The Islamist confusion of branding religion as political system

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

In order to dismantle the tyranny and violence issuing from the Islamist system of the Arab world today, there should be focus on researching the essence of Islamic culture, not religion. One day as a child, the great poet Muhammad Iqbal was reciting verses from the Holy Quran, when his father entered the room. His father told him, “My son! Read the book of God, as if it was written today.” This is a profound call for restoring the Qur’anic text as a direct means of guidance ...

Ali Al-Amin

Reconstruction of Iraq: The menace of Iran and corruption

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has called on the international community, especially the Arab world, to help Iraq rebuild what was destroyed by successive wars.Of course, Gulf countries were the early donors, but the mullahs of Iran did not commit to paying a single dollar. I was not surprised by Iran’s reluctance, but had expected it.Iran’s dark shadowIn my opinion, the two most important obstacles impeding the reconstruction of Iraq are financial and administrative corruption ...

Mohammed Al Shaikh

Saudi cleric: Valentine’s Day is a social event, not associated with religion

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Saudi cleric and researcher Ahmed Qassem al-Ghamdi has said that the celebration of Valentine's Day is a positive social event that is not related to religion. Ghamdi, the former Director General of the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in Mecca, told Al Arabiya that the celebration of Mother's Day, Teacher's Day, National Day, birthdays or celebrating marriage anniversaries are occasions that strengthen human bonds. “It is a humane and a social matter and ...

Tunisia’s Grand Mufti says Valentine’s Day is not ‘haram,’ on one condition

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Grand Mufti of Tunisia Othman Battikh said on Tuesday that Valentine’s Day was not "haram" and celebrating it was permissible on one condition: that "morals are not violated." He also condemned preachers and extremists who think celebrating Valentine’s Day is “an imitation of Christians,” and called for using this occasion to spread love among people. READ ALSO: Did you know that a Tunisian pope created Valentine’s Day? ...

How World Hijab Day divided opinion in the West over religious freedoms

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

“Muslim women, along with followers of many other religions, choose to wear the hijab. Many find liberation, respect and security through wearing it.” That was the British Foreign Office’s message to staff as it invited them to try out wearing the headscarf for the day to celebrate World Hijab Day this month. The occasion – that I’d never heard of until this year – was founded by New Yorker Nazma Khan five years ago. Taking place on February 1 each year in 140 ...

Lebanese judge orders 3 Muslims to memorize Quran verses hailing Mary, Jesus

Sunday, 11 February 2018

A Lebanese judge ordered three Muslim young men who insulted Christianity to memorize verses from the Quran’s Al-Omran surah which glorifies Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ. Instead of handing down a prison sentence over their contempt of religion, Joceline Matta ordered the men to memorize the verses to be released. While reading out the verdict in court in Tripoli, North of Lebanon, last week, Matta noted that her decision aims to teach the young men about Islam’s tolerance and love ...

Senior religious Saudi figure says women ‘shouldn’t be forced to wear abaya’

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Sheikh Abdullah al-Mutlaq, a member of the top Muslim clerical body in Saudi Arabia, said that women should not be obliged to wear abayas as the purpose of the Sharia code is to cover the entire body with any long and loose-fitting garment, whether using a cloak or any form of modest clothing. This is another indication of the Kingdom’s efforts towards modernization. He continued to say that 90 percent of  Muslim women in the Muslim world do not wear an abaya and do not even know it. ...

How the Chinese are ‘re-educating’ the entire Muslim Uyghur population

Saturday, 10 February 2018

China makes the news quite often these days. And for good reason: the Dragon will determine much of our future in the rest of the world for the coming century, whether we like it or not. Some of what China is doing on the international stage is undoubtedly positive. For example, just as the United States has abandoned its role as global leader in the efforts to combat climate change in the wake of the election of Donald Trump as President, China has swiftly moved in to fill the void. As the ...

Dr. Azeem Ibrahim

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

How the rapid pace of life calls for renewed change

Thursday, 8 February 2018

It’s said that a man once headed to Mecca to perform pilgrimage, and he violated some details so he called a sheikh he knows for a fatwa (religious edict). He demanded a strict fatwa that asserts it will redeem his violations. After insisting that the sheikh issues a suitable fatwa, the sheikh finally mockingly told him to slay 10 camels and to personally distribute their meat in the mountains around the Great Mosque at night. This story reflects the tendency to adopt extremist approaches ...

Fahad Suleiman Shoqiran

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