Ammon News, Culture & Society

King honours leading Islamic scholars participating in RABIIT conference


[10/7/2019 2:58:35 PM]

AMMONNEWS - His Majesty King Abdullah on Monday honoured a number of leading Islamic scholars participating in the 18th General Conference of the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought (RABIIT), in appreciation for their efforts to defend Islamic causes. At the honouring ceremony, held at Al Husseiniya Palace and attended by His Royal Highness Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad, His Majesty’s chief adviser for religious and cultural affairs and personal envoy, and chairman of the board of trustees of the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought, King Abdullah bestowed royal medals on a number of scholars and distributed Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought fellowship certificates to others. His Majesty bestowed the King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein Order for Distinction of the First Degree on Abdul Kareem Khalifa, former president of the Jordan Academy of Arabic, in appreciation for his academic writings and his service for the Arabic language. The King also gave the King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein Order for Distinction of the First Degree to Al Azhar scholar Osama Al Azhari, in recognition of his contributions to Islamic thought. Omar Abboud, the director of the Institute for Interreligious Dialogue in Buenos Aires, received the King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein Order for Distinction of the First Degree, in appreciation for his role in promoting interfaith dialogue. Hamza Yusuf Hanson, co-founder and Director of Zaytuna College in the US, also received the King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein Order for Distinction of the First Degree, for his contributions to Islamic thought. His Majesty distributed institute fellowship certificates to Mahmoud Sidqi Al Habbash, the supreme judge of Palestine; Grand Mufti of Chechnya Salah Mezhiev; and Mohammad Al Bouti, president of the Union of Muslim Scholars of the Levant. In remarks at the ceremony on behalf of the scholars participating in the 18th General Conference of the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought, Al Azhar Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa thanked the King for hosting the conference, commending the institute’s role in promoting peace. Founded in 1980, the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought includes 120 scholars and thought leaders from over 36 countries around the world. Seventy scholars from 30 Arab, Muslim, and foreign countries, representing various schools of Islamic jurisprudence, are participating in the institute’s three-day conference. Royal Hashemite Court Chief Yousef Issawi and Adviser to His Majesty for Communication and Coordination Bisher Khasawneh attended Monday’s ceremony.

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Queen Rania Meets with Women from the Abbadi Tribe


[9/30/2019 2:37:12 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah joined a gathering of women from the Abbadi tribe on Monday, hosted at Al Mu’tamed bin Abbad Charitable Society in Amman. Her Majesty was welcomed to the gathering by Founder of the Nashmiyat Bani Abbad group, Dr. Mervat Mheirat, as well as Al Mu’tamed bin Abbad Charitable Society President, Dr. Abed Al Ghani Al Nahar, and Vice President, Ibrahim Al Mheirat. Her Majesty thanked Dr. Mheirat and the group for their kind invitation, describing each of the women as a dear sister and family member. The Queen also expressed her appreciation for the women’s deep-rooted devotion to their country and their fellow Jordanians, and commended them for their invaluable contributions to different fields. During the gathering, Her Majesty heard from several members of the group on their charitable and volunteer work, as well as their efforts in the fields of craftsmanship, heritage preservation, and domestic tourism. A number of the women contribute to the maintenance of public facilities and the preservation of the environment on a voluntary basis, while others are small business owners.

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Prince El Hassan opens "Islam in the West" conference


[9/29/2019 2:54:21 PM]

AMMONNEWS - HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Institute For Inter-Faith Studies (RIIFS), inaugurated on Sunday the International Conference "Islam in the West", organized by the RIIFS in partnership with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation. The conference is attended by a number of Islamic scholars and Christian clergy, thinkers and ambassadors of Arab and foreign countries. In a keynote speech, Prince El Hassan stressed the fundamental values of Islam such as justice, charity, wisdom, and compassion, adding that common knowledge and basic assets of education help to promote human values and create a better understanding of the concerns and fears leading to "humanization of the other and the promotion if sympathy". He underlined the importance of dialogue, noting that the time has come to talk about commonalities, away from prejudice, bias and limited thinking. His Highness called for addressing interdependence between the different cultures and the move towards creativity by promoting pluralism based on mutual respect and seeking links to human concepts based on understanding the other. Prince El Hassan pointed out that there are European centers working to build bridges and common grounds, adding: "We have to establish a relationship with them based on mutual respect and to develop visions that move us from the culture of receiving to the culture of empowerment and introduction of active culture." His Highness reiterated his call for the establishment of a Global Zakat Fund to promote the concept of human and social solidarity and protect human dignity. Dirk Kunze, Regional Director MENA, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, pointed out that Islam has become a components of the West and underlined the importance of the conference to contribute to highlighting the true noble image of Islam.

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Cabinet endorses teachers' pay hikes


[9/28/2019 1:25:46 PM]

AMMONNEWS - The Cabinet on Saturday agreed to increase teachers salaries by amounts ranging from JOD24 to JOD31 effective as of October 1st if schooling resumes as normal. The cabinet also asked the finance minister to propose the necessary measures to provide the necessary funds to cover this increase from the public expenditure program.

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PM urges concern authorities to work intensively to facilitate return of students to schools


[9/26/2019 3:08:07 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Prime Minister Omar Razzaz announced that the ministerial team entrusted with following up on the teachers' strike is discussing with the Jordan Teachers Association's council specific numbers that will be directly reflected on teachers' salaries in all their classifications. In a statement aired on Jordan TV, Razzaz said the sums of cash that are being discussed with the council, will not be according to the current mechanism, adding that teachers' wages and raises will be connected to the development of their performance. The government, Razzaz added, and the council have to put public interest above all else and serve the students, voicing hope that there will be no strike next week.

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King urges youth to work seriously, transparently, and without hesitation


[9/16/2019 1:28:46 PM]

AMMONNEWS - His Majesty King Abdullah on Monday urged young Jordanians to work hard and to engage positively in decision-making. At a meeting attended by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Al Hussein bin Abdullah II at Al Husseiniya Palace with youth from Karak Governorate, King Abdullah said young Jordanians are the nation’s soldiers working to better the conditions of Jordan’s cities and villages. After listening to the young attendees’ ideas and initiatives, His Majesty expressed pride in their creativity, noting that implementing these ideas requires working seriously, transparently, and without hesitation. The King said meeting with young Jordanians gives him a sense of positivity, commending their energy and seriousness. His Majesty listened to the young attendees’ ideas and suggestions for development, stressing the need to hold frequent meetings to evaluate the progress of proposed ideas. The King called for overcoming challenges to turn ideas into projects on the ground to become success stories that encourage other young Jordanians to work harder and achieve more. Commenting on the issue of wasta (nepotism), His Majesty noted young people’s key role in combating this phenomenon, voicing hope in the new generation. The King also stressed youth’s role in decentralisation and the need for their engagement in amending its law. Monday’s meeting came after His Majesty’s recent visit to Karak, where youth shared their proposals for development and the King stressed the need to meet with them again and discuss their ideas. Speaking at the meeting, attended by Karak Governorate Council President Sayel Majali, the young attendees presented initiatives to improve development in Karak while enhancing economic conditions, political engagement, and volunteerism. They commended His Majesty’s support for young people and their ideas, as well as youth’s greater engagement in decision-making, and stressed the importance of public-private partnerships to enable young people to turn their ideas into job-creating projects. The young Jordanians highlighted investment opportunities in Karak, and the potential to enhance the tourism sector in the governorate, calling for capitalising on this potential to enhance local communities’ living conditions and create job opportunities. Royal Hashemite Court Chief Yousef Issawi, Adviser to His Majesty for Communication and Coordination Bisher Khasawneh, and Adviser to His Majesty for Policies and Media Kemal Al Nasser attended the meeting.

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Queen Rania Meets with Women of Balqawi Tribes in Amman


[9/16/2019 1:25:31 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah visited a group of women from Balqawi tribes in Amman on Monday, gathered at the residence of Ms. Dina Al Hadid Al Qatarneh at her private invitation. Her Majesty heard from several of the tribeswomen, who spoke of women’s fundamental role in Jordanian society and their contributions to various industries, national achievements, and the country’s development. They also expressed their gratitude for His Majesty King Abdullah II and Her Majesty’s unfailing support of women in the country. In turn, Her Majesty relayed His Majesty King Abdullah II's regards to the group, and described Jordanian women as the beating heart of their families and communities. The Queen also expressed her pride in Jordanian women from all walks of life, commending their efforts in building families, careers, and close-knit societies.

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