Muslim World League chief gets top honor in Malaysia

Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, secretary-general of the Muslim World League, left, receives Malaysia’s highest royal medal of honor as an appreciation for his efforts in promoting moderation.
Updated 21 April 2017
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Muslim World League chief gets top honor in Malaysia

JEDDAH: The secretary-general of the Makkah-based Muslim World League has been awarded Malaysia’s highest royal medal of honor as an appreciation for his efforts in promoting moderation.
Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, secretary-general of the Muslim World League, was presented with the medal as a reflection of Malaysia’s appreciation for his work to promote harmony.
Al-Issa thanked the sultan of Malaysia for this appreciation and said he was honored to receive the invitation to visit Malaysia.
During his visit, Al-Issa met the former Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi, Jamil Khir Baharom, minister of religious affairs; and Idris Jusoh, minister of higher education.
The medal, which gives its holder an exceptional appreciation and full immunity within Malaysia’s territory for life, was granted to Al-Issa to show the Malaysian appreciation for him in person and the scholars of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in general for applying the values of moderation, harmony and coexistence.
Al-Issa also held a meeting with the Malaysian Senate President Senator SE Feng Swan, who thanked the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques for establishing the King Salman Center for World Peace, which helped join Saudi Arabia and Malaysia in promoting peace.
Al-Issa, who is considered by the Malaysians as one of the most important scholars of the Islamic nation, was invited to give a speech on moderation at the Institute of Mediation of the Malaysian Council of Ministers to promote the tolerance among all sects of the society. The University of Science also hosted Al-Issa to give the opening speech on Islamic values of coexistence.


Disappointed fans hail improved performance by Saudi Green Falcons but defeat ends World Cup dream

Updated 21 June 2018
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Disappointed fans hail improved performance by Saudi Green Falcons but defeat ends World Cup dream

  • A fan named Yousif, who watched the match at the General Sports Authority viewing tent, was happy that the game at least was close this time.
  • Saudi Arabia will face off against Egypt, who also lost their opening two group A games against Uruguay and Russia, on June 25.

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s World Cup dreams were shattered after Uruguay beat the Green Falcons 1-0 in the second of the three group-stage matches. Most Saudi fans in Jeddah were much happier with the team’s performance in game two, following the resounding 5-0 defeat by host nation Russia in the opening match on June 14, but still bitterly disappointed by the loss, which means they cannot qualify for the knockout stages.

Yousif, who watched the match at the General Sports Authority viewing tent, was happy that the game at least was close this time. “Although we lost, the performance was much better than the first game with Russia. I hope we win our next match,” he said.

Nasrah, who watched the game with her two sons, said: “I was really disappointed because we played good today and nothing less than a win should have been acceptable. I am also disappointed to see the looks on my boys faces when the game ended as they were hoping for a win.”

Khalid Al-Raghbi said at least it had been a good match to watch. “We played a bit better today,” he added. “I wish we would have won but at least we performed better than our last match against Russia.”

Before the game, Ibrahim Al-Turki had been optimistic about Saudi Arabia’s chances. “We didn’t expect today’s result. I was thinking that Saudi would win by two goals, and Uruguay would score one,” he said.

The result was especially disappointing given the close result and the number of chances the Saudis had to score, said Badr, who added: “I don’t know what to tell you because we are deeply disappointed. At least if we lost with a big defeat I would say we deserved it. We had the potential but we could not score.”

Shadi Al-Ghamdi said he wished the national team’s much improved performance in their second game had been more evident in their first. “I am very proud of the players, I thought they played very well. I just wish they had played like this against Russia," he said.

Safah was less complimentary and said that the Saudi players had let their fans down, adding: “They seemed scared whenever they attempted to score any goals.”

Saudi Arabia will face off against Egypt, who also lost their opening two group A games against Uruguay and Russia, on June 25. It will be the final game in the competition for both sides, with only pride to play for, as they battle it out to see who will finish third in the group and who will be left in bottom spot.