Sheikh title in Saudi Arabia for recognized tribal and religious leaders only


The Ministry of Culture and Information directed the press not to register the title of “Sheikh” on marriage invitation cards, unless the inviter is a sheikh from a tribe accredited by the Ministry of Interior, or is clergy, Okaz newspaper reported.

The ministry stressed, according to the newspaper, that the owner of the invitation should verify this with an official document, or has approval from the Department of Publications at the ministry.

In the past, the ministry circulated a circular to the media to prevent giving the title of “Sheikh” to those who do not deserve it, whether in the news or ads.

The ministry’s spokesman, Hani Al-Ghafili, said that the writing of this title on wedding cards is contrary to regulations.


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