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Saudi Vision 2030: A 27-year-old model to take Saudi flag to Miss Universe for the first time

Model Rumy Alqahtani will be the Kingdom’s first-ever entrant in the global competition’s 73-year history, which this year’s contest to take place in Mexico in late September. Announcing her entrance in a post on Instagram, 27-year-old Alqahtani wrote: “I am honored to participate in the Miss Universe International 2024 competition “This is the first participation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the Miss Universe competition”. She posted photos of herself wearing a glittering tiara and long sequinned gown, draped in a sash and holding the Saudi flag aloft. Alqahtani, from Saudi capital Riyadh, is already widely decorated and well-known in the pageantry...
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Reasons to Fast during the Holy Month of Ramadan

"O you who Believe! Fasting has been prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may develop consciousness of God." “What is fasting?”“How does the fasting of Muslims in Ramadan differ from the fasting of other faiths?”“Why should one ‘torture’ one’s body in the first place?”“What do you really gain from fasting in the end?" These are a few questions that a number of non-Muslim friends and colleagues often ask us, usually out of fascination with this spiritually-uplifting practice of Islamic faith, and at times out of pity and sympathy for us, thinking, why...
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Tips to staying active during Ramadan

During Ramadan, energy levels may seem low and activities more sedentary than normal. Here are some tips on staying active and healthy during this fasting period. During the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Muslims around the world partake in a month-long fast as an act of worship to God. It is in this period of time that energy levels may seem low and day-to-day activities may become more sedentary than usual.  Many attribute this to the lack of eating and drinking. Yet, being too idle can actually contribute to feelings of lethargy and fatigue. The solution to this is not...
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Five key social reforms under Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince 

The decision by Saudi Arabia to allow alcohol sales to non-Muslim diplomats, according to two sources, is the latest in a series of reforms aimed at projecting a more open, moderate image. Here are five other headline-grabbing changes implemented in recent years under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, whose reputation was dealt a major blow by the 2018 murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Cinemas reopenedIn April 2018, “Black Panther” was the first film to be shown in Saudi Arabia in 35 years when the country lifted a ban imposed on cinemas by its...
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­Character of Muslims during adversity – By Kabir Alabi Garba

Brethren, the situation in Nigeria today as regards living and access to basic amenities is vividly captured in Qur’an 2: 155 quoted above. Really, the country is challenged. The hardship in the land is real and multi-dimentional. Insecurity as manifested in killing and maiming occasioned by terrorism, kidnapping, banditry, communal clashes, farmers-herders conflict, ethnic rivalry and agitation as well as existential threats through natural phenomenon such as climate change and human errorhave conspired to create fear and anxiety for Nigerians. It is a common request now to see genuine persons, who are not beggars, to ask for financial support to...
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Another Nigerian flies in brilliant colours in distant Australia

Nigerians have continued to show their stellar intelligence and continue to make waves globally in different areas of academics. Recently at the University of Queensland graduation ceremonies, Abdulrasaq Ogunyale stood out tall, graduating with distinction in Master of Peace and Conflict Studies achieving a unique feat of cumulative GPA of 6.25. The University of Queensland, Australia, ranked among the top 50 universities globally and recently named the leading university in Australia by the Australian Financial Review's inaugural Best University Ranking, graduated several students across disciplines this December. Upon graduation, the fresh graduates joined the UQ alum community of over 330,000...
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Does Islam oppress women?

Reno Omokri has come out to debunk the claim that Muslim do oppress their women. Reno Omokri, special adviser to former Nigeria President,  Goodluck Jonathan stated on his verfified X (Twitter) handle about the important of women and how Islam and some major Muslim contries like Indonesia and Pakstain do empowers female gender than many liberal nation. The best selling author said, "it is actually not true that Islam oppresses women. Rightly practised, Islam is more empowering of the female gender than many liberal societies. The United States is probably the most liberal democracy on Earth. Have they had a...
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Ways Muslim youth can use technology and social media for good

With teenagers today spending more time using all kinds of media (phone, television, computer, etc.) than interacting with parents and teachers (nine hours, according to a recent study by Common Sense Media), it makes sense to consider how we can limit this modern pastime. However, while cutting back is essential, so is learning how to effectively engage these new tools for the good of families and kids. While we should be rightly concerned about things like sexting and illicit content, we cannot deny the power of tools like FaceTime and Skype, along with countless other online platforms, to do good. Social media,...
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How parent can help to improve children social skills

There is no way to overemphasize this important fact – as a parent, you are your child's first teacher. In this role there are huge responsibilities and plenty of opportunities. There are five significant ways every parent can help children improve their social skills. These include coaching, modeling, role playing, shaping the environment, and talking. By being mindful of your own interactions with your child(ren) you can help them learn to navigate social situations and improve interpersonal skills.Be a Supportive CoachSometimes we relegate the need and work of coaches to the sports arena. But all of us need coaches, and...
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