Saudi library conference launched

Updated 17 September 2012

Saudi library conference launched

Khaled Al-Anqari, minister of Higher Education, launched the seventh Saudi Library and Information Conference at the King Saud University in Riyadh on Saturday.
The three-day conference which carries the theme “informatics and knowledge for change and the challenges faced by a knowledge-based society,” is organized by the Saudi Library and Information Society under the aegis of its honorary president, Vice Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Prince Salman.
Al-Anqari also launched the Saudi Reading Club Development project and its Internet portal which will connect readers in the Kingdom with the club. The president of the King Saud University, Badran Al-Umar, was also present at the function. Meanwhile the Saudi Press Agency reported that Al-Anqari will launch a number of academic and community programs on the Abidiya campus of the Umm Al-Qura university in Makkah on Tuesday. The new projects include buildings for the College of Legal Studies and Systems and a teaching hospital for dental medicine, in addition to a community club.
“The college of legal studies is a unique center for studies related to law and the judiciary and is the first of its kind in Arab and Islamic universities,” President of Umm Al-Qura University Bakri Assas said in a statement Saturday.
He said the college was established on royal orders to organize the legal field in line with modern changes. It also prepares scientifically trained judges and legal professionals to a high standard. The college awards bachelor’s degrees in legal studies and systems and is also planning to issue diplomas in public prosecution and investigation. Its specializations will include training defense lawyers and awarding master's degrees in legal studies and systems.
He added that female graduates of the college could be employed at the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Justice and the Supreme Judicial Council upon graduation.
He also said the college has set up a mock court for students to learn the actual proceedings in Shariah courts.
The University Dental Hospital, which is being constructed on 12,000 square meters of land, has 75 clinics and 10 laboratories, one research laboratory and 12 lecture halls for both men and women students and administrative offices.

Worshippers flock to reopened Prophet’s Mosque for Friday prayers

Updated 06 June 2020

Worshippers flock to reopened Prophet’s Mosque for Friday prayers

MADINAH: Hundreds of thousands of worshippers attended the first Friday prayers to be held at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah since the gatherings were suspended to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.

The green light for the resumption of the prayer meetings came as part of a plan to gradually reopen the Kingdom’s mosques while ensuring worshippers and visitors adhered to preventive measures.

A ban on access to the Rawdah remained in place and only groups of worshippers numbering up to a maximum of 40 percent of the mosque’s capacity were being allowed entry.

Precautionary measures also included the allocation of specific doors for the entry of worshippers, the installation of thermal cameras, removal of all carpets so that prayers could be performed on the marble, sanitization of the mosque’s floors and courtyards, periodic opening of domes and canopies to ventilate the mosque, and the removal of Zamzam water containers.

The Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah will be closed after evening prayers and reopened one hour before dawn prayers. Parking lots will operate at 50 percent capacity and a media awareness campaign has been launched to highlight safety procedures at the holy site.

Medical teams have also been stationed at the main entrances to the mosque in cooperation with the Ministry of Health.

Elsewhere in the Kingdom, worshippers also flocked to perform Friday prayers at mosques amid strict health measures.

On May 31, Saudi authorities reopened all mosques for prayers, except in Makkah, as part of the Kingdom’s plan for a gradual return to normal life.

Last week the minister of Islamic affairs, dawah and guidance said that the country’s mosques were ready to welcome back worshippers, following his field trips to check that necessary preparations had been made.

All worshippers must still maintain a distance of 2 meters between rows, wear masks to enter a mosque, and Friday sermons and prayers have been limited to a maximum of 15 minutes.