Saudi religious leaders warn against disunity

Updated 09 November 2014

Saudi religious leaders warn against disunity

Anyone endangering the security of the country is, in fact, playing into the hands of the enemies who are looking for an opportunity to destroy the society, said Grand Mosque Imam Saud Al-Shoraim in his Friday sermon.
He warned Muslims to beware of those who want to drive a wedge between them in order to advance their nefarious designs.
“Sleep without security will be restless and a worship devoid of security will be muddled worship. Peace and security is very important for us,” Al-Shoraim said.
A number of people were killed in a terror attack in the Eastern Province on Monday.
Those who cause security breach and violence do not want a dignified life for their people, the Sheikh said.
Security is the basic requirement of life. It is achieved by ensuring the safety of life, property and honor, he added.
The imam compared one who breached security of a nation with a sailor who dug holes in a ship.
“Unless other sailors throw him overboard the whole ship will sink and all sailors drown,” he said
“Security is destabilized by deviant ideology that ruins religious values. Other situations that lead to the disruption of people’s security are harming innocent lives, addiction to drug or liquor, theft of wealth or earning money illegally by violating the honor of other people and committing adultery,” Al-Shoraim said in his speech.
In his sermon at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, Imam and Khatib Sheikh Salah Al-Bodair stressed the importance of tolerance, wisdom and peace.
Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, chairman of the Council of Senior Religious Scholars, in his sermon at imam Turki bin Abdullah Mosque in Riyadh, said the consequences of the disruption of law and order in a country are grave and affect all sections of society.
“The wisdom behind the Shariah-based punishments is to establish justice in the word and to ensure security and stability for the Ummah,” Al-Asheikh said adding that Shariah-based punishments are a blessing from Allah sent down to the Muslims to rein in the wicked people and ensure security and peace in the society.
He also prayed to the Almighty to enable the Kingdom’s rulers to successfully implement the laws of Allah so that the corrupt are reined in and destroyed and people are guaranteed a life free from evil.
Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Naif has meanwhile reaffirmed that all security authorities will carry out their duties to challenge those who attempt to tamper with the Kingdom’s stability.
The minister made these comments, while visiting the families of victims killed in the terrorist attack in Al-Ahsa on Monday.
Interior Ministry spokesman Major General Mansour Al-Turki announced the arrest of an Al-Ahsa attack suspect in Arar on Friday night.


Saudi justice minister appoints first woman to senior position at alimony fund

Saudi Justice Ministry. (SPA)
Updated 29 January 2020

Saudi justice minister appoints first woman to senior position at alimony fund

  • More women are also working in the ministry’s digital transformation project, and in related fields such as computer science, software engineering and information systems

JEDDAH: The minister of justice and president of the Supreme Judicial Council, Walid bin Mohammed Al-Samaani, has ordered the appointment of Shorooq bint Mohammed Al-Jadaan as deputy director-general for alimony affairs. She is the first woman to assume a leading position at the alimony fund.
The fund aims to ensure alimony is paid to beneficiaries as quickly as possible, and help achieve a financial balance for families, in fulfillment of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 plan.
“This appointment is not surprising from a ministry and a country that has taken upon itself to ensure equity and empowerment for women in all governmental and private sectors,” said Saudi lawyer Nujood Qasim.
Such decisions strongly support efforts to raise the level of participation by women in the workforce, one of the goals of Vision 2030, by providing a wider range of career options and encouraging them to play a bigger role in the development of the country, Qasim added.
The second phase of the alimony fund was launched in November 2019. It has achieved a number of successes since its inception, in particular improving the speed of responses to requests and communication with applicants and beneficiaries through its online platform.
It has also reduced the time taken from final approval of applications to the payment of alimony, which can now be done in a matter of hours.
The Ministry of Justice has implemented a number of initiatives in the past few years to increase the number of female employees and improve their representation in promoted positions. In late 2017, it started to provide special sections for women in courts around the country and appoint female notaries. Previously it was rare for women to work in courts.
Women can now work as social researchers and administrative assistants. More women are also working in the ministry’s digital transformation project, and in related fields such as computer science, software engineering and information systems.
In addition, there has been a huge increase in the number of registered female lawyers, from only 10 in 2013 to 487 by November last year.