Listen to the first recorded call to prayer from the Prophet’s Mosque

Friday, 9 March 2018

The first call to prayer (Athan) recorded live from the al-Masjid an-Nabawi (Prophet’s Mosque) in Saudi Arabia was made 66 years ago by Sheikh Abdulaziz Bukhari, the mozen (man who calls for prayer). Social media users have been sharing an audio clip of the recorded event which dates back to 1953. Many have touched upon the overwhelming feelings Muslims at the time must have embraced as athan was broadcast on different channels and radio stations. Bukhari, born in 1933, was only 18 when ...

IN PICTURES: A mosque without minarets is angering hard-liners in Iran

Sunday, 25 February 2018

A newly built avant-garde mosque in the heart of Iran's capital would have hard-liners shouting from the minarets - if there were any. The architects behind the Vali-e-Asr mosque dispensed with the traditional rounded domes and towering minarets, opting instead for a modern design of undulating waves of gray stone and concrete, which they say complements the surrounding architecture and evokes the austerity of early Islam. The new structure has infuriated hard-liners, who see it as part of a ...

Trudeau decries Islamophobia a year after Quebec mosque attack

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called Monday for Canadians to stand up against Islamophobia and discrimination as he paid tribute to six Muslims killed a year ago at a Quebec mosque. Trudeau lamented that acts of hate and discrimination have become "commonplace" or "even tolerated," saying in parliament that "it should never have come to this point." "We cannot bring back those who perished, but we owe it to them to fight the very sentiment that ...

IN PICTURES: A look at the historical Saudi Jawatha Mosque

Monday, 29 January 2018

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage restored the historical Jawatha Mosque, where the second Friday prayer in Islam was held, after sand had covered it. Jawatha Mosque in Ahsa, east of Saudi Arabia, has been restored several times as sand continuously covered it. The mosque, which was built in the seventh year of hijra by Bani Abd al-Qays tribe, has interested researchers and Muslims due to its significance as the mosque where the second Friday prayer was held. It has become ...

Egypt’s Awqaf supports actress complaint over ‘screeching’ call to prayer

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

The Egyptian Ministry of Awqaf (Religious Endowments) has supported an Egyptian actress’ complaint that the voices of some muezzins (those who call to prayer at mosques) sound like they are “screeching.” Shereen Ridda’s comments have sparked outrage and controversy in the country. During her interview with ONTV, the former wife to Egyptian popstar Amr Diab called for uniting Azan calls. According to Ridda, “some muezzins' voices make those who hear them stray away ...

Muslim man attacked in mosque in Australia for ‘no opinion’ on Jerusalem debate

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Footage has emerged revealing a Muslim man being attacked in a mosque in Adelaide, Australia on Friday after an unknown man approached him to discuss religion and Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. According to the Islamic Society of South Australia president, Ahmad Zreika, the victim in question was at the mosque to perform evening prayers when he was approached by the foreign individual. However, after he responded to his queries stating that he had no ...

Why Quebec is probing ban on women at construction sites near mosques

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Quebec’s labor minister on Wednesday called for a probe into reports that women have been banned from working at public works construction sites near Montreal mosques on Fridays, the Muslim day of prayer.Dominique Vien asked the province’s Construction Commission to open the investigation following statements from officials at two public works companies on the exclusion of three women from a work site near a Montreal mosque.A spokesman for one of the mosques has denied making any ...

India’s ‘blackest day’ returns to haunt 25 years after Babri Mosque demolition

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Exactly 25 years ago, on December 6, 1992, I stood and watched the worst crime ever committed on Indian soil – the demolition of the Babri Masjid, a mosque in Ayodhya, by Hindu extremists in broad daylight. The black deed is watershed in the history of contemporary India and a milestone in my career as a professional journalist. Painful memories of that day still make me shudder. “The 25th anniversary of that fateful day brings a sense of foreboding. The historical and psychological ...

WATCH: Horrific footage shows aftermath of Egypt mosque massacre

Saturday, 25 November 2017

WARNING: GRAPHIC FOOTAGE - Viewer discretion advised Al Arabiya News Channel has aired footage showing the aftermath of the Rawda mosque attack in al-Areesh, Egypt on Friday. During the attack, gunmen opened fire and detonated a bomb at the mosque, located in northern Sinai, during Friday prayers. At least 235 people were killed while more than 109 others were left injured. Eye witness reports say that the militants were dressed in military uniforms and drove four 4x4 vehicles in the ...

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