King Salman hands out awards at King Faisal International Prize ceremony

King Salman handed out awards during the King Faisal International Prize ceremony in Riyadh on March 24, 2019. (SPA)
Updated 25 March 2019

King Salman hands out awards at King Faisal International Prize ceremony

RIYADH: King Salman handed out awards to the winners of the 2019 King Faisal Prize (KFP) at a ceremony that took place in Al Faisaliah Hotel in Riyadh on Sunday. 

The KFP recognizes individuals and institutions for significant contributions to their field.

The prestigious prize, now in its 41st year, honors exceptional achievements in five categories: service to Islam, Islamic studies, Arabic language and literature, medicine and science.

The International University of Africa in Khartoum won the KFP for service to Islam, Prof. Abdelali Mohamed Oudrhiri from Morocco and Prof. Mahmoud Fahmy Hegazi from Egypt won the prize for Arabic language and literature, and Prof. Bjorn Reino Olsen and Prof. Steven L. Teitelbaum from the US won the prize for medicine.

Prof. Allen Joseph Bard and Prof. Jean M.J. Frechet from the US won the KFP for science. 

Prof. Frechet is the senior vice president for research, innovation, and economic development at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Jeddah. He has trained hundreds of researchers at KAUST, and said “While I did not carry out research personally at KAUST, my nine years in the Kingdom have been a true highlight of my career.”

King Salman congratulated the winners on receiving their awards. 

King Salman invites Indonesian centenarian to perform Hajj

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King Salman invites Indonesian centenarian to perform Hajj

  • The man said he and his family can’t financially afford to perform Hajj
  • He was welcomed by the Saudi ambassador to Indonesia

DUBAI: King Salman has invited an Indonesian man, who is reportedly 140 years old, and his family to perform Hajj, the Saudi embassy in Jakarta said on Wednesday.
“The Custodian of the Two Holy mosques invites elderly Indonesian man and his family to perform Hajj,” the embassy tweeted.

The centenarian sent his appeal to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in a video, asking the Saudi rulers to invite him and his daughters to perform Hajj for the first time, as they were unable to afford it on their own.
Social media users shared his video, in which he and two of his daughters explained their situation in Arabic

The man was hosted by Saudi ambassador to Indonesia Esam Al-Thagafi in Jakarta, who broke the good news to him.
The Saudi rulers saw the video and Hajj authorities will take care of their travels and necessities, Al-Thagafi told the man and his family.

Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam, and Muslims should aim to perform the ritual at least once in their lifetime.