Iran’s politics polarized but full of dignity: Activist

Shabbir Hassanally, an activist and Middle East expert, says Iran’s presidential hopefuls have differences on various issues but they respect dignity based on the framework of the Islamic Republic. “Iran is proving yet again that it is a country that is sophisticated and honorable and strong and while it has polarized opinion here and there,… Read more »

Saudi Arabia imitating Israeli tactics against dissidents: Scholar

Shabbir Hassanally, an activist and Islamic scholar, says Saudi Arabia is imitating Israeli tactics against those who ask for their rights. “Saudi Arabia seems to have this fetish for going after people who ask for any sort of rights,” Hassanally said in an interview with Press TV on Wednesday, adding that “the Saudi entity is operating… Read more »

Sheikh Qassim’s prosecution big Al-Khalifah mistake: Expert

Shabbir Hassanally, an activist and Middle East expert, believes the prosecution of top Bahraini Shia cleric, Sheikh Isa Qassim, is “strategically a very big mistake,” adding that Saudi Arabia is aware that such a move will create problems in Bahrain, otherwise Riyadh would not have sent forces “to come and try to maintain law and order” in the tiny… Read more »

The “Saudi Islamic Army” is the same as DAESH, but in a Suit

In His Name, the Most High I recently had the honour of giving an interview to the Quds Online Magazine in Iran, this was subsequently translated into Farsi and featured on the front page of their “Bayt ol-Moqaddas” Magazine. The article (translated into Farsi) was published on page 5 of the magazine: High-quality PDF images… Read more »

The Neccessity of Truth

I swear by the time, Most surely man is in loss, Except those who believe and do good, and enjoin on each other truth, and enjoin on each other patience. Quran, Surah al-Asr (The Time) (103), Verses 1-3 The truth is something very important, and it should always be adhered to – if a mistake… Read more »

Is Iran’s election democratic? Let’s find out …

Is the Iranian presidential election a free election? How much does the will of people count in the election process? Are Iranian people willing to take part in the elections? Does the Supreme Leader decide who the next President will be? Why is there a vetting process? By Shabbir R Hassanally I am leaving among… Read more »

EU rejects any military solution to Syria conflict

In the wake of the United States’ missile strike on Syria, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, has rejected any military solution to the conflict in Syria, saying the bloc is committed to the unity and territorial integrity of the Arab country. “The EU firmly believes that there can be no military solution… Read more »

What is the Love of Ahl al-Bayt?

We are Muslims, and people of morality are not permitted to follow a pathway of “pragmatism” – where pragmatism is defined as “by any means necessary” – rather for us, we must utilise the concept of by any *permissible/halal* means possible. Now, regarding coming together as Shias – this is honourable I’m sure – but… Read more »

Saudi Arabia is Daesh in a Suit, Activist says

The administration of US President Donald Trump has approved the resumption of weapons sales to Saudi Arabia which critics have linked to Riyadh’s killing of civilians in Yemen. An activist and Islamic scholar believes that the US move is “farcical” and a “strategic mistake”, adding that Washington should realise it cannot continue to do business with… Read more »

Wilayah, doesn’t just provide a political solution, but a universal solution

As people start to read and hear the words of the Leader, a simple and inspiring Truth becomes clear; that this leadership, that this idea of Wilayah, doesn’t just provide a political solution, but that it provides a universal solution, a universal rope of God, that if adhered to, will prevent humanity from being fragmented…. Read more »

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    Analyst Optimistic about Syria Peace Talks in Astana

    TEHRAN (Tasnim) – London-based political analyst and Islamic scholar believes that since Turkey has “removed its ambitions on Syria” and chosen to help stabilise the Middle East region, the ongoing peace talks in the Kazakh capital of Astana can yield good results. “As long as Turkey has removed its ambitions on Syria and on building up… Read more »

  • British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) and US President Donald Trump meet in the Oval Office of the White House on January 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by AFP)

    UK government rejects petition to stop Trump’s state visit

    The British government has rejected a petition, calling for preventing US President Donald Trump from visiting the UK. Downing Street says the visit is still on. The Foreign Office says it recognises the strong views expressed but looks forward to welcoming Trump once dates and arrangements are finalised. Thousands of people have demonstrated and more… Read more »

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    Hezbollah in Syria – The Necessary Option

    This documentary examines the reasons for Hezbollah joining the War on Syria.  The documentary was originally broadcast in Arabic on the al-Mayadeen Channel in early 2016 and has since been translated and subtitled into English by The Middle East Observer in February 2017. The film breaks a number of the myths surrounding the Syria War, and… Read more »

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    Imam Khomeini Re-introduced Pure, Original Islam to Humanity

    After over 2500 years, the Iranian nation led by Imam Khomeini, the founder and late leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, ended the tradition of monarchy in Iran in 1979. But, the question is how, after millenniums, the sense of anti-monarchy was awakened within Iranians. It is widely believed Imam Khomeini, the characteristic spiritual… Read more »

  • File photo shows Saudi riot police in face-off with protesters in Saudi Arabia's eastern city of Qatif. (Photo by Reuters)

    Falling Saudi regime stepping up clampdown on dissent – Analyst

    Human Rights Watch (HRW) has warned about an alarming rise in Saudi Arabia’s repressive measures against peaceful dissidents and activists. In a Monday report, HRW said Saudi courts have convicted at least 20 dissident writers and human rights campaigners since 2011. The Saudi kingdom has stepped up politically-motivated arrests, prosecution, and conviction of activists and protesters because… Read more »

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    France’s Le Pen preying on nationalist sentiments – Activist

    French far-right party leader Marine Le Pen has launched her election bid with the pledge of protecting France from quote Islamic fundamentalism, globalisation, and the EU. An activist and political commentator believes there is a chance that Le Pen becomes the French president given the rising tide of “Islamophobia, xenophobia, and pseudo-patriotism” which exists around the world… Read more »