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Saudi cleric: Valentine’s Day is a social event, not associated with religion

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Saudi cleric and researcher Ahmed Qassem al-Ghamdi has said that the celebration of Valentine's Day is a positive social event that is not related to religion. Ghamdi, the former Director General of the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in Mecca, told Al Arabiya that the celebration of Mother's Day, Teacher's Day, National Day, birthdays or celebrating marriage anniversaries are occasions that strengthen human bonds. “It is a humane and a social matter and ...

French Muslim quits song show over post-attack tweets

Friday, 9 February 2018

The French Muslim woman, Mennel Ibtissem, has quit The Voice, a TV singing competition in France, amid criticism of comments she posted on Facebook after Islamic extremist attacks in 2016.Ibtissem drew nationwide attention for a moving performance Saturday on The Voice of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” A French-born woman of Syrian origin who wears a turban, Ibtissem notably sang one passage in Arabic.In the ensuing days she drew criticism for Facebook messages posted after ...

Invention of the term ‘preacher’ in Muslim societies

Friday, 9 February 2018

Islam did not forbid slavery. According to Islamic law, a Muslim can own slaves, buy them and sell them as he wishes. Despite this fact, Muslim societies have stopped practicing slavery and the slave market has been banned for a long time.This is natural and logical progress, as human beings naturally respond to social and cultural development. Other nations and peoples have similarly given up many old practices because many of them are no longer in keeping with the times.One of the most ...

Salah al-Sayer

Can Syrian society be saved?

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Can harmony be restored among Syrians after the flames of war are extinguished? Can they overcome hatred and grudges after six years of fighting one of the most hideous civil wars? How will the Sunni people from Aleppo, Homs, Hama and Idlib and the people of Madaya, Zabadani, Jawbar, Al-Yarmouk camp and Houran get over the atrocities committed by Assad’s forces, Nasrallah’s militias, Khamenei’s revolutionary guards, the Iraqi Popular Mobilization criminals and Afghan Hazaras? ...

Mashari Althaydi

Toronto police say hijab-cutting incident didn’t happen

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Police are disputing an 11-year-old girl’s claim that her hijab was cut by a scissors-wielding man as she walked to school last week. Toronto Police spokesman Mark Pugash said Monday an extensive investigation was conducted and police concluded it did not happen. The sixth-grader, her mother and her younger brother held a news conference at Pauline Johnson Junior Public School on Friday to air the allegation. ALSO READ: Canada schoolgirl attacked with scissors over hijab The girl, Khawlah ...

VIDEO: Outrage over Malaysian slapping woman for not wearing hijab

Monday, 15 January 2018

A video purportedly showing a Malaysian man slapping a woman at a bus stop in Penang for not wearing hijab has sparked outrage. The video shows the man yelling at a group of women, some of whom are wearing hijab while some aren’t. He is seen pointing his finger at the ones who weren’t wearing the head scarf, and yelling at them. Three minutes into the video, the man yells at one of them saying, ‘are you Muslim?’, to which she replied that she was but that the hijab was a ...

Canada schoolgirl attacked with scissors over hijab

Saturday, 13 January 2018

An 11-year-old girl was assaulted in Toronto Friday by a man who twice tried to cut off her hijab with scissors and then fled, police said. Khawlah Noman told reporters that she was walking to school with her younger brother when the man came at her with scissors. “He tried cutting (off) my hijab two times,” she said. “I felt really scared and confused. I didn't feel comfortable that people are doing this.” Police described the assailant as an Asian male wearing a black ...

India aims for law that could jail Muslim men who instantly divorce wives

Thursday, 28 December 2017

India’s lower house of parliament passed a bill on Thursday aimed at prosecuting Muslim men who divorce their wives through the “triple talaq”, or instant divorce. The bill now moves to the upper house of parliament, where it is likely to be approved. In August, the Supreme Court ruled as unconstitutional a law which allows Muslim men to divorce their wives simply by uttering the word “talaq”, which means divorce in Arabic, three times. Muslim women had ...

Is the Muslim world victim-hood complex a cover for uncomfortable facts?

Monday, 25 December 2017

“The Muslim world” is a geopolitical reality in a way in which few other transnational cultural phenomena are. Muslim countries, Muslim-majority secular countries, and Muslims in diasporas abroad share a strong collective identity, and a transcendent sense of common interest. When Muslims express grievances about attacks on Muslims or “Muslim lands”, these grievances are rather stronger than Western humanitarian concern: they are genuinely perceived as threats against ...

Dr. Azeem Ibrahim

Indian tried to raise money using video of Muslim being killed

Thursday, 14 December 2017

A Hindu man in India tried to raise money for a campaign against minority Muslims by issuing an appeal for donations with a video he took and posted online showing him killing a Muslim, police said on Thursday. The killing last week is the latest to roil India’s minority Muslims who have faced attacks from mobs who accuse them of killing cows, which Hindus consider sacred. Hindu fringe groups also campaign against Muslim men marrying Hindus. The Hindu man, Shambu Lal Regar, has been ...

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