World's most expensive player marks fasting month by giving thanks to Allah

Paul Pogba of Manchester United performs Umrah in Makkah on Sunday. (Instagram photo)
Updated 28 May 2017
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World's most expensive player marks fasting month by giving thanks to Allah

JEDDAH: French player Paul Pogba, Manchester United’s star footballer, is visiting Saudi Arabia during the holy month of Ramadan to perform Umrah. He arrived on Saturday, just three days after lifting Manchester to a Europa League victory over AFC Ajax in Stockholm.
Millions of Muslims observe Ramadan with intense prayer, Duaa, fasting and good deeds. The holy month last for about a month and is followed by the festive Eid celebrations.
Pogba posted a video on Instagram of him twirling his luggage outside his home in Manchester, telling his followers: “on my way to go say thank you for this season. See you soon Manchester! En route to my prayers.”
The 24-year-old Muslim was praising Allah in Makkah in a video that went viral on his Facebook page and Instagram account, where he was performing Umrah wearing ihram while (Tarawih) in prayer.
Tarawih refers to extra prayers performed by Sunni Muslims at night during Ramadan.
He commented below his Instagram post, “Ramadan Kareem, Bon Ramadan #makkah #blessed.”
This was not his first time to visit Makkah. He had previously performed Haj. Haj is the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Makkah.
Some of Umrah performers were lucky enough to spot him in the crowd and stopped to take selfies with him.
Many people reacted positively to his posts on social media because he was a celebrity not only focusing on the worldly wealth, but who also remains aware of his religious duties as a Muslim.
Internationally, at under-20 level, he captained his nation to victory at the 2013 FIFA World Cup and took home the Best Player award for his performances during the tournament.
He made his debut for the senior French national team in 2013 in a 3–1 win against Georgia, and scored his first World Cup goal on June 30, 2014, against Nigeria.


Makkah workshop approves 27 initiatives to enhance religious moderation and tolerance

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Makkah workshop approves 27 initiatives to enhance religious moderation and tolerance

  • Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal receives book on “Following the Steps of the Role Model”
  • Second workshop tackles use of technology in crowd control

JEDDAH: Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal has inaugurated the “mithaq” initiative, the first of its kind to be held at the Holy Mosques, and received the book on “Following the Steps of the Role Model” from the General President of the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais.

The initiative included three workshops: The first workshop, Creating Initiatives in Moderation and Tolerance, was managed and supervised by the Prince Faisal Center for Moderation. It attracted many scholars and academicians and approved 27 initiatives to enhance moderation and tolerance.

The second workshop was on using technology in crowd control — engineering solutions for better crowd flow and for enhancing security control.

The third workshop was about the media and the global mission of the Holy Mosques. It was attended by many media personalities and university professors, and was characterized by serious discussion before agreement on quality initiatives with tangible results.

During the Makkah cultural days, Prince Khaled inaugurated the pact of the role model, which represents a holistic commitment to quality service from leaders, employees, security personnel and everyone serving at the Holy Mosques. This pact is an interpretation of the directives of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Prince Khaled toured the exhibition and praised the efforts of each department in the service of the pilgrims and visitors of the Holy Mosques.

Al-Sudais held a conference about the impact of the Holy Mosques in enhancing the role model, presided over by Sheikh Saleh Al-Taleb, imam of the Holy Mosque. It was attended by Sheikh Saad Al-Shathri, adviser at the royal court, and Sheikh Hassan bin Abdul Hameed Bukhari.