Saudi Islamic Affairs Ministry appoints special Hajj committees

Tawfiq bin Abdul Aziz Al-Sudairi
Updated 26 August 2017

Saudi Islamic Affairs Ministry appoints special Hajj committees

JEDDAH: The deputy minister of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance said the ministry has appointed specialized committees to monitor and implement Hajj activities.
Tawfiq bin Abdul Aziz Al-Sudairi, who is also vice chairman of the Supreme Hajj Committee, added that the ministry is keen to further develop its projects, means of communication and awareness programs pertaining to the pilgrimage.
More than 2,000 TV and radio episodes have been produced in 12 languages to raise awareness among pilgrims; they will be broadcast via satellite, on Saudi Arabian Airways and other Arab airlines, and on ships and buses transporting pilgrims, he said.
The ministry is also raising awareness via its website and WhatsApp messages.
Its preachers and awareness centers are located at the holy sites in Makkah and Madinah, and at sea, air and land entry points to the Kingdom, answering Hajj-related questions and handing pilgrims flyers on how to perform their rites and prayers. Its awareness efforts will continue throughout this Hajj season.
Al-Sudairi said the ministry is building the capacities of its awareness staff by organizing intensive training sessions. He commended its preachers for their efforts and knowledge.
A free hotline has been established to answer Hajj-related questions (8002451000), as well as an e-service available in eight languages.


Arabic anime voice actors prepare for new show at Riyadh expo

Updated 17 November 2019

Arabic anime voice actors prepare for new show at Riyadh expo

  • Waheed Jalal's voice acting as “Treasure Island” antagonist John Silver has captivated generations

RIYADH: Visitors to Riyadh’s first anime expo stopped by the first panel on Saturday unaware that they would be leaving the stage with memories renewed of their favorite voice actors of all time.

Waheed Jalal and Jihad Al-Atrashi will forever live on in the hearts of fans of “Grendizer” and “Treasure Island (Takarajima),” the two shows that introduced the Arab world to anime in the 1970s.

Jalal, whose voice acting as “Treasure Island” antagonist John Silver has captivated generations, expressed how delighted he was to be with the audience.

“I want to thank you and your Kingdom of generosity and culture,” he said.

Al-Atrash, who portrayed Duke Fleed, echoed his sentiments: “You are great people with great values, thank you to the people of the Kingdom that stand next to people of all nations.”

Jalal was touched by the audience’s love and warm welcome, “You guys are the reason we continued this far, without you it wouldn’t have been possible,” he told them.

“We’re persevering to this day because people loved these characters we portrayed so much, our other works pale in comparison,” he added.

Jalal said that the reason “Grendizer” remained with so many people is because of the values and morals depicted in the show, teaching generations to be loyal and loving to their nation and their people.

Artist and creator Ibrahim Al-Lami. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)

The voice acting pair talked about the importance of speaking in formal Arabic in these shows. Jalal said it’s because “you’re presenting to the entire Arab world.”

Local dialects would be difficult for others to understand, so we must all aspire to perfect our formal Arabic, added Jalal.

Before concluding the talk, a teaser was played of the first Saudi anime “Makkeen” by artist and creator, Ibrahim Al-Lami, who announced that 60 percent of the work was completed through local efforts.

“We’ll introduce a new work that is by our people, written by our people and voiced by our people,” he said to the audience.

The work will feature characters voiced by Jalal and Al-Atrash, who have become symbolic to the Arab anime world. “I told them, this work wouldn’t be complete without you two,” said Lami on his choice of voice actors. “We want these works to see the light of day. We need to provide the new generations with tales of our own,” added Al-Atrash when asked why he wanted to partake in the anime.