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 Arabia arrests 13 accused of planning terrorist attacks

Updated 5 min 30 sec ago
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Saudi Arabia arrests 13 accused of planning terrorist attacks

  • Four attackers were killed in failed terrorist attack claimed by Daesh on Interior Ministry building in Zulfi
  • The Presidency of State Security released identities of the 4 attackers

RIYADH: Thirteen people were arrested after finding plans to execute criminal acts that were targeting the Kingdom’s security, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Monday.
The statement published by SPA included the names of the 13 men arrested, in addition to their civil ID numbers.
The spokesperson for the Saudi Presidency of State Security said explosive belts were found during a raid on the house of the Zulfi attackers.
Four heavily armed attackers were killed in a failed terrorist attack claimed by Daesh on an Interior Ministry building in Zulfi, north of Riyadh on Sunday.
The four terrorists that were killed belonged to Daesh.
The Presidency of State Security released the identities of the four attackers: Abdullah Hamoud Al-Hamoud, Abdullah Ibrahim Al-Mansour, Samer Abdulaziz Al-Madid and Salman Abdulaziz Al-Madid.

Saudi authorities discovered a house in Al-Rayyan neighborhood in Zulfi governorate, rented by Abdullah Al-Hamoud, one of the four perpetrators, where they found what resembled to be a factory for manufacturing explosives and explosive belts.
A total of five explosive belts were found, four of which were worn by the perpetrators, and another inside a car. The belts contain detonating keys and grenades with shrapnel-like screws.
Authorities also seized 64 homemade grenades, 61 pipe fittings, of which nine were being processed as pipe bombs, three mobile phones, three pressure cookers ready for detonation, two Kalashnikov machine guns, six pistols, and other various weapons.
They also found four bags (74,900 kg) containing organic fertilizers, along with sets of laboratory glass containers, a number of plastic containers, a package of liquid chemical containers, sulfur-fiber cartons, a homemade explosive detonator and a set of screws that were equipped with shrapnel.
Authorities also seized a set of ATM cards, two national identity cards, SR 228, a number of publications and CD-ROMs with content related to terrorist organization.
The Presidency of State Security said it is continuing to follow up with terrorist elements that threaten the security and stability of the Kingdom.