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Is Saudi System of Government Islamic?

By Syed Zubair Ahmad, “Al Mamlikat Al Saudia Al Arabia”. It’s clear from the name itself that this empire has nothing to do with Islam or Muslims at all. It…

Prophet’s Mosque expansion work goes apace

Source: Arab news In a race against time, over 6,000 individuals, from engineers to construction workers, are pooling their efforts to complete the expansion of the Prophet’s Mosque. That huge…

Huge umbrellas to be installed at Makkah Grand Mosque

JEDDAH: IRFAN MOHAMMED Published — Monday 15 December 2014 Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has approved a project to install about 300 sunshades in the courtyards of…

King’s SR390m (104 million $) aid to help feed Syrian refugees battling cold

JEDDAH: HANI HAZAIMEH Published — Friday 12 December 2014 A $104 million (SR390 million) donation from Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has helped restore food vouchers for…

Crowding, shoving challenges of Umrah season

JEDDAH: NADIM AL-HAMID To ensure a smooth worshiping experience for everyone at the Grand Mosque this Umrah season, the director of the Gates Administration at the mosque in Makkah, Abdullah…

Two Saudi Women Activists Arrested for Driving at Border

Two female women’s rights activists have been detained by Saudi Arabia at the border from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for a protest against the kingdom’s ban on women driving.…

Wahhabism to ISIS: how Saudi Arabia exported the main source of global terrorism

MONDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2014 Perspective: Wahhabism to ISIS – how Saudi Arabia exported the main source of global terrorism By Karen Armstrong ________________________________________ Although IS is certainly an Islamic movement,…

Kazakhstan to Counter Islamic Extremism with Education

Source: silkroadreporters.com Islam entered Kazakhstan during the 8th century when the Arabs arrived in Central Asia, little more than a century after the life and teachings of the Prophet Muhammad. Islam…

Restaurants In Saudi Arabia Asked To Remove Signs Banning Women

Huff Post: by Rachel Moss — Women should not be allowed to eat in restaurants unless accompanied by their husband or a male guardian. That’s according to sexist restaurant owners in Saudi Arabia…

British fear of Islamists and Saudi fears about atheists are two sides of the same coin

theguardian: by Brian Whitaker — Young people want to know about jihadism – and it’s better that they inquire about it openly, in schools, than elsewhere Saudi Arabia’s aim of…

Trial run of Haramain Railway next year

Trial run of Haramain Railway next year JEDDAH: P.K. ABDUL GHAFOUR Published — Monday 24 November 2014 Experimental operation of the 480-km Haramain Railway that links the two holy cities…

Umrah applicants’ biometrics before travel 

JEDDAH: IRFAN MOHAMMED Published — Monday 24 November 2014 Visa applicants for Umrah will soon have to record their biometrics before traveling to the Kingdom. Under the new rule, which…

The Struggle to Erase Saudi Extremism

The Struggle to Erase Saudi Extremism By JANET BRESLIN SMITH and CARYLE MURPHYNOV. 20, 2014 NYTimes.com Photo Credit Magoz The rise of the Islamic State has once again turned the…

Abdullah ibn Salam — the rabbi who became Prophet’s companion

ABU TARIQ HIJAZI Published — Friday 21 November 2014 He was born in Madinah (then Yathrib) in a Jewish family. He was a rich person and a good scholar of…

Grand mufti: Steer clear of anti-Islamic websites

JEDDAH: ARAB NEWS Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, grand mufti and chairman of the Standing Committee for Scientific Research and Ifta, said the cyber war waged by anti-Islamic websites are promoting…

Al-Baqie graveyard in Madinah to undergo expansion

A huge expansion project for the historic Baqie Al-Gharqad cemetery in Madinah is ready for launch shortly, an official at the Presidency of the Holy Mosques said. “The largest expansion…

‘Islam has nothing to do with IS group’s atrocities’

VIENNA: ARAB NEWS Top Saudi leaders joined representatives of other faiths in condemning violence by the so-called Islamic State (IS) at a conference organized in the Austrian capital by the…

C.A.I.R. and Muslim American Society Shocked After UAE Designated Them as Terrorists

Source: huffingtonpost.com The United Arab Emirates designated two top U.S. Muslim organizations as terrorists groups on Saturday, drawing “shock” and confusion from representatives. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and Muslim…

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