Haia launches campaign on importance of prayer

Updated 24 October 2014

Haia launches campaign on importance of prayer

The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (Haia) has launched a campaign on the importance of prayer in preventing people from sinning.
The campaign, My Prayer is My Happiness, kicked off last Wednesday and will continue for two weeks in print and electronic media outlets. The aim of the initiative is based on the Qur’anic injunction: “Prayer restrains one from indecency and evil.”
It also seeks to raise community awareness on the importance of prayer in ensuring true happiness, and encourages young people to pray in mosques, the Haia said in a statement.
Riyadh Gov. Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz on Tuesday launched at his office a website as part of the initiative, in the presence of Haia Chairman Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh.
Prince Turki also paid tribute to Abdulrahman bin Majid, a veteran muezzin at Imam Turki bin Abdullah mosque in Riyadh as part of a Haia plan to honor those who call people to prayer from mosques in the capital city.
Prince Turki said the campaign focuses on spiritual obligations that make every person feel at ease and remind them of their Islamic duties.


Saudi Arabia implements end to travel restrictions for Saudi women

Updated 20 August 2019

Saudi Arabia implements end to travel restrictions for Saudi women

  • Any person above the age of 21 does not need permission to travel
  • The rules were announced in a royal decree of sweeping reforms last month

RIYADH: New laws that mean Saudi women no longer require permission from a male guardian to travel or obtain a passport came into effect Tuesday.
The rules were announced in a royal decree of sweeping reforms last month. It means adult women can travel feely and exercise more control over family matters.
“The passports and civil status departments and their branches in all regions of the Kingdom have started to implement the amendments stipulated in the royal decree,” Saudi Press Agency reported.
The decree said every Saudi citizen had the right to obtain a passport, and limits the need for a guardian’s approval to minors only. 
The Kingdom has steadily removed some restrictions in recent years, including ending a ban on women driving last year.
The regulatory changes stipulated that a Saudi passport should be issued to any citizen who applies for it and that any person above the age of 21 does not need permission to travel.
They also granted women for the first time the right to register child birth, marriage or divorce and to be issued official family documents and be eligible as a guardian to children who are minors.