Saudi woman was stabbed 16 times in UK hate crime

Updated 21 June 2014
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Saudi woman was stabbed 16 times in UK hate crime

British police have reportedly identified the killer of a female Saudi student in Essex as a 52-year-old British man. Detectives are investigating the possibility that Nahid Almanea, 31, was targeted in Colchester because of her Muslim dress.
Almanea was attacked while walking on the Salary Brook trail on Tuesday morning. Paramedics tried to save her but she died at the scene from head and body injuries. Police said the woman was stabbed 16 times in a “brutal and savage attack” as she walked to Essex University.
As officers continued to question the man in connection with the murder, detectives refused to rule out a connection between the university attack and the killing of James Attfield, 33, who was stabbed more than 100 times in nearby Colchester Castle park in March. The woman’s body is expected to arrive in Al-Jouf on Saturday.
Almanea had only lived in Britain since the turn of the year, moving to Colchester to live with her brother as she studied an English language course. She regularly took the same route to university with her brother along a secluded footpath. However, on Tuesday her brother started lectures early — meaning Almanea was walking alone.


Saudi Arabia to distribute 8 million copies of the Holy Qur’an to Hajj pilgrims

Updated 18 July 2019
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Saudi Arabia to distribute 8 million copies of the Holy Qur’an to Hajj pilgrims

RIYADH: The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance has started preparations for its Hajj season book distribution program. The ministry will provide pilgrims with books concerning the rituals upon entry to the Kingdom, as well as the Holy Qur’an and translations of its meanings. Finally, pilgrims will be offered guidance books upon their departure.

The program aims to spread legitimate awareness among pilgrims and promote adherence to the correct methods of belief, worship and behavior. 

The undersecretary of the Department of Publications Affairs and Scholarly Research, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Mohammed Al-Hamdan, said that it has approved 52 books in more than 30 languages for this year’s Hajj season. He added that more than 8 million copies of the Holy Qur’an, ritual books and manuals will be distributed.

Al-Hamdan said that the Islamic electronic library had issued a platform containing all of the ministry’s written and audio versions of the books of Hajj and Umrah to every international airport in the Kingdom, several exit-port centers and some mosques and important sites. The platform is available to all at www.islamic-ebook.com. SPA Riyadh