70 imams deliver last Friday sermon of Ramadan

In their sermons, the imams called for vigorous prayer, piety, repentance, reading the Qur’an, helping the needy, and doing good even after Ramadan. (SPA)
Updated 02 June 2019

70 imams deliver last Friday sermon of Ramadan

  • The program aims to enlighten worshippers about Islam, and communicate the message and approach of Saudi scholars, based on moderation

RIYADH: Seventy imams from the Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance delivered the last Friday sermon of Ramadan at mosques in 35 countries worldwide.
The imams are part of the ministry’s Al-Imamah program during Ramadan, and their services were requested by Islamic centers and organizations in these countries.
The program aims to enlighten worshippers about Islam, and communicate the message and approach of Saudi scholars, based on moderation.
In their sermons, the imams called for vigorous prayer, piety, repentance, reading the Qur’an, helping the needy, and doing good even after Ramadan.
Abdullatif Al-Asheikh, minister of Islamic affairs, dawah and guidance, is following up on the program’s implementation and the imams’ activities.
This year, the Saudi government also organized King Salman’s iftar program in 24 countries in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe, at a total cost of SR3.75 million ($1 million) benefiting over a million Muslims. Over 500,000 copies of the Qur’an have also been delivered across the world.


Saudi Arabia to host massive defense exhibition to rival IDEX

Updated 53 min 20 sec ago

Saudi Arabia to host massive defense exhibition to rival IDEX

  • World’s largest arms importer seeks to develop its own manufacturing sector
  • Former Farnborough Airshow CEO Shaun Ormrod has been hired as chief executive of Saudi Arabia’s biennial World Defense Show

LONDON: Saudi Arabia plans to host a massive international defense show as the world’s largest arms importer seeks to develop its own manufacturing sector.
Currently the International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi, is the region’s largest industry gathering, with the next one due to be held next February.

Former Farnborough Airshow CEO Shaun Ormrod has been hired as chief executive of Saudi Arabia’s biennial World Defense Show which will be held for the first time in March 2022.
Gulf states including Saudi Arabia and the UAE are investing heavily in their domestic defense industries to reduce their reliance on imports and increase the number of prized manufacturing jobs. The Kingdom, currently the third biggest spender on defense globally, aims to localize half of its military spending by 2030.
“The World Defense Show is a key milestone for Saudi Arabia as it continues to develop a sustainable local defense industry,” said Ahmad Al-Ohali, the governor of the General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI).
The show’s venue, that will accommodate about 80,000 square meters of floor space, will feature demonstration facilities and the latest military kit used across land, sea and air.