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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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Giant screens outside Two Holy Mosques
The Presidency of the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques has installed 14 huge electronic screens around the Prophet's Mosque in Madinah and the Grand Mosque in Makkah to guide and enlighten pilgrims and visitors. The presidency has also installed 32 middle screens on lighting posts in the squares of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet's Mosque. A large number of technicians have been trained to program and operate the giant screens. â?? SPA
Fatwa allows citizens to pledge allegiance via social websites
A member of the Council of Senior Scholars said pledging allegiance to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman through social networking websites is allowed, especially since the monarch is the first Saudi king to have a Twitter account.
Over 1m Umrah pilgrims pass through Jiddah
More than a million pilgrims have either arrived or departed through King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) since the Umrah season started on Dec. 7. Quoting a report by the airport's management, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Tuesday that 523,672 pilgrims are still in the Kingdom performing Umrah in Makkah or visiting Madinah while 484,613 have departed for their respective homes.
UN to discuss contempt of religions at KSA's request
The United Nations Human Rights Council has decided to discuss the issue of contempt of religions and to introduce a resolution for vote at its next session in March at the request of the Kingdom. The Kingdomâ??s request was submitted by Saudi Ambassador to UN in Geneva Faisal Trad to the High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid Bin Raâ??ad Al-Hussein.
No justification for abuse of Islam: KSA
Saudi Arabia on Wednesday denounced the Paris-based Charlie Hebdo magazine for publishing blasphemous material about Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
Top 5 Shaykh Biographies

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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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