KSA vows zero tolerance for terrorism

Updated 10 August 2013
0

KSA vows zero tolerance for terrorism

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah on Wednesday reaffirmed Saudi Arabia’s determination to combat terrorism and donated $100 million to support the international counterterrorism center under the United Nations.
“Terrorism threatens global peace and stability,” King Abdullah said in a joint Eid Al-Fitr message with Crown Prince Salman. King Abdullah called for joint international efforts to fight terrorism without showing any leniency toward militants and their funders.
“We should understand that terrorism will not disappear within a limited period. So we have to be prepared for a long fight with terrorism. Whenever we try to tighten the noose it could become increasingly aggressive and violent. But we have strong faith in God that it would be defeated,” the message said.
Muslims in the Kingdom, including expatriates, will celebrate Eid Al-Fitr on Thursday, marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. The Supreme Court has confirmed the sighting of Shawwal crescent by reliable witnesses on Wednesday evening.
The Supreme Court also congratulated King Abdullah, Crown Prince Salman, other members of the royal family, Saudis in general and Muslims all over the world on the advent of Eid Al-Fitr and hoped the Eid would bring greater progress and prosperity to the Islamic world and strengthen Muslim unity.
“I congratulate you from the vicinity of the Grand Mosque in Makkah on the advent of Eid Al-Fitr,” the king said while praising the Prophet (peace be upon him) for spreading the message of Islam to lead humanity from the darkness of oppression and ignorance to the light of truth, equality and justice.
“Prophet Muhammad had also raised the flag of tolerance, peaceful coexistence, wisdom and sensible conduct,” the king said.
King Abdullah and Prince Salman decried the painful condition of the Muslim world as a result of civil wars and standoffs, resulting in the killing of innocent people and terrorizing of citizens.
The message cautioned against the political motives of terrorist ideologies, distorting the meaning of religious texts to suit their vested interests, adding that such terrorists were tarnishing the image of Islam and its values and principles. “They try to cause chaos and confusion in the earth,” the message said quoting a verse from the Qur’an.
King Abdullah stressed the importance of activating the international counterterrorism center, which he proposed during an anti-terror conference in Riyadh on Feb. 5, 2005. Saudi Arabia had earlier donated $10 million for the center.
King Abdullah and Prince Salman cautioned the Ummah against the danger paused by the distorted ideologies.
They emphasized that Muslims should return to the Qur’an and Sunnah to change their present situation and strengthen their unity.
“We should stand firm against the proponents of sedition, deviation and distortion,” the message added.
Meanwhile, King Abdullah received telephone calls from several Muslim leaders including Turkish President Abdullah Gul, King Muhammad of Morocco and King Hamad of Bahrain and exchanged Eid greetings.


AMC Cinemas and Noon team-up to sell tickets for historic ‘Black Panther’ showing

Updated 33 min 31 sec ago
0

AMC Cinemas and Noon team-up to sell tickets for historic ‘Black Panther’ showing

  • The showing of Black Panther in the first commercial cinema to open its doors here in 35 years is eagerly anticipated by moviegoers.
  • The partnership with Noon.com is designed to give people the chance, every day, to buy such a limited amount of tickets.

Riyadh: With the return of cinema to Saudi Arabia just one day away, AMC Cinemas has announced a partnership with Noon.com to sell tickets online for initial screenings of “Black Panther,” the Marvel Studios production of the immensely popular comic book that heralds the return of movie theaters to the Kingdom on April 20.
The Kingdom-wide excitement accompanying the arrival of Black Panther in the first commercial cinema to open its doors here in 35 years is expected to generate hordes of would-be moviegoers for what will be the only cinema screen in all of Saudi Arabia as the cinema ramps up to full operations. The partnership with Noon.com is designed to give people the chance, every day, to buy such a limited amount of tickets.
Movie lovers can now go to www.noon.com, where they can click on a banner ad that will take them to the micro site for ticket sales and information. On the micro site landing page, a digital clock will count down to the start time for ticket sales for the next showing of Black Panther. As soon as the start time arrives, customers can click on “Book Now” to begin their ticket purchase with Noon. As soon as the show is sold out, the timer will reappear on screen along with a message indicating that there are no more tickets available and when sales will start for the next showing.
Initial screenings of Black Panther are reserved for families only and are not open to single males. Future showings will be made available for single men.
Although ticket sales are currently limited to next-day showings, customers will be able to choose their cinema experience, type of seat and the number of tickets they want to buy. There will be an initial limit of six tickets per customer. Black Panther will screen nightly at 8:30pm with tickets priced at SAR75, which includes a 25 percent entertainment tax levied by GCAM and 5 percent VAT.
Tickets for Friday night’s premiere event go on sale at 12:00am Friday, April 20 for the 8:30pm show on the same day.