OIC demands seat on top UN body to represent Muslims

Updated 05 February 2013
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OIC demands seat on top UN body to represent Muslims

The 56-member Organization of Islamic Conference, the largest Muslim organization in the world, should have a seat on the UN Security Council, said Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, its secretary-general.
“One of the important objectives for which I have been exerting a lot of efforts was to have a seat for OIC in the Security Council to represent 1.5 billion Muslims in the world,” Ihsanoglu told reporters in Cairo.
Speaking about the challenges facing the Islamic Ummah, he said they include poverty, lack of economic integration, Jewish settlement in occupied Arab territories, and Judaization of Jerusalem (Al-Quds).
Asked about the new OIC presidency of Egypt for the next three years, Ihsanoglu said: “Egypt is a leading country in the Islamic world. It has a long history of defending Muslim causes.”
He said the OIC has set out a plan to develop Jerusalem in cooperation with the Palestine Authority and the Islamic Development Bank.
He said more diplomatic efforts were required to mobilize international support for recognition of Palestine as a state by the United Nations. “UNESCO has recognized Palestine as a full member. This is a big achievement.”
The OIC foreign ministers, meanwhile, held a meeting in Cairo to finalize the agenda for the Feb. 6-7 Islamic Summit.
Deputy Foreign Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah, who attended the meeting, stressed the Kingdom’s efforts for the success of Islamic causes.
“The summit is significant as it comes at a time when Muslim countries are going through sensitive and delicate crises,” he added.

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Muslims perform prayers at renovated historic mosques in Saudi Arabia

Updated 20 May 2018
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Muslims perform prayers at renovated historic mosques in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: The renovation of historic sites across Saudi Arabia has breathed life back to several mosques this Ramadan, as worshippers are now able to hold prayers on their premises.
Pictures from the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) showed Muslims performing Taraweeh prayers Saturday night at some of these historic mosques, including the Me’mar mosque in Jeddah, a recently renovated mosque inaugurated last Tuesday by Prince Sultan bin Salman, head of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage.
The renovation projects aim to rehabilitate historic mosques as part of its partnership with the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance. As part of the project, 25 historic mosques have been renovated so far across the Kingdom.
The projects were launched in historic areas, such as Jeddah, Madinah, central Riyadh, and Dariyah.
Prince Sultan announced that King Salman has donated the renovation costs of Al-Hanafi mosque in the historic city of Jeddah, where the late King Abdul Aziz had once prayed.