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Women in Hijabs denied entry at several Egyptian resorts

Rabat - Many Egyptian resorts and restaurants have adopted Hijab-free zone policies, turning women in headscarves away upon entrance. In a country where 90 percent of its population is Muslim, many feel that these bans are “discriminatory” against practicing Muslim women. The ban is reportedly popular at upscale resorts and restaurants often visited by foreigners, in cities such as Sharm el Sheikh and Hurgh ...

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World’s ‘Oldest’ Koran Uncovered in University of Birmingham Archives

Rabat - What may be the oldest fragments of the Koran have been found in the archives of University of Birmingham in England.  According to researchers at University of Birmingham, the fragments are at least 1,370 years old, dating it back to between AD 568 and 645. “They could well take us back to within a few years of the actual founding of Islam,” University of Birmingham professor of Christianity and Is ...

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Eid al Fitr: Did Saudi Arabia Mistake Saturn for the Shawwal Moon?

Rabat - An information reported by a number for news website claimed that Saudi Arabia has reportedly made a mistake in the announcement of Eid al Fitr, which was celebrated last Friday in most Muslim countries. An investigation conducted by Morocco World News showed that the alleged mistake was nothing more but a hoax. According to Yabiliadi, which based its report on an unverified report published by an E ...

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Fasting Six Days of Shawwal Disputed

Fez - Imam Muslim narrates a Hadith via Ismael Ibn Jaafar, via Saad ibn Said ibn Qays, via Omar Ibn Thabet Ibn Alhareth Alkhazraji, via Abu Ayyub al-Ansari, that the Prophet, peace be upon him, said: “Whoever fasts Ramadan then follows that with six Days from Shawwal, it is like fasting perpetually.” The authenticity of this Hadith as well as its implementation are annually raised to be questioned at the en ...

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New York’s Empire State Building Lit Up in Green to Celebrate Eid al Fitr

Rabat - New York City’s emblematic Empire State Building lit up in Green on Friday to share with Muslims around the world their celebration of Eid al Fitr, the three-day holiday that marks the end of Ramadan. “The skyscraper was illuminated with the green lights until 2:00 a.m. (EST) on Saturday morning when the building traditionally turns out its lights,” according to AFP. New York City’s most famous land ...

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Five Reasons to Spend Your Next Ramadan in Palestine

Visit important religious sites Palestine is home to some of Islam's holiest sites. Al Aqsa (the Noble Sanctuary), considered the third holiest site in Islam, in Jerusalem, hosts Al Aqsa Mosque, where the Prophet Muhammad led other Prophets in prayer during the Night Journey, and the Dome of the Rock, where he ascended to heaven, according to Islamic teachings. The fourth holiest Islamic site is also found ...

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US Presidents Wishes Muslims Happy Eid al Fitr

Rabat - U.S President, Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama, extended their Eid al Fitr greetings on Thursday to the Muslim community in the U.S and all around the world. Eid al Fitr, marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting. The U.S President offered his “warm wishes” to all Muslims in a statement released on Thursday, wishing them “joy, prosperity and well-being [in the year to come]. Eid ...

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German Public TV to air Eid al Fitr Prayers

Tinejdad - German public TV and radio broadcaster Bayerischen Rundfunk will air the Eid al Fitr prayers live from a mosque in a town near Munich on Friday Morning. In an unprecedented move in the history of Germany, Germans will be able to follow the Eid al Fitr prayers, which is a religious ceremony that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. The ceremony will start at 4:45am local time on Friday, fro ...

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Eid el Fitr in Morocco will Be Celebrated Saturday: Benkirane

Rabat - Morocco’s Prime Minister, Abdelilah Benkirane, said Thursday at the weekly government meeting that the last day of Ramadan in Morocco is Friday and the first day of Eid El Fitr is Saturday. “Eid El Firt will be most likely on Saturday,” said Benkirane at the beginning of the ministerial meeting. His announcement comes several hours before the Ministry of Endowment and Islamic Affairs will announce w ...

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Snapchat Streams Ramadan Prayers Live From Mecca

Rabat - Ramadan prayers from Mecca began streaming live on Snapchat on Monday, allowing millions of worshippers in Mecca to upload video content of Mecca through Snapchat’s 24-hour live story feature. Millions of videos and pictures from inside Mecca have been shared by worshippers, using snap chat’s live story feature. The service collects submitted clips and splices them together before releasing the best ...

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French and Swiss Men Convert to Islam in Marrakesh’s Koutoubia Mosque

Rabat - A French man and a Swiss man converted to Islam on Friday and Sunday in the Koutoubia Mosque of Marrakesh. The French man took the Shahada (the Islamic declaration of faith affirming the oneness of God and the acceptance of Muhammad as His prophet) in the presence of thousands of worshippers in the Koutoubia Mosque, the largest mosque in Marrakech. The French convert reportedly decided to change his ...

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King Mohammed VI Invites 12,000 Moroccans For Collective Ramadan Iftar

Rabat - About 12,000 people are expected to take part in a collective Iftar meal tonight in Casablanca on the occasion of Laylat Alqadr, the Night of Destiny, at the initiative of King Mohammed VI. The collective Iftar, which is the first of its kind in Morocco, will take place at the Fair Exhibition in Casablanca, near Hassan II Mosque. the mosque hosts tens of thousands worshipers at Taraweeh, a set of pr ...

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