1. Afghan government claims Taliban stronghold
    MARJAH, Afghanistan (AP) – The Afghan government took official control of the southern Taliban stronghold of Marjah on Thursday, installing an administrator and raising the national flag while U.S.-led troops worked to root out final pockets of militants.
  2. The Importance of the Sharia Group in the Administrative Structure
    Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat – An Islamic Bank’s commitment to the provision of Islamic Sharia law and the accuracy with which it implements these laws are considered critical factors when Islamic finance clients are choosing between one Islamic institution and another. Therefore we find that Islamic financial institutions try to exploit this factor and focus on this aspect of their operations and market themselves as an Islamic financial institution, utilizing a variety of methods such as the design of the institution’s logo in order to express its Islamic identity, as well as selecting language that evoke the institute’s Islamic identity and vision. Other measures that aim at instilling confidence in the client’s subconscious include appointing figures who are well known to the target audience to the Sharia group administration. These marketing methods may have been effective in the past however clients today are more conscious and aware of the criteria that a financial institution must fulfil before it can truly be considered an Islamic financial institution. An Islamic logo or the presence of well-known Islamic figures is no longer sufficient to grant the confidence of customers in the Islamic integrity of financial institutions. Perhaps the most important criteria that clients look at is the location of the Sharia group in the Islamic financial institution’s administrative structure, and whether this guarantees the Sharia group influence and independence with regards to decision making.
  3. 2000 Mosques to Be Made Safe in Tehran, Iran
    2000 mosques in the capital Tehran will be renovated and made safe in near future, director of Tehran Municipality’s religious activities center said.
  4. Mashhad to Host Int’l Conference on Imam Musa Sadr
    An international conference will be held in the holy city of Mashhad this week featuring Iranian-born Lebanese Shia leader Imam Musa Sadr.
  5. No Mosque Near Sandhurst- British Defense Ministry
    London, Asharq Al-Awsat- British sources have asserted to Asharq Al Awsat that officials from the Ministry of Defense are objecting to plans to build a huge mosque to serve the Bengali community because it overlooks the largest military academy in Britain. The sources explained that “the officials are claiming that the new mosque would constitute a security threat to the army officers at the world renowned Sandhurst Academy because the dome of the mosque and its two minarets that will be constructed to a height of 100ft will overlook the Sandhurst parade ground”. Surrey County is scheduled to make a final decision on licensing the building of the mosque next month.
  6. Quranic Magazine in Braille
    First issue of the Besharat-e Sefid Magazine, a Quranic magazine for the visually impaired, will be published by this spring Imam Reza (AS) Islamic Teachings Center.
  7. Wahhabi Terrorists Attack Shia Muslims in Parachinar, 3 martyred
    Three Shia Muslims martyred, and four injured when a group of Wahhabi infidels atacked them at Turgarh near to Kurram Agency.
  8. Unprecedented arrests campaign in Al-Hassa
    Saudi authorities started arbitrary arrests against Saudi Shia in Al-Hassa on the past few weeks in a continuation to the campaign that was started few years back.
  9. NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT’S “SELF EXECUTION” PLAN AGAINST THE SHIA MOVEMENT
    In continuation of exposing the secret brutal plan of the Nigerian security operatives against the Islamic Movement in Nigeria under Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, the Movement has uncovered yet another offensive plan tagged SELF EXECUTION.
  10. Education minister against hijab in elementary school
    Norwegian Eduction Minister Kristin Halvorsen (SV, Socialists) wants hijabs out of elementary schools.