And the winner of Islamic Personality of the year is……

There is an actual competition called Islamic personality of the year.

Guess who won it this year?

Saudi King Salman

Despite executing over 40 political activists within his first year as “King” in 2015, King Salman was named ‘Islamic Personality of the Year’ this year. His country has chosen to take in zero Muslim refugees despite having an empty tent city made up of 100,000 airconditioned tents that can house more than 3 million people and has an appalling human rights record. In fact, even though Saudi Arabia is the head of the key UN Human rights panel, human rights activists are imprisoned, tortured and executed in Saudi Arabia under King Salman’s rule.

Saudi Arabia’s authorities have begun the year with an intensified crackdown against human rights activists dealing another heavy blow to the last vestiges of the country’s embattled civil society, said Amnesty International.

A string of activists have been detained or appeared in court in recent weeks in connection with their peaceful human rights work signalling that the authorities plan to continue with their ruthless crackdown on peaceful dissent. Among those affected is an activist who faced charges for providing information to Amnesty International.

“The latest string of arrests has sparked fears that 2017 will be yet another dark year for human rights in Saudi Arabia, as the authorities continue with their attempts to crush any semblance of a human rights movement in the country,”

…“Human rights activists in Saudi Arabia are an endangered species. One by one they are vanishing – prosecuted, jailed, intimidated into silence or forced into exile – highlighting the authorities’ zero tolerance approach to freedom of expression.”

-amnesty.org


RIYADH: King Salman has been named the “Islamic Personality of the Year 2017”…
It was conferred in recognition of King Salman’s services to Islam and Muslim causes in particular, as well as for his efforts to restore peace and security across the world.
… well-known Saudi Islamic scholar Mohsin Shaikh Al-Hassan told Arab News that it was not a surprising that King Salman had been honored with such an award.
“King Salman has become a hero of all Muslims around the world and a symbol of freedom and prosperity… I sincerely feel proud to be a citizen of Saudi Arabia,” said Al-Hassan, who is also an author and TV anchor.
…The DIHQA also commended King Salman’s keen interest in Islamic causes and direct supervision of a number of charities to help the needy. He also won praise for establishing the Riyadh-based King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid (KSRelief), which has been carrying out massive aid and relief operations across the world including in Yemen.
… “King Salman is indeed an accomplished statesman, a visionary, a great philanthropist, and above all an epitome of hope for the Kingdom and the whole Middle East region.”
Al-Qayid added that “King Salman is a strong advocate of philanthropy in poor Muslim nations.”
King Salman has received several certificates, commendations and prizes, including honorary doctorates from Islamic University of Madinah, Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah, Jamia Millia Islamia in Delhi and the Kant Medal from Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities.
He also received the highest orders and medals from France, Morocco, Bosnia-Herzegovina, the United Nations, the Philippines, Senegal, Yemen, Sweden and Bahrain.

-arabnews.com


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