Russian official praises MWL chief’s humanitarian role

Valentina Matviyenko, chairwoman of Russia’s Federation Council, described the conference on Islam currently being organized by the MWL in Russia as historic. (SPA)
Updated 01 April 2019

Russian official praises MWL chief’s humanitarian role

  • Matviyenko described the conference on Islam currently being organized by the MWL in Russia as historic

MOSCOW: Valentina Matviyenko, chairwoman of Russia’s Federation Council, on Monday received Sheikh Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa, secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL), in Moscow.

They discussed the importance of Islam in Russia, and the examples of coexistence and harmony set by the country’s Muslims.

They also discussed positive national integration in societies, and the characteristics that Russia possesses in this regard.

They discussed the importance of maintaining diversity in societies and employing it as a force for growth, while fighting and criminalizing hostile practices such as incitement to hatred and extremism.

Matviyenko described the conference on Islam currently being organized by the MWL in Russia as historic, and the first of its kind among international conferences hosted by the country.

Addressing Al-Issa, she said: “I’m sure that you’re playing an important humanitarian role, and acting as an international spiritual authority worthy of appreciation for its Islamic status.”

Matviyenko added that Islam is an important element of Russian culture, as Muslims have contributed throughout history to the country’s growth and rise.  

She said various religious groups in Russia are experiencing a remarkable revival, and this diversity has to be protected and turned into a force for growth.

“We offer you all the capabilities, services and assistance to promote the concepts of national integration, and we’ll make every effort to cooperate to eliminate extremism and hatred, which breed violence and terrorism,” she added.

“Russian law criminalizes these practices and punishes them, and we always seek to combat them.”

She said the conference’s participants will see in Russia the concepts of positive national integration by the country’s various religions and ethnicities.


Four Saudi students to compete at international science and engineering fair

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Four Saudi students to compete at international science and engineering fair

  • Intel ISEF is the world’s largest pre-college science competition
  • The four women from Jeddah were winners at the Kingdom’s National Olympiad for Scientific Creativity

RIYADH: Four Saudi students will represent the Kingdom at a major international science and engineering fair in the US later this year.

The four women from Jeddah were winners at the Kingdom’s National Olympiad for Scientific Creativity. They will be competing against more than 1,700 students from 77 countries at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) for more than $5 million in awards and scholarships.

The Saudi students traveling to Arizona in May are Dan Mohammed Al-Yafei and Tharaa Tariq Al-Dabbagh, who won an award at the olympiad in the field of science and the environment, and Lana Fahd Al-Abbasi and Zeina Tariq Maimani, who won in the field of physics and astronomy.

Intel ISEF is the world’s largest pre-college science competition and is an opportunity for young minds around the world to share ideas and showcase cutting-edge projects.

Intel ISEF says the winners are selected on their creative ability, scientific thought, as well as the thoroughness, skill and clarity shown in their projects.

Former Intel ISEF participant Wud Al-Saadoon won first place in the finals of the Kingdom’s National Olympiad for Scientific Creativity after working extensively on her project. She discovered her passion for science when she was in third grade, passing all aptitude tests for elementary, intermediate and high school and registering in Mawhiba enrichment programs starting from elementary school to high school.

“These programs allow students to enrol temporarily in a Saudi university,” she told Arab News. “This is how I participated as a high school student in the second olympiad program before I enrolled at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals.”

She specialized in renewable chemical energy and made a special device which won her third place in a local competition.

She then qualified for Intel ISEF, where she won fourth place in the field of chemical energy last year.