‘Islam forbids practicing sorcery’

Updated 07 February 2013
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‘Islam forbids practicing sorcery’

Justice Minister Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Isa met Tuesday with a delegation from the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) to discuss the Saudi judiciary system among other topics.
The delegation talked about the sorcery-related issues in detail, seeking answers on the concept of witchcraft and the way the Saudi judiciary handles them.
The minister said the most important guarantee in such cases rests on fair judiciary, which issues verdicts after ensuring the right for compensation for those who have been harmed according to the set criminal and civil responsibility rules.
The minister said Islam forbids practicing acts aimed to harm community, and magic is one of them.
The Islamic concept differs from such concept of magic, he was quoted by Saudi Press Agency.
He told the delegation that those who involved in sorcery are remanded in custody because of their practices may negatively affect the public order and security of the community.
Al-Isa also said in the meeting that the Saudi courts are strong, independent and impartial.
He said the Saudi judicial system guarantees all rights and freedom in accordance with the Kingdom’s constitution and regulatory arrangements and documents.
These regulations come to draw line between freedom and disturbance to the public order of the country that could affect the security of the community.
The minister said there was documented evidence that show the strength of Saudi judiciary system as a natural outcome of its independence and full impartiality.


Thunderstorms and winds expected in Saudi Arabia’s Al-Bahah region

Updated 21 April 2018
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Thunderstorms and winds expected in Saudi Arabia’s Al-Bahah region

  • Thunderstorms and surface winds will affect Al-Bahah until 18:00 Saudi Arabia Standard Time (SAST).

London: Saudi Arabia's General Authority for Meteorology and Environmental Protection stated on Saturday that the Al-Bahah region will experience thunderstorms and surface winds until 18:00 Saudi Arabia Standard Time (SAST).
Areas affected include Baljurashi, Al-Mandaq, and Al-Aqiq.
The Saudi General Directorate of Civil Defense advised people to stay away from valleys and streams, and to take the necessary precautions.