Makkah governor to open new headquarters of Moderation Center

Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal
Updated 19 September 2017

Makkah governor to open new headquarters of Moderation Center

JEDDAH: Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal will open the new headquarters of the Khaled bin Faisal Moderation Center at King Abdul Aziz University at the end of this week and will announce the names of those who won the center’s Moderation Award in its first season, reaching SR1 million ($266,652).
Dr. Al-Hasan Al-Manakhara, the director of the center, emphasized the importance of the role and responsibility of King Abdul Aziz University and the center’s members in promoting and spreading the culture of moderation and fighting terrorism, violence and racism in a well-studied methodological manner.
Since its establishment last year, the center has begun providing educational programs and training sessions in this field to build and enhance capacities cognitively and professionally, according to society’s demands, he added.
He noted that the prince will announce the names of winners of the Moderation Award, one of the center’s most important events this year. He also revealed that the award reached SR1 million, of which SR200,000 was distributed on short films, SR100,000 on cartoons, SR50,000 on filming, SR50,000 on digital arts, SR100,000 on quantitative statistic studies, SR150,000 on translation, SR100,000 on innovative individual initiatives, and SR150,000 on distinguished institutional initiatives.
Al-Manakhara emphasized the necessity of conducting more quality scientific studies on moderation and fighting terrorism, extremism and violence through multi-disciplinary research techniques and methods, which is considered as one of the center’s most important strategic goals.
In another matter, the Makkah governor honored a Saudi man who found a three-year-old lost child in Jeddah, and released a video of her on social media which helped her parents to find her.

Muslim World League chief honored for strengthening ties between Islamic world, Russia

Updated 24 July 2019

Muslim World League chief honored for strengthening ties between Islamic world, Russia


MOSCOW: The Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences has awarded the secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL), Dr. Mohammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, an honorary doctorate in recognition of his efforts to strengthen the relationship between the Islamic world and Russia.

Prof. Vitaly Naumkin, the director of the institute, who represents one of the most well-known academic institutions in the world over the past 200 years, talked about Al-Issa’s career, noting that he has contributed to the promotion of cultural rapprochement among nations through his visits to countries and his connections with different cultures and religions.

Naumkin said that the principles of moderation adopted by the MWL and its secretary-general contributed to the establishment of security in the world, noting that these principles addressed extremism and violence.

The honorary doctorate was given to Al-Issa for his services in the development of Islamic jurisprudence and improving official and popular relations between Russia and the Islamic world, he said.

The MWL secretary-general said that he was proud to receive the honorary doctorate from an institute that is well-known for its dedication and neutrality.

He also praised the Russian Federation’s care for Arab and Islamic culture and its keenness to communicate with the Muslim world, learn its language and understand its culture.

Al-Issa considered the award to be motivation to work on promoting cultural communication and exchange between the Islamic world and Russia.

He said that the institute has contributed to changing the stereotype of Orientalism in the Muslim world and has encouraged cultural communication between nations and peoples.

The ceremony was attended by representatives of the Russian presidency, the Duma and the Senate, as well as high-ranking diplomats, senior academics of Orientalism, religious leaders and a group of researchers and students.