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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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Hay'a chief goes to front line
Abdul Rahman Al-Sanad, president of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (Haia), on Thursday visited the armed forces stationed in the Kingdomâ??s southern borders as part of Operation Decisive Storm and commended their bravery and efforts to defend the country.
Saudi youth 'must join national cause'
Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh has stressed the need for enlisting young Saudis in the army in order to utilize their capabilities for defending the country against enemies. He called on the authorities to be prepared financially and morally to train and make Saudi youths capable of defending the country.
Grand Mosque expansion project in final stages
The expansion of the mataaf (circumambulation area) and the northern arena of the Grand Mosque is in its final stages, said Sultan Al-Qurashi, General Director of Projects at the General Presidency of Grand Mosque and Prophetâ??s Mosque Affairs. He added the expansion project of the two mosques has been expedited to ensure the completion of the project before Ramadan.
Grand mufti denies fake fatwa
Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh has denied issuing a fatwa that states it is permissible for a starving man to save himself by eating the flesh of a woman.
73 percent of expansion work at Grand Mosque completed
Construction work at the Grand Mosque in Makkah is in full swing and the projects are expected to be completed before the Holy month of Ramadan. The projects administration director, Sultan bin Aati Al-Qurashi, said 73 percent of the work has been completed.
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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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