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Saturday, October 26, 2019

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

7 things every Saudi brother wants to tell his Sisters

1-Please tell the exact address, where you wish to be taken to, as I am not psychic nor your chauffeur. Whether they have to be dropped at their friend’s place we don’t care what her name is, if you can tell us the correct address. Also, directions have to be better than “next to the big billboard, or after the light pole”. This is one of the most annoying things one can do.
2-You do not have to inform dad every time you catch me smoking: Every single time! Really?  Most of us usually smoke our first cigarette due to peer pressure, so if by any chance you get your hands on any incriminating pictures with me holding a cigarette, it is best not to run to dad, faster than the speed of light.

3-It is a coincidence when every time I have to go to the store or market; you are craving cake, ice cream or chips. Is your hunger somehow synced to me going to the store? Is there some sort of detector set at the door or on my feet that tell you I am going to the store? Something that is funnier is that you always promise to pay us later.
4-Why do we have to be tasters for your culinary trials? You might like to try to make some new dish or cuisine, but I do not remember signing up to be your personal food taster. It is highly advisable to keep your culinary inventions to yourself; we are only up for trying mom’s inventions.

5-Why does there have to be a fight for the remote every time? We know that this is a usual thing to happen, but we tend to go a bit Game of Thrones when it comes to the television remote. Nobody wants to hear us fight and wage war on one other so it is better to just let me have the remote in the first place.
6-Why are you the most disorganized person I know? Make a schedule, a task list and stick to it. Running errands with you is like fighting a battle with oneself and is more unpleasant for you as it is for them.

7-There is no race for being dad’s favorite, take it easy! Yes, we know that every girl wants to be her daddy’s princess, however, please do not forget that acting like a princess around your brother and treating him like a slave will not work out at all.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

A five-star hotel in Jeddah sells the "Royal Burger" at SR 5,000 ($1,350)

Gold is a symbol of luxury, class and above all expense. Not everyone can afford to own gold. But now the new trend being set is eating gold. And believe me, not everyone can afford to eat it either.  When we refer to a person with a gold heart, we mean a person who is of a very kind nature, but what about a food with edible gold in it: a gold food, a kind one? To end up the suspense, a five-star hotel in Jeddah is now offering a burger worth SR 5,000! Not only the burger is rich in taste and ingredients, it also contains an edible gold leaf. The lavish, juicy and meaty burger is topped with a gold leaf on it.

The SR 5,000 burger being served at the Ritz Carlton, a five-star hotel in Jeddah took the internet by storm when a renowned Saudi journalist tweeted about it. He informed the internet users that a SR 5,000 worth burger is being sold at The Ritz-Carlton.  The Ritz-Carlton is situated in Al Hamra District. It has been able to be one of the favorite dining places of most people. People around the world have acknowledged its hospitality. However, now it is being famous for the Royal Burger. The burger has been named as the Royal Burger. When asked from one of the staff members, he told that it is being called the Royal Burger because of its worth. It indeed has a high price!

The staff member, whose name is not disclosed, further added that the burger is in great demand by the people. Even though it is expensive, people want to taste the highly priced burger. The burger is indeed Royal: its ‘royal’ ingredients include black truffle, wild mushrooms, Kobe beef, foie gras, caviar, cheese and of course a gold leaf. Even though edible gold is not a new concept, yet such flaked gold was served usually in desserts. Mostly flaked gold pieces were garnished upon sweet tarts. However gold leaf in a burger is quite a new concept!

In ancient eastern times, edible gold was served along dishes at very special occasions. The expensive metal would shine upon the dishes at cultural and traditional events. If you are wishing to taste gold, you can get it online through sites like and it is available with some gold distributors as well. So, you can enjoy a royal dish at home as well!

While some are busy demanding the royal dish, as per the staff member’s statement, most have bashed it. People on the internet have expressed their different views. Some say royal dishes are not new, they are served worldwide!  While a user demanded that such dishes shall be called off. Why spend so much on a single dish? We have to be answerable to Allah. While there are, people dying of famine, we here are enjoying SR 5,000 worth burger!

Source: Arab News

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

A Pilgrim lost SR 16,000 in Madina, prayed in Haram, got it back in Makkah

We often hear stories that significant amount of money was lost by people during traveling. One finds it difficult to find his lost money in his own country, yet it is extremely difficult to retrieve money in another nation.  While traveling, one can miss placing his/her valuables and they are lost forever! There are very few cases that one can get back his belongings, but as I said that are very few cases.  Yet, we have a story of a lucky pilgrim from Kuwait who could retrieve his SR 16,000. He lost is money in one city and could get them back in another.

A Kuwaiti National, Zaid Al Khabbar and his family came to Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah. They arrived at Madina and were all set to reach Madina to perform an Umrah. But, Al Khabbar lost his valuables in Madina. According to reports, the valuables included a wallet, clothes and an envelope containing SR 16,000.  He and his family realized that they had lost their valuables when they reached Makkah. Al Khabbar says that he realized that he was out of money when the cab driver who had dropped the family from Madina to Makkah asked for the fare. Al Khabbar asked for the help of Almighty Allah in his heart as they had already entered the boundaries of Haram.

Al Khabbar revealed that while he was in Madina and was settling in the cab, he saw an old man having trouble while getting on his Ihram. He went to help the man and put down his assets. He went back to the taxi, leaving behind his valuables in a hurry. So, when he told the cab driver that his wallet and other things had been left behind, the cab driver offered help. He called his brother who was in Madina. He described the things and location and asked the brother to search. The brother went on a search and told that he had been only able to find clothes. The envelope containing money was missing!

While the family had lost all the hopes to retrieve their money, the very next day, they received a call informing that they had found an envelope containing SR 16,000. The call was from the lost and found department from the area the family was residing. The lost and found department then dropped off the cash at the residing place of the Kuwaiti pilgrim.

The Kuwaiti pilgrims are delighted to have been able to find their money and other valuables back safe and sound! Indeed, it is very good to see responsible and loyal citizens around us. The cab driver and his brother had been very hospitable and helpful. Also, the person who dropped off the envelope is a great person! He or she could have taken money for him/herself! We are proud of our citizens who had made us proud around the globe: what a positive image of Saudi Arabia has been sent around the world.  Way to go guys!

Source: Saudi Gazette

Monday, June 26, 2017

Can we use toothpaste while fasting in the month of Ramadan?

The most awaited holiest month of the year, Ramadan is here. The Muslims know that the month comes once a year and want to grab as many good deeds for the hereafter as possible. Fasting is a compulsory virtue that is to be performed by all Muslims who are healthy and eligible.  Yet the Muslims do have concerns for their fast. Where it is difficult to restrain from food and water from suhoor to after, Muslims are conscious that their fast is accepted otherwise all their efforts will go in vain. There are some deeds that are prohibited whilst fasting and they break the fast. So, Muslims restrain from those activities.

However, there are some activities which are doubtful: most Muslims are not confirmed that will those activities break the fast or not? And the most doubtful activity is of brushing teeth using toothpaste. We have seen most Muslims asking a question that is it permissible to use toothpaste while fasting? Well, we all know that Prophet (PBUH) would use Miswak, which is a tooth stick for cleaning up his (PBUH) teeth whilst fasting. As per now, most people use toothpaste and toothbrush for cleaning up the teeth. So, their question is if it is permissible to use Miswak, is it permissible to use toothpaste?

Well, as in the past there was no toothbrush and toothpaste, we must have a verdict from the Islamic scholars and Ulmah. They can guide us better.  So here we are presenting to you the verdict of 3 very renowned Islamic scholars: Shaykh Ibn Baaz, Shaykh Muhammad al-Saalih ibn ‘Uthaymeen and Dr. Zakir Naik. 

According to Shaykh Ibn Baaz, it is perfectly okay to use toothpaste for cleaning teeth during fast. However, one should be careful that the toothpaste does not has a strong flavor and is not swallowed. If it is swallowed, the fast is broken and if it is of strong flavor it might move down in the throat resulting in the breaking of fast. His fatwa can be searched in his compilation known as Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn Baaz. The fatwa number is 4/247

Shaykh Muhammad al-Saalih ibn ‘Uthaymeen, further added that it is better to use toothpaste at night than in the morning. So, one shall be on the safe side and clean teeth in non-fasting hours. His verdict can be found in his writing, Al-Sharh al-Mumti’ by Ibn ‘Uthaymeen. The opinion number is 6/407.

The very renowned Islamic scholar Dr. Zakir Naik is also of the same view. He says that as the Prophet (PBUH) would use Miswak, toothpaste is permissible. According to the most of Ulmah, Muslims should avoid strongly flavored toothpaste while fasting. Swallowing toothpaste will lead to the breaking of fast.  We hope that the information was helpful. We hope that all your fasts and prayers are accepted. May Allah guide us all towards the correct path! Amen.
Source: Islam QA, YouTube

Sunday, June 25, 2017

This is our Oil, not yours, why do you expect so much from us?

Less than hundred years from now, Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf States were underdeveloped countries who were ignored by the developed states. As many states, had paved their way to development and introduced technologies in various sectors, we were no were near development! Were other countries had set up a modern outlook of their cities, camels and their owners would roam around the city selling dairy products in our cities. The modern and developed countries would laugh at us.  But then we found that our land is not that barren: people would think that the desert country could not grow anything except dates: less they knew that the land possessed valuable oil beneath it!

When the valuable oil reserves were found beneath the land, the countries started to look forward towards us. But was this right? When they were enjoying bounties of nature they would simply ignore us. They had fertile lands, they were on the way of development, they had huge assets but still did not offer us any help!  And when it was found that Allah Almighty had blessed the Gulf States with an abundant natural resource: oil, they asked for their share! But we were generous, we did not treat you the way you treated us. We ought that it was Gift from Allah that shall be shared. We didn’t take any revenge; we opened our arms and welcomed you to take some share. We held economic and military contracts which were a great help and support to you. And despite the arrogance you showed, we kept on helping you! We showed you what true brotherhood is!

We did not open our treasure towards you because you were worthy of it, but we do because it is our duty: Our duty to share the blessing of Allah. But you know what it is also our duty to protect our natural resource from wastage. The United States through Economic and military contracts had drained our resources.  Therefore, it has become essential that Muslims and Arabs take over the charge of Gulf oil. It is the time we stand up for ourselves and tell the world that Muslims and Arabs are strong, competent and intelligent! You keep on portraying the impression that Arabs and Muslims are not intelligent enough to manage their resources, you keep poking in our personal economic matters and then claim a due share in our wealth!  Let me remind you, this is our Oil, not yours, why do you expect so much from us?

As compared to your resources, ours is very limited. But with the Grace of Allah Almighty, we have been able to manage them well. We invested in the way that helped us move towards development: we have been able to spread education and up-bring strong armies. We have able to pull out a great security of our boundaries. But we took you along; we invested in ways which benefited you. We took the underdeveloped nation along us to help them rise. But fellows your poor condition is your government’s fault: they wasted resources on improper policies.

They stole your assets and then you blame us? Look at your leaders and ask them what they have done?  Your leaders had made your nations insecure and poor which had led to brain-drain! Unleash the history and you will find that it is not the Gulf States that are to be blamed for your poor conditions. It is your corrupt leaders and their selfish policies. We are kind and helpful, yet if you’ll be bad with us, we will get worse with you!

Source: Saudi Gazette

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Top 5 Terror Attacks targeting Masjid-al-Haram, Makkah and Madina

Terror attacks have occurred at various places throughout the history. The holy places like Masjid Al Haram, Makkah and Madina have also witnessed such attacks. People might not be quite aware of these attacks, but they occurred. The Grand mosque had been the victim of the terrorist attacks several times. These attacks took lives of several Muslims. So here are those top 5 Terror attacks that occurred in Masjid al Haram, Makkah and Madina.

1-The Grand Mosque of Makkah, which is a sacred place for all the Muslims, experienced a terror attack in 1979. This attack is considered the oldest one. The attack was operationalized by Juhayman al-'Utaibi and Muhammad al-Qahtani. They claimed to be Mahdi and took over the Grand Mosque. They were accompanied by 200 people who were armed. These 200 people who had extremists believe and caused the death of a lot of Muslims. These martyrs included civilians and the security men. However, after the Fatwa was issued, the Saudi security forces held an operation and wiped them out.

2-The Grand Mosque went through another attack in 1989. This second attack on the holy site was made during the Hajj through explosives. 2 explosions took place: The first on the road that is the pathway to Grand Mosque and the second explosion took place on the bridge near it. 16 people were badly injured while 1 lost his life because of explosive attacks.

3-On July 2016, Saudi Arabia was made a victim of terror attacks. The attack was quite alarming and horrific. Three suicide bombers came in to cause massive destruction in the city. One of the three could blow himself and caused the death of 4 security personals. The incident of the attacker blowing himself away took place in the parking area. The parking area is designated to the security forces and is quite near to the Prophet’s mosque. Recommended: 7 Facts you need to know about the blast in Masjid al Nabawi

4-The Houthi Militants who belong to the country of Yemen, attacked the holy city last year. On October 2016, the militants launched a rocket to attack and demolish the holy city. However, The Arab League's defenses could combat it and the city was made safe from massive destruction.  Recommended: 8 things every Muslim should know about the Houthi Missile Attack to Makkah

5-On June 2017, a suicide bomber blew himself away in the Ajyad neighborhood. He first shot security forces and then blew himself. He was hiding in the area. 6 security personals got injured while 5 were wounded because of the fire shots and the explosion.  Recommended: 11 Injured, 5 Arrested for the Suicide attack which took place near Masjid-al-Haram, Makkah
And we are not even sure about the future. Recently the Saudi Interior Ministry has reported arresting 5 terror attackers. They were planning to hold an attack on the Grand Mosque. These attackers belonged from 3 groups: two were Makkah-based while one was Jeddah-based.  We hope our authorities would able to catch all these gangs.   May Allah protect us all from such attacks and May Allah keeps us all safe and sound. Ameen!

Source: Al Arabiya

Qatar must agree to these 13 demands within 10 days or continue to face blockade

We have been covering the story of Qatar Blockade since the beginning. In the morning of June 05, 2017, Saudi Arabia along with other 5 Arab countries namely Bahrain, UAE, Libya, Egypt and Yemen cut off all its relationships with Qatar. Embassies of Qatar working in these countries were given 48 hours to leave the country and Qatari nationals were requested to pack off within 14 days. These countries revoked the license of Qatar Airlines and stopped all its flights from operating from the Air. The border with Qatar was sealed resulting in heavy losses to Qatar. One should be wondering, why did these Muslim countries do it? Here we have the reasons. Recommended: Why Saudi Arabia along with 5 countries cut down relations with Qatar?

Now Saudi Arabia along with 5 other Arab Countries has issued a list of demand which Qatar must comply with to stop this blockade. The timeframe given to the government of Qatar to act on these demands is 10 days. If they don’t agree to this, they will continue to face blockade. A list of those 13 demands has been provided below. Recommended: We have boycotted Qatar, not Qataris. They are our brothers.
1-Cut down all diplomatic relations and joint military cooperation with Iran and close its embassies and consulates in Qatar. Only trade and commerce with Iran that complies with US and international sanctions will be permitted.
2-Cut down all relations with terrorist organizations especially the Muslim Brotherhood, Daesh, Al Qaeda, and Lebanon's Hezbollah. These groups should be declared as terrorist organizations by the Qatar.

3-Shutdown Al-Jazeera newspaper, tv channel, radio channel and all other related stations.
4-Shut down all those news outlets which Qatar funds directly or indirectly, officially or unofficially including Arabi21, Rassd, Al Araby Al-Jadeed and Middle East Eye.
5-Turkish Military must be sent back to Turkey from Qatar and there should be no joint military cooperation with Turkey inside of Qatar.

6-Qatar must stop funding all organizations and individuals which have been declared by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, Bahrain, the United States and other countries as terrorists.
7-Handover the terrorist figures in Qatar wanted by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, Bahrain, the United States and other countries. Freeze their accounts and provide the information about their sources of funds.
8-Qatar must stop granting nationality to the people wanted by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, Bahrain, the United States and other countries.

9-Stop all contacts with political opposition parties of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, Bahrain.
10-Pay compensation to aggrieved families for the life losses and financial losses caused by Qatar’s policies in recent years.
11.In compliance with the agreement signed among Arab countries including Qatar in 2014, align itself with other Gulf and Arab countries militarily, politically, socially and economically.

12-Agree to all the demands within 10 days or continue to face the blockade.
13.Qatar must undergo the Audit for the first year of agreeing to the demand, then once per quarter during the second year. For the following 10 years, Qatar would be monitored annually for compliance.

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11 Injured, 5 Arrested for the Suicide attack which took place near Masjid-al-Haram, Makkah

By the grace of Allah, Saudi security forces have successfully countered the terrorist act to target Masjid-al-Haram in Makkah today June 23, 2017. As a Muslim, it is our belief that the security of the House of Allah is the responsibility of Allah. He has kept it safe for thousands of years and he will continue to protect it from all the evils. There is a Surah in Quran discussing how Allah protected His house from the attack of Abraha in the year when Prophet Muhammad S.A.W was born i.e. 571 A.D. Recommended: Top 5 Terror Attacks targeting Masjid-al-Haram, Makkah and Madina

It has been reported that a suicide bomber was hiding in a house in the Ajyad neighborhood of Makkah. Security forces got some intelligence information about it and they were surrounding him when he opened direct fire on them. He continued heavy firing on the security forces until he blew himself causing the collapse of the building in which he was living. Six people from the general public were injured and five members of the security forces were slightly injured. 5 people who have been arrested during this crackdown include a woman. The arrested people are currently being investigated.

Security forces had found two groups of terrorists in Makkah and a third group in the city of Jeddah. The foiled attack targeted worshipers at the mosque, it said. The first operation was foiled in Makkah in Assila district, while the second was thwarted in Ajyad Al Masafi neighborhood. We believe they started operation in Ajyad based upon the information they received from these two operations.

Gulf News has reported that the gunmen, who are wanted for terrorism, exchanged fire with the security forces who surrounded one of the buildings in the al-Aseelah neighborhood in Makkah where the militants were hiding. Six expatriates were injured in the clashes as well as five security forces, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry said. It is believed the gunfire was mere meters away from the Mosque itself in Ajyad. But these reports are yet to be confirmed.

This is not the first time terrorists have targeted Saudi Arabia during the month of Ramadan. If you remember, last Ramadan they tried to attack Masjid al Nabawi in the last 10 days of Ramadan. By the grace of Allah, the terrorist attack was stopped by the Saudi forces at that time as well as this time. We covered that attack in detail.  Recommended: 7 Facts you need to know about the blast in Masjid al Nabawi – 4 Videos including CCTV

Translation of Surah Feel from the Holy Quran

Have you not considered, [O Muhammad], how your Lord dealt with the companions of the elephant? Did He not make their plan into misguidance? And He sent against them birds in flocks, striking them with stones of hard clay, And He made them like eaten straw.

Source: Arab News


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