Saudi shuts websites breaking royal decree on fatwas – Media & Marketing –

Saudi shuts websites breaking royal decree on fatwas – Media & Marketing –

Millions gather at Holy Mosques seeking Lailat Al-Qadr blessings

Iftar at Madinah mosque costs $670,000 a day – Culture & Society –

Iftar at Madinah mosque costs $670,000 a day – Culture & Society –


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Translation of Makkah sermons proposed

JEDDAH: Members of the Shoura Council have called for the simultaneous translation of Friday sermons at the Grand Mosque in Makkah for the benefit of non-Arabic speaking worshippers.

“The translation of the khutba (sermon) at the Grand Mosque in Makkah is very essential,” Abdul Aziz Al-Thunayyan, a member of the Shoura, said. “This can be done by distributing interpretation receivers at a nominal fee to those who need them.”

He proposed the establishment of an institute to train Saudis to serve in the two holy mosques and said Saudi employees must be paid attractive salaries. “Many Saudis are not interested in working at the two mosques because of the low wages.”

Al-Thunayyan stressed that jobs at the holy mosques, including those related to maintenance and cleaning, must be reserved for Saudis.

Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Al-Maiman, another council member, supported Al-Thunayyan’s views and emphasized the need to employ Saudis at the two mosques. He said companies that win cleaning and maintenance contracts should be forced to allocate at least 50 percent of jobs for Saudis.

Zainul Abideen Barri urged the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques to introduce a system to prevent the use of mobile phones by pilgrims while performing tawaf (circumambulation). “The public must be educated so that they do not use cell phones while performing tawaf.”

The Shoura members made their comments while the consultative body was discussing the presidency’s annual report. The members also criticized the presidency for failure to construct more toilets, making use of surplus funds.

Muhammad Al-Zulfa, also a Shoura member, censured the presidency for not paying the salaries of its employees through banks. Abdullah Feefi, another member, stressed the need to train employees at the two mosques to deal with visitors politely.

Source: Arab News

SR50-Billion Projects to Change Face of Makkah in 10 Years

JEDDAH, 28 May 2008 — Led by an expansion of the Grand Mosque, six real estate projects are being implemented in the central region of Makkah at a total cost of SR50 billion. Analysts said the new projects, to be completed within 10 years, would change the face of the holy city and create more housing, transport and living facilities for pilgrims and residents. Arab News

Holy Mosques Presidency Starts Website

P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News

JEDDAH, 22 April 2008 — The Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques has launched a website that allows people all over the world to watch prayers and sermons at the two mosques. It also offers access to 45,000 recordings of recitation of the Qur’an and Islamic lectures.

The website ( provides information about the presidency and its activities. It also contains links to the Agency for the Prophet’s Mosques Affairs, libraries of the two mosques, the Institute of the Haram Mosque and the Kaaba Kiswa Factory in Makkah.

Kaaba’ washing ceremony set for Thursday

On behalf of The Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Prince Khalid Al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz, the Governor of Makkah Region will wash Kaaba on Thursday as it is customary every year.

The General President for affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, Sheikh Salih bin Abdulrahman Al-Hassain and his deputy for the affairs of the Holy Mosque in Makkah Sheikh Dr. Mohamed bin Nasser Al-Khazim, will attend Kaaba‘s washing ceremony. The will also welcome Prince Khalid Al-Faisal on his arrival at the venue of the Holy Mosque.

A number of Islamic Scholars, Ministers and members of the Islamic Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia along with a group of Citizens will also attend the washing ceremony.

This grand Islamic occasion embodies the great care being extended by the leadership of this blessed country to The House of Allah and to the Two Holy Mosques.