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 ...

Saudi-French excavation mission in Najran find coins dating back 1st century AD

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage had signed a joint cooperation agreement with the French National Center for Scientific Research and accordingly there have been several excavation works completed in the border city of Najran.The mission’s most important results include discovering prehistoric sites like the Mundafan site which dates back to the end of the Pleistocene time period and to the beginning of the next time period, the Holocene. Fossils of animal remains, ...

Ramadan recipes: Tickle your taste buds with sweet, creamy rice pudding

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

The traditional rice pudding dessert is still a favorite over the Ramadan period

PHOTOS: Ramadan decor inspiration to get you in the spirit of the holy month

Thursday, 17 May 2018

It’s that time of the year again when Muslims around the world start googling sunrise and sunset timings. They stock up on dates and food and whip out those lanterns and Ramadan inspired table runners to impress their guests during the holy month. But in case you intend to sharpen the decor in your home to honor the fasting season, we’ve compiled a few photos to inspire you to go out there and get in the Ramadan spirit! Lanterns Once you’ve seen a slew of colorful lanterns with ...

Moon-sighting in Islam: Which lunar phases are the most significant?

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Sighting the crescent to determine when the holy month of Ramadan begins is not the only moonsighting which concerns Muslims. The relevant committee continues to sight the moon towards the end of Ramadan to sight the crescent that determines the beginning of the month of Shawwal and Eid al-Fitr and to later determine it’s the month of Dhu al-Qidah which Dhu al-Hijjah, that has to do with pilgrimage and Eid al-Adha, follows. These three months are what determine when Muslims fast, break ...

First Saudi women’s car show a big hit in Riyadh

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

The first Saudi women’s car exhibition kicked off in Riyadh on Sunday. The three-day event aims at providing special education on driving and vehicle selection to women. The exhibition, which is expected to attract more than 80,000 visitors, will allow women to get to know all the car dealerships in Saudi Arabia and their special offers, as well as the offers of insurance companies and accessories for cars and to communicate directly with government and private supporting agencies. The ...

Picasso ‘accidentally’ damaged, withdrawn from sale

Monday, 14 May 2018

A Picasso self-portrait estimated to be worth $70 million and due to go under the hammer in New York on Tuesday, has been “accidentally damaged” and withdrawn from auction, Christie’s said.The 1943 masterpiece called “The Marin” or “The Sailor” had been a highlight of Christie’s marquee impressionist and modern evening art sale. According to US media, it belongs to former casino magnate Steve Wynn.Christie’s said the damage happened on Friday ...

Adrian Lahoud appointed Curator of the inaugural Sharjah Architecture Triennial

Monday, 14 May 2018

Sharjah Architecture Triennial announces the appointment of Adrian Lahoud, Dean of the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art, as curator of the first edition. Taking place in November 2019 in the Emirate of Sharjah, the Triennial is the first major platform to invite dialogue on architecture and urbanism in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. Lahoud is an internationally recognized architect, urban designer, and researcher. He has written and lectured extensively ...

How a Saudi moon-sighter specifies when the majority of Muslims fast for Ramadan

Sunday, 13 May 2018

What is the difference between a moon-sighter and an astronomer and why does Saudi Arabia depend on them in when seeking the crescent before Ramadan? What is the difference between sighting the Ramadan and Eid crescents?And why does Saudi Arabia depend on sighting the moon with the direct naked eye instead of using instruments like telescopes?To answer these questions Al Arabiya spoke to Abdullah al-Khudairy, the director of the observatory of Majmaah University in Hautat Sudair who is ...

Late Saudi sheikh’s early research on organ donation at center of Harvard study

Sunday, 13 May 2018

A collection of works by the late Saudi Sheikh Abdulrahman Abdulrahamn Ibn Saadi compromising of 96 books, including 30 published for the first time, and the number of pages totally 20,000 have been converted into an app that will make it easy for to assist science students and researchers correlate page numbers and volumes for the purposes of scientific documentation, according to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA). A medical conference organized by Harvard University this year on the subject of ...

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