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.


Major boost for Al-Jouf as Saudi king set to announce new city

King Salman arrived in Al-Jouf on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 21 November 2018
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Major boost for Al-Jouf as Saudi king set to announce new city

  • The king will launch Waad Al-Shamaal, a new city aimed at boosting the country’s mining infrastructure

JEDDAH: Projects worth several billion riyals are to be unveiled by Saudi Arabia’s king this week as he continues his tour of the country’s regions.
King Salman arrived in the province of Al-Jouf on Tuesday night where he will announce the construction of a new city, bolstering the local economy and creating thousands of jobs in Saudi Arabia’s most northern region.
On Thursday, the king will launch Waad Al-Shamaal, a new city aimed at boosting the country’s mining infrastructure, the Saudi Press Agency reported. 
He will lay the foundation stone for the first phase of the SR85 billion ($22 billion) city in Toriaf province — worth SR55 billion —  and is also set to inaugurate the projects and facilities of the second phase — worth SR30 billion.
In the past two months the king has visited a number of major cities, announcing projects and initiatives to develop the Kingdom inline with Vision 2030 — a broad strategic plan to diversify the economy and end dependence on oil revenues.
Before arriving in Al-Jouf, King Salman visited Tabuk, where several projects worth more than SR11 billion were launched.
He also met the team heading Amaala, the ultra-luxurious tourist destination that was unveiled in September and dubbed the “Riviera of the Middle East,” and was briefed on plans for the new attraction.
King Salman praised Amaala’s objectives to contribute to promoting economic diversification, creating investment opportunities for the private sector, and developing the tourism sector in Saudi Arabia while preserving the cultural and environmental heritage.
Meanwhile, the Kingdom’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) announced yet another major project in western Saudi Arabia.
Wadi Al-Disah Development Project, which is expected to become one of the Kingdom’s most environmentally diverse tourist attractions, adds to a number of already launched ventures on western coastal regions.
PIF will establish a company to develop Wadi Al-Disah in accordance with international best practices regarding environmental conservation and sustainable development.
In addition to this week’s tour, the king has so far visited Madinah, Qassim and Hail.