Vienna dialogue center opens Monday

Updated 21 November 2012

Vienna dialogue center opens Monday

The King Abdullah International Center for Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue in Vienna will be opened on Monday in the presence of Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and other dignitaries.
More than 600 delegates including religious leaders from around the world are expected to attend the opening. The Vienna center was established on the initiative of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, said Faisal bin Muammar, its secretary-general.
The center’s board of directors includes representatives of different religions and cultures, he said. “King Abdullah’s vision has now become an institution,” he said, adding that the king believed that dialogue is the ideal way to promote world peace.
Meanwhile, Muhammad Ahmed Tayeb, director general of the Foreign Ministry’s office in the Makkah region, commended King Abdullah’s interfaith initiative, saying it would be crowned with the Vienna center’s opening.
He made this comment while addressing a seminar at the headquarters of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Jeddah.
Tayeb commended OIC’s efforts to confront Islamophobia by setting up a center to monitor such anti-Islam activities around the world.
The seminar was attended by OIC Secretary-General Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry Secretary-General Adnan Mandoura, Russian Consul General Sergei Kuznetsov and US Consul General Anne S. Casper.


Saudi’s Qassim prepares over 200 mosques for Friday prayers

Updated 04 June 2020

Saudi’s Qassim prepares over 200 mosques for Friday prayers

  • Volunteers will help worshipers disperse between mosques
  • The first call to prayer will be announced 20 minutes earlier

DUBAI: Islamic authority in Qassim region have approved 205 mosques to perform Friday prayers according to new regulations, state news agency SPA reported.

The first call to prayer will be announced 20 minutes earlier, and khutbas – religious address delivered by the imam – to last at maximum for 15 minutes.

Also, volunteers will help worshipers disperse between mosques.

Mosques across the Kingdom, except for those in Makkah, have opened their doors to worshippers on Sunday, May 31, as coronavirus restrictions ease.

Last week, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Sheikh called on Muslims to respect ongoing safety measures inside mosques, such as bringing their own prayer mats, wearing masks and washing hands prior to entering the vicinities.

Al-Asheikh said preventative measures will remain in place to ensure a safe return of worshipers to mosques for Friday prayers from May 31 until June 20.