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Saturday, October 26, 2019

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Finally, a Saudi doctor restored his sight after 51 failed surgeries in Europe and USA

Dani is an 8-year-old Dutch boy who lost his eyesight when he was only 2 years old. The loss of eyesight at such a small age is attributed to a genetic disease that Dani suffered from. The disease that Dani inherited affected his retina and he lost his ability to see. His family especially his father was very concerned about it. He did not want his boy to have a dark future. He wanted Dani to see the colors of life. He wanted his boy to feel the happenings and to get excited by the colors, to play with colorful toys and to have a normal life! He tried his best so much so that the 8-year-old Dani had undergone 51 surgeries. But none of the surgeries gave Dani his sight back.

The Dutch boy had been taken to four European countries and the United States for the surgeries: but it looked like no one had the cure. There was neither improvement in Dani’s condition nor any hope left for the poor boy’s eyesight. Until his father was advised to take Dani to The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Even after 51 failed surgeries his father was hopeful for Dani and was ready to go to any extent for the sake of his child.  So, he took his son to the Kingdom with a hope that his son’s eyesight will be restored. The boy was admitted at King Khalid Hospital. The initial treatment looked fruitless. The doctor in Riyadh when heard Dani’s father was losing hope, he told him to be patient as time would be required for restoring the child’s sight.

He underwent a surgery there which was surprisingly fruitful. Dani’s father couldn’t believe it until he saw his son chasing a ball and then kicking it. Now Dani is living his colorful life in Netherlands. He can see and can continue the beautiful and colorful journey of life!  The expertise of Saudi doctor, miracle or Dani’s fate, yet it is awesome news to hear that Dani has regained his ability to see. 6 years of blindness, 51 surgeries: the boy and family had been going through a lot!

We are thankful to the doctor who could perform a successful surgery: indeed, he has amazed the world! We pray for Dani’s bright future! We also salute the brave and hopeful father who believed in Dani’s fate! If he had lost hope, Dani might be still living in the dark! Remain hopeful even in your darkest times, because a bright future is waiting for you!

Source: Al Arabiya

Latest News – Health Care
  1. Saudi doctor finds Light Bulb in a patient’s stomach which he swallowed 11 years ago
  2. 9 months old infant’s hand paralyzed due to wrong injection in Qunfudah, Saudi Arabia
  3. My Brother fought cancer with a smile till the time he died
  4. 2 Hands and 1 Leg of a Girl had to be removed after a Liposuction Surgery in Riyadh
  5. This is your Death Certificate; A Hospital declares an alive Saudi, dead

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Saudi Employer bears expenses of Wedding and Honeymoon of her Housemaid

A maid or housemaid is a female person who works and provides household service. She does typical household tasks such as food preparation, ironing, washing the clothes, cleaning the house, daily shopping and taking care of children.  In Islam, the Prophet (Peace Be upon Him) supported and advised people to release their slaves by announcing that it is an act of utmost virtue and an act by which sins are excused. On the other hand, he instructed everyone not to treat them like animals. He explained that one should take care of their basic needs, like foodstuff and clothing in a justifying way. He always emphasized the Muslims that they will be punished if they fail in taking care of their servants and slaves.

They should be soft and polite kindhearted to the servants. He highlighted this to such a level that the last words said by the Prophet (Peace Be upon Him) at the time of his death were: Perform Salah (the prayers), Perform Salah (the prayers) and fear Allah with regards to your slaves and servants, stated by Hazrat Ali (R.A.). Abu Hurairah (R.A.) reported that the Prophet (Peace Be upon Him) said: Foodstuff and clothes are among the rights of the servants and he should not be given a job which is beyond his power and capability. This shows the primary rights of slaves and servants that one should fulfill their necessity for food and clothing for humanity and should be lenient in giving any task to them. On Friday, a Saudi woman in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, hosted the marriage ceremony of her housemaid.

The owner looked after all the expenses of the marriage and the bride. She welcomed all the friends of her housemaid and even presented the couple with a honeymoon present. Photos and videos of the marriage were posted on the Snapchat account of one of the attendees of the marriage, social activist, Zahra Al-Muabi.  She was an Asian bride and was getting wedded to an Asian man. The maid was dressed in bridal white costume and her eyes were full of tears of joy that fell down on her cheeks.

The Saudi woman, the boss of the maid, showed a real act of kindness which exceeds all the boundaries of social and racial discrimination. She is a source of motivation for many others to follow her gentleness.  Usually, the media focuses on features and shocking stories of emigrants being badly treated by their sponsors but this is not always the truth. This is not the real Saudi society, as said by Umm Sultan.

She also said that it is not exceptional for Saudi women to enjoy and celebrate special occasions with their maids and servants. Many of them are very loving and kind hearted. It is a very honorable moment for the Saudi woman who supported the marriage of her maid. She definitely deserves this honor and respect.

Source: Saudi Gazette

Domestic Workers in Saudi Arabia
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  2. Meet the Saudi Family who are taking care of their paralyzed housemaid from last 20 Years
  3. 5 Untold Stories of Love between Saudi Sponsors and their Housemaids
  4. 13 Conditions under which Domestic Workers can transfer their Sponsorship
  5. 6 Duties of Domestic Workers which they must perform in Saudi Arabia

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

A gang arrested selling drinking water taken from sewage canal in Jeddah

There is a report highlighted near the coastal sea border of Saudi-Arabia, Jeddah that numerous people have been arrested and are under investigation because of carrying out the illegal business of drinking water which is drawn from a drainage canal. The Makkah Governorate official released this news in a statement on Monday. Governorates in Arabic are called the Muhafazat. Governorates are considered as the second-best mode of regional administration which rules in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  After the official statement released by the governor of Makkah, Prince Mishaal -bin-Majed immediately ordered for the deep investigation of the following issue.

This most important issue was collected when after a video clip went viral on social media which showed water carrying procedure. The video specified that the water was being pumped from a canal in the village of Bahra which was considered as a part of the filthy drinking water business. The video clip showed that water was being drawn with the help of an electric water pump from the canal. Although, the video did not give any clue as from where this whole process was controlled. The Makkah governorate also said in a statement that after confirmation and verification of the authenticity of the concerned video clip, many of the suspected people who were involved in the filthy drinking water business were arrested. After taking the suspected group of people in custody, they further proceed for any legal proceedings.

Teams from the National Water Company (NWC) in the Kingdom of Saudi-Arabia inspected the concerned location address and identified the point of infringements. After analyzing the situation, the National Water Company (NWC) then officially submitted the respective matter to the suitably concerned authorities to address the situation. The National Water Company (NWC) also reported that the sewage channel which appeared in the video is basically a stream for the triple treatment of sewage water.

The stream coming from treatment stations is located in Bahra and Arna and then passes through the coastal city of Saudi-Arabia. Whereas Bahra is a village located in the province of Makkah towards the west direction of  Saudi Arabia. The National Water Company’s (NWC) basic job is to investigate all the surroundings which cover the channel and the treatment stations located in Bahra and Arna. National Water Company (NWC) needs to make sure during the inspection that there would be no additional disruption observed and hopefully in future, it will be completely finished.

National water company (NWC) is created in the year of 2008 and the purpose of National water company (NWC) is to provide premium quality water and services for wastewater management to all the citizens in the Kingdom of Saudi-Arabia. National water company (NWC) is highly dedicated company for providing quality water and wastewater services to households, preservation of natural water resources, environment protection and making sure the correct use of treated sewage discharge. National water company’s (NWC) main headquarter` is located in Riyadh and its branches are located in Jeddah, Makkah, and Madina.

Source: Arab News

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  2. 2 Saudis who robbed McDonald’s arrested with the help of a video in Riyadh
  3. 2 Indian Workers died waiting for the overdue salary and End of Service
  4. The Ministry pays SR 250,000 to a prisoner for keeping him 11 months in Jail
  5. Husband drives wife’s car, breaks traffic rules for 375 times, wife gets SR 306,250 fines

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

An Expat husband kidnaps himself to get SR 1 million ransom from his Saudi Wife

In Saudi Arabia, a 39-year-old Lebanese husband planned an assault drama on himself to forcefully get an amount of SR 1 million from his 34-year-old wife. The husband and partners were arrested by police after receiving emergency call from the wife. The companion was a Pakistani, who worked in a company, possessed by the Lebanese wife’s father. A Palestinian joined his attack plan as well. This was reported on Wednesday by Saudi news. Almost three weeks ago, the husband had a meeting with a Pakistani partner and designed a fake attack with him to scare his wife to force her to make the payment. He guaranteed his partner that he would pay him the attractive amount for the success of the drama.

The Pakistani man said to the Lebanese husband that he wants a helper who could help him in making this drama successful. He then met a Palestinian who decided to help him in the planned drama. Pakistani and Palestinian both started preparing them for the attack. They arranged a gun, knives and a license plate explosive belt which would help in creating more drama and frighten his wife and force her to give them the payment. According to the plan, on the day of the attack, the two partners were supposed to enter the house, which they pre-planned with the husband. As per the plan, in front of his wife, they arrested the husband and told her to give them SR 1 million otherwise they will kill him. The husband played his role by begging to his wife to go ahead and give them the money to secure his life.

The wife told the criminals that she wanted to make a call to protect the cash they requested, as said by the source. Fortunately, she called the 911 emergency numbers and stated the crime without raising any voice. In the Red Sea city of Jeddah, police force arrived at the address from where they received the call. The officers arrested the criminals who tried to fight and escape.

After arresting the criminals, the investigation department started inquiry which exposed the role of the husband in the drama which he acted in front of his wife. The police took the husband into custody as well.  One of the representatives from for the police department confirmed that the dramatic attack was planned by the husband and his partners.  He also disclosed the details of the drama that the police united operation department received a call from a Saudi lady who stated that two men holding gun and knives have entered her house.

She also said that they were demanding SR 1 million from her and if she did not agree to pay them the demanded money they would kill her husband and explode the explosive belt which they were carrying with them. Investigations department discovered that the husband and his partners; Pakistani and Palestinian had planned the drama beforehand to create the situation to extract cash of amount one million SR from the wife. All of them were captured and will be referred to the public trial.

Source: Gulf News

Security Conditions in Saudi Arabia
  1. Kidnapping Alert: School Principals must intensify security, Ministry warns
  2. Traffic Terrorism is 62 times more deadly in Saudi Arabia than the Terrorism
  3. 6 Reasons, Terrorists prefer Rest Houses to hide themselves
  4. Last Words of the Saudi Sniper, Naif Farhan al-Harbi who died on the battlefield
  5. Newly Married Saudi Soldier writes “I miss you” to his wife before he was martyred

Monday, April 24, 2017

6 Steps Guide for Successful Canadian Immigration

Canada is located in the northern half of North America. It has ten provinces which cover 9.98 million square kilometers which make it the world’s second-largest country by total area and the fourth biggest country in terms of land area. It is extremely developed with 82 percent out of the 35.15 million people inhabitant in large and medium-sized cities close to the southern border. One-third of the people live in the three main cities: Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. Ottawa is the capital of Canada and other main city areas include Calgary, Edmonton, Quebec City, Winnipeg, and Hamilton.

If someone wants to shift to Canada for whatever reason, there are some guidance steps to help you in selecting the city or area where you can settle down easily.  The Government of Canada is also offering different schemes through which one can go there. These programs include family sponsored, business startup or investor, refugee, caregiver, express entry and more.  We are discussing here the express entry system which is the most chosen system amongst the Gulf countries and has little waiting time. Express Entry System is a migration program for Canada in which the candidate applies for lifetime residency. This scheme is, especially for skilled migrants. In this, the candidates are chosen on the basis of their skill to settle in Canada and their contribution to the economy. The data of the candidates needs to be loaded on the website from where employers of immigration department can view the application and can approach the deserving candidate. 

Step 1: Eligibility for application: In this step, few questions will be asked from the applicants to answer and it will take only 15 minutes. The results will show the eligibility for this program. A reference number will be provided for later use while creating your profile. Following is the link where you can check your eligibility:
Step 2: Create online profile: Creation of an account on the government website is necessary. Then you will have to give complete information on the same website to create a profile. Following is the link where you have to create an account.

Step 3: Recording with the ESDC Job Bank: This is the link where you can create an account. Delay in registration will expire your account and profile if you do not record within 30 days. Registry with the bank will help connect applicants with possible employers in Canada.
Step 4: Rank of the applicants: A request to apply will be issued to high scorer. Out of 1200, the scores are marked.

Step 5: 90 days to take action against an invitation: The online website is given where you can respond to an invitation.
Step 6: Wait : After applying, you just have to show patience because results of the applications take about 6 months.  In the case of application failure, you can re-apply after a period of 12 months by providing your data and creating an account and profile.

Travelling from KSA to Canada
  1. Procedure to Apply for Canadian Immigration
  2. Fastest ways for saudi residents to migrate to Canada
  3. How to settle down in Canada after Immigration?
  4. Tips to Protect Yourself from Canadian Immigration Fraud
  5. Pros and Cons of Living in Canada

Sunday, April 23, 2017

87-Year-old Father chained and locked up in a room by his son for years in Jeddah

The Ministry of Labor and Social Development (MLSD) on Wednesday announced a draft law which is basically for the protection of rights of the senior citizens. After two days of the draft law released, an incident is reported of an old man who was locked up in a homemade jail. The old man was chained by his own son. The homemade jail was organized in an apartment which is in Al-Waziriyah district of Jeddah. The person who was locked by his own son was an 87-year-old. Khaled -Abalkhail, the spokesman of MLSD, said that the concerned person was found in a very terrible and poor condition. The Makkah police rescued the old man and arrested his 37-year-old son. After taking his son into detention; he was further referred to the concerned authorities.

The police basically reacted after the video that went viral on social media in which the 87-year-old man was chained brutally. Mansour -Al-Nahari who is a resident of Al-Waziriyah district, said that about four months ago, someone rented an apartment in this area and he saw a car arriving in front of the building. Three people just got out from the car and these three were supporting a man who was pretty much older in age and was unable to move.  Another resident, Saud Ibrahim, also quoted that one day, the door of the apartment was open and he was surprised to see the view. He entered the apartment and found the old man locked inside. He requested him to give food and water. Since that day, people living in that area took turns to provide the old man with food and water. He also once saw people putting chains on the door handle of the apartment. However, one day, the police raided the apartment and took the old man to King Abdulaziz Hospital by the help of paramedics.

Member of the National Society for Human Rights, Matuq -Al-Sharif, stated that the society should consider the case of an old man and investigation must be carried out as to why he was in such panic detention by his own son. An Arabic daily newspaper found that the old man is Yemeni. Spokesperson of the Makkah police, Col. Ati Al-Qurashi, reported that his son stated that his father was suffering from a serious mental illness and this was the main reason he chained him in the apartment.

With the help of social site Twitter, the ministry called those people who had certain experience and interest in social affairs and wanted to share their feedback on the draft. If the concerned person could not be independent, the law permits an elderly person to choose the concerned party to take care of them.

Otherwise, it is difficult to deal with them until and unless the order is released by the court. Besides this, the law also provides them full right and freedom of their decisions. The ministry also added that priority should be given to the concerned family for care-taking.

Latest News: Torture Cases in KSA
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  2. Father throws Acid on his 20 Years old Daughter in Madina
  3. Father burns his daughter when she requested to meet her Mother
  4. Saudi Girl Shot her Father on Head during Family Picnic
  5. Monster Father pours bleach (acid) on Son

Saturday, April 22, 2017

SR 300/Day compensation if affected by natural disaster (Flood) in Saudi Arabia

A report is published regarding the recent amendments made in the Immediate Rescue Draft in a famous Daily Saudi newspaper. The changes made into the Immediate Rescue Draft were approved by the crown Prince, Muhammad Bin Naif. Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Naif holds the position of first deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Interior in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He is also working as the chairman of the new Council for Political and Security Affairs in the Kingdom. The Immediate Rescue Draft is a draft which is designed and formulated for the affected families who suffer from some sort of natural disaster or any other similar crises. Immediate Rescue Draft states that those families who faced some crises and catastrophe should be entitled to the compensatory amount granted by the Saudi government.

It is also for families who had to evacuate their homes due to natural calamity or some other adversity. Natural disasters or crises include demolition work, floods, storms, earthquakes, sudden fire attacks or short circuit. Affected families who had experienced such tragic misfortunate are entitled to getting a compensation amount of about SR300 per day. The modifications made in the Immediate Rescue Draft are positive and a healthy step for the rehabilitation of such affected families. Families which constitute more than two members will get a compensatory amount of about SR 50 per person which is actually extra amount for five days. Compensation may be financially or physically. Compensation includes relocation to any furnished apartment or temporary and permanent housing centers which might be a hotel, lounge, school or field court. For a longer time period, a family who has less than ten members will be granted with a compensation amount of about SR 60,000 per year.

However, if a family is relatively bigger and consists of more than ten members, the family will get compensation amount of about SR 70,000 annually. Though, all the payments will be made in two installments. Families will also be able to avail food baskets which would contain ten basic food items. Items include flour, sugar, beans, dates, rice, vegetable oil, tea, salt, dry milk, and water. Families who have five members or less will receive one basket and families of more than five members will receive more than one basket. Therefore, a number of food baskets would be distributed by considering the family size. Families will also get three times cooked meals per day.

The Ministry of Health in Kingdom will also provide full medical care and assistance to those injured and affected people. The basic and most important job of health ministry is to provide best possible medical care facilities to every citizen in Saudi Arabia.

However, Health-care services in Kingdom are provided by various public and private agencies and all these agencies are doing their work in an efficient manner but the ministry of Health is the basic planner who actually serves as the main provider of all these health services. Dr. Tawfiq-Al-Rabiah is the current health minister of Saudi-Arabia.
Source: Saudi Gazette

Legal System in Saudi Arabia

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  2. Fundraising for Mosques declared Illegal in Saudi Arabia
  3. 5% Value Added Tax to be imposed in Saudi Arabia
  4. When will employees be paid in case a company is dissolved in Saudi Arabia?
  5. 2.5 Years Jail, SR 25,000 fine to anyone crossing Border illegally

Friday, April 21, 2017

5 Lessons from Surah Al-Kahf for every Muslim and Non-Muslim

There are several lessons that a student of knowledge can learn from Hazrat Musa (A.S) and from Khizr (A.S)’s meeting which has been detailed in the Surah Al Kahf. Here are 5 lessons from Surah Al Kahf;
  1. Zeal for knowledge and traveling for knowledge: Hazrat Musa (A.S) had been prepared to make travels to the farthest distances to obtain knowledge. Several scholars have mentioned that Musa (A.S) had traveled across sea and land to meet with Khizr (A.S). He had also shown great zeal and enthusiasm in his search for knowledge. All students of knowledge should be completely prepared to travel to obtain knowledge and must also be ready to endure the hardships which were associated with travel back then. Today, however, there are several resources for information and much easier traveling.
  2. Enduring the hardships: The journey had been difficult for Hazrat Musa (A.S) and along with the servant they endured several hardships in the pursuit of knowledge. A student of knowledge will surely face challenges and hardships while their pursuit, however, these challenges and hardships should not stop them from their pursuit of knowledge or dissuade them in their pursuit of knowledge.
  3. Show of Humbleness: Although Hazrat Musa (A.S) was considered higher in rank than Hazrat Khizr (A.S), Musa (A.S) still proceeded to show Khizr (A.S) extreme courteousness and humbleness. This was because Hazrat Musa (A.S) had come to Hazrat Khizr (A.S) in his pursuit of that knowledge that he himself did not know before. Any student of knowledge should not belittle any other personal regardless with how much or how little knowledge they perform.
  4. Complying with the reasonable requests of the teachers: Hazrat Musa (A.S) had complied with all of the strict conditions which had been set up by Hazrat Khizr (A.S), even though he had been a chosen Prophet of the Almighty Allah carrying out the work of Almighty Allah.  Any student of knowledge should be in compliance with the instructions and restrictions placed by their teachers. However, these instructions or restrictions must be reasonable in order to be followed by the students of knowledge.
  5. Exercising Patience: Hazrat Khizr (A.S) did several things which according to Musa (A.S) were in contradiction to the laws and teachings of the Almighty Allah, and as a chosen Prophet of Allah, he could not help but speak out on the issue of contradictions. Musa (A.S) was reminded by Khizr (A.S) that he had agreed not to speak out on the issue, and hence Musa (A.S) patiently submitted to the request. Students of knowledge should also be exercising the same patience. Even if they do not understand a certain thing, they should work through it and seek out clarification and information upon the issue.

The Holy Quran is full of oceans of inspiration and wisdom. Such stories are there to be a lesson for all humanity. The story also outlines the approach that should be taken by students who are setting out to study the sacred knowledge.
Source: IlmFeed

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