- Written by Qari Asim
This week, Muslim pilgrims will start the five day ritual of Hajj. Hajj is the world's largest annual gathering of people, which has grown from 30,000 in the 1930s to around 2 million pilgrims this year. Muslims from across the world travel to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, with a clear focus: to bring God to the centre of their lives.
It is the coming together of Muslims from every nation that makes Hajj so special. It is a personal yet collective experience.
- Written by Latheef Farook
This article was written in response to Sulochana Ramiah Ramiah Mohan’s article under the title “Religious extremism spreads in Maldives in the Ceylon Today on Sunday 30 April 2017. However Ceylon Today failed to publish this response. CT article was produced after this article
Distorting and demonizing the peaceful religion of Islam and Muslims, indiscriminate bombing of Muslim countries under false pretexts, medieval style barbaric genocides and the persecution of Muslims worldwide have become today’s New World Order.
- Written by Dokhi Fassihian & Theo Wilson, freedomhouse.org
Yemen’s civil war, which is partly a proxy conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran, has claimed more than 10,000 lives and caused a humanitarian crisis. Ending the fighting must be a priority for the United States and the international community in 2017.
The war and humanitarian crisis in Yemen—with its rampant human rights violations, multiple militant and terrorist factions, foreign interventions, widespread famine, and unchecked disease—bears an increasing resemblance to Syria.
- Written by Dr Basheer M. Nafi, MEMO
The status of a country is not determined, as some historians would have us believe, by its history alone, nor just by its geography, nor indeed by its political will. The role of countries is fashioned by the interaction of geography, history, politics and resources together.
It is through a combination of these forces that Egypt’s role was born and developed in the lives of Arabs during the 20th century, in the aftermath of the First World War and the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.
- Written by Wall Street Journal, by Yaroslav Trofimov
For decades, rejection of Israel—sometimes mixed with outright anti-Semitism—has been a defining theme of Arab politics, uniting bickering countries against a common foe.
Former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood leader who was deposed in a 2013 coup, had gone on TV three years earlier to brand Jews as “descendants of apes and pigs.” In 1988, the Palestinian militant group Hamas adopted a covenant that cited the notorious anti-Semitic forgery known as the Protocols of the Elders of Zion as proof of a global Jewish conspiracy.