‘Punish a Muslim Day:’ Here’s what happened during the call for mass violence

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Keep calm and carry on has been a popular phrase in Britain since 1939.The government came up with the slogan to use on posters they created in preparation for World War II.And it appears us hardy Brits are still following the same advice as “Punish a Muslim Day” seemed to pass without incident and little reaction yesterday.The day, which was the focus of anonymous letters distributed to some homes and businesses last month suggested people could win “points” for a range ...

What did Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman say about Shiites in Saudi Arabia?

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, speaking to the Atlantic, said that both Sunni and Shiite Muslims lived in Saudi Arabia and that Shiite citizens are integral part of the kingdom’s society. The crown prince’s statements on religious sects in Saudi Arabia came during his interview with The Atlantic’s Editor-in-Chief Jeffrey Goldberg published on Monday. “We believe we have, in Saudi Arabia, Sunni and Shiite. We believe we have within Sunni Islam four schools of ...

The Shirazis and the media

Friday, 30 March 2018

In 1968, a total of 40 people, divided into four groups, gathered to learn literary writing under the supervision of Sayyid Mujtaba Shirazi, the son of late reference Mehdi Shirazi in Karbala. This was part of their Resalah related work (treatise on practical law) led by Sayyid Mujtaba’s brother Sayyid Ayatollah Mohammad al-Shirazi.Only four of these 40 people graduated from this course. One of these four men was Sheikh Ahmed al-Katib, the author of the book The Development of Shiite ...

Hassan Al Mustafa

What Egypt’s Azhar and Christian leaders said about the Saudi crown prince

Friday, 30 March 2018

Al-Azhar Coptic Christian leaders in Egypt told Al that during his visit to Egypt, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was direct, clear and frank. They noted that he discussed his vision, as well as the kingdom’s vision, to spread religious tolerance, moderation and combat extremist ideologies which the region has suffered from for years very precisely. The leaders also highlighted the crown prince’s clear statements, which they said reflected his vast knowledge. It ...

The stubborn jurist and the fate of extremists

Monday, 26 March 2018

In the Spring of 1991, several angry youth gathered around sheikh Mohammed Bin Saleh al-Athemein following the Asr (afternoon) prayer. The sheikh agreed to meet the persistent guests in a mosque room. Three of the guests had previously set a police chief’s car ablaze because it was “secular” according to them, and set a video rental shop on fire in two different cities. They did not need a fatwa from Bin Athemein to carry out their deeds, but they required one for recruiting ...

Mansour Alnogaidan

Britain jails far-right leaders even as neo-fascist groups want ‘war against Islam’

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Leaders of a far-right extremist group called Britain First have been jailed for anti-Muslim hate crimes. Paul Golding, the leader of Britain First and his deputy Jayda Fransen have been found guilty on several counts of “religiously-aggravated harassment” by Folkstone Magistrates’ Court in South England.Judge Justin Barron, when handing down the sentence said they both “demonstrated hostility” toward Muslims and Islam. Fransen was sentenced to 36 weeks of ...

Listen to the first recorded call to prayer from the Prophet’s Mosque

Friday, 9 March 2018

The first call to prayer (Athan) recorded live from the al-Masjid an-Nabawi (Prophet’s Mosque) in Saudi Arabia was made 66 years ago by Sheikh Abdulaziz Bukhari, the mozen (man who calls for prayer). Social media users have been sharing an audio clip of the recorded event which dates back to 1953. Many have touched upon the overwhelming feelings Muslims at the time must have embraced as athan was broadcast on different channels and radio stations. Bukhari, born in 1933, was only 18 when ...

Mohammed bin Salman: Saudi-Egyptian ties cannot be sabotaged

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

During his visit to Egypt, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met on Monday with a number of journalists and editors of the Egyptian newspapers and media. The Crown Prince affirmed during the meeting the strong relations between Egypt and Saudi Arabia against any attempt to sabotage it. Profound relations with Egypt "Egypt-Saudi relations are strong and solid, and no attempt to sabotage it will ever succeed… When Egypt thrives, the whole region can rise," he said. He added: ...

Shashi Tharoor: India strengthening security cooperation with Gulf countries

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Interviewing Dr. Shashi Tharoor becomes easy because the tough part is over by then. When I sat down with him at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature in Dubai on Saturday (March 3), I thought his mind would be occupied with the session he had to address soon after. Instead, Tharoor was busy checking the latest cricket scores and even talked about a couple of Indian cricketers who, according to him, retired too early. Once the interview began, there was no stopping him. Inglorious empire I ...

Moderate Islam in King Salman’s era

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Saudi King Salman is well aware of the machinations of Brotherhood, which exploits our honorable religion to gain political power even if it undermines the kingdom’s security and stability. After becoming King, one of his first decisions was to decisively curb their activities. King Salman had closely dealt with them when he was governor of Riyadh. We knew for a fact that these Brotherhood affiliates were few in number. However, they had a loud voice because they were organized, or to be ...

Mohammed Al Shaikh

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