Al-Manar was designated as a " Specially Designated Global Terrorist entity," and banned by the United States on 17 December 2004. It has also been banned by France, Spain and Germany, and has run into some service and license problems outside Lebanon, making it unavailable in the Netherlands, Canada and Australia while it has not officially been banned in any of these regions.
al-Manār (; ‘The Lighthouse’), was an Islamic magazine, written in Arabic, and was founded and published by Rashid Rida from 1898 until his death in 1935. His goal in establishing the magazine was to develop reformist ideas in Islam and make the Muslim nation unified. The magazine was based in Cairo, Egypt. It was started as a weekly, but later its frequency was switched to monthly.