Dialogues in Religion, Thought and Language
With Dr. AbdulHadi AlFadhli
Saudishia.com - 14 / 7 / 2013 - 1:45 pm

This book, which is one of the publications by the Committee of Dr. AlFadhli’s Books, includes a group of interviews with AlFadhli on diverse fields particularly religion, thought and language. Those eighteen interviews reveal some of his distinctive views overs issues that were not discussed on his published books, researches or public lectures.

AlFadhli was born in 1935 in Basra, Iraq, and studied Qur'an, Arabic grammar, logic and rhetoric. In 1948, he joined the academic hawza of Najaf to continue his studies. He joined the College of Fiqh in Najaf where he attained his bachelor degree in Arabic Language and Islamic Sciences in 1962; then, he had his master degree in Arabic Language from the College of Arts at Baghdad University in 1971.

Sheikh AlFadhli returned to Saudi Arabia in 1971 to teach Arabic in King Abdulaziz University (KAU) in Jeddah when he had a scholarship to Cairo University from which he attained his PhD in Arabic Language. He returned to Saudi Arabia and taught in KAU till 1988 and was chosen to teach Arabic in the International Colleges of Islamic Sciences in London in same year. He discussed and supervised many doctoral theses. AlFadhli was known to be one of the founding members of AlDawa Party in Iraq, and he combined academic with religious studies.

AlFadhli wrote many books and researches that were published, had participated in various cultural activities, and was a member in several literary forums. He had many published writings on Islamic jurisprudence, language, ethics and rapprochement like "Islam as a Principle", "Religion in Language and Quran", "The Islamic State", "Our Civilization in the Field of Conflict", "The Problem of Poverty", "The Memorandum of Logic" and more.

In one of AlNadawah Newspaper issues dated March 26, 1991, Dr. AbdulHadi AlFadhli was interviewed by Hasan AlTaweel and Ali Al Omran over his intellectual interests. AlFadhli mentioned that he was born and raised in Basra, Iraq, where he finished his high school, then, he joined the College of Fiqh in Najaf, Iraq.

He talked about his march on teaching which began since he was in high school and continued for thirty years, then, he decided to quit teaching in order to have time to work on his books and writings. Sheikh AlFadhli indicated that he wrote more than forty books and twenty researches besides his master and doctorial theses.

In another interview on November 1992, Dr. AlFadhli said that unity could be enforced through recognizing the other sects’ doctrines and preventing to consider others as infidels. He confirmed that rapprochement and unity could be achieved through working on the common aspects and mutual goals.

Moreover, AlFadli discussed the contemporary situation of Muslims community and the challenges at that phase in a dialogue with Jasim AlWafi published in AlMawaqif Magazine, Bahrain, on July 1993. He emphasized that Muslims won’t regain respect from the world’s populations unless they promoted their cultural and economic power.

In the same interview, AlFadhli believed, at then, that the press in Muslims world was still developing and needed being promoted. He affirmed the necessity of increasing the number of daily newspapers and weekly magazines in different languages. He, also, called for increasing religious awareness and public culture programs in order to cope with the openness in the world.

On summer 1994, AlKalimah magazine published an interview with Sheikh AbdulHadi AlFadhli focusing on revival in the contemporary Islamic thought. He suggested an approach for reviving Islamic thought briefing it in five points. He called for adopting the principles of research in the Islamic studies and making changes in the Islamic though to be compatible with the requirements of our contemporary real life. He recommended reconsidering the language of our Islamic thought to fit with modern life language, insisted on benefiting from others experiences, and urged supporting intellectual and religious issues.

Through the Bahraini AlWasat Newspaper, Sayyed Ali AlMusa had, also, interviewed Dr. AlFadhli on May 2, 2003, tackling diverse intellectual aspects. He expressed his views on Islamic discourse and religious dialogue confirming the necessity of respecting other sects’ beliefs and symbols. He cleared the significance of adopting the right principles of dialogue to achieve the required results, and called for preventing intolerance to get rid of the illusions and have new perceptions.

In another interview with AlFadhli on AlAsr Magazine on January 2005, he discussed the concept of modernization defining it as the process of transforming the old perceptions into new ones within the limits that accomplish the goals of such process. He mentioned that modernization is an ancient social phenomenon, and Islam deals with it as any other phenomenon providing that it does not affect its constants.

• Book: “Dialogues in Religion, Thought and Language with Dr. AbdulHadi AlFadhli”
• Publisher: Committee of Dr. AlFadhli’s Books
• Publishing Year: first edition in 2013
• Pages: 322