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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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Respect sanctity of holy sites: Grand Mufti
Doing any harm to other pilgrims or disturbing serenity of the holy mosques and holy sites tantamount to dishonoring the Haj rites, it was stated at the 39th grand annual Haj symposium which began in Makkah on Monday. Minister of Haj Bandar Hajjar inaugurated the symposium in the presence of Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-Asheikh, grand mufti and head of the Council of Senior Scholars; Sheikh Abdurahman Al-Sudais, head of the Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques; and Hisham Al-Abbas, secretary general of the symposium.
Grand Mufti: Avoid politics at Haj
Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh has advised pilgrims to avoid politicizing the Haj. Speaking during his Friday sermon at Imam Turki bin Abdullah Mosque in Riyadh, he said the main aim of the Haj should be remembering Allah while performing the rituals.
Muslim scholars present religious rebuttal to Islamic State
PARIS: Over 120 Islamic scholars from around the world, many of them leading Muslim voices in their own countries, have issued an open letter denouncing Islamic State militants and refuting their religious arguments. An array of Muslim leaders and groups have publicly rejected the Islamist movement since it imposed its brutal rule over large areas of Syria and Iraq this summer. Five Muslim nations have also joined a US-led military campaign against it.
King orders opening of expanded Haram facilities
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has directed that the pilgrims would be allowed to take advantage of the completed portion of the annex building of the Grand Mosque and four plazas around the mosque and service facilities. Around 67 percent of the King Abdullah Expansion Project has already been completed. As per the directives of the King, a part of the first ring road will also be opened temporarily for the pilgrims, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Thursday.
Arafat Day on Oct. 3
Arafat Day, when Hajis stand in prayer on the plains of Arafat near Makkah at the peak of the annual pilgrimage, will be on Friday, Oct. 3, with Eid Al-Adha the following day, the Supreme Court announced after several people saw the new Dul Hijjah crescent on Wednesday.
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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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