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Qur’an Oasis among 13 cultural projects for Madinah

Source : Saudi Gazette | 24 Jan 2014

Madinah Emir Prince Faisal Bin Salman announced 13 permanent cultural and academic projects aimed at strengthening Madinah’s position as the permanent capital of Islamic culture.

The projects are mainly the outcome of the proposals and suggestions that came up for consideration during the ongoing year-long celebrations following Madinah’s selection as the Islamic Culture Capital for 2013.

The Introduction of the Prophet's Mosque in Madinah

By Dr. Spahic Omer / 22 Feb 2013

Saudi Arabia’s plan to demolish Masjid al-Nabawi, Israel plan: Iran MP

Source : Presstv / 12 Feb 2013

An Iranian lawmaker has warned that Saudi Arabia’s plan to demolish Masjid al-Nabawi [the Prophet Mohammad’s Mosque] is part of a US and Israeli scenario.

In a Monday interview, Seyyed Nasser Mousavi Largani pointed to the plans by the Wahhabis and Al Saud regime to bulldoze three of the world’s oldest mosques around Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina under the pretext of expanding the holy site.

Seen from space, only the two holy cities stand out

By Abdul Hannadn Tago | 15 Nov 2012

The four Russian astronauts who came to visit the Prince Salman Science Oasis (PSSO) told Saudi students that while taking a picture of some beautiful cities from outer space, the brightest and beautiful cities he saw were Makkah and Madinah, specifically the spots in the centers of the two holy cities. These astronauts came as part of the Association of Space Explorers (ASE) program during their 25th Assembly in Riyadh this week.

Saudi King launches largest expansion of Prophet’s Mosque

By Yousuf Muhammad | Arab News | 25 Sep 2012

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah laid the foundation stone for the largest expansion of the Prophet’s Mosque here yesterday. The new project will increase the mosque’s capacity to more than two million worshippers.

King Abdullah arrived here last night from the Moroccan city of Casablanca and was received at Prince Muhammad International Airport in Madinah by Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense.

Two holy mosques will see projects worth SR2 billion this year

By Arab News | Makkah | 07 Feb 2012

The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Grand Mosque in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah will implement a number of projects valued at over SR2 billion at the two holy mosques during the current financial year. Muhammad bin Nasser Al-Khozaim, deputy head of the presidency, said a total of SR1.76 billion has been earmarked for the implementation of various maintenance, operation and cleaning contracts at the Grand Mosque.

Quba Mosque to be expanded

Source : News Agencies | 11 Jan 2012

Madinah Gov. Prince Abdul Aziz bin Majed on Tuesday announced plans to develop Quba, Meeqat and King Abdul Aziz Civilization Center.

"Appropriation of land for implementing the projects will cost SR200 million in the first phase," the governor said, adding that the projects would be carried on the basis of studies conducted by consultancy offices.

He said the new projects would include expansion of Quba Mosque, establishment of gates at the entrances of Madinah and services to meet the requirements of Madinah people and visitors.

Mecca for the rich: Islam's holiest site 'turning into Vegas'

Source : Jerome Taylor | The Independent/UK | Saturday, 24 September 2011

Behind closed doors – in places where the religious police cannot listen in – residents of Mecca are beginning to refer to their city as Las Vegas, and the moniker is not a compliment.

Over the past 10 years the holiest site in Islam has undergone a huge transformation, one that has divided opinion among Muslims all over the world.

Flawed curricula to blame for ‘takfir’ mindset: Scholars

By Yousuf Muhammad | Arab News | Madinah / 22 Sept 2011

A defective education strategy was a major factor in the spread of the “takfir” ideology among young Muslim men and women, according to two scholars who spoke at a seminar on the phenomenon in Madinah on Thursday.

On behalf of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior Prince Naif opened the three-day Conference on the Phenomenon of Takfir (the practice of branding those who don't agree with one's beliefs as infidels) on Tuesday.

Takfir conference held in Madinah

By Yousuf Muhammad | Arab News | Madinah / 20 Sept 2011

Second Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior Prince Naif opened an international conference on "The Phenomenon of Takfir (branding opponents as infidels)...Reasons, Impact and Treatment" here on Tuesday.

Earlier on arrival at the conference venue, Prince Naif was greeted by Prince Saud bin Naif, adviser to Prince Naif and assistant interior minister for general affairs, Prince Abdul Aziz bin Majed, governor of Madinah, and other senior officials.

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