Al-Haramain charity founder cleared of all charges

Updated 02 December 2014
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Al-Haramain charity founder cleared of all charges

Director and Founder of the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation Aqeel Al-Aqeel has been acquitted of all charges against him by the Riyadh Appeal court, his son Muhammad Al-Aqeel said.
Aqeel, who is known as "the Father of Charity Works" and ranked with top charity workers such as Abdul Rahman Al-Sameet, was removed from his position of the chairmanship of the foundation. His sacking followed an accusation of terror financing against him and the foundation leveled by the US administration, lawyer Abdul Rahman Al-Jerais said.
Al-Aqeel inaugurated the foundation in the Pakistani city of Karachi in 1988 with the aim of religious propagation and charity, but moved its headquarters to Riyadh in 1992. It had been operating in 50 countries and employed 5,000 workers, Sabq online daiy reported.
According to an earlier statement made by Al-Jeraisy, the foundation was managed by a board of administrators comprising distinguished religious scholars under the supervision of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments and Call and Guidance and was chaired by Minister of Islamic Affairs Saleh Al-Asheikh.
The foundation undertook charitable activities such as sponsorship of orphans, preachers, imams and teachers as well as publishing and distributing Islamic books, like translations of the Holy Qur'an, Hadith and other religious writings in Muslim countries.
Al-Jeraisy added that the foundation also undertook building and supervising mosques, schools, Islamic centers, scholarships for students in poor Muslim countries, organizing Shariah courses, distribution of Ramadan breakfasts and blankets in the winter.
As part of its activities, the foundation also distributed food, clothes and medicine for victims of wars and natural calamities all over the world. It also established 1,200 mosques, both in the Kingdom and abroad.
The foundation, with its vast propagation and charity potential was an eye sore for Christian missionary organizations. It served as a bastion against the efforts of missionaries to exploit poverty, disease and wars to tempt Muslims away from their religion. It received $50 millions worth of donations annually which was equal to half of the donations received by all other charities in the Kingdom.


Saudi Arabia gears up for live music festival during E-Prix race

Updated 21 November 2018
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Saudi Arabia gears up for live music festival during E-Prix race

  • International and Arab musicians are set to perform
  • The event will be held at the UNESCO heritage site of Ad Diriyah

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia will be hosting a three-day music festival during the Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix in December.

International and Arab musicians are set to perform for fans to celebrate the first staging of the Formula E race.

The event will be held at the UNESCO heritage site of Ad Diriyah where six major artists will be performing each night from December 13, 14 and after the race itself on December 15.

“The ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E-Prix is set to be the hottest ticket in town for so many reasons, from breath-taking electric racing, to entertainment, to culture. Soon everyone will find out who is coming, and we can promise a festival of music that offers fans, friends and families an unmissable experience,” Vice-Chair of the Saudi Arabia General Sports Authority, Prince Abdulaziz Bin Turki Al-Faisal, said.

“We suggest fans avoid the rush by getting your ticket now to avoid disappointment after the names are released,” he added.