Popular Saudi preacher fined, banned from Twitter

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Updated 18 March 2017
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Popular Saudi preacher fined, banned from Twitter

RIYADH: A Saudi preacher with more than 2 million Twitter followers has been banned from tweeting by a court that convicted him of jeopardizing public order.
The cleric, previously accused of links to the banned Muslim Brotherhood, was also fined SR100,000 ($27,000), Okaz newspaper reported Thursday.
It did not name the “famous preacher,” but Awad Al-Qarni confirmed the verdict on his @awadalqarni Twitter account late Thursday.
“I am prevented from writing” on the account, he tweeted, before issuing a Twitter message early Friday thanking his followers.
Okaz said Riyadh’s Specialized Criminal Court, which handles “terrorism” cases, on Thursday convicted the preacher of spreading content on Twitter that “could jeopardize public order and provoke public opinion.”
It said the content “could affect the relationship of the people with the leadership, and the relationship of Saudi Arabia with other countries.” Okaz said the preacher was tried without having been arrested.
Al-Qarni has often been criticized in the local press and on social media for his radical views about scholars who disagree with his interpretation of religion.
Okaz previously reported that he once claimed to be so influential that Israel’s intelligence agency Mossad placed a bounty on his head and plotted to kill him.
The unsubstantiated claim led to columnists and social media users harshly ridiculing him.
In 2010, Al-Qarni was charged in absentia by an Egyptian court with funding the Muslim Brotherhood.
— with input from AFP


‘Masam’ project is Saudi Arabia’s new humanitarian gift

Updated 21 June 2018
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‘Masam’ project is Saudi Arabia’s new humanitarian gift

  • The Kingdom’s support for humanitarian causes around the world stems from its policy of cooperation between nations and peoples to promote world peace
  • Saudi Arabia has duly earned the title of “Kingdom of Humanity” as the world’s biggest supporter of all forms of relief work

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia is about to launch its new humanitarian project “Masam” on Monday, through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief).
This project has come out of the teachings of Islam, which calls for helping needy people, and for the preservation of human life, dignity and health. It promotes the humanitarian role of the Kingdom and its global mission in this field.
The Kingdom’s support for humanitarian causes around the world stems from its policy of cooperation between nations and peoples to promote world peace and preserve human achievements disregarding religion or race.
Saudi Arabia has duly earned the title of “Kingdom of Humanity” as the world’s biggest supporter of all forms of relief work, through its humanitarian initiatives, donations and assistance to countries distressed by wars or natural disasters.
On Tuesday, a delegation from KSRelief participated in the meetings of the humanitarian affairs section of the UN Economic and Social Council, which are held annually.