Browsing All posts tagged under »Saudi Arabia«

The Tragic Abuse and Displacement of African Farmers by Foreign Investors

January 31, 2014


Al 1. The case of Ethiopia Just a few decades ago, Ethiopia was a country defined by its famines, particularly between 1983-1985 when in excess of half a million people starved to death as a consequence of drought, crop failure and a brutal civil war. Against this backdrop, it is impressive that in recent […]

Nelson Mandela’s Journey with Islam and Muslims in the Struggle Against Apartheid in South Africa

December 9, 2013


JOHANNESBURG – As millions worldwide bid farewell to Nelson Mandela, many Muslim eyes were turned back to history, reviving memories of a long history of interaction between Muslims and the iconic leader across the past decades.  As the Nelson Mandela himself once said, ““In the face of European colonialism, Islamic communities took their place along […]

Migrant Servant Abuse and Exploitation in Saudi Arabia

October 31, 2013


Note from Rafik Beekun: Where do these “Muslims”  learn their Islam from? Islam does not tolerate such behavior towards one’s servants. Abu Hurairah (R.A.) relates that he heard the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) say “Whoever beats the […] servant unjustly, revenge will be taken from him on the Day of Judgment.” CNN; In the amateur video, […]

Muslim World Losing Battle Against Drugs

October 23, 2009


Al Jazeera The Case of Egypt Off a major desert highway that connects Egypt’s capital to the coastal city of Alexandria, drug users gather at a hidden exit to score heroin, free from the prying eyes of the authorities. Yasser, 25, has to drive 20km on the Alexandria highway to ensure his almost daily supply. […]

Prince Bandar on Corruption in Saudi Arabia: “So what?”

June 25, 2009


The Guardian, UK Prince Bandar, challenged as to whether there is corruption in deals with the Saudi royal family and whether 1 billion UK pounds in bribe were paid to bank accounts controlled by Prince Bandar himself, replies: “Yes. So what?” Please click here to watch the video clip where he made that reply.

KAUST scholarships for graduate studies in Saudi Arabia

January 22, 2009


Saudi Arabia is setting up a New Research and Science University at Rabegh (90 Kms from Jeddah) which is unique of its kind as it has the highest grant (Endowment Fund) in the world after Harvard Business School.   It will be called KAUST ( and it will offer only Masters and PhD degrees to […]

Updated link to Webcam of Kaaba in Makkah and Masjid an Nabawi–Updated September 12, 2016

September 3, 2008


Updated and verified on September 12, 2016 by your brother in Islam Rafik Beekun Here are the current weather conditions in Makkah and Madinah. For more information about current weather, current time in either city and 5-day weather forecast, please click any of the two blue icons below, and then use your browser’s back arrow to […]

Saudis Look Beyond Oil to New Economy in Desert

July 17, 2008


By Faiza Saleh Ambah Washington Post Foreign Service Thursday, July 17, 2008; A01 MEDINA, Saudi Arabia — Clouds of yellow dust swirled in the air as tractors moved back and forth, leveling a huge, barren piece of land dotted with billboards announcing the city that will rise from the sand here. Over the next few […]

Faculty Position Openings, Taibah University, Madinah, Saudi Arabia

July 14, 2008


* TAIBAH UNIVERSITY* includes 22 colleges in the fields of: Medicine; Education and Humanities; Science; Computer and Engineering Science; Financial and Administrative Sciences; Community; Engineering; Applied Medical Sciences; Dentistry; Pharmacy; Family Science; Arts & Science; and Applied Sciences. Taibah University is equipped with a chain of Language; Computer; Clinical; and Science laboratories. It has also […]

Investment by Saudis in China Grows

May 19, 2008


Javid Hassan, Arab News Saudi investments have been flowing into China on three levels — industrial ventures, refinery joint ventures and investment in the capital market. The low cost in China of both production and skilled manpower, together with mounting energy needs, have always acted as a magnet for institutional investors from the Kingdom. Even […]

Madinah to Host International Knowledge Forum in June

May 8, 2008


P.K. Abdul Ghafour, Arab News JEDDAH, 8 May 2008 – The Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) yesterday announced its plan to hold an annual international knowledge forum in Madinah on June 22-24. SAGIA Gov. Amr Al-Dabbagh said the forum, named Noor (light) and which is the first of its kind, would bring together a […]

Price Rises Drive Expatriates out of Saudi Arabia

March 24, 2008


 Arab News JEDDAH, 23 March 2008 — Prices of essential commodities and house rents have increased by 30 to 50 percent, prompting Saudis and expatriates to call for government intervention to curb the unprecedented phenomenon and for increasing their salaries to cope with the situation. “The government should stop the monopoly of big companies that […]

About time! Saudi Arabia to lift ban on women drivers

January 21, 2008


By Damien McElroy in Riyadh, Daily Telegraph, UK Saudi Arabia is to lift its ban on women drivers in an attempt to stem a rising suffragette-style movement in the deeply conservative state. Government officials have confirmed the landmark decision and plan to issue a decree by the end of the year. The move is designed […]

Live Hajj Coverage in Makkah

December 19, 2007


This only works well if you have a fast internet connection. Please note that the stream may sometimes be interrrupted due to technical difficulties too. Here is the link to the official Saudi webcam of the Kabbah.

Muslim Housekeepers Treated as Slaves in U.S.

December 17, 2007


Kudos to our Justice system in the U.S. Unlike in many “Muslim” countries, it does not matter in the United States if a person is a multi-millionaire or not when the law catches with the culprit. This is what a millionaire couple found out in New York today, and God Willing, they will spend a […]

To survive or not: Prostitution of Iraqi Girls as Young as Six in Syria

December 3, 2007


By Lina Sinjab BBC News, Damascus Many of the Iraqi dancers are in their early teens. With their bright neon signs and glitzy decor, dozens of nightclubs line the streets of the Maraba district in the Syrian capital Damascus. It’s here that men come from far and wide – car number plates are not just […]