Saudi-Pakistan ties boost: PISJ-ES plays integral role

Adnan Nasir, principal of PISJ-ES
Updated 23 September 2017
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Saudi-Pakistan ties boost: PISJ-ES plays integral role

On the auspicious occasion of the Saudi National Day, I extend my heartfelt felicitations to King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and people of the Kingdom.
The land of mountains, deserts and palm trees, Saudi Arabia not only has a geographical core position in the Arabian Peninsula but also is the spiritual center of Islam for Muslims across the globe.
Having an enormous cultural diversity and the sacred spirit of the true faith of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), this country provides a stirring religious inspiration for Muslims at large.
Today is the day to celebrate individuality, peace and sovereignty as a nation. This land of peace has always played a pivotal role in keeping the Ummah united under its shade of Islam.
Millions of Muslims from across the globe are attracted to visit the blessed mosques of Makkah and Madinah as pilgrims in order to fulfil their religious obligations and seek contentment for their souls.
Retaining its prestige as “pride of the nation” on the Saudi soil, Pakistan International School Jeddah — English Section (PISJ-ES) has been playing an integral role in strengthening the age-old Saudi-Pakistan friendly relationship.
Our curriculum includes Arabic language as a compulsory segment, in addition to study about Saudi Arabia and its culture. This helps our students feel deeply connected to the Kingdom.
Both countries maintain exemplary bilateral military, economic, security and cultural relations. This cultural synergy helps to elevate the overall socioeconomic structure in terms of trade, values, health and education in both the countries.
Sharing the joy of celebrating the Saudi National Day with great pride and enthusiasm, I pray for eternal peace in both the countries and their everlasting friendship. Long live Saudi Arabia and Saudi-Pakistan friendship!


Hajj 2018: What’s on pilgrims’ bucket lists

Masjid Quba in Madinah is a favorite destination for Hajj pilgrims, according to tour guides. Below: The Cave of Hira, Al-Baqi’ cemetery and the Prophet’s Chamber allow visitors to step back in time. (Getty Images)
Updated 15 August 2018
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Hajj 2018: What’s on pilgrims’ bucket lists

  • A number of companies in Makkah and Madinah help people organize their trips, making sure they cover the important sites in the two holy cities
  • Most of the sites in the two holy cities are spiritual, giving pilgrims a sense of the prophecies

RIYADH: Hajj is one of the biggest dreams of every Muslim’s life, and pilgrims looking forward to their stay in Makkah and Madinah say a bucket list is the best way to plan the trip. 

Most of the sites in the two holy cities are spiritual, giving pilgrims a sense of the prophecies. Standing in the places of the Holy Prophet transports them back to the past as if they lived those incredible moments. 

A number of companies in Makkah and Madinah help people organize their trips, making sure they cover the important sites in the two holy cities.

Sayed Shafei, an operation manager for City Sightseeing, a tour company in Madinah and worldwide, told Arab News: “We offer a special tour with a multilingual tour guide presented in eight languages. We also offer 24-hour tickets. We have scheduled tourism trips starting from the Prophet’s Mosque to 12 destinations every 30 minutes. The whole trip lasts for 14 hours a day.” 

Asked about the most popular requests, Shafei said: “Our customers always ask to visit Masjid Quba, the Sayed Al-Shuhada Mosque in Uhud, which is considered a vital historic landmark of Madinah, and Al-Qiblatain Mosque.” 

Most of the group’s customers are from East Asia, but many also visit from Kuwait, Bahrain, the UAE, Indonesia, Malaysia, the US and Europe.

Munirah Al-Jebreen, an English instructor at Princess Noura University who will perform Hajj this year, told Arab News her bucket list began with an online search. 

“I found a travel guide on Google that has all the best sites in Madinah and Makkah, so I decided to visit Uthman ibn Affan’s Farm and Well in Madinah, the Holy Qur’an exhibition, and one of the most important places I want to visit is the grave of the Holy Prophet,” she said.

The area between the Prophet’s Chamber, which holds his grave, and the Mimbar is known as the Rawdah, which is actually the Garden of Paradise. It is presently distinguished by a green carpet.

Al-Jebreen also listed some of her planned tour destinations in Makkah, including the Cave of Hira, where the Holy Prophet meditated frequently during the first 40 years of his life and the site of the first revelation. 

She will also visit Bilal Mosque and Mount Abu Qubais and, finally, will try Al-Garmushi, one of the famous traditional restaurants in Makkah.