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France May Force Imams to Take Diploma

Last Modified:  22 Nov 2014 04:47  GMT


CAIRO – France’s plans to impose a new diploma on Muslims preachers and imams, as part of the country's “counter-extremism” measures, have sparked criticism from law experts as an attempt to “meddle” in religion. “This would be state intervention that reached to the heart of the Muslim community and affected its internal organi......





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Last Modified:  21 Oct 2014 03:47  GMT

PARIS – A Muslim woman donning the traditional Islamic face-veil, known as Burqa or Niqab, has been expelled from a Paris opera house after the singers refused to perform if she did not remove her veil. Some performers said they didn't want to sing, the opera house's deputy director Jean-Philippe Thiellay told Agence France Presse (AFP) ......



Last Modified:  21 Oct 2014 03:47  GMT

CAIRO – An increasing number of Muslims in Scotland are claiming to be “possessed” by jinn, raising psychiatrists concern, thus calling for a faith-based support to offer an inclusive treatment for the patients.. “Many of the women who initially contact us want relationship counseling but after a few sessions they highlight the issue......



Last Modified:  20 Oct 2014 03:47  GMT

CAIRO – A US Muslim woman will be honored on Monday, October 20, at the White House for her distinguished work on helping people to enroll in health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act. Khadija Gurnah is the Program Manager for the American Muslim Health Professionals’ (AMHP) Affordable Care Act outreach and enrollment efforts,......



Last Modified:  20 Oct 2014 03:47  GMT

CAIRO – A decision by religious authorities in northeast Malay heartland state of Kelantan to imprison men who skip Friday prayers three weeks consecutively without a reason for one year has been criticized by rights activists as threatening people’s religious freedom. “The serious repercussion of such an excessive and overkill law to ......



Last Modified:  20 Oct 2014 03:47  GMT

JAKARTA – Amid celebratory atmospheres in the world’s most populous Muslim state, Indonesia’s Joko Widodo was sworn in on Monday, October 20, as president, with high hopes among supporters to bring national reconciliation and change. Unity and working hand in hand are prerequisites for us to be a great nation. We will never become a g......



Last Modified:  20 Oct 2014 03:47  GMT

GAZA CITY – With their houses destroyed in the latest Israeli war on the besieged strip, the arrival of winter rains have not brought any joy to the people of Gaza strip, who found themselves struggling to  protect their children from flooded roofs and roads. This is exactly what we have feared; that the rain season will begin before......



Last Modified:  20 Oct 2014 03:47  GMT

SYDNEY – A decision by Australia’s parliament house to reverse a previous ban on the face-veil worn by Muslim women has been widely welcomed by the opposition and rights group after a public outcry to lift the ban. “What possessed them to think that segregation was a good idea,” Labor opposition frontbencher Tony Burke told Agence F......



Last Modified:  20 Oct 2014 03:47  GMT

TIRANA – Albanians in Serbia have come under a spat of racial attacks following a football match brawl last week in which the Albanian flag was ripped. We condemn all the attacks against honest and loyal Muslim citizens of Serbia and call for an end of this kind of behavior, the Islamic Union of Serbia said in a statement cited by Anadol......



Last Modified:  20 Oct 2014 03:47  GMT

CAIRO – Building on years of mutual trust with the community, a Newcastle mosque received more than 400 visitors in its open day event on Sunday, October 19, offering guests food and a chance to view Islam in a clearer way. “We were very grateful to them for coming out and getting to know us and allowing us to get to know them,” Diana ......



Last Modified:  20 Oct 2014 03:47  GMT

CAIRO – A growing number of West African immigrants in Washington have been facing stigmatization because of the Americans’  fears about the deadly Ebola virus. “If I’m on the Metro, I don’t talk. If I’m on the bus, I don’t talk. If people hear the accent, they think you are Liberian, then you have Ebola, which is not the ......



Last Modified:  20 Oct 2014 03:47  GMT

JERUSALEM – A day after Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas vowed to take “legal measures” against Israeli desecration of Al-Aqsa Mosque, the holy site was raided on Sunday, October 19, by dozens of Jewish settlers who attacked Muslim worshippers, killing a 5-year-old Palestinian girl. “A group of Jewish students stormed the complex alon......



Last Modified:  19 Oct 2014 03:47  GMT

MIAMI – Searching for identity away from home, a growing number of Latinos have been reverting to Islam, seeing its teachings and guidance as setting their lives in order. “It defines their world on a clear grid of what’s permitted or 'halal,' and what’s prohibited which is 'haram.' So they know exactly where they stand, Stephanie L......



Last Modified:  19 Oct 2014 03:47  GMT

RABAT – Paying tributes to Mohammed Knut Johan Richard Bernström, a former Swedish ambassador to Morocco who reverted to Islam, has been remembered in a special screening of a documentary about his life that was displayed in Morocco during the weekend. “No sooner did the Princess Shamsa Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan hear the story of the Swedis......



Last Modified:  19 Oct 2014 03:47  GMT

CAIRO – Saudi Arabia discussions to ban children below 10 years of age from performing Hajj next year have been reported in several media outlets as a precautionary measure to protect them from scorching sun and large crowds. “When the talks reach an advanced stage, the proposal to impose the ban will be referred to the high scholars’ ......



Last Modified:  19 Oct 2014 03:47  GMT

LONDON – An East London Muslim politician, who has been named as the Hero of the Year in the European Diversity Awards, aims to correct the negative image of Muslims, defying the soaring anti-Muslims attacks in the British community. “If you watch Theresa May’s [UK’s Home Secretary] speech at the Tory conference, she talks about extr......



Last Modified:  18 Oct 2014 03:47  GMT

LAGOS – A Nigerian court has maintained a ban on Islamic headscarf in Lagos public primary and secondary schools, the decision which infuriated the leaders of the Muslim community, vowing to appeal the ruling. We appreciate all the individuals and societies that attend the hearing, [and] we shall proceed to the court of appeal to secure o......



Last Modified:  18 Oct 2014 03:47  GMT

ROME – The leaders of the Italian Muslim community and representatives of Italian institutions have come together to send an out-loud message that Islam is a religion of peace that rejects any violence committed in its name. “ISIL is not only a threat to the West and the entire world, it is most of all a threat for the Muslim world',” ......



Last Modified:  18 Oct 2014 03:47  GMT

CAIRO – As the death toll of Ebola epidemic soars, people in West Africa are turning to religion as a last resort to combat the contagious disease amid an increasingly desperate situation. “I believe we are all in God’s hands now. Business is bad because of this Ebola problem, so rather than sit at home, I prefer to go to church and pr......



Last Modified:  18 Oct 2014 03:47  GMT

BOSTON – Responding to Sam Harris and Bill Maher’s anti-Muslim remarks, a leading American Muslim imam has delivered a fiery sermon tackling the current challenges that face US Muslims, urging the religious minority to work on correcting their negative image. “It’s code red,” Imam Suhaib Webb, Imam of the Islamic Society of Boston......



Last Modified:  18 Oct 2014 03:47  GMT

JERUSALEM – After three weeks of Israeli violent incursions into the world Muslims’ third holiest site, a Hamas leader has warned of Israel’s continuous attempts to seize al-Aqsa mosque compound, urging Muslims to defend it. “We call on all our people inside the country to hurry up to al-Aqsa to defend it,” Khaled Meshaal, the lead......




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