FaceOf: Saud Al-Shouraim, imam and khateeb at the Grand Mosque in Makkah

Imam Saud Al-Shouraim is also a renowned Qari, or a person who recites the Holy Qur'an.
Updated 17 August 2018

FaceOf: Saud Al-Shouraim, imam and khateeb at the Grand Mosque in Makkah

Saud Al-Shouraim is one of the imams and khateeb at the Grand Mosque in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. He was born on Jan. 19, 1966, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Al-Shouraim is a well-renowned Qari — a person who recites the Holy Qur’an — and Hafiz — a person who has memorized the Holy Qur’an. His recitations of the Holy Qur’an have been recorded and distributed internationally.

He is well-known as a researcher of Fiqh, Islamic law, and a prominent Islamic scholar in Saudi Arabia. In addition, he currently serves as a judge, and has written many books on Aqidah, Fiqh, as well as Arabic poetry.

Al-Shouraim obtained a bachelor’s degree from Imam Mohammed ibn Saud Islamic University in Riyadh in 1988, a master’s degree from the Supreme Jurisdiction Institute of the same university in 1992, and a Ph.D. in Shariah from Umm Al-Qura University of Makkah in 1995.

He was appointed as the imam and khateeb of the Grand Mosque by decree of the late King Fahd in 1991. Since 1991 he has led the Taraweeh prayers during Ramadan in Makkah.

He began work as a professor at Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah in 1995, becoming the dean of the faculty of Shariah and Islamic Studies and a specialist professor in Fiqh recently.

Umm Al-Qura University is a large public Islamic university that was the only college of Shariah when it was first established in 1949, but has since been joined by other new colleges. It was renamed Umm Al-Qura University in 1981 by royal decree.

At first it was primarily offering studies in Islamic law and the Arabic language, but has since diversified and now also offers options such as marketing, technology and management.

During his Friday sermon, Al-Shouraim discussed the benefits of Hajj and the wisdom behind it.


Plan approved to establish Institute of Traditional Arts in Saudi Arabia

The minister of culture announced last August that academies will be evaluated according to the market’s needs. (SPA)
Updated 23 October 2019

Plan approved to establish Institute of Traditional Arts in Saudi Arabia

  • The Institute of Traditional Arts aims to preserve the local identity through teaching arts, contributing to the preservation and development of the Saudi heritage, graduating qualified practitioners, and using arts to raise awareness

RIYADH: The minister of culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, on Tuesday, adopted a plan to establish the Institute of Traditional Arts at the Royal Academy of Arts.
The institute will begin receiving applications for the fall of 2020, targeting 1,000 students and trainees in long- and short-term programs.
The Institute of Traditional Arts aims to preserve the local identity through teaching arts, contributing to the preservation and development of the Saudi heritage, graduating qualified practitioners, and using arts to raise awareness.
The institute also aims to encourage artists through programs or partnership with relevant sectors.
The institute is part of the Academies of Arts’ initiative, which was announced in the Ministry of Culture’s first package last March, and the among the quality of life program’s initiatives. The minister of culture announced last August that academies will be evaluated according to the market’s needs, with the first being specialized in heritage and traditional arts and crafts.