Jeddah -- Al Resalah (The Message) TV is the latest satellite broadcaster to take up transponder time on the Arabsat and Nilesat satellites serving primarily the Middle East, as well as North Africa and Europe.
The 24/7 religious channel is dedicated to Islam but importantly has been established, personally by Prince Al Waleed bin Talal, Chairman of Kingdom Holding Company. The Prince intends for the channel to counter misconceptions about Islam.
As a non-profitable channel, Al Resalah is to telecast open-minded viewpoints and what Prince Al Waleed terms 'the true message of Islam and its teachings'.
The Prince said that Al Resalah was non-governmental and served no sectarian agenda.
The channel’s Supreme Advisory Committee comprises some of the renowned Islamic scholars, Shoura Council members and heads of Islamic organisations.
The programming schedule is comprised of education, drama, songs, and game shows purely in the Islamic context.
“Islam is being hijacked and defamed by a group of deviants, who operate in the name of religion in several parts of the world,” Prince Al Waleed said. “Al Resalah targets the new knowledgeable young generation and open-minded Arab audience to counteract the negative image of Islam, being portrayed in other societies of the world,” he added.
Prince Al Waleed said that Islam is a religion of tolerance and that people of other faiths lived in harmony and peace side by side during the time of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
[Saudi Arabia is recognised as the true guardian of Islam and Prince Al Waleed is a member of the ruling Royal family. It is also fact that Osama bin Laden origins are in Saudi Arabia. With Islam being high-jacked by extremists and activists it is commendable that Al Resalah TV has commenced transmissions from its Kuwait base. Editor Gerald Brown]