Grand mufti: Islam deals mercifully with violators

Updated 21 November 2015

Grand mufti: Islam deals mercifully with violators

MADINAH: Islam encourages Muslims to deal with opponents and violators in a gentle manner, said Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh here recently.
Al-Asheikh made the comments during a speech at Taiba University in Madinah entitled “The Prophet’s teachings on dealing with violators,” according to a report in a local publication.
Al-Asheikh said the Prophet (peace be upon him) dealt with violators in a merciful manner, and used teachings from the Qur’an to show them where they were going wrong.
He said that Muslims must try to convince fellow believers through kind and patient discussion where they may be violating Islamic law. There are many people disseminating incorrect and deceitful advice on the Internet about Islamic teachings, he said.
Al-Asheikh said that Islam honors contracts drawn up between people and upholds justice at all levels. However, before Muslims seek to correct others they must make sure that they are following the right path, he said. At the end of the lecture, he highlighted the importance that citizens must place on the security of the land, ruled by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, by rejecting negative ideas.
Adnan bin Abdullah Al-Marou’, director of the university, had earlier welcomed Al-Asheikh and said that the staff and students of the institution were looking forward to his insights on Islamic teachings.

GCC summit calls for greater economic integration among Gulf countries 

Updated 10 December 2019

GCC summit calls for greater economic integration among Gulf countries 

  • Heads of the delegations land in Riyadh before the 40th Supreme Council meeting gets under way
  • King Salman tells the summit that the GCC has overcome many crises in its history

RIYADH: The GCC summit called for greater regional economic integration as the meeting chaired by King Salman came to a close in Riyadh on Tuesday.

The final statement, read by GCC General Secretary Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, called for finalizing legislation for financial and monetary unity by 2025, according to the meeting's final communique.

The statement also called for boosting military and security cooperation to maintain regional security.

The 40th Supreme Council meeting was chaired by King Salman, who met the heads of each delegation as they landed.

They included the UAE Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, Oman's Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers Fahd bin Mahmoud Al-Said and Qatar's Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani.

In his opening remarks, King Salman said the GCC had managed to overcome many crises that the region has faced.

At a preparatory meeting on Monday, Gulf foreign ministers approved the nomination of former Kuwaiti Finance Minister Nayef Al-Hajraf as the next secretary-general of the GCC.

His term will begin in April 2020 following the end of Al-Zayani’s term.