Saudi: Islam’s teachings face ‘orchestrated campaign of distortion’

Saudi Arabia is to monitor interpretations of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) teachings to prevent them being used to justify violence or terrorism, the Culture and Information Ministry has said. This came as the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Ahmed El-Tayeb said Islam’s teachings and legacy face an unprecedented wave of distortion at the hands of those who issue fatwas without licences and adequate knowledge. “Unfortunately, some have been allowed to issue flawed fatwas that distort Islamic Sharia and violate Islam’s true teachings,” said El-Tayeb, at a conference on…

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2019: UK mulls new Sukuk as Brexit boosts Islamic finance

Britain plans to reissue Islamic bonds in 2019, a government official told Reuters, in a sign the country’s exit from the European Union may accelerate plans to develop an Islamic finance industry. In 2014, Britain became the first Western country to issue an Islamic bond or sukuk, raising £200mn ($268mn) from a five-year deal that was 10 times oversubscribed. Officials of British government, according to Gulf Times, said at the time this was a one-off transaction rather than part of a regular programme. But a Treasury spokesperson said the UK…

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Lagos announces N100, 000 minimum deposit for Hajj 2018

…pegs initial deposit at N1.3m     The Lagos state government has announced N100, 000 minimum deposit for 2018 Hajj as it pegged initial deposit for the excise at N1.35million. The Lagos State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, which has announced this added that it had also rallied 2,332 pilgrims who took part in the 2017 exercise for a special prayer session. Executive Secretary of the board, Mr. Muftau Okoya said this, according to a statement, during a press conference in Lagos, maintaining that there is opportunity to pay in instalment…

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Is separation different from divorce in Islam?

A response by Dr. Sano Koutoub Moustapha, professor of fiqh and its principles, International Islamic University, Malaysia. Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger. Dear questioner, we’d like to say that we are impressed by your question, which emanates from a thoughtful heart. May Allah Almighty help us all adhere to the principles of this true religion, Islam, and enable us to be among the dwellers…

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Islam emerges world’s most common state-endorsed religion

Islam is the most common state-endorsed religion as most Christian nations support their faith unofficially instead, research shows. The Pew Research Centre in Washington DC analysed 199 countries and found that 43 have an official religion, 40 have a preferred religion, 106 including the US have no preferred religion and ten are actively hostile to religious institutions. These are former or currently communist countries such as China, Cuba, North Korea, Vietnam and several former Soviet republics. Some 27 governments around the world officially endorse Islam while Christianity is the state…

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Islam abhors tribalism, nepotism, says cleric

NASFAT promises to continue to foster peace and unity among the Ummah and the entire Nigerians Islam is distinct as a religion because of its abhorrence for nepotism, favouritism and all forms of tribal or ethnic affinities. Renowned Cleric, Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi, who stated this, maintained that there is no dichotomy between Muslims from the North and their brothers from the South. He declared this in Lagos, according to a statement, during a visit to Nasrul Lahi – L- Fatih Society, (NASFAT) as part of the special programme marking the…

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Muslim group demands ousting of corrupt leaders in 2019ment

The voting pattern of Nigerians should be to kick out corruption and its perpetrators in public offices in 2019, a group of Muslim societies in the country has said. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) recently announced Saturday, February 16 as the date for the 2019 presidential election. Rising under the auspices of the Muslim Rights Concerns (MURIC), the group, which poured eulogies on INEC for being proactive, maintained that this announcement came early enough to alert all stakeholders to the need for early preparations. Director, MURIC, Professor Ishaq Akintola,…

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Ansar-ud-deen underscores religious tolerance, peace ful coexistence

Ansar-ud-deen society of Nigeria has called on Muslims in Nigeria to be tolerant of adherents of other religions as this forms the crux of the teaching of the holy Prophet Muhammed (SAW). Lagos state area council of the society, which said this during the 1439 AH Islamic New Year celebration, added that Hijrah is all about promoting religious tolerant and peaceful coexistence. Chief Imam, Ansar-u-deen Society of Nigeria, Ikorodu branch, Alhaji Abdul-Fatah Odunayo, who was the Guest Lecturer at the occasion, maintained that Hijrah was significant as it is a…

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QUESTION Is masturbation lawful in Islam?

received an anonymous text from a compatriot of mine. He wrote to ask for my opinion on masturbation. He wanted to know whether masturbation is a grievous sin that is punishable by the Almighty on the day of resurrection. Just before I sat down beside my computer to do this piece, I thought I needed a professional input. I then put a call across to a medic friend and brother of mine. I asked him: ‘Brother! What is the medical position on masturbation?” He responded: “You know what Prof! I…

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‘Why FG should declare public holiday for Islamic New Year’

YOUMBAS says declaration would be in line with the rule of law, fairness and justice to Muslims in Nigeria The Federal Government should declare Muharram 1, the first day of the Islamic Hijrah Calendar, as a public holiday in line with rule of law, fairness and justice to Muslims in Nigeria, Muslim groups across the country have demanded. The groups, which included the Young Muslim Brothers and Sisters (YOUMBASS), Muslim Consultative Forum (MCF), Federation of Muslim Women in Nigeria (FOMWAN) and Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN), said this in…

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