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Saudia Arabia to Translate Friday Sermons

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    Move Under Way to Translate Friday Sermons for Expats Arab News Saturday, 31, March, 2007 (12, Rabi` al-Awwal, 1428) RIYADH, 31 March 2007 - The Ministry of
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      Move Under Way to Translate Friday Sermons for Expats
      Arab News
      Saturday, 31, March, 2007 (12, Rabi` al-Awwal, 1428)


      RIYADH, 31 March 2007 - The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and
      Guidance has announced that it is discussing plans to translate
      Friday sermons into other languages to appeal to non-Arab
      worshippers.

      Tawfiq Al-Sudairi, deputy minister of Islamic affairs, told a local
      newspaper that the ministry is currently considering whether to
      implement the plan in areas where a high number of Asian workers
      live. He added that translating Friday sermons after the prayers has
      already begun in certain areas.

      Al-Sudairi said that only approved translators would be allowed to
      translate the sermons, which are delivered by imams who have the
      freedom to choose their topics.

      He added that the idea of specifying certain mosques for Asian
      expatriates where they can listen to Friday sermons in their own
      languages was merely a suggestion.

      "Mosques are for everyone," he said, adding that the languages of
      expatriates vary and is not just English.

      Khaled Al-Mehaidib, a former imam in Riyadh, said that translating
      Friday sermons was essential because most expats were unable to
      benefit from the sermons in Arabic.

      The ministry supervises over 72,000 mosques all over the Kingdom.

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