The delegation of the Institute of Arabic Language visited the Great Mosque of Ilorin, Nigeria, on Sunday, corresponding to 2 Sha`ban, 1440 A.H. Located in the surroundings of Emirates Palace, the Great Mosque of Ilorin is considered the biggest mosque in the non-Arab African countries, with a capacity for 10,000 praying persons.
The delegation was received by Sheikh Abdullah bin Abdul-Hamid Al-Malawi, Deputy Imam of the Great Mosque, who was one of the earliest graduates of the Islamic University of Madinah. A souvenir was presented to him from the delegation.
The delegation then met with 20 Saudi university graduates who have been participating in the session presented by the delegation. Those graduates work in several universities and schools in Kwara State. Their contact details were collected to facilitate future contact.
On Monday 3 Sha`ban 1440 A.H., after an official visit to the vice president of the university on behalf of His Excellency the president, the Arabic Institute’s team held a seminar in the University of Ilorin lecture hall entitled "The Role of the Arabic Language in Bringing People Together - the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Nigeria as a Model,". The seminar reviewed the efforts of Saudi Arabia exerted through its universities in general and Umm Al-Qura University in particular, represented by the Institute of Arabic Language for Non-native Speakers, through scholarships and internal and external training sessions.
The concluding ceremony of the session was held in the Ceremonial Hall at Al-Hikmah University, in the presence of the President of Kwara State House of Assembly, Dr. Ahmed Ali, His Excellency the president and founder of the university, the chief judge of the Shari`ah Court, and a number of the emirs of the state, on Tuesday afternoon, 4 Sha`ban 1440 A.H. The ceremony included a speech from His Excellency the President of the University, who expressed thanks to Umm Al-Qura University and his great pleasure in the positive reactions to the workshop. He also expressed appreciation for the great efforts of UQU's delegation and his hope for ongoing cooperation. In his speech, His Excellency the Dean of the Institute said that the team was honored to implement the directions of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in holding this session. He also praised the efforts of the Saudi Embassy in Abuja and the religious attaché for the outstanding arrangement and organization that ensured the success of the session.
All the participants, including the judges, professors, teachers, and organizing committee of the session were honored at the ceremony. Souvenirs were presented to the university's president, his deputies, and the special guests of the ceremony, in a gathering full of love, brotherhood, and gratitude.
Some of the participants in the session expressed their opinions and great feelings, including the speech of the trainees that was delivered by the vice chief judge of the Shari`ah court who participated in the session, in addition to two poems recited at the conclusion of the session, following a poem recited by Dr. Muhammad Al-Thubaiti during the ceremony.