Minister of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance, Abdullatif Al-Asheikh has approved the delegation of 70 imams to lead Taraweeh (after Isha) and Tahajud (late night) prayers in 35 countries of the world during the sacred month of Ramadan as reported by Saudi Gazette.
It has been the custom of the ministry to send imams to other countries during Ramadan to lead prayers and enlighten Muslims about their religion.
The minister said this was part of the Kingdom’s message to care for and support Muslims everywhere.
He said the imams would provide guidance to the Muslims, explain the true tenets of Islam to them and further enlighten them about the moderate approach of the faith in all matters.
“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 said.
“These young imams are good preachers who can clearly explain Islam to Muslims and can recite the holy book from memory,” he added.
Al-Asheikh has said the mosques are usually filled with worshippers during the month of Ramadan so it is a valuable opportunity for the imams to invest their time in providing them with guidance and enlightenment.
“The imams will spread the moderate message of Islam and foster ties between the Kingdom and the host countries,” he said.
The minister met on Monday with the imams and asked them to be good ambassadors for the Kingdom.
The ministry held a workshop for them to further enlighten them about the best means and methods of propagating Islam abroad. Representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs attended the workshop.
Al-Asheikh also met on Sunday with a number of senior officials and discussed with them the ministry’s assignments during Ramadan as well as the Haj and Umrah seasons.