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THE UIGHUR ISSUE

By GIANCARLO ELIA VALORI — The autonomous region of Xinjiang, in the People’s Republic of China – with a relative majority of Turkmen Muslim people (45%) and the Han Chinese who since 1949 have risen from 6% to 41% of the population – is an issue not only for China, …

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The History of An-Najaf

THE LEVANT NEWS– BY Dr. Haytham Mouzahem — An-Najaf city is located southern of Iraq about 160 km south of Baghdad. Including the shrine of Imam Ali Bin Abi Talib (599-661 CE), the Shia’ called it the city of ”An-Najaf al-Ashraf” which means the holy city of An-Najaf. Imam Ali …

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A silver lining of the war on ISIS

The Levant News – New York By Ghassan Michel Rubeiz– In the international war on ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, a hidden silver lining is emerging: serious self-criticism within Muslim society and growing convergence of opinion of world leaders on ISIS. Regrettably, these two recent developments are not serious enough …

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The Pilgrimage(Hajj): The Fifth Pillar of Islam

The Fifth Pillar of Islam: The Pilgrimage (Hajj) Play article audioDownload audio Description: The merits and various rites performed in Hajj, the fifth of the five obligatory fundamental Muslim practices. By Imam Kamil Mufti Published on 13 Feb 2006 – Last modified on 04 Jan 2015 Viewed: 176309 (daily average: …

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The Shiite Religious Authority of Najaf

By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem — The hawza (seminary) in Najaf, which consists of religious schools where Shiite clerics are trained, was founded by the most prominent Shiite religious scholar, Sheikh Muhammad al-Tusi, in 1028 — even though some tend to believe that the hawza was established in Najaf decades before …

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Yes, It Is Islamic Extremism—But Why?

By Graham E. Fuller – Source: grahamefuller.com – I applaud President Obama’s efforts to avoid provoking further Islamophobia in America. But I part company with him in his well-intentioned efforts to avoid using the term “Islamic extremism.” This is not about blame, it’s about analysis. In simplest terms, right now, …

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Interpreting Islam to Muslims

By Graham E. Fuller – Source: grahamefuller.com – Can’t we ever learn? Here goes the White House again, appointing a “new” task force designed to “blunt the ISIS message.” Washington seems to believe that a main source of ISIS success to date lies in American failure to get the right …

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The power of religion

Special Report – On a Sunday in early June Muhammad Qatta, a roadside coffee-seller in the Syrian city of Aleppo, refused to serve a would-be freeloader. Even the prophet himself would have to pay, he said. Some bearded rebel fighters overheard him. Crying blasphemy, they shot him dead. Muhammad was …

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Why does ISIS hate Shi’a?

By Graham E. Fuller Published first on Graham Fullet’s Blog – ISIS has particularly targeted Shi’a as a key part of their brutal onslaught against any practice of Islam that does not conform to their narrow ahistorical interpretation view of their religion. We hear a lot from western commentators about …

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The meaning of being a Sufi

The Levant Exclusive – By Khaled Mohammed Abdou* – The Sufi: The traveller in the way of love To be human first and before anything, to realise the meaning of “within you the big world exists”. To remember that no matter how high or low, awake or heedless, forgetful or …

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Why India’s Muslims Haven’t Radicalized

THE LEVANT – By Jake Flanagin – Though Muslims make up only 14.4 percent of India’s total population, the country maintains “the world’s second-largest Muslim population in raw numbers (roughly 176 million),”according to a 2013 report by the Pew Research Center. That’s a little more than 11 percent of the world’s total Muslim …

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Islam for Dummies

THE LEVANT  – By Mehdi Hasan – Can you guess which books the wannabe jihadists Yusuf Sarwar and Mohammed Ahmed ordered online from Amazon before they set out from Birmingham to fight in Syria last May? A copy of Milestones by the Egyptian Islamist Sayyid Qutb? No. How about Messages to the World: the …

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Oman shares its experience of religious tolerance

THE LEVANT – Oman is sharing its experience of religious tolerance and co-existence among the followers of various faiths through a touring exhibition titled, “Oman’s Message of Islam”. The exhibition, organised by the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs, is taking its message to Western countries, and is currently visiting England’s Cambridge University, …

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Al Qaeda loses religious ground in Yemen

THE LEVANT  – Even though Al Qaeda Yemen has often played on Yemenis’ attachment to tradition and their keenness to remain truly literal in their applications of the tenets of Islam, it appears terror militants are fast losing ground on the religious front as more and more clerics have felt …

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ISIL making mockery of Islamic principles, concepts –

The Muslim Ummah is faced with many problems but often Muslims themselves are to blame. Consider the latest phenomenon of the thug al-Baghdadi and his declaration of the Khilafah. The noble concept of the Khialfah is being ridiculed by mass murderers and rapists using Islamic terms. The ill-conceived project is …

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Power Struggles in Middle East Exploit Islam’s Ancient Sectarian Rift

By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK – The New York Times JULY 5, 2014 RIFFA, Bahrain — Black and yellow concrete barricades block the roads entering this wealthy Sunni enclave, where foreign-born Sunni soldiers in armored personnel carriers guard the mansions of the ruling family and the business elite. Beyond the enclave are impoverished villages …

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