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6,000-year-old relic handed to Saudi government

Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH,) honors Mohammed bin Halil Al-Balawi of Tabuk for giving the relic to the commission. (SPA)

RIYADH: Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH,) received a rare archaeological piece dating to 6,000 years ago from Mohammed bin Halil Al-Balawi of Tabuk. Prince Sultan handed Al-Balawi a reward and a certificate of honor for giving the relic to the commission.
The body’s Board of Directors at the body’s headquarters in Riyadh received the artifact following the conclusion of a meeting on Tuesday, reported Saudi Press Agency.
SPA did not identify the artifact.
The Saudi law stipulates that archaeological pieces are the property of the state and citizens who find them are required to hand them over to the SCTH.
Prince Sultan said some honest citizens who find archaeological pieces make the common mistake of digging them out and then hand them over to the SCTH. It is a mistake because 50 percent of the relic’s story is in the place it was found, he said. He added that the correct way to leave the piece in its place and notify only the Antiquities Office that will handle it.
He said keeping found archaeological pieces is a crime punishable by law. He said the SCTH will launch an awareness campaign. He said the SCTH receives nearly 20,000 reports of kept or stolen artifacts.

RIYADH: Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH,) received a rare archaeological piece dating to 6,000 years ago from Mohammed bin Halil Al-Balawi of Tabuk. Prince Sultan handed Al-Balawi a reward and a certificate of honor for giving the relic to the commission.
The body’s Board of Directors at the body’s headquarters in Riyadh received the artifact following the conclusion of a meeting on Tuesday, reported Saudi Press Agency.
SPA did not identify the artifact.
The Saudi law stipulates that archaeological pieces are the property of the state and citizens who find them are required to hand them over to the SCTH.
Prince Sultan said some honest citizens who find archaeological pieces make the common mistake of digging them out and then hand them over to the SCTH. It is a mistake because 50 percent of the relic’s story is in the place it was found, he said. He added that the correct way to leave the piece in its place and notify only the Antiquities Office that will handle it.
He said keeping found archaeological pieces is a crime punishable by law. He said the SCTH will launch an awareness campaign. He said the SCTH receives nearly 20,000 reports of kept or stolen artifacts.

Prophet’s Mosque embraces the faithful during Ramadan

Thousands of Muslim worshippers perform the first Taraweeh prayer of Ramadan at the Prophet Mosque in Madinah on Friday. (SPA)

MADINAH: Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman gave instructions that pilgrims and visitors at the Prophet’s Mosque be given assistance and provided all possible services.
These include mattresses placed in the interior corridors and on the roof of the Prophet’s Mosque, drinking water and provision of all the items needed by worshippers around the clock.
Cleaning work at the mosque will also be performed more often, especially after the Maghreb prayer, and worshippers will be guided by ushers to the gates and in the squares adjacent to the mosque.
Security at the Prophet’s Mosque was also enhanced in order to maintain order, guide worshippers and provide assistance if needed.
At the same time, more officers have been assigned to guide circulation on the roads leading to the Prophet’s Mosque, thus helping alleviate traffic congestion and easing the flow of vehicles on the main roads, and to prevent parking in the central region.
Security patrols are deployed in locations close to the Prophet’s Mosque to maintain security and provide assistance to those who need it, as are mobile Red Crescent Authority emergency teams to assist and transport emergency cases to the Madinah crisis and emergency management center, equipped to offer health care.
In an another development, pilgrims and visitors broke the fast on the first day of Ramadan at the Prophet’s Mosque.
On the first day of Ramadan, the people of Madinah perform afternoon prayer at the Prophet’s Mosque and after praying, partake in the breakfast, which contains different kinds of food and beverage, including dates, juice, water, milk, different fruit, meat and rice.
The rich table never fails to impress pilgrims and visitors.
On the other hand, many people contribute to the preparation of the Ramadan banquets, competing to give the best in thanks to Allah Almighty.
The sight of all the fasting people sitting side by side at the tables in and outside the mosque for iftar, of all nationalities and colors, united by piety in great Islamic unity is a fine image of cohesion, faith in this great religion, humility, tranquility and peace of mind.

Riyadh governor presents awards to scientists, professors

Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar, second left, presents KSU Award for Scientific Excellence to Prof. Sultan Ayoub Meo in Riyadh Friday. (AN photo)

RIYADH: In a move to promote science and research programs in the Kingdom, Prince Faisal bin Bandar, Riyadh governor, presented scientific excellence awards to a group of professors and scientists here Friday.
The “King Saud University Award for Scientific Excellence,” is given to distinguished faculty members and top researchers in order to promote standards of scientific research.
The awards were conferred by Prince Faisal, chief guest, at a glittering ceremony. The event was attended by scientists, researchers, professors and faculty members. They included: Badran Al-Omar, rector of King Saud University (KSU); Ahmed Al-Aameri, vice rector for graduate studies and scientific research; and Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al-Othman, vice rector for academic affairs.
“The KSU Award for Scientific Excellence is conferred on outstanding researchers to recognize their efforts in science and technology and for their lifetime achievement, research quality, inventions, innovations, excellence in external funding, best authored and translated books, and student research,” said Al-Omar. He said that the winners are distinguished scientists from various disciplines this year.
In medicine and allied health sciences, the award winners were Dr. Rabih Halwani, Sultan Ayoub Meo and Dr. Walid Zaher, he noted. Meo has had a distinguished record of academic achievements in the fields of both basic and clinical medical sciences. Meo has written about 10 major medical books and authored more than 150 scientific publications.
Speaking on this occasion, Dr. Javed Akhtar, a KSU professor, said: “Meo is also recognized as an outstanding faculty member and has implemented a string of innovations to teaching and research of medical science, especially respiratory physiology, diabetes mellitus and medical education.”
Meo, after accepting the award, said: “I am indeed privileged to work in this institution (KSU) with faculty of international repute.”

OIC chief urges Islamic Ummah to help refugees, poor families

Yousef Al-Othaimeen

RIYADH: Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary-General Yousef Al-Othaimeen on Saturday expressed greetings to the Islamic Ummah, or global community of Muslims, on the occasion of the advent of Ramadan.
The secretary-general also prayed to Allah to shower His blessings and guidance on the leaders of OIC member states and the people of the Muslim world.
Al-Othaimeen drew the Muslim world’s attention to the moral imperative of standing side by side with fellow Muslims in the grip of humanitarian crises.
He addressed a particular appeal to member states and the humanitarian organizations in the Islamic world to be prompt in responding to the urgent needs of the poor families and the underprivileged across the Islamic world.
He also urged everyone to offer assistance to the refugees and the displaced who have fled the horrors of war and conflict in their land.
Al-Othaimeen also expressed the hope that the leaders of the Islamic world will succeed during the holy month of Ramadan in boosting Islamic solidarity and establishing peace and anchoring security.
He said that the month of Ramadan is an occasion to better demonstrate the noble Islamic values that include altruism, generosity, moderation, tolerance, mutual co-existence among all humans, rejecting violence and extremism and combating terrorism.
The OIC also announced the second edition of its Ramadan Social Media Photo Competition, which is open to all Muslims aged 18 and above from OIC and observer states.
Entries can depict aspects such as the activities and atmosphere during Ramadan, and the teachings of selflessness, rituals, prayers, food gatherings, mosques, celebrations or special events.