Religious council presents house key to needy family
The Brunei Islamic Religious Council made another initiative to provide assistance to the poor and the needy in the country when it presented a house key to Dayang Hasnah bte Abdullah at the house located at Simpang 66, Kg Bengkurong yesterday.The guest of honor, Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Rajid bin Haji Abdul Kadir, the Director of Mosque Affairs at the Ministry of Religious Affairs, handed over the key to the recipient during a presentation ceremony held at the house.
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KABUL, Afghanistan -
A council of Islamic scholars has urged Afghan women working outside of their homes to wear a traditional long dress and headscarf.
"The proper dress for the woman is the hijab, and it shouldn't be too tight," deputy chief of the Supreme Court, Fazil Ahmed Manawi said.In a resolution read out late Thursday on television by Manawi, the clerics also urged the government to punish publications that violate Islamic values.Some Afghan women and girls have returned to work and education since the fall in late 2001 of the hardliner Taliban government, which had imposed a version of Islamic law that confined many women to the home.
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Iraq's Shiites contemplate a power vacuum
The religious majority are divided on what they want, but agreed on what they are against, writes Herald Correspondent Ed O'Loughlin. A teacher of electrical engineering, Fellah al-Hassan is a voluntary attendant at Najaf's Shrine of Imam Ali, revered by Shiites as the founder of their branch of the Muslim faith. This week hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Shiites flocked to Najaf to mark Thursday's anniversary of the 40th day after the death of the prophet Muhammad, Ali's cousin and father-in-law. Forbidden to non-Muslims, the breathtaking inner sanctum of Ali's tomb is lined with a mosaic of painted tiles and mirrors, gleaming in the light. The tomb itself is clad in panels of heavy gold and delicate silver filigree, spelling out prayers from the Koran. Women were there too, but silent and shy, shrouded in the shapeless black gowns compulsory for Shiite females here, as in neighboring Iran. Once inside the shrine, though, many of the women dissolved into tears, hurling themselves at the tomb to kiss it, throwing green cloths up onto the bier in token of their most desperate wishes.
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Motahhari, Need of the Time
Friday marked the 24th martyrdom anniversary of the learned scholar Ayatollah Morteza Motahhari. The sorrow of his demise is still with us in our minds and hearts. He is a symbol of the holy Prophet Mohammad's saying that with the demise of genuine scientists and true theologians Islam is dealt with a blow which is not compensated by any means. http://www.tehrantimes.com/Description.asp?Da=5/3/03&Cat=2&Num=023
Madrid, The Islamic Cultural Centers in Europe, and in the Western world in general, are doing their utmost in presenting the correct picture of Islam, particularly following the 9/11 events in the USA, which resulted in intense hatred for the Muslims in many parts of the West, and branding them all as terrorists.
Among the busiest of the centers is the one inMadrid,Spain, which, since those events, has been receiving streams of visitors, mostly Spaniards who want to known more about this faith and what it stands for.
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