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The Islamic Directory focuses on the important institutions and individuals that comprise Saudi Arabia's Muslim community. The directory includes biographic information on about 1,500 scholars and shaykhs. This list includes members of government-sponsored committees like the Senior Council of the Ulema and Ifta, professors in the Kingdom's Islamic universities, well-known preachers, and critics of the regime.
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The rich fail to pay Zakat, scholars claim
If rich Saudi citizens had paid their Zakat (alms) regularly, there would not be a single poor family in the Kingdom, according to a number of Muslim scholars. They told Makkah daily on Wednesday that there would be no poverty with the payment of Zakat, which is one of the pillars of Islam.
Imams talking politics to be fired
The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance has warned imams that they may lose their jobs if they talk about politics in their Friday sermons.
Hay'a to name and shame blackmailers
Anybody found guilty of blackmail will be named and shamed in all local newspapers and also on social media, said the head of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Hay'a). Abdullatif Al-Asheikh, who was addressing a press conference a
Graduation events banned in Dammam girls schools
DAMMAM - The Department of Girls' Education in east Dammam has sent a circular to all government and private girls' schools under it banning graduation parties, which are typically organized to celebrate the end of the academic year. The circular, issued by the department's division for Islamic Enlightenment, threatened all principals and school teachers with punishment if they take part in the celebrations, which it considered to be against Shariah.
Hay'a: 9 p.m.shops closure plan 'will boost family bonds'
The proposal to close shops at 9 p.m. would benefit Saudi and expatriate families, especially working women, according to the chief of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (Hay'a).
Top 5 Shaykh Biographies

Abd al-Aziz Al al-Shaykh
Salman al-Awdah
Nasir al-Umar
Safar al-Hawali
Salih al-Fawzan

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Past Feature Articles
Saudi Arabia's Awakening Shakyhs: Where are they Today?

During the 1990's a younger generation of Saudi religious shaykhs rose to prominence on a wave of anti-Western rhetoric and criticism of Saudi government policies. A government crackdown in 1994 put some of the most prominent members of the Awakening movement in prison for the rest of the decade. Since their release, most have lost their positions within the Saudi religious-educational bureaucracy, but many have been able to resume a public, if more subdued role within the religious community.
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