More than 32 million copies of Holy Quran distributed to pilgrims
18th October 2011/Dhu-AlQa'dah 20, 1432
King Fahd Complex for Printing the Holy Quran in Madinah has distributed to pilgrims more than 32 million copies of the Holy Quran and translation of its meanings in various languages ever since the start of distribution of the gift of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud until the end of Hajj season last year at air, sea, and land exit points of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia after performing their Hajj rituals.
In a press statement, the Complex's Secretary General, Dr Mohammed Salem bin Shadid Al-Awfi, has disclosed that 1,934,425 copies of the Holy Quran were distributed to pilgrims during Hajj season in 1431H. SPA
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The Director General of General Administration of Crossings and Borders, Maher Abu Sabha, said that 1,148 Palestinian pilgrims have travelled so far to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia since the start of Hajj flights on last Friday in full coordination with the Egyptian side, without any obstacles.
He pointed out that Pilgrims flights will continue through Rafah Crossing until tomorrow, noting the flights do not include 1000 pilgrims within the framework of the grant of families of martyrs and prisoners whose dates of flights have not been set yet. SPA
Published: Oct 18, 2011 21:57 Updated: Oct 18, 2011 21:57
MAKKAH: Hira General Hospital in Makkah has established a direct telephone line to provide medical consultancy free of charge to pilgrims and residents, the hospital announced Tuesday.
It said the line, 5211124, would be open daily between 3 and 4 p.m. to receive questions and inquiries from callers.
Director of the hospital Waleed bin Abdul Haleem Muhammad Hussain said the establishment of the line was aimed at involving community members with the hospital and at providing them with medical advice, which might be of great significance to them.
"We are keen on the health of individuals and society at large. We will provide the callers with preventive and curative advice to the diseases they may be suffering from," he added.
The director said calls would be received and answered by specialists and consultants in internal diseases, rheumatism, surgery, gynecology, pediatrics, ophthalmology, dermatology, heart and psychology.
Published: Oct 18, 2011 21:57 Updated: Oct 18, 2011 21:57
JEDDAH: Tickets to board Mashair trains will be available from Oct. 25 to Nov. 3, Fareed Al-Ghamdi, the official in charge of ticket sales at the railway, announced Tuesday.
He said the tickets would be sold to domestic Haj companies, foreign Haj missions and government departments.
The official said so far, there were no instructions to sell tickets to individual pilgrims with Haj permits. The tickets are sold by the ministries of Haj and municipal and rural affairs.
Al-Ghamdi said a meeting would be held on Saturday to discuss all matters concerning the train service. He said the train, which worked at 35 percent of its capacity last year, would operate at full capacity during this Haj.
Being in its second phase this year, the train will transport 500,000 pilgrims between Makkah and the holy sites of Mina, Arafat and Muzdalifah. It can accommodate 3,000 passengers at a time and transport more than 72,000 pilgrims an hour.
Habib Zaine Al-Abidine, deputy minister of municipal and rural affairs, said earlier this month the railway would charge SR250 from each pilgrim using the facility during Haj.
The price covers the cost of travel from Mina to Arafat and from Arafat to Muzdalifah and back to Mina during the peak days of Haj, he said.
A total of 4,000 Saudi youths who will be working for Mashair Railway were trained on the operation of the train, crowd management and grouping of pilgrims.
The Mashair fleet includes 15 locomotives and 12 cars. The landmark project has cost SR6.7 billion.
JEDDAH – All Haj pilgrims should understand that the rules and regulations issued by the Saudi government are meant to ensure proper organization during the holy journey and not to inconvenience anyone, said Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Khedairi, the Undersecretary of the Makkah Emirate and Chairman of the Haj Preparatory and Executive Committee.
In an interview with Okaz/Saudi Gazette, Al-Khedairi said that some pilgrims mistakenly believe that the rules will deprive them of their Islamic rights and will affect their Haj. This is not the case – the rules are only enforced to ensure the Guests of Allah can perform their rituals in ease and comfort, he added.
“We should be thankful to Almighty Allah for making the Haj easy for us by decreeing it only once for those who can manage it physically and financially. The wisdom behind the divine legislation is to lighten the burden on Muslims. I hope that those who break the law understand that they are making Haj difficult for their Muslim brothers.”
He said people who perform Haj without a permit, sleep on the roads and litter at the holy sites are transgressing the laws of Almighty Allah. All these malpractices make it more difficult for the government to serve pilgrims effectively.
“The Emirate of Makkah, led by Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, Chairman of the Haj Central Committee, is responsible for ensuring everyone’s safety during the Haj journey. This responsibility is a collective one shared by the government agencies, institutions of civil society, citizens and residents. It is an integrated effort shared by all these partners for the sake of the Guests of Allah. It is not a one-man show.”
He said the Haj campaign entitled “Haj is Worship and Civilized Behavior” is meant to make pilgrims aware of negative and incorrect behavior. This includes traveling without permits, sleeping in places that hamper the movement of pedestrians, machinery and cars, and littering.
Al-Khedairi said the emirate’s second project, “The culture of Islamic hospitality”, is currently being developed and will be launched next year. “It is basically meant to upgrade the quality of services offered to visitors and Umrah and Haj pilgrims and will be carried out by young Saudi boys and girls.”
“These youths believe that the blessing bestowed on them by Almighty Allah, to be close to the Holy Mosques, is a responsibility. They are required to be hospitable towards their guests and to look after them from the time they arrive to the time they leave the Kingdom. But the Guests of Allah also have a responsibility to adhere to the rules which have been drawn up to help facilitate their Haj.”
Sudais lauds King Abdullah Chair for the Holy Qur'an19 October 2011
MAKKAH - Sheikh Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Sudais, Imam of the Grand Mosque, Professor of Shariah Higher Studies at Umm Al-Qura University and General Supervisor of the Dawah Center at Al-Awali District here, has hailed the setting up of the King Abdullah Chair for the Holy Qur'an in three universities.
The establishment of the King Abdullah Chair for the Holy Qur'an at Imam Muhammad Bin Saud Islamic University in Riyadh, Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah and the Islamic University in Madina shows the Monarch's great concern and care for the Holy Qur'an," Sheikh Al-Sudais said.
The chair will undertake and finance research on the holy book in the Kingdom and abroad and explain its miracles and blessings.
"The Holy Qur'an is the constitution of the Kingdom wherein generations have competed to memorize this great book and participate in international, regional and local Holy Qur'an contests," Sheikh Dr. Al-Sudais said.
"These three chairs come at a critical juncture when misconceptions have become rampant and desires have controlled the minds of Muslims," Sheikh Dr. Al-Sudais said.
"The only way out for all Muslims is to turn to the Holy Qur'an and learn endless lessons from the Book of Allah," he said.
Published: Oct 19, 2011 12:13 Updated: Oct 19, 2011 12:18
JEDDAH: Saudi Arabian Airlines has begun to gear up for Haj with 1,244 flights, Saudi Airlines Vice President for Public Relations Abdullah Al-Ajhar said.
“We are ready to handle more than two million pilgrims who are expected to arrive for this year's Haj,” he said. Haj is due to begin on November 4.
“Over 188 flights are scheduled daily between Jeddah, Riyadh and Dammam. Of these, 94 flights are only for pilgrims; another 94 flights are for other passengers, but pilgrims can also benefit from these on 6 and 7 Dul Hijjah (November 2 and 3),” he said.
“There have been only 411 international flights so far. We are expecting a large number of flights to arrive in the coming few days.
“We work as one team to overcome obstacles and avoid delays. We are prepared to deal with unexpected situations that might come up during the Haj season as well as to respond to the demands of the pilgrims,” Al-Ajhar said.
“Saudi Airlines rented 34 airplanes to serve other passengers during Haj without using planes that are reserved for pilgrims. This will facilitate the movement in the airport and avoid delayed flights,” said Al-Ajhar.
According to him, the Haj terminal has the capacity to handle more than 3,700 pilgrims per hour.
Published: Oct 19, 2011 22:16 Updated: Oct 19, 2011 22:16
MADINAH: The accommodation capacity of the hotels in Madinah has been increased with 80,000 beds, Gov. Prince Abdul Aziz bin Majed announced Tuesday evening.
He was opening "Bunyan 4 Exhibition," which focuses on partnership among all public and private establishments in the service of the guests of God.
Haj Minister Fouad Al-Farsy attended the opening of the exhibition, held at the central area around the Prophet's Mosque.
The governor said a number of new services would be extended to enable pilgrims to perform the Haj rites in ease and comfort. "In addition, a number of new projects are currently under way," he said.
More than 40 public, private, charitable and voluntary organizations are participating in the exhibition showcasing books and pamphlets. The show will continue until the end of the Haj season.
Meanwhile, the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques Affairs has launched a program to guide visitors to Madinah on important locations in the Prophet's Mosque and in its vicinity, to provide transport to old and disabled visitors from the plazas to the gates of the mosque, and to guide lost pilgrims to their places of accommodation.
Program director Abdul Aziz bin Omair Al-Raddadi said about 200 staff would be working in the program using about 50 GPS devices, 50 pieces of bravo communications equipment, 10 laptops connected to the Internet, and 14 cars in addition to 150 wheelchairs.
Al-Raddadi said last year's successful experiment encouraged them to continue with this valuable program this year.
Published: Oct 19, 2011 23:21 Updated: Oct 19, 2011 23:21
MAKKAH: The Tawafa Establishment for Non-Arab African Pilgrims will introduce this year for the first time fire-resistant tents in Arafat, chairman of the board of directors Abdul Wahid Seifuddin announced Wednesday. The establishment serves pilgrims from 46 non-Arab African countries.
He said the tents, to be erected in the location of the establishment in Arafat, would accommodate about 5,000 pilgrims. The guests of God will stay in Arafat from sunrise to sunset. The grand stand in Arafat represents the climax of Haj.
Seifuddin said the tents, of various sizes ranging between 16 and 192 sq. meters, would be well-furnished and air-conditioned. He said they could be used after Haj for special occasions.
Seifuddin said the establishment had secured 500 of these tents to be used on an experimental basis during this year’s Haj.
He said the establishment had undertaken a study to install water coolers in Mina according to special specifications that would not impede the movement of pilgrims. Thermos cooled by ice cubes are currently being used in Mina to provide cold water to the pilgrims.
Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz ibn Abdullah Al-Asheikh
By P.K. ABDUL GHAFOUR | ARAB NEWS
Published: Oct 19, 2011 23:21 Updated: Oct 19, 2011 23:21
JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia sought to discourage Saudis and expatriates from performing pilgrimage this year without valid Haj permits with an intensified public awareness campaign through the media.
The country's grand mufti also said it was unlawful to do Haj without permits. "Helping pilgrims to enter the holy sites without Haj permits goes against the law and the ruler, and those who perform Haj without permits are doing an unlawful thing," Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh said in a statement distributed by the Makkah governorate.
The mufti also spoke against the practice of squatting in public places by pilgrims, saying such practice would reduce their rewards as they cause problems to the Kingdom's Haj managers and fellow pilgrims by obstructing walkways.
Sheikh Abdul Aziz said it was the duty of Muslims to ensure the safety of pilgrims and support the measures taken by the government for the purpose. "The government did not introduce the Haj permit system without any purpose but to reduce overcrowding during the pilgrimage," he pointed out.
Muhammad Badahdah, assistant secretary-general of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY), supported the Haj permit system. He said it was essential not only to control the crowd but also to plan for necessary services. Currently unpredictable number of pilgrims are performing Haj from within the Kingdom.
"The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has set out a system that every country can send 1,000 pilgrims for each million of its population. But the number of people going for Haj from the Kingdom is way beyond its quota, and this causes a lot of problem for Saudi Haj managers," Badahdah told Arab News.
He said the provision of allowing Saudis and expatriates to perform Haj after every five years is good. "Expatriate workers going for Haj should know that their number is not included in the quota of their respective countries and should not misuse the facility," he added.
Breaking the law for Haj is a sin, says Grand Mufti
20 October 2011
JEDDAH - Pilgrims who break the Kingdom's laws to perform Haj violate the Islamic Shariah and defy the country's ruler, said Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bin Abdullah Aal Al-Sheikh, Grand Mufti and Chairman of the Board of Senior Ulema.
Aal Al-Sheikh was quoted as saying in Al-Watan newspaper that the country's rules and regulations are in place to make sure that pilgrims can perform the rituals decreed by Almighty Allah. He made the comments at a press conference on Tuesday.
He said it was wrong for Muslims to smuggle people into Makkah to perform Haj without permits. This goes against the instructions of the ruler. Those breaking the law will be held accountable here and in the Hereafter.
The Grand Mufti said that the awareness campaign launched recently by Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, Emir of Makkah region, and Chairman of the Higher Haj Committee, entitled "Haj is worship and civilized behavior", is part of the government's plan to make sure all pilgrims can perform the rituals like the Prophet (peace be upon him) did.
The Grand Mufti added that Almighty Allah forbids bloodshed in the sacred land, a reference to previous negative incidents during Haj. He said some pilgrims break Allah's laws unintentionally by sleeping on pavements and littering at the holy sites. These malpractices are making it difficult for the government to provide the best possible services. It also deprives other Muslims of many privileges and services. The Grand Mufti added that the rules of Haj are to ensure the safety of pilgrims, as required by Islam.
He urged preachers and guides to educate pilgrims about the government's efforts.
Sheikh Abdullah Bin Sulaiman Bin Manea, a member of the Board of Senior Ulema, said Prince Khaled's campaign is very important because it enlightens pilgrims on how to perform Haj properly. Those who perform Haj without permits are sinners, he said. Their pilgrimage is correct but they are disobedient, he added. He said it should be understood that the instructions and rules are in the interests of pilgrims.
Sheikh Saleh Aal Al-Sheikh, Minister of Islamic Affairs, said the campaign is meant to inform pilgrims about the importance of sticking to the rules made by the government, and it is aimed at providing the best services to the Guests of Allah. He said his ministry has contributed to the campaign by getting its preachers to explain the importance of the rules and instructions to pilgrims.
MAKKAH - Pilgrims will be able to descend from Arafat and travel to Mina and then Makkah's Central Zone in 30 minutes next year, according to General Sulaiman Al-Ajlan, Director General of the Traffic Department and head of the Traffic Department Haj Force.
He said the new plan includes a change in the traffic routes and that pilgrims will be transferred 60 percent faster than the current rate.
At a press conference held at the command headquarters in Muzdalifa Tuesday, Al-Ajlan said a committee was formed to carry out the plan under the orders of Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, Emir of Makkah and Chairman of the Haj Central Committee.
The committee includes officials from the Emir's Office, Ministry of Haj, Ministry of Transport, Haj Research Center, Holy Sites Development Commission and the Makkah Mayor's Office, in addition to representatives from a consultation office, and SAPTCO and HAFIL transport companies.
Al-Ajlan said a study has been completed on setting up a single point for all cars that are not allowed to enter Makkah.
He added that the new transport plan is aimed at creating an efficient public transport system which will speed up the movement of pilgrims to the Central Zone.
He said 34 Control and Prevention points have been placed around the holy sites including five at Makkah's entry points. Several new checkpoints have also been placed on Assail Road and Alwadi Alakdhar Road, which leads to Arafat, to prevent a recurrence of last year when many cars without permits were allowed to enter.
Last year about 560,000 vehicles were prevented from entering Makkah, he said. This year more than 17,000 traffic police officers and 200 vehicles and pieces of equipment are taking part in Haj operations.
Colonel Mesh'al Al-Maghrabi, Director General of the Makkah Traffic Department, said the Haj traffic plan came into force last Saturday. Cars will not be allowed into the Central Zone one-half hour before and after prayers.
Colonel Muhammad Al-Bassami, Control and Prevention Forces commander, said a checkpoint was placed on the Makkah-Al-Hada road this year. This is in addition to a number of checkpoints at the holy sites and in Al-Aziziah.
«Riyadh» e called site (pilgrimage) .. and the «mobile» accompanied by a comprehensive coverage of the season
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أطلقت إدارة الإعلام الإلكتروني في "الرياض" موقعاً خاصاً بحج هذا العام أطلق عليه موقع (الحج) ليكون مرجعاً هاماً سواء لحجاج بيت الله الحرام أو للقراء الذين سيجدون في الموقع متابعة خبرية ومعلوماتية تحدث أولاً بأول لكافة تفاصيل موسم الحج حيث يمكن متابعة آخر التطورات الإخبارية في موقع الحدث من خلال فريق العمل الذي تخصصه "الرياض" موسم كل حج للتغطية الإخبارية من قلب الحدث في المشاعر المقدسة إضافة إلى التغطيات الإخبارية من خارج المشاعر كالتقارير والتحقيقات والمقالات المنوعة.
كما يقدم الموقع خدمات معلوماتية متنوعة يأتي في أبرزها (صفة الحج) وخريطة بحجم كبير للمشاعر المقدسة ولمدينة مكة المكرمة إضافة إلى (معرض صور) متنوع بصور عالية الجودة.
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يذكر أن "جوال الرياض" سيواكب موسم حج هذا العام برصده لآخر التطورات الإخبارية من قلب الحدث في المشاعر المقدسة ، وسيتم تغطية آخر الأخبار من خلال موجز إخباري يومي يبث للمشتركين في القناتين (المحلية والاسلامية) مساء كل يوم، كما تقدم القناة الإسلامية لمشتركيها عدداً من الرسائل المعلوماتية حول الحج وكيفية أداء المناسك إضافة إلى فتاوى ومعلومات متنوعة قام على تجهيزها فريق التحرير بإدارة الإعلام الالكتروني لتوفير كافة السبل سواء للحاج أو المشترك العادي ليكون ملماً بكافة تفاصيل هذه الشعيرة العظيمة، ويمكن الاشتراك من خلال ارسال رقم (3) للإشتراك بقناة المحليات أو رقم (13) للقناة الإسلامية إلى 88588 لمشتركي (الجوال) و 616655 لمشتركي (موبايلي) و 707707 لمشتركي (زين).
«Riyadh» e called site (pilgrimage) .. and the «mobile» accompanied by a comprehensive coverage of the season
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