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The U.N. High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) said it had obtained religious rulings from top Muslim clerics that permit the Commission to collect zakāt (Islamic 'alms') and use it for relief work for refugees, upon certain conditions the Commission is to fulfill, the American CNN reported two days...
Religious freedom is a modern term that has occupied the minds of many scholars and intellectuals. What does religious freedom mean to the moderates, how do some try to deny that freedom, and could religion be forced onto someone? Dr. Youssef al-Qaradawi will answer these questions.
This article discusses how collaborative efforts are required to create a mechanism to control charities receiving zakah, so that funds reach the needy and maximize benefits for society as a whole.
Ahmad Shawqī reviews the diary of British spy “Hempher”, published in the book entitled ‘Confessions of a British spy,’ and his influence on the development of Wahhābism.
The author comments on and criticizes many aspects in the religious textbooks taught for first and second grade primary school pupils. He believes the textbooks have stupid sentences and questions that do not relate to their topics and their language contradicts the rules of the Arabic language. He...
Participants in the sixth international conference for Zakat [almsgiving as prescribed in Islam] in Doha stressed that Zakat is one of the most important means for eradicating poverty and achieving development in poor countries. They also denied any relation between Zakat organizations and...
Islam set clear guidelines for human rights hundreds of years prior to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Islam respects human rights regardless of creed, sex or color.
Muslim and Christian clergymen stress that the activity of collecting donations for building mosques and churches offends the creed and deforms its sacredness, especially because some of the people who collect such donations took up this activity as their job to make money without being questioned...
The author explains that disputes among Muslims are negatively affecting Islamic unity. These disputes are the result of two widespread misconceptions. The first is taqiyā and the second is the extreme sanctification of imāms.
The article discusses the phenomenon of business in the name of Islam and cites prominent Muslim scholar, Dr. Ahmad ‘Umar Hāshim’s theological arguments on the matter.
A cleric of the Islamic Research Academy has urged Brotherhood candidates not to spend zakāt funds on their election campaign.
Out of the blue, the Fatwa Committee of the Azhar al-Sharīf in Alexandria has issued a fatwa allowing parliamentary candidates to offer gifts to their constituents.
The history of Arab armies shows that the political caliphate [rule] was turned into a religious dispute, and they considered waging a war against their rivals a religious duty. The armies of Abu Bakr Al-Sediq [the first Caliph] used to wage war against those who did not pay the Zakat [Obligatory...
The author refutes a comment opposing his ideas concerning the punishment for apostasy, the rule of "Intentionally denying one of the fundamentals of religion" and the so-called "wars of apostasy."
Dr. W. Reiss responded to the summary of Dr. Al-Awa’s article on religious textbooks in AWR, 2003, week 52, art. 27
Religious fatwas are being aired everywhere on both local and satellite channels to the extent that the Muftī of the Republic Shaykh ‘Alī Jum‘a termed the whole thing as “an unhealthy phenomenon” that is threatening the very well-being of the society.
Any state as a political innovation is primarily a state and follows a certain religion secondarily. The misunderstanding of this dichotomy is the prime reason for the emergence of traditional extremism and the active extremists (terrorists) in the Arab region.
The author believes that faith cannot be the product of compulsion. It is unimaginable that any heavenly religion, Judaism, Christianity or Islam, can be founded on compulsion to join it. These three religions accepted and approved the religions that came before them: Judaism tells stories of the...
Scholars of the Azhar and Ayatollahs held a conference in Iran in an attempt to bring the Sunnite and Shiite denominations closer together. All the different trends in Iran welcomed the role of the Azhar in bringing the Islamic denominations closer. The conference honored Imam Al-Bargroudi, one of...
After the dissipation of the echo of the gun bullets that the Turk, Ali Agha fired in St. Peter’s square, attempting to assassinate Pope John Paul II, 19 years ago, the Vatican has finally decided to ask the Italian government to release the Turk Ali Agha and forgive his failed attempt to...

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