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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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Saudis' Harsh Vision of Islam Blamed for Rising Extremism
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump do not agree on much, but Saudi Arabia may be an exception. She has deplored Saudi Arabia's support for radical schools and mosques around the world that have set too many young people on a path towards extremism.
No mosque sermon without permission
A forum entitled Fiqh of loyalty and citizenship, organized by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance in Taif over a span of two days with the participation of imams and preachers, recorded varying knowledge of some the participants on familiar challenges that threaten all societie
Al-Sudais visits bin Baz mosque in the English town of Banbury
Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais visited Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Baz mosque in the English town of Banbury on Wednesday. Al-Sudais, General President of the Affairs of the Grand Holy Mosque and the Prophet's Holy Mosque, delivered a message of thanks, at the Oxfordshire mosque, to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and his deputy and the deputy crown prince for their interest in all matters that support the issues of Muslims all over the world.
Kingdom denies issuing fatwa against Pokemon Go
Saudi ArabiaĆ¢??s Council Senior Religious Scholars on Thursday denied that it had revived a 15-year-old edict that declared the Pokemon game un-Islamic.
Pokemon Go 'haram'
An old fatwa banning the Pokemon Go game has been renewed. The General Secretariat of the Council of Senior Scholars, on the website of the General Presidency for Scholarly Research and Ifta, has explicitly renewed the fatwa of the Standing Committee for Issuing Fatwas banning the controversial mobile game.
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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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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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