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Bosnia commemorates Jalal al-Din Rumi

Source : Agencies | 18 Dec 2012

A Seb-i Arus ceremony took place in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo on Monday in order to commemorate Jalal al-Din Rumi.

The Sarajevo ceremony took place at the Naksibendi Dervish Lodge in historic Bascarsi with the participation of dozens of residents.

Verses from the Holy Quran, Masnavi and hymns were read during the ceremony. The participants of the ceremony listened to parts of Rumi's life and his poems during Monday's ceremony.


New Mosques Spark Moscow Controversy

Source : OnIslam / 18 Dec 2012

Government plans to build six new mosques in the Russian capital Moscow are sparking a controversy in the country, with nationalists calling for a public referendum on the construction of the Muslim worship places.

I would not like a mosque to be built near my apartment building,” Alexander Belov, leader of the Russkiye nationalistic movement, told Interfax on Monday, December 17.
But I don't live in Lyublino or Butovo, I live in Orekhovo.”


Moscow shows "Muslims - pride of Russia".

By Jamal Fulani | Assalam | 04 Dec 2012

Production Center Art-films and "Tvorog - Media Group" launched a movie project "Muslims - the pride of Russia" to portray outstanding contribution by contemporary Russian Muslims. Presentation of the first two films took place last weekend at the Moscow Government House of public organizations.

The project authored by Ahmad Makarov and directed by Abdullah Issa is financially supported by Islamic culture, science and education development foundation.


Dubai plans $2.7 billion theme park

By Reuters | 28 Nov 2012

Dubai plans to build a 10 billion dirham ($2.7 billion) complex with five theme parks, including ones based on movies and characters from Hollywood and Bollywood cinema industry, to expand its booming tourism sector, the Dubai ruler’s office said on Monday.

Local real estate developers Meraas Holding has been chosen to develop the project, the first stage of which is expected to be completed by 2014, the office of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum said in a statement on its website.


Islamic Book Trust to publish first English Qur’anic encyclopedia

By P.K. Abdul Ghafour | 19 Nov 2012

The Kuala Lumpur-based Islamic Book Trust (IBT) announced it will print the Integrated Encyclopedia of the Qur’an in English and help spread the message of Islam around the world.

Haji P.K. Koya Kutty, executive secretary of the non-profit publishing house told Arab News, “This is the first Qur’anic encyclopedia in English in the world and the scholarly work is prepared entirely by Muslims.


Young Saudis vie with peers for excellence in entrepreneurship

By Rima al-Mikhtar | 09 Nov 2012

Injaz held the sixth annual Injaz Al-Arab Young Entrepreneurs Competition on Tuesday in Doha. Eighteen Saudi students competed with students from all over the Arab world.


Sufi Trail reveals secrets of Islamic mysticism

Source : AP | 08 Nov 2012

Perched high on a hilltop, this Sufi shrine was erected in the 16th century to honor the Sufi mystics.

And today a group of tourists are gathered to learn more about Sufi mysticism in the Palestinian village of Birzeit, near the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Raed Saadeh is briefing visitors before the start of the Sufi Trail.


Turkish agency to maintain "Mathnawi-reading tradition" in Bosnia

Source : Agencies | 23 Oct 2012

Turkish International Cooperation Agency (TIKA) to turn "Mathnawi Islamic Monastery" built in 1462 and then destroyed by Yugoslavian government in 1950s into a lodge used by Mathnawi dervishes with the financial aid of Konya Selcuklu Municipality.

The ceremony held for the launching of the project hosted Stari Grad Mayor Ibrahim Hacibayric and TIKA's Bosnia and Herzegovina Coordinator Zulfu Oruc and many other officials.


Inclusive e-learning institutes gaining popularity

By Afshan Aziz | Jeddah | 16 Oct 2012

Online training has become a way of life. People have witnessed an upsurge in learning through the Internet or CD-ROMs, so-called e-learning. Corporate houses and educational institutions have discovered that in addition to being a tool for employees to keep pace with newer challenges, e-learning can ensure considerable savings, as it makes education available to anyone, anywhere.


UNESCO to declare 2013 year of Ottoman captain Piri Reis

Source : Anadolu Agency | 04 Oct 2012

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has agreed to declare 2013 the year of Piri Reis on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of a map he drew up that included seven continents, reported the Anatolia news agency.


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