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The same Muslim family has protected the key to one of Christianity’s holiest sites for 850 years

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is one of the holiest sites in Christianity. It is believed to be the place of the crucifixion and burial of Jesus Christ. Each year, millions of pilgrims flood through the ancient hallways to kneel where Jesus laid, and descend upon the hallowed ground where they believe he was resurrected. “It brings up a ... Read More »

Call to evaluate ways we practice Islam

Explosions of religious-based violence as happened at the Mobile Brigade headquarters (Mako Brimob) detention center in Depok, West Java, and three churches in Surabaya were not one-time events with no connection with our daily consumption of violence. Such explosions happened because we have normalized religious discrimination through our TV programs, the preachers we listen to and the arrogance of Muslim ... Read More »

Shorter IRB service counter hours during Ramadan

The operational hours of all Inland Revenue Board (IRB) service counters will be shortened by 30 minutes throughout Ramadan. The IRB in a statement yesterday said the change of operational hours, however, would not involve the IRB counters at the Urban Transformation Centres as these come under the purview of the Finance Ministry. For all IRB branches except for Sabah ... Read More »

Jews, Muslims Celebrate Unusual Coexistence in Tunisia’s Djerba

Cyrine Ben Said, a Tunisian Muslim, carried candles and wrote her hopes for the future on an egg in religious ceremony at a synagogue on the southern island of Djerba. She wanted to share the rituals with her Jewish friends because, for her, Tunisia is a country of tolerance, coexistence and freedom of belief. “I’m here to share rituals with ... Read More »

Qatar Airways offers nutritious Iftar boxes on selected routes during Ramadan

Passengers flying on board Qatar Airways who are fasting during the Holy Month of Ramadan will be offered a nutritious Iftar meal box filled with healthy options to break their fast. Specially designed “Ramadan Kareem” Iftar boxes will be offered in-flight on selected routes across the Middle East, Pakistan, Bangladesh, as well as selected stations in India and Africa. Customers ... Read More »

There are plenty of great movies coming to UAE cinemas over Ramadan

Historically, it’s been a quiet time in cinemas in the Emirates, but this year there are huge movies releasing over the holy month. Here is our pick of what to watch.  Ramadan was once a quiet time for cinemas in the UAE: distributors and exhibitors agreed that the holy month was a period when people wanted to be at home with their ... Read More »

Ramzan 2018: As Muslims set to begin fasting, here is all you need to know about the holy month

Ramzan in 2018 will begin from May 16, Wednesday evening and shall end on June 14, Thursday. The annual observance of fast begins and ends according to the lunar Islamic Calendar. Ramzan is the ninth month of the Muslim year, during which strict fasting is observed from dawn to dusk. Ramzan is derived from Arabic root ‘ramida’ or ‘ar-ramad’, which ... Read More »

UAE malls to operate food courts in Ramadan

Malls in Dubai announce food courts, restaurants that will be operating during the day in Ramadan Soon, it will be Ramadan and shopping tourists and newly arrived expatriates in UAE will find that most dining venues shut their doors from sunrise to sunset, out of respect for those who are fasting. However, the majority of Dubai’s large shopping malls will ... Read More »

Ramadan calls for peace, humanity

Ramadan is one of the sacred months of the Muslim lunar calendar as well as it is a month of prayer and celebration during which people pray more, recite the Quran and help out the needy. Fasting from dawn to dusk is not only about abstaining from eating food and taking liquids but also about stopping speaking ill of others ... Read More »

Bodies of 20 Christians beheaded by Islamic State flown home

The bodies of 20 Christians slain by Islamic State in Libya more than three years ago have finally been flown home for burial. Their remains were flown from the Libyan city of Misrata to Cairo, according to Egyptian state television reports seen by Reuters news agency. Waiting at the airport to receive the coffins on Monday was Pope Tawadros II ... Read More »