‘Criminalize abuse of Prophet’

Updated 07 December 2013
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‘Criminalize abuse of Prophet’

Delegates at a conference here have called on governments of Muslim majority nations to seek a United Nations resolution that would make the abuse of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), other prophets and caliphs a criminal offense.
This was one of several resolutions adopted by the World Conference on the Prophet (pbuh) organized by the Madinah Islamic University this week.
Delegates also recommended that a research center be set up, named the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Center for Studies and Research on the life and achievements of the Prophet (pbuh).
The conference recommended that Crown Prince Salman oversee these studies and that the university run the center.
The recommendations were tabled during the closing session of the conference, chaired by Abdul Rahman bin Abdullah Al-Sanad, director of the Islamic University. The conference had five sessions of dialogue and discussions.
The conference recommended organizing a workshop at the university for human rights activists from Arab and Islamic countries to develop a binding charter to protect Islam and the name of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
Other resolutions adopted by the delegates included the recognition of the greatness of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and the need for Muslims to respect, admire and pray for him, his family, wives and companions.
The conference commended the efforts of the organizations, agencies and educational institutions that have acknowledged and supported Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and his message.
The delegates also called on Muslims to spread the message of Islam to non-Muslims globally through print and electronic media on all platforms in all languages, and for businesspeople to invest in these projects.
The conference recommended that the university hold seminars and courses inside and outside the Kingdom to acknowledge the rights and achievements of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
The delegates also invited Islamic associations and universities to implement programs, conferences, meetings, and printing of scientific research and theses on the biography of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
The participants wanted an encyclopedia published in various languages to cover the prophet’s solutions to ethical, social and economic issues. They also called on various government ministries to establish permanent and mobile exhibitions on the legacy and message of the Prophet (pbuh).
The conference called on Islamic governments to direct their embassies in various countries around the world to carry the message of Islam and Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
The conference thanked the Ministry of Education for allocating parts of its school and university curricula to the study of Islam and the Prophet (pbuh), and urged other countries to do the same.
The participants also wanted an award created for the best research into the life of the Prophet (pbuh), to be named after King Abdullah and run by the Islamic University.
The delegates recommended that the conference be held every three years at the Islamic University. The participants also recommended sending a telegram of thanks and gratitude to King Abdullah for supporting the conference and the university.


Sharqiah Season features interactive Van Gogh show at Ithra

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Sharqiah Season features interactive Van Gogh show at Ithra

  • The initiative is lin line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 program
DAHRAN: The story of Vincent Van Gogh has been brought to life in an interactive exhibition at the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra), through mesmerizing images projected on the walls and the voice of Lebanese actor of Jihad Al-Atrash.
Al-Atrash, who is famous for his role in “Grendizer” in the Arabic cartoon channel Spacetoon, narrates the story in Arabic, while Van Gogh’s famous paintings, such as “The Starry Night” and “Sunflowers,” fill the walls.
“It’s not only entertainment, it’s also cultural and educational,” said Khalil Itani, project manager of the exhibition, which is part of Sharqiah Season, a 17-day festival that’s taking place in the Eastern Province.
“There will be an English voiceover soon. The 30 minutes and 40 seconds describes the important timelines of Van Gogh, his struggles and achievements, his thoughts. He was an awakened and spiritual person, but he was very sad; no one understood him. Also, the voiceover explains each phase of his life and the most important paintings of his, and explains these paintings and their story, and the techniques and colors.”
Itani told Arab News that many artists have visited the exhibition. “It’s very inspiring too for artists to know how he lived — this is the added value of the Van Gogh exhibition in Ithra.”
Raghad Al-Blowi, a 20-year-old Saudi visitor, said that Van Gogh was one of her most cherished artists, and her favorite painting is “The Starry Night.” Commenting on the Arabic narration, she said: “It makes visitors really get into it in Arabic more. Locals can understand and learn about Van Gogh.”
Colombian visitor Audrey Rincon said that she also enjoyed the exhibit. “It is different from the usual exhibitions, because the paintings are displayed in an interactive and creative way. And he is my favorite painter. I love the colors he used in his paintings, and ‘Sunflowers’ is my favorite painting.”
Sharqiah Season is organized by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage in collaboration with the General Entertainment Authority, General Sports Authority and General Culture Authority. The initiative is in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 program, which aims to improve the quality of life for Saudis by providing enriching cultural pursuits and shows.
The festival, which began on March 14 and runs until March 30, has seen more than 80 entertainment and sporting events take place across nine different cities.