70 imams preach against terror in 35 countries

Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh, who oversaw the event. (SPA)
Updated 12 May 2019
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70 imams preach against terror in 35 countries

  • Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh, who oversaw the event, said the program helped to enlighten Muslims about their religion

RIYADH: Seventy Saudi imams delivered Friday sermons in 35 countries around the world as part of a Kingdom-led initiative condemning extremism and violence.
The international project, aimed at promoting Islam’s values of moderation and tolerance, was run under the Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance’s overseas imamate program.
The Kingdom’s Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh, who oversaw the event, said the program helped to enlighten Muslims about their religion.
During their sermons, the imams emphasized the importance of fasting, praying and reading the Qur’an during the holy month of Ramadan and they called on Muslims around the world to unite against those who wished to cause division among faiths.
Communities lauded the Friday sermons, many of which were broadcast on state television channels, for helping to bring Muslims together under the banner of moderation while refuting all forms of extremism and terrorism.


Saudi Ministry: Improved pilgrim services have had positive impact

The program produced more than 40 initiatives concerned with pilgrims’ services during their stay in Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
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Saudi Ministry: Improved pilgrim services have had positive impact

  • French Consul General Mustapha Mihraj said that King Salman’s government had exerted vigorous efforts to facilitate Hajj and Umrah rituals for pilgrims

MAKKAH: Bassam Ghulman, deputy minister for transportation affairs at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, said that the Cabinet’s decision to improve pilgrims’ services has created a positive impact, and served as a starting point for promoting the goals of Saudi Vision 2030.
This came during the signing ceremony of 19 partnerships with public, non-profit and private sector bodies, signed by the governing council of the Tawafa Organization for Pilgrims from Turkey, Europe, America and Australia on Thursday in Jeddah. The ceremony was attended by representatives from the US, UK, France and Turkey.
The organization’s chairman, Tariq Ankawi, noted that all partnerships fell within the “2019 Initiatives,” a program by the organization inspired by Saudi Vision 2030, which aims to “promote local content, create partnerships and improve the Hajj experience.” The program produced more than 40 initiatives concerned with pilgrims’ services and their needs during their stay in the Kingdom. 
French Consul General Mustapha Mihraj said that King Salman’s government had exerted vigorous efforts to facilitate Hajj and Umrah rituals for pilgrims.