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.


Mosque of Bones: Evidence of Prophet Muhammad’s era

Updated 25 May 2018
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Mosque of Bones: Evidence of Prophet Muhammad’s era

  • In the 9th year after Hijrah, as the Prophet Muhammad was on his way to battle, he marked the Qibla using bones because he could not find rocks or blocks.
  • To mark the occasion, the area’s residents built a mosque on that spot and named it Masjid Al-Izam.

JEDDAH: Masjid Al-Izam (Mosque of the Bones) is a historic mosque in Al-Ula governorate, located 300 km north of Madinah.
In the ninth year after Hijrah (the emigration of Makkah’s Muslims to Madinah), as the Prophet Muhammad was on his way to battle, he marked the Qibla (the direction in which Muslims should pray) using bones because he could not find rocks or blocks.
To mark the occasion, the area’s residents built a mosque on that spot and named it Masjid Al-Izam.
It was made of stone, and mud was used to cover its walls, but it has undergone several restorations.
“Mention of the mosque can be found in many renowned scientific sources,” Abdullah Kaber, a researcher in Madinah’s development authority, told the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
He said Masjid Al-Izam has attracted the attention of King Salman, who is focused on restoring a number of historic mosques across the Kingdom.
The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) is planning to develop tourism in Al-Ula since it houses many historical sites and relics.