Saudi ‘care’ for Thai Muslims wins praise

Japakiya hailed the efforts of the charge d’affaires of the Saudi Embassy in Bangkok, Abdul Ilah Al-Shuaibi, and the programs offered by the Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs. (SPA)
Updated 26 May 2019

Saudi ‘care’ for Thai Muslims wins praise

  • Japakiya condemned the repeated attacks by the Iran-backed Houthi militias, and called for a firm stand on Iran’s intervention in the region and its attempts to incite sectarian strife

BANGKOK: Saudi Arabia’s efforts to “serve the Muslims of Thailand and the world” have been praised by Ismail Lutfi Japakiya, rector of Fatoni University and a member of the Supreme Council of the Muslim World League.
The Kingdom is “at the forefront of all that matters to Muslims and defending their causes,” Japakiya said.
He was speaking following a meeting with Youssef bin Abdullah Al-Hamoudi, the Islamic adviser at the Saudi Embassy in Thailand.
“The Thai people have been indebted to the Kingdom throughout history for the care it gives them, facilitating Hajj and Umrah, building mosques and Islamic centers, providing books, Qur’an copies and books of interpretation, organizing iftar projects, distributing dates, and sending students and scholars who promote moderate Islam,” Japakiya said.
“King Salman is an experienced leader who loves all Muslims around the world. He has devoted his time and effort to unite Muslims, defend their causes, contribute to protecting them from harm, promote moderate Islam, and fight extremism and terrorism.”
Japakiya condemned the repeated attacks by the Iran-backed Houthi militias, and called for a firm stand on Iran’s intervention in the region and its attempts to incite sectarian strife. He confirmed his support for moves by Saudi Arabia to protect the two Holy Mosques and defend its territory.
Japakiya hailed the efforts of the charge d’affaires of the Saudi Embassy in Bangkok, Abdul Ilah Al-Shuaibi, and the programs offered by the Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance.
Al-Hamoudi said that the Ministry of Islamic Affairs seeks to achieve the aspirations of the Saudi leadership, which has made its top priority caring for the Muslims of the world.
The meeting was attended by Sheikh Samat Maaloulim, director-general of the Islamic Center in Bangkok; Khalid Al-Najmi, the delegate of the Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance for the Ramadan Imamah program; and a media delegation covering the ministry’s programs and events.


Number of coronavirus cases in Saudi Arabia could hit 200,000, says health minister

Updated 13 min 21 sec ago

Number of coronavirus cases in Saudi Arabia could hit 200,000, says health minister

  • Minister added it was vital the public cooperated with the government’s instructions and precautionary measures

RIYADH: The number of COVID-19 cases in Saudi Arabia could reach up to 200,000 within a few weeks, according to the Kingdom’s health minister.

Citing four Saudi and international studies on Tuesday, Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah said the case figure is likely to see a constant increase rather than a decrease, Saudi Press Agency reported.

"Within the next few weeks, studies predict the number of infections will range from a minimum of 10,000 to a maximum of 200,000," Al-Rabiah said.

The minister added it was vital the public cooperated with the government’s instructions and precautionary measures to limit the number of infections.

“There is no doubt that our commitment to the instructions and procedures, in its entirety reduces the number of cases to the minimum, while non-compliance will lead to a huge increase in the number of cases,” he said.

“We stand today at a decisive moment as a society in raising our sense of responsibility and contributing together with determination to stop the spread of this pandemic,”

Many people were not taking the dangers of the pandemic seriously enough, according to the health minister, adding that the Kingdom had death with the crisis with full “transparency and clarity.”

The Saudi health ministry also announced on Tuesday that there were a total of 2,795 confirmed cases and the death toll from the virus in the Kingdom had reached 41.

A 24-hour curfew and lockdown has been imposed in the cities of Riyadh, Tabuk, Dammam, Dhahran and Al-Hofuf and in the governorates of Jeddah, Taif, Qatif and Khobar in a bid to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Last week, King Salman issued a decree which ordered treatment to be available for anyone in need of medical care, including people who have overstayed their visa in the Kingdom.

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