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Rania El-Masri

I’m Syrian born, living in İzmir. Well read and learned in Islamic studies. Posting everything Islamic and progressive. Open minds; Open Hearts.

The Hajj 🕋: The Ins and Outs

The so-called “Five Pillars of Islam” are the foundations and cornerstones or, as the term itself suggests, the “pillars” or supports – of Islamic faith and practice. All five are incumbent upon every physically and financially able Muslim: The recitation of the shahadah or creed (“There is no god but God [Allah], and Muhammad is…

Ramadan 2016: The Ins and Outs

Ramadan is a holy month, a time for introspection and spiritual renewal for many Muslims around the world. From waking up in the early hours for a quick bite and sip of water, to the waiting – date in hand – for the seconds to tick by until the call to prayer at sunset, why do…

Snapchat offers glimpse of Mecca on Laylat Al Qadr

For days thousands of Muslims ran a persistent social media campaign advocating for Snapchat to feature Mecca to coincide with Laylat Al Qadr or the Night of Destiny. The hashtag #mecca_live went viral as Muslims around the world hoped the coverage on Snapchat would show the beauty of the the City and Umrah pilgrimage. And for outsiders,…

Thousands Tweet In Appeal to Snapchat to Show #Mecca_Live

Almost 300,000 people tweeted #Mecca_live as part of a campaign to get Snapchat to showcase Mecca (which is closed to non-Muslim visitors) on their app on 13th July to coincide with Laylat Al Qadr or the Night of Destiny. Snapchat launched its “live” feature last year to its nearly 100 million active Snapchat users. It allows users…

Ramadan 2015: The Ins and Outs

Ramadan is a holy month, a time for introspection and spiritual renewal for many Muslims around the world. From waking up in the early hours for a quick bite and sip of water, to the waiting – date in hand – for the seconds to tick by until the call to prayer at sunset, why do…

Norway’s Muslims Form ‘Ring of Peace’ Around Oslo’s Synagogue

More than 1,000 people formed a ‘ring of peace’ Saturday outside Oslo’s main synagogue at the initiative of a group of young Muslims, offering symbolic protection for the city’s Jewish community and condemning an attack on a synagogue in neighbouring Denmark last weekend. Chanting “No to anti-semitism, no to islamophobia,” Norway’s Muslims formed what they called…

The Hajj 2014: The Ins and Outs

The so-called “Five Pillars of Islam” are the foundations and cornerstones or, as the term itself suggests, the “pillars” or supports – of Islamic faith and practice. All five are incumbent upon every physically and financially able Muslim:  the recitation of the shahadah or creed (“There is no god but God [Allah], and Muhammad is…

Leila Ahmed, Muslim Scholar, Wins Prestigious Grawemeyer Award

For the first time, the University of Louisville’s prestigious Grawemeyer Award in Religion, a $100,000 cash prize, will go to a female Muslim scholar. Leila Ahmed, a Harvard Divinity School professor specializing in women and Islam, will receive the 2013 Grawemeyer religion award for her 2011 book, “A Quiet Revolution: The Veil’s Resurgence, from the…

Malala Yousafzai: Thousands sign Nobel Peace Prize petition

Tens of thousands of people have called on the British government to nominate Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating girls’ education, for the Nobel Peace Prize. The 15-year-old is receiving specialist treatment in Birmingham after gunmen shot her on 9 October for standing up against the Taliban…

The Hajj 2012: The Ins and Outs

The so-called “Five Pillars of Islam” are the foundations and cornerstones or, as the term itself suggests, the “pillars” or supports – of Islamic faith and practice. All five are incumbent upon every physically and financially able Muslim:      the recitation of the shahadah or creed (“There is no god but God [Allah], and…