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.


FaceOf: Ahmad Al-Khatib, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries

Ahmad Al-Khatib
Updated 27 May 2018
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FaceOf: Ahmad Al-Khatib, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries

  • Saudi Arabian Military Industries aims to aims to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign purchases of military products

JEDDAH: Ahmad Al-Khatib was appointed the chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) in October 2017. 

He also holds the posts of chairman of the board of directors of the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) since 2016; chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Fund for Development; adviser to the general secretariat of the Cabinet; adviser to the minister of defense; and adviser to the court of the crown prince.

Al-Khatib inaugurated on Friday the new facilities of the Aircraft Accessories and Components Company (AACC) at its new headquarters at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah during a ceremony under the patronage of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

SAMI aims to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign purchases of military products and become one of the top 25 global companies in the field of military industries.

“Our goal is to localize more than 50 percent of the Kingdom’s military spending by 2030,” said the crown prince in his earlier statement.

Al-Khatib is a former adviser to the royal court, was the minister of health between 2014 and 2016, and served as the chairman for the Saudi stock company established in 2006, Jadwa Investment.

Al-Khatib has 23 years of experience in banking. In 1992 he joined the Bank of Riyad, working in various departments for 11 years and helping to establish the customer investment department. 

In 2003, Al-Khatib joined SABB Bank and participated in the establishment of Islamic Banking (Amanah). He then became the bank’s general manager.