King Salman is ‘Islamic Personality of the Year’

Updated 01 July 2015
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King Salman is ‘Islamic Personality of the Year’

JEDDAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has been awarded a top international prize for his contribution to the propagation of the Qur’an.
He was named the “Islamic Personality of the Year” by the Holy Qur’an International Memorization Organization, an affiliate of the Makkah-based Muslim World League (MWL).
This is the eighth year the organization has held the awards.
It gave prizes in 10 categoriess. Societies promoting Qur’an memorization; teachers; senior sheikhs; television programs, websites and magazines were among those honored.
Abdullah bin Abdul Mohsin Al-Turki, the secretary-general of the MWL, said King Salman was given the award for setting up memorization schools for boys and girls under the Islamic Affairs Ministry, and allocating SR1.5 million every year for winners of local and international contests.
He said that King Salman also gave SR6 million for a distance learning project of the Holy Qur’an Memorization Society in Jeddah (Khairokom).
The project aims to establish an online platform to teach the Qur’an.
“Among other things, King Salman is the honorary president of the Holy Qur’an Memorization Society in Riyadh. He established a special endowment for the society to secure a constant income for it, and regularly supports and sponsors the annual ceremonies of Qur’an societies across the Kingdom,” he said.


King Salman convenes summit of Gulf and Arab states

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King Salman convenes summit of Gulf and Arab states

  • Meeting will be held in conjunction with the Islamic Summit

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's King Salman has called for the convening of two summits of Gulf and Arab states to be held on May 30 in Makkah.

The meeting will be held in conjunction with the upcoming Islamic Summit.

According to a Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement, King Salman has sent an invitation to the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and leaders of other Arab countries to two summits to discuss the recent attacks by the Iranian-backed Houthis in the UAE and on Saudi Arabia's oil pipelines and their repercussions on the region. 

“The attack on ships in the territorial waters of the United Arab Emirates and the terrorist-backed Iran-backed Houthi militias’ attack on two oil pumping stations in the Kingdom have serious implications for regional and international peace and security and for the supply and stability of world oil markets,” the foreign ministry said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency.