Islamic scholar urges support for king’s call against terrorism

Updated 14 October 2014
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Islamic scholar urges support for king’s call against terrorism

A renowned Islamic scholar has extended his full support to the call of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah to crush terrorism using every means possible.
“Neither Islam nor any other religion supports killing or disrupting peace and stability among nations,” said Sheikh Abubakar Ahmed, general-secretary of the All India Sunni Jamiyyathul Ulama, during a recent press conference in Makkah.
Abubakar also urged world leaders, Islamic scholars and community members all over the world to unanimously back King Abdullah’s strong commitment in uprooting divisive plots.
Abubakar was speaking with Indian Haj volunteers in Makkah upon the conclusion of Haj rituals.
“The word ‘Islam’ itself means peace. This is why not a single member of our community supports extremism,” he said.
The recent statement made by the scholar condemning notorious Islamic State (IS) atrocities in Iraq and Syria was welcomed humanitarian groups and conveyed by world media.
“Indian Muslims do not need the help of external powers for their safety,” he said.
“The Indian constitution and judiciary gives them security irrespective of the ruling government. I was the first person to speak against Al-Qaeda’s plans to enter India and won full support for my calls.”
“Youth should use their time and wealth to care for the needy instead of indulging in crime and terrorism,” he said.
Abubakar also alluded to his organization’s initiatives and financial aid to help flood-hit victims in Kashmir.
“A medical team, including doctors, will leave for Kashmir very soon,” he added.
The reconstruction of the flood hit-houses, mosques and educational institutions will be undertaken during the subsequent phase.
He also added that Jamia Markaz will celebrate its 37th anniversary on Dec. 18, 19, 20 and 21 at its headquarters in Calicut.
Many dignitaries from India and abroad are slated to attend the conference.
Markaz Director Abdul Hakeem Azhari, Jeddah Islamic Cultural Foundation (ICF) General-Secretary Ahmad Malahiri, Secretary Mujeeb A.R. Nagar and Markaz Jeddah Committee Secretary Bava Koomanna were also present in the press meeting.


Saudi Arabia’s nuclear program ‘fundamental to Kingdom’s energy sector’

Updated 18 September 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s nuclear program ‘fundamental to Kingdom’s energy sector’

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s atomic energy program is fundamental for developing a sustainable energy sector, a senior minister told the International Atomic Energy Agency on Monday.
The Kingdom plans to start building its first two nuclear power reactors this year and as many as 16 over the next 25 years at a cost of more than $80 billion. The plan is to provide 15 percent of Saudi Arabia’s power from nuclear by 2032.
Speaking athe IAEA’s annual conference in Vienna, Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih said the atomic reactor projects were were part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 to diversify its energy sources to nuclear and renewables.
The program “abides by all international treaties and conventions and best practices, adhering to the highest standards of safety, security and transparency,” Al Falih said.
The minister said Saudi Arabia was committed to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, which calls for nuclear disarmament and stresses the commitment of nuclear power states to share their peaceful technologies with abiding member states.
He also said the Kingdom had called for cooperation with the international community to make the Middle East a nuclear weapons free area.
The US has started to reintroduce heavy sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, after Donald Trump pulled out of a deal with the country earlier this year to curb its atomic ambitions.
Al-Falih called on the international community to take a more stringent stance against all threats to regional and international security, particularly Iran, given its “alarming efforts to build its nuclear capabilities, in tandem with its increasing acts of sabotage and aggression against other states in the region.”