TV presenter Kristiane Backer praises KSA’s Hajj efforts

Former MTV Europe presenter Kristiane Backer. (SPA)
Updated 22 August 2018
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TV presenter Kristiane Backer praises KSA’s Hajj efforts

  • Kristiane Backer is the author of the famous book “From MTV to Makkah: How Islam Inspired My Life.” 
  • Backer performed Umrah in 2001 when she visited Madinah and performed Hajj rituals in 2006

JEDDAH: Former MTV Europe presenter Kristiane Backer has praised the Kingdom’s monumental efforts to safeguard pilgrims as they perform Hajj rituals.

During her pilgrimage to perform Hajj rituals this season, Backer said she was impressed by the ability of the Kingdom accommodates more than two million pilgrims, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

Cover image of Kristiane Backer's famous book



She praised the efforts exerted by its leadership to allow the pilgrims perform Hajj rituals with ease and in safety, most notably the security and medical services provided, in addition to the logistical operation involved in transporting pilgrims between the holy sites.

Backer performed Umrah in 2001 when she visited Madinah and performed Hajj rituals in 2006, after which she wrote her famous book “From MTV to Makkah: How Islam Inspired My Life.” 

Her book describes her spiritual journey to Islam, which began with a meeting with Imran Khan, the retired cricketer who has just become the new Prime Minister of Pakistan.

In her interview with SPA, she spoke of improvements carried out in KSA between her visit in 2006 and now, noting the improved services offered to the pilgrims.

She said that when she saw the Kaaba after 12 years, she was so impressed that she was unable to speak.

Backer now works as a fine art consultant and is based in London.

 

 


Muslim World League signs deal with Moscow to promote interfaith dialogue

Updated 22 April 2019
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Muslim World League signs deal with Moscow to promote interfaith dialogue

  • Al-Issa lauds Russian model of national harmony and coexistence
  • Al-Issa also met with Speaker of the Russian Parliament last month

MOSCOW: The Secretary-General of the Muslim World League (MWL) Sheikh Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa held a meeting with the president of the Russian People’s Council, Sergei Ordzhonikidze, and other council members, where they discussed issues of common interest.

They looked into means of boosting cooperation between Russia and the Muslim world, supporting positive national integration programs and countering extremist speeches and Islamophobia.

Al-Issa lauded the Russian model of national harmony and coexistence, while Ordzhonikidze presented Al-Issa with a copy of the council’s yearly report.

At the meeting the two parties signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to share their experiences in the fight against extremist ideologies, the promotion of interreligious dialogue and coexistence and the implementation of joint projects to achieve shared goals. They also stressed the pure and peaceful values of Islam and rejected all forms of extremism and Islamophobia.

The meeting was attended by the Russian deputy chairman of the Committee for the Development of Agriculture, Aygun Memedov, the chairman of the Committee on the Normalization of Relations Between Nationalities and Religions, Sheikh Albert Karganov, the Mufti of Moscow and the Khanti-Mansisk Region in Siberia Sheikh Tahir Samatov.

Last month, Al-Issa met with Speaker of the Russian Parliament Vyacheslav Volodin. They discussed subjects related to promoting and supporting dialogue among followers of different religions and civilizations, activating cultural contacts and exchanges between the Muslim world and Russia.

Al-Issa signed a cooperation agreement between the MWL and Moscow’s Fund for Islamic Culture, Science and Education. The agreement focused on tackling extremism and promoting tolerance. The agreement stressed the need for cooperation in the fight against extremism, intolerance, aggression and hostility among religions, races and ideologies that could lead to terrorism.

Both parties agreed to exchange information on the activities of scientific centers, cultural forums and websites.