Worshippers throng mosques for ‘qiyamullail’

By BADEA ABU AL-NAJA & MD RASOOLDEEN | ARAB NEWS MAKKAH/RIYADH: The Grand Mosque in Makkah is filled to the brim with worshippers these days as hundreds of thousands of pilgrims have come from all over the world to perform Umrah and attend taraweeh and qiyamullail prayers, seeking the blessings of Lailat Al-Qadr (night of power). The Civil […]

IBM produces first ‘brain chips’

Source / Courtesy: BBC IBM has developed a microprocessor which it claims comes closer than ever to replicating the human brain. The system is capable of “rewiring” its connections as it encounters new information, similar to the way biological synapses work. Researchers believe that by replicating that feature, the technology […]

ADHD diagnoses on the rise, CDC says

More and more children are getting a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The percentage of children with the condition rose from 7% in 1998-2000 to 9% in 2007-2009, for both boys and girls. In some areas of the United […]

Quran’s critics misinformed

And create not disorder in the earth after it has been set in order, and call upon Him in fear and hope. Surely, the mercy of Allah is near unto those who do good.  (Al Quran 7:57) Source/Credit: Frederick News Post Originally published on August 8, 2011 By Aamna Bhatti  I […]

‘Pilgrimage to Mecca’: The first British Muslim woman on record to have visited the Holy Cities of Madinah and Makkah

By LISA KAAKI, LISA.KAAKI@ARABNEWS.COM During the 19th century, many women, particularly Englishwomen, were fascinated by the Arab world. Most of these female travelers, like Lucie Duff Gordon, Lady Ann Blunt, Gertrude Bell, Isabelle Eberhardt and Freya Stark, to name but a few, are known to us through their impassioned travelogues. […]

The flight from marriage

Source/Credit: The Economist Conservatives in the West are fond of saying that the traditional family is the bedrock of society. That view is held even more widely in Asia. The family is the focus of Confucian ethics, which holds that a basic moral principle, xiushen (self-improvement), can be pursued only […]

Militants, ideology

It may be a bit of a stretch to say that the militants who have declared war on Pakistan have anything resembling a coherent ideology but the release of an audio recording gives a glimpse into their savage world view. The conversation is apparently between a militant and a religious scholar […]

Does God Exist?

The whole concept of religion is based on the belief in the existence of a Supreme Being, worthy of being worshipped – the Being known as God. If there is no God, we would have to admit that religion is little more than a philosophy. In fact, we would have […]

Ishmael and not Isaac!

What was the covenant that Allah gave to the Prophet Abraham and how has it played out for his two sons Ishmael and Isaac in the last 4000 years? If the promises and prophecies have come true over the last 4 millennia then there is every reason to believe that they […]