West’s speech ‘double standard’ flayed

Updated 05 October 2012
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West’s speech ‘double standard’ flayed

Sheikh Saleh Al-Talib, imam and khatib at the Grand Mosque, condemned yesterday the unfair approach of Western countries denigrating the Prophet (peace be upon him).

“What is the meaning of freedom of expression when international organizations and Western governments chase and prosecute anyone who denies the Holocaust or even expresses any doubt about the Jewish ordeal?” Al-Talib said during the Friday sermon. “On the other hand, anyone who ridicules and vilifies the great Prophet (pbuh) are protected by law.” 
The sheikh’s sermon follows the release of the recent anti-Islam film mocking the Prophet (pbuh), which was circulated on YouTube and produced in the United States, and the publication of similarly themed French cartoons.
Although many Western countries have hate speech laws, the United States has none.
The sheikh said it is impossible for a “civilized human being with (a minuscule of) intelligence” to hate Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
The sheikh warned Western decision makers and political leaders that nobody would be able to check the anger unleashed by the attack on the Prophet (pbuh).
“Perhaps it has already gone out of control,” he said. “No word of wisdom is heard from the West when the sacred symbols of the Ummah are abused.” The sheikh urged Westerners to stop the foolish people who ignite the fire of hatred.
 Al-Talib added that Muslims will not accept any mockery of their religion even though there is a call for dialogue between various religions. 
“Such calls will be of no use if some people are spawning hatred and creating animosity against Islam, the Prophet (pbuh) and Muslims,” the sheikh said.
He also wondered why world institutions that penalize hatred and racial discrimination are not interested in making any move against the ongoing campaign of hatred against Islam.
The sheikh urged the world organizations to issue a charter of honor and legislate laws that would ban and criminalize abuse of any Abrahimic religion, prophets and messengers.
He said Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has been calling on religious leaders to engage in dialogues among the religions and among civilizations so that all people accept the principles of justice and mutual understanding and sympathy.
The sheikh also appealed to Muslims not to react with violence in which innocent people are killed and properties wrecked.
Instead, he urged the Muslims to adhere to the teachings of the Prophet (pbuh), follow in his footsteps and refute the allegations in a peaceful manner.
He also suspected that the enemies of Islam in the West are attempting to drive Muslim communities to violence so that right-wing parties in the West can justify their hostile acts against Muslims and stop the spread of Islam in their countries.
 


Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will patronize the launch of the Qiddiya Project

Updated 24 April 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will patronize the launch of the Qiddiya Project

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will patronize on Wednesday the launch of the “Qiddiya” Project which is the new entertainment, sports and cultural destination in the Kingdom.
The project will be built in Al-Giddiya area, some 40 km west of the capital, Riyadh.
The foundation stone ceremony of will be attended by a host of local and international officials, as well as a number of decision-makers, major investors and representatives of the regional and international companies, marking the launch of the project’s formal infrastructure. The first phase will be completed by 2022.
In a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Dr. Fahd bin Abdullah Tounsi, Secretary General of the Foundation Council of the Qiddiya Project of the Public Investment Fund (PIF) said that the inauguration of this vital project is a real translation of the aspirations of the Kingdom’s wise leadership and its relentless efforts to develop mega projects that would contribute effectively to achieve many direct and indirect economic returns, and to advance sustainable development for the benefit of the homeland and the citizen, in accordance with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
“About two-thirds of the Kingdom’s population is under the age of 35. There is a great need for Qiddiya Project to provide them with entertainment. The project will save about $30 billion, which will be used to develop the domestic economy and create new job opportunities for Saudi youths,” he added.
For his part, Michael Reininger, Chief Executive of Qiddiya, said, “we are delighted to be a key contributor to boost the Kingdom’s economic development and investment, not only for the entertainment industry but also to projects that will develop the capabilities the young Saudi people.”