Preachers denounce attacks

Updated 10 January 2015

Preachers denounce attacks

Local imams in the capital have strongly condemned the terrorist attacks that took place near Arar and in Paris recently killing 12 people, including 10 cartoonists working at a French weekly magazine called “Charlie Hebdo”.
“Oh my sons, like a father to you, follow the moderate path and listen to moderate scholars,” Sheikh Khalaf, imam at Ad-Dubbat Mosque, told the congregation at his Friday sermon.
The imam said that even though Muslims are being oppressed in some parts of the world, we have to act according to the teachings of Islam that promote peace and harmony. Referring to the situation in Palestine where people have been cordoned off and deprived of food and medicines, the imam noted that the temptation to react is natural. "Even so", he said, "it is best not to retaliate by killing people as they did in Paris. It only complicates the situation further by creating more enemies of Islam around the world."
Charlie Hebdo magazine had mocked and lampooned the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
“We have three types of followers in Islam: extremists, moderate and liberals,” Al-Khalaf said, adding that extremists look at moderates as paid puppets, while the liberals want this Ummah to be more Westernized in their lifestyle.
These two categories, extremists and liberals, are not applicable to our Muslim community. So the best solution is to follow the path of moderate Islam, he observed.
In an earlier statement, Mohammed Al-Alam, undersecretary at Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University, said that terrorism is a disease that creates social instability. "All communities should condemn terrorism, as it conflicts with human nature and is inconsistent with the purpose of life in this world", he added.
“As such, the Muslim nation must remain vigilant to the enemy’s agenda, especially those who kill and sow terror in the name of religion killing innocent people,” Al-Alam, said, referring to the suicide attack that was staged Monday on the Saudi-Iraq border.

GEA and Misk launch ‘Entertainment Pioneers’ program

Updated 26 June 2019

GEA and Misk launch ‘Entertainment Pioneers’ program

RIYADH: The General Authority for Entertainment (GEA) launched its “Entertainment Pioneers” program, in partnership with the Initiatives Center at the Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Foundation (Misk).

The program aims to prepare citizens, and especially fresh graduates, to work with the most renowned international companies in the field of entertainment, to gain experience, develop their skills in the field, and enable them to integrate this sector and contribute to its development and prosperity.

The program is part of GEA’s strategy to develop the sector of entertainment in accordance with the best international standards, and to provide it with qualified national competencies in this field, to meet the objectives of the Quality of Life program, a basic part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

The first stage of the program will kick off in collaboration with a leading American entertainment company that employs 44,000 people worldwide, and that has a record of more than 30,000 entertainment programs and 100 festivals, with its sales surpassing of 500 million tickets per year.

In addition, various international companies are participating in the event, in order to train Saudis in the tasks of planning, organization and management of entertainment programs and projects.

As part of its plans to develop and increase the size of local content in the entertainment sector, GEA is launching several other initiatives to train Saudi cadres develop their skills, and to integrate the job market especially in small and medium enterprises in the field of entertainment.

For registration a webpage was set on the link: