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Which countries ban wearing niqabs and burqas in public?

Boris Johnson, the former foreign secretary, is under pressure to apologise for the use of Islamophobic language in his most recent <i>Daily Telegraph</i> …

Religion

The 13 best documentaries about cults and controversial religions

The documentary is one of many titles in the fascinating subgenre of controversial religious documentaries.<p>Scroll through the gallery for 13 real-life cults, secretive religions, and the documentaries you need to watch on each one.

Religion

When does Ramadan 2018 begin and why does the date change every year?

Muslims across the world have been preparing for the holy month of Ramadan.<p>It is common knowledge that the month involves fasting, and ends with a …

A perfect example of moderation

Muhammad (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam – may Allah exalt his mention) was a perfect example of moderation to his followers in every walk of life. In …

15 years ago, the US invaded Iraq — here's how it changed the Middle East country

The US invaded Iraq 15 years ago on Tuesday.<p>The invasion was approved by Congress and had majority support among the American public, but is now considered one of the greatest foreign policy blunders in US history.<p>Former President George W. Bush's administration sold it on the pretext that Saddam …

Middle East

How seven years of war turned Syria's cities into 'hell on Earth'

Architectural masterpieces dating back centuries have been annihilated. Bustling marketplaces turned ghostly quiet. And basic infrastructure -- hospitals, schools, roads -- has been pummeled into dust.<p>Syria's civil war, which marks its seventh year on Thursday, has transformed ancient cities into …

This Bidet Toilet Seat Not Only Cleaned My Butt, It Changed My Life

After using the Bemis Renew Plus Bidet Cleansing Spa, how could I ever go back to toilet paper?<p>I was deep in a lavatory idyll when I realized that …

Scientists unravel the mystery of the Roman 'gate to hell'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Two thousand years ago, ancient tourists flocked to a Greco-Roman temple in Hierapolis, modern-day Turkey, situated on top of a cave once purported to be the gateway to the underworld.<p>They watched in awe as animals, from birds to bulls, dropped dead at its entrance. The cave, named the …

Ancient History

We’re not bystanders in Syria’s devastation. Some of the rubble is ours.

“He died hungry. He didn’t eat. At least he will have food in heaven.” The agony of a heartbroken mother in a faraway place called Eastern Ghouta in Syria. She cried. All she could do was cry. She had nothing to give him to eat. In a world that seems to throw away as much food as it consumes, that …

The 15-year-old documenting Eastern Ghouta massacre with selfie videos

<b>(CNN) —</b> Like most teenagers, 15-year-old Muhammad Najem spends a lot of time posting selfie videos on social media. Unlike most teenagers, Najem makes his videos in Syria as airstrikes rain bombs onto his street and kill his friends.<p>"The children of Ghouta die every day by the bombing of the Assad …

From forgetting about debts to blow-job power – 9 women reveal what they love about sex

<b>In an attempt to make some sense of the whole messy business of sex, I wrote a probably award-winning blog on what men love about it.</b><p>Men do the do …

Syrian forces killed 85 civilians near Damascus in last ten days, claims the UN

Syrian government forces and their allies have killed at least 85 civilians since Dec. 31 in stepped-up attacks against the besieged rebel enclave of …

Syria: Deadly feud rips through Al Qaeda's leadership as terrorist group takes more 'moderate' line

A deadly feud is ripping through Al Qaeda's leadership in Syria as the once-feared terror group looks to position itself as a "moderate" alternative …

To the World, They Are Muslims. To ISIS, Sufis Are Heretics.

The suicide bomber who stepped inside the gold-domed shrine in southern Pakistan in February was wearing a vest packed with ball bearings, bolts and screws. When he hit the detonator, he killed more than 80 people.<p>To the world, they were Muslims.<p>But to the Islamic State, which quickly claimed …

Islam

Sufi Islam: What you need to know

Sufism is mystical and ascetic form of Islam practiced by tens of millions of Muslims. But radical Islamists have taken to targeting Sufis in brutal …

Saudi Arabia 'must go back to proper religious roots'

A veteran Saudi journalist and political commentator has said if Saudi Arabia wants to confront Iran, it must re-embrace its proper religious identity as a Wahhabi Islamic revivalist state and build alliances with organisations rooted in political Islam such as the Muslim Brotherhood.<p>Jamal …

It’s not the Saudis destroying Lebanon — it’s Iran

If you read media coverage of the latest crisis in Lebanon, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s all pretty simple: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin …

The New York attack shows why trucks are now the terrorist weapon of choice

All you need is a car, truck, or van, a crowd of people, and a driver willing to kill.<p>On Tuesday afternoon, Sayfullo Saipov, a 29-year-old from Uzbekistan who came to the United States in 2010, drove a rented Home Depot truck into a pedestrian and bike pathin Lower Manhattan, killing eight people …

In Syria, the World’s Democracies Failed Us

Umar ibn al-Khattab, a chief adviser and successor to the Prophet Muhammad, was the last truly just ruler in the Arab world, and he died 1,400 years ago. Khattab was called “al-Farooq” — the one who distinguishes between right and wrong.<p>He also uttered one of the most beautiful phrases in Arab …

How far could the dangerous endgame in eastern Syria go?

<i>Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter.</i><p>The war against the Islamic State always promised to get messy in its final stages, as the militants retreat …

Angel Types in Islam

Types of Muslim Angels<p>Islam mentions believing in angels -- spiritual beings who love God and help carry out His will on Earth -- as one of its core …

A striking positive shift in Sunni opinion in Iraq is underway. Here's what it means.

Iraqi security forces have made great progress toward defeating the Islamic State in Iraq. Whether this military success will translate into enduring stability will depend in large part upon the attitudes of Iraqi Sunnis toward the postwar state. Since 2003, Iraqi Sunnis have viewed the political …

The 19 most powerful people you meet in hell

The masters of our universe are a uniform group of warmongers and empire apologists.<p>It's a list of names that sums up so many of the problems in U.S. …

Bin Laden’s Son Is Poised to Unify Terrorists Worldwide

Hamza bin Laden isn’t just being prepared for a leadership role in his father’s organization. He’s now the figure best placed to reunify the global …

AP Glance: The Muslim hajj pilgrimage in numbers

MINA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The Islamic hajj pilgrimage draws people from around the world to Saudi Arabia each year. The crowds, squeezed shoulder to …

Saudi Arabia

US-led anti-Isis campaign in Raqqa 'failing to avoid civilian deaths'

Hundreds of residents in Syrian city reportedly killed by airstrikes on Isis stronghold amid changes in targeting policy under Trump<p>Concerns are mounting over the civilian cost of the US-led coalition’s campaign to reclaim Islamic State’s de facto capital of Raqqa, with reports of airstrikes …

America is bombing the hell out of Syrian civilians

Local activists say US bombing in Raqqa, pictured here on July 27, 2017, is causing widespread civilian casualties.Hussein Malla /AP<p>Looking for news …

The incompatability of Islam

It’s time we were honest about the 'religion of peace'<p>In the <i>Australian</i> on the 6th of June, a senior British Muslim politician, Sajid Javid, in response to the latest atrocities in London, said that the solution to the problems must come from within the Muslim community. Few non-Muslim people would …

Making brown rice? Don't follow the instructions on the box

When I was a kid, brown rice felt like punishment. Like the ever-increasing amount of whole wheat flour that would appear in my mom’s pancakes and waffles, brown rice with dinner felt like we had done something really wrong.<p>My mom would always scorch it, informing us that, in other parts of the …