In defence of Erdogan

Eric S. Margolis WESTERN politicians and media have been scolding Turkey's prime minister Recep Erdogan over anti-government demonstrations in Istanbul and Ankara. What began as a local protest over the foolish plan to raze trees in Gezi Park near Istanbul's bustling Taksim Square quickly exploded into major protests thanks to the ham-handed response of Istanbul … Continue reading In defence of Erdogan

Egypt’s Scholars Elect New Mufti

CAIRO – Muslim scholars have chosen a professor of Islamic jurisprudence to become Egypt’s new Mufti, the first time the top religious leader be elected since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak. “Dr Shawki Ibrahim Abdel-Karim Allam, professor of Islamic law in Tanta University, got the highest number of votes and the matter has been sent … Continue reading Egypt’s Scholars Elect New Mufti

Kelantan MB ‘got what it cakes’ as he meets top Penang bishop

Jan 28: While many have welcomed the surprise birthday treat thrown by DAP chairman Karpal Singh - one of the more outspoken critics of PAS - to the Islamic party's top leader Tuan Guru Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, (Chief Minister of Kelantan) the latter's Northern trip also saw another similar gesture. Only this time, … Continue reading Kelantan MB ‘got what it cakes’ as he meets top Penang bishop

When an imam goes to church …

A beautiful video clip of an imam and his colleagues extending the hand of friendship and brother/sisterhood to Christians in Egypt as they celebrate Christmas.   Imam Mazhar Shaheen is from the Omar Makram Mosque in Tahrir Square, Cairo, which is known for its inter-faith initiatives. He visited the nearby Kasr El Dobarah Church, the … Continue reading When an imam goes to church …

Muslim Brotherhood claims charter ‘approved’ with 64% vote

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood is claiming that the country's new draft constitution has been passed after the final round of voting in a referendum, even as the opposition has claimed the group engaged in voting fraud. The Muslim Brotherhood, from which President Mohamed Morsi hails, and the official al-Ahram newspaper reported that about 64 percent of … Continue reading Muslim Brotherhood claims charter ‘approved’ with 64% vote

Woman Right in Egypt Constitution

Women’s rights in Egypt’s draft constitution—that Egyptians will vote for or against in a public referendum in December 15—is one of the most debated issues among supports and opponents of the constitution. Opponents of the draft constitution argue that it undermines women’s basic rights and freedoms. Its supporters, on the other hand, claim that it … Continue reading Woman Right in Egypt Constitution

Hudud (Penalties) in Contemporary Legal Discourse

On Sunday, January 2, 2011, Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, president of the International Union for Muslim Scholars (IUMS), was interviewed by Al Jazeera channel program Ash-Shari`ah wa Al-Hayah (Shari`ah and Life). The interview's main theme was "Hudud in Contemporary Fiqh." From time to time, the question of hudud (fixed penalties in the Islamic Shari`ah) and their … Continue reading Hudud (Penalties) in Contemporary Legal Discourse