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Cuba’s First Mosque Dream Approaches

Last Modified:  21 Dec 2014 04:48  GMT


HAVANA – Bringing good tidings to thousands of Cuban Muslims, the South American country’s ambassador to Turkey has announced the Muslims living in the country had a right to have a mosque, promising it would be built soon. “Muslims have a right to a mosque,” Cuban Ambassador Albertao Gonzales Casals said during NTV's live broadcast,......





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Last Modified:  15 Nov 2014 04:48  GMT

MOMBASA – Another killing of a Kenyan Muslim scholar, who was a staunch critic of terrorism and government's excessive forces, has sparked anger among religious leaders who vowed to maintain preaching peace in the East African country. “Despite expressing fear for his life, he insisted that he was duty bound to preach peaceful co-existen......



Last Modified:  14 Nov 2014 04:50  GMT

DELHI – The under-representation of Muslims in the Indian parliament and state assemblies has been increasing concerns inside the religious community, believing that less representation would mean further marginalization of them in the biggest democracy of the world. “In principle, any vibrant democracy is supposed to provide adequate re......



Last Modified:  14 Nov 2014 04:50  GMT

CAIRO – Easing American Muslims’ concerns about government surveillance and “counter terrorism” activities, the US Homeland Security Secretary met with Muslim leaders to build trust in the religious community. The meeting at the Islamic Center of San Gabriel Valley in Rowland Heights, was intended to “build partnerships and build t......



Last Modified:  14 Nov 2014 04:49  GMT

LILONGWE – Malawi Muslim women are mobilizing themselves to advocate for the enforcement of harsher penalties against perpetrators of Gender Based Violence (GBV), seeing them as the only means to minimize escalating rates of the social problem. “Despite the existence of laws which criminalize gender based violence in the country, there a......



Last Modified:  13 Nov 2014 04:49  GMT

BURN – A Swiss court has overturned a ban imposed earlier by a school in the northeastern canton of Saint Gallen on Islamic hijab worn by a 13-year-old girl, labeling the ban as unjustified. The court said the ban on hijab was “disproportionate”, The Local.ch reported on Thursday, November 13, quoting SDA news agency. The decision w......



Last Modified:  13 Nov 2014 04:49  GMT

RABAT – Concerned with the escalating Jewish attacks on the holy Al-Aqsa mosque, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki has called for an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to discuss the situation in Al-Quds. The situation in Jerusalem is unprecedentedly dangerous, al-Maliki said at an OIC meeting i......



Last Modified:  13 Nov 2014 04:49  GMT

CAIRO – A leading US Muslim group has launched a new Unite Humanity initiative to bring Americans together through positive community-based actions. Through 'Unite Humanity,' we hope to increase public awareness of the positive actions of American Muslims and their community partners and to assist communities in organizing and launching......



Last Modified:  13 Nov 2014 04:49  GMT

CAIRO – Visitors to the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Al-Quds will have to go through facial scanners that will be installed by Israeli police at the entrances of the holy site. “We’ll use them when necessary,” Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch was quoted by Haaretz on Thursday, November 13. “Any suspect will be inspect......



Last Modified:  13 Nov 2014 04:49  GMT

OSLO – In the fourth year into conflict, Syrian refugees trying to escape the brutal war inside Syria are getting lesser options with border countries cutting back sharply the number of Syrians they allow onto their soil. Humanitarian organizations have repeatedly warned that the capacities of the host communities have been stretched to t......



Last Modified:  13 Nov 2014 04:47  GMT

BEIJING — China has imprisoned around two dozen Uighur Muslim leaders, including “wild imams” who preach illegally in the Muslim majority region of Xinjiang for “illegal religious activities”. The so-called distinction between legal and illegal religion is determined based on China's political needs, said Dilxat Raxit, a spokesma......



Last Modified:  13 Nov 2014 04:47  GMT

CAIRO – Schools in Montgomery County in the US eastern state of Maryland have announced removing religious holidays from their calendar for the school year 2015-2016, dashing Muslims’ hopes to get their religious holidays recognized. “They would remove the Christian holidays and they would remove the Jewish holidays from the calendar ......



Last Modified:  12 Nov 2014 04:47  GMT

RAMALLAH – Ten years on the mysterious death of iconic Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, many Palestinians are longing for another undisputed leadership figure who will give them the hope of unity under the banner of an independent state. “We were hoping this anniversary would mark the end of Palestinian divisions and show national unity......



Last Modified:  12 Nov 2014 04:47  GMT

CAIRO – A leading Nigerian Muslim rights group has asked President Goodluck Jonathan to render his resignation over the growing attacks on schools in the country’s North East, the latest of which results in the death of 47 school children. “The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) strongly condemns this cowardly, senseless and barbaric attack......



Last Modified:  12 Nov 2014 04:47  GMT

BAMAKO – The death of a Malian nurse on Tuesday, November 11, has raised the number of Ebola deaths in the West African country to two cases, giving the incurable virus a new territory to spread fear and death. “Prevention measures” were being taken, Mali's Information Minister Mahamadou Camara said in a statement cited by Reuters......



Last Modified:  12 Nov 2014 04:47  GMT

CAIRO – Amid increasing campaigns against halal certificates in Australia, the country’s leading body for food and drink manufacturers has announced that it has no plans to drop halal certification, defying calls for boycott from anti-halal campaigners. “The campaign is one of misinformation,” James Matthews, a spokesman for the Aust......



Last Modified:  12 Nov 2014 04:47  GMT

TORONTO – Prominent Muslim Canadian business leaders have launched a $1M fund at a downtown Toronto mosque to support veteran families in partnership with the charity, True Patriot Love Foundation. “There has been a gap between immigrant communities and mainstream Canadian causes,” said Mohamad Fakih, CEO of Paramount Fine Foods. ......



Last Modified:  11 Nov 2014 04:49  GMT

CAIRO – A network of private schools in Pakistan has announced an anti-Malala day, condemning young Nobel peace laureate for what it called her support for controversial novelist Salman Rushdie. “We are all for education and women’s empowerment,” Mirza Kashif Ali, the organization’s president, told New York Time on Tuesday, Novembe......



Last Modified:  11 Nov 2014 04:49  GMT

CAIRO – A former member of a British far-right group has denounced the group’s anti-Islam message, visiting a mosque to offer apologies to the Muslim community which has been demonized for years. I thought it was for the people but found out it was more about publicity. Basically it was publicity stunts more than getting anything done a......



Last Modified:  11 Nov 2014 04:49  GMT

CAIRO – The former Archbishop of Canterbury has voiced support to Muslim primary school teachers’ right to don full-face veil or niqab, saying that “panic” about the religious outfit is “largely misplaced”. “As I learn a language, I learn not only to identify objects, I learn how to interact with another speaker,” former Arch......



Last Modified:  11 Nov 2014 04:49  GMT

CAIRO – Washington National Cathedral has announced plans to host Muslim Friday prayers this week, reflecting a solid interfaith relation between America’s Muslim and Christian faith leaders. “We want the world to see the Christian community is partnering with us and is supporting our religious freedom in the same way we are calling fo......




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