Sri Lankan student wins award

Updated 11 June 2014
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Sri Lankan student wins award

The Saudi Arabian Toastmasters Annual Conference (SATAC) 2014 was held in Riyadh recently. The event also featured the Gaveliers’ International Speech Contest in which Adnan Niyas, a 10th grader at Jeddah’s Sri Lankan International School bagged the first prize.
“The main objective of including a Gaveliers’ competition at SATAC 2014 was to enhance and promote the public speaking talents of youngsters for school gavel clubs,” said Mohan Kumar, a toastmaster and a member of SATAC.
“It was a fantastic presentation,” said Kumar, commenting on Adnan’s achievement. “Starting from club level, he managed to pass through division level and successfully reached district level-which is the final stage in the Kingdom and I congratulate him on his success.”
“SATAC 2014 has been nothing short of an opportune canvas to the public speaking artistry of Gaveliers; one that I am passionate about,” said Adnan. “It is an accomplishment that has been the harvest of persistent effort through guidance and support from the management of SLISJ along with my family and friends. It has been my utmost pride to represent such a passionate community.”
Adnan extended his gratitude to the officials of District 79 for making such an event possible. “I owe special thanks to Toastmasters Lakshman Sockalingam, Mohamed Fawzi and Sri Lankan School Chairman Mohammed Ilyas for their inspirational mentoring.”
He said that the convention has opened up doors for networking, allowing him to learn invaluable lessons from great minds, noting that every contestant had delivered a downright dynamic oration, leaving the judges in a challenging predicament. “Rising as champion from such a tense battle was truly electrifying,” he said.


Mosque of Bones: Evidence of Prophet Muhammad’s era

Updated 40 min 36 sec ago
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Mosque of Bones: Evidence of Prophet Muhammad’s era

  • In the 9th year after Hijrah, as the Prophet Muhammad was on his way to battle, he marked the Qibla using bones because he could not find rocks or blocks.
  • To mark the occasion, the area’s residents built a mosque on that spot and named it Masjid Al-Izam.

JEDDAH: Masjid Al-Izam (Mosque of the Bones) is a historic mosque in Al-Ula governorate, located 300 km north of Madinah.
In the ninth year after Hijrah (the emigration of Makkah’s Muslims to Madinah), as the Prophet Muhammad was on his way to battle, he marked the Qibla (the direction in which Muslims should pray) using bones because he could not find rocks or blocks.
To mark the occasion, the area’s residents built a mosque on that spot and named it Masjid Al-Izam.
It was made of stone, and mud was used to cover its walls, but it has undergone several restorations.
“Mention of the mosque can be found in many renowned scientific sources,” Abdullah Kaber, a researcher in Madinah’s development authority, told the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
He said Masjid Al-Izam has attracted the attention of King Salman, who is focused on restoring a number of historic mosques across the Kingdom.
The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) is planning to develop tourism in Al-Ula since it houses many historical sites and relics.