Egypt’s Azhar opens up to music and forms a choir for the first time

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Al-Azhar University, one of the world’s leading religious institutions, formed its first group of eight male students and eight female students in an unprecedented move towards being more tolerant to music and singing. On April 28, the team sang at the Arts and Creativity Festival organized by al-Azhar University and presented a musical Choir show at the stage of the Azhar Conference Center in front of prominent Azhar figures. Approximately 600 students applied to be a part of the musical ...

Amr Khaled and the spiritual chicken

Monday, 21 May 2018

Egyptian television “star” Amr Khaled, who has mastered religious preaching using an interesting approach in form and content, has once again stirred controversy. Khaled has a religious program – based of course on his own approach – airing on an Egyptian satellite channel during the holy month of Ramadan. What happened in brief is that during a cooking segment with a female chef, he tried to promote a poultry company by involving religion and saying that consuming ...

Mashari Althaydi

VIDEO: Longest Ramadan lantern in Egypt awaits Guinness recognition

Monday, 21 May 2018

This is the longest Ramadan lantern in Egypt, 50 meters long, or 15 floors high and it is waiting to be recognized by Guinness World Records. In Cinema Laila Street in Bakus district of Alexandria, between two huge buildings, the tallest lantern in Ramadan in Egypt has become a hot spot for pedestrians and visitors to take pictures beside it. The sight led some enthusiasts to push for its inclusion in the Guinness Book of Records. Ahmed Al-Hajo, the man behind the concept told Al Arabiya that ...

‘I must die:’ Egyptian boy commits suicide after posting warning on Facebook

Monday, 21 May 2018

A 15-year-old Egyptian boy committed suicide few days after he posted a status on Facebook saying he would. “I really must die. I won’t say I want to die but I have to get rid of this nightmare I am in. If I ever commit suicide, don’t say I did so because I am a teenager, and I am reckless. I have actually tolerated pain that no one can bear. Pray for me (if I ever kill myself),” Mohamed Yasser wrote on Friday. Yasser’s friends and followers commented on the post ...

Egypt preacher apologizes after ‘chicken will increase spirituality’ advert

Sunday, 20 May 2018

The appearance of Egyptian preacher Amr Khaled in an advertisement for a poultry company stirred mockery and anger on social media. Social media users criticized the appearance of the preacher in a chicken advertisement. In the advertisement, he started with the importance of worship during the month of Ramadan and its relationship to healthy eating habits, he then welcomed a woman named Asia Osman and he introduced her as a “developer in healthy eating.” Khaled asked his guest why ...

Egyptian TV series sparks diplomatic response from Sudan

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Sudan foreign ministry said Saturday that it had summoned the Egyptian ambassador in Khartoum in protest against a TV series which is aired on Egyptians satellite channels. The ministry said in a statement: “Since the start of Ramadan most of the Egyptian TV channels are showing the series Abu Amr al-Masri after promoting it in a way echoing the insistence of others to showing the insistence of some on the fabrication and perpetuation of negative stereotype branding some Egyptian nationals ...

After chicken-gate, Egyptians call for cancellation of preacher’s TV show

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Social media users have launched an online campaign against Egypt preacher Amr Khaled after his chicken advert stirred outrage across the nation. Concerned users demanded that his Ramadan TV show airing on Elmehwar channel be shut down after Khaled claimed a certain brand’s “chicken will increase your spirituality.” In turn, social media sits were filled with the hashtag “Boycott Elmehwar channel.” While no announcement was made that the show would be taken down, ...

Egypt’s president announces Rafah crossing open for Ramadan

Friday, 18 May 2018

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has made a rare decision to open the Rafah crossing with Gaza for a month, allowing Palestinians to cross during the holy period of Ramadan. The decision to keep the crossing open was taken “to alleviate the suffering” of residents in the Palestinian enclave, Sisi said on Facebook late Thursday. The Rafah crossing is Gaza’s only gateway to the outside world not controlled by Israel, but Egypt has largely sealed it in recent years, citing ...

France says foiled suspected terror attack

Friday, 18 May 2018

Police in France have foiled a suspected terror attack and arrested two brothers of Egyptian origin, French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said on Friday. “There were two young people of Egyptian origin who were preparing to commit an attack, with either explosives or ricin, this very powerful poison,” the minister said on BFMTV. Collomb told BFM television Friday that authorities were tracking extremist activity on social networks, adding that they had communicated via the Telecom ...

19 militants killed in Egypt’s anti-terror drive in Sinai

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Egypt’s army said Thursday it killed 19 presumed militants in the Sinai peninsula during a large-scale “anti-terror” operation. Egyptian forces launched operation “Sinai 2018” in February in the peninsula where soldiers and security forces have been battling ISIS. A military statement said 19 suspected extremists were killed in gun battles with army and security forces in the central and northern Sinai in recent days. ALSO READ: Egypt refers 555 ISIS Sinai ...

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