FaceOf: Dr. Sulaiman Aba Al-Khail, chancellor of Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University

Dr. Sulaiman Aba Al-Khail
Updated 23 August 2018
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FaceOf: Dr. Sulaiman Aba Al-Khail, chancellor of Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University

Dr. Sulaiman Aba Al-Khail is the chancellor of Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University, a faculty member of the Supreme Jurisdiction Institute, and an Islamic scholar who previously served as Minister of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance. 

Aba Al-Khail attained a bachelor’s degree in Shariah from the Fundamentals of Religion college at Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University in 1985, a master’s degree in Dawah and Ihtisab from the College of Shariah from Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University in 1987, and a Ph.D. in comparative Fiqh from the Supreme Jurisdiction Institute from Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University in 1992.

According to SPA, “Al-Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University has supervised the Hajj Rituals Awareness Program for the guests of King Salman from the US in coordination with the Saudi Embassy in Washington. Aba Al-Khail said that the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Program for the US pilgrims includes the Hajj Rituals Awareness Program that includes holding meetings with scholars and sheikhs available at the holy sites.”

His work in education has included gathering and organizing Hadiths, and publishing a number of books from well-known scholars such as Ibn Othaimeen. He has written a number of books in the field of Fiqh, and conducted many types of research and studies, and participated in many Islamic and educational conferences and symposiums. 

His media contributions included as a column writer for Okaz newspaper for five years, a writer for the Islamic page of Arriyadiyah newspaper, and work for the Al-Dawah electronic newspaper. 


Saudi Ministry of Hajj calls on Qatar to allow its pilgrims to perform Hajj

Updated 23 min 12 sec ago
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Saudi Ministry of Hajj calls on Qatar to allow its pilgrims to perform Hajj

  • The ministry accused the Qatari government of blocking attempts by its citizens to perform the pilgrimage
  • Saudi Arabia is one of several Arab countries that launched a boycott of Qatar in 2017 over the country’s support for extremist groups

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has created a new webpage for Qataris who wish to perform the pilgrimage this year.
Qatari Hajj pilgrims can register their details, browse packages and pay for them at: https://qh1440.haj.gov.sa

The ministry called on Qatar not to block the webpage as it did previously and “cooperate in order to allow their citizens to perform Hajj easily.”

Saudi Arabia is one of several Arab countries that launched a boycott of Qatar in 2017 over the country’s support for extremist groups.

The embargo includes transport restrictions between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, but the Kingdom has taken measures to ensure pilgrims from Qatar can travel freely for Hajj and Umrah.

The ministry said on Saturday it had taken several steps to ensure pilgrims could enter Saudi Arabia for for Hajj, which starts next month. But the ministry accused the Qatari government of blocking attempts by its citizens to perform the pilgrimage.

Following a recent meeting with a Qatari delegation to discuss the logistics of pilgrims from the country arriving in the Kingdom, the delegation from Doha left without signing any agreements to enable access for it citizens, according to the ministry.

In response to Doha’s actions, the statement said that Qatari pilgrims could complete their applications upon arrival in Saudi Arabia.