Ministry removes sectarian material from website

Updated 14 April 2016

Ministry removes sectarian material from website

JEDDAH: The Ministry of Islamic Affairs and Endowments, Call and Guidance has removed scientific and academic material about some sects and denominations from its website after receiving observations and complaints about the material, sources revealed to Okaz.
This comes as the ministry formed a working team tasked with developing and reviewing academic and technical aspects of the website.
Sources confirm that that fatwas of the Standing Committee on Fatwas are not the responsibility of the ministry, and are published on the website without modifications as a matter of dissemination of scientific and academic material, but if any complaints or observations about the fatwas are made, they are sent to a specific committee.
As for the technical and academic observations on the website, sources confirm that “most of the academic material is trusted and has no issues, but some of the books are in need of review.”
The technical committee concerned with studying and developing the ministry’s website began implementation of the first phase by studying and developing content on the website to be in line with modern times, and a comprehensive study will be submitted to the Minister of Islamic Affairs. The second phase is expected to launch before the month of Ramadan.
The ministry also plans to launch an online portal to connect with imams and muezzins directly by issuing instructions and circulars that inform them of their rights and responsibilities. The portal will be interactive, sources say, and will be developed within three months.


Abdullah bin Mufreh Al-Dhayabi, president of Tabuk University

Updated 51 min 53 sec ago

Abdullah bin Mufreh Al-Dhayabi, president of Tabuk University

  • Al-Dhayabi began his academic career as a lecturer at KAU
  • Al-Dhayabi is a member of the higher committees for female colleges in the Kingdom

RIYADH: Dr. Abdullah bin Mufreh Al-Dhayabi has been the president of Tabuk University since October 2017.

Prior to that, he was the deputy head of educational affairs at King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) in Jeddah, where he served in the position for one year. 

He has also been the chairman of the promotion and job competition committee, as well as the safety committee, at Tabuk University since November 2012. 

Al-Dhayabi began his academic career as a lecturer at KAU, where he received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the College of Science. 

He later traveled abroad to pursue his higher education, earning his master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Missouri, US. He obtained his doctorate from the University of Birmingham, UK.

After that, he returned to the Kingdom and joined KAU as an assistant professor. He remained in that position from 2005 to 2010, then served as an associate professor between 2010 and 2014.

Al-Dhayabi is a member of the higher committees for female colleges in the Kingdom and the community colleges higher committee at the Ministry of Higher Education.

He congratulated King Salman on the release of the government’s annual budget for 2020.

“Approximately one-fifth of the budget is allocated to education, which reflects the leadership’s keenness to invest in the human element through education and training ... to open new horizons and job opportunities for Saudi youth and encourage them to invest in the diverse resources in the Kingdom,” Al-Dhayabi said.