Nothing in the Quran Says Alcohol “is Haram”: Saudi Author

Rabat - Saudi writer Abdullah bin Bakhit, has claimed on Monday that there is no verse in the holy Qur’an forbids alcohol, adding that the Qur’an doesn’t even mention the punishment over drinking alcohol. “I did not find anything in the Holy Quran that forbids alcohol.  And there is no punishment too," Abdullah bin Bakhit wrote on his Twitter account on Monday. @s_fouzan @AbdullahZareb @LOJI4 @abdullh44882 ...

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Morocco’s Religious Leadership: Allocation of €3 Million to Train Malian Imams

Taroudant - In its leading role in the fight against religious extremism that has emerged in Africa, Morocco has established a religious center in the capital of Rabat to train imams in the teachings of tolerant Islam. A group of Malian Imams arrived recently in Rabat on to study tolerant Islam. In addition to Quranic studies, the Malian imams will learn about the life of the prophet Mohammad, study Arabic ...

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Saudi Scholar Under Fire For Saying Women Not Required to Wear Veil

Rabat - A Saudi scholar came under fire over the weekend after he stated on a television program on the Saudi MBC channel on Saturday that women are not required to wear the veil in Islam. To make his point, he appeared with his wife, who did not wear a veil. Echoing a series of tweets he has been posting on his Twitter account over the past couple of weeks, the controversial Saudi scholar and former head o ...

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Frenchman Converted to Islam Thanks to Late Abdellah Baha

Rabat- Oussama Benkirane, son of the head of government Abdelilah Benikirane, has reportedly revealed that a French national has converted to Islam thanks to the late Abdullah Baha, who died in a train accident in Bouznika last Sunday. Oussama Benkirane wrote in a post on his Facebook account that he went with the son of Abdullah Baha on Thursday to visit Baha’s grave. He said that they found a man, who the ...

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Moroccan Hamza Ouarch, World’s Best Reciter of the Quran

Marrakech- Moroccan Hamza Ouarach won first prize in the Bahrain International Competition for the Recitation of the Holy Quran online (Universal Reader), organized on Tuesday in Manama, Bahrain’s capital. The Moroccan Quran reader was the best of 5000 participants. This year’s Universal Reader competition, which selects the best voices reciting the Holy Quran from various countries of the world, was consid ...

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Rural Women in Morocco: a Call for Empowerment

Fez - Although Article 19 of the 2011 Constitution states that men and women should enjoy equal rights and freedoms in all civil, political, economic, social, cultural and environmental matters, Morocco is ranked 131 out of 142 countries for equal gender rights, according to the Global Gender Gap Report of 2014. The situation is even worse for rural women in Morocco. Societal problems, stereotypes, and lack ...

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Saudi Cleric Says Women Are not Required to Wear Hijab, Can Put Makeup

Rabat - A new fatwa against wearing Hijab has been issued last week by a Saudi Cleric who said that “Islam doesn’t require women to wear veil,” adding that women can put makeup on, take pictures for themselves and post them on social media networks. The fatwa was issued by Saudi Arabia’s former head of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in Makkah, Ahmed bin Qassim al-Ghamidi. ...

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What Role for Citizens to Cope With the Floods Hitting Morocco?

Fez - With heavy rains and widespread flooding and devastation throughout Morocco, what is the role of Moroccan citizens? Moroccans are known for their magnanimous attitude and generosity when times are hard. They spare no energy to help the poor and contribute to charitable projects. With the torrential rain that has deluged many areas of Morocco already and is expected to continue for several more days, a ...

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

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 extended period of ...

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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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