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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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Haj Ministry proposes law to limit Umrah visas to 15 days
Umrah pilgrims will only be able to stay in the Kingdom for a maximum 15 days, according to new rules proposed by the Haj Ministry. Under these new rules, the service-providing companies were advised against bringing in large batches of Umrah pilgrims at any one time, especially during Ramadan.
1.3 million Muslims from abroad to perform Haj
More than 1.3 million foreign pilgrims are expected to perform Haj this year, according to the Haj Ministry. South Asian countries will send the largest contingent of 410,000 Hajis followed by Arab countries with 250,000. About 228,000 pilgrims will come from Southeast Asian countries including Indonesia and Malaysia, while Turkey and European countries will send 190,000, non-Arab African countries 170,000 and Iran 63,000.
Islamic authority: Extremists no 'Islamic State'
CAIRO: The top Islamic authority in Egypt, revered by many Muslims worldwide, launched an Internet-based campaign Sunday challenging an extremist group in Syria and Iraq by saying it should not be called an 'Islamic State.'
Hay'a distances itself from viral video
The Presidency for the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (the Hay'a) said the man who recently appeared in a video clip beside one of the Hay'a's vehicles and launched a wave of threats against homosexuals and those who blackmail young women is not one of its personnel.
Saudi grand mufti speaks out against the Islamic State
Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al Al Sheikh, the highest religious authority in the country, said on Tuesday the militant groups Islamic State and Al Qaeda were "enemy number one of Islam" and not in any way part of the faith
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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