Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques receives Second Deputy Premier Prince Naif, members of Sunnah committee members

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The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz received Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz, Second Deputy Premier, Minister of Interior, and Chairman of Supreme Commission of Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz International Award for Prophet's Sunnah (Traditions)and Islamic Contemporary Studies, and a number of princes, ministers, scholars-members of the commission and its guests.

Addressing the audience, the King said: My Muslim brothers, I greet you by Islam greeting, and welcome you in your second country, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. My brothers, no doubt that you understand the Islamic world more than I, and I would like to tell you good tidings about the Islamic world that it is sublime now, in all countries and continents, with God willing.

Whatsoever Islam's enemies or some sons of Islam have done, they are Islam's enemies. Whatsoever they have done will affect neither Islam nor Muslims. Praise be to Allah, Muslims are strong because of their one word: There is God but Allah, Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, which is prevailing in the entire world.

I wish you all success and hope that all of you be best messengers for Islam anywhere on the earth. I pray for your success, thank you, and may God bless you.

The audience was attended by a number of princes.

Prince Naif, who is also Chairman of Supreme Commission of the World Award for Prophet's Sunnah (Traditions) and Islamic Contemporary Studies named after him, had patronized the concluding ceremony of the Award in its 4th session as well as Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Award of Appreciation for Services of Prophet's Sunnah and its Studies in its 2nd session.

More than 150 world personalities attended the ceremony.

During the ceremony, a speech was delivered by Prince Nawaf bin Naif bin Abdulaziz on behalf of Prince Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Vice-Chairman of the Supreme Commission of the Award, in which he expressed appreciation of and thanks to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud; the Crown Prince and the Second Deputy Premier for their patronage and continued support for this war. Following that, Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz delivered a speech in which he said:

'I thank everyone for attending this ceremony in which we are all working to serve the Sunnah which is the second source for legislation of Islam. It is not strange for this country to undertake such work; this country is the place of the Two Holy Mosques and is honored by Allah the Almighty to serve Islam and facilitate Muslims' arrival to perform Hajj and Umrah and visit the Prophet's Mosque. The current time dictates that we face the reality; we are the followers of the honest and decent doctrine that has emanated from the best legislation in this world: the Holy Quran and the Sunnah.'

'The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, having been founded and reunited by late King Abdulaziz, is honored to have the Holy Quran and the Sunnah as the principles for its constitution.

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the Crown Prince are adhering this path. The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques has always stressed that the priorities of this country are religion and then the homeland,' Prince Naif added.

'In this country, we are honored and proud that our constitution is based on the Holy Quran and the Sunnah, and that virtue is promoted and vice is fought. At the same time, we know that our religion urges us to seek knowledge in all areas.

Therefore, among the main objectives is to enhance education in this country at all levels with modern science,' Prince Naif said.

'Thanks to Allah the Almighty, this was achieved; a good number of Saudi citizens are distinguished in various fields of sciences and at the same time they are committed to their religion. This will remain the approach of this country.

Therefore, this award is only a limited work of this country, hoping that all Muslim scholars in all parts of the world contribute to the research and studies regarding new emerging issues and Islam's view on such issues,' Prince Naif added.

'Islam is neither for one nation nor one period of time. Islam is applicable at all times and places. Our Muslim world is full of many scholars whose duty is to respond to whatever arises in the global arena. Everyone knows that Islam and Sunnah are targeted with defamation; scholars, however, have facts that counter such defamation,' Prince Naif said.

'In this country, since the first Saudi State was founded in cooperation between Imam Muhammad bin Saud and Sheikh Muhammad bin Abdulwahab, we have not diverged from that course. And we are honored that we are Muslims adhering to the Holy Quran and following the Sunnah. Who has any reservations about our approach as a State and scholars, we are willing to discuss those with him, and our scholars are able to respond to them. However, if the aim is only the abuse of Islam, then the Muslim world and its scholars are the target, and are called upon to respond,' Prince Naif concluded.

The ceremony was attended by Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Mohamed Al Al-Sheikh, the Grand Mufti of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Chairman of the Council of Senior Ulema (Islamic scholars) and Department of Scientific Research and Religious Edicts (IFTA); and a number of princes, Ulema, ministers and senior officials.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Culture and Information, Dr. Abdulaziz bin Mohieddin Khoja has said that the two channels of the Holy Quran and Prophet's Sunnah (Traditions) have expanded their satellite coverage to Central and South-East Asia, Australia, Europe, Africa, North America, Southern Canada, Northern Mexico, Hawaiian Islands and Central and South America.

In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Dr. Khoja pointed out that the official telecast began in the Arab region on 18/12/2009 and via most world satellites on 24/12/2009 and the telecasts will consecutively continue until completion on 21/1/2010.

The Minister noted that the expansion of the scope of the telecasts come within the framework of interest and support of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for the development of media in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, their propagation all over the world and the access of all Muslims in the world to the two channels of the Holy Quran and Prophet's Sunnah.

Dr. Khoja commended the continuing support of the media by the King, the Crown Prince and the Second Deputy Premier and their keenness on significant development of the media in terms of techniques or local cadres.

The Minister said that an agreement has been signed with Arab Satellite Communications Organization (ARABSAT) to telecast the two channels of the Holy Quran and Prophet's Sunnah via Asian Satellite (Asia SAT-5), European Satellite (Hot Bird) , satellite (New Skies 7) which covers the continent of South America and Africa, U.S. Satellite (Galaxy 19) and Satellite (Hispasat 1).

He indicated that these telecasts are in addition to the broadcast of the two channels on Arabsat and Nilesat satellites, adding that the current broadcast covers all regions of the world and that broadcast of these channels can be monitored on most satellites on the same frequencies that carry the broadcast of the first channel to all parts of the world.

Dr. Khoja stressed that this step comes to keep abreast the role of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at Arab and international arenas, to inform Muslims all over the world on the correct teachings of their religion, and to follow up live broadcast of the prayers from the Two Holy Mosques, noting that the broadcast will be available 24 hours a day.

On the other hand, King Abdullah received in Riyadh Malaysian Foreign Minister, Datuk Anifah bin Haji Aman and his accompanying delegation.

Haji Aman conveyed to the King the greetings of King Sultan Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin of Malaysia, and Malaysian Prime Minister Muhammad Najib Abdulrazaq. In turn the King sent his greetings to them.

The audience was attended by Prince Saud Al-Faisal, Minister of Foreign Affairs, a number of princes and Malaysian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Seyyid Omar Al-Saqqaf.

King Abdullah also has thanked the Minister of Health Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabiah and the staff of King Fahd Specialist Hospital in Dammam for the medical achievements.

In a reply cable sent to the Minister of Health, the King said 'We thank you and the hospital staff for this achievement'.

Earlier, the Minister of Health sent a cable to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques in which he congratulated the King on the achievements made by King Fahd Specialist Hospital in Dammam during 1430 H. in the field of organ transplant.

The hospital successfully transplanted 48 kidneys, 4 pancreases and 2 livers.

Meanwhile, Prince Naif received Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman and the accompanying delegation.

During the meeting, they discussed issues of common interest.

The meeting was attended by Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Salim, Malaysian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Syed Omar Al-Saggaff and a number of officials.

Prince Naif also received Syrian Ambassador-designate to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Mahdi Al-Dukhlullah.

During the meeting, they discussed issues of common interest.

Prince Naif also received members of Supreme Supervisory, Executive and Preparatory Committees for the first World Conference on the Phenomenon of Takfir (Charging one with disbelief), due to be patronized by the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, by the end of the year, and to be organized by Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz World Award with the participation of Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University.

Dr. Saed Al-Orabi Al-Harthi, Advisor to Second Deputy Premier, and Chairman of Supreme Supervisory Committee of the Conference said that the members listened to a guidance speech of Prince Naif on the importance of the Conference.

On the other hand, Naif Arab University for Security Sciences (NAUSS) was selected as member of the International Scientific and Professional Advisory Council (ISPAC) of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Program following its participation in ISPAC meeting recently held in Italy.

NAUSS was selected unanimously, in appreciation to its efforts exerted to achieve comprehensive security at international level.

NAUSS membership in the Board of Directors of Arab Organization for Quality Assurance in Education was approved. The Brussels-based Organization is chaired by the Secretary General of Arab League Amr Moussa. The Organization seeks to develop education in the Arab world, and make recommendations and proposals to decision-makers in Arab countries.

A training course entitled 'Criminal Digital Evidence in Electronic Terrorism Crimes'' was organized in Doha on Sunday by Naif Arab University for Security Sciences (NAUSS) in cooperation with Qatar's Ministry of Interior.

The Director of the University's Department of Public Relations and Information Dr. Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al-Harfash has pointed out that security personnel from Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Qatar, Kuwait, Lebanon, and Libya will take part in the five-day training course.

In Riyadh, Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Governor of Riyadh Region, received Mohammed Al Kanhal, The Chief Executive officer of the Saudi Food and Drug Authority accompanied by SFDA's top officials.

During the Meeting, Prince Salman was briefed on SFDA's missions and objectives and its role in protecting the citizens and expatriates.