkah region. The participants warmly welcomed the idea showing great enthusiasm. The meeting recommended that a workshop on the issue be held under the joint sponsorship of the Governorate and the Department of Islamic Affairs in Makkah. Preparations are currently being made to hold this workshop on March 17 in the holy city. I actually got the idea when I listened to a sermon last Friday delivered by a young mosque imam named Muhammad bin Safar bin Muhammad Al-Harithy. The young imam literally said: “One of the features of a developed society is its members competing to undertake social, cultural and economic initiatives to push the wheel of development and progress. “The awareness about the need to contribute to services for the general interest and to compete with each other to do good is another feature of a civilized and developed society,” the imam added. The young imam said: “The Holy Qur'an has urged people to do good and described those who hasten to do good as benevolent Muslims. The Qur'an made doing good a characteristic of a good Muslim.” He recited the Qura'nic verses that say: “And they hasten (in emulation) in (all) good work. They are in the rank of the righteous... It is these who hasten in every good work, and these who are foremost in them.” He asked the worshippers to “realize their responsibilities toward their homeland and do whatever they could to build an effective civilized society.” “The society that talks much and does little for its members shifting the responsibility on each other and neglecting their own duties will remain static. It will never take any step forward.

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join hands to build your country. Make thorough preparations and depend on God after that. Thank God. The Friday sermon has a great impact on the life and culture of the Muslim society. The Qur'an warned people to comply words with deeds.Page 2 of 2 The society members will forever be regressing if not rapidly deteriorating to the rear. — Prince Khaled Al-Faisal is the governor of Makkah region. The imam has a unique opportunity to talk to people every week without being interrupted or questioned.ece?service=print 2/20/2012 . May be the first group of people I should ask to join are the imams of mosques. Why is this citizen (imam). People look at the imams with great respect and appreciation because they have ethical religious responsibility.” The sermon delivered by the young imam was within efforts to revive the role of the mosque and to tackle the living conditions with a view to assessing and correcting them. the media men. solidarity and cooperation to construct the country and ensure the present and the future of the youth? To achieve this vital role for every citizen. The worshippers accept whatever their imams say to them. individually or collectively to effectively contribute to the development of the country. Today I renew my invitation to all residents of the holy city to join the blessed partnership for the development of the region. the progress of their town and cities and the preservation of their gains in this age which is flourishing with construction and progress? Why can't he urge all citizens to pay attention to their responsibilities in cleaning the streets of the areas in which they live? Why can't he ask people to respect the rules and be law-abiding citizens? Why can't he encourage the businessmen to invest inside their own country instead of sending the funds they have made in this country outside? Why can't he appeal to the society to inculcate the values of love. we were not brought up this way in our country.com/opinion/article576903.” He again recited: “O you who believe! Why do you say that which you do not do? Grievously odious is it in the sight of Allah that you say that which you do not do. Fear Allah. who has an opportunity to participate in the process of nation-building and development not doing so? He should urge people. This is exactly what I want the imams of the mosques to do toward our ambitious development project. I presented the project of “Development Partners” to the citizens of Makkah. © 2010 Arab News http://arabnews. the educational and cultural institutions and businessmen who made a lot of wealth from this country. It was also aimed at spreading the culture of communal responsibility in realizing the development and prompting people to appreciate the positive aspects and get rid of the negative ones in unison.