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Turkish president tells OIC leaders that Israel must be held accountable for the killing of Palestinians in Gaza Strip.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on Muslim leaders to unite and confront Israel, days after scores of Palestinians were killed by Israeli snipers as they marked 70 years of Israeli occupation. Speaking at an extraordinary summit of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Friday, Erdogan said Israel should be held accountable over […]

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Advice for a healthy, safe and peaceful Ramadan

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Muslims in Tower Hamlets are being encouraged to have a healthy, safe and peaceful Ramadan. Ramadan is one of the most important events of the Islamic calendar as it is a time for fasting, praying, forgiveness and purification. This year, Ramadan starts on or around 16 May and lasts until around 15 June. Mayor John […]

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Aziz Foundation PhD Scholarships: Developing Academics from British Muslim Communities

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The Foundation is offering 3 PhD scholarships starting in the 2018-19 academic year. The scholarships offer a unique opportunity for exceptional students active in British Muslim communities and interested in how their needs may be met through research and academic work. The purpose of the Foundation’s PhD scholarships is to support individuals who have the […]

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Who are we, and what is our identity?

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Hoda Al-Helaissi | f someone asked you to identify yourself, to define who you are, how would you respond? We could start by stating our name and nationality, or we could define ourselves through our gender or occupation. The answers are many and varied, but they are also limiting. By defining who we are, we […]

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Saudi air defense intercept ballistic missile over Riyadh

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Two ballistic missiles were fired at the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh on Wednesday, according to the coalition battling rebels in neighboring Yemen who claimed the attempted attack. Saudi Arabia’s air defences intercepted one of the missiles, while another crashed into a desert area south of Riyadh, coalition spokesman Colonel Turki Al-Maliki said. The missiles were […]

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Red almonds decorate Wadi al Dawassir farms

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Saudi Arabian farmers plant belts of the 10-meter-high trees to create wind barriers to protect their farms. The fruit is available free to anyone who wants to harvest it from any tree they encounter. CAIRO: Lovers of Indian almonds are preparing to reap the fruit off trees spread across the Saudi governorate of Wadi al […]

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Saudi Arabia ready to receive visitors during Ramadan

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Saudi Arabia’s government discussed in Riyadh Tuesday the latest preparations ahead of the start of the Holy month of Ramadan. The government reiterated its commitment to double efforts to provide for visitors who will be visiting the Kingdom during the Holy month to carry out Umrah or religious visits to Makkah and Medinah. King Salman, […]

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Minister’s comment adds fuel to rape controversy in India

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MEGHA BAHREE | Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government, which will face national elections within a year, has been under fire in recent weeks. There has been a national outcry in recent weeks stemming from two unrelated rape cases NEW DELHI: Even as India introduced the death penalty for those who rape children, a federal minister […]

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Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to UK offers condolences over Umrah crash

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A bus carrying a group of Umrah pilgrims collided with a fuel tanker. Four people from the north of England were killed in the crash The Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the UK offered his condolences on Sunday to the families of four people killed when a coach taking a group of Umrah pilgrims from Makkah […]

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Palestinian Academic ‘killed by Mossad’ in Malaysia, says family

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Fadi Mohammed Al-Batsh was gunned down by two men on a motorcycle outside a mosque in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur. Al-Batash had been living in Malaysia since 2012 and was teaching at the Universiti Kuala Lumpur British-Malaysian Institute. Kuala Lumpur: A Palestinian academic from Gaza was shot dead by two unidentified assailants on a […]

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Royal Wedding

Souvenir mugs to commemorate the wedding of Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are stacked at the Emma Bridgewater Factory, in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent

Souvenirs on display in a shop near Windsor Castle.SIMON DAWSON / Reuters Prince Harry poses with his fiancee, U.S. actress Meghan Markle after announcing their engagement in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace in London on Nov. 27, 2017. Facundo Arrizabalaga / EPA File The wedding invitations. Photo: @KensingtonRoyal/Twitter (Reuters) – A British pottery is […]

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Families can make or break societies, economies and nations

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Maria Hanif Al-Qassim : The past few decades have brought about sweeping changes to family structures around the world, forcing governments to adjust to the new reality by stepping in to fill the void that was once occupied by family members in previously family-centric communities. These changes came about primarily as a result of shifts […]

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A husband for my daughter

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Fahd-Al-Ahmadi : AFTER the Friday prayer in the mosque in our neighborhood, an old man stood up and told the congregates: “I have five daughters of marriageable age. If you know anyone who is religious and good mannered, kindly visit me at my home. If you do not know my place, you can ask the […]

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Wake up Mother India! Your daughters are calling.

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In the eyes of the world, India is greatly admired for its social ideals ingrained in the values of democracy, and it is progressing towards gender equality. That said, for a citizen of this celebrated nation, it is quite appalling to see the hashtags: “Beware in sending your females to India”, “Women are not worthy […]

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National Professor Brig. (Rtd.) Abdul Malik

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National Professor Brig. (Rtd.) Abdul Malik is the visionary who inspite of immense difficulties and setbacks firmly established cardiology as a specialty in Bangladesh. He has outstanding contribution in the field of prevention and control of cardiovascular diseases in this country. He was the key figure in creating modern facilities for cardiac patients & educating […]

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Councillor Rokhsana Fiaz beats Sir Robin Wales to become Newham Labour’s next mayoral candidate

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After 16 years in the post, Sir Robin Wales will not be Newham’s next mayor. Labour members have been voting to elect their candidate for May’s mayoral elections. Today, it was announced that Councillor Rokhsana Fiaz won by 861 votes to 503. She said: “I want to thank Labour party members in Newham for putting […]

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At least 50 firefighters responded to a huge fire on Great Portland Street in London

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London Fire Brigade (LFB) said it was called to reports of a fire at 12.45pm on Great Portland Street, where officers were still establishing the situation. The London Fire Brigade said: ‘The Great Portland Street fire is in a building under refurbishment. ‘There are a number of gas cylinders involved in the blaze. ‘A exclusion […]

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Open Doors, Open Mosques, Open Communities

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Over 200 mosques across the UK are getting set to open their doors on 18 February as part of Visit My Mosque Day 2018 with the aim of building more bridges between communities. An official launch event for press and media will be held on 15 February at Al-Manaar, the Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre in […]

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Makkah has ‘major role to play in Vision 2030’

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MAKKAH: More than 40 largely unknown archaeological and historical sites in Makkah could play a major part in Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 plan to diversify the economy, according to experts. The sites represent a rich economic and historical resource that could be promoted among pilgrims and other visitors to the city, the specialists said. Fawaz […]

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Obama veto ‘saved’ historic Saudi-US ties

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International affairs expert George Alem said the veto US President Barack Obama used against JASTA will prevent families of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center from prosecuting the Kingdom and has preserved the historical relations between the two powers in the Arab and western worlds. He said the decision […]

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