RIYADH: Support for science and scientists, both financially and morally, is rooted in Qur’an and Sunnah, said professor Saleh bin Mohammed Al-Hassan in his paper: “The Salafist Vision on Backing Science and Scientists.”
Al-Hassan was one of the academics who presented their papers on the second day of the symposium on Salafism, Shariah and national demand at Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University in Riyadh.
Vice president of the university Ahmed bin Youssef Al-Darwish, in his paper on the doctrine of the righteous ancestor of rulers, argued that the ideal example for ruling is for all Muslims to be under one ruler. Yet, given the complexity of the environment, the diversity of rulers or imams is accepted. He stressed that people need rulers and defying them is banned according to the Qur’an and the Sunnah.
The Salafist approach and its attributes was the theme tackled in another paper presented by Ibrahim bin Nasir Al-Humoud. The most distinctive feature of this approach is that it is divine. He stressed that this divine approach is so obvious that it does not need interpretation. Other important features are thoroughness, moderation and comprehensive approach.