Al-Ahram Weekly Online

120,000 Servants to Saudi Arabia

Female domestic help are to be exported to the Gulf country, stirring a public outcry, reports Reem Leila
The Egyptian Ministry of Labour Force and Migration (MLFM) has signed a unique deal with the Saudi Industrial and Commercial Chamber to send 12,000 female domestic maids every year, for nearly 10 years, to serve in Saudi homes.

France sets purge quotas for illegal immigrants

Multiple wives often misunderstood, Muslims say

Fosters on Line  

While the practice is not legal in the United States, polygamy is accepted in some parts of the world and permitted under certain circumstances in some religions, including Islam.

A Muslim can renounce his faith, but only as set out by Sharia 

Asia News  

Malaysia’s Chief Justice explains while upholding the Federal Courts ruling on the Lina Joy case, the Christian convert forced to face an Islamic court judgement. The Premier Badawi excludes that political pressure influenced judges, but admits the governments need to deal with the issue of non Muslim citizens and Islamic Courts. 

Egypt To Send 120,000 Women To Saudi As Maids

AHN Middle East Correspondent
Cairo, Egypt (AHN) - The Egyptian Minister of Labor, Aisha Abdel Hady, has signed an agreement with Saudi Arabia to send 120,000 young Egyptian women to work as maids. The signing has angered local dailies, who called the accord "a scandal" and "part of the Gulf's plan to humiliate Egypt."

Mufti Ali Gomaa calls for restrictions on issuing fatwas

Daily Star 

CAIRO: Ali Gomaa, Egypt's top Mufti, requested that all Islamic institutions put a unified standard to which all sheikhs in the world should adhere, when it comes to issuing fatwas, reported Al-Ahram Daily newspaper.

Fanning the flames, attack by Muslims on Christians in Behma

 Pierre Loza , Ahram Weekly reports on last week's sectarian violence in the Giza village of Bimha

The sectarian violence that erupted on Friday in the village of Bimha, in the Ayat district 70 kilometres south of Giza, seemed less a spontaneous outburst fuelled by wrangling among villagers than a premeditated act.

Setback for Muslim sect's 'mega-mosque' in London

An ultra-orthodox Islamic sect has delayed plans to build a "mega-mosque" in East London after the Government warned it could "raise tensions" in the community.

1,000 men living legally with multiple wives despite fears over exploitation

Polygamous marriage is flourishing as the Government admits for the first time that nearly a thousand men are living legally with multiple wives in Britain.

Egypt : Coptic Christians Call for End of Religious Persecution

By Dan Wooding, Journal Chretien

CAIRO, EGYPT — A global coalition of Coptic Christians is calling on governments of the world to demand that Egypt stop religious persecution of Coptic Christians and guarantee religious freedom and justice for all citizens.

American congressional delegation meets with Muslim Brotherhood

Source:Muslim News

Egypt criticized a meeting of four U.S. members of Congress and the head of the Muslim Brotherhood's bloc in Parliament, accusing the U.S. of having double standards for meeting with the banned Egyptian group but refusing to meet with the militant Palestinian group Hamas.

EGYPT: EGYPT RELEASES JAILED CHRISTIAN CONVERT

bahaa aqadFormer Muslim still ‘closely monitored and under threat.’

ISTANBUL, May 24 (Compass Direct News) – In a surprise gesture, Egyptian authorities have released a Christian convert from Islam who had been jailed without charges under Egypt’s controversial emergency laws for the past two years.

Some US Muslims say suicide attacks OK

AP 

WASHINGTON - One in four younger U.S. Muslims said in a poll that suicide bombings to defend their religion are acceptable at least in some circumstances, though most Muslim Americans overwhelmingly reject the tactic and are critical of Islamic extremism and al-Qaida.

Lecturer suspended after breastfeeding fatwa

Reuters

CAIRO'S al-Azhar Islamic University has suspended a lecturer who suggested men and women work colleagues could use symbolic breastfeeding to get around a religious ban on being alone together.

Call for Islamic texts re-interpretation

(Wam)

NEW YORK — The President of the United Nations General Assembly, Shaikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa, has issued a strong call for re-interpreting Islamic texts in order to address the social, educational and other constraints impeding the equality of women in the Middle East.

86 year old Christian woman forcibly converted to Islam

Ummah News Links.

LAHORE, PAKISTAN — The 86 year old wife of a Christian man, who was accused of setting the Quran, the Muslim holy book on fire on May 9, has been forcibly converted to Islam.

Christian arrested for being in Mecca 

MAKKAH, 21 May 2007 — A Sri Lankan Christian was arrested in the holy city of Makkah, which is off-limits to non-Muslims, by the Expatriates Monitoring Committee in Makkah.

Australia Muslim outrage over Judeo-Christian values 

Source 

MUSLIMS are outraged that prospective citizens will have to acknowledge the Judeo-Christian tradition as the basis of Australia's values system.

Australia's peak Muslim body said the proposed citizenship question - revealed in the Herald Sun - was disturbing and potentially divisive.

Al-Azhar fatwa on adult suckling causes outrage 

Cairo's Al-Azhar University, according to an Arabic article in Al-Arabiyya the Egyptian Parliament is now discussing a fatwa from an Al-Azhar cleric that aims to circumvent the prohibition on a male and a female who are not married to each other from working together in private. All she has to do, you see, is suckle him. Then he becomes her foster child, and they can be together without a chaperone. 

U.S. argues for extradition of radical Islamic cleric 

abu hamzaThe Associated Press

The United States argued Thursday for the extradition of a radical Islamic cleric imprisoned in Britain, accusing him of involvement in a global conspiracy to wage terrorist attacks on the U.S. and other Western countries. 


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