Begging is a ‘source for terror funding’

Qassim Gov. Prince Faisal bin Mishaal
Updated 18 May 2016

Begging is a ‘source for terror funding’

RIYADH: It is everybody’s duty to end the begging phenomenon during Ramadan because it is a source of terror funding, said Qassim Gov. Prince Faisal bin Mishaal here recently.

His comment came during a meeting with various sectors of society to discuss the problem of begging during the Holy Month.
“It is imperative that we come up with a solution to begging, which is rampant during Ramadan, because it’s a source of funding for terrorist groups,” insisted the governor.
Moreover, beggars at traffic signals, he said, also cause obstruction as they walk up to motorists waiting for the light to turn green, asking for alms.
The meeting was attended by military leaders, security experts, scientists, media representatives, civic groups and youth organizations in the region.
Prince Faisal bin Mishaal said that many are interested in doing good deeds by giving alms during Ramadan without realizing that the money is going to terrorists, who use it for their inimical goals.
“Everybody is enjoined to help in the campaign to deter, if not totally prevent, beggars, especially in public places like major roads, markets or malls.”
Yusuf Rumaih, criminology professor at the University of Qassim and a security adviser, said “funding for terrorist organizations is like oxygen for life.”
He, however, added that the Kingdom has made great strides in fighting terrorism and that it has many ways to to cut off its sources of financial and intellectual logistics.
A journalist attending the meeting said, “We must be discreet in and when we’re moved to give alms to beggars.
Refusal to give alms because we doubt a beggar’s purpose for the money won’t make him die.”


Saudi Arabia’s ‘Awdah’ initiative helps over 12,790 expats return home

Updated 04 June 2020

Saudi Arabia’s ‘Awdah’ initiative helps over 12,790 expats return home

  • Residents with exit and re-entry visas, final exit visas and individuals with visit visas are eligible for the service
  • People can register through the Absher platform

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s initiative Awdah helped 12,798 expatriates return home amid the coronavirus travel bans, state news agency SPA reported.
The program, which means return in Arabic, was launched by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to help stranded expats return to their home countries and received a total of 178,452 individual registrations between April 22 to June 3. Only those whose countries have agreed to receive them have been flown out.
Residents with exit and re-entry visas, final exit visas and individuals with visit visas are eligible for the service.
To register, a person must use the Absher platform to provide residency number, date of birth, phone number, city of departure and name of airport at home country, the report added.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, the Ministry of Human Resources and Development, the General Authority of Civil Aviation and other governmental organizations are working together to help stranded expats return home.