Muslim World League, Council of Religious Leaders to organize UN conference

Thursday, 18 January 2018

The Muslim World League signed a cooperation agreement with the World Council of Religious Leaders to organize an international conference at the UN. The conference which will include religious leaders, politicians and intellectuals will help confront extremist and terrorist ideas and encourage moderation. The agreement was signed between the Muslim World League Secretary General Sheikh Mohammed al-Issa and the World Council of Religious Leaders Secretary General Bawa Jain who commended the ...

The ‘impossible state’ and challenges of modernity

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

With the wave of changes taking place in Iran, the decline of the ISIS, and the prospects of al-Qaeda’s return, questions about the religious state and its relations to ethics and modernity have returned the fore. The state cannot survive under the theocratic system unless it has effective modern institutions.Therefore, it is claimed that Iran is a modern state and not an Islamic state because of the existence of constitutional arbitration councils that safeguard the interests of the ...

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‘Grand Fajr Campaign’ activists bring a new dawn to Gaza

Friday, 5 January 2018

In recent weeks, Gaza residents have been jolted awake in the dead of night to a raucous mixture of Quranic phrases, Islamic supplications and prayers delivered by loudspeakers to their doorsteps. The “Grand Fajr Campaign” is the work of fervent religious activists, many affiliated with the ruling Hamas movement, seeking to spread the message of Islam. But not everyone is ready to listen. The Fajr, or “Dawn,” campaign has set off a heated debate over whether it is ...

Egypt’s mufti says Bitcoin forbidden in Islam

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Egypt's grand mufti has said that bitcoin is forbidden in Islam, warning the digital currency could be used for criminal purposes. Bitcoin, launched in 2009 and based on a peer-to-peer payment system, poses “high risks to individuals and states,” Shawqi Allam said in a published ruling. It could provide “stable and secure financial resources for terrorists and criminal groups,” said Allam, who acts as the country's official interpreter of Islamic law. Minting and issuing ...

On Christmas, here are five things to know about Jesus in Islam

Monday, 25 December 2017

Jesus, or Isa as he is known in Arabic, is mentioned often in the Quran and is revered

EXPLAINER: The endless ‘war on niqab’ in Egyptian universities

Saturday, 23 December 2017

On December 11, the American University in Cairo AUC announced a ban on the niqab, the face veil, citing security concerns. “In order to ensure a safe and secure environment for all members of our community and visitors alike, we determined that the identity of all persons on campus and AUC-operated transportation must be immediately apparent,” said a statement issued by AUC President Francis J. Ricciardone. The ban, originally due to go into effect on December 21, triggered a wave ...

How Egypt’s Al-Azhar aims to crack down on unauthorized ‘TV fatwas’

Sunday, 17 December 2017

In a press conference held at the Egyptian Supreme Council for Media Regulation, a list of the names of 50 scholars authorized by al-Azhar, Egypt’s top religious authority, to issue religious edicts fatwas in Egyptian media outlets was released. According to the council, this step aims at putting an end to a series of groundless fatwas issued by unqualified preachers who appear on TV shows until a legislation is issued to regulate religious discourse in the media. The council, which in ...

Rare photos of Muhammad Ali’s visit to Saudi Arabia

Saturday, 16 December 2017

The Twitter account, “Memory of the Beautiful Past”, published a rare picture of the legendary American Muslim boxer Muhammad Ali during a visit to Saudi Arabia in 1971, 46 years ago. The picture showed Muhammad Ali between Prince Abdullah Al Faisal and Faisal bin Fahd, according to Ajel website. Eight facts you may not know about boxing champ Muhammad Ali During his visit, he also performed Hajj and Umrah and also met with King Faisal and King Salman when he was Emir of Riyadh ...

Worshippers return to Prophet’s ‘mihrab’ for prayers

Saturday, 9 December 2017

After a quarter of a century, the Imams of Al-Masjid an-Nabawi returned to the Prophet’s ‘mihrab’ for prayers and the area hyas been developed so that people can visit his tomb. The ‘mihrab’ is a semicircular niche in the wall of a mosque that indicates the qibla - that is, the direction of the Kaaba in Mecca and hence the direction that Muslims should face when praying.(VIDEO: Detailed visit into the Prophet’s Mihrab). Friday prayers in Al-Masjid an-Nabawi ...

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