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 ...

Except the land of the Two Holy Mosques

Monday, 2 October 2017

The land of Hejaz and Najd, the Arabian Peninsula, the country of the Two Holy Mosques and the peninsula of Islam are some of the names used to describe the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. I will not comment on why these names are used to address Saudi Arabia as the country has the Two Holy Mosques and it does constitute “most” of the Arabian Peninsula, and yes it is Hejaz and Najd. Now that news from Saudi Arabia make headlines across global television channels, media outlets, talk shows ...

Mashari Althaydi

Partisans and deception of the naive

Saturday, 23 September 2017

All cards have now been put on the table. According to the esteemed Saudi Presidency of the State Security, a cell that works for a foreign country has been uncovered. Citizens breathed a sigh of relief because those arrested were some of the worst enemies of our state, the state of security and stability. The espionage cell members had infiltrated several segments of the society especially that they hid behind religion. This is how they controlled wide segments. They infiltrated state ...

Ahmad al-Farraj

Pope Francis, Muslim World League Secretary discuss interfaith coexistence

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Pope Francis received the Secretary General of the Muslim World League Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, who is currently visiting the Vatican.During the meeting, both exchanged views on a number of issues of common interest, which are in the interest of peace and global harmony, and “cooperation in issues of peace, coexistence and the spread of love”.For his part, the Secretary General of the Muslim World League expressed appreciation of the Muslim world for the pope's fair ...

VIDEO: First Islamic adhan sounds at Spain’s Alhambra Palace in 500 years

Sunday, 10 September 2017

For nearly 500 years, the walls inside Alhambra Palace in Spain’s Granada have not heard the Islamic call to prayer.That all changed when Syrian Mouaz Al-Nass sounded the Adhan last Thursday.A video of the Al-Nass calling the Adhan at the palace has been viewed at least a million times since being posted on his Facebook account on September 7.Alhambra Palace was built by Muslim rulers of Granada during the end of Muslim rule of Spain by Yusuf I during the 1330s. In 1492, Granada came under ...

How Tunisian women inspired monogamy in Islam centuries ago

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Many Tunisians have set a rare precedent of monogamy in the Muslim world since the early centuries of Islamic history. Enshrining the rights of women through the instrument of the celebrated ‘Kairouan dowry’, Tunisians have practiced a tradition of according respect and equality to their women through a novel form of marital contract through the ages. Historical precedent for women’s empowerment It all began in the eighth century, when the future Abbasid caliph Abu Jaafar ...

WATCH: Muslim pilgrims symbolically stone the devil in day two of Hajj rite

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Hundreds of thousands of Muslims arrived at the stoning of the devil ritual on Saturday for the second day of the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Pilgrims threw stones at three walls at Jamarat in Mina, in one of the main rituals of the Hajj. Authorities redesigned the Jamarat area and the frequency of incidents has been greatly reduced as the government spent billions of dollars upgrading and expanding haj infrastructure and crowd control technology. Over 2 million pilgrims, most of them from outside ...

Liberalism is the solution

Friday, 1 September 2017

Many ignorant people, including non-Muslims, think a liberal approach in life contradicts with the religion of Islam. However, liberalism does not have anything to do with man’s religious beliefs or relations with God as it actually organizes people’s relations with each other and guarantees that people practice their individual freedom as long as they do not violate the law or disrespect other’s freedoms.An individual’s freedom ends where another man’s freedom ...

Mohammed Al Shaikh

All you need to know about the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha

Friday, 1 September 2017

Muslims around the world are celebrating on Friday Eid al-Kabir, literally meaning the "great feast," which is also called Eid al-Adha (meaning the "feast of sacrifice"). The festival also corresponds to the end of pilgrimage to Mecca, the Hajj, which more than two million Muslims are attending this week. Eid al-Adha is celebrated from the tenth day of the lunar month of dhou al hijja, and lasts three days. It comes a day after pilgrims gathered at Mount Arafat on Thursday ...

1,705,181 pilgrims arrive in Saudi Arabia

Sunday, 27 August 2017

According to latest reports, 1,705,181 pilgrims have arrived by Friday in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The General Directorate of Passports said in its daily statistics that 1,602,661 pilgrims arrived by air; 87,685 by land; and 14,835 by sea. The number of pilgrims from Pakistan reached 183,337 while 170,050 were the number of pilgrims that arrived from India. Indonesian pilgrims that arrived numbered at 226,541. Meanwhile, Saudi security forces have paraded through Mecca ahead of Hajj, with ...

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