Senior scholars defend KSA’s Islamic laws

Updated 22 March 2015

Senior scholars defend KSA’s Islamic laws

The Council of Senior Scholars has defended the Kingdom’s judiciary, saying it is based on Islamic law and guarantees the rights of all people.
Sheikh Fahad bin Saad Al-Majed, secretary general of the council, said that Saudi Arabia is the center of the Islam world. “The Kingdom is proud of its Islamic laws, which protects human rights, dignity and private property.”
Al-Majed said the country is “a beacon of light” for Muslims worldwide, with millions arriving every year for Haj and Umrah. The attacks on Islamic law only served to strengthen the country, making it more determined to cling to the religion, under the leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, the crown prince and deputy crown prince, he said.
Meanwhile, the Foreign Minister of Djibouti has denounced Sweden’s recent statements against Saudi Arabia, considering them an act of aggression against Muslims worldwide.
The ambassador of Djibouti in the Kingdom, Diyaa Al-Din Bakharma, said that his country stands by the Kingdom in this matter. He said the attack on Saudi Arabia, widely considered the “cradle of Islam” targets all Muslims. These statements interfered in the Kingdom’s internal affairs, and could possibly contravene international law, he said.
Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom last week criticized Saudi Arabia’s judicial system over a case involving a Saudi blogger convicted of insulting Islam. There has been widespread anger in the Kingdom over her comments.

350,000 books to feature at Jeddah fair

Updated 14 November 2019

350,000 books to feature at Jeddah fair

JEDDAH: Hundreds of authors from around the world are preparing to take part in a prestigious Saudi book festival.

The Jeddah International Book Fair, to be staged in South Obhur from Dec. 11 to 21, will feature more than 350,000 volumes to cater to all reading tastes.

Now in its fifth edition, the cultural event, run under the patronage of Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, will see the participation of 400 Saudi, Arab and international publishing houses from 40 different countries.

Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed, who is head of the fair’s supreme committee, has been coordinating the organization of the event which will include book-signing sessions by 200 authors.

The exhibition, occupying 30,000 square meters, is one of the biggest specialized expos in the Kingdom, and aims to promote reading and the cultural environment.

The fair will also include a program of seminars, lectures and indoor and outdoor theater productions, along with documentary films for families and children, and workshops in visual arts, photography and Arabic calligraphy.

The Jeddah fair is supported by Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud, who believes it reflects the city’s culture and traditions, along with backing from Minister of Media Turki Al-Shabanah. SPA Jeddah