‘This is Iran’s strategy to expand Shi’a influence to Morocco,’ Al-Hadate (Morocco), 18 May 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
Moroccan daily newspaper Alittihad has reported that Iran is attempting to spread the influence of Shi’a Islam to North Africa, using Lebanese communities in Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon and Sierra Leone to financially support Shi’as in Maghreb states.– – – – هذه هي استراتيجية إيران في توسيع المد الشيعي…

‘Toufiq: Muslims who do not fight illiteracy do not have a sense of religion,’ Al-Hadate (Morocco), 13 May 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
Ahmed Toufiq, Minister of Endowments and Islamic Affairs, highlighted the need for Muslims to fight illiteracy as a part of their religious duty. The comments were made by the Moroccan minister during his speech on the issue of extremism.– – – التوفيق: المسلمون الذين لا يحاربون الأمية ليس…

Egypt

‘Shi’a leader: “June 30th” saved Egypt’s Shi’as from Muslim Brotherhood’s sectarian war,’ al-Masry al-Youm (Egypt), 15 February 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
A leader of Egypt’s Shi’a community believes that the popular coup of last summer saved Egypt’s Shi’a sect from Muslim Brotherhood rule, which spread a campaign of hatred between Sunnis and Shi’as. Salim Sabbagh claims that Mohammed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood government plan on fighting in the Syrian civil…

‘Is celebrating Mawlid an-Nabi permissible?,’ Alwatan Voice (Palestine), 12 January 2014

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
As Muslims celebrated the birth date of the Prophet Muhammad on 13/14 January 2014, this article presents the viewpoints of different Muslim scholars on the permissibility of celebrating the holiday. Some argue that is simply a celebration of believers’ happiness, while others state that since the Prophet Muhammad…

Turkish ambassador praises his country’s relations with Morocco, Hespress (Morocco), 11 December 2013

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
The Turkish ambassador to Morocco and a Turkish researcher from Istanbul highlighted the strong historical, cultural and religious ties between the two countries during a talk given at Mohammed V University in Rabat. – – سفير تركيا يشيد بعلاقات بلاده مع المغرب ١١ ديسمبر ٢٠١٣ قال السفير التركي…

Hamas statement on the occupier’s attempt to impose Zionist rituals inside Al-Aqsa, Hamasinfo.net (Gaza), 2 December 2013

Originally posted on The Edinburgh Arabic Initiative:
Hamas has released the following statement regarding Jewish groups entering the Al-Aqsa compound in Jerusalem under armed guard, disrupting regular Arab worshipers in the process. Some Jewish organizations have applied to the Israeli government to erect a Menorah in the compound for Hanukkah. Traditionally, the compound has been…