‘Insulting’ comments in sermon spark row

Updated 27 March 2016

‘Insulting’ comments in sermon spark row

JEDDAH: A controversy has erupted following a sermon by the imam of a mosque during the Friday prayer in Baha, with worshippers accusing that he used insulting language during the speech.
The Baha branch of the Islamic Affairs Ministry has taken serious note of this and ordered an inquiry against the preacher, local media reported on Saturday.
“The preacher will be called and his sermon investigated. Appropriate action will be taken against him if the allegations turn out to be true,” Fahaid Al-Barqi, director of the Baha branch of the ministry, was quoted as saying.
Some of the worshippers claimed that the preacher compared them with animals, who “like cattle, go astray without understanding themselves or their surroundings.”
Fahad Al-Ghamdi and others who listened to the sermon said they were taken aback by the preacher’s language and urged the ministry to probe this case in particular and monitor sermons in general. Preachers are prohibited from using sermons to attack or vilify individuals.


Madinah museum showcases over 2,000 rare artifacts

Updated 23 August 2019

Madinah museum showcases over 2,000 rare artifacts

  • The museum has issued more than 44 books and publications on Madinah’s architecture

MADINAH: Dar Al-Madinah Museum offers visitors the opportunity to view historical pieces associated with the Prophet’s life. It features artifacts that capture the history, heritage, social life and culture of Madinah.

The museum’s executive director, Hassan Taher, said that it aims to promote the noble values of the Prophet Muhammad, encourage a sense of belonging and capture the history, culture and heritage of Madinah. The exhibits start with the Prophet’s life and end with the Saudi era.

Taher said: “The museum carries out specialized research in Madinah’s architectural heritage. It contains a library of relevant books, research and magazines, all of which are accessible to researchers.”

He said that the museum has issued more than 44 books and publications on Madinah’s architecture.

Taher explained that when preparing the museum’s narrative, it was necessary to reconcile temporal and spatial contexts so they created an added moral and intellectual value for the visitor.

He added: “There are around 2,000 artifacts in the museum’s exhibition halls. These include antiquities, extremely accurate models, handicrafts, manuscripts, documents, correspondence, old publications, postage stamps, photographs and artworks.”

One of the museum’s most valuable exhibits is a large collection of rare pieces associated with important moments in the Prophet’s life and the history of Madinah. 

These include various parts of the Kaaba, rare coins used in Madinah during different eras, ancient pottery, Islamic manuscripts, jewelry and collectibles from the pre-Islamic era.

Taher said that the museum has a professional team of guides who speak several languages, including English, Turkish, Urdu and Malay.