Saudi Arabia to send 70 Imams to 35 Countries to lead Taraweeh and to teach against Extremism


Riyadh – Saudi Arabia will be sending 70 Imams to lead Taraweeh (after Isha) and Tahajud (late night) prayers in 35 countries during the Holy month of Ramadan, Ministry of Islamic Affairs confirmed on Monday.

The Minister of Islamic Affairs, Abdullatif Al-Asheikh has approved the 70 Imams’ delegation and said that it’s always been the duty of Saudi Arabia to send Imams to different countries in the month of Ramadan to care and enlighten Muslims everywhere.

Apart from leading Taraweeh prayers, Imams’ duty would be to explain the true tenets of Islam and teach them the moderate approach towards all matters of faith, Al-Asheikh said.

“The imams have been picked up from the Shariah colleges. They are all well versed in the religion and have memorized the Qur’an,” he added.

He further said that the young Imams are good peachers who can clearly explain Islam to Muslims and can proficiently recite Quran from memory.

“The Imams will spread the moderate message of Islam and foster ties between the Kingdom and the host countries,” he emphasized.

Al-Asheikh met with the Imams on Monday and asked them to be upright ambassadors representing the Kingdom.

The Islamic Ministry has also conducted seminars and workshops to train the Imams with the best means and methods of promoting Islamic values and teachings in the foreign lands.

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