طهران – 08/01/2014 : في سابقة هي الأولى من نوعها في العالم الاسلامي بادرت ايران الى استحداث جائزة مالية كبرى تكافئ فيها ابداعات العلماء المسلمين في أهم العلوم الحديثة ، حول هذا الموضوع اليكم تقرير مراسل قناتنا في طهران الزميل محمد ناصر:
تيمنا باسم الرسول الاعظم (ص) ودفاعا عنه قررت الحكومة الايرانية تخصيص جائزة المصطفى للعلوم والتقنيات الحديثة لأفضل الاختراعات والانجازات في أهم المجالات العلمية .
ويضع المشروع الايراني حسب ما أعلن مجلس السياسات والتخطيط الذي يشرف على تنظيم الجائزة جملة من الاهداف لعل ابرزها تحفيز علماء وباحثي العالم الاسلامي على المزيد من العطاء والابداع ومد قنوات الاتصال والتعاون العلمي بينهم .
الدكتور عبد السلام المجالي رئيس اكاديمية العالم الاسلامي للعلوم قال في مراسم الاعلان عن الجائزة : نقدر ايران تقديرا عاليا ونشكر الذين قرروا اقامة هذه الجائزة التي تحفزنا لكي نعود مرة اخرى الى العلم والبحث والاختراع بهدف اعادة الأمة الى مجدها المرموق وموقعها الأساسي .
يُشرف على هذه الجائزة المجلس الايراني للسياسات والتخطيط والذي يضم شخصيات ايرانية مرموقة كوزراء الخارجية والعلوم والصحة ، وممثلون عن مؤسسات علمية كرئيسي جامعة طهران وجامعة شريف التكنولوجية ، ومندوبون عن المجلس الأعلى للثورة الثقافية ولجان مجلس الشورى الاسلامي ، وشخصيات اخرى أجنبية ممثلة لاكاديمية العالم الاسلامي للعلوم ومنظمة التعاون الاسلامي والبنك الاسلامي للتنمية ، ورئيسا جامعتين من احدى دول العالم الاسلامي ، وينتخب اعضاء المجلس لدورة واحدة مدتها أربعة أعوام .
ومن المقرر ان تُمنح جائزة المصطفى في دورتها الاولى العام القادم في اسبوع الوحدة الأسلامية لأفضل العلماء المسلمين في أربعة مجالات .
وتُقدم طلبات العلماء المسلمين للمنافسة على نيل الجائزة بعد اعلان الأمانة العامة عن مواعيدها ، وتُخصص جوائز نقدية قيّمة وميدالية نفيسة مكتوب عليها بثلاث لغات هي الفارسية والانجليزية والعربية .
وتصل القيمة النقدية المُعلن عنها في الدورة الاولى ما يعادل 500 الف دولار لكل جائزة .
انها جائزة باسم الرسول الاعظم محمد (ص) تمثل جسر عبور للمستقبل ، تضعها ايران أمام العلماء المسلمين لتقديم افضل ابداعاتهم في مجال تقنيات النانو والطب والتكنولوجيا وعلوم الاتصالات .
منير نايفة عالم ذرة فلسطيني ولد في ديسيمبر 1945 بقرية شويكة بجوار طولكرم
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on Sunday launched the executive phases for building the Khalifa Sat, the first satellite to be fully built and manufactured at the hands of 100 per cent UAE competent experts and to be place on orbit by 2017.
Khalifa Sat will be the first Arab-made satellite, catapulting the Arab region into a new era of space industry and competition in space sciences.
While launching the promising project at the Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST), Sheikh Mohammed said ''Khalifa Sat is a message to all Arabs that Arab ushering into the space era is neither out of reach nor impossible and our State will be a leader in this industry as long as we have the confidence and courage to enter into competition with major countries in this field,'' Sheikh Mohammed said, dedicating the new ambitious scientific achievement to the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
''Our doors will remain open for cooperation with all Arab countries in space technology and engineering,'' Sheikh Mohammed added.
''We are extremely delighted at seeing sons and daughters of the UAE forming the first Arab team to build a satellite and launch it into outer space in 2017….. Our confidence in them is boundless and our ambitions are the sky's the limit and success comes from Allah,'' Sheikh Mohammed said.
He affirmed during his visit to EISAST that '' excellence of our youth in space sciences, engineering and energy opens before our State new huge development prospects and new avenues which will have set foot for the first time.
The vice president said that he will personally follow up the Khalifa Sat work team, revealing that the government will embark on setting up similar teams in other fields.
''When I look at the outstanding Emirati performers I always say this is what the late founding fathers Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum planted and today we are harvesting the fruits for building capacities of Emirati citizen.''
During the visit, Sheikh Mohammed heard from the Emirati experts and engineers about EIAST's plan to build the new Khalifa Sat which will be launch into the outer space. He also viewed plans and designs of facilities for building satellites in 2015.
At EIAST, a powerful integrated national team of 45 high caliber engineers and experts are currently establishing advanced facilities and high-tech laboratories for building the promising humidity and dust- proof satellite
EIAST has launched two sats: DubaiSat 1 and DubaiSat 2 which marked a national milestone as they were the first remote sensing satellites to be fully-owned by a UAE entity.
Sheikh Mohammed was accompanied during the launch ceremony by Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gargawi, Minister for Cabinet Affairs, Lt. General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Deputy Chairman of Police and Public Security. Major General Mohammed Ahmed Al Qamzi, Chairman of EIAST, Khalifa Saeed Salman, Director General of Dubai Department of Protocol, and EIAST board members.
Mohammed bin Rashid receives Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has received H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras al-Khaimah.
Both sides discussed a number of national issues which have the highest priority of the wise leadership for the happiness of every citizen and the provision of a decent life and family stability.
The meeting took place in the presence of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council and Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of Ras al-Khaimah.
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum hosted a lunch banquet in honour of the Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, which was attended by a number of Sheiks, dignitaries and senior officials.
Sheikh Mohammed attends 6th Emirates Endurance Championship
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on Saturday attended the 120-km Emirates Endurance Championship, organised by Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club in cooperation with Emirates Equestrian Federation at the Emirates International Endurance Race in Al Wathba.
The 6th endurance ride is supported by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan's Global Arabian Flat Racing Festival and sponsored by Arabtec Cosntruction Company, the official partner of the festival.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai; Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor; Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy National Security Advisor; and Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, also watched the race.
President of Guinea, H.E. Alpha Conde, awarded the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu with the highest state honors, Officer of the National Order of Merit of the Republic of Guinea, for his services to the Muslim Ummah, at the opening of the 40th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) on 9 December 2013 in Conakry.
Earlier in the day, the Secretary General met with the President at the Presidential Palace where they discussed Guinea’s role as the new Chair of the CFM during 2014 and ways of better serving the Muslim Ummah.
Conakry, 9 December 2013
In his last speech as secretary general of the OIC, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu gave an account of the major achievements and initiatives undertaken during his tenure at the opening of the 40th session of the CFM in Guinea on 9 December 2013.
From the consensual passage of UN Human Rights Council resolution 16/18 on combating religious intolerance and the adoption of the OIC Water Vision to the establishment of the Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission, the Women Development Organization, and a specialised department on humanitarian activities; while the Draft Statute of the Islamic Organization for Food Security is up for approval at this session and the Islamic States Broadcasting Regulatory Authorities Forum (IBRAF) and the OIC Media Forum (OMF) have submitted their applications for OIC Affiliate memberships. The secretary general also presented the progress made in addressing Islamophobia, promoting economic cooperation, advancing science and technology and developing education and health in the member states.
“I can say with full confidence that your organization has developed and matured into a reputable organization and has so far passed successfully through myriad challenges. During this period of 9 years, the OIC has waded its way into the twenty-first century in a much better standing. It is now playing a much more important role in the political, economic, cultural and social fields to forge Islamic solidarity,” said Ihsanoglu.
After thanking the people and leadership of Guinea for hosting the 40th CFM in Conakry and thanking Djibouti, the Chair of the previous session of the CFM, Ihsanoglu highlighted the outstanding progress made in implementing the Ten-Year Program of Action adopted in Makkah in 2005 while acknowledging with profound gratitude the support and interest he was awarded by the member states towards reaching these goals. “We have witnessed a clear demonstration of greater political will by the Member States to engage more actively and concretely in the activities and programs of the OIC which has witnessed a remarkable growth and expansion during this period. We are here to build on the important achievements of the previous CFM,” he said. He urged the member states to continue their support to the activities and programs of the OIC.
Pointing to the main achievements, at the international level, OIC’s process of reform and global political engagement led powers of the international community to establish or upgrade their relations with the OIC as a sign of their interest in engaging and cooperating with the Organization on a number of fronts, he said. The convening by the UN Security Council on 28 October 2013 of an unprecedented Special high-level session on the cooperation between the OIC and UN is a clear testimony of the unique standing the OIC has embraced.
As for the cause of Palestine, the raison d’être of the OIC, it has witnessed important developments in recent times. International unanimity on recognizing the State of Palestine as member of the UN General Assembly on 29 November 2012 was a major achievement that needs to be built on in order to secure more support to the Palestinian people and their legitimate national rights, stressed Ihsanoglu.
To examine the grave situation of the City of Al-Quds and the Aqsa Holy Mosque and consider possible actions to counter Israeli violations, he invited the member states to participate actively in the proceedings of the special session to be held during the current CFM session with a view to elaborating a program of action, including practical measures, that would put an end to continued Israeli violations in the city of Al-Quds. As a matter of urgency, he reiterated his call on all member states, institutions and funds to take the initiative and provide the financing required to implement the strategic plan for the development of vital sectors in Al-Quds as a means to unite our efforts and focus our interventions in a way commensurate with challenges the Holy City is facing.
He spoke about his recent visit to Palestine in August 2013 and his personal observation of the impending Judaization risk at Al-Quds and the stifling conditions on the ground suffered by the people under Israeli occupation.
Another important trip he undertook recently is to Myanmar, heading an OIC ministerial Contact Group delegation in November. Throughout the meetings with officials, civil society groups and Rakhine community members he expressed OIC’s wish to open channels of communication and dialogue with Myanmar as well as its readiness to contribute to the humanitarian and rehabilitation assistance to all affected people and communities without any discrimination. He also stressed the need to clarify the misperception and misunderstanding on both sides in order to build trust. At the conclusion of the visit a Joint Communiqué was issued with the Government of Myanmar, which outlined the framework of their joint cooperation. “Through constructive diplomacy, consistent pressure and international engagement a historic breakthrough was achieved in OIC relations with Myanmar.” Following the visit, Ihsanoglu wrote a letter to the President thanking him for his hospitality and proposing three projects: a technical training college and a medical facility in Rakhine State by the Islamic Development Bank and an international symposium on the relations of Buddhism and Islam through a historical perspective by IRCICA. He urged the Member States to provide urgent humanitarian aid and contribute to socio-economic projects while maintaining the political pressure on the government to fulfill the rights of the Rohingya Muslim Minority.
Ameenah Gurib-Fakim graduated from the University of Surrey in 1983 with a BSc in Chemistry then with a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Exeter in the UK in 1987. She joined the University of Mauritius as a lecturer in 1987 and now she holds a personal chair in Organic chemistry. She also worked at the Mauritius Research Council in Mauritius as Manager for Research and Development and has been Dean of the Faculty of Science and is presently the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Teaching and Learning at the UoM.
In the course of her career, she ran many projects funded by international agencies such as the UN, European Union, Canadian International Development Agency amongst others. She has participated in the recent Agricultural assessment spearheaded by the World Bank. She is Advisor to the International Foundation for Science in Sweden and member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of IPICS, Uppsala Univ., Sweden; member of the Expert Panel of the Special Programme of the UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO on ‘Infectious diseases’. She is also the founding member and Chairperson of the African Association of Medicinal Plants Standards (AAMPS) and is co-editing the first African Pharmacopeia slated for 2010.
Elected Fellow of the Linnaean Society of London and of the World Islamic Academy of Science in Jordan, she won the l’Oreal-Unesco Prize for Women in Science for Africa in 2007, the National Economic and Social Council Prize for Mauritius in 2007 as well as the Special Prize of the CTA/NEPAD/AGRA/RUFORUM for ‘African Women in Science’ April 09 and the African Union Award for ‘Women in Science’ for the Eastern African Region in September 2009.
She has been elevated to the Order of the Commander of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean by the Government of Mauritius in 2008 and to the Order of the ‘Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques’ by the Government of France in 2009.
Prof. Gurib-Fakim was elected as a Fellow of the IAS in 2009.
A Joint Appeal To Sunnis And Shi’as – OpEd
By S. Muhammad Khatami and Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad
We, the undersigned, are greatly saddened by the violence and bloodshed which have characterised Sunni-Shi’a relations over time. Thousands have been killed in feuds between the two, mostly in certain Muslim countries. It is tragic that many innocent women and children have been among the victims.
Sunni-Shi’a animosity and antagonism have clearly weakened the Muslim ummah. It has made us more vulnerable to the manipulations and machinations of outside elements determined to subvert the unity and integrity of the ummah. It has allowed those who seek to establish their hegemonic power over us to succeed in their objectives.
It is indisputable that Sunni-Shi’a antagonism and conflicts which have resulted in massacres have tarnished the image and dignity of the ummah in the eyes of the world. Few other occurences in recent times have had such a negative impact.
We appeal to all Sunnis and Shi’as, bound as we are by the same faith in Allah, guided by the same Noble Quran, honouring the same last Messenger of Allah, and facing the same Kiblah, to desist from massacring and killing one another immediately.
NO MORE VIOLENCE
NO MORE BLOODSHED
NO MORE KILLINGS
The two of us – a former Prime Minister from a Sunni majority state, and a former President from an overwhelmingly Shi’a nation – also address this appeal to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) which represents all Muslims of whatever sect or doctrine. The OIC could perhaps set up a task force that will examine the Sunni-Shi’a divide in depth and submit concrete proposals for the political and religious leaders of the ummah to act upon.
We also appeal to sincere, concerned individuals and civil society groups from all over the world to join in this endeavour to stop the violence and bloodshed and to promote peace and understanding between Sunnis and Shi’as.
This joint appeal will be widely circulated mainly through the online media. We shall follow up on this appeal with other activities and programmes.
May Allah Subhanahuwataala guide us in all our humble efforts to serve Him.
S. Muhammad Khatami, President of the Islamic Republic Of Iran (1997-2005)
Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad, Prime Minister of Malaysia, (1981-2003)