Dawah office says over 4,000 embraced Islam last year

Updated 30 October 2014
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Dawah office says over 4,000 embraced Islam last year

Statistics from the Cooperative Office for Guidance & Community Enlightenment (Dawah) in Al-Rawda have revealed that 4,219 persons converted to Islam during the last Hijri year. The figure included 1818 men and 2401 women from 181 countries.
The office said that its program targets non-Muslim communities residing in the Kingdom, including those of both sexes, as well as other non-Muslim communities across the world, through its website, www.IslamReligion.com. The website has special programs that explain the true meaning of Islam to those who may not have been well-informed beforehand. Additionally, the office noted that the programs actually also target Muslims so that they can be reminded of the teachings of their religion, and can carry them with them always in order to practice them in reality.
Sheikh Tawfeeq Al-Sharhan, head of the Cooperative Office, has noted that the majority of converts to Islam have read about the religion and found it to be convincing, and to meet their aspirations and desires. It is for this reason that they have been willing to take the plunge.
“From this point of view we should, as preachers, do all we can do to spread this religion in every way we can, and to teach the new Muslims everything about their religion through lectures, seminars and lessons,” he explained.
He added the office provides them with books, pamphlets and recordings in their mother language to help them acquire the necessary Islamic sciences.
Al-Sharhan concluded by saying that we must all review our 'inner-selves' to see what we have accomplished in our religious lives this past year, stressing the fact that their entrusted mission to spread the Islamic religion is a great honor and a big responsibility for which all sectors and segments of society must join together in order to be successful.


Saudi reforms encourage investment in Kingdom: Davos panel

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Saudi reforms encourage investment in Kingdom: Davos panel

  • Morgan Stanley’s CEO James Gorman welcomed the social reforms, calling them essential progress to provide the backbone for the economic reforms
  • Saudi Minister of Economy and Planning Mohammad Al-Tuwaijri said to attract investors into Saudi Arabia needed to improve its infrastructure

The recent reforms in the Kingdom have been the drive behind foreign investment in the country, a panel debate on the “Next Steps for Saudi Arabia” at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos said Thursday.

Chairperson of the board of directors of the Saudi Stock Exchange, Sarah Al-Suhaimi said WEF reports reflected the positive changes in Saudi Arabia that had improved the country’s ranking in terms of investment.

“We have worked on developing the financial system of the capital market,” Al-Suhaimi told the panel, adding that in 2018 Saudi Arabia joined the FTSE Emerging Index which provides investors with a comprehensive means of measuring the performance

Saudi Minister of Economy and Planning Mohammad Al-Tuwaijri said to attract investors into Saudi Arabia needed to improve its infrastructure, which he says the Kingdom had been working on. This includes the 68 initiatives that were introduced last year to help the private sector.

Al-Tuwaijri also said unemployment rates had been kept steady over the past two years, while more women had entered the workforce, which he said played an important role in diversifying Saudi Arabia’s economy.

Minister of Finance Mohammed Al-Jadaan said that since the “significant economic and social reform,” the GDP of Saudi Arabia grew 2.3 percent in 2018.

In 2019 Saudi Arabia announced a $295 billion budget, which Al-Jadaan says with help the growth of the economy and create more jobs.

“We are determined to reduce the deficit from 19 percent to 5 percent,” he said.

Morgan Stanley’s CEO James Gorman welcomed the social reforms, calling them essential progress to provide the backbone for the economic reforms.

Meanwhile, French oil major Total’s chief executive Patrick Pouyanne said that Total was investing heavily in Saudi Arabia and that a petrol network in be established soon in the Kingdom.

When pressed by journalists on the Jamal Khashoggi case – the journalist who was killed in the Saudi embassy in Istanbul last year – Al-Jadaan said that Saudi Arabia was taking serious measures to hold those involved accountable.

Prosecutors in Saudi Arabia have said they will seek the death penalty for five defendants accused the murder of the journalist Khashoggi.

“We are absolutely sad about what happened to Jamal Khashoggi. Everyone in Saudi Arabia is sad. It goes against our beliefs and morals,” Al-Jadaan said, adding that the government has restructured the intelligence service as a result of the incident.