Islamic encyclopedia released in Bangalore
By M. A. SIRAJ
Published: Feb 14, 2011 18:11 Updated: Feb 15, 2011 01:55

BANGALORE, India: A two-volume English language Islamic encyclopedia prepared by a team of scholars was released here on Sunday. The book titled An Educational Encyclopedia of Islam, edited by Syed Iqbal Zaheer, an Islamic scholar from Bangalore who works as an engineer at Dhahran, runs into two volumes of 1,300 pages and is published by the East West Educational Tools.

It covers the religious dimensions of Islam and its developments over the centuries.

Elegantly produced and aesthetically designed, the encyclopedia covers a wide range of subjects like definitions of Islamic terms, life of Prophet Muhammad (praise be upon him), social and political movements in Islam and the Islamic world, Muslim scientists and scholars of the past, Islamic law, Muslim minorities, Islamic history, etc. Read More... 

Scholarship fund created for US Muslim students
By BARBARA FERGUSON | ARAB NEWS
Published: Mar 23, 2011 22:29 Updated: Mar 23, 2011 22:29

WASHINGTON: Recognizing a real need in the US to establish media scholarships for Muslims, the US-based Islamic Scholarship Fund (ISF) and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) is jointly offering scholarships for Muslims in 2012.

The scholarship fund, founded in 2006, encourages Muslim students in the United States to pursue college and post-graduate degrees in humanities, social sciences and liberal arts. Read More...  

Local Press: Where are the Islamic relief organizations?
By ABDULLAH AL AL-JAMILI | AL-MADINAH
Published: Mar 21, 2011 00:02 Updated: Mar 21, 2011 00:02

IT has been rooted in our minds that the international relief organizations, which are mostly Western and Christian, provide assistance to poor countries, particularly in the Islamic world, for a single reason: To spread Christianity. In contrast, Islamic relief organizations seem to exist for the benefit of the officials who use them to polish their images. Read More...   

Millions of expats don't understand a word of Friday sermon
By MARIAM NIHAL | ARAB NEWS
Published: Feb 5, 2011 00:48 Updated: Feb 5, 2011 00:48

JEDDAH: Muslim expatriates in the Kingdom say there are no mosques that deliver Friday sermons (khutbah) in their languages.

"The whole point of a sermon is to understand and spread the word of Allah, but it seems no one cares enough to delve into the matter. People repeat verses or utter 'Ameen' without understanding what is being said. It has become a formality that they just want to get over with. That is not the purpose or way of preaching Islam," Indian expatriate Hannah told Arab News.  Read More...

More scholars join calls for stopping supplications against non-Muslims
By GALAL FAKKAR | ARAB NEWS
Published: Jan 11, 2011 00:04 Updated: Jan 11, 2011 01:42

JEDDAH: A total of 188 contestants from 64 countries are participating in the 32nd King Abdul Aziz international Qur’an recitation and memorization competition, which opens at the Grand Mosque in Makkah on Sunday.

Minister of Islamic Affairs Saleh Al-Asheikh will open the event, which is to be held for the first time inside the Grand Mosque. The minister commended the government’s support for the contest, which is aimed at encouraging Muslim youth to learn the Qur’an. Read More...  

Umrah for transit passengers soon
By FATIMA SIDIYA | ARAB NEWS
Published: Feb 16, 2011 00:43 Updated: Feb 16, 2011 00:56

JEDDAH: The number of religious scholars calling for a stop in supplications against non-Muslims has increased with renowned Saudi scholar Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Fouzan Al-Fouzan joining them.

“These supplications are an aggression against non-Muslims,” said Al-Fouzan, who is also a member of the Saudi Human Rights Commission. “This is against the spirit of Islam. The imams should instead pray to Allah to guide them toward the path of righteousness,” said Al-Fouzan, while describing supplications against non-Muslims as unjust.  Read More...  
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