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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…

Makkah beauty pageant thwarted

Authorities in Makkah have thwarted plans for a beauty pageant in the holy city, citing the Shariah law that prohibits such a show as reason for the decision. The pageant,…

It’s dangerous to be so cosy with the Gulf’s autocrats

theguardian: by Brian Whitaker — In 2012 David Cameron jubilantly announced a £2.5bn order for 20 Typhoon warplanes from Oman, model seen here at the Farnborough show – but who…

A Saudi View: Dialogue identifies causes of extremism

RIYADH: ABDUL HANNAN TAGO Published — Sunday 9 November 20 Family negligence and a rigid approach to dealing with children were identified as part of the main cause of extremism…

Saudi women prefer to marry foreigners

ABHA: NADIA AL-FAWAZ ARABNEWS Saudi women are turning to foreigners for stability and security in the marital world. Many say they would rather marry foreigners to ensure that the marriage…

Passengers shocked at sudden change of rules for Zamzam

JEDDAH: FOUZIA KHAN Published — Monday 3 November 2014 Passengers departing from Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport have expressed shock and disappointment at the new rule limiting the amount of…

Saudi Arabia: Al-Aboud: I can’t believe my ears

JEDDAH: SIRAJ WAHAB ARABNEWS Published — Tuesday 4 November 2014 Last update 4 November 2014 12:09 am “Is that true? I can’t believe my ears.” That is how Aboud Al-Aboud…

Syrian Hajis eye Kingdom asylum

Haj pilgrims from Syria have refused to return home after completing the pilgrimage citing the ongoing political unrest and have appealed for asylum in the Kingdom. With the deadline for…

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…

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