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Worshippers return to Prophet’s ‘mihrab’ for prayers

Saturday, 9 December 2017

After a quarter of a century, the Imams of Al-Masjid an-Nabawi returned to the Prophet’s ‘mihrab’ for prayers and the area hyas been developed so that people can visit his tomb. The ‘mihrab’ is a semicircular niche in the wall of a mosque that indicates the qibla - that is, the direction of the Kaaba in Mecca and hence the direction that Muslims should face when praying.(VIDEO: Detailed visit into the Prophet’s Mihrab). Friday prayers in Al-Masjid an-Nabawi ...

Report reveals how extremists narrowly apply scripture, distort interpretations

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Islamist extremists narrowly apply scripture and distort interpretations from the mainstream to further their agenda on a regular basis, a new research report has revealed. The research report says that much of the current counter-narrative literature falls short of competing directly with these distortions. According to the report – Struggle Over Scripture: Charting the Rift Between Islamist Extremism and Mainstream Islam – released by the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, ...

‘Are you being forced?’ UK Muslim schoolgirls wearing the hijab to be quizzed

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Muslim women’s dress has again become a talking point in the UK, this time the focus is on girls wearing hijab to primary schools. Girls under the age of 11 who wear a hijab to school will be asked by inspectors whether they are doing it of their own free will or they are being forced by their parents. Amanda Spielman, the chief inspector of schools and head of Office of Standards in Education known as Ofsted who made the announcement said schools could be in breach of Britain’s ...

Indian woman confined to parents’ home for marrying a Muslim begs for freedom

Monday, 27 November 2017

A woman confined to her parents’ home because she married a Muslim should be removed from her father’s custody and allowed to finish her studies, India’s top court ruled Monday. Akhila Ashokan’s marriage to a Muslim man was nullified against her wishes earlier this year at her Hindu father’s request. Women’s rights campaigners were outraged by the decision made by a Kerala court in May to dissolve the 25-year-old’s marriage and force her to return home ...

Annihilating extremism is my mission: Head of Saudi-based Muslim World League

Sunday, 26 November 2017

The head of a Saudi-based organization that for decades was building mosques around the world has said, in an interview with Reuters, that his focus now was aimed at annihilating extremist ideology. Former justice minister Mohammed al-Issa, appointed secretary-general of the Mecca-based Muslim World League (MWL) just over a year ago, told Reuters during a European tour that his organization would no longer let Islam be taken hostage by extremists. “We must wipe out this extremist thinking ...

Sisi orders mausoleum construction in memory of Egypt mosque attack victims

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has ordered the construction of a mausoleum in memory of the 235 people killed by Islamic militants inside a mosque in northern Sinai.A presidential statement did not say where the mausoleum would stand or who would be commissioned to build it, but the decision to have one reflects the depth of grief felt by the government over the death of so many people in Friday’s attack, the deadliest by Islamic extremists in Egypt’s modern history. The ...

Mohammed bin Salman: Not reinterpreting Islam, but restoring it to its origins

Friday, 24 November 2017

Mohammed bin Salman, in his interview to the New York Times, raised explained his position on several issues that have regional and global ramifications. One of the more fundamental subject he tackled was that of the interpretation of Islam, which has been a matter of debate in recent times. The article suggests that Mohammed bin Salman is on a mission to bring Saudi Islam back to the center. According to the article, he has not only curbed the authority of the once feared Saudi religious police ...

PHOTOS: Saudi Islamic Affairs Ministry delegation meets Pope at Vatican

Friday, 24 November 2017

A Saudi official delegation headed by Adviser to Minister of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance Dr. Abdullah Bin Fahd al-Luhaidan met with Pope Francis at the Vatican, Saudi Press Agency said Thursday.During the meeting, the delegation conveyed the greetings and appreciation of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, the government and people of Saudi Arabia to the Pope.The delegation stressed that this visit was to ...

Former CIA agent to do community service in Italy for Muslim cleric kidnap

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

A former CIA agent will do community service near Rome to complete her three-year sentence for taking part in the kidnapping of a Muslim cleric in Milan 14 years ago. Sabrina De Sousa’s lawyer said that a court in Milan on Monday approved community service for his client to teach English to minors in Rome province. Egyptian cleric Osama Hassan Mustafa Nasr, known as Abu Omar, was allegedly kidnapped by CIA agents off the streets of an Italian city and taken to Egypt where he said he was ...

Respect for religious pluralism in Islamic history

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

The Pact of Umar was a ‘treaty’ forged during the conquest of Jerusalem more than 1400 years ago, at the beginning of Islamic history. It contributes to laying down the foundations of coexistence between Muslims and non-Muslims. In it are answers to most contemporary issues, such as: How do we deal with our enemies who fight us, how do we treat women and children during times of war, is every means permissible to kill enemies, who use women and boys as human shield, etc. These ...

Dr. Tayyeb Tizini

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