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Year long Madinah Culture Capital festivities launched

Wednesday March 13, 2013 11:32:43 PM, IINA


Madinah: Saudi Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Premier and Minister of Defense, launched last night the yearlong celebrations to mark Madinah as the capital of Islamic culture.


As many as 400 activities and programs, including conferences, seminars, recreational activities and competitions, as well as wide variety of cultural programs and folk art shows highlighting the rich culture and civilization of Madinah city will be held as part of the celebrations.


There will be two exhibitions displaying the various stages of the holy city’s history, and showcasing the life story of the Prophet (pbuh) and his companions from a historical perspective.

After opening Maaraz Al-Eiman exhibition, he toured the exhibition and was briefed on its exhibits through a replica of the city at the beginning of the Saudi era. He also watched a photo exhibition on the history of the historic city up to date.

Speaking on the occasion, Salman highlighted the significance of Madinah. “Allah Almighty has honored this country by making it the seat of Muslims’ Qibla and the two holy cities of Makkah and Madinah where the Holy Qur’an was revealed and the Holy Kaaba was located. We are now in the city of the Prophet (peace be upon him) to where he migrated from Makkah, and from where the message of Islam started spreading throughout the world,” he said.


Salman also spoke about the utmost care and concern given by the Saudi government to serve the two holy mosques and extend the best possible services for the Haj and Umrah pilgrims as well as visitors to the holy mosques.


Over 130 noted Islamic cultural personalities, including scholars from all around the world, were in attendance along with Prince Faisal Bin Salman, governor of Madinah region in the opening ceremony.

Earlier in the day, Crown Prince Salman visited the Prophet’s Mosque to offer prayers and greet the Prophet (peace be upon him) and his two companions Abu Bakr Siddiq and Omar Bin Khattab (May Allah be pleased with them).


He was received by a number of senior officials and scholars, including Sheikh Abdurahman Al-Sudais, head of the Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, and his deputies — Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Faleh and Sheikh Muhammad Al-Khozaim. Madinah — the Prophet’s City — is known for its centers of spirituality, faith, knowledge and science.


This modern city in the western part of the country is the second holiest city in Islam after Makkah.


The city, which is also home to the three oldest mosques in Islam — the Prophet’s Mosque, Quba Mosque and the Mosque of the Two Qiblahs — was the power base of Islam during the times of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).


The launch of the festivities also coincides with the multi-billion riyal development projects in and around the holy city, including the massive expansion of the Prophet’s Mosque.

The Rabat-based Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), an affiliate of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), has chosen Madinah as the Islamic Culture Capital for the Arab region for 2013.








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