MBC’s religious program discusses Islamic topics openly

Host of the program, Abdulwahab Al-Shehri, said that throughout its episodes during Ramadan, the program was talking to Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, secretary-general of the MWL. (Screenshot from the program)
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Updated 15 May 2020

MBC’s religious program discusses Islamic topics openly

  • Al-Shehri said that Al-Issa was keen to talk about his personal experiences and the situations that he had experienced around the world
  • During Ramadan, the program will feature Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, secretary-general of the MWL

MAKKAH: The MBC Channel’s “Billati Hiya Ahsan” is currently among the most watched religious programs on satellite channels in the Arab world, discussing a range of topics that are not usually talked about openly and transparently.
Host of the program, Abdulwahab Al-Shehri, said that throughout its episodes during Ramadan, the program was talking to Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, secretary-general of the Muslim World League and president of the Association of Muslim Scholars.
Al-Shehri said that Al-Issa was keen to talk about his personal experiences and the situations that he had experienced around the world. The aim was to engage the Muslim community in discussion and create a more realistic debate that is closer to the daily life of Muslims, highlighting a true image of moderate Islam and revealing the beauty of Islamic civilization.
The program discussed a number of controversial topics in the Islamic world, and shed light on current phenomena, practices and events happening globally.
One of the most notable topics related to Islam in the program was the conflict between Sunnis and Shiites. Al-Issa said that it was a “struggle between extremists and sectarians from both sides, not a struggle between moderate Sunnis and Shiites who represent the majority.”
The moderate speech was broadly embraced by the Islamic world’s leadership from all doctrines and sects, and Shiite leaderships, in particular, praised it and said that the Islamic world was in need of such moderate voices to stand up to the abnormal voices of struggle.
The program also devoted an episode to uncovering the corrupt practices of political Islam and ethics of its groups, most notably the Muslim Brotherhood, and said that those organizations gave up on their belief and Islamic behavior to achieve their agendas.
The program also discussed the prohibition on attacking places of worship, and said that Islam stressed the need to respect the presence of other places of worship, imposed on Muslims a need for their protection, and incriminated their attacks, regardless of the reasons.
Dedicating two episodes to women in Islam, the program corrected misconceptions around their perceived mistreatment.
During both episodes, Al-Issa was keen to promote the idea of women’s empowerment in Islamic law. This emphasized giving women their rights and allowing them to play their role and have influence as scientists, thinkers, experts and professionals in different tasks and national service.


Reem A. Alfrayan, executive director of G20 Saudi Secretariat

Reem A. Alfrayan
Updated 20 September 2020

Reem A. Alfrayan, executive director of G20 Saudi Secretariat

  • Alfrayan received a bachelor’s degree in technical education and training, workforce development and education at Ohio State University in 2001

Dr. Reem A. Alfrayan has been the executive director of G20 Saudi Secretariat since January 2019.
Commenting on women’s empowerment in the Kingdom, she recently said on a TV show: “We’ve passed the stage of dreaming; with the help of Vision 2030, they’ve become a reality, we need new dreams now.”
She was the first woman to be appointed as assistant secretary-general at the Council of Saudi Chambers in September 2014.
Alfrayan received a bachelor’s degree in technical education and training, workforce development and education at Ohio State University in 2001.
In 2002, she earned a master’s degree in instructional technologies and media policy, and leadership from the same university.
Alfrayan obtained another master’s degree in educational leadership and organization, policy and leadership at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2013.
She did a Ph.D. in educational leadership and organization from the same university in 2014.
After obtaining her first master’s degree, she joined the Arab Open University as instructional technology unit supervisor at its headquarters in Kuwait in 2003.
Between 2005 and 2006, Alfrayan served as a training specialist with a project launched by the General Authority for Tourism and Antiquities.
She then joined King Abdul Aziz Medical City as an administrative planning and processing development officer.
She also served as general manager of businesswomen’s affairs at the Council of Saudi Chambers from October 2007 to January 2010.
Alfrayan also actively participates in volunteer work.