Religious debate within Saudi Shiite community vitiated by polemics

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Conservative societies often fear renewal or any kind of critical review of their cultural, social and religious legacy, as “collective memory” lends a kind of communal strength and sanctity. Resistance to renewal is a common trait in most Arab societies as they are accustomed to lack of accountability and follow a culture of obeisance. Religious rhetoric runs deep to the extent that it governs most individual and public activities. ‘Guardians of faith’ I have my ...

Hassan Al Mustafa

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 ...

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 ...

Author on Rohingya says Myanmar ‘buying time until attention moves on’

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Myanmar is buying as much time as possible until the world’s attention moves on to the next crisis, a Rohingya expert told Al Arabiya English. Dr. Azeem Ibrahim, research professor at the Strategic Studies Institute of the US Army War College, has authored “The Rohingyas: Inside Myanmar’s Hidden Genocide”. During the interview with Al Arabiya English, he also discussed Russian intervention in the Middle East, Trump’s presidency and other related issues.

Pakistan’s long-persecuted Ahmadis fear becoming election scapegoat

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Crammed into buses and mini-vans, more than 10,000 Pakistanis traveled to a mosque on the outskirts of the small Punjabi town of Rabwah, for the sole purpose of denouncing followers of the minority sect based here as “infidels and enemies of the state”.For members of the long persecuted Ahmadi community, who are forbidden to call themselves Muslims and face discrimination and violence over accusations their faith insults Islam, the open vitriol on display at the Oct. 20 rally was not ...

Saudi King Salman launches 21 Madinah projects

Friday, 10 November 2017

King Salman attended a reception ceremony held by the citizens of Madinah Region and inaugurated a number of development projects during the ceremony, Saudi Press Agency reported. Then Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Nizar Obeid Madani delivered a speech on behalf of the people of Madinah, and Sheikh Saleh Bin Awwad Al-Maghamsi, imam and khateeb of Quba mosque too spoke and welcomed the King to the Prophet’s City.   The Monarch and the guests watched a presentation on the ...

The American woman who crossed cultural barriers in Saudi Arabia decades ago

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Around four decades ago, American daily The Ames Tribune published a story entitled “She crossed cultural barriers in Saudi Arabia” to narrate the story of an American woman named Claudia Crawford who had to move to Riyadh with her husband. The daily also published a photo of Crawford as she sat with antique sellers in Suk Al Zell in Riyadh. The photo was published on May 31, 1974. The piece featured excerpts from Crawford’s dairies and explained that she moved to Riyadh ...

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

Saudi Arabia’s Fresh Rhetoric

Friday, 27 October 2017

In a horribly fragmented Middle East, no two persons can meet without despair being the third in company. Distress haunts most platforms. Public rhetoric is charged with fear mongering terms warning against civil war, militias roaming free, shaky geography, and failing economies. Paralyzed with concern, countries and people are slowly being chewed up with anxiety. A step deeper into quicksand, statistics show rising unemployment and devastating poverty ensuring that the opportunity to board the ...

Ghassan Charbel

Is religious bias destroying India’s iconic Taj Mahal?

Monday, 9 October 2017

The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) government of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has come under sharp criticism for omitting the Taj Mahal from its annual tourism brochure, released on October 2. The stunning 17th century white marble mausoleum, unquestionably one of the major tourist attractions for millions of visitors across the globe, was commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. However, this finest example of Indo-Islamic architecture is taking a beating these ...

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