Results for Category: Religions

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Hajj: The Fifth Pillar of Islam

Pilgrims who break any of these prohibitions out of forgetfulness, ignorance or necessity are not considered sinful; those who break any of them out of necessity are not considered sinful but are obliged to offer an animal sacrifice; but those who break any of them deliberately without excuse are considered sinful and must also offer an animal sacrifice.

Alawite Sect: Secrets and Denial

The Alawites are often accused of being esoteric, in other words they manifest their religion and teachings differently from what their essential beliefs say. In his book The Alawites, writer defined the Alawites as those who manifest their essence in different forms and make tawil (hermeneutic interpretations) of every Koranic revelation.

Keeping Up with the Circassians: How a Persecuted Group is Reclaiming its Heritage

Yet while geographically dispersed pockets of Circassians can now connect and organize, attempts to re-establish their identity and heritage are likely to remain largely symbolic unless they can overcome fierce political resistance.

Assyrian, Chaldean and Syriac Minorities in the Middle East: A Future in Limbo?

Although many ACS joined the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces in north-east Syria to fight IS, a growing number of reports point to the human rights abuses committed by the Kurdish authorities against non-Kurdish minorities, including ACS.

3000 Years on, Nowruz Remains the Soul of Iran

Nowruz is rooted in Zoroastrianism, which was the main religion in ancient Persia. For Iranians, Nowruz is like the combination of Christmas and New Year at once, and similar to the celebration of Christmas in the west, Nowruz has a social function. During the Nowruz festivities, people are supposed to visit each other and the elders give presents to the younger ones.

Moulids in Egypt: Popular Sufi Feasts Not to the Likings of All

Not everybody in Egypt is fan of the moulids. Salafists and the Muslim Brotherhood consider it haram (forbidden) in Islam, as they reject venerating ‘saints’ and pilgrimages to any other place than Mecca. While Al-Sayed considers Ibrahim El Desouki to be something like a mediator who makes his prayers heard, other Muslims would say that in Islam the relation to God is a direct one, with no place for someone in between.

Saudi Arabia’s Islamic Awakening Could be Facing Its Demise

Al-Sahwa’s origins date back to the 1950s and 1960s, when thousands of members of the Muslim Brotherhood fled violent repression across the region, especially Egypt, and came to the conservative kingdom.

Zoroastrianism: An Obscure Persian Religion that Changed the World

In terms of rituals and practices, Zoroastrians pray several times a day and worship communally in a fire temple. Contrary to Christianity, fasting and celibacy are proscribed except as part of a purification ritual. Although human struggle has a negative aspect, individuals must strive for purity and avoid defilement by the forces of death.

The Struggle to Reclaim Jihad

while some Islamic scholars claim that jihad against an open enemy is only legitimate when fought against non-Muslims who initiate aggression, others teachings still attribute aggression and violence to the word. However, the term remains as hotly debated today as it was in the past.

Why the Impact of the Medieval Scholar Ibn Taymiyyah is Growing

Today there are various Salafi movements across the world which have been inspired by Ibn Taymiyyah’s writing. In addition to purists and activist Salafis, Salafi jihadis have been referring to Ibn Taymiyyah for inspiration. For example, IS in many ways championed ideas and practices which were advocated by Ibn Taymiyyah. Many centuries after his death, his ideas, which were once considered unacceptable by many scholars of his time, have been translated into political action.