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Thousands pray at Hagia Sophia, want it reverted to a Mosque

Source : Muslim Village / 03 Jun 2014

Tens of thousands of Turkish Muslims have gathered on Saturday dawn to pray outside historic Aya Sofia (Hagia Sophia) museum, urging Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan to reopen it as a mosque.

“This is a serious push to break Ayasofya’s chains,” Salih Turan, head of the Anatolia Youth Association, which has collected 15 million signatures to petition for it to be turned back into a mosque, told Reuters.


Ceremonial washing of Kaaba held in Saudi Arabia

Source : Arab News / 30 May 2014

Makkah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz led the washing of the Kaaba on Thursday at the Masjid al-Haram (Grand Mosque) in Makkah, on behalf of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah.


Ottoman history to be taught to UK A-Level students

Source : World Bulletin / 24 May 2014

The United Kingdom is planning to introduce the study of the Ottoman Empire and Rise of Islam to A Level students at colleges and sixth-forms to next year's curriculum.

Mike Goddard, the history examiner of the UK's national exam board, was reported by BBC Turkish to have had received criticism for always focusing on the same subjects from the twentieth century, and had decided it was time to add more variety to the curriculum.


Bishkek named capital of Islamic Culture

Source : Agencies / 21 May 2014

Bishkek, the capital city of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan, has been declared the capital of Islamic culture in 2014, hosting five month activities to mark the event.


Photographers compete to capture Makkah’s essence

Source : Arab News / 19 May 2014

Young, budding photographers were given the chance to showcase their eye for Makkah’s beauty at a photography contest held by the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts.


Islamic art exhibition to be held in Kazan Kremlin

Source : / 17 May 2014
May 21, an exhibition of Islamic art “V & A Jameel Prize” will start its work at the "Hermitage-Kazan" exhibition center in Kazan Kremlin. Victoria and Albert Museum (V & A, London), the world's leading museum of art and design, for the first time hold such exhibition in the capital of Tatarstan.


World’s First Underwater Mosque

Source : OnIslam with News Agencies / 09 May 2014

The first underground mosque has been constructed in Turkey’s Buyukcekmece district in Istanbul, the building that has won the first place in the World Architecture Fest competition for religious places.

"Mosques are places to contemplate and pray,” Mehmet Narin, the Mufti of Buyukcekmece, told the World Bulletin.


Istanbul hosts Islamic exhibition for Prophet's birthday

Source : World Bulletin / 06 May 2014

In commemoration of the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), Turkey's Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture and Tourism Ministry has opened an exhibition about his life at Istanbul's Topkapi Palace Museum.


Cairo Library launches a campaign to save heritage

Source : DailyNewsEgypt / 02 May 2014

Given the current state of Islamic monuments in Egypt, the Cairo Library decided to launch a campaign to try to bring awareness to the negligence monuments in historic Cairo suffer from.  The campaign is headed by architect Dr Galila AlQady, novelist Gamal AlGhitany, and Amina Abdel Bar who is a PhD candidate and a member of the Save Cairo campaign.


«Mecca in silver» exhibition begins in Makhachkala

Source : / 21 Apr 2014
«Mecca in silver: the symbolism of the Hajj in silver stamps of the Moscow mint» exhibition opened in Makhachkala. 
In 2013 in Russia with the use of the high-end technology the Moscow Mint of the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation issued a collection of 40 replica stamps made of 999 fine silver and dedicated it to the Holy City of Mecca.

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