Organization of Islamic Cooperation

The King Salman International Academy for the Arabic Language celebrates International Arabic Language Day in cooperation with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation

Jeddah (UNA) - The King Salman International Academy for the Arabic Language, in cooperation with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, celebrated the International Arabic Language Day, which falls on December 18 of each year, under the slogan “Arabic: The Language of Poetry and Arts,” under the patronage of Prince Bandar bin Abdullah bin Farhan, Minister of Culture of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Complex.

At the beginning of the opening session of the celebration program, which was held today, Sunday (January 14, 2024) at the headquarters of the Organization’s General Secretariat in Jeddah, the Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Shahin Abdullayev, reviewed the efforts made by his country to care for and teach the Arabic language, in addition to the historical biography of the Arabic language in Azerbaijan.

Abdullayev stressed that the Arabic language represented an indispensable tool for Azerbaijan in terms of learning about the country's history, its scholars, and its prominent figures over the past centuries.

For his part, the Permanent Saudi Representative to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Dr. Saleh bin Hamad Al-Suhaibani, explained that the occasion of International Arabic Language Day represents a great opportunity to draw attention and remind us of the hard work in service of this language. It is also an opportunity for cooperation and partnership towards the completion of real major projects that serve the Arabic language in all aspects. .

Al-Suhaibani stressed that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with the generous directives of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, and the generous follow-up of his faithful Crown Prince and Prime Minister, His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and based on the foundations of its national vision, provides all support to enhance the presence of the Arabic language. The language of peace and harmony in many international organizations, adding that “the efforts of the King Salman International Center for the Arabic Language, which is one of the honorable entities presented by our rational leadership, may God grant it success, to the Islamic world in order to serve this language are only one of those efforts that do not subside and whose time compass is difficult to determine.” And spatial because it works in all directions on all continents and across many initiatives and programmes.”

Al-Suhaibani stressed that the Arabic language is the responsibility of all of us, as Muslims and as member states of this ancient organization, in order to continue its role as a cultural supporter, calling for providing elements that preserve the language’s effectiveness and making it the language of work and daily dealings in the General Secretariat, in addition to other official languages, in accordance with the organization’s charter.

Al-Suhaibani said that organizing this special celebration by the King Salman International Academy for the Arabic Language at the headquarters of the General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, near Mecca, the place of revelation and the cradle of the hearts of Muslims, and near the holy place where this blessed language spread, is a high matter and a noble work. We highly appreciate it to the King Salman International Academy for the Arabic Language and to the General Secretariat of the organization.

He expressed his hope that this celebration would be a solid start that anticipates the future and enhances joint Islamic work for the sake of creativity in adopting initiatives that advance hard work in this path. This celebration will demonstrate the efforts of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to spread and preserve the Arabic language, which are extended efforts that increase with cooperation. It thrives through integration and support.

In turn, the Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Hussein Ibrahim Taha, extended his great thanks and appreciation to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the country of headquarters, for its great efforts in supporting the organization and serving the goals under which it was founded.

The Secretary-General said in his speech that the Arabic language is the language of the Holy Qur’an, and an integral part of the performance of worship and prayer in Islam, in addition to being one of the oldest, most spoken, widespread and used languages ​​in the world.

Hussein Taha explained that the organization, with the cooperation and initiative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, approved at the 49th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers last March, which was held in Nouakchott, the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, a ministerial decision regarding the celebration of the International Day of the Arabic Language in support of its presence in regional and international forums.

The Secretary-General stressed that the initiative to celebrate the Arabic language, in partnership with the King Salman International Academy for the Arabic Language, reflects the openness of the organization’s General Secretariat to actors in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and member states who aspire to contribute to giving the Arabic language the status it deserves.

He pointed out that the cooperation between the organization and the association resulted in many programs and activities throughout the past year, including training courses for many beneficiaries from member states. He expressed the organization’s ambition to expand cooperation with the association to build the capabilities of institutions affiliated with member states, expressing his thanks and appreciation to the association, which Its goals coincide with the organization's goals and objectives.

His Excellency the Secretary-General of the King Salman International Academy for the Arabic Language, Professor Dr. Abdullah bin Saleh Al-Washami, also delivered a speech in which he praised the great Saudi efforts to spread the Arabic language in the world, and its great interest in the components of the Arabic language, and in which he appreciated the patronage of the Minister of Culture, Chairman of the Academy’s Board of Trustees, for the celebration.

Al-Washmi added that the most important characteristic of the Arabic language is that it is not only a strong symbol of national and Arab identity, but its great importance for Islamic peoples is due to it being the language of the Holy Qur’an. It is therefore structurally linked to the Islamic dimension and religious association, and for many centuries it was the linguistic tool through which many of the cultural, religious and intellectual achievements of Islamic civilization were expressed.

After the opening session, the audience listened to poems recited by a number of poets from the organization’s countries.

Then the first session was held on “Arabic Poetry in Islamic Countries: Influence and Influence,” where the professor of graduate studies at the Faculty of Arabic Language at the Islamic University of Medina, Dr. Muhammad Hadi Al-Mubaraki, touched on the impact of Arabic poetry on the literature of Islamic peoples, presenting examples of Persian and Turkish literature.

The professor of literature at Umm Al-Qura University, Dr. Abdullah bin Ibrahim Al-Zahrani, also addressed the topic “The influence of Arabic poetry on the literature of Islamic peoples,” while the professor of graduate studies in the Department of Arabic Language and Literature at King Abdulaziz University, Dr. Abdul Rahman Raja Allah Al-Sulami, spoke about the impact of poetry and arts on the cultures of Islamic peoples.

The second session dealt with the topic “Arabic Language in the Arts in Islamic Countries,” in which Dr. Magdy Haj Ibrahim from the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), the General Director of the Research Center for Islamic History, Arts and Culture, Dr. Mahmoud Arul Kilic, and the Head of the Planning and Language Policy Sector spoke. At the King Salman International Academy for the Arabic Language, Dr. Mahmoud Al-Mahmoud.

It is noteworthy that the celebration witnessed the organization of an accompanying exhibition that showcases some of the association’s publications and its efforts to serve the Arabic language and enhance its spread at the international level.

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