Professor El-Adawi opened the lecture saying "Today’s issue is one of the crucial topics of interest to the people of Beirut. It bears many meanings as many institutions have experienced difficult circumstances. However, if the efforts of the owners of these institutions were united, they would rise in all aspects. We, Beirut Arab University, always offer assistance and cooperation to build a better society. "
Prof. Hallak commenced with some examples of educational and health institutions during the Ottoman Era, which had a great role throughout the history of Beirut, Lebanon and the Arab world. Afterwards, he spoke about foreign institutions such as the American University of Beirut, the Université Saint- Joseph de Beyrouth as well as the British and French institutions.
Hallak dedicated a brief historical overview to the Islamic institutions. He also stressed the bitter reality caused by neglect and mismanagement, as well as the role of the French authorities between 1918 and 1941 in tampering with the waqf, its erosion and loss of what it represents of the rise and development of Islam in Lebanon."
Some institutions continue to play their social, charitable and medical roles despite their modest funding and income. Some of them actually rely on self-financing starting with their foundation and throughout their course," Hallak maintained.
He suggested some solutions to the reality of the Islamic institutions in Beirut and the mechanisms to promote them such as the establishment of the Supreme Council of Islamic Institutions, the development of a new financial vision, the revival of the culture of the public charitable waqf, the employment of Beirut’s qualified and experienced personnel, the non-adoption of inherited succession in the general Islamic institutions, the modernization of Islamic institutions pertaining to knowledge, management, finance and regulations, as well as the importance of non-commitment to any political party because charities as well as scientific and social care institutions should maintain the same distance from all.