‘Insulting’ comments in sermon spark row

Updated 27 March 2016
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‘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.


Sudan’s transitional council vows to back Saudi Arabia against Iran threat

Updated 24 May 2019
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Sudan’s transitional council vows to back Saudi Arabia against Iran threat

  • Himeidti said the military council would continue deploying Sudanese troops to Yemen as part of the Arab coalition fighting Iran-backed Houthis
  • It was Dagalo's first international trip since Sudan’s army generals took power after they backed protesters in ousting longtime-leader Omar Al-Bashir last month

KHARTOUM: A top Sudanese general has vowed to back Saudi Arabia against “all threats and attacks” from Iran, Sudan's ruling military council said Friday.
General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, the deputy chief of Sudan’s new Transitional Military Council, made the comments during a meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah.
“Sudan is standing with the Kingdom against all threats and attacks from Iran and Houthi militias,” Dagalo, widely known as Himeidti, told the crown prince during their meeting, the council said in a statement.
Himeidti also said the military council would continue deploying Sudanese troops to Yemen as part of the Arab coalition fighting Iran-backed Houthis.
It was Dagalo's first international trip since Sudan’s army generals took power after they backed protesters in ousting longtime-leader Omar Al-Bashir last month.
The statement, the council's first major foreign policy announcement, amounted to a continuation of the deposed leader's policy.