Fight extremism with ‘lofty values,’ Saudi forum told

The participants have called for the protection of society from perverted thoughts, extremism and partisan groups. (SPA)
Updated 09 November 2018
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Fight extremism with ‘lofty values,’ Saudi forum told

JEDDAH: A three-day national conference for the promotion of virtue and prevention of vice has called for a “strengthening of ideological security” in Saudi Arabia to enhance a sense of community and discourage extremism.
The forum, which ended on Friday, was held under the auspices of Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Abdullah Al-Sanad, general president of the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, and was attended by Shoura Council Speaker Abdullah Al-Asheikh, and several ministers, scholars and members of the committee.
In his address, Al-Sanad expressed his appreciation to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for granting their approval to organize the conference.
He hailed efforts by conference participants and working committees to make the forum a success.
The conference participants also recommended that the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) prepare comprehensive scientific material about Saudi Arabia’s attention to rituals, as decided by the imams.
The recommendations emphasized the use of scientific research in the promotion of virtue and prevention of vice jurisprudence, urging graduate students at universities to prepare theses on the subject.
Participants also underscored the influential role of the general presidency of the committee through the promotion of “lofty values and high morals among community members, clarifying the approach of Islam calling for moderation, and protecting society from perverted thoughts, extremism and partisan groups.”
The recommendations called for a strengthening of ties between the general presidency and the community through social media, as well as television and radio programs, to shed light on the achievements of the general presidency and showcase its fields of competence.
Participants recommended launching an annual scientific excellence award to disseminate research, compilations and manuscripts related to the promotion of virtue and prevention of vice.


Saudi Arabia calls on Qatar to allow its pilgrims to perform Hajj

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Saudi Arabia 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 its 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.