Muslim

Top Female Politicians Who Defied Saudi Arabia’s Dress Code

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Saudi Arabia sparked headlines for her defiance of the country’s dress code. Merkel was seen without the headscarf on an official visit to the conservative Kingdom, which requires women to cover their hair by law. However, Merkel is not the only one to have snubbed the law. Here are

[ Read More ]

Saudi Police Detain Young Woman for Removing Abaya

DUBAI, Dec 12 – Saudi police detained a young woman for violating modesty rules after she removed her abaya, the loose-fitting, full-length robes women are required to wear, on a main street in the capital Riyadh, local media reported on Monday. The conservative Muslim country enforces a strict dress code for women in public. The

[ Read More ]

Lest We Forget: My Experience at the Muslim Jewish Conference

By Aleena Khan It is a part of ancient Jewish tradition to leave a small stone or pebble at a grave. While there are various perspectives on why one leaves a visitation stone, what everyone agrees on is that a stone will never die. Unlike flowers, a stone is permanent, something that signifies more than

[ Read More ]

Thailand’s First Halal Hotel Hopes to Help Boost Muslim Arrivals

BANGKOK, Aug 30  – Predominately Buddhist Thailand has opened its first halal hotel as hopes to attract more Muslim visitors and boost one of the few bright spots in its economy. Nearly 30 million foreign tourists came to Thailand last year but only about 658,000 were from the Middle East, according to industry data. The

[ Read More ]

A Feast for the Faithful

Ramadan may be a time of introspection for most, but it’s also a time of delicious treats worldwide BY Arfa Shahid Indulging in gourmet meals and heavy desserts especially prepared for Ramadan may be ironic during this sacred month, which is about foregoing worldly pleasures and commemorating the struggles of the needy. The fact that the

[ Read More ]

Belgium: Pop Goes the Jihad

The bombings in Brussels show that most of what you’re being told about Daesh and the extremists is wrong BY Kurt Eichenwald Anyone surprised by the recent murderous attacks in Brussels has not been paying attention. Per capita, Belgium is Europe’s hotbed of young Muslims who travel to Syria to fight alongside the militant group

[ Read More ]

Palestine: The Lone Ranger

A Palestinian woman is determined to stay in her home despite settlers’ intimidation tactics By Maher Abukhater When Jamila Shalaldeh got married in 1988, she did not know that leaving her small town and moving to the city of Hebron, south of the West Bank, would be a terrifying and challenging experience for her and

[ Read More ]

Australia: Spitting Fire

The voice of a generation, rapper Omar Musa takes the stage BY Bilal Qureshi In the rising tide of art about the contemporary burden of Muslim identity, the poet, rapper, and novelist Omar Musa is emerging as one of his generation’s most original and urgent voices. As a child of an interracial relationship growing up

[ Read More ]