Doha: The Cultural Village Foundation — Katara — organised a conference ‘English Da’wah Skills’ in the multi-purpose hall, building 15, in cooperation with Sheikh Thani Bin Abdullah Foundation for Humanitarian Services (RAF).
It was hosted by Dr Khaled Ibrahim Al Dousari (pictured), born in Bahrain but of Saudi origin. He holds a PhD in business management and two master’s in sciences and human resources from the US and a diploma from Education College, King Saud University, majoring in language.
He has attended several sessions, programmes and conferences as a lecturer and participant, and recently worked for Aramco in Saudi Arabia as a supervisor for vocational education in the Directorate of Professional Growth in Training and Development.
The Katara lecture highlighted benefits of a 36-hour, eight-week programme, mostly consisting workshops, to develop and maximise individuals’ skills.
The conference was attended by a large number of audience.
Dr Al Dousari said, “We should develop international leaders to introduce Islam since we are facing criticisms and the West’s perception of us.
“We should be a moving Islam exhibition in any place and at any time. As Muslims, we cannot separate religion from our lives. Islam is not just a religion; it is a way of life.”
He stressed that the human being is the most important element in the world and “we should develop our communication skills and capacities”.
He said the misuse of Islam by some people gives a wrong impression and “when extending the message, we should ensure to transfer it in a correct manner”.
Dr Al Dousari said the person who learns and teaches gets further educated, and each person succeeding in intercultural communication assists in building a peaceful future for the world.
He said many people speak English fluently and have knowledge about Islam but are unable to communicate efficiently in English on Islam due to lack of appropriate terms. “The principal aim of the session is to support efficient communication in any intercultural meeting.”
At the end of the conference, participants acquired skills to improve Islamic culture and efficient communication and the ability to discuss Islamic concepts in English and provided short- presentations on Islam. The forum raised awareness about the importance of language in any intercultural meeting and enabled individuals to acquire necessary terms in other religions to introduce Islam.The Peninsula