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Fatima al-Fihri: Founder of World’s First University

Many including me will be amazed to know that the world’s first-ever university was founded by a Muslim woman, Fatima al-Fihri. In the Moroccan city of Fez, she founded a masjid that developed into the famous al-Qarawiyyin university.   Fatima al-Fihri

Biden nominates Pakistan-American as first Muslim federal judge

WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden nominated Pakistani-American Zahid Quraishi as the first Muslim federal judge in the country’s history to a US District Court. If confirmed by the Senate,  Zahid Quraishi will become the first Muslim to serve in that position

AstraZeneca dispels Indonesian Muslim concerns over COVID-19 vaccine

JAKARTA: AstraZeneca said its COVID-19 vaccine contains no pork-derived ingredients, countering an assertion in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, that the drug violates Islamic law. Indonesia’s highest Muslim clerical council, the Indonesia Ulema Council or MUI said on

Harvard Law Review elects first Muslim president

BOSTON: The Harvard Law Review has named Egyptian-American as the first Muslim president in its 134-year history, elevating him to the top of one of the most prestigious US law journals. Harvard Law School student Hassaan Shahawy, said he hoped

Descent into chaos

There is one thing common among both Pakistan and India and that religious minorities continue to be targeted in both countries. Two incidents that occurred on the same day shows how both countries are descending into chaos and religious extremism.

Pakistan and Israel

There has been a paradigm shift in the recognition of Israel by Muslim countries ever since several Gulf Arab states normalized ties with Israel. The question remains which country would be next to establish diplomatic ties with the Jewish state

UAE halts visas for 13 Muslim-majority countries

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has stopped issuing new visas to citizens of 13 mostly Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to a document issued by a state-owned business park. A source briefed on the matter

US military buys location data of Muslim apps

WASHINGTON: The US military is purchasing private information gathered from apps around the world including several used by Muslims that have been downloaded nearly 100 million times. An investigation by the online magazine Motherboard found the US Special Operations Command

France-Muslim fallout

The fallout between France and the Muslim world is growing over the publication of blasphemous sketches and rising Islamophobia. There are now fears of retribution from both sides and collective punishment. Muslim leaders have condemned and French President Macron including

Indian jewellery brand pulls down ad showing Hindu-Muslim unity

MUMBAI: A renowned Indian jewellery brand has withdrawn a television advertisement after calls for a boycott for depicting an interfaith marriage. The jewellery brand Tanishq had released an advertisement that showed a Muslim family preparing a traditional baby shower for

Fallacy of the Muslim world

There is a guiding principle in global politics that nations do not have allies, they only have interests. This is being observed by the normalization of bilateral relations between Israel and UAE and soon other Arab countries. Both countries share

Shia Muslims observe religious occasion of ‘Eid-e-Ghadir’

Shia Muslims across the world are observing ‘Eid-e Ghadir’, marking the anniversary of an important event in Islamic history. According to Shia belief, tradition, and interpretation of history, this occasion commemorates the pivotal gathering when Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon

Indian hospital segregates Muslim, Hindu coronavirus patients

AHMEDABAD: A government-run hospital in Ahmedabad in the Indian state of Gujarat has segregated coronavirus patients based on their religion, claiming the order came from the government. “Generally, there are separate wards for male and female patients. But here, we

What Malcolm X Taught Us

February 21 is the 55th anniversary of the assassination of the great African-American Muslim leader and human rights activist El-Haaj Malik El-Shabazz better known as Malcolm X. His life is an example of how we can redeem ourselves with the

Justice for Rohingyas

The persecuted Rohingyas had a moment of celebration as the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered Myanmar to take emergency measures to prevent genocide of the Muslim minority community. In a unanimous verdict, the Hague-based world court said that Myanmar

Naseeruddin Shah says he cannot live in India as a Muslim

Bollywood legendary actor Naseeruddin Shah has expressed disappointment over the current situation in India, saying that after 70 years he has started to realise that he cannot stay in India as a ‘Muslim’. The 69-year-old award-winning actor broke his silence

Uighur Muslim women are being forced to sleep with Chinese men

The coverage of one of China’s worst human rights abuses the mass detainment of over a million Muslim Uighurs in northwest Xinjiang has increased over the past year. According a report by Radio Free Asia released in November, a forced-living

Speaker NA, Saudi counterpart urge unity among Muslim Ummah

ISLAMABAD: Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser called on Chairman Saudi Shura Council in Riyadh and discussed a wide range of issues including enhancing parliamentary cooperation. The speaker was accompanied by a parliamentary delegation comprising members of the National Assembly from

Footballer Ozil condemns Muslim silence over Uighurs

BERLIN: Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil, a German footballer of Turkish origin, has expressed support for Uighurs in Xinjiang province of China and criticised Muslim countries for their failure to speak up for them. “Qurans are being burnt… Mosques are being shut

India passes controversial anti-Muslim citizenship law

NEW DELHI: India’s ruling Hindu nationalist government on Wednesday approved the conttoversial citizenship that undermines the country’s secular constitution. The Citizenship Amendment Bill seeks to grant Indian nationality to Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jains, Parsis and Sikhs who fled Afghanistan, Bangladesh

What ails the Muslim Ummah?

Mahathir Mohammad, the world’s oldest prime minister, is hosting the KL Summit later this month to discuss the problems being faced by the Muslim world. Pakistan is among the five countries – dubbed M5 – seen as the pioneers of

Akon says his Islamic faith is the real key to success

Grammy Award winning singer and rapper Akon has said that many of his decisions and business moves are shaped by his Islamic faith. The Lonely singer, real name Aliaune Thiam, delivered an inspirational keynote address at the Sharjah Entrepreneurial Festival,

Teen’s TikTok video condemning China goes viral

A TikTok post by a young woman, pretending to give eyelash curling advice while actually condemning China’s crackdown on Muslims in Xinjiang, has gone viral on the Chinese-owned app that has been accused of censoring anti-Beijing content. The clip by

Gunmen fire on buses carrying Muslim Sri Lankan voters

COLOMBO: Gunmen fired at buses carrying minority Muslim voters on Saturday as Sri Lankans elected a new president, with the powerful Rajapaksa clan eyeing a comeback seven months after Islamic extremists staged deadly bombings. Minority Tamils and Muslims are seen