Scholars urge crackdown on extremist preachers

Updated 30 June 2016

Scholars urge crackdown on extremist preachers

RIYADH: There should be a heavy clampdown on those preaching extremist ideologies and trying to convince young people to join terrorist groups, according to several scholars and intellectuals.

They said that there appeared to be a growing tendency in society for these extremists to label others as non-believers and call for revolution. They must be arrested and held accountable for their actions, they were quoted as saying by a local publication on Wednesday.
Ahmad Al-Rudeiman, professor of Islamic studies at Hail University, said that the two citizens who killed their parents and seriously injured their brother had committed a heinous crime. There was a need to counter the propaganda of those teaching young people to carry out these acts.
Al-Rudeiman said young people mistakenly believe that they are carrying out acts in the name of Allah but are only involved in criminal offenses. Many of them who received training overseas return to the Kingdom as ticking time bombs, and proceed to launch attacks.
He said many young Saudis are communicating with these gangs on social media because they cannot travel to places where fighting is taking place. Action needs to be action taken to confront these people on the Internet and counter their propaganda, he said.
Ahmad Al-Ghamdi said the crimes of the two young men were virtually unimaginable, and showed how brainwashed they had become by attempting to eliminate all those who stood in their way of joining Daesh and carrying out attacks on mosques and police officers. He said the whole community should cooperate to fight these terrorists, with parents monitoring the behavior and activities of their children.
Writer Ahmad Al-Ansari said this appeared to be an isolated crime but was likely caused by poor upbringing and lack of faith. Violence against one’s parents cannot be justified under any circumstances. It was also known that Deash supporters were mainly unemployed, addicts, ignorant or criminals seeking redemption through Daesh. He said the government should do more to educate young people about the dangers of these groups.

Wait is almost over for music fans eager to learn who will headline E-Prix concerts

Updated 13 November 2019

Wait is almost over for music fans eager to learn who will headline E-Prix concerts

  • Organizers promise this year’s line-up of international stars at Diriyah event will be bigger than ever

RIYADH: The first of the major international music acts that will perform at the Diriyah E-Prix this month will be announced on Wednesday.

There were incredible scenes at the event last year when David Guetta, One Republic, the Black Eyed Peas, Amr Diab, Enrique Iglesias and Jason Derulo rocked the UNESCO World Heritage site. About 40,000 fans flocked to the Diriyah Circuit, on the outskirts of Riyadh, for the after-race concerts, the first unsegregated music events in Saudi Arabia

The stage is set for even bigger and better things this year, with the promise of another two nights of unmissable music on Nov. 22 and 23 as the E-Prix racing returns.

“If you were one of the 40,000 who were lucky enough to be part of that watershed moment (last year) for the Kingdom, believe me, you have not seen anything yet,” said Prince Abdul Aziz Al-Faisal Al-Saud, chairman of the General Sports Authority.

“Last year we told people before we announced (the acts) they should get their tickets early to avoid disappointment. Once we revealed who was coming, the tickets sold out incredibly quickly. This year will be the same but even bigger, so for music fans who want to enjoy the biggest concerts in Saudi Arabia, the smart move is to get your ticket now.”

The Diriyah E Prix kicks off the sixth season of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, the world’s premier all-electric motorsport series, with a double header of races. It also marks the start of Diriyah Season, a month of sport, entertainment, art, cultural festivities, food and retail experiences. Tickets for the Diriyah E Prix, which include entry to the after-race concerts, are available at