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 communications minister receives youngest Saudi female journalist

Updated 19 July 2018
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Saudi communications minister receives youngest Saudi female journalist

RIYADH: Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Abdullah Al-Sawah stressed the Kingdom's need to discover and support local talent.
He said that the ministry has paid increasing attention to technical talents, which has been represented through the organization of several events, the latest of which was the "Hackathon Digital Machines."
The event was aimed at creating a conducive environment to develop the capabilities of the digital youth and invest in their creative potential to maximize returns.
Al-Sawah noted that the event also aimed at "harnessing their abilities to develop the digital transformation process," calling for intensified and unified efforts in order to invest in Saudi talents for the benefit of the nation.
The minister was speaking during a meeting with Marian Taher Saleh, the youngest Saudi female journalist, alongside with her father.
Al-Sawah praised the role of her family, who have been supporting her from the beginning till she was able to enter the media field, expressing his appreciation for her media achievements.
For his part, Saleh's father expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the minister for his hospitality, appreciation and encouragement for his daughter.