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Indonesian Muslims prayer by portable_soul / Creative Commons

Southeast Asia Muslims Most Devout

CAIRO – Muslims in Southeast Asian are among the most devout in the world, being the most enthusiastic followers of the five pillars of Islam, including Zakah, prayers and fating, a new survey has found. “Annual almsgiving, which by custom is supposed to equal approximately 2.5% of a person’s total wealth, is almost as widely observed as fasting during Ramadan,” the Pew Research Center said in a new survey cited by the Wall Street Journal on Monday, August 27. “In Southeast Asia and South Asia, the median of roughly nine-in-ten Muslims say they performed Zakah.” The survey, which included 35,000 Muslims worldwide, focused on the performance of the five pillars of Islam; Shahadah...

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Gaza, get an airport or get a life

And thereby hangs a tale. And therein lies my pain. What worsens the situation and doubles the pain is that all moves around, oblivious to every fact on the ground. I seem destined to suffer each time I have to cross the Rafah border into Egypt. My story is not worth mentioning as compared to other ghastly stories whose ending is shaped by the Palestinian-Egyptian mood by which the conflict is once eased and million times further complicated. Unluckily, the latter has always been my case whenever I need to travel. And this makes the odyssey of crossing the Rafah-border worth telling. “Why don’t Palestinians have an airport?” it’s the joke that kills me the most. The difficulty of going out...

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Jewish threats force Al-Aqsa closure

  Israeli forces barred far-right Jews on Sunday, February 12, from entering Al-Aqsa mosque, Islam’s third holiest shrine, in Al-Quds (Occupied East Jerusalem), amid warnings that Israel is planning to build a new cultural center on Arab and Muslim ruins near the Muslim holy site. “A security assessment determined that the compound should be closed for visitors. Muslim worshipers can pray as usual,” a police source told Yediot Ahronot. Problems erupted following the distribution of hate rightist flayers urging the “purification of Temple Mount from the enemies of Israel.” “Member of the Likud Caucus, along with its thousands of members, headed by...

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