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Lagos Ruling Party Faces Hijab Backlash

Last Modified:  20 Nov 2014 04:47  GMT


LAGOS – Growing Muslim anger over Lagos hijab ban in public schools is expected to hugely affect coming elections, with many expecting Nigeria's opposition All Progressive Congress to suffer massive Muslim protest votes, unless the party commits itself to addressing their grievances. “Our position remains very clear: Lagos Muslims would ......





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Last Modified:  17 Nov 2014 04:47  GMT

ISTANBUL— Catering to the needs of Muslim women, a growing number of mosques across the world are going “female-friendly” by offering more space for Muslim women and seeking more women involvement in worship places. “We began questioning why we are not catering to women's needs and not creating architecture to meet the needs of men a......



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CAIRO – America’s largest Islamic advocacy group responded on Sunday, November 16, to reports that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has added it to its list of “terrorist” groups, describing the decision as “bizarre”. “We are seeking clarification from the government of the United Arab Emirates about this shocking and bizarre rep......



Last Modified:  17 Nov 2014 04:49  GMT

ABU DHABI – The new list announced by United Arab Emirates (UAE), and labeled dozens of organizations and groups as terrorist , has sparked storming reactions from various Muslim organizations and right activists worldwide, with some describing it as shocking and politically motivated. “The fact that it piles together terrorist groups l......



Last Modified:  17 Nov 2014 04:49  GMT

CAIRO – Israeli far-right Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman challenged the European Union on Sunday, November 16, asserting that Israel will never limit its construction activity in Al-Quds (occupied Jerusalem). We will not accept any restrictions on building in Jewish communities in Jerusalem – there will be no compromise on the matte......



Last Modified:  17 Nov 2014 04:49  GMT

CAIRO – America’s largest Islamic advocacy group responded on Sunday, November 16, to reports that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has added it to its list of “terrorist” groups, describing the decision as “bizarre”. “We are seeking clarification from the government of the United Arab Emirates about this shocking and bizarre rep......



Last Modified:  17 Nov 2014 04:49  GMT

RAKHINE – Escaping death and humiliating in their country, thousands of Rohingya Muslims have gone missing on their way from Burma to Malaysia, raising fears that their boats have been prevented from reaching shore. Where are they? Chris Lewa of the Arakan Project, which plots migration across the Bay of Bengal, told Reuters on Saturday,......



Last Modified:  16 Nov 2014 04:51  GMT

ISTANBUL – Muslims discovered the Americas in the 12th century, more than three centuries before Christopher Columbus, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said. Contacts between Latin America and Islam date back to the 12th century. Muslims discovered America in 1178, not Christopher Columbus, Erdogan said in a televised speech du......



Last Modified:  16 Nov 2014 04:51  GMT

CAIRO – A top London hotel has stopped serving alcohol after being reportedly taken over by a new owner who doesn’t wish to make profit from it, offering soft drinks to guests only. “We no longer sell alcoholic beverages” and encourages a look at the hotel’s “comprehensive selection of soft drinks,” a statement by Bermondsey Sq......



Last Modified:  16 Nov 2014 04:51  GMT

CAIRO – Malawi’s largest Islamic group has issued a strongly-worded statement to condemn police forces move to arrest dozens of Muslims following clashes between Muslims and villagers, deeming its performance as “unprofessional”. “In 2010 some Muslim officials were badly beaten up when they were protecting their land at Blantyre Mi......



Last Modified:  16 Nov 2014 04:51  GMT

ABU DHABI – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) approved on Saturday, November 15, a list that designates dozens of organizations and groups as “terrorist”, drawing ire of several Muslim activists and rights groups. “The fact that it piles together terrorist groups like Boko Haram and ISIL with think tanks and research centers who aren’......



Last Modified:  16 Nov 2014 04:51  GMT

RAKHINE – Escaping death and humiliating in their country, thousands of Rohingya Muslims have gone missing on their way from Burma to Malaysia, raising fears that their boats have been prevented from reaching shore. Where are they? Chris Lewa of the Arakan Project, which plots migration across the Bay of Bengal, told Reuters on Saturday,......



Last Modified:  15 Nov 2014 04:50  GMT

CAIRO – As news about the growing influence of the so-called Islamic State (ISIL) spread, an army of Muslim “clicktivists” armed with 140-character positive, peaceful or humorous messages, have taken to Twitter to counter anti-Muslim sentiments. “The insidious thing about anti-Arab hate speech is that it seems to be acceptable, where......



Last Modified:  15 Nov 2014 04:50  GMT

CAIRO – Lamenting negative portrayals of Muslims in the western media, Mehdi Hasan, Huffington Post UK’s political director, has called for imposing sanctions and boycotting media outlets that spread Islamophobic messages. The press has proven “singularly unable or unwilling to change the discourse, the tone or the approach” towards ......



Last Modified:  15 Nov 2014 04:50  GMT

LONDON – A set of new measures announced by British PM David Cameron has sparked criticism from human rights groups, seeing the new rules as demonizing the religious Muslim minority. “It’s really unclear how these measures are going to affect anything substantial,” Arzu Merali, co-founder of the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC)......



Last Modified:  15 Nov 2014 04:50  GMT

CAIRO – Eschewing the mainstream global economic system, the so-called Islamic State (ISIL) has announced plans to mint it own coins, reinstating the ancient Islamic dinar currency used in the 7th century. “Even within the believers, this [currency] will be a stunt,” ISIL member who returned recently to Lebanon from northern Syria told......



Last Modified:  15 Nov 2014 04:48  GMT

SARAJEVO – Sending a message of hope to Bosnian Muslim women, a veiled woman was elected to the House of Representatives in October's elections, becoming the first woman to enter the parliament with the Islamic headscarf. I think my being elected is a good message for all women, especially for women who wear the headscarf, Kanela Zuko to......



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......




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