* Dr. Mohamed Ali AlBar co-authored with Dr. Hassan Chamsi-Pasha an article review entitled
"Assisted reproduction Technology :Islamic Sunni
Perspective". It was published in Human Fertility, 2015 online by The British Fertility Society.
Read the review here.
Dr. AlBar has also co-authored with Dr. Aly Misha'l a study paper entitled "Alcohol Use Disorder: Scientific Horizons and Islamic Perspective".
Read the study paper here.
Dr. AlBar has made a presentation entitled "Breastfeeding and Human Milk Banks". In the presentation he explains the WHO definition of breastfeeding, the factors determining breastfeeding and breastfeeding and education.
Follow the presentation here.
* In its 11th annual Martin Luther King Day which was held in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Dr. Qais Ghanem was a recipient of a plaque of the Dream Keepers Outstanding Community Award for inspiring greatness through words. Dr. Ghanem was among four recipients who were recognized for their selfless efforts to instill King’s vision of social justice, minority rights and racial tolerance. Among them were Kathleen Johnson, Roger Saint Fleur and Daniel Hall.
Read more here.
* A young Yemeni woman breaks the social barrier. Her name is Amal Al Saqal. Gulf News of Dubai interviewed her about an award presented to her by United Nations Volunteer Programme (UNV) and pan- Arab television station MBC.
She has won an award for her role in organising campaigns to increase awareness among women’s circles of the importance of voluntary work.
She was among the five winners for the Arab Youth Volunteering for a Better Future project by the two parties.
Amal completed her undergraduate studies in Sociology in Sana’a in 2012. Her family encouraged her to volunteer from an early age and she joined the Scout Movement in primary
school. Ever since, she has been involved in spreading the spirit of volunteerism in her native Yemen.
Read more about the interview here.
* The first issue of a collection of Arabic poems by UAE poet and Aden College graduate Dr. Shihab Ghanem was translated into Farsi language.
* A Yemeni journalist and filmmaker, Nawal Al- Maghafi, reported from places where the mainstream media ignored during the Arab spring. She was the first journalist to enter the unchartered territory of Sa’adah and gained an exclusive interview with the Houthi movement leader, Mohammed Baddrdeine Al-Houthi. She then entered Saudi Arabia undercover and put light on the ignored plight of the Shia population in the country.
It landed her first job for the BBC as producer and reporter of the current affairs observational film – The President’s Man and His Revolutionary Son. In this film she is the first journalist to interview President Ali Abdullah Saleh after his fall from power. She gives viewers unprecedented access to the previous regime through the life of Abdu Al-Janadi, the deputy minister of information, and Saleh's main man. She then shows the struggle of the revolutionaries through his son, Abuthar Al-Janadia, heart surgeon and one of the leading protesters in the heart of Taiz, where the revolution began in Yemen.
In her most recent work Nawal investigates the journey of the hundreds of thousands of Ethiopian migrants that are being kidnapped and tortured in Yemen. They are trying to get to Saudi Arabia to find work, she reveals how it is impossible to survive this most dangerous journey. As they face rape and torture at the hands of the Yemeni military and are then shot at by the Saudi border guards on Yemeni land.
The film leads to an extensive investigation by the Yemeni government into the sectors of the military involved.
Nawal has produced a short documentary about "The Forgotten Souls". Excerpts of her video were shown on the program Stream of Al Jazeera English channel. The title of the episode is "The Plight of Yemen's Untouchables".
Watch the program here.
* The Absolute Truth about Muhammad in the Bible and Al Torah is the title a of video production which is on circulation on YouTube in the US.
Watch the video here.
* The Ottawa Star published in its website an interview with Dr.Qais Ghanem. It reported that Dr. Qais Ghanem, Ottawa radio host and author – a voice for multiculturalism. His website Dialogue with Diversity has become a four-time award winning show, garnering awards from the Ottawa
Community Immigrant Services Organization, United Way, and two from the Canadian Ethnic Media Association, a rare occurrence, according to Ghanem. As one of only two people to twice win an award from the CEMA, he says it is because of his content.
He recalls a particularly eye-opening interview that contributed to his first CEMA award: an interview with three women– one Jewish, one Christian and one Muslim – all personal friends of his and acquaintances with each other.
Together they intelligently and openly discussed religion, human rights and how to bring people together.
Read the report here.
* Muslim women, long separated from men at houses of worship, are launching what is believed to be the first women-only mosque in the US, in Los Angeles.
This noble effort is organized by and for women with the specific goal of “empowering women and girls through more direct access to Islamic scholarship and leadership opportunities.” The support comes because of value faith and women’s empowerment. The organizer said, “The prophetic tradition includes examples of women leading each other in prayer, but sadly the haters (men and women) will still hate. Some haters are threatened by strong, independent, empowered women so my response is to speak out and support this work and invest in its success.”
Read about women mosque here.
* Baraka, a restaurant and tea room with tables and chairs outside on a quiet street in the town center, is a pleasant reminder of Órgiva’s, Spain’s relaxed multiculturalism. It’s run by 41-year-old Pedro Barrio, a former wine taster and restaurant
owner from Bilbao who changed his name to Qasim when he converted to Islam more than a decade ago. Known as the gateway to the Alpujarra mountains in Andalusía’s Granada province, Órgiva is also one of Spain’s most culturally diverse places, a bustling market town of around 6,000 people and according to the local council, home to 68 different nationalities.
Like around 35 other families in Órgiva’s Spanish Islamic community, Qasim adheres to Sufism, described by 14th century Arab historian Ibn Khaldun as “dedication to worship, total dedication to Allah most High, disregard for the finery and ornament of the world, abstinence from the pleasure, wealth, and prestige sought by most men, and retiring from others to worship alone.”
Read sofism in Spain here.