Saudi girl, 17, flees Turkey ‘to foil forced marriage bid’

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Updated 15 July 2016
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Saudi girl, 17, flees Turkey ‘to foil forced marriage bid’

ISTANBUL: A young Saudi woman has escaped from her family in the Turkish tourist city of Trabzon and left for Georgia so that her parents could not marry her off to a 50-year-old man.
The revelation came in 16 tweets from her alleged Twitter handle following the “great escape.”
Before sneaking out of the house, the unnamed 17-year-old made sure she had mobiles and passports of all family members, a move apparently meant to render her parents immobile.
The Saudi Embassy in Turkey confirmed that it had received a call from the head of the family about the disappearance of their 17-year-old daughter.
In a statement, the embassy said: “The young girl left for Georgia by crossing the border near Trabzon, in northern Turkey, based on the testimony of the taxi driver who transported her to the port.”
In Georgia, the Saudi Embassy said it has been notified of the girl’s case and is coordinating with the Saudi Embassy in Turkey as well as with the Georgian authorities to ensure the girl’s safety.
Badr Al-Mufrij, a Saudi diplomat in Georgia, said the embassy is trying to find out the girl’s whereabouts. Till the time of going to press, the girl was untraceable.
She tweeted that she fled from her family because of ongoing violence against her.
She also threatened to publish photos of her parents “torturing” her.


Saudi Arabia to distribute 8 million copies of the Holy Qur’an to Hajj pilgrims

Updated 18 July 2019
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Saudi Arabia to distribute 8 million copies of the Holy Qur’an to Hajj pilgrims

RIYADH: The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance has started preparations for its Hajj season book distribution program. The ministry will provide pilgrims with books concerning the rituals upon entry to the Kingdom, as well as the Holy Qur’an and translations of its meanings. Finally, pilgrims will be offered guidance books upon their departure.

The program aims to spread legitimate awareness among pilgrims and promote adherence to the correct methods of belief, worship and behavior. 

The undersecretary of the Department of Publications Affairs and Scholarly Research, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Mohammed Al-Hamdan, said that it has approved 52 books in more than 30 languages for this year’s Hajj season. He added that more than 8 million copies of the Holy Qur’an, ritual books and manuals will be distributed.

Al-Hamdan said that the Islamic electronic library had issued a platform containing all of the ministry’s written and audio versions of the books of Hajj and Umrah to every international airport in the Kingdom, several exit-port centers and some mosques and important sites. The platform is available to all at www.islamic-ebook.com. SPA Riyadh