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Sunday, 23 October 2016

Saudi man earns SR 5,700 per day disguised as woman

The story began in Dammam, about 10 years ago when a Saudi guy in his 30s could not find a good job however he had even finished his training at a vocational guidance school. It was about one and a half year after his graduation that he had no luck in jobs. Then one day, after a mishap he thought of an idea to earn money easily. This was when he saw a beggar sitting outside a general store. On the spot, he concluded to take this as a profession and start begging. He recognized that within a couple of minutes the beggar made a good amount of money and said to himself that this was a profession worth acknowledging.

The following day, he took copy of electricity bill of a high sum and a fake health report found on the web that showed he was excessively debilitated to work. He selected a place where there weren’t many beggars and began his work. He initially earned SR 450. The man realized that individuals are more merciful towards ladies so he started disguising himself as a woman. On day one as a woman, the man gathered approx. SR 5,700. His cash started to build up and his income doubled and tripled. His bank account had millions of Riyals. He shortly turned into a recognized client in a number of monetary institutions.

He decided to move onto fresh chapter of his life by getting married. He guaranteed that he had acquired a high-paying work in a firm in Jubail Manufacturing City, purchased an expensive brand new car and a comfortable flat. He got married and was blessed with two kids. With passing time, his sense of right and wrong began pricking him. He started feeling guilty of his profession and the fact that his income was illegal made him anxious. He sold his comfortable flat and bought a less posh one. The thought shocked him that his income was earned through dishonest means and at the same time the spirit of scarcity in his life before he became wealthy continued to chase him again. He lost his peace of mind and could not sleep. Another bad thing that happened to him was his spouse, who had absolutely no idea about his profession, unexpectedly asked for a breakup.

He went to a psychiatrist where it was found that he is having intense depression. He started treatment and showed improvement. The only thing which bothered him was the money saved in his bank by begging. Al-Ghamdi said that the man was lost between his wish to get money easily through begging and his understanding that the income he got was against the law and this turned him into a mental case.

He advised the man to continue his treatment and to contribute his income to charity and welfare activities in favor of the needy and homeless so that his inner voice is satisfied “This is the best way to renew his confidence and self-respect,” Al-Ghamdi said.

Source: Saudi Gazette

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  3. Street Cleaners are forced to beg SR 500 per day – Expat gang arrested
  4. Anti-Begging Law - Beggars to be fined with SR 30,000 and Jailed for 2 Years
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A 1400 Years Old Masjid discovered in Al-Kharj Saudi Arabia

As we know Saudi-Arabia is rich in Islamic heritage and its history reflects Islamic civilization, icons, and culture. On 21st of September, 2011, the Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage with French counterpart and archaeological experts signed an agreement to conduct an archaeological excavations mission. This mission consisted of 18 members in whom the French team was led by Dr. Jeremy Chitikat and Saudi team by Abdul Aziz Al Hammad. Archaeological excavations mission was conducted in Al Kharj city of Saudi-Arabia, located in central of the Kingdom under Al Kharj Governorate. This city lies around 80 km south from the capital of Saudi Arabia "Riyadh".

The excavation mission did great discovery and highlighted important historical Islamic stories. The mission of this archaeological excavation is doing work in multiple places in the area, called Al-Yamamah.  This Mission has successfully discovered a large mosque which dates back to the early Islamic civilization, expressing the era from the first century to the fifth century AH. This Holy Mosque is considered as one of the biggest mosques in the Arabian foreland at the time, after the two Holy Mosques. One of the newspapers reported about this mission and stated that this mission’s investigation also included the Al Bina, and five other Islamic sites scattered in many areas which were located in Riyadh and Wadi al Dawasir, Asharq Al-Awsat.

The experts and archaeological investigation work resulted in the finding of a number of places which also lead this period to the Stone Age. This is the first time in Saudi history that these historical places have been discovered in the city of Al-Kharj. The era of these discovered places was about 100,000 years old.  There are many old broken remains of that era found. There were remains of glass beads and bracelets in yellow, blue and red colored clay. Green glass items and broken clay remains were also found in the area.

There were small plates which looked like from the era of Abassid or the period before the spread of Islam in the 5th century AH.  Remains of human habitation were also reported at Ain Al-Dale'a, which is situated towards the western side of the city of Al-Kharj. It was considered that It dated back to about 5,000 years ago. An uncovered sword made of bronze having the size of 56-centimeter and iron of the 1st century BC were also discovered. 

At King Saudi University, the professor of archaeology and heritage as well as chairman of the Saudi team, Dr. Abdul Aziz Al-Ghazi, during the first season of the mission’s work stated that the mission is the first of its type in the Middle East with respect to the number of specialists, their qualifications, and the contributions to heritage research and excavation.  Prince Sultan bin Salman who is chairman of the Saudi Council for Tourism and National Heritage also expressed his gratitude for the excavation work. The excavation work is run and under control with the command of the guardian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman. This promoted good tourism and served as a source of knowledge for their citizens about Islamic history in the Kingdom.

Source: Arab News

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  5. Muslim Women must learn English or be ready for deportation from the UK – British PM

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Procedure to Renew Pakistani Passport Online for Overseas Pakistanis

Ministry of Interior Pakistan has launched a website recently which will help overseas Pakistanis to renew their passports. Pakistani passport holders are now able to submit applications to renew their machine readable passports online. They have published on their website that it takes 16.5 minutes to fill up the application form for renewal of Pakistani passport online. We have explained the procedure to renew Pakistani Passport Online for Overseas Pakistanis below.  In order to apply for the renewal of Pakistani passport online, it must not be valid for more than 7 months.

Procedure to Renew Pakistani Passport Online for Overseas Pakistanis

  • First of all you need to click on the link and register your account there. An email code will sent to your email address for verification along with a PIN code which you need to provide to activate your account.
  • Log In to your account and create an application for Renewal of your machine readable passport and provide details for your application.
  • Provide your address for machine readable passport delivery.
  • Pay Fee through a Credit Card/Debit Card. The schedule of fee has been given in this link . It is important to mention here that the fee is non-refundable. Make sure you have provided all the details correctly before making payment of the fee.
  • Provide the required personal details
  • Provide your present address in your resident country and permanent address in Pakistan. Currently, the home delivery option is not available in all countries. However, you can always select to deliver your passport at Pakistan Consulate or Pakistan Embassy of the country you live in.
  • Review the information you provided, sign the declaration and then submit the application.

Other Procedures related to Jawazat & MOI
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  4. Letter of Endorsement for Police Clearance Certificate from Pakistan Embassy
  5. Procedure to get Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) from Pakistan

6 things Saudi Prince did a few hours before execution - A lesson for all

Saudi Arabia is famous about its justice all over the world. We know that Saudi courts are fair, unbiased and treat a culprit as a culprit irrespective of his/her background. Another such precedent was set by the Saudi courts on 18th of October 2016 when a member of the Royal family was executed for killing a normal Saudi citizen. Saudi Prince Turki Bin Saud Bin Turki Bin Saud Al Kabeer was executed and he was punished for what he did in this world. Being Muslims, we should pray for his afterlife. We hope that Allah will forgive him and place him in Jannah. Saudi Prince, just few hours before his execution did many heart melting things which can be treated as a lesson for all of us. It is important to mention here that the custodian of the two holy mosques, Saudi King Salman has already given a public statement that no one is above law, even the seat of King is not above law. You can read about the reasons he was sentenced to death in this link. Recommended: Saudi Prince executed for Murder of a Citizen – Justice for All

  1. A few hours before his execution, he was allowed to meet his family. He spent around 4 hours with them and you don’t need special powers to imagine what would have happened there. He was departed with heavy hearts after that. He must have asked for forgiveness for whatever wrong he has done with each and every one of them. The Imam of Al Safa mosque said that the family and the prince were crying throughout their meeting. “The family was called in to bid the prince goodbye and during the time spent together, you could see only tears and hear only expressions and sighs of sadness,” Mohammad Al Maslookhi posted on his account on the Twitter microblog, Saudi news site Al Marsad reported.
  2. Saudi Prince then offered prayers and kept on reciting the Holy Quran until dawn. Once again, you don’t need a super imaginary mind to imagine about his prayers. He must be asking for Allah’s forgiveness for what he has done. He performed Fajar prayer there.
  3. At around 7 am, the warden took him to the police where his last will was written. He was not able to write himself. I don’t have any idea why he could not write himself.
  4. At around 11am, the family of the victim who was shot dead by the Saudi Prince arrived at the designated area of execution. Saudi Prince made ablution as he was getting ready for the execution.
  5. Senior members of the Saudi Prince tried to intervene and talked to the family members of the victim to pardon their son/brother and accept blood money as a last attempt before execution but they denied it. Just after Duhr prayer, a member of the royal family once again tried to convince the father of the victim to accept blood money but the attempt was failed. As you know the Islamic law treats homicide and unintentional homicide as a civil dispute between people, and not a corrective punishment by the state to maintain order. When the victim’s family grants a pardon for blood money or unilaterally, the state is not allowed to prosecute.
  6. Saudi prince prayed Duhr and Asr and execution was carried on just after Duhr prayer at 4:13 pm. The father of the victim was expressionless at the time of execution and their family departed after the execution under heavy security. However, the family of the Saudi prince kept on crying heavily on the execution of their son.

Source: Gulf News

Saudi Justice
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  3. Ministry of Hajj to pay SR 105 million penalty to a Hajj Operator – Saudi Courts
  4. Sri Lankan Housemaid finally receives SR 66,800 as overdue salary of 13 years @SR 400/month
  5. Jordanian Awarded SR 4.3 million for unlawful detention

Friday, 21 October 2016

Taking Photos in Hospitals in Saudi Arabia can land you to Jail

Some of the government hospitals in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have now issued regulations under which all those individuals who are caught taking photographs on the premises will be duly prosecuted. These new orders come in right with the alarming new trend which involved people taking photographs inside the health facilities or hospitals with the sole purpose of having them published or distributed on various social media platforms in order to either defame the hospital / health facility or to point out any shortcomings in their work.

Clear signs have been put up in some of the private hospitals as well, which includes the King Khalid Eye Specialty Hospital located in Riyadh. The sources at the Hospital have stated that all those individuals caught taking photos will be penalized and their devices will also be confiscated. The sources at the hospital have stated that all those who refuse to hand in their devices will be dealt by the police. Some of the government bodies which include the Ministry of Education have recently announced a similar decision which prevents photography within their facilities unless the individual has an official permit.

The anti-information technology Crime Law is comprised of 16 articles and defines a separate punishment for each crime, which starts from a jail term of 1 year and a maximum monetary fine of SAR 500,000 for the minor offences and a minimum jail term of 10 years and a monetary fine of SAR 5 million for the relatively serious offenses. However, the current law does not provide any official regulation for the confiscation of devices which usually causes criticism from several citizens.

The Health Department of Makkah has been conducting an investigation into the case of a female official at a hospital located in the region. The female official had violated the regulations by taking a selfie inside of an operating theater while a team of doctors had been performing a surgery. The director general of Makah Health Affairs, Dr. Mustafa Baljon had stated to a local media house that the actions of the female public relations at the hospital constitute a clear-cut violation of the law and it is vital that punitive measures must be taken against the female official.

The Makkah Health Department has also issued a circular to all of the hospitals, ordering them to ban all mobile phones with cameras inside of the medical rooms such as operation theaters as well as the delivery rooms. A source at the Health Department of Makkah has stated that the only way somebody could take a picture of a hospital is by acquiring prior permission from the authorities at the hospital. This will require them to fill out a bit of paperwork and submit it to the concerned authorities along with a consent form of the patient. The source also laid great stress on the fact that the entire process should not involve any filming or photograph the body of a patient while they are undergoing any medical procedure.

Source: Arab News

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60 Gay men and crossdressers are under trial in Jeddah

The Jeddah Criminal Court had dealt with around 60 cases of transvestitism and homosexuality in the recent months. This news was reported by the Al Watan daily quoting a source in the court. All those individuals who have been found guilty of these crimes had been sentenced to lashing and imprisonment however none of the offenders have been given a death sentence. In this latest case related to transvestitism, the HAIA or Commission for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice had arrested a group of 5 young men who were sitting at a local restaurant.

The HAIA force had been informed about 3 girls casually sitting with two young men inside the restaurant. All 3 of the girls had not been donning the Abaya (the long outer garment which is worn by the women of the region), and they had also put on makeup, the source stated. The Inspectors from HAIA who had arrived at the restaurant to arrest the group realized that the three supposed girls, who had been reported to being seated with young men, were in fact young men themselves who had worn female clothing and makeup. The group of young men tried to evade their arrest however their attempts were futile.

The Inspectors from the scene stated that the three transvestites had shaved off their legs, arms and faces. Along with this they had also pierced their ear, manicured their finger nails and also pumped up their lips. The source stated that the men had claimed that they suffered from a medical condition which made them have female hormones and produced a medical report to support the claim. The transvestite was sentenced to a prison term of 4 months along with 100 lashes, while the rest of the group is still on trial.

Nasr Al Yamani, a former judge stated that these types of cases have no defined sentence and it has been left up to the judge and their analysis of the individual case. Each case is unique. Some of the men have homosexual tendencies, some have psychological illnesses and some are in the process of transitioning into the opposite sex. Those with psychological issues are admitted to a mental hospital. Those offenders without any psychological condition and have been proven as practicing homosexuals, then they will be penalized in accordance to the law. He also added that the penalty varies from death to imprisonment depending on the particulars of each case.

A plastic surgeon at the King Abdul Aziz University Hospital, Dr. Yasser Jamal has stated that he has performed around 850 gender correction surgeries spanned across his 32 year career. He added that he has performed these gender correction surgeries for females as well as males.  Those people who are performing these surgeries without having any valid reason are violating the teachings of Islam. However there are such patients who go through these gender correction surgeries due to the fact that they have clear signs showing that they are actually of the opposite gender.

Source: Saudi Gazette

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Thursday, 20 October 2016

Should men let their wives uncover their faces?

There had been a hashtag recently which trended on the social media platform Twitter. The hashtag had been about a man and his wife. Some of the comments being passed around in relation to the hashtag had been completely surprising. A man had taken his wife out in order to have dinner. In the restaurant, the couple sat inside a family section in a small cubicle. The cubicle had sides made of frosted glass in order to prevent other men from seeing the women.  The picture instantly sparked a strong debate on several social media platforms and websites. Some of the people were supporting the actions of the man where as others strongly opposed it.

I am in full support of the husband, and have also found his actions to be in complete accordance to the rulings and teachings of Sharia in relation to the issue of Hijab, although a large number of people are bent on belittling or ignoring the importance of these teachings or rulings. The Almighty Allah has stated in the Holy Quran to the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) that the Holy Prophet (pbuh) must tell his daughters, wives and all women of those who believe to cover themselves with their outer garments. This is most suitable in the sense that they will be known and would not be abused. And the Almighty Allah is every merciful and forgiving.

The Almighty has clearly ordered all the women to cover themselves and the order had been made thousands of years prior to today, when the act of sedition was much less prevalent than it is today. Donning the hijab has been mentioned in the Holy Quran as; it is purer for your hearts and their hearts. Unfortunately however, we can see in our present times that several Saudi or Muslim women who are uncovered in public and wear short or revealing clothing. I do not criticize them as I am not in any place to do so and because I am answerable for only my choices and my sins.

Talking about the hashtag which we had been discussing, something really strange out of that is that some of the people have criticized the man for what he had done. If some of the men have a problem with letting their own wives wearing makeup and keeping their faces uncovered, there is no issue here. However what men cannot do is force the other man from not looking at their wife’s uncovered face.

What we need to understand is that men are yet to reach a level or stage that they can simply ignore the uncovered face of a beautiful woman looking good with some makeup on. Some men will argue that if the men don’t have a problem with their wife keeping her face uncovered then they should not have any problem with other men staring at them. This argument is evidence and reason, enough to know that one cannot argue with ignorance.

Source: Saudi Gazette

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