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French Gov't Plans Dialogue with Muslims

Last Modified:  27 Feb 2015 04:47  GMT


PARIS – Amid increasing feelings of insecurity among the religious minority, France unveiled an outline for new measures on Wednesday aimed at increasing security for the country's Muslim population as well as forging closer links with the community. We want to form the most representative forum possible, Interior Minister Bernard Cazene......





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Last Modified:  05 Jan 2015 04:47  GMT

DELHI – As Prime Minister Narendra Modi maintains his silence over the recent controversy of Hindu conversions in India, Muslims in the sub-continent feel vulnerable with hard core Hindu groups holding conversion ceremonies targeting minorities in different parts of the country. “We have to wait and watch before coming to any conclusion ......



Last Modified:  05 Jan 2015 04:47  GMT

CAIRO – Being a devout Muslim, Manchester City’s superstar Yaya Toure has asserted that he prefers to stay in home as a family man, to avoid unwanted distraction from female fans. “I hide. In order to escape them you have to change your phone number regularly as they’ve all got good contacts. But you can’t live without a phone as t......



Last Modified:  05 Jan 2015 04:47  GMT

CAIRO – A new counter-terrorism measure that requires UK nursery staff and childminders to report toddles at risk of becoming terrorists has been criticized by officials and rights activists, who deemed it “unworkable” and “heavy-handed”. “It is hard to see how this can be implemented. It is unworkable. I have to say I cannot und......



Last Modified:  05 Jan 2015 04:47  GMT

KAMPALA – Marking Prophet Muhammad's birthday, Uganda Muslims celebrated the Maulid on Saturday, January 3, with calls for peace and unity, amid divisions in the East African country. “We can only understand Islam more if we unite,” Supreme Mufti Sheikh Zubair Kayongo, was quoted by Anadolu Agency. “If we continue preaching about ......



Last Modified:  04 Jan 2015 04:47  GMT

KUALA LUMPUR – Fleeing persecution in Burma, thousands of Rohingya Muslims endure a risky journey to Malaysia, throwing themselves in the heart of a legal limbo in country that refuses to ratify the UN convention on refugees. “There’s no hope to return to my country,” a Rohingya refugee Nayeemah, whose husband was killed by trafficke......



Last Modified:  04 Jan 2015 04:47  GMT

CAIRO – A new counter-terrorism measure that requires UK nursery staff and childminders to report toddles at risk of becoming terrorists has been criticized by officials and rights activists, who deemed it “unworkable” and “heavy-handed”. “It is hard to see how this can be implemented. It is unworkable. I have to say I cannot und......



Last Modified:  04 Jan 2015 04:47  GMT

CAIRO – American Muslim leader and interfaith pioneer Dr Maher Hathout passed away on Saturday, January 3, at the age of 79, the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) announced the loss of the Muslim world. “Dr. Maher Hathout was a leader for Islam and for humanity, a voice for the voiceless, a patriot, a poet, a physician, a friend and a......



Last Modified:  04 Jan 2015 04:47  GMT

CAIRO – Amid shocking accounts for the use of fear by the so-called Islamic State (ISIL) to subjugate Syrians living under its control, reports have appeared from inside Raqqa, the Caliphate’s de facto capital, showing life going on with a sharp drop of crimes, thefts and illegal activities. “Life is normal, and it is all in order and ......



Last Modified:  04 Jan 2015 04:47  GMT

RIYADH – Saudi Arabia’s grand mufti, the highest religious authority in the birthplace of Islam, has issued a surprise fatwa, urging Muslims to stop ceremonies marking the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). “Showing our love for our Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be Upon Him) should not be through staging a ceremony on one nigh......



Last Modified:  03 Jan 2015 04:47  GMT

STOCKHOLM – In an outpouring support for the Muslim community in Sweden, hundreds gathered in Uppsala city on Friday, January 2, to show solidarity with Muslims after a series of mosque attacks. “Each time there has been an attack, the same mosque has then received a kind of 'love bomb' where people have shown their support and sympathy,......



Last Modified:  03 Jan 2015 04:47  GMT

CAIRO – While Twitter and Facebook claim that they keep reviewing reported content to maintain balance between freedom of expression and racism, a new investigation found that thousands of Islamophobic posts are being circulated on both sites without censorship. It is morally unacceptable that social media platforms like Facebook and Twit......



Last Modified:  03 Jan 2015 04:47  GMT

CAIRO – As Muslims across the world are marking Prophet Muhammad's birthday on Saturday, January 3, Indian Muslims choose to hold sober celebrations to mark the religious occasion through prayers and charitable work. “We must celebrate his birthday — but use the day to pray and do charitable works,” Maulana Rizwan Khan, vicep-residen......



Last Modified:  03 Jan 2015 04:47  GMT

LILONGWE – Malawi Muslims are converging to the country’s commercial city of Blantyre to celebrate the birth of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) slated for Sunday, with a rallying call to all Muslims to spread a peaceful message of coexistence. “Islam is a religion of peace and this is what the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon H......



Last Modified:  03 Jan 2015 04:47  GMT

LAGOS – Nigerian Muslim community particularly the Sufis is agog with excitement as the commemoration of the Prophet Muhammad's birth anniversary begins today, the 12th day of the third Islamic lunar month of Rabiul-Awwal. We have started the official recitation of the burdah since the first day of Rabiul-Awwal to usher in the Prophet’s......



Last Modified:  02 Jan 2015 04:47  GMT

GUJARAT– A video of a mock terror drill showing terrorists dressed up as Muslims has drawn the ire of Indian Muslims and officials, who condemned the provocative video for stigmatizing the religious minority. “It is profiling the Muslim community which is very bad. They should apologize, otherwise they should be taken to the court,” Ka......



Last Modified:  02 Jan 2015 04:47  GMT

BERLIN – Joining forces against the anti-Muslim trend in Germany, a galaxy of Muslim NGOs and ethnic-Turkish immigrants have called for mass protests against PEGIDA movement next week. We are calling on all citizens to join demonstration in Cologne on Jan. 5 and take a stance against racism, xenophobia, hatred against foreigners and hosti......



Last Modified:  02 Jan 2015 04:47  GMT

CAIRO – The world's largest bloc of Islamic countries said on Thursday it was gravely disturbed by news of the revival of anti-Muslim attacks in the Central African Republic (CAR) led by Christian anti-Balaka militias. Although there was a short lull in the attacks against Muslims in the capital Bangui, sadly the Muslim Peuhl herdsmen tri......



Last Modified:  02 Jan 2015 04:47  GMT

RIYADH – Secretary General of the world's largest bloc of Islamic countries announced his first official visit to Al-Quds (Occupied Jerusalem) next Sunday, the move that followed the largest escalation of tensions in the holy city over the past years. The announcement, made at the Arabic website of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (......



Last Modified:  02 Jan 2015 04:47  GMT

STOCKHOLM – In the worst series of attacks targeting the peaceful Sweden Muslim minority, a third mosque arson was reported on Thursday in Sweden's fourth largest city Uppsala, as police launched a manhunt for perpetrators. Someone threw a firebomb, a Molotov cocktail at the building, Torsten Hemlin a spokesman for Uppsala police told Sw......



Last Modified:  02 Jan 2015 04:47  GMT

ALIGARH – Invigorated after the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) formed the national government in May, India Hindutva groups are stepping up their anti-Muslim activities, putting the construction of Ram Temple at the site of Babri mosque at the top of their agenda. “The actions by the (Hindu) groups in this case are not on......




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