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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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al-Sudais backs decisive campaign
Head of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais has lauded the stand taken by the Kingdom and other nations against the Houthis in Yemen.
Imams in Riyadh bless anti-Houthi campaign
Imams at mosques in Riyadh on Friday welcomed the Saudi-led coalition campaign in Yemen, saying the Houthi rebels had undermined the country's legitimate government and were killing innocent people.
Islam 'forbids unjust excommunication'
Islam forbids Muslims from declaring others non-believers, known as takfir, without backing from the Qurâ??an because this causes unnecessary bloodshed, the Council of Senior Scholars said in a statement on Thursday.
Expanded mataaf to be ready for Haj
he new mataaf (the circumambulation area) in the Grand Mosque will have a capacity to handle 105,000 pilgrims an hour, according to a senior official. Sultan Al-Qurashi, General Director of Projects at the General Presidency of Grand Mosque and Prophetâ??s Mosque Affairs, said the expansion of the Grand Mosque project is in its third and final stage.
Prophet's Mosque to house 1.6m after expansion
More than 5,000 workers, engineers and technicians are working round-the-clock in a hectic race against time to complete the unprecedented expansion project of the Prophet's Mosque here. Sources close to the project said all the basic infrastructure work has been completed and concrete columns are being erected.
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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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