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Photos bring back memories of Hajj from a bygone era

French President Francois Hollande and Deputy Foreign Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah will open a Haj exhibition in Paris on Tuesday Source: The Arab News, April 21, 2014 King…

The Middle East we must confront in the future will be a Mafiastan ruled by money In Iraq, mafiosi already run almost the entire oil output of the south of the country

by Robert Fisk, The Independent Saudi Arabia is giving $3bn – yes, £2bn, and now let’s have done with exchange rates – to the Pakistani government of Nawaz Sharif. But…

Saudi Arabia to build world’s tallest tower, reaching 1 kilometer into the sky

  By Daisy Carrington, for CNN (CNN) — Dubai, long champion of all things biggest, longest and most expensive, will soon have some competition from neighboring Saudi Arabia. Dubai’s iconic…

Repentance provides relief to the heart

One of the primary distinguishing features between unbelievers and believers is that believers frequently perform the religious obligation of repentance; since unbelievers try to regard themselves as free of sin,…

Makkah authorities brace for increased number of pilgrims

Makkah is bracing for the increased number of visitors and pilgrims in the holy month of Ramadan. Authorities including the Presidency of the Grand Mosque and Prophet’s Mosque, the Civil…

Saudi spy chief ousted under U.S. pressure: experts

The exit of Saudi’s spy chief was the result of US pressure over his stance on Syria but does not signal a shift in Riyadh’s goal of toppling the Damascus…

US and Saudi Arabia drift apart

Global Post: RIYADH — President Barack Obama’s recent visit to Saudi Arabia was low-key, business-like and bereft of scenes that would indicate the country’s almost 70-year-old special relationship with Washington is back…

Importance of the Prophet’s Sunnah

Sheikh Ubayd Al-Jabiri Published — Friday 11 April 2014 As the Qur’an is revelation of Allah to Muhammad (peace be upon him), the Sunnah likewise — not a third of…

Holy sites in Saudi sacrificed for skyscrapers

  Nick Ames , April 9th, 2014     Development in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, is coming at the cost of the loss of some of the most important sites of…

Grand Mosque officials take part in Swiss global inventions meet 

In a bid to develop new technologies to improve services to pilgrims, the Presidency of the Grand Mosque and Prophet’s Mosque Affairs participated in the 42nd International exhibition of Inventions…

OIC system to help Muslims in distress

Iyad Madani. JEDDAH: HABIB SHAIKH Published — Tuesday 8 April 2014 Last update 8 April 2014 3:07 am The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) plans to work out a system…

Will Pakistan get caught in “Saudi-Iranian turf war?”

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s main opposition party is demanding a transparent discussion in parliament over the origins of $1.5 billion paid into the country’s coffers in March, and what the government agreed…

Seasonal visas only for two holy cities

Seasonal visas only for two holy cities JEDDAH: ARAB NEWS Published — Sunday 6 April 2014   Seasonal work visas will only be issued at labor offices in Makkah and…

New Law in Saudi Arabia Labels All Atheists as Terrorists

Slate.com: No one has ever accused Saudi Arabia of being the Holland of the Middle East. You know, Holland, the country of unbridled liberalism where they encourage euthanization via legal…

Extremists have hijacked Islam, says Madani

Extremist voices and groups have hijacked Islam and misappropriated the right to speak on its behalf, according to Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary General Iyad Ameen Madani. In his…

Saudi Arabia: Foreign agencies ‘using drugs to destabilize KSA’

Foreign agencies ‘using drugs to destabilize KSA’ THINKING OUT OF THE BOX: Smugglers have been increasingly using new methods to bring drugs into the Kingdom. DAMMAM: SULTAN AL-SUGHAIR Published —…

Umrah season drives up businesses in Madinah

TRIP OF A LIFETIME: Egyptian pilgrims get a warm reception in Madinah. (AN photo) MADINAH: YUSUF MOHAMMED   Madinah is witnessing a flourishing trade in various items as pilgrims flock…

Saudi Arabia: Women ‘ready for top Cabinet roles’

JEDDAH: P.K. ABDUL GHAFOUR | ARAB NEWS STAFF Saudi women are capable of holding top positions like ministers of education, health, information and social affairs, said Hanan Al-Ahmadi, a member…

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