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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…

Obama Ends Overseas Trip With International Women of Courage Award for Saudi

The NewYork Times: by Michael D. Shear — RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — President Obama ended his weeklong trip to Europe and Saudi Arabia on Saturday morning with a brief private…

Religious tolerance in Islam

WHILE on deathbed, Sayyidna Omar ibn Al-Khattab (mercy be upon him) dictated a long will consisting of instructions for the next caliph. Here is the last sentence of that historic…

USA: 70 Lawmakers urge Obama to press Saudi Arabia for release of Ahmadi prisoners

Source: examiner.com | Imran Jattala 70 members of the U.S. Congress sent a bi-partisan letter to President Obama on March 26, 2014, in advance of his upcoming trip to Saudi Arabia, urging for the release of…

Saudi Prince Muqrin named second-in-line to succeed king

Saudi’s intelligence chief Prince Muqrin bin Abdul-Aziz, brother of Saudi’s King Abdullah, gestures during a news conference in Riyadh(reuters tickers) March 27, 2014 – 19:41 By Angus McDowall RIYADH (Reuters)…

King Abdullah smart city to offer pilgrims best services

  JEDDAH: ARAB NEWS The new full-fledged pilgrim city to be established along the Jeddah-Makkah Expressway will be named after Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, said Haj…

Saudi Arabia: Over 1.5 m single women, and counting …

Over 1.5m single women, and counting   JEDDAH: Afshan Aziz Published — Tuesday 25 March 2014 Last update 25 March 2014 1:36 am | | A A LATEST STORIES IN…

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