Christians of Iraq torn between death in their homeland or life without one

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Baghdad, Iraq – “The faces of the men around us were very stiff and their looks were as cold as the stone; whenever they would look at me with their frigid faces I would be afraid and their frowns made me feel terrified and frightened. I would run to my father at the sight of their motionless beards.” Thus spoke Chahd, the 19-year-old Iraqi citizen to Al Arabiya. Chahd was displaced with her parents and her brother, who is seven years younger than her from Al-Hamdaniya in Mosul ...

Shashi Tharoor: India strengthening security cooperation with Gulf countries

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Interviewing Dr. Shashi Tharoor becomes easy because the tough part is over by then. When I sat down with him at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature in Dubai on Saturday (March 3), I thought his mind would be occupied with the session he had to address soon after. Instead, Tharoor was busy checking the latest cricket scores and even talked about a couple of Indian cricketers who, according to him, retired too early. Once the interview began, there was no stopping him. Inglorious empire I ...

Interfaith conference: Opportunities for dialogue and challenges of conflict

Friday, 2 March 2018

In September 2006, Pope Benedict XVI sparked a fierce media war between Christians and Muslims when during a visit to Germany, he described Islam “as a religion not constrained by rationality.” His remarks stirred uproar considering he is the head of the Christian religious institution which has a centuries-long history of blood with Islam. The conflict between the two religions was greatly influential in drawing maps, sparking conflicts and renewing vengeful sentiments.Center for ...

Fahad Suleiman Shoqiran

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

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

Mecca Grand Mosque to have designated areas for worshipers with special needs

Friday, 9 February 2018

The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques in Saudi Arabias has set aside special areas in the Grand Mosque in Makkah for use by people with special needs who visit the mosque to perform regular prayers or for other rituals including Haj and Umrah. There are three designated prayer areas for the disabled, one each for people with hearing impairments, the visually challenged and those with physical disabilities. People with physical disabilities will be given access to the ...

Why is Iran persecuting followers of the Gonabadi Sufi order?

Monday, 5 February 2018

Iranian security forces besieged on Sunday the house of Noor Ali Tabandeh, one of the most prominent leaders of Shiite Sufism in the Iranian capital Tehran. Forces clashed with his supporters who gathered around the house to defend their leader.Soon after, pictures and videos of the incident fired up social media sites. In fact, in the span of one week, the security forces cordoned off the house of Tabandeh twice, who has been dubbed as Hazrat al-Hajj Dr. Noorali Tabandeh Majzoub Ali ...

Religious discourse and the diagnosis of Sahwa

Friday, 2 February 2018

On 7 October 1993, a royal decree was issued for the establishment of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs in Saudi Arabia, with its full nomenclature being The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance. From its preamble, we come to know that Sheikh Mufti General Abdul Aziz bin Baz had adjudged “the need to establish the Ministry of Islamic Affairs and Endowments and guidance and advocacy to God Almighty, and our support for it”. At that time, the state of Islamic ...

Fahad Suleiman Shoqiran

Cow mania grips India in run-up to parliamentary elections

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Cow mania has gripped Hindu-majority India that boasts 30 percent of the world’s cattle population. And the current long line of political shenanigans being perpetrated upon the populace by the powers-that-be indicate that the cow-related rhetoric will continue to make headlines till the bugle is sounded for the parliamentary polls in April next year. Day after day since Narendra Modi was crowned the Prime Minister in 2014, the federal government or a state administration announces a cow ...

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