The main theater in Darb Al-Saai witnessed a new symposium entitled “Al-Jasra… An ever-giving cultural beacon”, Dr. Hassan Rashid, journalist and critic, Dr. Ahmed Abdel-Malik, academic and novelist, and Dr. Marzouq Bashir, writer and researcher participated in the symposium which was presented by the journalist and writer Dr. Abdullah Faraj Al-Marzouqi.
The participants in the symposium recalled the importance of the historical role of Al-Jasra Club, and its many contributions in enriching the cultural and artistic scene in Qatar, the Arab Gulf states, and the Arab world.
Dr. Abdullah Faraj Al-Marzouqi started the symposium by stressing the importance of the role of Al-Jasra Club since the early sixties of the last century, when its origins were sports, until it turned into a cultural and social club, and since then, it has enjoyed a prestigious cultural and social status.
In turn, Dr. Hassan Rashid returned, with the audience, to half a century ago, when he dealt with the emergence of small clubs in Al-Furjan, including Al-Ahly, Al-Kifah, Al-Wahda, Al-Orouba, Al-Tahrir, Al-Ahrar, Port Said, and other clubs, pointing out that the naming of these clubs came in affiliation with the Nasserist tide, which was prevalent at the time in the Arab world.
He said: Al-Jasra Club was established as an athlete within the system of these sports clubs that arose at the time, to be active in sports, to spend the free time of the sons of Al-Furjan, pointing out that the establishment of Al-Jasra Club came in the wake of the closure of Al-Ahrar Club, which resulted in Al-Ahrar players joining the new Al-Jasra Club at the time.
Dr. Hassan Rashid described Al-Jasra Club in its early inception as a beacon of cultural movement, not only in Qatar, but in the Arab world as well, by hosting symbols of art and culture in the Arab world, especially after it turned into a social and cultural club in 1972, where it produced Many artistic and cultural talents, who have now become stars in the world of culture and arts, which made the club a partner with official institutions.
He said: We lived the glory and this club was hidden. He expressed his hope that the club would restore this historical role, to remain a beacon of cultural and artistic activity, so that the voice of Al-Jasra reaches everyone, as it was in the past.
For his part, Dr. Ahmed Abdel-Malik said: This year, nearly 60 years have passed since the establishment of Al-Jasra Club, which are the six decades in which the club was keen to achieve its goals in spreading cultural and social awareness, in addition to representing the State of Qatar in many From the capitals of the world, by cultural days and weeks.
He stopped at examples of the giving that the Al-Jasra Cultural and Social Club presented to the cultural and artistic arena in Qatar, the Arab Gulf states, and the Arab world, in a way that it hosted symbols of thought and culture in the Arab world, which made it a station of intellectual radiation in the State of Qatar, and won it Gulf artistic awards, describing Al-Jasra Club that it was an “inexhaustible resource”.
Dr. Ahmed Abdel-Malik called for the importance of activating the club’s role as it was. He praised the role played by the club’s administration in promoting it, and working on to revive its activity and role again, and that the businessmen and civil society institutions should have a role in reviving this historical role of the club.
In turn, Dr. Marzouq Bashir described Al-Jasra Club as “representing a model for civil cultural initiatives, and that its inception precedes the independence of the state, as well as the official authorities, which reflects the importance of the club’s historical role.”
In this context, Dr. Marzouq Bashir confirmed that Al-Jasra Club was established as a civil initiative, among other civil initiatives, similar to the establishment of the Al-Adwaa Division, which reflects the awareness of community members of the importance of civil initiatives, from the very beginning.
He said that Al-Jasra was witness to the launch of the first musical group, and from it the theater groups were also launched, along with the launch of the first school for memorizing the Holy Qur’an, as well as the first newspaper and magazine, which reflects the importance of the historical establishment, and the role played by Al-Jasra Club since its early inception.
He expressed his hope that Al-Jasra Club would be restored to its historical position, standing at points of weakness and strength, and that there would be multiple contributions by members of society to advance the club, without being limited to official support only, so that the club would remain a partner in cultural action, especially since the State of Qatar She has become the focus of the world’s attention, due to her great roles in thought, media and sports, which makes her able to have an active role in Arab culture.
Dr. Marzouq Bashir praised the role of the management of the Al-Jasra Cultural and Social Club, in ensuring that it continues to issue its publications, and works to revive its role, to be a partner in the cultural scene.