Where in the world is the first Call to Prayer recited?

For millions of years the sun has first sent its rays to this place; it is the Kamchatka Peninsula which lies to the east of Japan and under Russia, flowing like a hook onto the ocean… The first people to see the rising sun are those in...

read more 31.10.2010, Sunday

Collective Iftar at the end of one Month of Fasting

Folders / Ramadan / Mehmet Paksu

The Eid ul-Fitr has a special place among Muslims. Like the joy of iftar after a day of fasting, it reflects the joy of a collective iftar, or breaking of the fast, after a month of fasting.

read more 28.10.2010, Thursday

Fasting And Economics

Folders / Ramadan / Mustafa Özel, PhD

The only connection between fasting and economics for most of us is the market pick-up particularly in the food sector as Ramadan approaches. As if they have waited for the opportunity for 11 months, Muslims roll up their sleeves and naturally enliven the markets.

read more 28.10.2010, Thursday

'Those With Dates at Home Won't Go Hungry'

Folders / Ramadan / Lastprophet.info

The month of Ramadan is upon us. The display windows and street stands have now been prepared for Ramadan. The foods which will adorn the blessed iftar tables are piling up in storage rooms. The fruit which receives the most attention and is the most popular item on stands is undoubtedly the date.

read more 28.10.2010, Thursday

What is the Call to Prayer?

Folders / Call to prayer / Abdurrahman Çetin, Prof. Dr.

The adhan is recited for compulsory prayers. If the adhan that is recited from the minarets of the mosque has been heard a separate adhan is not read for the prayer to be performed in the home. If a person is far from the mosque and cannot hear the adhan or is outside a settled area, then the adhan is recited.

read more 28.10.2010, Thursday

The Day of Ashura and Its Historical Dimensions

Folders / Others / Eyüp Baş, PhD

With the murder of Husayn on the 10th of Muharram 61/10, October 680 in Karbala, this date gained importance for Shiite Muslims, and it became a day of mourning on which the promise to wreak revenge for the murder of Husayn is renewed.

read more 27.10.2010, Wednesday

Prophet Muhammad and the Middle Ages II

Folders / Others / Karen Armstrong

At a time when Jews and Muslims were being fused in the Christian imagination as the common enemy of civilisation, it is interesting that one of the first positive portraits of Muhammad in the West comes from Peter Alfonsi, a Spanish Jew who had converted to Christianity in 1106 and then lived in England as the doctor of Henry I.

read more 19.10.2010, Tuesday

Peace Through Inquiry

Folders / Conversions / F. Betül Özer

Daughter of a priest, whose father was also a priest in the Church of England, Clare Duman used to attend church every Sunday, like every practicing Christian, until the age of 18. Today living in Fethiye, Turkey with her husband and two children..

read more 11.10.2010, Monday

The Qur'an

Folders / Others / Nihat Temel, PhD

The Holy Qur'an was not revealed to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) solely as a means to keep out of harms way, or to be read at graveyards while mourning; nor was it written down and committed to memory just so that its spirit would be espoused and its orders abandoned...

read more 07.10.2010, Thursday

Who does Islamophobia Frighten?

Folders / Others / Ahsen Utku

One of the most important factors in Islamophobia is that it is domineering, like a mythological dragon which everyone fears, but which is continually fed through victimization; this is undoubtedly the language used by the media. Regardless of how often concepts such as...

read more 01.10.2010, Friday


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