Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court calls on Muslims to sight Shawwal crescent

A crescent moon is seen between the minarets of Imam Mohammed Bin Saud Islamic University mosque in the Saudi capital Riyadh. (File photo: AFP)
Updated 13 June 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court calls on Muslims to sight Shawwal crescent

  • “In accordance with the Supreme Court’s decision number 108 on May 15 that declared the beginning of Ramadan on May 17, the court asks Muslims all over Saudi Arabia to monitor the Shawwal crescent on Thursday, June 14”

JEDDAH: The Saudi Supreme Court has urged any person who sees the Shawwal crescent with the naked eye or through telescopes to report it to the nearest court and record his statement. He could also contact the nearest center to help him get to the court.
“In accordance with the Supreme Court’s decision number 108 on May 15 that declared the beginning of the month of Ramadan on May 17, the court asks Muslims all over Saudi Arabia to monitor the Shawwal crescent of the Hijri year of 1439 on Thursday, June 14,” the court’s statement said.
“The Supreme Court asks those who have the ability to monitor to do so and join the committees formed in the regions for the matter. Such participation will be rewarded by God since it comes as a cooperation in righteousness and piety and benefits all Muslims.”
The announcement is required to be broadcasted again and publicized on June 13 and 14 according to the Umm Al-Qura Calendar.


Saudi Arabia ‘believes in equal rights for disabled’

Updated 2 min 49 sec ago
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Saudi Arabia ‘believes in equal rights for disabled’

  • Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 reform plan aims to uphold the rights of disabled people, and empower them to actively participate in shaping the country’s economic and social future
NEW YORK: Saudi Arabia, represented by its permanent mission to the UN, participated in an event on the sidelines of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) at the UN headquarters in New York.
The event, titled “Innovation for All,” was organized by the UAE’s permanent mission to the UN as part of a series of events to review national and international experiences in supporting people with disabilities.
A number of Saudi and Emirati officials and prominent figures participated in the event to shed light on efforts to promote innovations and initiatives to help people with disabilities.
Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, Saudi ambassador to the UN, thanked the UAE’s permanent mission for inviting the Saudi mission to participate.
Al-Mouallimi said Saudi Arabia has ratified the CRPD and firmly believes in equal and fundamental rights and freedoms for disabled people, as well as full respect for their dignity.
The Kingdom “is aware of the decisive role of new innovations to facilitate the achievement of this objective and the elimination of discrimination faced by disabled and elderly people,” he added.
The Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plan aims to uphold the rights of disabled people, and empower them to actively participate in shaping the country’s economic and social future, Al-Mouallimi said.
The aims of the King Salman Center for Disability Research (KSCDR) include “using the latest technologies to improve our understanding of disability, improving diagnostic and treatment capabilities, and developing ways to provide people with disabilities with concrete assistance,” Al-Mouallimi said.
The Saudi Education Ministry has taken measures to integrate disabled students, including special education programs in regular schools, training faculty members who work with disabled students, and providing technological instruments for disabled students free of charge, he added.