Iranians to come for Haj from other countries: Riyadh

Iranian female pilgrims walk outside the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia, in this Sept. 15, 2015 file photo. (AP)
Updated 20 August 2016

Iranians to come for Haj from other countries: Riyadh

MADINAH: A number of Iranian pilgrims will be coming to perform Haj from other countries, even though Iran has refused to send pilgrims this year.
A source at the Ministry of Haj and Umrah has revealed that arrangements have been made to receive the Iranian pilgrims in accordance with usual procedures made for countries from where they are coming.
This itself is proof that Saudi Arabia never discriminates between pilgrims, whichever nationality they belong to.
Iran was bent on depriving its citizens from performing Haj. The Kingdom has blamed Tehran for politicizing the issue and making unjust demands for the pilgrimage.
The ministry, meanwhile, announced that 129,442 pilgrims had arrived in the Kingdom as of Wednesday night, of which 44,56 came via the Jeddah airport and 88,833 via the Madinah airport.
A noticeable increase in flights is expected, with around 1,438 Haj flights, an increase of about 4 percent compared to last year.
The operational movement at the airport increases gradually as international flights from 37 airlines are received, reaching a peak of 99 flights on the 15th of Dul Qaada, said.
Flights then continue to decline gradually until the 4th of Dul Hijjah, with about 43 flights, thus marking the completion of the Haj reception plan, the ministry added.

Muslim World League chief honored for strengthening ties between Islamic world, Russia

Updated 24 July 2019

Muslim World League chief honored for strengthening ties between Islamic world, Russia


MOSCOW: The Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences has awarded the secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL), Dr. Mohammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, an honorary doctorate in recognition of his efforts to strengthen the relationship between the Islamic world and Russia.

Prof. Vitaly Naumkin, the director of the institute, who represents one of the most well-known academic institutions in the world over the past 200 years, talked about Al-Issa’s career, noting that he has contributed to the promotion of cultural rapprochement among nations through his visits to countries and his connections with different cultures and religions.

Naumkin said that the principles of moderation adopted by the MWL and its secretary-general contributed to the establishment of security in the world, noting that these principles addressed extremism and violence.

The honorary doctorate was given to Al-Issa for his services in the development of Islamic jurisprudence and improving official and popular relations between Russia and the Islamic world, he said.

The MWL secretary-general said that he was proud to receive the honorary doctorate from an institute that is well-known for its dedication and neutrality.

He also praised the Russian Federation’s care for Arab and Islamic culture and its keenness to communicate with the Muslim world, learn its language and understand its culture.

Al-Issa considered the award to be motivation to work on promoting cultural communication and exchange between the Islamic world and Russia.

He said that the institute has contributed to changing the stereotype of Orientalism in the Muslim world and has encouraged cultural communication between nations and peoples.

The ceremony was attended by representatives of the Russian presidency, the Duma and the Senate, as well as high-ranking diplomats, senior academics of Orientalism, religious leaders and a group of researchers and students.