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UK: Review of Sharia councils being “hijacked” by counterterrorism

By: SputnikNews Source: SputnikNews “The review into Sharia councils should not fall under the counter-extremism strategy, it’s been hijacked and the women they [the UK government] should be helping will be failed,” Aina Khan, head of the Islamic and Asian division at Duncan Lewis law firm told Sputnik. It’s estimated 30 Sharia councils operate in the UK, dealing with civil matters and issuing Islamic divorce certificates and advice on other aspects of Islamic law. Decisions made in a Sharia council are not legally binding under UK laws. Home Secretary announces review into the application of Sharia Law: — Home Office (@ukhomeoffice) May 26,...

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Taiwan wants to go Halal too

By: Shelley Shan Source: More needs to be done to encourage Muslim visitors to visit Taiwan, Saudi Arabian travel industry representatives said, as the Tourism Bureau aims to attract more Muslim tourists. Cathay Pacific Airways Riyadh-based sales and marketing manager Mazen Ibrahim Kabbout and several Cathay affiliated Saudi Arabian travel agents were this week invited by the bureau to visit Taiwan. It is the first time the bureau has invited Middle Eastern agents to explore business opportunities in Taiwan. Taiwan needs to resolve visa issues if it wants to draw more tourists from Saudi Arabia, Kabbout said. “All Arabs, especially Saudi Arabians, need to arrange visas...

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A Saudi man explores social media on his mobile device as he sits at a cafe in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 24, 2016. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser

Saudi rulers step into the social media age

By: Sylvia Westall and Angus McDowall Source: Reuters via MuslimVillage DUBAI/RIYADH (Reuters) – The participation of tens of thousands of young Saudis in a social media debate over plans to reform the kingdom’s oil-reliant economy last month marked a shift in how Riyadh’s conservative rulers interact with their subjects. Saudi Arabia’s dynastic leaders, who rule by fiat and strictly limit public dissent, have historically courted public opinion only via informal councils with tribal, religious and business leaders or citizens seeking to petition them. But in one of the most active countries on social media in the Arab world, the ruling Al Saud have started trying...

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