Within the activities of Doha International Book Fair in its thirty-second session, the Cultural Salon organized a symposium entitled “The Impact of Religious Discourse on Youth in the Media”, which was presented by Mr. Mohammad Al-Shabrawi and hosted the journalist and presenter of the Days of God program, Mr. Mujahid Sharara.
The symposium dealt with three axes, which are the Corona crisis and how scholars dealt with it, podcasts and specialized religious channels. As for the third axis, it was titled “The New Preachers”.
Sharara emphasized that the Corona pandemic was one of the challenges that the world faced, and it affected the Islamic world to an unprecedented degree, so many questions related to worship and transactions arose, and scholars began to present fatwas closely related to the course of events, such as how do we perform congregational prayer in light of social divergence? Is it valid to pray behind the imam via television or the Internet? How do we look at the blessings of God that were restricted by the pandemic and focused on them?
The journalist, Mujahid Sharara, added that the scholars enjoyed great flexibility in dealing with developments in urgent matters, and they were very close to the needs of youth and community issues, which reflected positively on young people and their willingness to practice Islamic rituals.
Regarding the podcast and its spread among the various circles in the Arab and Islamic society, Sharara said that the harbingers of the podcast appeared through satellite television channels such as Al-Nas TV, as it presented to the general public a number of programs in which sheikhs and scholars spoke to people directly, and within the scope of an urgent issue, what linked people to that. topics, and with the recognition of the podcast in its current form, the area of interest in it expanded and the degree of its popularity increased.
He gave examples of a number of successful models in the field of podcasting, all of which are related to an essential human need.
In response to a question: Why did a number of scholars turn to the TikTok platform? The presenter of the “Days of God” program said that knocking on various doors in order to reach young people and influence them is an approach followed by a number of scholars, led by Dr. Salman Al-Awda, Sheikh Nabil Al-Awadi and Dr. Mohammad Al-Awadi, as leaving these platforms on the pretext that they present nonsense and absurdities is not appropriate. Rather, it is a platform that must be employed in a way that serves the religion of God, and preachers must invest in it and call to God with insight, and activate the divine approach, “and let him be kind,” and this calls for acceptance of what they offer the youth.
He gave a number of examples to demonstrate the necessity of calling to God with goodness, and the consequences of violence in guiding children.
Mujahid Sharara talked about the phenomenon of new preachers and the subsequent discrepancy in the way the preaching discourse was presented, and he said that the appearance of Amr Khaled was met with unparalleled approval, because he moved to the youth in cafes and clubs, and spoke in their language and did not separate from their life problems, which strengthened the common space between them and between the target audience. Then, came after him a number of those who were later known as “New preachers”, and their influence continued for years, until social media platforms penetrated and to some extent undermined reality and expanded the scope of the virtual world, which resulted in the emergence of a category of influencers in all fields, including influencers in The advocacy field, to the extent that young people trust them more than they trust scholars!