Massajed: Smartphone app for mosques around Saudi Arabia

Saleh Al-Asheikh, minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowment, Call and Guidance. (SPA)
Updated 13 February 2018
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Massajed: Smartphone app for mosques around Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: Minister of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance Saleh Al-Asheikh visited the center for geographic information of mosques at the ministry headquarters in Riyadh and received a detailed explanation about the “Massajed” app for smartphones.

The application, implemented by the ministry, will improve and install a complete geographic information system which will take the ministry into the digital era, enhancing the efficiency of work, and going hand in hand with the aspirations of Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

The application will provide many services such as information about the mosque and its curators, a map of the mosques in the Kingdom, the ability to send notifications on the mosque, and identifying the places for daawa, and other services.

The application will also enable imams to view comments about their mosques and provide a maintenance report. It will also benefit mosque observers in preparing a list of the mosques they supervise, enabling them to know all about the operations within any single mosque.


Over 2,100 Pakistani prisoners to be freed from Saudi jails

Updated 27 min 39 sec ago
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Over 2,100 Pakistani prisoners to be freed from Saudi jails

  • In a tweet, Qureshi said the cases of other prisoners would also be reviewed

ISLAMABAD, RIYADH: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has ordered the immediate release of 2,107 Pakistani prisoners from jails in the Kingdom.

Pakistan’s Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry announced the news on Monday, and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on behalf of his country’s people thanked the crown prince for his gesture.

In a tweet, Qureshi said the cases of other prisoners would also be reviewed. The move came in response to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s request for the release of 3,000 Pakistanis currently being held in Saudi prisons.

Khan’s plea came on Monday night during a ceremony in honor of the crown prince’s visit to Pakistan. In an immediate reply, the crown prince said the Kingdom “cannot say no to Pakistan,” and promised to investigate the matter.

Khan said in a tweet: “Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman won the hearts of the people of Pakistan when he said, ‘consider me Pakistan’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia’ in response to my asking him to treat the 2.5 million Pakistani’s working in KSA as his own.”

Welcoming the decision, Dr. Khalid Abbas Alasadi, an author, said: “It’s a great news for every Pakistani. This shows that the crown prince cares about all Pakistani people.”

The crown prince arrived in Islamabad on Sunday for a two-day visit to Pakistan on the first leg of his Asia tour. The visit has been described as “highly successful.”