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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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Online Umrah visa applications now open
Umrah operators are now ready to receive online applications for visas, Haj Minister Bandar Hajjar has said. Hajjar said they opened up for applications on Nov. 23. He urged companies working in the field to provide the best services for pilgrims, who are their responsibility on arrival in the Kingdom.
125 Grand Mosque gates opened
The Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques has opened 125 gates at the Grand Mosque to facilitate the entry and exit of Umrah pilgrims, who started arriving on Nov. 23 (Safar 1) with the beginning of the Umrah season. Some 475 male and female officers will guard the gates and monitor the movement of pilgrims and visitors, Makkah Arabic daily reported on Wednesday. No one will be allowed to enter the Grand Mosque when worshipers leave
Grand mufti: Steer clear of anti-Islamic websites
Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, grand mufti and chairman of the Standing Committee for Scientific Research and Ifta, said the cyber war waged by anti-Islamic websites are promoting division among Muslims. He called on young men and women to be cautious of these misleading sites, which seem to call for good, but are actually causing dissemination and hatred between Muslims.
Social media activities of imams monitored
The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call, and Guidance monitors the social media activities of all of its sheikhs, imams and official preachers, according to its deputy minister.
Saudi religious leaders warn against disunity
Anyone endangering the security of the country is, in fact, playing into the hands of the enemies who are looking for an opportunity to destroy the society, said Grand Mosque Imam Saud Al-Shoraim in his Friday sermon.
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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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