Monday, August 31, 2009
The Fatwa (Arabic) in question was issued by the Al-Azhar affiliated "Dar el-Eftta" -- Fatwa Council for Islamic interpretations of laws in Islam. It stated "the will of a Muslim towards building a Church is a sin against God, just as if he left his inheritance towards building a nightclub, a gambling casino, or building a barn for rearing pigs, cats or dogs."
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A few weeks ago, when I learned that my cousins turned Christian, I was a bit dumbfounded. It is disappointing; however, it would have been worse if they completely lacked the faith of a higher power. At least they still believe in God, right?
In general, this lack of faith has a lot to do with where they are currently living, or what they are exposed to. Also, more and more Muslims are reading too much into their religion, and see how others are slowly destroying the image of it. Western media is trying to destroy it slowly. Muslims are lacking faith and don’t want to live this life, and are turning into a complete and opposite direction. I feel like we are back over 1400 years ago at the time of Jahiliyyah. I thought we ended this era. However, it doesn’t seem to be the case at all in such an exposed technology driven world. MORE HERE
Sunday, August 23, 2009
To ease the international pressure upon them, Israelis may exploit such scenes as massacres staged by Hamas in Gaza, killings on sectarian grounds in Iraq, the civil wars in Yemen, Somalia and Sudan, as well as the uncertain politics of Lebanon, wrote Saleh al Qalab in an opinion piece featured in the Kuwaiti newspaper Al Jarida. “So how would Arabs attending the UN General Assembly next September react if Israelis refer to this series of conflicts across the Arab world? The Israelis may say, ‘Do you want us to acquiesce to the demands of Arabs, who are slaughtering each other?’“The bloody events around the Arab world are unjustifiable. The argument that ‘world Zionism’ stands behind the miseries of Arab countries does not hold much weight any more. Even laymen have grown sceptical about the validity of such a claim. A fact that cannot be denied is that the problem resides in our attitude, or in other words, the badness is within us. MORE HERE
Azhari, a 24-hour entertainment and education channel, is the brainchild of clerics associated with Al-Azhar University, considered the highest authority of religious teachings in Sunni Islam.
“The objective of launching Azhari is to teach about the real Islam, which is void of terrorism,” Khalid Al-Guindy, chairman of the board of directors of Al-Azhari TV told The Media Line.
“We want to clarify to the world that Islam doesn’t encourage violence, Islam respects the other, lives in peace and allows others to live in peace. Islam allows pluralism of views,” he said.
The channel aims to provide an alternative platform to satellite stations that “propagate extremism and call for violence,” Guindy said.
“We want to tell people there’s an Islamic discourse that doesn’t discriminate against people on grounds of their color, gender or religion. That’s why Azhari was established,” he said.
However, Coptic Christians in Egypt say the channel is divisive because the government has not allowed Copts to launch their own channel.
He and his daughter, Dina, live like refugees, switching apartments every few months, not wanting to get close to neighbors. Gohary's life has been threatened, his dogs have been killed, and it's been suggested that he's insane or possessed by spirits.
He is a man this Muslim nation cannot fathom: a convert to Christianity.MORE HERE
Friday, August 21, 2009
Frankly, the holy month couldn't have come sooner for channel executives who are looking to make up for lost time due to the global economic crisis. Thanks to overall ad spend in the Arab world decreasing this year, it is anticipated that Ramadan programming will give a much-needed boost to the region's 300-odd channels and consequently, ad revenue growth.
"Ramadan is a very important time for TV channels, which is why there is competition to put out the best programmes for viewers," says Darwish Mohammed, General Manager of Dubai Racing – part of Dubai Media Incorporated, which also represents channels such as Dubai TV, Dubai One and Sama Dubai. MORE HERE
"Women's presence in the media is growing," said the director of Syrian Television, Diana Jabbour. "This does not mean that they [women] have ceased to be marginalised." Jabbour emphasised that it is time to change the situation and correct the mistaken perception that women have made significant inroads in the media. MORE HERE
Thursday, August 20, 2009
What is the significance of Ramadan beyond shortened work hours? Is it not a very harsh practice? Is it merely a time when Muslims sleep and fast and hardly work all day; and eat, drink, enjoy and stay awake all night? What really is the spirit of Ramadan? MORE HERE
Sunday, August 16, 2009
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Friday, August 14, 2009
This means that many banks and shops may open on Friday mornings and Saturdays in an attempt to counter a loss of trade. Most already closed on Fridays and Saturdays because people did their banking and shopping on a Thursday.
The change has come as a result of complaints from the country’s business community. They found it difficult to do business with other Arabic countries whose weekend fell on a Friday and Saturday.
The Thursday-Friday weekend was established in Algeria in 1976. Many commentators say it was a deliberate attempt to assert the country’s independence following the end of colonialism
The honeymoon of the Coptic Christian satellite television station Al-Hayat, launched this week on NileSat, Egypt's premier satellite television company, ended almost before it started. The station is closely affiliated to defrocked Coptic priest Father Zakaria Boutros, the author of God is One in a Trinity.
Boutros has long antagonised Muslims for casting doubt on the authenticity of the Quran and denigrating the person and moral standing of Prophet Mohamed. Moreover, he claims that hundreds of Muslims have converted to Christianity after experiencing physical healings and deliverance from what he terms demonic fears and depression through his ministry. His claims have been widely publicised and stirred much controversy in Egypt and the Arab world.MORE of this artcile in al-Ahram HERE
A serious humanitarian crisis has developed in the fighting zone, with more than 130,000 people fleeing over two weeks of fighting.
Government officials say that the rebels, who are part of the Zaydi branch of Shi'ite Islam, oppose Yemen's alliance with the United States and want to restore clerical rule that existed until the 1960s.
Warplanes and artillery bombed the Saada province for a second straight day on Thursday, according to the rebels and local officials.MORE HERE
Monday, August 10, 2009
New York-based HRW is the second international rights body to criticize the U.S. ally and the world's biggest oil exporter for violating human rights on security grounds. Amnesty International issued a similar report in July. MORE HERE
A century ago, Christians dominated the intellectual and commercial life of the Levant, comprising more than one-fifth of the 13 million people of Turkey, the region's ruling power, and most of the population of Lebanon. Ancient communities flourished in what is now Iraq and Syria. But starting with the Armenian genocide in 1914 and continuing through the massacre and expulsion of Anatolian Greeks in 1922-1923, the Turks killed three to four million Christians in Turkey and the Ottoman provinces. Thus began a century of Muslim violence that nearly has eradicated Christian communities in the cradle of their religion. MORE of this article by Spengler HERE
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Six months ago the Yemeni government passed a law that limited the minimum age of marriage for both boys and girls to 17.
Under the law, parents who married off their children would face a year in jail or be fined the equivalent of about $500.
But Yemeni children’s rights campaigners say the law has never been applied and child marriages remain just as common as they were six months ago. MORE HERE
Saturday, August 1, 2009
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal published on Friday, Hamas political leader Khalid Meshaal (picture) said: "We along with other Palestinian factions in consensus agreed upon accepting a Palestinian state on the 1967 lines,” adding "this is the national program. This is our program. This is a position we stand by and respect."
Meshaal is quoted as saying that Hamas would accept international peace initiatives.
"Hamas and other Palestinian groups are ready to cooperate with any American, international or regional effort to find a just solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict, to end the Israeli occupation and to grant the Palestinian people their right of self-determination,” he told the US conservative daily.MORE HERE