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Quran’s Central Message to Humanity is Active Pursuit of Knowledge

By Paola Garcia New York - In order for the Quran to become a real source of guidance in our lives rather than just a religious symbol, we need to approach it with the awareness that “deep insight is not gained by cursory effort.”[1] The Quran’s wisdom can steer us in the right direction and deeply transform our lives. However, for this to occur, we must read it slowly, reflecting upon each verse for an ext ...

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Morocco: A True Melting Pot

Rabat - There is no doubt that Morocco occupies a strategic position in its region. It sits at the crossroads of many cultures, religions, and civilisations, and has throughout the centuries become a true melting pot of many ways of life and human beliefs, not to mention, obviously, races and ethnic groups. In one of his speeches, the late King Hassan II described Morocco as a tree with roots in Africa, a t ...

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Australia: Alleged ISIS Supporter Shoot Shiite Leader in The Face

Taroudant, Morocco- During celebration of the day of Ashura, an Iraqi Shiite leader was reportedly shot in the face by a suspected ISIS member at a mosque in western Sydney, Australia. “Rasoul Al Mousawi was shot in the face and shoulder with pellets as he locked up the building at around 1:15 am of Monday morning,” according to a video posted on YouTube. The victim’s daughter, who witnessed the attack, sai ...

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Ashura in Morocco: Somewhere Between Culture and Religion

Marrakech- Ashura is one of several holidays that Moroccans celebrate annually. Known also as the day of Zemzam, Ashura is celebrated on the tenth day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar, just a month after Eid Al Adha. While it is a religious celebration for both Shia’ and Sunni Muslims, the way Moroccans celebrate Ashura is unique, and a world apart from the rest of the Arab and Islamic countries. The day ...

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Morocco: Join ISIS, Lose Your Nationality

By Majid Morceli San Francisco - Since the collapse of Syria, Moroccan security services have arrested several men who are recruiting fighters to join the ranks of various groups in Syria. They primarily recruited for Jabhat al-Nusra until the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a terrorist group under the leadership Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Morocco has been a major recruitment source for ISI ...

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The Reasons Behind Egypt’s Unhealthy Obsession with Morocco

Washington DC - Egyptian fixation on Morocco has reached a “hysterical” level. With an economy tumbling and a security situation worsening, Egyptians still find the time to interfere in Morocco’s internal affairs. This weeks’ comments made by Youssef Eid, Secretary General of the Fatwa at Al-Azhar Mosque, the highest religious authority in Egypt, nullifying King Mohammed’s celebration of the aid-Al-Adha is ...

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Egypt’s Al Azhar Cleric Says Eid Al-Adha in Morocco is Invalid

Tinjedad, Morocco -Scholars from Egypt’s Al-Azhar Mosque questioned today the legitimacy of the Moroccan celebration of Eid Al Adha. Unlike most Muslim countries, where the holiday was celebrated on Saturday, Morocco celebrated Eid Al-Adha on Sunday. According to El-balad, Youssef Eid, Secretary General of the Fatwa at Al-Azhar Mosque, said that Morocco’s celebration of the first day of Eid al-Adha today “i ...

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Wish a Happy Eid to a Stranger

Fes- The idea of Wish Happy Eid to a stranger was launched last year by Moroccan blogger Baba Louay. Louay spend over three years traveling around the world, and he returned to Morocco last year he deiced to share the joy of Eid holidays with strangers. "I hadn’t celebrated Eid in Morocco for three years. When I was back early 2013, I wanted to make something special. #Eid is usually celebrated among the me ...

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This is Why Muslims Celebrate Eid Al Adha Holiday

By Yassine El Hattch Rabat - Eid Al-Adha, called in Morocco Eid Al-Kabir, refers to ‘The Great Eid’ and is a famous and religious festival that is celebrated all over the Islamic world. It is celebrated on the tenth of Dhou Al-hijja each lunar year of the Islamic calendar. Religiously speaking, the root of this festival goes back to Abramham, who is deemed the father of all the Abrahamic religions: Christia ...

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Inauguration of Pro-gay Mosque in South Africa Sparks Controversy

Washington D.C. - Controversy surrounded the opening of what is proclaimed to be South Africa’s first ‘open mosque’ Friday, when a small group of people protested outside the gates at the mosque’s inaugural prayer.   The mosque, which welcomes people from all genders, religions and sexual orientations, was founded by Taj Hargey, a professor at the Muslim Educational Center of Oxford. “In South Africa 20 yea ...

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Morocco, Guinea Sign Draft Agreement to Train 500 Guinean Imams

Rabat - A draft agreement to train 500 Guinean imams (religious leaders) in Morocco was signed on Wednesday in Rabat, in the presence of Guinea's PM Mohamed Said Fofana. Signed by minister of endowments and Islamic Affairs Ahmed Toufiq and secretary general of Guinea's religious affairs ministry Hadj Abdellah Jassi, the agreement touches on the training, in the first place, of 100 imams currently working in ...

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Iran: a Man Sentenced to Death for Insulting the Prophet

Rabat - An Iranian social media activist has been reportedly sentenced to death for his alleged insult of the prophet Mohammed (PBUH). On Sunday, the Tehran-based court reportedly sentenced Souhail Arabi, a 30-year-old social media activist to death and 3 years in prison, over’ insulting the prophet charges’, local media reported. Souhail Arabi who is the father of 5-year-old child was detained in Evin pris ...

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