Citizens asked to pay attention to malignant takfiri ideology

Updated 30 June 2016
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Citizens asked to pay attention to malignant takfiri ideology

JEDDAH: The Council of Senior Scholars described the crime of the twins, who killed their mother and wounded their father and brother in the Hamra neighborhood, as dreadful, urging all citizens to pay attention to the seriousness of the malignant takfiri ideology, headed by the notorious terrorist group Daesh.
In A statement published Tuesday by the Saudi Press Agency, the council said that the takfiri ideology would push the children of the nation toward violence, death and terrorism if not checked.
It said that the takfiri ideology results from hyperbole and extreme ignorance based on unfamiliarity of the principles and purposes of Shariah. Such ideology and thought has strayed from the correct understanding of Islam, which is originally based on science and justice, and has resulted in mistrust in the rulers of the country and issuing fatwas against them and against the scientists of the nation and disregarding their opinions.
The statement urged students, intellectuals, writers, preachers and every individual Muslim to stand united and in solidarity in the face of this ideology, which is not connected in any way with the tolerant and loving Islamic religion.
The scholars called on all to study the real causes that make youths susceptible to the influence of this dangerous ideology that does not serve the truth.
Meanwhile, a judge said families need to watch out for 22 warning signs in their children that indicate the development of deviant thoughts and violent trends. Commenting on the Al-Hamra crime, Yasser bin Saleh Al-Balawi, former head of the Execution Court in Tabuk, said the crime was deliberate. He stressed that the most important societal issue today is the freedom of studying.
He said: “It is very easy to accuse others of blasphemy and misguidance, consider the government and security men infidels and allow killing them. Besides, these people continuously incite people against those practicing other faiths.
They also criticize scientists and shun mosques because they say the imam of the mosque is appointed by the government.”
The judge stressed that distractibility and the desire for revenge are other indicators that should be monitored include paranormal habits, dreams, stories that tells the story of terrorists, neglecting their education or work, isolation from family, friends, neglecting themselves, a love for extremist and terrorist slogans, and dealing cautiously with others.


Festivities kick-off as Saudis celebrate national day across kingdom

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Festivities kick-off as Saudis celebrate national day across kingdom

DUBAI: The first activities of the Saudi General Authority for Entertainment (GAE) kicked off on Thursday evening in celebration of the kingdom’s National Day on September 23 in the province of Jeddah.

The festivities were held on Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz Street and Corniche Road with performances of national songs and fashion shows representing Saudi cultural heritage, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The events also included workshops for children to participate in the celebration of the occasion. The activities ended with a firework show.

In Jizan, families enjoyed heritage shows hosted by the GAE at the corniche as well as Saudi art and photography.

Storytellers entertained children with stories of King Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al-Saud and the history of the unification of the states of Saudi Arabia.

Artwork of Saudi landmarks were exhibited, celebrating modern and historical architecture in the kingdom.

Meanwhile, schools across the kingdom organized activities to mark the celebrations for children, highlighting the role of the founding father of Saudi Arabia in “reuniting and unifying the country.” Schools have also partnered with government bodies to educate students on the role and status of Saudi Arabia on the world stage.

Across the kingdom, preparations to celebrate National Day have been completed, with street decorations and a number of events planned.

Celebrations will be held over five days to commemorate Saudi National Day.