Prominent cleric shot dead while praying in Yemen’s Hadhramaut

Friday, 2 March 2018

Unknown gunmen assassinated cleric Al Habib Aidroos Ben Abdullah bin Sumait, a prominent scholar and imam of Al-Mehdhar Mosque in his home in the city of Tarim in Hadhramaut, southern Yemen. The gunmen pretended to be joining the cleric to read Quran, and after he allowed them in, they shot him as he performed his prayer, according to sources close to the deceased. Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr condemned the assassination, which he described as an attack on moderate thinking that ...

Doctors remove senior Iranian cleric’s kidney – by mistake

Monday, 5 February 2018

Mohammad-Reza Bahonar, a member of Iran’s Expediency Discernment Council, said doctors in Iran removed the council’s chairman Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi’s kidney by mistake. Bahonar told Qanun newspaper that doctors removed Shahroudi’s healthy kidney while performing a surgery to remove a gland. “They had to remove the gland and the medical team had to make a decision quickly, and they removed his kidney by mistake. After the surgery, pathological exams ...

On taxes, Mukoos and the modern state

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Naïve people can sometimes be excused for their ignorance due to their inability to grasp modern innovations. As we say: Man is the enemy of what he is ignorant of. However, I cannot find any justifications for the modern cleric who prohibits taxes which the state takes and compares them to Mukoos which are religiously prohibited. Those who once prohibited the telegram, for instance, did not have political aims or politicized Islamic affiliations. They simply acted on their knowledge, no ...

Mohammed Al Shaikh

Protests continue in at least a dozen cities throughout Iran

Friday, 29 December 2017

As protesters continue to take to streets in Iran and shout anti-government slogans against high prices, a top cleric in the second largest city of Mashhad has called for tough action by security forces. According to reports from the network of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK) inside the country, the anti-regime protests in Iranian cities have spread throughout the country on Friday. There were demonstrations in at least a dozen cities throughout Iran including Qom ...

Shiite exiled cleric points to Iran’s strong interference in Bahrain

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

At a wake in Iran's holy city of Qom in February, a small group of Bahraini emigres and clerics mourned a young man killed in a gun battle with Bahrain's security forces. The eulogy was delivered by an exiled Bahraini cleric who has called for the island's Shi'ite Muslim community to uproot the monarchy in a holy war. The cleric, Murtada al-Sanadi has been named by the United States as a "specially designated global terrorist" backed by Iran. The dead 29-year-old militant, Reda ...

Iraqi cleric Sadr rejecting violence against homosexuals ‘important step’

Friday, 19 August 2016

Moqtada al-Sadr says homosexuals still have the right to live

Israeli Islamic cleric starts nine-month prison term

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Raed Salah started a nine-month prison sentence on Sunday for fomenting riots at Al-Aqsa mosque

Bitter backlash for Iraq’s ‘no chocolate’ cleric

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

A video of the sermon has drawn widespread online anger and derision

Turkey launches new arrest swoop on allies of Erdogan foe

Friday, 11 December 2015

Turkish authorities on Friday launched a new operation to arrest dozens of prominent suspects in a vast probe into the activities of a U.S.-based preacher who is the main foe of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Prosecutors issued 65 arrest warrants, with raids carried out in Ankara, Izmir and several other cities, the official Anatolia news agency reported. Just five people have been detained so far, with 43 suspects believed to have already fled abroad, it added. Anatolia said that the operation ...

ISIS punishes cleric who objected to pilot’s killing

Friday, 6 February 2015

ISIS burning a Jordanian pilot alive was denounced as un-Islamic even by some al Qaeda-linked figures

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