Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques receives princes, Mufti, scholars

King Abdullah’s Sunday address at Shura Council to elaborate on Saudi Arabia’s domestic, foreign policy

Saudi monarch says his country suffered from extremism, takfeer, stresses strong resistance

Kingdom’s communications sector achieves leap in 2010

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud received at the Royal Court at Al-Yamamah Palace Grand Mufti of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and President of the Council of Senior Scholars and the General Presidency of Scholarly Research and Ifta Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al Al-Sheikh; a number of scholars, senior officials, senior officers of the Royal Guards; and a group of citizens, who came to greet the King and congratulate him on his safe arrival in Riyadh.

Meanwhile, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques received Manie bin Mansour bin Juma'ah and his brothers, who thanked the King for offering them condolences on the death of their father.

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques also received Jamal bin Barghash bin Mishl Al-Timyat and his brothers, who thanked the King for offering them condolences on the death of their father. The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques prayed to Allah Almighty to bless the souls of the deceased.

The audience was attended by Prince Misha'al bin Abdulaziz, Chairman of Allegiance-Pledge Commission; Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, Chief of General Intelligence; Prince Saad bin Abdullah bin Turki; Prince Naif bin Saud bin Abdulaziz; Prince Dr. Misha'al bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Musaed, Advisor to the Crown Prince; Prince Mansour bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz, Advisor to the King; and Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, Advisor at the Court of the Crown Prince.

Meanwhile, King Abdullah will inaugurate on Sunday the 3rd year of the 5th term of Majlis Al-Shura and deliver his annual address on the State's local and foreign policies.

In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the Speaker of Majlis Al-Shura Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al Al-Sheikh said, 'Majlis and its members are looking forward to this event when they have the honor to listen to the royal address to be delivered by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, which is considered as a document and a source of inspiration for Majlis about the State's positions toward issues and developments at Arab, Islamic and international arenas'.

He noted that the King's address is 'A Platform of Action for Majlis' and its members, and it will pave the way for them to achieve more accomplishments.

On behalf of King Abdullah, Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of the Interior opened this week the events of 'International Conference On Takfeer Phenomenon, Reasons, Effects, and Treatment’, organized by the Secretariat of Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud International Award for Prophetic Sunnah and Contemporary Islamic Studies with the participation of Al-Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University.

Upon arrival at the venue, Prince Naif, accompanied by Prince Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Advisor to the Second Deputy Premier and Assistant Minister of Interior for General Affairs, was received by Prince Abdulaziz bin Majed bin Abdulaziz, the Governor of Madinah region, and a number of princes and officials.

A speech ceremony was held on this occasion.

The King's speech was delivered by Prince Naif.

The King said, 'Your meeting on the themes of this International Conference on the Phenomenon of Takfeer is considered at the forefront of demanding works. The dialogue is based on the Holy Quran and Prophetic Sunnah, which warn against slipping in Takfeer matters without knowledge or guidance'.

He pointed out that the Islamic religion forbids extremism and telling lies about Sharia, adding that this spread of Islam in the world with its noble objectives has not been achieved and will not be achieved by the concepts of extremism, fanaticism and tools of sabotage, destruction and killing innocent people.

The King affirmed that extremism has neither a country nor a religion, noting that the divine religion stresses moderation.

He said, ' Islam warns against accusing others as infidels. We have suffered as others from the dangers of extremism and deviation thought which have developed into sabotage actions.

We should continue to confront this deviation strongly and firmly; and we will be happy if a deviator comes back to the right path and this has been our approach with any detainee in these cases. Some of our sons have been deviated by groups having bad-will against this country, in addition to another group receiving their thoughts from the theories of extremism.

But our Muslim society rejects deviant thoughts and extremist methods. We will not accept any thought that affect our fundamentals. We will continue to track down the deviating groups.'

Addressing the Conference, Prince Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Advisor to the Second Deputy Premier and Assistant Minister of Interior for General Affairs expressed his thanks to and appreciation of the King and the Crown Prince for their support for all efforts in the service of Islam and Muslims and for the King's approval of holding this Conference under his patronage.

He said, 'Believing into the dangers of Takfeer phenomenon and for achieving the Award's objectives, the Secretariat of Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud International Award for Prophetic Sunnah and Contemporary Islamic Studies adopted the convention of this Conference and the King has approved the holding of this international scientific Conference in cooperation with Al-Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University to discuss Takfeer phenomenon from all aspects to find practical solutions to contain and eliminate it.'

In another speech, Dr. Saed Al-Orabi Al-Harithi, Advisor to Second Deputy Premier, Award's Secretary General, Chairman of the Conference's High Supervisory Commission said that scholars and researchers will discuss more than 100 researches and studies in 15 sessions during three days to come out with recommendations that contribute to the elimination of Takfeer phenomenon and the enlightenment of Muslims on its dangers.

Prince Naif, then, attended a dinner party held in his honor by the Award's General Secretariat.

Meanwhile, President of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology Dr. Mohammed Bin Ibrahim Al-Suwaiyel Inaugurated the 2011 Saudi International Information Technology conference.

King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology is the organizer of the conference which is held at its headquarters in Riyadh.

In his speech on this occasion, Dr. Mohammed Bin Ibrahim Al-Suwaiyel said that spending on information technology sector in the Kingdom has been witnessing increasing growth in recent years reaching SR 27 billion in 2010.

This expenditure number is expected to reach about SR 46.3 billion by 2015, according to Information Technology Report issued by the Communications and Information Technology Commission for the year 2010.

The first day of the conference featured four scientific sessions on information technology issues.