FaceOf: Sheikh Ali Ahmad Mulla, muezzin of the Grand Mosque in Makkah

Sheikh Ali Ahmad Mulla
Updated 13 June 2018
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FaceOf: Sheikh Ali Ahmad Mulla, muezzin of the Grand Mosque in Makkah

JEDDAH: Sheikh Ali Ahmad Mulla has been muezzin (the caller for prayer) of the Grand Mosque in Makkah since 1975. 

He is considered one of the most famous muezzins at the Grand Mosque for the past 40 years and his voice is recognized by most guests that visit the mosque.

Mulla was born in June 1945 in Makkah, and grew up in a family where working as a muezzin is a family tradition. 

His maternal uncle, Hafeez Khoja, his paternal uncle, Abdul Rahman Mulla, and his grandfather, Ahmad Mulla, were all muezzins at the Grand Mosque of Makkah. 

He received Islamic education from a young age, and graduated in 1971 from the artistic education department at the Model Capital Institute in Riyadh. 

He later received his master’s degree in the same field. 

After his graduation, Mulla worked as a teacher at Abdullah ibn Al-Zubair Intermediate School. In 1974 he was officially appointed muezzin at the Grand Mosque. Since then, calling for prayer is his main career, in addition to working in his own business.

Mulla began practicing performing Adhan (prayer call) when he was 13 and practiced the call to prayer from the minaret of Bab Al-Zeyada in the Grand Mosque. 

He moved to the minaret at Bab Al-Mahkma and then became the muezzin for the entire mosque.

In 1979, during the Grand Mosque seizure, Mulla was a witness to the incident where the Adhan stopped in the mosque for 23 days. 

After the siege was lifted he was the first to raise the Adhan of Maghrib prayer (sunset prayer) in the Grand Mosque, and King Khalid attended the prayer.


Hodeidah offensive: Coalition forces seize weapons supplied by Iran to Houthis

Arab coalition spokesman Col. Turki Al-Maliki speaks during a press conference in Riyadh. (AN photo by Bashir Saleh)
Updated 20 June 2018
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Hodeidah offensive: Coalition forces seize weapons supplied by Iran to Houthis

  • The arsenal included drones, a sniper rifle, roadside bombs disguised as rocks and even a “drone boat” which had been filled with explosives that failed to detonate.
  • Equipment used to produce and load fuel for rockets that target Saudi Arabia contained Iranian labels.

JEDDAH: Saudi-led coalition officials on Tuesday displayed weapons and explosives supplied by Iran to Houthi militias in the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah. 

The arsenal included drones, a sniper rifle, roadside bombs disguised as rocks and even a “drone boat” which had been filled with explosives that failed to detonate.

Equipment used to produce and load fuel for rockets that target Saudi Arabia contained Iranian labels. The weapons were captured on the battlefield in Hodeidah and displayed at a military base in the UAE. 

“Unsurprisingly, there are advanced military components in the Houthi militias’ hands,” said Talal Al-Teneiji, an official at the UAE Foreign Ministry.

“We took time to inspect and disassemble these to figure out the source ... and we can say that these elements are military-grade materials imported from Iran to the Houthi militias.”

As the week-long offensive in Hodeidah intensified on Tuesday, coalition forces consolidated their grip on the city’s airport and there was new fighting on the main coast road leading to the city center, with Apache helicopters providing air support to the coalition. 

“We can hear the sounds of artillery, mortars and sporadic machinegun fire. The Houthis have been using tanks,” one civilian on the coastal strip said. 

“Water has been cut off to many of the areas near the corniche area because the Houthis have dug trenches and closed water pipes.”

At the airport, which the coalition has controlled since Saturday, their forces stormed the main compound and took full command.

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said: “We are waiting for the Houthis to realize the sort of military and psychological blow that they got with the airport ... we are giving them time to decide if they want to save the city ... and pull out.”

Oubai Shahbandar, a strategic communications adviser, told Arab News that “without the sea and airport of Hodeidah, the Houthi militia has effectively lost the war.”

They should agree to UN-hosted peace talks and not prolong the fighting. “The tide in this conflict has clearly turned in favor of the Arab coalition and the welfare of the Yemeni people ought to be paramount,” he said.