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No Sign of Solution in Bangladesh Deadlock

Last Modified:  31 Jan 2015 04:48  GMT


DHAKA – Protests and shutdown observed continuously by opposition parties have continued to put Bangladesh into a political deadlock over the past weeks, with opposition demanding national elections to restore democracy. The opposition is moving to restore peoples voting right, but the current government is trying to oppress opposition ......





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Last Modified:  31 Dec 2014 04:47  GMT

GENEVA – The Palestinian resolution for ending Israeli occupation by 2017 and establishing a Palestinian state was rejected by the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday, December 30. “The Security Council has once again failed to uphold its charter duties to address this crisis and to meaningfully contribute to a lasting soluti......



Last Modified:  31 Dec 2014 04:47  GMT

SURABAYA, Indonesia – In a grim shock to Indonesians, wreckage of the missing AirAsia passenger plan was discovered on Tuesday, after dozens of bodies were spotted at sea, in a heartbreaking blow to the victims’ families. To the relatives, I feel your loss, and all of us pray that all of the families are given the strength and fortitude......



Last Modified:  30 Dec 2014 04:47  GMT

LILONGWE – After years of neglect, the Malawian Muslim community has strengthened its resolve to champion education for children with disabilities in the southern African nation, with one of the highest illiteracy levels on the continent. “In most of the rural communities in Malawi, some families don’t value education for children with......



Last Modified:  30 Dec 2014 04:47  GMT

DHAKA – Another top Bangladeshi Islamic leader, A.T.M. Azharul Islam, was sentenced to death on Tuesday, December 30, for rape, mass murder and genocide, charges vehemently denied by supporters who threatened a nationwide strike. No doubt, it was mass murder, presiding judge Enayetur Rahimjudge Rahim told a packed court, Agence France Pr......



Last Modified:  30 Dec 2014 04:47  GMT

CHICAGO – Hosting widely sought-after international speakers over the past weekend, the 13th MAS-ICNA Convention concluded another successful season which united thousands of American Muslims under one roof. The annual convention of the Muslim American Society (MAS) and the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) was held from December 25-2......



Last Modified:  30 Dec 2014 04:47  GMT

CAIRO – Elegant and fashionable herself, Sofie, the Countess of Wessex, has spoken out in support of Muslim women who express their fashion sense while wearing Islamic veil and traditional clothes, including niqab or burqa. “It's very evident that Muslim women can be fashionable while also retaining their modesty... And it's a great way ......



Last Modified:  30 Dec 2014 04:47  GMT

DUBAI – Following Egypt and Morocco, the United Arab Emirates has banned the screening of the biblical epic “Exodus: Gods and Kings”, citing religious and historical mistakes. “The film shows Moses not as a prophet, but as just a preacher of peace,” Juma Obaid al-Leem, the director of media content tracking at the National Media Co......



Last Modified:  30 Dec 2014 04:47  GMT

LONDON – Amid soaring Islamophobic attacks across Europe, the number of hate crimes targeting Muslim women in the UK has risen by up to 10% over the past two years, according to a national project measuring anti-Muslim incidents. “Over the last two years our data has shown that women suffer more incidents of hate and they also suffer mor......



Last Modified:  30 Dec 2014 04:47  GMT

BERLIN – The German Chancellor Angela Merkel has become a target of severe criticism from a former cabinet minister over her policies that have strengthened euroskeptics and a new anti-immigration grass-roots movement. “If you had asked me a couple of years ago, I would have said we will clear them out by taking away their issues,” Han......



Last Modified:  29 Dec 2014 04:47  GMT

STOCKHOLM – A mosque in southern Sweden city of Eslöv was torched early on Monday, December 29, in the second suspected arson attack on a Muslim center in four days. “We ... are working under the assumption it is arson, police officer Marie Keismar told the TT news agency, Reuters reported. The fire erupted early on Monday when emer......



Last Modified:  29 Dec 2014 04:47  GMT

TORONTO – The Reviving the Islamic Spirit Convention concluded in Toronto on Sunday with an announcement by the well-known Islamic scholar, Shaykh Abdallah Bin Bayyah, of a new peace initiative that calls for a period without bloodshed as a relief from war. “We seek a summer without bloodshed as a relief from war,” noted the statement ......



Last Modified:  29 Dec 2014 04:47  GMT

GAZA – Dozens of Palestinian orphans, whose parents were killed in the July-August Israeli war on Gaza strip, have been barred from visiting Israel by Hamas, in a bid to protect children from the policies of normalization . “Security forces prevented 37 children of martyrs from entering the land occupied in 1948 for a suspicious visit t......



Last Modified:  29 Dec 2014 04:47  GMT

CAIRO – In another Asian airplane crisis in 2014, an AirAsia Indonesia flight carrying 126 people and crew members went missing en route from Indonesia to Singapore on Sunday, December 28. “At the moment, we don’t know where the exact location is, except that this morning at 0617, we lost contact,” the acting director general of Air ......



Last Modified:  29 Dec 2014 04:47  GMT

CAIRO – Widely regarded as a wartime leader of the United Kingdom, a new face of Sir Winston Churchill has been revealed by the Sunday Telegraph as a strong admirer of Islam to such an extent that his relatives feared he might convert. “Please don’t become converted to Islam; I have noticed in your disposition a tendency to orientalize......



Last Modified:  28 Dec 2014 04:47  GMT

TORONTO – For over 20,000 Muslim visitors, speakers on the second day of Reviving Islamic Spirit convention in Toronto urged them to reconnect with their religious sources to bring about personal and communal change and to engage in service to humanity. Speaking on the topic, ‘Cling Together to the Rope of Allah: Holding on to the Qur’......



Last Modified:  28 Dec 2014 04:47  GMT

CAIRO – Scores of Muslim youth have volunteered on the Christmas night to protect Christians in Nigeria’s north-western state of Kaduna during the late night mass, an effort appreciated by the church pastors. “I really appreciate their love and care,’’ Pastor Yohanna Buru, a cleric of Christ Evangelical Church, Sabon Tasha, Kaduna ......



Last Modified:  28 Dec 2014 04:47  GMT

CAIRO – The Hollywood biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings has been banned in Egypt and Morocco over historical inaccuracies and depicting Allah , sparking controversy in the North African Muslim countries. “This totally contradicts proven historical facts,” the Egyptian culture minister, Gaber Asfour, was quoted by Agence France Pr......



Last Modified:  28 Dec 2014 04:47  GMT

BERN – Praising his courage and tolerant approach, a Muslim imam in Bern has been named Swiss of the Year by the Swiss weekly newspaper SonntagsZeitung. “Constant reports of terrorism and extremism make it a challenge for us,” Imam Mustafa Memeti of Bern said in an interview published Sunday, December 28, in the SonntagsZeitung, Swiss ......



Last Modified:  27 Dec 2014 04:47  GMT

TORONTO – Meeting in one of the largest gatherings in North America, Muslim speakers from around the world have come together in Toronto to discuss the most pressing questions faced by Muslims in today’s world on the opening day of the Reviving the Islamic Spirit Convention. “Be awakened,” said Bosnia’s Grand Mufti Emeritus Mustafa......



Last Modified:  27 Dec 2014 04:47  GMT

VIENNA – In one of the latest anti-Muslim attacks in Austria, a Vienna mosque was vandalized with body parts of a pig on Christmas Day, reflecting a growing anti-Muslim sentiment in the European country. “This is not an attack against Muslims but the whole of humanity,” Fatih Karadaş, the head of the Turkish-Islamist Union in Vienna (......




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