Saudi Islamic affairs minister hails success of imamate program

Saudi minister of Islamic affairs Abdullatif Al-Sheikh. (AFP)
Updated 09 June 2019

Saudi Islamic affairs minister hails success of imamate program

  • This year, the Saudi government organized King Salman’s iftar program in 24 countries in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe

RIYADH: The Saudi minister of Islamic affairs, dawah and guidance, Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh, has hailed the success of a global imamate program run by the Kingdom.
The international project was carried out by his Saudi ministry in 35 countries around the world during Ramadan with the participation of 70 imams.
Aimed at promoting Islam’s values of moderation and tolerance, Al-Asheikh attributed the success of the initiative to Allah, and the attention and care provided by King Salman and the crown prince.
The program was part of the royals’ support for all ministry activities, especially schemes dedicated to Muslims in countries throughout the world.
Al-Asheikh praised the efforts of the imams in conveying the Kingdom’s message of moderation and helping to enlighten worshippers about Islam.
He also thanked the organizers of the program, and an illuminated panel highlighted key verses from the Qur’an recited during speeches and lectures.
As part of the project, the 70 imams performed Taraweeh prayers during the holy month of Ramadan, and the program also included scientific activities, preaching, advocacy, awareness lectures, Friday prayer sermons, training sessions, and Eid prayer.
This year, the Saudi government also organized King Salman’s iftar program in 24 countries in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe, at a total cost of SR3.75 million ($1 million), which benefited more than 1 million Muslims.


Saudi delegation attends opening of Europe’s largest mosque

Updated 23 August 2019

Saudi delegation attends opening of Europe’s largest mosque

  • Chechen president hails Kingdom’s support for Islamic unity, moderation
  • Muslim World League (MWL) Secretary-General Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa delivered the Friday sermon

GROZNY: The minister of Islamic affairs, call and guidance headed the Saudi delegation to the opening of what Chechen authorities said is the largest mosque in Europe on Friday.
Upon his arrival at Grozny International Airport, Sheikh Dr. Abdullatif Al-Asheikh said the construction of the Fakhr Al-Muslimeen Mosque is a source of happiness.
The marble-decorated mosque has capacity for more than 30,000 people and has been described by the Chechen authorities as the “largest and most beautiful” mosque in Europe.
The opening was held under the patronage of Chechen President Ramzan Akhmadovich Kadyrov, with the participation of Islamic delegations from a number of countries.
Al-Asheikh was received by Salah Mezhiev, advisor to Kadyrov and Chechnya’s supreme mufti, as well as other officials. Al-Asheikh said Saudi Arabia works hard to spread moderation throughout the Islamic world.
Muslim World League (MWL) Secretary-General Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa delivered the first Friday sermon to be given in the mosque at the request of President Kadyrov.
Kadyrov welcomed the Saudi delegation and congratulated the Kingdom’s leadership on the success of this year’s Hajj season.
He hailed Saudi support for Islamic unity, spreading moderation and combating all forms of violence, extremism and terrorism.
The secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen, also attended the opening of the mosque.
The mosque's grounds, planted with flowers and sprinkled with fountains, can host an additional 70,000 worshippers, local authorities said.