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University Sains Islam Malaysia awards honourary doctorate to Al-Azhar Grand Imam

University Sains Islam Malaysia awards honourary doctorate to Al-Azhar Grand Imam
5 July 2024 13:34


Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) has awarded an honourary doctorate in Quranic and Sunnah Studies to His Eminence Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar and Chairman of the Muslim Council of Elders.

Tunku Ali Redhauddin, Crown Prince of Negeri Sembilan in Malaysia, presented Dr Al-Tayeb with an honourary doctorate in the presence of Anwar Ibrahim, Prime Minister of Malaysia, and Professor Mohamed Ridza Wahidin, President of USIM, along with several ministers, scholars, professors, researchers, and Malaysian students.

Dr. Al-Tayeb expressed his pride in being in Malaysia, a Muslim nation that serves as a living model of urban and economic development. He praised the university as a haven for scholars and a beacon of education, where academic discussions and debates take place and the opinions of intellectuals and researchers are heard.

His Eminence added that speaking at USIM makes him feel a deep gratitude to the people of Malaysia, who have been pioneers in establishing methodological and intellectual foundations in Islamic studies.

He pointed out that this approach relies on "instilling and reinforcing ethics in human consciousness through the discipline of both mind and spirit." This vision has greatly contributed to protecting Malaysia from the dangers of ideologies that oppose Islamic moderation, a hallmark of the nation since it embraced Islam as its faith and way of life, enriching Islamic civilisation and contributing to building a resilient cultural model throughout history.

He concluded, "As I stand here among you to receive the honour of an honourary doctorate, I express my deep appreciation for this generous initiative from USIM for two reasons. First, this academic title is related to the study of the noble revelation, the Quran and the purified Sunnah, which are the most esteemed and noble of studies; second, this honour is not limited to my humble self but is a recognition of the esteemed institution of Al-Azhar, its scholars, students, and graduates, and its academic history that spans over a millennium, during which it welcomed countless students from around the world, especially from your esteemed country, Malaysia, which has the lion's share of international students at Al-Azhar."

In his speech, Redhauddin expressed the profound relationship between Al-Azhar and Malaysia, stating his pride in presenting the honourary doctorate to His Eminence and his happiness with the strong relationship between USIM and Al-Azhar University.

Malaysian Prime Minister said that the Grand Imam is a renewer and educator of this Ummah, and he was impressed by his speech on Islamic moderation. He personally draws guidance from the Grand Imam's words on many issues and situations. He praised the Grand Imam's efforts in promoting the unity of the Ummah and spreading the values of dialogue, tolerance, and coexistence among Muslims and others.

He called on Malaysians to emulate the Grand Imam's stances, which establish values of respect and human understanding.

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