Saturday November 30, 2013
The buzz around the Middle East this week is the selection of Dubai as the host of the 2020 World Expo, the first time it will be held in the Middle East in the event's 150-year history. Dubai is celebrating - putting out TV commercials and going overboard with the fireworks.
The rest of the world might be saying... Dubai? Where's that?
While the United Arab Emirates is a Muslim country, its city of Dubai is a modern business hub with strong international influence. Read more about Dubai from other About.com Experts:
Friday November 29, 2013
In the Qur'an, there are many stories about the life and teachings of Jesus Christ (called 'Isa in Arabic). The Qur'an recalls his miraculous birth, his teachings, the miracles he performed by God's permission, and his life as a respected prophet of God.
Muslims believe in the virgin birth of Jesus, but do not mark the occasion as a holiday. Nevertheless, Muslims respect Jesus as a righteous prophet of God. The Qur'an describes Christian people as believers in God who are often "devoted to learning... have renounced the world, and they are not arrogant."
Wednesday November 27, 2013
Muslims recognize that all of their blessings come from Allah, and are reminded to give thanks to Allah throughout the day and night, all of their lives. These are personal prayers of thanks from Islamic tradition.
Wednesday November 13, 2013
The 10th day of Muharram, the first month of the new Islamic year, is known as 'Ashura. This day is recognized for different reasons and in different ways among Sunni and Shi'a Muslims. For most Muslims (Sunni), it is a time to observe a recommended fast for two days, in remembrance of the Prophet Musa (Moses). For Shi'a Muslims, it is a time to mourn and remember the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, Hussein, who was killed on this day.