Charlie attack raises stakes for Saudi Arabia in flogging case
(Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's ruling family is coming under pressure from Western countries over its flogging of writer Raif Badawi for "insulting Islam", but it appears mor...
Offensive cartoons 'serve the interests of extremists'
The Council of Senior Scholars have slammed publications continuing to publish blasphemous cartoons saying it does not constitute freedom of expression but rather a form ...
Haram expansion gains momentum
The work on the expansion of the Grand Mosque in Makkah and Prophetâ??s Mosque in Madinah has been stepped up on the instructions of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Kin...
Saudi fatwa banning snowmen triggers heated debate
anama: Saudis in the northern areas drew on their imagination and sense of fun as they braved the cold weather to build snow camels in a rare tribute to the local culture...
Prophet's birthday celebration 'sinful'
Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh has warned against celebrating the birthday of the Prophet (peace be upon him), saying that it is a superstitious practice that w...
Scholar revives controversy over face-covering niqab
Religious scholars in Saudi Arabia are once again facing off over the controversial issue of the face-covering niqab. The former head of the Makkah branch of the Commissi...
Women selected for Saudi Islamic committee
Manama: Two women made history in Saudi Arabiaâ??s Shura (Consultative) Council by becoming the first women to sit on the houseâ??s Islamic and Judicial Affairs Committe...
First woman head at Holy Mosques Presidency
Fatimah Al-Rashoud has become the first woman to occupy a leading position at the General Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques, Makkah daily reported. Due to the growing...
No plan to set minimum age for marriage of girls: Grand Mufti
The Kingdom's Grand Mufti has said the Board of Senior Scholars has no intention to set the minimum marriage age of women in the country to 15 years. In a telephone in...
al-Ghamdi faces lawsuit
A number of Saudis in Jeddah are planning to file a lawsuit against Ahmed Qassim Al-Ghamdi, a leading scholar, for allegedly encouraging women to show their faces and app...