Riyadh forum aims to protect society from extremism

Minister of Islamic Affairs Dr. Abdullatif bin Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh will lead the first Cooperative Libraries Forum. (SPA)
Updated 18 March 2019
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Riyadh forum aims to protect society from extremism

  • The ministry is making big strides to spread the message of moderation, reject extremism and radicalization and fight the ideas of terror groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood

JEDDAH: A forum aimed at protecting Saudi society from terrorist groups is to be held in Riyadh on Friday.
Minister of Islamic Affairs Dr. Abdullatif bin Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh will lead the first Cooperative Libraries Forum to be organized in the Kingdom.
More than 1,500 delegates are expected to attend the gathering being organized by the Cooperative Office for Call, Guidance and Community Awareness at the InterContinental Hotel in Riyadh.
The forum titled “Protection and Development” aims to raise awareness of the dangers of terrorist propaganda.
The ministry’s work in protecting society from terrorist groups and their ideas will be highlighted along with efforts to raise awareness among families to help prevent children from being radicalized and instead promote the values of citizenship and belonging.
The forum will discuss the use of media and social media to warn against terrorist groups, how to defend Saudi Arabia from them, the organization of campaigns to shed light on their danger and the importance of mosques in promoting the principle of moderation.
The ministry is making big strides to spread the message of moderation, reject extremism and radicalization and fight the ideas of terror groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood.
On the sidelines of the forum, workshops will be held to discuss topics including Vision 2030 and the challenges in working toward achieving its ambitious goals.


Sharqiah Season: Salman Khan, Cuba Gooding Jr. to host discussions during Saudi Film Festival

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Sharqiah Season: Salman Khan, Cuba Gooding Jr. to host discussions during Saudi Film Festival

  • The six-day celebration of cinema is organized by the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts
  • The Sharqiah Season, the first of 11 Saudi seasons of entertainment, will run until the end of the month
DHAHRAN: As part of Sharqiah Season in the Eastern Province, the fifth Saudi Film Festival will feature Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. and Indian superstar Salman Khan.
The six-day celebration of cinema is organized by the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts (SASCA) in partnership with the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra).
Khan recently announced in a video message that he will visit Ithra on Sunday as a guest of the film festival.
“Hello Saudi Arabia, assalamu alaikum,” he said in the video. “See you at Ithra on the 24th of March, InshaAllah.”
The actor is best known for his performances in blockbuster Hindi flicks such as “Bajrangi Bhaijaan”, “Ek Tha Tiger” and its sequel “Tiger Zinda Hai.”
In “An Evening with the Stars,” Khan will talk about his lengthy Bollywood career as both a film star and a producer.
He has starred in more than 80 Bollywood films, and has produced more than 30 via his production company Salman Khan Films.
On Monday, Gooding Jr. will take to the stage to discuss his 30 years of experience as an actor.
The American is best known for his performances in “Jerry Maguire”, “A Few Good Men” and “Men of Honor.”
Gooding Jr. has played more than 85 roles over the course of his career. He won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Rod Tidwell in the 1996 film “Jerry Maguire.”
Tickets to both events, as well as for the film festival as a whole, are available on Ithra’s website.
The Sharqiah Season, the first of 11 Saudi seasons of entertainment, will run until the end of the month, with more than 83 activities in nine cities.