Is it Mecca or Makkah? There’s a royal decree to help you decide

While most western authorities spell the city’s name “Mecca,” it was decided by the then Crown Prince, King Fahed bin Abdulaziz that this was wrong. (File/AFP)
Updated 10 August 2019

Is it Mecca or Makkah? There’s a royal decree to help you decide

  • It was in the 1980s, when King Fahed bin Abdulaziz ordered that the spelling “Makkah” be used in all government and private sector
  • The Muslim World League has argued it is important to use what it defined as the correct spelling, as a “sign of respect to the holy site and the Muslim population"

DUBAI: Translations of names from Arabic to English are always contentious – there are countless ways to spell “Quran” and “Mohammad,” but few might be aware that when it comes to the name of the holy city of Makkah, this spelling was decided by royal decree.

While most western authorities spell the city’s name as “Mecca,” it was decided by the then Crown Prince, King Fahd bin Abdulaziz that this was wrong.

In the 1980s, he ordered that the spelling “Makkah” be used in all government and private sector correspondences in the Kingdom when writing in the Latin script. 

And the Muslim World League, an NGO with several offices around the world, has since argued it is important to use what it defined as the correct spelling, as a “sign of respect to the holy site and the Muslim population.”


OIC, Arab Parliament condemn latest Houthi drone attack toward Saudi Arabia

OIC Secretary-General Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen. (AFP)
Updated 07 August 2020

OIC, Arab Parliament condemn latest Houthi drone attack toward Saudi Arabia

  • The attacks posed a threat to regional and international security and undermined political efforts to make the Stockholm Agreement succeed

RIYADH: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Friday condemned a Houthi drone attack targeted toward Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi-backed Arab coalition forces supporting the legitimate government in Yemen intercepted and shot down a bomb-laden unmanned aerial vehicle launched by the Iranian-backed militia group on Thursday.

OIC Secretary-General Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen called for the full implementation of the Stockholm Agreement while condemning the Houthis’ continued use of Hodeidah governorate as a staging point for the launch of terrorist operations involving ballistic missiles and drones.

He said the attacks posed a threat to regional and international security and undermined political efforts to make the Stockholm Agreement succeed.

Meanwhile, the chairman of the Arab Parliament, Dr. Mishaal bin Fahm Al-Salami, urged the international community to take a decisive stance against the Iranian regime which, he said, intentionally contravened UN Security Council resolutions by providing the Houthis with weapons and advanced military technology to target neighboring countries.