On changing the understanding of political secularism

Friday, 16 February 2018

The concept of the state in Islamic heritage has been one of the most contentious issues greatly preoccupying the minds of our thinkers.However, this concern has not led to the development of an alternative model of state different from the modern nation state concept, such as the secularizing European nation-state systems.Secularism isn’t anti-religionIslamic radical movements have based their political ideology on the concept of the state, either by dreaming about the establishment of an ...

Fahad Suleiman Shoqiran

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

Mecca Grand Mosque to have designated areas for worshipers with special needs

Friday, 9 February 2018

The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques in Saudi Arabias has set aside special areas in the Grand Mosque in Makkah for use by people with special needs who visit the mosque to perform regular prayers or for other rituals including Haj and Umrah. There are three designated prayer areas for the disabled, one each for people with hearing impairments, the visually challenged and those with physical disabilities. People with physical disabilities will be given access to the ...

Why is Iran persecuting followers of the Gonabadi Sufi order?

Monday, 5 February 2018

Iranian security forces besieged on Sunday the house of Noor Ali Tabandeh, one of the most prominent leaders of Shiite Sufism in the Iranian capital Tehran. Forces clashed with his supporters who gathered around the house to defend their leader.Soon after, pictures and videos of the incident fired up social media sites. In fact, in the span of one week, the security forces cordoned off the house of Tabandeh twice, who has been dubbed as Hazrat al-Hajj Dr. Noorali Tabandeh Majzoub Ali ...

Religious discourse and the diagnosis of Sahwa

Friday, 2 February 2018

On 7 October 1993, a royal decree was issued for the establishment of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs in Saudi Arabia, with its full nomenclature being The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance. From its preamble, we come to know that Sheikh Mufti General Abdul Aziz bin Baz had adjudged “the need to establish the Ministry of Islamic Affairs and Endowments and guidance and advocacy to God Almighty, and our support for it”. At that time, the state of Islamic ...

Fahad Suleiman Shoqiran

Cow mania grips India in run-up to parliamentary elections

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Cow mania has gripped Hindu-majority India that boasts 30 percent of the world’s cattle population. And the current long line of political shenanigans being perpetrated upon the populace by the powers-that-be indicate that the cow-related rhetoric will continue to make headlines till the bugle is sounded for the parliamentary polls in April next year. Day after day since Narendra Modi was crowned the Prime Minister in 2014, the federal government or a state administration announces a cow ...

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

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 ...

Religious debate within Saudi Shiite community vitiated by polemics

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Conservative societies often fear renewal or any kind of critical review of their cultural, social and religious legacy, as “collective memory” lends a kind of communal strength and sanctity. Resistance to renewal is a common trait in most Arab societies as they are accustomed to lack of accountability and follow a culture of obeisance. Religious rhetoric runs deep to the extent that it governs most individual and public activities. ‘Guardians of faith’ I have my ...

Hassan Al Mustafa

Indian woman confined to parents’ home for marrying a Muslim begs for freedom

Monday, 27 November 2017

A woman confined to her parents’ home because she married a Muslim should be removed from her father’s custody and allowed to finish her studies, India’s top court ruled Monday. Akhila Ashokan’s marriage to a Muslim man was nullified against her wishes earlier this year at her Hindu father’s request. Women’s rights campaigners were outraged by the decision made by a Kerala court in May to dissolve the 25-year-old’s marriage and force her to return home ...

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