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Layali Al-Qadr, Imam Ali martyrdom commemoration in Saudi

AL-QATIF, Saudi Arabia: The observation of Layali Al-Qadr (Ramadan 19, 21, 23) began in the oil-rich mo’minin-dominated eastern region of Saudi Arabia as well as other cities.

Mauled ur Rasul (S), Al-Imam as-Sadeq (A) celebrations in east Saudi Arabia

SEHAT, Saudi Arabia: Mauled Or Rasul Al-Adham or the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (S) and his sixth infallible descendant al-Imam Jafer As-Sadeq (AS), is being celebrated as Osbu al-Wahdah in the oil-rich Mominin-dominated eastern region of Saudi Arabia.

Marking Ashura Saudi authorities seal largest husseiniyah in Al-Ahsa

QATIF, Saudi Arabia: Shia rights watch has strongly condemned closure of the largest Shia mosque in Al-Ahsa, one of the Shia cities in Saudi Arabia warning the government that continued discrimination might bring unrest to the country.

Qatif observes anniversary of Hadamo Qaboor Al-Baqi

Al-AWAMIYAh, Saudi Arabia: Oil-rich, Mominin-dominated eastern region of Saudi Arabia has finalized preparations to observe Zekrah Hadamo Qaboori Aaimmah Al-Baqee Al-Gharqad or the anniversary of demolition of shines of imams in Al-Baqee cemetery.

Marking Ashura Saudi forces withdraw from Shiite villages

QATIF, Saudi Arabia: Marking the beginning of Moharram, Saudi security forces have withdrawn from Shiite villages in Qatif in the oil-rich mominin-dominated eastern Saudi Arabia following unrest last week in which four people were martyred, according to witnesses.

Saudi Shiites flay irresponsible remarks on their national affiliation

Al-QATIF, Saudi Arabia: Rasid news reported that Shiite clerics or the Shiia Olemaa in Saudi Arabia denounced the "irresponsible" provocative remarks in the Prophet's Mosque by Sheikh Abdurrahman Huthaifi in which he attacked the Shiites against Awamiya events.

In riot-hit Awamiyah, Saudi cleric urges Shiites to avoid use of firearms

AL-AWAMIYAH, Saudi Arabia: In the Saudi oil -rich Shiite-dominated eastern region’s village where police clashed with peaceful protesters was calm on Wednesday as a prominent cleric urged his followers to avoid the use of weapons.

Al-Imam as-Sadeq (AS) mourned in Saudi Arabia

AL-QATEEF, Saudi Arabia: Martyrdom anniversary of Al-Imam Jafer b. Muhammad As-Sadeq (AS), the sixth infallible descendant of Prophet Muhammad (S), was reverently observed in the oil-rich mominin-dominated eastern region of Saudi Arabia on Shawal 25 September 23.

Saudis to mourn Al-Imam Ja’fer As-Sadeq (AS)

AL-QATEEF, Saudi Arabia: Martyrdom Anniversary of the Founder of Jafari School and the sixth infallible descendant of Prophet Mohamed (peace be on him and his holy progeny), Al-Imam Ja’fer As-Sadeq (peace be on him) is being observed in the oil-rich Mominin-dominated eastern region of Saudi Arabia on Shawal 25.

Layali Al-Qadr, Imam Ali martyrdom commemoration in Saudi

AL-QATIF, Saudi Arabia: The observation of Layali Al-Qadr (Ramadan 19, 21, 23) began on Friday night (night between Thursday and Friday August 18-19) in the oil-rich mo’minin-dominated eastern region of Saudi Arabia as well as other cities.

Milado Karim-i-Ahlil Beit (AS) celebrations in Saudi eastern region

AL-QATIF, Saudi Arabia: Mauled or the birth anniversary of Al-Imam Al-Hasan Al-Mojtaba (AS) was celebrated on Ramadan 15 in oil-rich mo’minin-dominated eastern region of Saudi Arabia.

Saudi authorities reopen Khobar sealed Shiite mosques

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia: Saudi authorities have permitted reopening of three Shiite mosques in the city of Khobar wherein offering prayer was banned since last three years.

Miladol Imam al-Hojjah (AS) in Saudi Arabia

AL-QATIF, Saudi Arabia: Birth Anniversary of Al-Imam Al-Hojjah Al-Mahdi Al-Montadhar (A) on 15th Sha’aban 16 July was observed in the oil-rich mo’minin-dominated eastern region of Saudi Arabia with due reverence and happiness.

Sayyedah Zeinab (AS) martyrdom anniversary marked in Saudi

AL-QATIF, Saudi Arabia: To commemorate the martyrdom anniversary on Rajab 15 of Sayyedah Zeinab binte Ali (a.s.), majalis al-azaa were held across the oil-rich mo’minin-dominated eastern region of Saudi Arabia.

Al-Hassa hauzah observes Milad-oz Zahraa (AS)

MABRAZ, Saudi Arabia: Annual festive programs marking the birth anniversary of Sayedatu Nessa-el Aalamin (Mistress of the Ladies of the World) Fatimah Toz Zahraa (AS) were held in the oil-rich Mominin-dominated eastern region of Saudi Arabia.

Peaceful demos continue in Saudi

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia: Visual reports emerging from Saudi Arabia show protest rallies in Qatif and Awamiya cities in the oil-rich Mominin-dominated Eastern province were in continuation for the second consecutive day on Saturday.

Massive protests in Saudi East Province for Bahrainis

AL-QATIF, Saudi Arabia: Several hundred Saudi Shi'ites peacefully demonstrated in the kingdom's oil-producing Shiite-dominated Eastern Region on Friday calling for prisoner releases, immediate halt of violence against innocent Bahrainis and a withdrawal of Saudi forces from Bahrain, according to Reuters.

Riyadh pushed for to free 100 Shiite protesters

WASHINGTON, The United States: AFP reported that a Saudi-based rights group has urged the oil-rich kingdom to release one hundred Shiite protesters it said were arrested in its Mominin-dominated Eastern Province last week, some of whom it alleged have been tortured.

Saudi Shi'ites call for forces withdrawal from Bahrain

QATIF, Saudi Arabia: In the oil-rich mo’minin-dominated eastern region of the Saudi kingdom, hundreds of Saudi Shiites rallied late on Thursday to show solidarity with their fellow Shiites at the centre of protests in Bahrain and called for the withdrawal of Saudi forces from there, witnesses said.

Saudi Shiite clerics declare solidarity with Bahrainis

AL-QATIF, Saudi Arabia: A number of Shia clerics in Saudi Arabia have expressed their solidarity with Bahraini protestors condemning violent attack by security forces on them.

Saudi Arabia suppresses rights of Shiites, says HRW

BRUSSELS, Belgium: The New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Monday Saudi Arabia suppresses or fails to protect the rights of millions of women, foreign workers and Shiites, and reforms have so far been largely symbolic.

Saudi Shia, Sunni Muslims insist on unity against radicalism

AL-QATIF, Saudi Arabia: One of the country's judiciary figures, during a meeting attended by religious figures, scholars, media activists and writers from Qatif, and Al-Dammam, stressed the need for unity among Shia and Sunni Muslims in Saudi Arabia to fight extremism.

Saudi authorities change name of Masjid Fatimah

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia: Jeddah authorities have changed name of a mosque called ‘Masjid As-Sayedah Fatimah (s)’ to ‘Masjid Ar-Rahmah’ saying that ‘Fatimah’ is name of the mother of that man who constructed the mosque and naming mosques after human beings name is not lawful, ebaa news reported.

Ghadir celebrations in Al-Halilah

AL-AHSA, Saudi Arabia: Idd Al-Ghadir Al-Aghar was observed in Al-Halilah town in Al-Ahsa (Al-Hassa) with holding festivals attended by thousands of devotees.

Al-Imam Al-Hussein (a) Kharooj marked in Saudi cities

SEHAT, Saudi Arabia: Martyrdom anniversaries of Al-Imamayn Muhammad Al-Jawwad and Muhammad Al-Baqer (AS) and the anniversary of departure of Al-Imam Al-Hussein (AS) from the holy city of Makkah were observed in oil-rich mo’minin-dominated eastern region of Saudi Arabia by holding majalis at different venues.

Al-Imam Al-Jawad (AS) mourned in Saudi Arabia

AL-AWAMIYAH, Saudi Arabia: Al-Imam Muhammad Taqi Al-Jawad (AS), the ninth infallible imam from the progeny of Prophet Muhammad (SAWW), was martyred on Dhol-Qa’adah 29.

Al-Awamiyah commemorates demolition of Baqee graves

AL-AWAMIYAH, Saudi Arabia: Sad occasion of Hadamo Qaboor aa’immah Al-Baqee, or the demolition of holy graves of Imams from the progeny of Prophet Muhammad b. Abdullah (a.s.) in Baqee Cemetery is being observed on Shawal 8 in Saudi Arabia also.

Saudis observe Laylat’ul Qadr reverently

SEHAT, Saudi Arabia: Thousands of worshippers revived the holy night of Qadr in Saudi Arabia on 23rd Ramadan. A’maal of the night ended with sahour tables.

Qom’s Ayat criticizes Saudi mistreatment of Shias

TEHRAN, Iran: Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi has said the United States that claims to be an upholder of human rights in the world is oblivious toward the mistreatment of Shias in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia to cleanse schoolbooks from ‘hatred’

PARIS, France: Riyadh said it is on track to clean up all hints of hatred of others and intolerance in Saudi textbooks. These books are also used in Saudi-funded schools in the West.

Saudi educator fired for supporting Shias

AL-QATIF, Saudi Arabia: A report says that Saudi officials have fired a female teacher, Imtithal Abu al-Saud, after she sought to support Shia teachers at her school in the Kingdom.

Sohur, Iftaar, majales al-Husseini, Quran contests mark Ramadan in Saudi

AL-AWAMIYAH, Saudi Arabia: Since the beginning of the holy month, Ramadan programs and activities – iftaar, sohur, majales al-Husseini, supplications, prayers, and Quran competitions etc - continued in the oil-rich Mo’minin-dominated eastern region of Saudi Arabia.

Saudi eastern region prepares for Mehdawiyah celebrations

AL-QATIF, Saudi Arabia: Like past years, Mominin and devotees of Ahlil Bayt (AS) in oil-rich Mominin-dominated eastern region of Saudi Arabia will celebrate Sha’ban 15 – the birth anniversary of Al-Imam Al-Mehdi Al-Montadhr al-Hojjah (AS) – this year also despite government biased practices and pressure.

Fatimi celebrations held in Saudi eastern region

AL-QATIF, Saudi Arabia: Grand festivals and celebratory programs were organized in the oil-rich Mominin-dominated eastern region of Saudi Arabia marking the auspicious and happy occasion of birth anniversary of Sayedatu Nissa-el aalameen Sayedah Fatimah az-Zahraa Al-Batol (AS) on Jamadi Ath-Thaniyah.

‘Ayyam Al-Fatimiyah’ observance in Saudi eastern province

AL-QATIF, Saudi Arabia: Sayedah Fatimah Az-Zahra Al-Batol (a.s.), Mistress of the Women of the World and the beloved daughter of the Chief of Prophets Prophet Muhammad (s.w.) about whom he had said: ‘Fatimah is part of me, he who hurts her hurts me’, was martyred on Jamadi Al-Oulaa 13 according to some traditions while some others say it was Jamadi Ath-Thaniya 3 when she kissed martyrdom.

Pictures reveal devastation by Yemeni, Saudi bombardments in Sa'dah

PARIS, France: Hundreds of images obtained by Amnesty International have revealed the true scale of the devastation caused by Yemeni and Saudi Arabian aerial bombardments of the northern Yemeni region of Sa'dah

Saudi IM rejects to reopen closed Shia mosques

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia: Saudi minister for interior affairs Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz refused to re-open the closed Shia mosques in the oil-rich Mominin-dominated Eastern Province for undisclosed security reasons, according to Rasid News.

Saudis celebrate Mauled An-Nabawi and his grandson

TAROUT, Saudi Arabia: Al-Mauled An-Nabawi or the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (s) and his grandson and sixth infallible imam from his holy progeny Al-Imam Muhammad Jafer As-Sadeq (as) was observed in the oil-rich Mominin-dominated eastern region of Saudi Arabia on Rabi Al-Oulaa 17.

Shia figures held in Khobar for religious activities

KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia: Several renowned Shia figures in Khobar city have been arrested by Saudi authorities on Monday March 29 for breaching a ban on practicing Shia religious activities.

Saudi govt stops 700 pilgrims from going to Karbala for Arbaeen

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia: Informed sources from Saudi Arabia told that the government has prevented seven hundred Saudi Husseini pilgrims who were prepared to go to the holy city of Karbala via Bahrain for Arbaeen commemoration.

Salamon Alayka Ya Aba Abdellah … Husseini memory in Saudi

AL-QATIF, Saudi Arabia: Massive Majales Al-Azaiyah, or the mourning sittings, Husseini poetic nights and mourning processions to commemorate the supreme sacrifice presented by Al-Imam Al-Hussein b. Ali b. Abi Talib (a.s.) some 1,400 years ago in the hot desert of Karbala were in continuation in oil-rich Mo’minin-dominated eastern region of Saudi Arabia.

Shun sectarian speeches, Al-Marjaiyah rep to Hajj speakers

HOLY CITY OF MEDINAH, Saudi Arabia: Majalis al-azaiyah to commemorate the martyrdom anniversary of the ninth infallible imam from the progeny of Prophet Muhammad (SW), Al-Imam Muhammad Taqi Al-Jawad (AS), were arranged at delegation headquarters of different Ayaat in Holy Medinah, the city of Prophet (SW).

‘City of Prophet (S)’ witnesses Majalis-e-Imam Al-Jawad (AS)

HOLY CITY OF MEDINAH, Saudi Arabia: Majalis al-azaiyah to commemorate the martyrdom anniversary of the ninth infallible imam from the progeny of Prophet Muhammad (SW), Al-Imam Muhammad Taqi Al-Jawad (AS), were arranged at delegation headquarters of different Ayaat in Holy Medinah, the city of Prophet (SW).

Madinah second destination for hajj pilgrims

HOLY CITY OF MEDINAH, Saudi Arabia: Though visiting Madinah is not part of the Hajj rituals, the holy city is the second destination that pilgrims visit either before or after Hajj to pay homage to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his holy progeny), pray at his mosque and Baqee Al-Gharqad also known as Jannat-ol Baqee (cemetery of Baqee).

Eastern region celebrates Imam Ridha b-day

AL-QATIF, Saudi Arabia: To mark the anniversary of birth of A-Imam Ali b. Mussa Ar-Ridha (a.s.), the eighth infallible descendant of Prophet Muhammad (s.w.), on Dholqadah 11 Friday October 30, festivals and celebrations were held in the oil-rich Mo’minin-dominated eastern region of Saudi Arabia.

Shut Shiite mosques, order Saudi circulars

AL-HASA, Saudi Arabia: Saudi authorities have issued a second confidential circular in less than two weeks stressing ban on building mosques for Shia citizens and to close existing ones.

Labbayk Allahumma Labbayk … Saudi wants politics kept out of hajj

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia: After Iran’s supreme leader Ayatullah Ali Khamenei advised his people to promote the Iranian point of view at hajj, a top Saudi official warned against mixing politics with the forthcoming annual pilgrimage to the holy city of Makkah.

Al-Imam as-Sadeq (a) mourning programs finalized in Saudi Arabia

AL-QATIF, Saudi Arabia: The anniversary of martyrdom of Al-Imam Muhammad b. Ja’fer As-Sadeq (a.s.) on Shawal 25 will be observed in Saudi Arabia like other countries.

Saudi Shias waiting for royal decree on ‘mosques closure issue’

KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia: Friday prayer leader in Khobar city Sayed Mohammad Al-Nasser said that Saudi Shias will continue performing Friday prayers whatever the consequences are and that they are waiting for a royal resolution on the closure of Shia mosques.

Arbitrary detentions against Shias continue in Al-Hasa

AL-HASA, Saudi Arabia: Saudi authorities continued their arrest compaign against Shiite Muslims in Al-Hasa, oil-rich Mo’minin-dominated East of the kingdom, as they detained two young Shias in the end of last week for taking part in religious activities during Ashura on last January.

Despite Saudi ban Layali Al-Qadr, Imam Ali remembrance commences

AL-QATIF, Saudi Arabia: Despite a ban by Saudi authorities to commemorate Layali Al-Qadr (Ramadan 19, 21, 23) in all Shiite cities and areas, the observation began on Tuesday September 8, night between Ramadan 18-19.

Saudi Shiites hail HRW report on injustice against them

NEW YORK, The United States: Saudi Shiite activists have hailed last week’s report of Human Rights Watch in which it said the Saudi government has not done enough to address fair treatment for the Shiite Muslim community.

'Saudi, al-Qaeda helping Yemen fight Shiite'

SAADA, Yemen: Saudi Arabia and terror organization al-Qaeda are helping the Yemeni government in its crackdown on Shiite, according to a dissident Yemeni lawmaker.

Imam Ka'abah says his exclusion not linked to Shia-Sunni rift creating statement

HOLY MAKKAH, Saudi Arabia: Rasid news has reported that the former Imam of Holy Mosque in Makkah Shaikh Adel Al-Kalbani refused to accept that his infidel statements against Shia Muslims were the reason for excluding him from Imam Position in Holy Mosque in Makka this year.

Saudi king frees 17 Shi'ite political inmates

AL-QATIF, Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia on Monday August 24 freed 17 political inmates from the Ismaili community who had been jailed since 2000, sources said, in a new sign of easing tensions with the Shi'ites based near the Yemen border.

Postcard causes commotion in a Saudi University

DAHRAN, Saudi Arabia: A postcard sent Saturday to about 8000 students and workers in a Saudi university caused a commotion and mixed reactions against Saudi Shia.

Widespread festivals mark Sha'aban 15 in Saudi Arabia

AL-QATIF, Saudi Arabia: Saudi Shia celebrated Imam Al-Mahdi day of remembrance on Thursday night with widespread festivals.

Khobar Shiites in meeting with king Abdullah demand sealed mosques opening

KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia: A representative delegation of Shiite Muslims in Al-Khobar city held a meeting this week with Saudi king Abdullah in wake of closure of Shiite mosques in the city at the hands of authorities.

Saudi authorities award prison, lash for Shiites on Baqee events

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia: Saudi authorities have ordered imprisonment and lash for a number of Shiite citizens accused of participating in protests against religious police in the holy city of Medinah in last February.

Saudi gives free land to Shiites near Yemen border

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia: In a move diplomats say is intended to enhance security and combat crime, the Saudi government has said it will grant free land to inhabitants of a mainly Shiite region near its border with Yemen,.

Saudi Arabia: Shiites exact better rights in Yemen border area

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia: Shi'ites in Saudi Arabia have asked their government to end discrimination in a remote province bordering Yemen.

Saudi Arabia: Journalists, officials criticize Sheikh Kalbani

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia: The government of Saudi Arabia has so far been silent about the outcry provoked by Grand Mosque of Makkah Sheikh Kalbani’s evil statements.

Hurdles on Al-Baqee graves lifted after protests

HOLY CITY OF MEDINAH, Saudi Arabia: Saudi authorities have removed hurdles that were put by them around the destructed holy grave of A’immah Ahl-il Beit (AS) in the cemetery of Al-Baqee after rage and strong protest on the side of foreign pilgrims.

Saudi Shiites call for Makkah Grand Mosque Imam dismissal, trial

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia: Saudi Shiites have demanded the government to sack the first black imam of the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Makkah Sheikh Adel Al-Kalbani and try him for inciting hatred against their community.

Shiites get more than their right, claims Saudi religious authority

HOLY CITY OF MAKKAH, Saudi Arabia: Imam at the Grand Mosque in the holy city of Makkah Sheik Adil Al-Kalbani claimed that Shiite citizens of Saudi Arabia have taken more than their right.

Saudi high official denies bigotry among citizens

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia’s Minister for Interior Affairs Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz has rejected existence of any official discrimination among Saudi citizens.

Saudi Shiites voice loyalty to homeland, reject threat to national unity

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia: Around 60 key Saudi Shiite figures – senior religious dignitaries, clerics, intellectuals, academics, thinkers and businessmen – have rejected “any threat to the national unity” and demanded from the government “release of detainees and an end to the prosecution of the people under investigation” since the start of the protest rallies in the Eastern province of Al-Qatif, in particular in Al-Awamiya after Baqee incident.

Saudi govt cracks down on eastern region

AL-AWWAMIYA, Saudi Arabia: In Saudi Arabia, the Shiite region in the east is the center of the kingdom's oil industry. The region is tense since the Saudi religious police brutally attacked several times Shiite pilgrims in Al-Baqee Cemetery and the holy shrine of Prophet (s) in the holy city of Medinah in February this year.

An Angel over Ka’abah (House of Allah) in Makkah

This picture is a miracle …. During Hajj pilgrimage in 2008, a lady named Doumuoa (Dom) during Fajr prayer wanted to take a picture of the people doing Tawaf... but as she took the picture she saw a bright light- almost like thunder…

Wa Muhammadaa … Saudis grieve Prophet on Safar 28

AL-QATIF, Saudi Arabia: Demise Anniversary of Ar-Rasul Al-Asdham Muhammad (s) was observed with due reverence in oil-rich Mo’mini-dominated eastern region of Saudi Arabia on Safar 28.

Saudis torturing Yemeni civilians, shows video

PARIS, France: An amateur video allegedly shows Saudi military personnel torturing Yemeni civilians over throwing their lot with Houthi fighters, according to a report on February 6.

Tensions in Saudi Arabia: govt position on Shiites inconsistent

AL-QATIF, Saudi Arabia: Tensions are still on escalation in the Shiite-dominated Eastern region of Saudi Arabia, which is the principal headquarters for Saudi Aramco and the centre of the world's biggest oil exporter's energy industry.

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