Bodies of Saudi girls found dead in NY river laid to rest in Madinah 

These two undated photos provided by the New York City Police Department (NYPD) show sisters Rotana, left, and Tala Farea, whose fully clothed bodies, bound together with tape and facing each other, were discovered on on the banks of New York City's Hudson River waterfront on Oct. 24, 2018. (NYPD via AP)
Updated 05 November 2018
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Bodies of Saudi girls found dead in NY river laid to rest in Madinah 

  • The two sisters were found dead last week in the Hudson River in New York
  • Police say they have uncovered no credible evidence that Rotana Farea and Tala Farea were victims of foul play

JEDDAH: The bodies two Saudi sisters who were found dead last week in the Hudson River in New York have been laid to rest early Sunday in Madinah.

The bodies of Tala Farea, 16, and Rotana Farea, 22, had arrived earlier in the King Abdu Aziz Airport in Jeddah where they were received and transported to Madinah, to be buried at al-Baqi cemetery.  

New York police said that the mysterious death of the two Saudi sisters could have been a double suicide after they were found tied together with duct tape at their feet and bound at the waist near the Riverside Park in the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

The sisters had been living in Fairfax, Virginia with their mother, but Rotana had moved to live in New York. They are Saudi citizens from Jeddah.

Police have uncovered no credible evidence that Rotana Farea and Tala Farea were victims of foul play, Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea told reporters at a news conference Friday afternoon. 

“At this point in time we have no credible information that a crime took place in New York City… but it is still under investigation,” Shea said. 

 

 

 


Pilgrims with special needs treated to a memorable Umrah trip under Saudi ministry’s Ramadan initiative

Updated 26 May 2019
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Pilgrims with special needs treated to a memorable Umrah trip under Saudi ministry’s Ramadan initiative

  • Umrah trip held as part of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah's “Sadiq Almutamir (Friend of the Pilgrim)” initiative 

JEDDAH: Several Muslims with special needs have benefited from a special Umrah pilgrimage organized by the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan.

According to statement from the ministry, the Umrah trip, was held on the 17th of Ramadan  (May 22) under the “Sadiq Almutamir (Friend of the Pilgrim)” initiative in partnership with Sawt Alasm association in Jeddah.

A busload of 20 people with special needs were accompanied by 12 volunteers of Sadiq Almutamir, including sign language interpreters for the deaf pilgrims. 

The first stop was at Kuday area in Makkah, where pilgrims received the special gifts of Sadiq Almutamir, supported by the Establishment of Motawifs of South East Asian Pilgrims. Next was their arrival at the Grand Mosque, wherein the pilgrims performed Umrah, enjoyed Iftar meals, and received souvenirs from Haji & Mu'tamer's Gift Association. 

Volunteers assisted the pilgrims by communicating with them, providing instructions and directions in addition to sharing their feelings with the support of the sign language interpreters. 

Sadiq Almutamir also accompanied pilgrims during the performance of Umrah, providing wheelchairs for the elderly, sharing breakfast, and learning about their impressions of performing Umrah for their first time. 

Sadiq Almutamir is one of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah’s initiatives in Makkah’s Cultural Forum. It focuses on promoting the culture of giving and cooperation between the Saudi youth as well as elevating the volunteering services provided to Umrah pilgrims in order to enrich their experiences. It also provides optional tours to visit attractions, monuments, and places contribute to enriching experiences of Mutamirs and immortalizing beautiful memories in the Kingdom.

Launched late last year, the initiative aims to develop the spirit of volunteerism among Muslims and to invest in the youth by engaging young men and women in service and social responsibility.

“It focuses as well on improving the efficiency level of services provided to pilgrims, promoting the culture of volunteering, helping elderly and special needs’ people to perform Umrah rituals, and finally contributing to the realization of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 of reaching 1 million volunteers annually,” ministry statement said.

The trip was held in cooperation with the Western Fleet Transport, in coordination with the undersecretary of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah for pilgrims’ transportation affairs and Haji & Mu'tamer's Gift Association.