Renowned Pakistani qari enthralls Riyadh audience

Updated 17 December 2013
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Renowned Pakistani qari enthralls Riyadh audience

Qari Syed Sadaqat Ali, famous for his unique reading style of the Holy Qur’an, enthralled his community members with his recitation of the holy book in Riyadh recently.
The event was organized by the Pakistan Embassy and attended by Ambassador Muhammad Naeem Khan and his wife, Anila Naeem Khan.
Sadaqat Ali was a student and disciple of the world renowned Egyptian Qur’an reciter, Sheikh Abdul Basit.
He has won numerous awards for his outstanding performance in the field of Qur’an recitation, including the coveted Pride of Performance awarded to him by the President of Pakistan.
Speaking at the event, the envoy said, “We have invited many top personalities in the past and will continue to do so. We appreciate all those country’s men and women who have distinguished themselves in the fields of art and literature and can showcase Pakistan’s rich cultural heritage.”
Qari Sadaqat has been associated with Radio Pakistan and Pakistan Television (PTV) where he has been conducting a program on Qur’an teaching for several years.
He has traveled widely across the world and performed many Qur’an recitations receiving several prizes.


Trump names new US ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Updated 42 min 7 sec ago
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Trump names new US ambassador to Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Tuesday tapped John Abizaid, a top US general from the Iraq war who has studied the Middle East for years, as ambassador to Saudi Arabia.
Abizaid is a fluent Arabic speaker of Lebanese descent who headed US Central Command — which covers the Middle East — during the Iraq war from shortly after the US invasion in 2003 through 2007.
A California native, Abizaid graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point and later won a scholarship to study in Jordan, where he honed his Arabic, which he did not speak as a child.
Abizaid requires confirmation from the Senate, which would appear likely as the retired four-star general has long enjoyed respect in Washington.