Hajj 2015 Continues Despite Damage from Crane

September 17, 2015

Mecca was recently the scene of shocking proportions when a crane which had not been secured properly crashed through the roof of the masjid damaging it and killing many.  While families and the country mourns the loss of life and loved ones, we find strength and hope in the fact that they died performing acts of worship to God Almighty.  Their lives are not a loss but actually a mercy as they will be – insha’allah raised as shaheed.  Here we see Hajj 2015 continuing with live streaming of Mecca Mukarima.  May God accept the worship of all these people and those who worship in their homes.



January 29, 2011

Men, women companions or competitors?

Saturday, 29 January 2011 11:21

By Sameera Ansari | Contribution to Saudi Life

Post taken from: (http://saudilife.net/component/content/article/124-marriage/6608-men-women-companions-or-competitors)

A MAN and a woman, from what I can understand, are made to be each other’s companions, to complement each other and complete each other, right? So where and when did this companionship turn into competition? When did one start wanting to be like the other or wanting to control the other to the extent of suffocating the other.

When we are physically, emotionally and mentally different, why do we work so hard at trying to be like each other or expect one to behave like the other rather than accepting these differences and helping each other where required?

If a man imitates a woman he becomes feminine and physically weak… weaker in fact than an average woman. A

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nd if a woman imitates a man she loses her feminine side and the tenderness which is, should I say, a woman’s hallmark.

My husband once said something which rang a bell inside me, an alarm in fact. ‘If you and I act and behave the same way then where’s the attraction? It would be like me being with my male friends. Would you be comfortable if I started behaving like you? Just imagine it and see how repulsive you’ll find that to be.’

Allah made the male and female gender for specific roles in society to nurture a strong and stable environment that brings about stable-minded individuals – men and women.

What we are witnessing today is chaos. Either men are overly dominant or men and women are competing to prove each other wrong in the name of equality. The balance is lost. Where is the companionship that we were created for? Why is there such a great desire to control your ‘better half’ – male or female? Why constantly be at war with that one person who should be the one to provide you the most comfort a human can to another? Read the rest of this entry »


October 22, 2010

IOU PRESS RELEASElogo islamic open university

From the 1st of April, Dr Bilal Philip’s Islamic Online University (IOU) launched the world’s first tuition-free, Bachelor of Arts in Islamic Studies in English completely online. A major new step towards helping Muslims across the globe fulfill the Prophet’s command to seek knowledge of the religion and correct their understanding of its tenets.

After successfully running a collection of 20 free diploma courses since 2007 in which more than 30,000 students are currently registered from more than 177 different countries, Dr Bilal has taken the bold step of offering a BA along similar lines.

This path-breaking initiative utilizes the worldwide presence of the internet and advanced open source online learning technology to bring tuition-free university level Islamic education within reach of virtually anyone on the planet that has access to a computer and the internet.

The program has recorded audio and video lectures and weekly live tutorial classes in a virtual classroom setting on the net and its syllabus is based on the BA in Usool ud-Deen (Religious Foundations) curriculums of Madeenah University, Saudi Arabia, Omdurman Islamic University, Sudan, Al-Azhar in Egypt and other similar reputable Islamic institutions. Six subjects are offered each semester. Each semester is 5 months, having an online mid-term exam after two and a half months and a supervised final online at the end of the fifth month. Students are free to access their classes whenever it is convenient for them, however assignments have to be turned in and exams (mid-term and finals) have to be taken at fixed times.

There are no fees for the courses. However, there is a fixed modest registration and examination fee each semester which is calculated on a sliding scale (from $10 to $50) depending on the student’s country of residence. Enrollment for the fall semester (September 2010 – January 2011) has just begun at www.islamiconlineuniversity.com and for further clarification or help, the registrar may be contacted at:

mobile: +974 5554 3968, office: +974 44868458

email: registrar@islamiconlineuniversity.com


January 25, 2009




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January 19, 2009

Interview with Saudi Wife:  Umm Omar


It is always a pleasure to interview another “Saudi Wife” who is willing to share her views and experiences.

Thanks Tara for allowing me to interview you. To begin, please share how you and your Saudi husband met one another. There is always a story behind the marriage of a Saudi to a non-Saudi!

I have an American friend who is also married to a Saudi. Her husband is my husband’s best friend. They both acted as go betweens during our conversations on the internet. We all decided to meet up in Bahrain to see if my husband and I liked each other. Our friends invited us to a restaurant and gave us some privacy although they sat within earshot. We clicked instantly masha’Allah. I liked what I saw and he did too because the next time he came to Bahrain, he came with his three sisters and our friends for marriage. We got married on a beach in Manama before fajr, it was romantic. So actually I’m considered to have had an arranged marriage.


What was your family’s initial reaction when they learned you had met a man from Saudi Arabia? And how do they feel now that you have relocated to Saudi Arabia with your husband?

It didn’t sit well with them and they were concerned about my well-being because they had never heard good things about Saudi Arabia and how the men treat women here. However, they respected my decision and didn’t interfere. They also trusted my judgment and that of my friend.

My father never lived to see the day I set foot here having died in 1994 and my mom died almost two months after I moved here. My sister and brother miss me and my son dearly and are always asking us to come back. My sister is always offering to support us financially until we can get settled in the US. Its tempting but we are determined to try to make it work here and will only consider relocating to the US as a last resort and after exhausting all of our options to remain here.

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My wife wears the hijab. I wish she didn’t

November 9, 2008

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When I first saw my wife, she was seated in the middle of a crowded room, she had her eyes fixed on me, and she had a luxuriously unruly cascade of hair. We started talking, and from then on her hair’s startling blackness seemed emblematic of the force of her character.

In a city where half the women covered their hair in public, and just because she had such beautiful hair, Rana’s hair became for me her sign, the feature by which I’d pick her out at a distance, my symbol for understanding her and what she meant to me. So when, five years into our marriage, Rana decided to cover her hair, I was somewhat bothered. We’d moved from Syria via Morocco to Saudi Arabia, we’d had children, and Rana had worked as a teacher and TV presenter. She’d always been an elegantly modest dresser, but here, amid the compulsory dress codes of Saudi Arabia – which annoyed us both – she’d decided to introduce something new.

The hijab bothered me not just for the personal reasons above: I didn’t agree that it was Islamically required. While most Muslims have interpreted Koranic guidance on women’s dress to require head covering, the text itself is open to interpretation. ‘And tell the believing women,’ it says, ‘to lower their gaze and to be mindful of their chastity, and not to display their charms (in public) beyond what may (decently) be apparent thereof; hence, let them draw their head-coverings over their bosoms.’ In my favourite translation, Muhammad Asad notes that the directive is to cover bosoms, not heads, because in Muhammad’s Arabia men as well as women wore head-coverings anyway. Beyond that, ‘what may decently be apparent’ is deliberately vague and flexible, to fit various times and social contexts.

I thought the principle of the hijab more important than the piece of cloth, and the principle – of modesty and respect – wasn’t always practised in Arab Muslim society. It often seems that the Muslim woman plays the role of clotheshorse of honour. So long as she wears a hijab, all is good, even if Muslim men, who are also required to ‘lower their gaze and to be mindful of their chastity’, dress sexily and leer at women in the street. Why would Rana want to go along with that? Read the rest of this entry »


October 12, 2008

Tariq Al-Maeena

While lazing about on a chaise lounge by the shores of the Red Sea in a semi-slumber with the gentle waves lapping my feet , I overheard Dana, a family friend express her concerns and worries to my wife over her growing teenage sons.
As one of her sons was reaching the age when all boys are eager and ready to slide in behind the wheels of an automotive and let loose on the accelerator, her anxieties on the dangers such young souls face or put themselves through on our roads was very evident.
However, being a proactive mom, she was sounding off an idea she had on her mind for some time. “I want to launch an association we can call ‘mothers against destructive driving’. Each one of us has either known of or heard some young man losing his life tragically behind the wheel. Heaven knows how many such heartbreaking funeral wakes I have personally attended.”
By now my interest was aroused and I swung over to face her.  My son would soon be 16.  “Tell me Dana, just how do you propose going through with such an idea. Don’t get me wrong. I think it is novel and extremely beneficial, but how exactly are you going to go about it?”
“Tariq, you must have heard of the organization MADD (Mothers Against Drunken Driving) in the States that was started by a mother who lost her 13-year-old daughter to a hit-and-run drunken driver in California back in 1980. Over the years and through her efforts she managed to get several bills passed through Congress against such reckless fatalities.”
Statistics from 1980 through 2005 show a decline in such road deaths by over 10,000 for which MADD has been credited. Here in this country we are not speaking of drunk drivers but rather destructive ones who have no concept of road safety or defensive driving, and specifically our youth.”
“How I propose to begin is to get some mothers together to form a loose organization and begin by passing leaflets on street corners promoting safe driving. Our husbands can be around to prevent unnecessary harassment and I am pretty sure the cops would appreciate our intentions.”
“We can also seek out peer groups from the youth who have suffered some disabilities through traffic accidents and have them gather in front of an audience of young drivers. Let our kids see for themselves the effects of such road follies and perhaps the message will sink in deeper. Speed maims, if not kills in many cases, and it is unfortunately for life.”
Dana continued, “Taking it beyond that, mothers could petition their students’ schools to hold such forums at least twice a year to expose young drivers to the pitfalls of rash and destructive driving. Mothers could also insist that the schools provide automotive classes where driving safety and traffic laws are taught, understood and encouraged.”
“I have contacted a few mothers and they are eager to come on board. This could potentially be a grassroots organization that would be of great benefit to the citizens of tomorrow. A Saudi MADD (Mothers Against Destructive Driving) if you will, one whose only purpose is to ensure the safety and security of our children once they are ready to drive.”
I have to applaud Dana for such resolute thought. It is a fact that some of the most horrifying road accidents have involved the young in this country. Adolescent lives snuffed out in a few seconds — wasted for what?
The government alone should not be held responsible, as parents have to play a much greater part in ensuring that their loved ones are educated enough and responsible enough to be left alone behind the wheels. Parents must be aware of their children’s driving habits and activities for they could hurt not just themselves but other passengers as well. Parents should also take heed when gifting their young with vehicles with enough muscle to match jet engines.
The government can help our youth by strictly enforcing traffic laws and making the issuance of a driving license far more vigorous than maneuvering through cones on a parking lot. Mandatory road testing by qualified inspectors is necessary before driving licenses are authorized.
Just dwell on the consequences if this cannot or will not be done.
Saudi Arabia Car Crash Accidents.
In the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia about 3,500 people die and 28,000 are injured in over 153,000 traffic accidents each year. Offical sources attribute the causes of these crashes to aggressive driving, speeding, failure to obey traffic signals, Poor car maintenance, including tires and brakes


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