The Role of Religious Education in Promoting Peace
20 November، 2019

In the Name of Allāh,

the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful

Praise is due to Allāh, Lord of the worlds, may the blessings and peace be upon our master Muḥammad, the last of prophets, on his family, and all his companions.

Resolution No. 236 (7/24)

The Role of Religious Education in Promoting Peace

The Council of the International Islamic Fiqh Academy of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, holding its 24th session in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on 7–9 Rabīʿ al-Awwal 1440h (4–6 November 2019),

Having examined the research papers submitted to the Academy concerning the Role of Religious Education in Promoting Peace,

Having reviewed the recommendations of the international scientific sym- posium on the Role of Religious Education in Promoting Peace held by the Academy in Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco, on 17–18 Shaʿbān 1440 (23–24 April 2019), in cooperation with the Islamic Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (ISESCO),

Having listened to the in-depth discussions on the subject,


  1. Drawing attention to the Holy Quran, the book of guidance, sent by Allāh, The All-Wise and the All-Knowing, and to the Noble Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad SAW and strengthen drawing from the educational methods found in the Holy Quran and the Noble
  2. Continue holding regional and sub-regional conferences, seminars and meetings within the Muslim world and beyond on strengthening the role of religious education and learning and also, organizing internation- al dialogue forums, with the participation of a well-selected elite of in- tellectuals and experts to present Islamic teachings on moderation and
  3. Invite OIC Member states to establish special commissions to conduct detailed scientific studies on religious education programs in their re- spective countries and also include Islamic values and teachings on peace, dialogue and coexistence.
  4. Invite competent educational authorities of OIC Member states to include religious teachings on peace in their school curricula.
  1. Emphasize, in religious education programs, that Allāh the All-High has honored the human being; and as a human being, he/she has the right to a decent life, education, good health and other life essentials.
  2. Highlight skills and concepts that promote religious values on tolerance, patriotism, and positive community attitudes; and emphasize these in religious education, learning, and preaching
  3. Spread advanced educational programs for teaching the Arabic language to non-Arabic speakers, in order to improve their knowledge of Islam, its culture, and values.
  4. Broader propagation of educational programs using modern communi- cation devices to rectify the common negative perceptions of Islam and
  5. Stress the importance of partnership and cooperation between religious scholars and experts in education and education sciences to elaborate reli- gious education programs based on an educational approach that elevates religious values and reinforces them into the youth
  6. Coordination and cooperation between media, educational, preaching, dawah, and youth institutions, to reinforce and promote religious and cultural identity, and to consolidate national identity and respect of oth- ers’
  7. Develop training methods and programs for religious guides and civil servants in religious affairs.
  8. Scientific and pedagogical training of religious education teachers in the Member states and their continuous qualification through in-service
  9. Develop educational methods and resources adapted to the multimedia generation, strengthen the values of dialogue and debate, and expand using educational activities method which teaches systematic thinking and constructs personal dialoguing attitude with others.
  10. Prepare and publish foundational studies and research on strengthening education based on moderation and temperance, and translate them into living languages.
  11. Establish research centers in charge of guiding and counselling Muslims, confronting fanaticism, takfirism, atheism, and refuting their opinions and arguments based on the teachings of Shariah.
  12. Hold international symposiums and conferences on the use of social net-

works in promoting the values of peace, temperance and moderation.

  1. Promote the culture of peace and develop skills, values and attitudes in religious education programs, which strengthen social interaction and
  2. Stress the importance of teaching comparative jurisprudence (al-fiqh al- muqārin) and comparative religion at Member states universities, fol- lowing methodologies inspired by the flexibility of Shariah, its values of divergence and diversity, its role in pluralism, broader understanding and acceptance of others, and making flexible judgments.
  3. Emphasize the importance of religious education and the development of its education methodologies.
  4. Highlight authentic Islamic concepts regarding women and include them within religious education programs.

Indeed, Allāh is All-Knowing.

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