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Salafism is only an approach, says justice minister

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The minister said in reply to a question by the rector of the university: “Salafism is only a descriptive approach, not a name. This means we obey the ancestors’ belief and values in understanding Islam, which is a moderate approach practiced by the late King Abdul Aziz who founded our Kingdom based on this approach.”

During the lecture attended by the rector of the university, deans, teaching staff, students and some experts, the minister dwelt at length on the subject of social work in the courts. He called on people to resolve all struggles and fights in a peaceful way without resorting to violence or without going to the court.

Solving problems is a social approach and using the Islamic principles urging every Muslim to respect his Muslim brother were some of the topics the minister talked about in his lecture at Imam University.

The minister talked about a decision to set up a department in his ministry specialized in solving the problems, fights and struggles between people in a very social way, giving rights to their beneficiaries, and reducing any injustice in these cases.

Knowing the statistics proved 60 percent of the cases in the justice courts were family related, he said it is very important to start the hard work to reduce these cases, solving disputes between people peacefully.

The minister added: “Through the international dimension for the dialogue between peoples of the whole world, finding an agreement for many cases we face in the world and Arab societies is what we need these days.”

Al-Issa talked in his speech about the ministry’s construction projects and said: “The approval of large buildings require waiting for the outcomes of legal proceedings and the system of criminal procedures.”

The minister highlighted the importance of understanding the exact meaning of the term “Salafism”. He said: “This term is not a substitute for the word Islam. We can’t tolerate the people who try to find any way to offend to Islam and its believers.”

The minister confirmed in his lecture the significance of being Muslims meaning believers must protect Islam and Islamic principles from any distortion.

In the meeting, the minister covered many topics, talking about Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah’s technical project, the ministry’s effort to implement the e-gate project for the public, saying the total budgets allocated for these projects were substantial.

“Reorganizing all procedures of courts is a very great and historical work that will improve the ministry’s work to international standards,” he said.

Concluding his speech, the minister appreciated the effort exerted by the Kingdom’s leaders for the moderate approach and applying it to all walks of life in the country.

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