On Sunday, Ramadan 23rd, 1438 A.H., Umm Al-Qura University organized the 26th Convention of the Da'wa in Africa Committee under the theme: "Sunni Islam... Faith and Constitution), in the presence of HRH Prince Dr. Bandar bin Salman bin Muhammad Al Saud, Chairman of the Islamic Call (Da'wa) in Africa Committee, UQU President Dr. Bakri Bin M'atoog Bin Bakri Assas, Dean of Institute of Arabic Language for Non-Native Speakers Dr. Hassan Bukhari, along with a number of Islamic preachers and scholars of the Committee.
Following the Qur'anic recitation, Dr. Assas delivered an address welcoming UQU guests. He said; "You are most welcomed by UQU colleges, institutes and centers, from the vicinity of the Holy Mosque, loaded with the aroma of Ka'ba, the Corner and the Station of Ibrahim."
He addressed participants saying: "O' preachers of the green continent: You carry the torch of revelation, the lantern of Sunna and the light that dispels darkness and reaches for the skies in an era where facts are confused and concepts are obscured. Hence, it is your responsibility to set things right, to clear the misconceptions and instill Islam’s purity, convenience tolerance and moderation. This is the constitution of Sunni Islam throughout history, from the time of early Muslims (Allah be pleased with them), through the proven rightly guided centuries, to our modern age. In every generation, the most righteous and just are chosen for succession to further this mission, enhance its cause in the nation and spread its teachings. It is a deeply rooted constitution, with a lofty edifice and a pure source."
“Amid today’s unfolded events and deviant thoughts,” Dr. Assas added, “the Sunni constitution stands out as the only genuine and established approach. It is the duty of Muslim preachers and scholars to collectively disseminate the essence of Islam, to never compromise its principles and to expose impostors hiding under the Sunni banner”
“Under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud – may Allah protect him,” stressed Dr. Assas, “and with the support of the Crow Prince and the Deputy Crown Prince – may Allah protect them both – Saud Arabia considers the divine favor to be custodian of the Two Holy Mosques as much a huge trust and responsibility as an honor. No other country other than Saudi Arabia is entitled to host such a huge number of prominent Muslim preachers from Africa to establish this significant concept of Sunni Islam.
HRH Prince Dr. Bandar bin Salman bin Muhammad Al Saud, Chairman of the Islamic Call (Da'wa) in Africa Committee: Your insights are yet aware of the current events and needs. Under your leadership, this committee is mindfully looking forward to our duty towards the Muslim Nation in general, and African Muslims in particular. This clearly translates the Kingdom’s 2030 Vision, where at its core is the Kingdom’s deep and solid image in both the Arab and Islamic worlds."
Dr. Assas concluded his statement by thank Allah for His favors. Then he extended his appreciation to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, the Crown Prince and the Deputy Crown Prince for their great efforts to serve Islam and its call.
The on behalf of the Committee’s guest, Mr. Aboubacar Sillah – from Mali and a graduate of UQU College of Shari'ah and Islamic Studies – addressed the audience and thanked Saudi Arabia for its efforts to serve Islam and Muslims, as well as its ongoing interest to disseminate the correct faith worldwide.
After that, a lecture on: "Sunni Islam: Faith and Constitution" was delivered by Dr. Abdulrahman al-Qasir - a faculty member at the Institute of Arabic for Non-native Speakers, where he elaborated on the concept of Sunni Islam, its adopted belief and approach.
Finally, HRH Prince Dr. Bandar bin Salman received a commemorative shield from Dr.Assas. Then, he awarded Dr.Assas a memorial shield. Later, Dr. Assas also honored the African Muslim preachers.