Preachers asked to brand IS a terror outfit

Updated 11 August 2014

Preachers asked to brand IS a terror outfit

Preachers and imams have been asked to describe the Islamic State (IS) as a terror group that is affiliated with Al-Qaeda during their sermons.
Saleh Al-Asheikh, minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowment, Call and Guidance, has notified all the ministry’s branches across the country to warn worshippers of the dangers of the group’s rhetoric on Islam and creeds of faith.
“Preachers should make clear the threats that Al-Qaeda and its branches, which empower enemies of the Sunni school of thought, pose to society,” Al-Asheikh said in an official statement.
“Preachers must substantiate their argument with verses from the Qur’an and the sayings of the Prophet (peace be upon him) to reinforce that what these groups are doing are crimes against humanity and constitute a grave threat to homeland security,” he said.
The statement cited the Sharura incident, where Al-Qaeda affiliates attacked a police patrol at a border outpost.
“Terrorists assaulted Saudi security men who were on duty at the border checkpoint and killed them in cold blood in contravention to verses that promise punishment for killers,” he said.
“Murder, looting and attacking honor are all abhorrent acts that are typical of these barbarians, whose ancestors must have fought Muslims and killed them in cold blood throughout the ages,” the statement said.

King Faisal Prize: Rewarding services to all of humanity

Updated 31 min 47 sec ago

King Faisal Prize: Rewarding services to all of humanity

RIYADH: Prince Turki Al-Faisal’s father, the late King Faisal, was a beacon of aspiration and hope. 

During his reign, the first girls’ schools were introduced, and he focused on educating the Saudi population as a whole to promote peace. 

The King Faisal Foundation was founded by King Faisal’s sons and daughters to commemorate his memory and vision. 

The significance of the annual King Faisal Prize (KFP) dates back to when a reporter asked him how he saw Saudi Arabia in 50 years’ time. 

The king responded: “I see Saudi Arabia in 50 years’ time as a wellspring of radiance for humanity.” 

The root of the foundation and the prize stems from his vision for all of humanity: Peace through education.

“The prize was established by the King Faisal Foundation soon after the foundation was formed,” Prince Turki told Arab News.

“It carries the message that the welfare of humanity is the primary importance of service to humanity,” he said. 

“The versatility of Islam is celebrating knowledge for all nationalities. As the first verse in the Holy Qur’an was ‘Read,’” Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Subayyil, secretary-general of KFP, told Arab News. 

“This a universal dialogue between all nationalities and scientific fields, which seeks peace through knowledge.” he said.  

The significance of the Prize shows that: “This is the real Islam and this prize in the country of the Two Holy mosques represents that we are trying to observe the teaching of Islam and its implementation through the prize, which is the encouragement of science and introducing knowledge to people,” Al-Subayyil said.