Extremist misinformation leads to death and destruction: Saudi Islamic affairs minister

Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh speaks at the opening session of the 30th International Conference of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs in Cairo on Sunday. (SPA)
Updated 16 September 2019

Extremist misinformation leads to death and destruction: Saudi Islamic affairs minister

CAIRO: The Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh has said that misinformation disseminated by extremists and terrorists among Muslims leads to revolutions and loss of life, as well as the destruction of homelands and the dispersal of people.

Al-Asheikh made the remarks during a speech at the opening session of the 30th International Conference of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, organized by the Egyptian Ministry of Awqaf in Cairo under the theme “Nation building in Islamic Jurisprudence.”

He said that one of the most important rules for building countries agreed on by all nations and civilizations, and strengthened and emphasized by Islam, was establishing the rules of justice, tolerance, coexistence and fighting corruption and corrupters.

Al-Asheikh said that one of the greatest sources of corruption was the intellectual corruption that generates all practical and behavioral corruption.

Al-Asheikh said that the radical ideology on which the terrorist organization the Muslim Brotherhood was founded spread militancy and hatred among people in the name of Islam, causing non-Muslims to resent Islam.

He underlined that building nations and promoting their strength does not happen through laziness and indolence, but by studying all material causes and civilized means in all aspects of life, whether military, economic, scientific and social. “Islam took into account these aspects with greatest care,” Al-Asheikh said.

He said that Saudi Arabia was able to reconcile religious values with modernity, so that the land of the Two Holy Mosques became an example of civilization and modernity while adhering to the religious and Islamic foundations.

“The Kingdom also became a solid rock breaking the cunning of the enemies of Arabism and Islam, this would not have been possible without the help of God and the wisdom of its leaders, namely King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman,” Al-Asheikh said.

Al-Asheikh concluded his speech by highlighting that Vision 2030, the National Transformation Program 2020 and the vital projects that the Kingdom was witnessing was a clear indication of the endeavors of Saudi Arabia in fighting corruption and corruptors.


Saudi Arabia’s AlUla provides a perfect ‘Corner of the Earth’ for Jamiroquai to shine

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Saudi Arabia’s AlUla provides a perfect ‘Corner of the Earth’ for Jamiroquai to shine

  • “I was transported into a completely different world”: Jay Kay

ALULA: British band Jamiroquai thrilled a delighted audience at Maraya Concert Hall in Saudi Arabia on Friday night during a show packed with hits.

In a first for a venue more used to hosting opera and classical concerts, the British funk/acid jazz outfit had fans dancing along to the music.

The show, at the distinctive, mirror-covered concert hall in historic AlUla, was part of the second Winter at Tantora festival. It opened with “Shake It On,” followed by the hit singles “Little L,” “Alright,” and “Space Cowboy.” By this time the crowd was well and truly warmed up, and “Use the Force” got them on their feet.

“The song seemed to resonate with everyone” Jay Kay told Arab News in an exclusive interview after the show.

During the gig, Kay dedicated the 2002 song “Corner of the Earth” to AlUla, which he described as a “magical and wonderful place, which is absolutely stunning.” The opportunity to perform there was “an honor and privilege” he added. He also thanked “Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman for his vision, and Prince Badr for making this happen and the great hospitality.”

After a further selection of singles and album tracks, the show ended on a high with a quartet of hits — “Cosmic Girl,” “Virtual Insanity,” “Canned Heat” and “Lovefoolosophy.”

Kay praised the Maraya Concert Hall as “a brilliant place to play.” He admitted that initially he was a little worried when he saw it because he was under the impression it would be an outdoor venue. However, any concerns he had were gone by the time the first sound check was done.

“I was transported into a completely different world; the acoustics were unbelievable, like being in a German concert hall,” he said. “It is obviously very well thought out and that’s what makes it so good. The sound was fabulous — I never looked at my sound guy once.”

Jamiroquai’s music videos often feature Kay in super cars, of which he owns many, and he revealed that he would love to shoot such a promo in AlUla.

“In reality, I’m desperate to get in one of the dune buggies, and would kill to have a (Ariel) Nomad and have a go in one in AlUla, where it’s supposed to be driven, for a day or five and dune bash, which is such a rare thing for us in England,” he said.

The singer also said he wants to bring his family to AlUla, which has become a hub for culture and creativity in Saudi Arabia.

“I would like to come out with my family and my youngest, who is called Talula, so hopefully we can have Talula come to AlUla, which would be wonderful,” said Kay.

He added that he was looking forward to exploring the area on Saturday, before leaving the country, but added: “I’m sure you can never have enough time to see everything there is to see.”