Almotamar.net - The Yemeni Minister of Culture Dr Mohammed Abu Bakr al-Maflahi said Monday that the choosing the city of Tarim as a cultural capital for Islamic culture in the year 2010 is attributed to the big status of this town and the role it had played during different epochs of the Arab and Islamic history, represented in development of the Islamic movement and the spread of Islam in many parts of the world.
In a statement to almotamar.net the Minister of culture added that the city of Tarim has Islamic extension and history in dissemination of Islamic message especially in East Asia in addition to representing the Yemeni migrants. The Yemeni migrants, especially from Hadramout, had carried with them the tolerant picture on Islam and that led to that millions of the Islamic world peoples, especially in South-East Asia, embraced Islam, due to the role of Hadramout in general and this city in particular in spreading the Islamic religion characterized of coexistence with world peoples.
The Minister also asked all government institutions working in Hadramout in general to contribute in the success process and asked also civil society organizations, the cultural activities and the private sector to contribute to the success of this activity as it needs for large funding fir hosting very large numbers of cultural activists from Yemen and different Islamic nations. He said n doubt there would be cultural weeks from many Islamic countries the city would host and that would need large financial amounts.
The Minister also gave his directives to concerned authorities in the ministry to set an office for the follow-up the activities of Tarim, the Capital of the Islamic Culture 2010, affirming the ministry's keenness on solving all issues to would contribute to success of Tarim activities.
It is worth mentioning that a meeting chaired by the minister in Hadramout on Monday discussed visions and suggestions on the activities of Tarim, the Capital of Islamic Culture 2010.
The city of Tarim is the religious capital of Hadramout governorate as it is still a centre emitting the light of science and a luminous Islamic religion centre since the emergence of Islam. It was frequented by students from different parts of Yemen, the neighbouring countries, the Far East and east Africa.
The city was given this name 'Tarim' after the youngest sons of Saba and its inhabitants embraced Islam after the delegation of Hadramout returned from visiting the Prophet Mohammed in the 10th Hegira year and in the era of unity the city received large and developed architectural movement.