FaceOf: Abdulrahman Al-Sudais, chief of KSA's Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques

Abdulrahman Al-Sudais
Updated 18 May 2018
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FaceOf: Abdulrahman Al-Sudais, chief of KSA's Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques

  • Al-Sudais said Islam has never been, and never will be, a religion of terror or violence because it preserves the individual’s human rights and dignity
  • He called on all Muslims to project the bright image of Islam and to associate this with the good representation of Islamic communities and to be ambassadors for the tolerant values and principles of Islam

Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais has been chief of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques since May 8, 2012, and is also the imam of the Grand Mosque in Makkah. 

Al-Sudais is a renowned reciter of the holy Qur’an, a member of the Arabic Language Academy in Makkah and was named ninth annual “Islamic Personality Of the Year” by the Dubai International Holy Qur’an Awards (DIHQA) Organizing Committee in 2005. 

Al-Sudais attained a degree in Sharia from Riyadh University in 1983, a master’s degree in Islamic Fundamentals from Imam Mohammed bin Saud Islamic University in 1987, and a Ph.D. in Islamic Sharia from Umm Al-Qura University in 1995 while working there as an assistant professor. 

King Salman received princes, Islamic scholars, ministers and military commanders at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Wednesday. Al-Sudais was one of the dignitaries who attended to greet King Salman on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan.

Earlier, Al-Sudais said Islam has never been, and never will be, a religion of terror or violence because it preserves the individual’s human rights and dignity.

“The message of Islam and Muslims is modesty, fairness, security, stability, sympathy, harmony and kindness,” said Al-Sudais.

He also said that Muslims need to understand the basics of the faith, as well as moderation and consideration for the contemporary application of its tenets. All these should contribute to the correct understanding of Islam.

He called on all Muslims to project the bright image of Islam and to associate this with the good representation of Islamic communities and to be ambassadors for the tolerant values and principles of Islam.


Saudi customs thwart smuggling attempts on buses transporting Umrah worshippers

Updated 19 May 2019
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Saudi customs thwart smuggling attempts on buses transporting Umrah worshippers

RIYADH: The Halat Ammar Customs on the Kingdom’s northwestern border prevented two attempts to smuggle a quantity of 184,737 Fenethylline tablets, also known by the brand name of Captagon.
The pills were discovered hidden on two buses that were transporting passengers to the Kingdom’s holy sites.
Mohammed Qaisi, the customs general manager, said the first bus was carrying 47 passengers and after the customs procedures were finalized and the passengers were processed, a bag containing 100,000 tablets was found.
“The narcotics were hidden in an artistic way and were placed inside the bag’s lining,” he said.
Qaisi also said the second attempt was thwarted in a similar way. The other bus was transporting 31 passengers, on which a total of 84,737 Captagon pills were seized.
Saudi Arabia usually witnesses a rise of smuggling attempts during the Umrah and Hajj seasons, as they are exploited by smugglers trying to transport narcotics and other contraband. 
Saudi Customs said it is exerting great efforts and working with all its human and technical capabilities to prevent the entry of illegal substances.