Cameroonian Islamic center inaugurated

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Under the directives of King Salman, Adviser at the Royal Court Sheikh Dr. Saad Al-Shathri inaugurated the expansion in the city of Yaoundé. (SPA)
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Under the directives of King Salman, Adviser at the Royal Court Sheikh Dr. Saad Al-Shathri inaugurated the expansion in the city of Yaoundé. (SPA)
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Under the directives of King Salman, Adviser at the Royal Court Sheikh Dr. Saad Al-Shathri inaugurated the expansion in the city of Yaoundé. (SPA)
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Under the directives of King Salman, Adviser at the Royal Court Sheikh Dr. Saad Al-Shathri inaugurated the expansion in the city of Yaoundé. (SPA)
Updated 16 February 2019
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Cameroonian Islamic center inaugurated

  • Sheikh Dr. Saad Al-Shathri noted the Saudi government’s numerous charity projects aimed at serving Islam and Muslims around the world

JEDDAH: The opening of the largest expansion of the Islamic Center of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques on Friday took place in the capital of Cameroon.
Under the directives of King Salman, Adviser at the Royal Court Sheikh Dr. Saad Al-Shathri inaugurated the expansion in the city of Yaoundé.
Al-Shathri noted the Saudi government’s numerous charity projects aimed at serving Islam and Muslims around the world.
He said that the center played a major and pioneering role in Cameroon and neighboring countries in spreading moderation and rejecting extremism.
The ceremony concluded with a documentary tracing the Yaoundé center’s history. Established in 1997, it provides linguistic and Shariah courses to more than 700 students and includes a mosque and two institutes to educate and raise awareness among housewives. The center annually provides meals for the fasting, feeding up to 3,000 people per day.


‘I’ve been waiting to get to Saudi Arabia for years’: Akon tells Asharqiah crowd

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‘I’ve been waiting to get to Saudi Arabia for years’: Akon tells Asharqiah crowd

  • “First thing tomorrow morning, I’m headed to Makkah to perform Umrah” Akon said 
  • He entertained the crowd with some of his most popular hits at the Asharqiah Music Festival

DAMMAM: American rapper Akon captivated a packed crowd at the Asharqiah Music Festival on Friday, opening up the second night of musical festivities at Sharqiah Season with a special shout-out to Saudi Arabia.

“You have no idea, I’ve been waiting to get to Saudi for years, man,” Akon said, before launching into his song, “Gunshot.” Later, he told the crowd: “I’m seeing a tremendous change in Saudi Arabia here tonight."

At 8 p.m., under a bright moon on a beautifully cool night, Akon began his set, delighting fans who had spent over 10 minutes chanting his name in anticipation of his arrival.

He entertained the crowd with some of his most popular hits, including “Smack That,” “Mr. Lonely” and “Sorry: Blame It On Me.” And he wrapped things up with “I love you, Saudi... thank you for making me feel at home."

Backstage before the concert, Akon told Arab News how excited he was to be in Saudi Arabia for the first time. He was especially excited to visit one Saudi city in particular.

“First thing tomorrow morning, I’m headed to Makkah to perform Umrah.”