MOKHTAR Alim Shaqdar is the official calligrapher of the kiswa, the black covering of the Holy Kaaba, according to a report published in the Saudi Gazette. Shaqdar replaced his predecessor Abdulraheem Bokhari, who died in 1996 at the age of 90.
ARRANGEMENTS are being made at the Prophet’s Mosque (Masjid an-Nabi) in Madinah to accommodate 10,000 worshipers who intend to perform the ritual of I’tikaf (seclusion and staying in the mosque with the intention of worshiping) during the month of Ramadan.
THE $16 billion high-speed Haramain Express train is on track to roll out this year following delays, a senior Saudi official has said.
FACING a shortage of funds, the King Fahd Qur’an Printing Complex in Madinah had shut down more than a year ago. The complex reopened three months ago, alhamdulillah. During a recent visit to the complex, Emir of Madinah Prince Faisal Bin Salman said, “Self-financing is the best option for the Qur’an printing complex in order …
India, where an age-old caste system is still practiced in many parts of the society, frequently sees reports of violence against the Scheduled (or “the untouchable”) Caste/Tribe by those who believe they are from the “Upper Caste”. Recently an upper caste mob attacked a Dalit community in the northern state of Rajasthan. The next day the injured …
MALAYSIA: Muslim Students’ Association of Universiti Sains Malaysia recently held a forum to explain disorders in sexual orientation. The forum, titled ‘Back to Fitrah’, emphasized the importance of natural instincts and sought to guide those influenced by the LGBT. In the library of the university’s mosque, Abdul Hadi Radzi, a second-year English major at USM …
JEDDAH: A pilgrim will not need more than 20-25 minutes to complete all entry procedures and go out of the Hajj terminal in Jeddah to take a bus to Makkah or Madinah, according to a recent report published in Saudi Arabia.
JEDDAH: Makkah governorate’s Department of Public Relations and Media produced a documentary on the correction of the status of 250,000 members of its Burmese community, in both English and Arabic, that will be broadcast on social media.
JEDDAH: Makkah Criminal Court said recently it was dropping the case of the crane that collapsed in Makkah in September 2015 due to lack of jurisdiction over the case.
FOR anyone who has performed the Umrah or Haj pilgrimages, they will have probably noticed the coolness under foot when they stepped onto the marble floors of the Grand Mosque and around the Holy Ka’bah in Makkah. Many have debated the reason behind the cold feeling, given Saudi Arabia’s searing summer temperatures.