1,059 Saudi, Egyptian inmates to be released

Updated 19 July 2014

1,059 Saudi, Egyptian inmates to be released

Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundations has secured during the holy month of Ramadan the release of 1,059 Saudi and Egyptian prisoners in their respective countries by paying their debts.
The initiative is in line with the continuous support of Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), to strengthen the bonds of cohesion and solidarity between individuals and institutions in society.
Prince Alwaleed confirmed his commitment to helping insolvents and releasing the detainees to ensure their safe return to their families during Ramadan where Muslims are seeking to do good.
Debts have been paid throughout all the regions of Saudi Arabia in coordination with the General Directorate of Prisons, Department of Religious Affairs and Division of Private Rights.
The initiative was extended to pay off the debts of fellow Egyptians in cooperation with Misr El Kheir Foundation, headed by former grand mufti of Egypt, Dr. Ali Gomaa.
Misr El Kheir Foundation was established in 2007, with the aim to provide a decent life and safeguard the dignity of individuals to achieve a self-sustained growth of their society.
Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundations is involved in a wide spectrum of humanitarian and philanthropic activities in more than 84 countries. Their focus areas are established around strategic initiatives, ranging from disaster relief and community development, to women and youth empowerment, as well as promoting intercultural understanding.


Saudi’s Qassim prepares over 200 mosques for Friday prayers

Updated 04 June 2020

Saudi’s Qassim prepares over 200 mosques for Friday prayers

  • Volunteers will help worshipers disperse between mosques
  • The first call to prayer will be announced 20 minutes earlier

DUBAI: Islamic authority in Qassim region have approved 205 mosques to perform Friday prayers according to new regulations, state news agency SPA reported.

The first call to prayer will be announced 20 minutes earlier, and khutbas – religious address delivered by the imam – to last at maximum for 15 minutes.

Also, volunteers will help worshipers disperse between mosques.

Mosques across the Kingdom, except for those in Makkah, have opened their doors to worshippers on Sunday, May 31, as coronavirus restrictions ease.

Last week, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Sheikh called on Muslims to respect ongoing safety measures inside mosques, such as bringing their own prayer mats, wearing masks and washing hands prior to entering the vicinities.

Al-Asheikh said preventative measures will remain in place to ensure a safe return of worshipers to mosques for Friday prayers from May 31 until June 20.