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Wednesday October 18, 2017 / 28 Muharram 1439
RIYADH – Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman issued on Tuesday an order to set up a complex named after him for the Tradition of the Prophet (peace be upon him).
The King Salman Complex for the Prophet’s Tradition will be based in Madinah, the Saudi Press Agency reported quoting the royal decree.
The complex will have a scientific council comprising world-renowned scholars of Hadith. The council's president and members will be appointed through a royal decree.
Sheikh Muhammad Bin Hassan Al-Asheikh, member of the Council of Senior Scholars, has been appointed as the president of the council.
In the decree, the King noted that the decision to establish the complex has been made after taking into account the great status enjoyed by the Prophet’s Tradition or Hadith among Muslims as the second source of the Islamic Shariah after the Holy Qur’an.
The King’s order went viral on social media, with many calling it as a great step in serving the Prophet’s Tradition.
Some tweeted that Saudi Arabia and its government are doing their utmost to spread the message of the Holy Qur’an and the Prophet’s Tradition.
The complex would be a landmark achievement in promoting the Sunnah. It will engage in free distribution of Hadith around the world.
The setting up of the complex is regarded as an unprecedented and successful experiment with a highly challenging mission that will function under the supervision of the Kingdom’s leadership.
Choosing Madinah as the seat of the complex is because of the position of the holy city to where the Prophet (PBUH) made his migration and where he was buried.
The choice of Al-Sheikh as the chairman of the scientific council also shows a wise decision as he is one of the eminent scholars of Hadith, its reporting and interpretation.
Wednesday October 18, 2017 / 28 Muharram 1439
MAKKAH — The Haramain High Speed Train arrived on Tuesday in Makkah for the first time, paving the way for the formal launch of the much-awaited operation in the near future.
The train started its trial run from its main station in Jeddah and reached Rusaifa Station at the entrance of the holy city.
Romaih Al-Romaih, president of the Saudi Public Transport Commission and Saudi Railways Organization, and Bashar Al-Malik, CEO of Saudi Railway Company (SAR), and senior executives of the Saudi-Spanish consortium, which is implementing the giant project, arrived in Makkah on the board the train, Saudi Press Agency reported.
Speaking to reporters, Al-Romaih said the train reached the Makkah station for the first time in the final phase of the experimental operation of the train.
The train is scheduled to begin operation in first quarter of 2018.
The Haramain High Speed Railway links the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah via Jeddah and King Abdullah Economic City of Rabigh. The 450-km-long railway, with fully electrified double tracks, is estimated to cost SR37.5 billion. The project includes trains traveling at a speed of 320 km per hour and fitted with the highly advanced equipment and devices. There will be 35 trains and a special train for the elderly people.
The state-of-the-art railway has five stations —two terminus stations in Makkah and Madinah, and two central stations in Jeddah and Rabigh, in addition to a fifth station at King Abdulaziz International Airport built by the General Authority of Civil Aviation.
The Jeddah station will be the main station, with the central control room. The Rusaifah station is 4 km away from the Grand Mosque.
The railway, which will bring about a dramatic change in the transportation of pilgrims between the two holy cities, is expected to carry three million passengers a year, besides helping to relieve traffic congestion on the expressways.
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Ziyaarah Times For Women
To Enter Rawdhah
صورة من تصويري للروضة المباركة وتظهر حدود الروضة كاملة مع معالم كالمحراب والمنبر والمكبرية والحجرة النبوية الروضة هي داخل السجاد الاخضر
The blessed Rawdhah and show the boundaries of the Rawdhah complete with features such as the mihrab,
pulpit, megaphone and the Prophet's room. The Rawdhah is inside the green carpet.
Thursday 19 October 2017
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, is to monitor interpretations of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) teachings to prevent them being used to justify violence or terrorism, the Culture and Information Ministry has said.
In a decree, King Salman ordered the establishment of an authority to scrutinize uses of the “hadith” — accounts of the sayings, actions or habits of the Prophet that are used by preachers and jurists to support teachings and edicts on all aspects of life.
The ministry said late on Tuesday that the body’s aim would be to “eliminate fake and extremist texts and any texts that contradict the teachings of Islam and justify the committing of crimes, murders and terrorist acts.”
The body will be based in Madinah and overseen by a Council of Senior Scholars from around the world, according to the decree. The ministry offered no specific details of how it would work in practice.
Militant groups such as Daesh and Al-Qaeda have used interpretations of hadiths — numbered in the thousands and pored over by scholars for centuries — to justify violence and to urge supporters to carry out attacks.
Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said last month that thousands of extremist clerics had been dismissed, although he gave no timeframe.
The ministry said the body would serve Islam by creating “a solid scientific reference to vet and verify the authenticity of hadiths,” which are second in importance only to the Qur’an in Islam. It did not say what form the reference would take.
The decree issued by the king, whose official title is Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques — Islam’s most revered places in Makkah and Madinah — said the body would be chaired by Sheikh Mohammed bin Hassan Al-Sheikh, a member of the Council of Senior Scholars, which serves as Saudi Arabia’s highest religious body.
Thursday October 19, 2017 / 29 Muharram 1439
MADINAH – Prince Faisal Bin Salman, emir of Madinah, said that the announcement of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman to establish the King Salman Complex for the Prophet’s Tradition would have great cultural and academic impact on the Islamic Ummah as a whole.
“The hearts of Muslims all over the world are delighted by this royal order,” he said in a cable sent to the King thanking him for the noble initiative.
On behalf of himself, the scholars of Madinah and the general public, Prince Faisal congratulated King Salman on the issuance of this royal order.
In a royal decree issued on Tuesday, King Salman appointed Sheikh Muhammad Bin Hassan Al-Asheikh, member of the Council of Senior Scholars, as the president of the council.
Speaking to the Saudi Press Agency, Asheikh thanked the King for the great trust reposed in him.
He said that the complex would be a solid scientific edifice that is concerned with the sciences of Prophet’s Tradition, which is free from any deviation.
In his decree, the monarch said that the decision also underlines the significance for having an authority that takes care of the Prophet’s Tradition as well as its sciences and studies.
"The new body’s aim would also be to eliminate fake and extremist texts and any texts that contradict the teachings of Islam and justify the committing of crimes, murders and terrorist acts,” according to a statement from the Ministry of Culture and Information.
The scientific council of the complex is set to monitor interpretations of the Prophet’s teachings to prevent them being used to justify violence or terrorism, the ministry noted.
Grand Mufti and President of the Council of Senior Scholars Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh thanked King Salman for issuing royal decree to establish a complex for the Prophet’s Tradition in Madinah. “There is no doubt that it is an important matter that Muslims were waiting for since long time.”
The grand mufti urged all Islamic scholars across the world to extend their full cooperation to the complex.
He also called upon the universities in the Islamic world in general and the Saudi universities in particular to cooperate with the complex and communicate with it through its faculties and specialized departments.
The general secretariat of the Council of Senior Scholars lauded the King’s initiative to set up a comprehensive Hadith complex in Madinah.
“This royal order comes as a continuation of the services being rendered by this blessed nation in serving the Islamic Shariah and its sources. It also meets the long-standing demand from specialists and those interested in the Prophet’s Hadith to have a complex for it similar to the King Fahd Complex for the Holy Qur’an,” said Fahd Al-Majed, secretary general of the Council.
Sheikh Abdurahman Al-Sudais, head of the Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, said that the royal decree to set up the complex emanates from the great attention and sincere care on the part of King Salman for the Tradition of the Prophet (peace be upon him).
The complex would be instrumental in effective use of Hadith, the second source of the Islamic Shariah, in addressing the issues facing Islam and Muslims in the contemporary world as well as to resolve their differences and disputes on the basis of the Qur’an and Sunnah.
Sheikh Abdurahman Al-Sind, head of the Commission for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, said that the complex would help to launch huge academic projects in serving the Prophet’s Sunnah and enable Muslims all over the world to take advantage of them. Hatem Al-Marzouqi, president of the Islamic University of Madinah, said the complex aims at taking proper care of the Islamic Shariah and consolidate its sciences on its straight path while Abdul Aziz Al-Sarrani, president of Madinah’s Al-Taibah University, said that the complex is set to play a key role in serving Islam and Muslims around the world, in addition to preventing any misinterpretation or misunderstanding of the Prophet’s Tradition.
Abdullah Basfar, secretary general of the International Organization for the Qur’an and the Sunnah, said the complex would be a beacon of knowledge and reference for Muslims in all parts of the world.
Monday October 23, 2017 / 3 Safar 1439
JEDDAH — Victims of the 2015 Makkah crane crash will not get any diyyah (blood money), the Summary Court in Makkah has ruled.
The court also said that neither the injured will get any compensation nor the damages caused to the Grand Mosque will be compensated because the disaster was caused by natural reasons and there was no human element behind it.
The court has acquitted all 13 employees of the Binaldin Group who were in charge of operating the giant crane, but the Attorney General, who objected to the court ruling, said he would appeal the verdict.
Under the court procedures any ruling which is not appealed within 30 days becomes final and binding.
As many as 108 people were killed and 238 others were injured when a carne fell on the eastern wall of the Grand Mosque in September 2015.
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, who visited the scene of the disaster, ordered that all victims should be paid compensation.
The King’s gesture has nothing to do with the blood money which should have been decided by the court.
The King ordered that the family of a dead victim would be paid SR1 million while the compensation for each incapacitated injured would be SR500,000.
The judge in the case said the court took its decision after thoroughly reviewing technical, engineering, mechanical and geophysical reports in addition to carefully studying the reports of the Presidency of Meteorology and Environment which said it was the heavy rains and thunderous storms that caused the collapse of the crane.
“The crane was in an upright, correct and safe position. There was no error committed by the accused who took all the necessary safety precautions,” the court said.
The court said it also checked the reports of a number of specialized international centers presented by the Binladen Group in addition to the reports of the Civil Defense before arriving at its final decision.
It said the presence of the crane in its place in the eastern plaza of the Haram for more than two years was approved by the authorities concerned.
“The Attorney General did not present any solid evidence that the Binladen Group had violated safety rules. The evidence he had presented was not sufficient to incriminate the defendants,” it added.
Sunday 29 October 2017
MAKKAH: The General President of the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais announced the start of the Zamzam well processing project.
He pointed to the importance of this project in terms of Zamzam water, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “The water of Zamzam is (good) for whatever it is intended.”
Al-Sudais praised the state’s interest in Zamzam water since its establishment by King Abdul Aziz. He dedicated the Zamzam well to benefit Muslims, and his sons have followed his steps and are exerting more efforts to serve this blessed well.
The project consists of two sections.
The first section includes the construction of the five-service bridges to Zamzam from the eastern side, with a total width of eight meters and a length of 120 meters.
The second section is to complete the final phase of sterilization and handling of the environment surrounding Zamzam well, that includes remains of concrete and iron vaults of the old Grand Mosque, to reduce the proportion of harmful substances in Zamzam water as much as possible.
It also includes the development of a special quality of sterile gravel with a high permeability of water, allowing better flow of Zamzam water.
The scheduled time period for the project is seven months, and the work is expected to be completed before Ramadan.
November 1, 2017
KARACHI: Pakistani citizens aspiring to perform Umrah will now have to get themselves biometrically verified before applying for the visa. Without the mandatory biometric verification, people will not be able to submit their applications in the Saudi embassy for Umrah visas.
It has been reported that one of the firms involved in the collection of the data of fingerprints of Pakistani pilgrims is a Dubai-based company, with an Indian national as one of its directors.
This new condition is creating many troubles for Umrah-bound pilgrims. According to travel agents, the pilgrims from all over Pakistan go for Umrah but the centres providing the biometric verification service are only located in the federal and provincial capitals of the country. In a scenario where the people living in the federal and provincial capitals have to wait for several days for their results, it becomes a misery for the people travelling from different parts of the provinces to have themselves verified.
The travel agents also revealed that the fee for biometric verification is Rs600. The foreign company is minting millions of rupees through the fee but no worthwhile facility is being provided to the pilgrims.
According to the association of travel agents, the readable passports should be enough for the needs of the Saudi authorities. However, if the biometric verification is absolutely needed, the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) should be doing it as its centres are present in rural areas of the country. It should be noted here that Iran, Egypt, India and Bangladesh have rejected the biometric verification process for the pilgrims.
Travel agents further added that the company responsible for collecting the biometric data, Etimad, is a Saudi Arabia-based company and has been given a contract to deal with Pakistani Umrah pilgrims via a Dubai-based company with an Indian national as one of its directors.
Situation in Karachi
Mismanagement and chaos were observed at the two centres of Etimad on Tuesday, the second day of the biometric verification. Many people protested the lack of facilities at the centres.
Many people who had come from other cities of Sindh were visibly disappointed with the state of affairs. A man from Larkana who had brought his aged parents to Karachi for the verification informed the Daily Express that he arrived with his parents in Karachi in the morning and reached the centre near Kala Pul but even after waiting for two hours, his parents were not called for verification. “There are no seats here and we have to go back today as well,” he lamented.
A representative of Etimad said that one of the centre’s has the capacity of verifying only 330 people a day, while, according to the travel agents, the Saudi consulate in Karachi receives daily 6,000 to 9,000 Umrah applications.
A protest was also held on Tuesday by local travel agents outside the Karachi Press Club. The travel agents criticised the new condition of biometric verification. According to them, the biometric verification was proving a hassle for the Umrah aspirants. They requested the government to play its role in terminating the new condition.
Friday, 20 October 2017
A team of experts at Umm al-Qura University in Mecca is studying the reinforcement of the Kaaba’s Kiswah using Kevlar, the para-aramid synthetic fiber, in order to make it resist high temperatures and heavy weights.
According to the website of the general presidency for the affairs of the two holy mosques, Mohammad Bajouda, director-general of the King Abdulaziz Complex for the Kaaba's cover, said the Kevlar material will be integrated with advanced synthetic fibers to support the silk threads and certain amounts will be used in the automatic weaving process to strengthen the cover and prevent it from tearing and expanding and bear heavy weights.
Bajouda said the Kiswah will also be strengthened using nanotechnology which is used in the dyeing process in the first phases of production. Silk threads are also treated before being using in the automatic weaving process in order to strengthen them and make them resist environmental factors and mishandling.
Kevlar is a fabric that is well-known for its flexible threads and unique resistance traits. It is used to make bulletproof vests and it is also characterized with its great resistance to fires and cuts.
Kevlar is also used in manufacturing cars and planes.
This cannot be undone and I am sure it will be greatly appreciated.