Outrage over video of 85-year-old man’s marriage to 15-year-old

Updated 01 October 2016

Outrage over video of 85-year-old man’s marriage to 15-year-old

JEDDAH: An online video showing the wedding party of 85-year-old groom and 15-year-old bride went viral on Thursday and attracted many reactions on the social networking site Twitter.
The person who uploaded the video said that the husband, named Sulaiman Al-Rashidi, is 85 years old and the bride is just 15. He pointed out that the wedding party was a traditional simple one, and that the guests paid the costs of the party.
However, many Twitter users shared a tweet by Rashidi’s son that his father is 74 years old and his bride is 37 years old, not a minor.
“Anyone marrying a minor to another person, or anyone getting married to a minor girl should be punished, imprisoned or pay a fine,” Tareq Al-Omary tweeted.
“Just one of many painful examples of exploiting women; he is 70 years her senior,” Halima Muzaffar wrote on her Twitter page.
Ahmed Al-Hashimi tweeted, “They have sentenced you to death. I wonder what he will call you: A daughter or a servant.”
Heba Mubarak said the video is the modern image of female infanticide in the twenty-first century.

Muslim World League signs deal with Moscow to promote interfaith dialogue

Updated 22 April 2019

Muslim World League signs deal with Moscow to promote interfaith dialogue

  • Al-Issa lauds Russian model of national harmony and coexistence
  • Al-Issa also met with Speaker of the Russian Parliament last month

MOSCOW: The Secretary-General of the Muslim World League (MWL) Sheikh Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa held a meeting with the president of the Russian People’s Council, Sergei Ordzhonikidze, and other council members, where they discussed issues of common interest.

They looked into means of boosting cooperation between Russia and the Muslim world, supporting positive national integration programs and countering extremist speeches and Islamophobia.

Al-Issa lauded the Russian model of national harmony and coexistence, while Ordzhonikidze presented Al-Issa with a copy of the council’s yearly report.

At the meeting the two parties signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to share their experiences in the fight against extremist ideologies, the promotion of interreligious dialogue and coexistence and the implementation of joint projects to achieve shared goals. They also stressed the pure and peaceful values of Islam and rejected all forms of extremism and Islamophobia.

The meeting was attended by the Russian deputy chairman of the Committee for the Development of Agriculture, Aygun Memedov, the chairman of the Committee on the Normalization of Relations Between Nationalities and Religions, Sheikh Albert Karganov, the Mufti of Moscow and the Khanti-Mansisk Region in Siberia Sheikh Tahir Samatov.

Last month, Al-Issa met with Speaker of the Russian Parliament Vyacheslav Volodin. They discussed subjects related to promoting and supporting dialogue among followers of different religions and civilizations, activating cultural contacts and exchanges between the Muslim world and Russia.

Al-Issa signed a cooperation agreement between the MWL and Moscow’s Fund for Islamic Culture, Science and Education. The agreement focused on tackling extremism and promoting tolerance. The agreement stressed the need for cooperation in the fight against extremism, intolerance, aggression and hostility among religions, races and ideologies that could lead to terrorism.

Both parties agreed to exchange information on the activities of scientific centers, cultural forums and websites.