BALI: The Indonesian Ulema Council awarded Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh the Order of Merit of the first class for his influence in the service of Islam and its dissemination based on the principle of moderation.
It is the first time in its history that the council has granted such an order. Al-Asheikh received the order for his contributions toward scientific and advocacy services, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday.
The Saudi minister met with Sheikh Mahrousoun, head of the Indonesian Ulema Council in Bali, in the presence of Saudi Ambassador to Indonesia Essam Abed Al-Thaqafi.
The meeting was held on the sidelines of the second ASEAN Summit organized by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance, in cooperation with the Indonesian Ministry of Religious Affairs in Bali.
Mahrousoun hailed the distinguished role that Al-Asheikh played in the Kingdom’s mission to serve Islam and spread moderation, wishing the minister further success.
He also praised the pivotal role played that the Kingdom is playing providing the necessary services to pilgrims.
Mahrousoun highlighted the success of the ASEAN Summit in discussing important issues, including promoting the concept of charity in Islamic nations.
Al-Asheikh expressed his gratitude to the Indonesian Ulema Council for the honor.
He wished the council further success in providing scientific and advocacy services to the Indonesian people as well as serving Islam in various fields according to the principles of moderation.