First Cycle of the Abdullatif Al Fozan Award for Mosque Architecture 1435 H (2014)
Under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, Governor of the Eastern Province and with generous patronage of his royal highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz «Abdullatif Al Fozan Award for Mosque Architecture has celebrated its first cycle in Sheraton Dammam Hotel & Towers last Wed Feb 5, 2014 At 7:30 PM.and the Award focused on mosques that were built in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia after 1389 H, 1970 AD.
His Royal Highness Prince Saud bin Naif bin Abdul Aziz, Governor of Eastern Province, on Wednesday, 5th February, patronized the 1st session of the Abdul Lateef Al Fozan for Mosque Architecture Award ceremony at the Sheraton Hotel Dammam.
The ceremony took place in the presence of His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Award, in addition to a number of Their Highness the Princes, ministers, religious scholars and a number of businessmen and senior government officials.
The ceremony began with the reading of the Holy Quran followed by a speech by Abdullah Al Fozan, who spoke on behalf of the originator of the foundation, Abdul Lateef Al Fozan, and firstly thanked Their Highnesses and Their Eminences and participants of the award and the people who contributed to its success.
Al Fozan, further stated that, the mosque architecture reflects one of the aspects of the human development as mosques are the most important places that symbolize the religion of Islam, which drove the founder, Abdul Lateef Al Fozan, to launch this award.
Subsequently the audience attended public screening of a documentary about the idea of the award and its objectives.
In a keynote speech in the ceremony of the award, His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, Chairman of the Trustee Board of the Award and President of SCTA, expressed his pride for being a part of this award, which is devoted to one of the most important issues, the mosques, in light of their importance in Islam, especially in the present time, which sees rapid and tremendous transformations in a country of which Islam is its only constitution and a key backbone upon which the State is based, since its inception.
HRH President of SCTA, on the other hand, said that, Trustee Board of the Award is in persistent contact with the Ministry for Islamic Affairs, Endowment, Dawa and Guidance in an effort to restore the role of mosques in the society through creating special branch for the award dedicated to the activities of model mosques in the neighborhoods in order to encourage mosque attendees and promote social cohesion.
HRH President of SCTA in his speech disclosed that the founder of the award has allocated SR 60 million for the award's development and activities.
HRH Governor of the Eastern Province, the patron of the ceremony, in his speech thanked both HRH Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, Chairman of the Award Trustee Board and Abdul Lateef Al Fozan and his family, the founder of the award, for their efforts towards serving the "Houses of the God" through this award which cares for the mosques architecture.
HRH Governor of the Eastern Province in his speech also prayed to Almighty Allah to protect and safeguard the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud and HRH Crown Prince and HRH Second Deputy Premier (may Allah protect them), and prayed to Allah to sustain the security and safety upon this blessed country and upon all the Islamic countries. At the end of the ceremony, HRH Governor of the Eastern Province, Prince Saud bin Naif bin Abdul Aziz together with HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz and Abdul Lateef Al Fozan, handed over the awards to the winners of the award. HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman Chairman of the Trustee Board of the Award also handed over a commemorative present to HRH Governor of the Eastern Province, Prince Saud bin Naif bin Abdul Aziz within the ceremony.