Saudi prince 'received arms cash'

 BBC News 



A Saudi prince who negotiated a £40bn arms deal between Britain and Saudi Arabia received secret payments for over a decade, a BBC probe has found.




 شاهدالخبر بالعربية  BBC TV           

Islam Presents Life-Death Challenge in Chad's Hospitals 


In Africa, some Muslims interpret Islam's teachings to mean a husband has almost total control over his wife - including her health care. Even in cases when a procedure might save a woman's life, health-care workers will often wait for a man's approval to proceed. Phuong Tran visits a hospital in the Central African country of Chad, and has this report for VOA.

Saudi official says non-Muslims can worship -- in private  


Non-Muslims in Saudi Arabia are free to practise their religion in the ultra-conservative Gulf kingdom but must do so in private, the head of a government watchdog told AFP on Monday.

Muhammad is No 2 in boy's names in UK 

Muhammad is now second only to Jack as the most popular name for baby boys in Britain and is likely to rise to No 1 by next year, a study by The Times has found. The name, if all 14 different spellings are included, was shared by 5,991 newborn boys last year, beating Thomas into third place, followed by Joshua and Oliver.

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.


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


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


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


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.

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