25 March 2019
Under the patronage and in the attendance of His Excellency Prof. Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy, Chancellor of the University of Sharjah and Executive Chairman of SIFHAMS, the Sharjah International Foundation for the History of Muslim and Arab Sciences organized the first Scholars Talk under the title: "The Holy Qur'an and Science: A Contemporary Approach to Halal Industry and Challenges Ahead." The talk was moderated by Prof. Irwandi Jaswir from the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) and the holder of the King Faisal International Prize for the Service of Islam in 2018.
His Excellency Ali Hussein Al Mazroua, General Director of the Sharjah Finance Department, attended the talk along with Dr. Salah Taher, Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs at the University; Professor Mesut Idriz, Acting Director of the Foundation; Prof. Abdul Sahib Mehdi, Acting Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Science; Prof. Mufid Al Samarai, Senior Advisor of the Sharjah Research Academy; Eng. Alia Al Marzouqi Deputy CEO of the Emirates International Accreditation Centre (EIAC) and a number of the Center's Board of Directors; as well as a number of College Deans, Centers' Directors, and faculty and staff members along with students.
The Chancellor of the University of Sharjah welcomed Prof. Irwandi Jaswir, the members of the Executive Board of SIFHAMS, and the attendees, stressing that this Foundation is characterized by its achievements and clear innovations in scientific history. It faces many challenges, he added, in translating and developing smart concepts to make them compatible with modern technology, which is in line with the specializations offered and the requirements of the labor market. He pointed out that the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Sharjah is the basis for building and developing Arabic language programs as well as its special interest in contemporary history and modern science. The College works, he continued, to educate and guide students in various fields that serve the community and the Emirate of Sharjah and the UAE, including through the development of courses that are in line with the vision of the University.
For his part, Prof. Irwandi Jaswir thanked the University of Sharjah for the kind invitation and highlighted the concept of halal in the Holy Qur'an and halal science, the Halal industry approach and the challenges facing the diverse cultures and beliefs that result in diversity in the lifestyle and habits of individuals, including food diversity, taste diversity and variety of foods as well as different methods of processing and preparation. He also explained his achievements in the field of research and training on the Halal industry and presented a set of statistics in the global Halal market and the environment that some countries are preparing for such practices. This in addition to studying the issues and obstacles that prevent the application of the standards of halal to facilitate the life of Muslims in Muslim and non-Muslim countries in general. He also discussed knowledge of the standard specifications related to halal and scientific development of research in institutes and laboratories specialized in halal science, which is enhanced globally after determining the standards of the components of the product whether food, cosmetic or medical products in terms of purity in the proportion of personal care products or installation required in cosmetics and medical equipment and other service Halal products.