Muslim World League to host ‘Declaration of Peace in Afghanistan’ conference in Makkah

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Updated 10 June 2021
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Muslim World League to host ‘Declaration of Peace in Afghanistan’ conference in Makkah

  • Senior scholars from Afghanistan and Pakistan set to gather for historic, unified landmark on the path to reconciliation and peace

MAKKAH: The Muslim World League (MWL) will host in Makkah on Thursday the Islamic Conference on the Declaration of Peace in Afghanistan.

The event will bring together, under the auspices of Saudi Arabia, senior scholars from Afghanistan and Pakistan for a historic, landmark event on the path toward reconciliation between warring factions, in an effort to end the fighting and bring peace to the country.

Organizers said the conference stems from belief in the MWL’s role in resolving all conflicts and disputes within the societal fabric of the Islamic world, coupled with the great support and care provided by Saudi Arabia. It comes at a time when the long-running conflict in Afghanistan is feeding on extremism, ignorance, racism and intolerance, they added, and should therefore be confronted with science, awareness, illumination of thought, and the revival of the pure feelings of belief and the noble principles of Islam that strive to promote good.

They said the work of the conference will reflect the MWL’s sense of historic responsibility as a representative of all Muslims, and its desire to achieve unity, solidarity and harmony, the security of its societies, and the safety of its citizens.

The opening session will feature Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, secretary general of the MWL; Noor-ul-Haq Qadri, the Pakistani minister of religious affairs and interfaith harmony; and Mohammad Qasim Halimi, the Afghan minister of Hajj and religious affairs. They will be joined by senior clerics from both countries.

Also in attendance will be Lt. Gen. Bilal Akbar, the ambassador of Pakistan to Saudi Arabia; Ahmed Javed Mujadidi, the Ambassador of Afghanistan to Saudi Arabia; Rizwan Saeed Sheikh, Pakistan’s permanent representative to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC); and Shafiq Samim, Afghanistan’s permanent representative to OIC.

The conference will include five sessions with more than 20 keynote speakers, mostly senior scholars. They will discuss topics such as peace, tolerance, moderation, reconciliation in Islam, Islam’s approach to preserving human dignity and life, building peace in light of Islamic principles, the importance of peace and regional security, and the role of scholars in resolving regional conflicts and supporting peace-building efforts.

The event will conclude with the recital of a final statement and a declaration of peace in Afghanistan.


Ithra serves up Eid treats for all the family

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Ithra serves up Eid treats for all the family

  • Visitors will also be able to explore the cultures of pilgrims from various countries

DHAHRAN: The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture will host dozens of cultural activities next week to celebrate Eid Al-Adha.

The events, which run from Monday to Wednesday, include a performance by Kuwaiti artist Humood Alkhudher at the Ithra Theater, plays and stage shows, exhibitions and competitions for all ages.

Visitors will also be able to explore the cultures of pilgrims from various countries and enjoy a range of festive activities in the Ithra Library.

In the Children’s Museum youngsters can go on a journey back to the time of the pilgrim caravans that traveled to Makkah for Hajj, take part in craft activities, learn about spices and pit their wits against the Hajj-themed challenges.

Visitors will also be able to see an installation that recreates the sights and sounds of historic Hajj markets and learn about the role of camels in desert trade.

There is also an astronomical exhibit that shows how people in ancient times used the stars for navigation and timekeeping.

At the Ithra Cinema visitors can enjoy a number of movies, including the award-winning “Hajjan” and “Hadi Aleies.”


Saudi crown prince receives Indonesian president-elect in Jeddah

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman receives Indonesian Defense Minister and President-elect Prabowo Subianto in Jeddah.
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Saudi crown prince receives Indonesian president-elect in Jeddah

  • Leaders reviewed bilateral relations and aspects of cooperation in various fields

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Indonesian Defense Minister and President-elect Prabowo Subianto in Jeddah on Wednesday.

During the meeting, they reviewed bilateral relations, aspects of cooperation in various fields, and ways to support and develop them.

They also reviewed regional and international developments and efforts made with regard to them. 


Arafat sermon translation project reaches 50-language milestone

The Arafat sermon translation project will now encompass 50 languages. (SPA)
Updated 12 June 2024
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Arafat sermon translation project reaches 50-language milestone

  • The initiative marks the world’s largest project of its kind
  • Launched in 2018, the project initially offered translations in five languages

MAKKAH: The Presidency of the Religious Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque announced on Wednesday that the Arafat sermon translation project will now encompass 50 languages.
The Saudi Press Agency reported that the initiative, spearheaded by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, marks the world’s largest project of its kind.
Launched in 2018, the project initially offered translations in five languages.
This remarkable growth to 50 languages in less than a decade reflects the Kingdom’s dedication to spreading the message of moderation and Islamic values globally.
On Sunday, the Presidency said the Arafat sermon for this year’s Hajj season will reach one billion listeners worldwide, fostering greater understanding and promoting peace through the message of the Arafat sermon.


Palestinian guests of Custodian of Two Holy Mosques Program arrive in Makkah

Updated 12 June 2024
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Palestinian guests of Custodian of Two Holy Mosques Program arrive in Makkah

  • This year, program is hosting 3,322 pilgrims from 88 countries worldwide
  • Saudi Arabia will receive 2,000 more pilgrims from Palestine on Thursday 

RIYADH: 500 Palestinian pilgrims who are being hosted through the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Guests Program for Hajj, Umrah and Visit arrived in Makkah on Wednesday.

The Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance will receive 2,000 more pilgrims from Palestine on Thursday as part of the program, Saudi Press Agency reported. 

Palestinian pilgrims who are being hosted through the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Guests Program for Hajj, Umrah and Visit arrive in Makkah. (SPA)

The pilgrims expressed their thanks and appreciation to the Kingdom’s government for its interest in the Palestinian cause and for enabling them to perform Hajj through the program, SPA added.

This year, the program is hosting 3,322 pilgrims from 88 countries around the world.


Palestinian guests of Custodian of Two Holy Mosques Program arrive in Makkah

Palestinian pilgrims arrive in Makkah. (SPA)
Updated 12 June 2024
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Palestinian guests of Custodian of Two Holy Mosques Program arrive in Makkah

  • Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance will receive 2,000 more pilgrims from Palestine on Thursday as part of the program

RIYADH: 500 Palestinian pilgrims who are being hosted through the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Guests Program for Hajj, Umrah and Visit arrived in Makkah on Wednesday.

The Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance will receive 2,000 more pilgrims from Palestine on Thursday as part of the program, Saudi Press Agency reported. 

The pilgrims expressed their thanks and appreciation to the Kingdom’s government for its interest in the Palestinian cause and for enabling them to perform Hajj through the program, SPA added.

This year, the program is hosting 3,322 pilgrims from 88 countries around the world.