WATCH: A close look into the Kaaba’s Black Stone

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Every year, Muslim pilgrims from around the globe visit the Kaaba in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to perform Hajj or Umra. During a pilgrim’s ritual, many tend to seek the Black Stone situated in the eastern corner of the Kaaba. While the Black Stone is thought to be a whole, which can be seen placed in a silver encasement, it is actually comprised of eight small rocks but molded together using Arabic frankincense. The smallest stone is no bigger than 1 cm, while the biggest does not exceed 2 cm. ...

Are more Muslims in Liverpool praying at mosques thanks to Mohamed Salah?

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

More Muslims in Liverpool are attending mosques thanks to star footballer Mohamed Salah, according to local officials speaking in a UK Channel 4 documentary on Tuesday. “More and more young people are visiting mosques and attending Friday prayers just from the fact that Mo Salah is here,” said Dr Abdul Hamid, a trustee at the sheikh Abdullah Quilliam Mosque located at the heart of Liverpool. The former Roma forward has had an outstanding season since he returned to England to play ...

Influential Middle East historian Bernard Lewis dies at 101

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Historian Bernard Lewis, whose influential books shaped generations of Middle East scholars but whose views stirred fierce passions, died at an assisted living facility on Saturday, The Washington Post reported. He was 101. Lewis, who was born in London and was a longtime professor at Princeton University, was a Cold War hawk, a strong pro-Israel Jew, and influential among White House and Pentagon planners of the US led 2003 invasion of Iraq. His books included “The Arabs in History” ...

Secularism: Differences among academics, radicals and Orientalists

Sunday, 20 May 2018

No concept has been distorted by Arabs and Muslims as much as secularism. It all began with the poor translation of the term and which did not end with explaining what it means. The explanation “the principle of separation of the state from religious institutions” remained common even among academics and intellectuals. However, secularism is more than that and carries several interpretations, dimensions, and multiple implementations. Thus, we cannot confine ourselves to just one ...

Fahad Suleiman Shoqiran

RAMADAN IN PICTURES: Worshippers read the Quran in Medina’s Prophet’s Mosque

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Photographers from Saudi Arabia’s state news agency were on the ground during the third day of Islam’s holy month of Ramadan in Al-Masjid an-Nabawi (Prophet’s Mosque) who took photos of worshippers as they read the Quran before breaking their fast later in the day. Saudi King Salman ordered the provision of 300,000 copies of the Holy Quran to the Mecca’s Grand Mosque and Medina's Prophet's Mosque from the publications of King Fahd Complex in Medina's in order to provide ...

Islam and the new anti-Semitism manifesto

Friday, 18 May 2018

The manifesto signed by some 300 figures including former French President Sarkozy and Prime Minister Manuel Valls published on 21 April 2018 in the Le Parisien claiming that the Qur’an incites Muslims to violence against Christians, Jews and unbelievers and that it ignites anti-Semitism is another example of the troubled relationship between France and Islam.Put differently, or more precisely, it reflects a hostile and unaccommodating attitude adopted by a trend in France towards Islam ...

Idriss Jazairy

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 ...

INTERACTIVE: Ramadan 2018 and fasting hours around the world

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Number of fasting hours varyies by country depending on time between sunrise and sunset, which changes subject to latitude and longitude

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 ...

Are you ready to fast? Six ways to prepare your body for Ramadan

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

The holy month of Ramadan is just round the corner, and Muslims fast from dawn until sunset. If you’re fasting, that means you’ll need to do without your morning cup of coffee and your favorite afternoon snack. BUT planning and preparing your body ahead of the month will make the transition a lot smoother. EAT LESS BUT HEALTHYIn the lead up to Ramadan, the typical mindset of “eat all you want as you’re going to be fasting soon” is really not your best friend. In ...

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