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Qur’an lesson for today: 279. Commandment to approach not foul deeds, whether open or secret

279. Commandment to approach not foul deeds, whether open or secret [6:152] Say, ‘Come, I will rehearse to you what your Lord has forbidden: that you associate not anything as…

Japan’s Central Bank Unexpectedly Moves to Stimulate Economy

TOKYO — After insisting for more than a year that its aggressive monetary policy was sufficient to revive Japan’s economy and end deflation, the Bank of Japan on Friday unexpectedly…

India: Husband’s Arrest in India Tests Colonial-Era Sex Law

NYTimes 2014/10/31 By RAKSHA KUMAR and ELLEN BARRYOCT. 30, 2014 BANGALORE, India — When a young wife in Bangalore approached the police to file criminal charges against her husband this…

Jerusalem holy site is reopened amid tension

Israeli police have reopened a key Jerusalem holy site after its closure amid tensions following the shooting of a prominent right-wing Jewish activist. The Temple Mount/al-Haram al-Sharif was reopened ahead…

By the Numbers: Pakistan’s Perilous Religious Laws

FP: Pakistani Christian Aasia Bibi’s death sentence for blasphemous activity has shone a spotlight on the perilous situation for religious communities in Pakistan. The country’s laws repress religious freedoms for all and…

Questioning the Faith in the Cradle of Islam

FP: JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia — Ahmed al-Ghamdi’s long, bushy beard and red-checked headscarf are emblems of his conservative approach to Islam, which is no surprise for a man who once…

The sanctity of Muharram 

Muharram is the month that marks the beginning of the Hijrah calendar. It is one of the four sanctified months about which the Holy Qur’an says, “The number of the…

Picture of the Day: Employees of Dead Sea hotels form ‘world’s largest floating image’

DEAD SEA — A total of 261 foreign and Jordanian employees as well as administrative staff members working at the Dead Sea’s eight hotels managed to break the Guinness World…

A non-Muslim asked: Why is Friday your Sabbath Day?

Question and answer details Name of Questioner: Hannah Reply date: 2014/10/30 Question: Can you please explain to me why is Friday your “Sabbath” Day? consultant: Amir Ali Answer Salam (Peace)…

Makkah-Madinah train to be shipped by year-end

Makkah-Madinah train to be shipped by year-end  JEDDAH: ARAB NEWS Published — Friday 31 October 2014 The first Spanish-made train for the multibillion-riyal Haramain railway project would arrive in…

Islam and hadiths: Sifting and combing

Economist: IN GREAT spiritual traditions, followers are often presented with two distinct phenomena: a supreme moment of divine revelation, and a tradition spanning many centuries in which teachers or clerics…

Israel Reopens Contested Holy Site in Jerusalem

Source: NY Times: JERUSALEM — Under heavy pressure and the threat of new Israeli-Palestinian strife, Israel announced on Thursday that it would reopen a contested holy site in the Old…

Isis in Syria: General reveals the lack of communication with the US – and his country’s awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities ROBERT FISK DAMASCUS…

Why She Removed the Veil

Source: The daily Beast. No piece of cloth throughout history has sparked more controversy as the veil. Many Muslim women are forced to wear it daily. The hijab has a…

1st Al-Aqsa Mosque closure since 1967

RT The Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem has been closed to all worshipers for the first time since 1967. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas called the closure a ‘declaration of war.’ Both…

Rediscover ‘Islamic principles’ to overcome economic challenges [Khaleej Times, Dubai, United Arab Emirates :: ]

Dubai: Muslim countries need to concentrate on efforts to rediscover Islamic principles and promote regional cooperation in order to successfully overcome economic challenges. This was stated by Malaysian Minister of…

Qur’an lesson for today: 276. Commandment to make over the trusts to those entitled to them

276. Commandment to make over the trusts to those entitled to them [4:59] Verily, Allah commands you to make over the trusts to those entitled to them, and that, when…

Qur’an lesson for today: 277. Commandment – if thou fearest treachery from a people, throw back to them their covenant with equity

277. Commandment – if thou fearest treachery from a people, throw back to them their covenant with equity [8:59] And if thou fearest treachery from a people, throw back to…

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