Turkey President Erdogan calls for ‘updating Islam' after Saudi ‘Moderate Islam’ Culture 

Turkey President Erdogan calls for ‘updating Islam’ after Saudi ‘Moderate Islam’

Ankara: Days after 32-year-old Saudi Arabia crown prince Mohammed bin Salman advocating for “Moderate Islam”, Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stirred up a hornet’s nest saying “Islam needs to be updated” on the occasion of International Women’s Day program at the Presidential Palace in the national capital. Tayyip Erdogan in his address to women from all walks of life, heaped praise on women’s role in society but also slammed clerics justifying violence against women and defending other forms of misogyny with reference to Islam. “Recently, some people claiming to be…

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Indonesian professor wins King Faisal International Prize 2018 for service to Islam Culture 

Indonesian professor wins King Faisal International Prize 2018 for service to Islam

Riyadh: Professor Irwandi Jaswir of Indonesia was named winner of the King Faisal International Prize, one of Saudi Arabia’s most prestigious prizes during a ceremony at a luxury hotel in the country’s capital on Wednesday, for “service to Islam”. Prof. Jaswir, deputy dean of the International Institute for Halal Research and Training (INHART) was recognized for his contribution to the establishment of ‘Halal science’ pertaining to food; his research in that area and the development of new methods for quick detection of non-Halal substances in food. A notable example being…

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Saudi Arabia to lift 35-year ban on cinemas, Ministry of Information confirms Society 

Saudi Arabia to lift 35-year ban on cinemas, Ministry of Information confirms

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia has announced to lift a decades-long ban on commercial cinemas as part of social reforms led by the crown prince. Cinema theaters will be allowed to operate in the Kingdom for the first time in 35 years. Awwad Alawwad, the information minister on Monday in a statement said: “As the industry regulator, the General Commission for Audiovisual Media has started the process for licensing cinemas in the Kingdom. We expect the first cinemas to open in March 2018.” The announcement comes as part of the Vision 2030…

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Saudi Prince Mutaib bin Abdullah released after $1 Billion Deal, Official Says Current Affairs 

Saudi Prince Mutaib bin Abdullah released after $1 Billion Deal, Official Says

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia has released Prince Mutaib bin Abdullah, one of the senior Saudi royals detained three weeks ago in an anti-corruption crackdown, after reaching an “acceptable settlement agreement” with authorities paying more than $1 billion, an official involved in the anti-graft campaign said on Tuesday. Prince Miteb was among dozens of royal family members, ministers and current and former senior officials who were rounded up in a graft inquiry at least partly aimed at strengthening the power of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. An official on condition of anonymity…

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Social media outrage after Israeli Jew post photos from Prophet's Mosque in Madina Current Affairs 

Social media outrage after Israeli Jew post photos from Prophet’s Mosque in Madina

A Jewish journalist of Russian descent posted photos and videos on his Instagram account on Monday from the Mosque of the Prophet Muhammad, Madina in Saudi Arabia. The posts prompted angry comments from many users, leading Instagram to suspend his account on Tuesday. Ben Tzion, a blogger and writer for the Times of Israel, shared his pictures dressed in traditional Arab garb and a small satchel adorned with Hebrew writing from inside the Al Masjid an-Nabawi, as well as a video of a sermon likely taken during the same visit…

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88 women have applied for Haj without 'mehram' Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi Current Affairs 

88 women have applied for Haj without ‘mehram’: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

New Delhi: In a first of its kind, 88 women have applied for Haj without a “mehram” or male guardian within first week after the procedure for Haj 2018 started, Union Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said on Tuesday. As per the new Haj policy, women above 45 years of age can go on the holy pilgrimage without a male guardian in a group of four. Naqvi said 22 groups of women, 18 of them from Kerala, have applied for the Haj under the ‘non-mehram’ category since November 15.…

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Saudi King Salman to step down next week and hand over the crown to his son!

Jeddah: Saudi Arabia monarch King Salman plans to step down and announce his son Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman as his successor next week, a source close to the country’s royal family revealed. The 81-year-old king will continue as a ceremonial figurehead, handing over official leadership of the country to his son — often referred to as MBS, the Daily Mail quoted royal sources as saying. The move is seen as the final step in 32-year-old Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s power grab, which began earlier this month with the arrests…

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Establishment of Prophet's Hadith (Tradition) Complex named after King Salman in Madinah Current Affairs 

Establishment of Prophet’s Hadith (Tradition) Complex named after King Salman in Madinah

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman issued a royal decree on Tuesday to establish a complex called (the compound of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud for the Prophet’s Hadith). The Complex for the Prophet’s Hadith (Tradition) will be based in Madinah, the Saudi Press Agency reported quoting the royal decree. The complex will have a scientific council comprising of renowned scholars of Hadith from around the world. The council’s president and members will be appointed through a royal decree. Sheikh Muhammad Bin Hassan…

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Saudi Arabia lifts ban on women driving through Royal decree Current Affairs 

Saudi Arabia lifts ban on women driving through Royal decree

Jeddah: Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday that it would allow women to drive for the first time, in a royal decree King Salman abolished the longstanding ban in the ultraconservative kingdom. The Gulf kingdom is the only country in the world that bans women from driving. Until now, only men were allowed licenses and women who drove in public risked being arrested and fined. The change will take effect from June 2018, the decree referred to the “negative effects of not allowing women to drive vehicles, and the positive effects…

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