In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
All praise is due to Allah. May Allah’s Peace and Blessing be upon Prophet Muhammed, his family, Companions, and those who follow his footsteps until the Day of Judgment!
Owing to its belief in the imperative to bring about renewal in religious affairs and to follow the course of our Sharī‛ah (Islamic Law) in order to keep abreast of new developments for the common good of all people in all aspects of life, and responding to the persisting needs, Al-Azhar Al-Sharif has invited the leading Muslim scholars around the world to participate in an international conference titled, “Renewal in Islamic Thought” held from 2-3 Jumādā l-᾿Ākhirah 1441 A.H. (corresponding to 27-28 January 2020). The conference has been organized at Al-Azhar Conference Center in Nasr City, Cairo, under the auspices of H.E. President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi who inaugurated the conference with a speech delivered on his behalf by H.E. Dr. Mostafa Madbouly, the Prime Minister of Egypt.
Over two days, the conference included seven interactive sessions that discussed renewal issues, in addition to many other related topics.
In continuation of the marsh of Al-Azhar to bring about renewal in Islamic thought and jurisprudence, in the light of its moderate approach that has always characterized Al-Azhar over centuries, the notable Muslim scholars declare to the whole world what follows:
Accordingly, the correct concept of the term ḩākimiyyah should be promoted among people according to the creed of ᾿Ahl us-Sunnati wal Jamā‛ah (the main stream Muslims). It should be made clear to people that the human rule strictly following Sharī‛ah rulings does not challenge Allah’s supreme sovereignty but it is rather deemed a part of it.
In conclusion, Al-Azhar Al-Sharif and its scholars, joined by all Muslim scholars and thinkers who have participated in this event, express their deep thanks to H.E. President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi for sponsoring this event and for his inaugural speech that has proved essential to the success of this conference. Al-Azhar Al-Sharif also expresses its gratitude to their Eminence the respectable scholars, their Excellency, the leading men and women in our societies, media figures, and all attendees for their active participation. Finally, Al-Azhar would like to declare that efforts will continue at Al-Azhar International Center for Renewal to address new issues on an ongoing basis.
Before we bid you farewell, we would like to extend our sincerest gratitude and appreciation to the Government of the State of Gambia and its Minister of Justice who prepared and filed a statement to the International Court of Justice in condemnation of the killings, abuse, human genocide, and displacement crimes committed against Rohingya Muslims. As we gather in this conference, we affirm that such events should not go unpunished, and that they bring disgrace on the world that remains silent to these horrible crimes.
Last but not least, I thank all of you and look forward to having the honor of meeting you in upcoming conferences, Allah’s willing.
May Allah grant us success!
Issued in Cairo on 3 Jumādā l-᾿Ākhirah A.H.
(Corresponding to January 17, 2020 A.D.)