Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and Governor of Makkah Region, handed the Prince Khaled Al-Faisal Prize for Moderation (in Translation) to the Dean of the English Language Institute, Dr Abdullah Al-Bargi, on Sunday in Jeddah.
The award ceremony was held at the King Faisal Convention Center at King Abdulaziz University.
The moderation prize (in the translation branch), which has been offered for the first time, was awarded to the ELI's winning submission "Combating Extremism: A compilation of Saudi press op-ed articles spreading the message of moderation." The submission included the translation of 50 recent op-ed articles published in Saudi newspapers consolidating the principle of moderation as a core intellectual Islamic value in all aspects of life. The articles were written by a variety of Saudi politicians, diplomats, scholars, and journalists to instill this founding value of Islam in the nation's youth.
Dr Al-Bargi said "It is a great honor and privilege for the ELI to win this prestigious prize.” He added that “We, at the ELI, felt the need to dedicate ourselves to communicating the message of moderation in Islam to the entire world at this crucial time to dispel misunderstandings concerning the true teachings of our religion, its great timeless values, and the true nature of Saudi people." He also said that this effort comes as part of the ELI’s social responsibility and "we hope it helps the international audience to better understand the often under-represented and overlooked value of Islam, which is moderation."
Dr Al-Bargi thanked the ELI translation, editorial, and art work teams for this milestone achievement of the Institute. A thank-you ceremony will be organized at later date to honor the teams, he said.