* In the news Saudi Monarch, Salam handed out awards to the winners of the 2019 King Faisal Prize (KFP) at a ceremony that took place in Riyadh last Sunday.
* The KFP recognizes individuals and institutions for significant contributions to their field.
* The prestigious prize, now in its 41st year, honors exceptional achievements in five categories: service to Islam, Islamic studies, Arabic language and literature, medicine and science.
* The International University of Africa in Khartoum won the KFP for service to Islam.
* Launched by the King Faisal Foundation (KFF) and granted for the first time in 1979, the King Faisal Prize (KFP) recognizes the outstanding works of individuals and institutions in five major categories: Service to Islam, Islamic Studies, Arabic Language and Literature, Medicine, and Science.
* Its aim is to benefit Muslims in their present and future, inspire them to participate in all aspects of civilization, as well as enrich human knowledge and develop mankind.
* KFP winners are evaluated only based on merit and their works are meticulously examined by specialized selection committees. The strict selection procedure meets international standards, and many of the laureates who have been awarded the prize went on to receive other prestigious prizes, such as the Nobel Prize.
* In awarding the Service to Islam prize, the selection committee recognizes individuals and institutions with outstanding records of service to Islam and Muslims, worldwide. For the Islamic studies, Arabic Language and Literature and Medicine prizes, the respective selection committees designate specific topics each year. Topics in Islamic Studies highlight areas of importance in Muslim society; Arabic Language and Literature topics relate to specialized areas within the discipline. Subjects in Medicine reflect current areas of international human health concern. The Science subcategories cover a broader scope: physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics.
* The General Secretariat of KFP invites Islamic organizations, universities, scientific institutions and other learned circles, as well as previous laureates, to nominate outstanding candidates for each of the five prize categories. Nominations from individuals and political parties are not accepted.
* Winners of the Prize for Service to Islam are chosen directly by the respective selection committee.
* In awarding the Service to Islam prize, the selection committee recognizes individuals and institutions with outstanding records worldwide of service to Islam and Muslims. For the Islamic studies, Arabic Language and Literature and Medicine prizes, the respective
* Several thinkers and scientists were awarded the prize, but this time it is an educational institution which serves the Islam and Muslims (International University of Africa).
* The prize came in appreciation to the IUA efforts in serving Islam and teaching its provisions, along with teaching Arabic language to spread it in the African continent through sheltering thousands of African Students, besides expanding the cognitive and cultural scope of Islam.
* The IUA is a great national edifice and the prize is but an evidence that the University is a moderate international institution
* It is high time for the Presidency to honour the IUA and all its cadres in appreciation to the great role of the University in serving Islam and Muslims through graduating more than 35 thousand graduates who are now spread all over the globe ingraining Islamic values and ideals in the society and highlighting them to the world.
* Thumbs Up to the International University of Africa for being awarded the KFP, wishing its cadres every success in continuing their noble mission.
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