Boost efforts to tackle challenges to Muslims

Updated 24 March 2015

Boost efforts to tackle challenges to Muslims

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has urged the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to continue its efforts to strengthen Islamic unity and set out strategies to confront challenges facing the Muslim world.
King Salman made this comment while receiving OIC Secretary-General Iyad Madani and his accompanying delegation at Al-Yamamah Palace on Sunday.
Speaking to the OIC delegation, King Salman said: “The organization should work to unify the rank of Muslims and get rid of division and extremism.”
He instructed the OIC, the second largest international organization after the UN, to effectively deal with challenges and issues facing Muslim countries in a way that would benefit them and their peoples.
Crown Prince Muqrin, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif and Deputy Foreign Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah attended the meeting.
Meanwhile, the OIC’s Islamophobia Observatory released its February report on Sunday. It documented an increase in anti-Islam activities in the US during the month. “This is evident from the intense media campaign and the significant number of incidents targeting Muslims, mosques and Islamic centers,” said the report.
The observatory pointed out that media outlets and political players were very active during February in creating a climate of fear, hatred and suspicion against Muslims.

Pamela Geller, an American version of the Dutch Islamophobe Geert Wilders, has been at the forefront of whipping up anti-Muslim frenzy.
The observatory noted that atheist far-right groups have been systematically nurturing anti-Islam sentiment in the country. The observatory said that there has also been growing Islamophobia in Canada and that the decision in Shawinigan, Quebec, to ban the construction of a mosque is a particular cause for concern. Furthermore, the Canadian government backed Minister of Immigration Jason Kenney’s comments against the niqab in February, something that the observatory views as religious suppression and contrary to religious freedom.
Meanwhile, King Salman received a telephone call from Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi and discussed major developments in the region. He also sent a message to Sudanese President Omar Bashir on strengthening bilateral ties.


Prince Faisal reviews new health projects in Madinah

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Prince Faisal reviews new health projects in Madinah

Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman spoke of the support and attention attached by the Saudi government to the health sector of the holy city, during a video conference on Thursday.
This was to provide the best ambulatory, preventive and curative services for worshippers at the Prophet’s Mosque and residents of Madinah — and during Hajj and Umrah seasons — according to the highest international health standards, he said.
This came during a video conference, organized with the participation of Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, during which Prince Faisal reviewed new health projects carried out by the Health Ministry in the central area of Madinah. The projects cover the development of the new Al-Ansar Hospital, Al-Salam Hospital, as well as health care centers.
Prince Faisal reviewed the details of the Al-Ansar Hospital project, considered the primary center for urgent care and emergencies serving worshippers at the Prophet’s Mosque. It is the first of its kind to be implemented by the Ministry of Health under a new system with the participation of the private sector.
The hospital will occupy a space of 35,013 sq m and have a capacity of 244 beds. The project includes emergency, surgical and medical departments, an intensive care unit and a sunstroke and heatstroke unit. The project is expected to be ready in 36 months.
Prince Faisal also reviewed the project of the Al-Salam Hospital, overlooking the Prophet’s Mosque, with an operational capacity of 61 beds. The hospital will provide all urgent medical services that were provided at Al-Ansar Hospital as well as urgent care services through pre-screening clinics. The project is expected to be ready in six months.
Al-Rabiah said that the projects would promote medical care for patients, including Hajj and Umrah pilgrims as well as residents of the city, and would improve the performance of health facilities.