Arab pilgrim commits suicide at Grand Mosque

 in Makkah



An Arab national committed suicide by throwing himself off the roof of the Grand Mosque in Makkah on Friday morning. (Shutterstock)
Updated 24 August 2018
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Arab pilgrim commits suicide at Grand Mosque

 in Makkah

  • An Arab national committed suicide by throwing himself off the roof of the Grand Mosque
  • Security authorities are investigating the incident

JEDDAH: 

An Arab national committed suicide by throwing himself off the roof of the Grand Mosque in Makkah on Friday morning, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.


“Two other pilgrims who were wounded in the incident are in a stable condition in hospital,” said Ahmad bin Muhammad Al-Mansouri, spokesman for the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques.
Security authorities are investigating the incident, he added.


It is not the first such incident. In June, a Frenchman committed suicide at the Grand Mosque.
And last year, a Saudi tried to set himself on fire in front of the Kaaba — the square stone building at the center of the mosque compound — but was stopped by security forces.
Islam, like other monotheistic religions, prohibits suicide.


UAE body lauds Saudi Arabia’s efforts at enhancing security

Updated 17 January 2019
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UAE body lauds Saudi Arabia’s efforts at enhancing security

  • “The Kingdom acts as a safety net for the Arab and Islamic worlds,” says Federal National Council chair

JEDDAH: A prominent member of the UAE Federal National Council (FNC) has praised the Kingdom’s efforts at enhancing security and development.

Amal Al-Qubaisi, FNC chairperson and speaker, met with members of the Saudi Shoura Council during a delegation visit to the UAE headed by Ahmed Al-Ghamdi, deputy chairman of the Saudi-Emirati Parliamentary Friendship Committee.

Al-Qubaisi reiterated that unity on various regional and international issues enhances security and stability.

“The Kingdom acts as a safety net for the Arab and Islamic worlds,” she said during a meeting at the FNC headquarters in Abu Dhabi. “King Salman is a father figure to both the Saudi and Emirati people.”

Al-Qubaisi said Saudi-Emirati strategic relations are reflected in coordination efforts between the Shoura Council and the FNC and commended the work of Shoura Council Chairman Abdullah Al-Asheikh.

Al-Ghamdi said strong fraternal relations between the two countries would strengthen regional unity and counter foreign actors attempting to sow the seeds of discord.

He also reiterated that the two nations share a common history, lineage and culture.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed ways that the council and FNC could enhance parliamentary relations.

The delegation also met with the Gulf Cooperation Council Parliamentary Friendship Group, which was headed by Mohammed Al-Ameri, chairman of the FNC Defense, Interior and Foreign Affairs Committee. FNC Secretary-General Ahmed Al-Dhaheri was also present at the meeting.

Delegation members also partially attended a regular FNC session, in which they got a glimpse into the council’s day-to-day operations.