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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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Meet Saudi Arabia's stars of social media
For a nation whose king calls himself "Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques", it's probably not surprising that Saudi Arabia's "superstars" of social media are clerics. Naturally, that fame does not come without controversy. So who are these prolific religious Tweeters whose followings compare to that of pop stars and world leader
Prominent Saudi cleric injured in Philippines shooting
A gunman shot and wounded a prominent Saudi Arabian cleric who was on an Islamic State hit list after he gave a speech to fellow Muslim preachers in a city in southern Philippines on Tuesday evening, local police said. Ayed al-Qarni, a pro-government cleric with over 12 million followers on Twitter, was shot as he left an Islamic forum in a school auditorium at around 8.30 p.m. by a man who had attended the speech, police spokeswoman Inspector Helen Galvez said.
More imams to be hired for mosques in prisons
The Directorate General of Prisons, in coordination with the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, DaĆ¢??wah, and Guidance has increased the appointment of imams for civilian prisons in view of the rise in the number of mosques and prayer areas in various prisons.
Shoura pushes for Haia 'behavior book'
The Shoura Council has urged the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) to implement its strategic plan, which includes compiling a list of banned behaviors that can help prevent adverse interpretations by its field workers.
Grand mufti tells youth not to be misled
Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-Asheikh has warned Saudi youth against falling prey to mischief makers and their deviant agendas. Al-Asheikh, who is also the chairman of the Council of Senior Ulema, urged them to follow the principles of Islam and obey their parents, saying that they should avoid those bent on dividing people as well as those who are intent on spilling the blood of the innocent.
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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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