No mosque sermon without permission

Updated 30 July 2016
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No mosque sermon without permission

JEDDAH: A forum entitled Fiqh of loyalty and citizenship, organized by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance in Taif over a span of two days with the participation of imams and preachers, recorded varying knowledge of some the participants on familiar challenges that threaten all societies, including facing takfirist thought, the promotion of citizenship, belonging and obedience, and other issues.
Imams spoke on a number of issues, including one who called on the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance to issue new revised editions to clear suspicions on a number of issues, and counter takfirist ideology.
Another imam wanted to know how they should deliver these messages, because as everybody knows the corrupt do not come to the mosque, only those of the residents who are eager to pray and perform the holy rituals do.
The answer came from the lecturer who said: “Fighting evil thoughts and deviant ideology should start early and not wait until the evil tree is instilled and entrenched in the soul of the person. Our remedies should start early because as we have seen the twins who killed their mother were regular mosque attendants, and many studies on the detainees show that the spark from where they started was because of the fiery sermons and speeches delivered by some preachers.”
Another participant spoke of the permits granted to the Qur'an memorization societies and their official controls. Some of the participants pointed to those lecturing worshippers following Friday prayers without holding any permits or authorizations. It was suggested that in such cases, the imam should act according to the situation, even if this means switching off the microphone.
The forum is designed to encourage community members to maintain the gains of the Kingdom and activate the role of preachers and employees of mosques. Other participants at the forum included the director of Al-Sakinah Campaign, Abdul Monem Al-Mashouh; Sheikh Yusuf Al-Saeed, a faculty member of Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University; Sheikh Bader Tamy Al-Otaibi, assistant director of mosques in Taif; and Sheikh Abdul Aziz Khalifa, a member of the counseling committee.


Saudi border guards rescue French passenger from Red Sea cruise ship

Updated 19 April 2019
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Saudi border guards rescue French passenger from Red Sea cruise ship

JEDDAH: Saudi border guards rescued a French female tourist on Friday after she broke her leg on board a cruise ship in the Red Sea.
The 85-year-old was aboard the Costa Luminosa off the coast of south-west Saudi Arabia when the Maritime Rescue Coordination Center in Jeddah received an emergency call from the King Abdulaziz International Airport’s search and rescue center, saying the women needed emergency medical attention.The details of the message was passed to the Saudi Arabia Border Guards.
The border guard’s vessel Al-Lith was sent to meet the cruise ship near Al-Qahma, in the Kingdom’s south-western Asir region.
Lt Col. Misfer Bin Ghanam Al-Qarni, border guards spokesman, said the patient was transferred to Jazan, where she was then taken to Prince Mohammed Bin Nasser Hospital by ambulance.
The Costa Luminosa, which was traveling from Salalah in Oman toward Aqaba in Jordan, continued on its voyage.