King calls on scholars to follow Qur’an, Sunnah on new issues

Updated 10 December 2012
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King calls on scholars to follow Qur’an, Sunnah on new issues

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has called upon Muslim scholars to give their opinion on contemporary issues in the light of the Qur’an and Sunnah.
“Islam is capable of accommodating new changes on the lives of Muslims. This is a great blessing from God. It’s a religion of progress and development,” the king said.
In his keynote address to a meeting of Islamic Fiqh Council, an affiliate of the Muslim World League, King Abdullah cautioned against those who create division in Muslim societies.
Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal delivered the king’s speech, which urged scholars to find Islamic solutions for modern problems without deviating from basic Islamic teachings.
“You have to think about solutions in the light of Islam’s flexibility and moderate teachings. As decided by God, Islam is relevant for all times and places,” the king said.
Recent political and cultural changes in the region should not be allowed to make Muslim youth drift away from basic Islamic teachings.
King Abdullah said the call for sectarianism was the main challenge facing the Ummah, warning it would lead to bloody fighting among Muslims.
He urged religious scholars to give their proposals to strengthen Muslim unity.


Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will patronize the launch of the Qiddiya Project

Updated 23 min 37 sec ago
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will patronize the launch of the Qiddiya Project

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will patronize on Wednesday the launch of the “Qiddiya” Project which is the new entertainment, sports and cultural destination in the Kingdom.
The project will be built in Al-Giddiya area, some 40 km west of the capital, Riyadh.
The foundation stone ceremony of will be attended by a host of local and international officials, as well as a number of decision-makers, major investors and representatives of the regional and international companies, marking the launch of the project’s formal infrastructure. The first phase will be completed by 2022.
In a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Dr. Fahd bin Abdullah Tounsi, Secretary General of the Foundation Council of the Qiddiya Project of the Public Investment Fund (PIF) said that the inauguration of this vital project is a real translation of the aspirations of the Kingdom’s wise leadership and its relentless efforts to develop mega projects that would contribute effectively to achieve many direct and indirect economic returns, and to advance sustainable development for the benefit of the homeland and the citizen, in accordance with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
“About two-thirds of the Kingdom’s population is under the age of 35. There is a great need for Qiddiya Project to provide them with entertainment. The project will save about $30 billion, which will be used to develop the domestic economy and create new job opportunities for Saudi youths,” he added.
For his part, Michael Reininger, Chief Executive of Qiddiya, said, “we are delighted to be a key contributor to boost the Kingdom’s economic development and investment, not only for the entertainment industry but also to projects that will develop the capabilities the young Saudi people.”