Trend of sleeping in Grand Mosque increasing

Updated 01 August 2013
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Trend of sleeping in Grand Mosque increasing

The trend of people sleeping in the Grand Mosque has been increasing each year, despite religious scholars declaring such an occurrence as a violation of Shariah.
It is not merely visitors from other Islamic countries who take a nap in the Grand Mosque but local visitors too.
The Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques has contacted authorities several times to find a solution to the problem.
Members of the Shoura Council have also made similar requests in the past.
Muhammad Matar, director of the Islamic Studies Center at Umm Al Qura University, said these mosques are for worship.
“They were never meant for sleep and relaxation or for eating and drinking,” he said.
“Allah said in the Qur’an ‘In houses (that) Allah has permitted to be raised up and His Name to be mentioned therein,’” he said.
“He also said ‘Purify My Home for the circumambulators, and the consecrators, and the ones often bowing down and prostrating themselves.’”
“This clearly means that mosques are meant for devotional activities,” he added. “When people tend to eat, drink or sleep, it can result in foul smells emanating from the area.”
Al Sahli said that God’s houses should be kept clean and not be subjected to such practices. “They are not places for food and drink,” he said.
“It’s okay to have a couple of dates if you are fasting and have come to pray and break your fast. But people go beyond that. There are legal rules that mandate that anything harmful to mosques should be prevented. Sleeping inside is harmful to mosques and the people praying there.”
The General Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques said it was keen on preventing such habits through awareness programs and with the help of the media.
Ahmad Al Mansuri, director of Public Relations at the Presidency, said: “We are working to address this problem through education and communication. We print leaflets which are informative in many languages and distribute them among worshippers for awareness.”


Italy pledges electronic warfare support to Saudi Arabia

Updated 20 April 2018
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Italy pledges electronic warfare support to Saudi Arabia

  • Saudi-Italian collaboration to develop electronic defense solutions pushed in workshop organized by the Italian Embassy, KACST and Elettronica SpA
  • Italy's Elettronica specializes in the designing and manufacturing electronic warfare equipment

RIYADH: Italy has pledged to support the Kingdom with electronic warfare and defense electronics, offering a range of state-of-the-art solutions to counter threats. 

The call for Saudi-Italian collaboration was made on Thursday at a workshop organized jointly by the Italian Embassy, the King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and Italian-based Elettronica SpA, a world leader in electronic warfare.

Italian Ambassador to the Kingdom Luca Ferrari welcomed the workshop initiative, and said: “We are working to develop a strategic partnership between our two countries, building on decades of excellent political and economic collaboration.

“Such initiatives increase mutual understanding and knowledge between Italian and Saudi counterparts and foster further opportunities for collaboration.” 

Ferrari added that the workshop is a proof of Italian industries’ and institutes’ willingness to strengthen the relationship between the two countries through working with local high-tech university centers and industries in Saudi Arabia.

He added: “The move on the part of the Italian government and our companies comes within the framework of Saudi Vision 2030, which calls for foreign partnerships to diversify the economy, cut reliance on oil and build a robust Saudi defense sector.”

The workshop, entitled “The Digital Revolution: Impacts on defense electronics, security and life,” looked at electronic warfare, cyber intelligence, the future of autonomous vehicles and implications of the digital revolution for the defense industry. 

Enzo Benigni, Elettronica’s chairman and chief executive officer, said: “Italian institutes and companies are keen to embrace the Saudi Vision 2030, and to support the growth of the defense industry and overall defense sector of the Kingdom. 

“We work in Saudi Arabia to create high-value cooperation with the Saudi armed forces and local partners with an aim to build a world-class defense sector of the Kingdom.”

Benigni said Elettronica specializes in the designing and manufacturing electronic warfare, from single stand-alone equipment to complete integrated systems, for naval, airborne and ground applications as well as for space and homeland security.