Culture & Heritage

Ramadan around the world – 2018

Muslims across the world observed the holy month of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar which brings the faithful together for daytime fasting, prayers and charitable actions.

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Jazan Heritage Village brings centuries of tradition in one place

JAZAN: Jazan Heritage Village, at the southern Jazan corniche, is a cultural landmark that captures the ancient history of Jazan, linking it to its flourishing present. Visitors to this village can see the province’s past displayed through live symbols of the cultural and civilizational diversity of the region’s different environments and terrains. The village was established in 2009 based on …

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Another uncertain winter for Syria’s refugees

As winter looms, Syrians who have fled their homes have much to worry about. October brought the defeat of ISIS in Raqqa, and the military campaign to retake that city displaced many thousands of people from their homes. Many have fled to camps in other parts of Syria, camps that were already overflowing after years of civil war and fighting in …

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Ambassador Izeth Hussain – A Random Portrait

My memory of Mr. Izeth Hussain is brief, for he had retired from the Foreign Service just before I joined in October 1988. Yet, his retirement appeared quite fresh since I recall seeing his name board yet on display at the entrance to the glistening teak paneled room of the Director General, Political Affairs. From senior colleagues I heard of …

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Colorful and lately controversial Muslim politician Azwer Haji by Latheef Farook

Made immense contribution to Muslim community Former Muslim Affairs Minister Al Haj A.H.M Azwer, one of the most colorful though lately controversial Muslim politician, passed away on Tuesday 29 August 2017. His janaza was buried following day after Asr prayers at Dehiwala Mosque. The  mosque was packed to its capacity with mourners. This also included former President Mahinda Rajapaksa who …

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