Court ordered to enforce maternal custody ruling

Updated 21 March 2015
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Court ordered to enforce maternal custody ruling

The Supreme Judicial Council imposed retroactive implementation of a decision that gives full child custody to mothers, after a woman demanded the implementation of the law in her case, even though she was divorced before the law was issued.
The council instructed the court that looked into the woman’s case to give her full custody over her children, which allows her to go to Civil Status Department, Passport Department, embassies, educational directorates and schools, and complete her children’s procedures with government and private bodies.
However women will not be allowed to travel with their children outside the Kingdom unless they get the judge’s permission from the country in which the child lives.
The Supreme Judicial Council issued the decision and stated that in cases of divorce before the issuance of the decision, the judicial process should be sped up to maintain justice and facilitate litigation.
The decision gave divorced women the authority to issue official documents for their children, take over the issuance of all official documents through an official deed that guarantees her this authority.
The decision came after women faced increasing problems after being granted the right of custody, such as stalling husbands or those trying to negotiate custody by refusing to hand over their children’s official documents. This threatens families, and the rights and futures of children.
The council looked for solutions to ease the plight of these women after receiving complaints of injustices by husbands impeding their children’s civil rights. Some children faced school delays because of problems between parents, and the council stated that women are capable of having full custody of their children, which means they have the right to conduct all official business for their children.
The decision aims to empower women who have custody of their children to behave on their behalf in official bodies, except travel.
Courts registered cases of unfairness and reconciliation offices exerted pressure on women to give up children to their fathers.
Judicial rulings point out that women can be appointed as guardians of others. In addition, the law differentiates between custodian and guardian, for custodians have no right to behave on other people’s behalf, which is why women are prevented from traveling with the child without the guardian’s permission.


Steps taken to meet growing demand for Muslim holy water

Updated 3 min 22 sec ago
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Steps taken to meet growing demand for Muslim holy water

  • Saudi government takes special measures to ensure uninterrupted supply of the water to the Two Holy Mosques
  • Zamzam water is drawn from a 30-meter well in the basement of the Grand Mosque in Makkah

JEDDAH: The very mention of the word “Zamzam” evokes a feeling of awe in the hearts of the faithful. Zamzam water is considered holy in Islam. 

It is found in a 30 meter well in the basement of the Grand Mosque in Makkah, about 20 meters east of the Kaaba. The water is believed to possess healing qualities, and is treated with reverence by all Muslims.

The Saudi government takes special measures to ensure there is an uninterrupted supply of the water to the Two Holy Mosques all year round, and to pilgrims during the Hajj and Umrah seasons.

In addition to the King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Zamzam Water Project, the Zamzam bottling plant operates with a separate mission under the United Office of Zamazemah in Makkah.

Zamzam water is produced by the King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Zamzam Water Project, which is operated by the National Water Co., and whose new bottling plant can produce up to 30,000 liters per hour.

The construction of the new plant began in 2014. Originally consisting of two production lines, a third was added in 2017, which massively increased production capacity. With the water being dispensed into 200 milliliter bottles, it means that the plant can produce well in excess of 150,000 bottles per hour. 

The bottles are then distributed to pilgrims upon arrival in Makkah, and, under the Zamzam Water Additional Services program, are also made available near the central area of Makkah’s Grand Mosque and in other holy places, such as Mina and Arafat. 

Two further expansion phases are currently underway at the site, which also houses its administrative center, including the management and marketing departments.

Two weeks ago, meanwhile, the Saudi Shoura Council approved a new project proposal by Arbab Al-Tawaif Establishments. The project will aim to enhance the competence of employees in Hajj and Umrah services. 

It will also look to restructure Arbab Al-Tawaif, and transform its establishments from individual institutions into companies, working to ensure they provide better standards of service to pilgrims from outside Saudi Arabia.