RIYADH, January 11 (CIC) – Professor Irwandi Jaswir of Indonesia, a renowned scholar in Halal science, has won the prestigious King Faisal International Prize for his service to Islam. The announcement for the winners of 2018 was made recently by Saudi Arabia’s General Secretariat of King Faisal International Prize.
Prof. Jaswir – who helped to develop methods to quickly detect non-Halal substances in food – was recognized for his contribution and research to the establishment of ‘Halal science’ pertaining to food with over 120 peer reviewed articles published by him in scientific journals as well as over 30 research studies.
The prize is given annually in recognition of excellence in five categories. They include service to Islam, Islamic studies, Arabic language and literature, medicine and science.
The other winners this year include Prof Bashar Awwad of Jordan (Islamic studies); Prof Shokri Al Mabkhout of Tunisia (Arabic Language and literature); Prof James Allison of the United States (medicine); and Prof Sir John Ball of the United Kingdom (science).
Some prominent previous winners of the prize in the “Service to Islam” category include Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz, King Khalid bin Abdulaziz and King Fahd bin Abdulaziz; Alija Begovic, former president of Bosnia and Herzegovina; Dr Mahathir Muhammed, former prime minister of Malaysia; Recep Tayyip Erdogan, prime minister of Turkey; Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, former prime minister of Malaysia; and Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed AI Qasimi, ruler of Sharjah.
Instituted by the King Faisal Foundation in 1979, the award aims to benefit and inspire Muslims to positively contribute to humanity. The nominees are evaluated strictly on merit and their works are meticulously examined by various committees. The selection process meets international standards, and many winners of the prize received other prestigious awards, including the Nobel Prize.
The foundation said that it had started the nomination process for the next year’s prize. April 1 is the deadline for receiving nominations in all five categories.