Friday, 24 January 2014

Saudi moves to make Madinah capital of Islamic culture

Madinah: Governor, Prince Faisal bin Salman recently announced 13 initiatives aimed at making Madinah the eternal capital of Islamic culture. He said the initiatives have won the support of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah.

The announcement comes at the conclusion of activities marking the selection of Madinah as the Islamic Cultural Capital.

Initiatives include the establishment of an oasis for Quranic learning to make Madinah an Islamic cultural center. The oasis will have halls for Quranic recitation, discussions and scientific research.

The Quba Cultural Center is another important project, which includes museums, libraries and parks, in addition to a center to welcome pilgrims and visitors. The King Abdul Aziz Library and the Haram Library will also be developed as part of the new initiatives.

A permanent exhibition will be established for the life and teachings of the Prophet (peace be upon him). Another exhibition center will be established to showcase the Prophet’s battles.

There will be a center for Madinah’s written heritage, the governor said, adding that an old Madinah district would be created inside the King Fahd Park. There will also be a center for Islamic architecture in Madinah, the expansion of Hejaz Railway Museum among others.