Saudi crown prince receives dignitaries for start of Ramadan

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman receives Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 07 May 2019

Saudi crown prince receives dignitaries for start of Ramadan

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, princes, top officials and a group of citizens called on Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to greet him on the advent of Ramadan on Tuesday. 

The reception, held at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh, began with the recitation of verses from the Holy Qur’an. They prayed for the stability and security of Saudi Arabia under the leadership of King Salman. 

On Tuesday, the crown prince received a phone call from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The two leaders discussed bilateral relations and reviewed regional and international developments.

King Salman and the crown prince sent cables of condolence to President Vladimir Putin following the crash of a Russian passenger plane that resulted in the deaths of 41 people.

The king and the crown prince expressed their sorrow over the accident. 


Madinah museum showcases over 2,000 rare artifacts

Updated 23 August 2019

Madinah museum showcases over 2,000 rare artifacts

  • The museum has issued more than 44 books and publications on Madinah’s architecture

MADINAH: Dar Al-Madinah Museum offers visitors the opportunity to view historical pieces associated with the Prophet’s life. It features artifacts that capture the history, heritage, social life and culture of Madinah.

The museum’s executive director, Hassan Taher, said that it aims to promote the noble values of the Prophet Muhammad, encourage a sense of belonging and capture the history, culture and heritage of Madinah. The exhibits start with the Prophet’s life and end with the Saudi era.

Taher said: “The museum carries out specialized research in Madinah’s architectural heritage. It contains a library of relevant books, research and magazines, all of which are accessible to researchers.”

He said that the museum has issued more than 44 books and publications on Madinah’s architecture.

Taher explained that when preparing the museum’s narrative, it was necessary to reconcile temporal and spatial contexts so they created an added moral and intellectual value for the visitor.

He added: “There are around 2,000 artifacts in the museum’s exhibition halls. These include antiquities, extremely accurate models, handicrafts, manuscripts, documents, correspondence, old publications, postage stamps, photographs and artworks.”

One of the museum’s most valuable exhibits is a large collection of rare pieces associated with important moments in the Prophet’s life and the history of Madinah. 

These include various parts of the Kaaba, rare coins used in Madinah during different eras, ancient pottery, Islamic manuscripts, jewelry and collectibles from the pre-Islamic era.

Taher said that the museum has a professional team of guides who speak several languages, including English, Turkish, Urdu and Malay.