Should Pro-Government Scholars be Criticized?

Recently, in the context of the Black Lives Matter demonstrations and the killing of Geoge Floyd, a prominent Saudi Cleric was asked about how protests were viewed in Islam. In a tweet (see here) he responded that “it is not permissible to protest in Islam”. His response created an uproar and a discussion of howContinue reading “Should Pro-Government Scholars be Criticized?”

The First Muslim Public Demonstration in History

“… ‘Umar’s conversion was an historic event. It deeply shocked everybody in Makkah. The Muslims were jubilant and the unbelievers dismayed. Until ‘Umar’s conversion, the Muslims could not hold their prayers in public. Now, after the accession of ‘Umar to Islam, they held them in the courtyard of the ancient sanctuary. Entering Arqam’s house, heContinue reading “The First Muslim Public Demonstration in History”

Saudi Cleric says: “It is prohibited to protest in Islam”

The Jeddah-based cleric, who is a well-known propagator in the English language and who regularly appears on Saudi-owned religious satellite channel Huda TV, which is aimed at English speakers told his 161,500 followers that “It is not permissible to protest in Islam”. Al-Hakeem came under criticism by many Muslim users, with many citing Quranic principlesContinue reading “Saudi Cleric says: “It is prohibited to protest in Islam””

The killing of George Floyd sparks controversy over African-Iraqi rights

By Saad Salloum BAGHDAD — The police killing of George Floyd and the ensuing protests in the United States are being used by Iraqi activists to raise awareness about the rights of African-Iraqis. At the same time, many Iraqi protesters have drawn parallels to the US movement, criticizing the way the Iraqi authorities have beenContinue reading “The killing of George Floyd sparks controversy over African-Iraqi rights”

The Portuguese are rediscovering their country’s Muslim past

Historians and archaeologists are showing just how integral Islam is to the country’s identity. by Marta Vidal Lisbon, Portugal – After fleeing war in his native Iraq, 33-year-old Mustafa Abdulsattar risked his life on a perilous boat trip from Turkey to Greece. Once in Greece, he was offered resettlement in Portugal, a country he knewContinue reading “The Portuguese are rediscovering their country’s Muslim past”