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Muslim Player Penalized for Praying

Last Modified:  30 Sep 2014 03:47  GMT


CAIRO – An American Muslim footballer has been penalized for prostrating after scoring a sixp-oint touchdown in Kansas City Chiefs win over the New England Patriots, sparking condemnations over the unjustified penalty. “If I get a pick, I’m going to prostrate before God in the end zone,” Husain Abdullah, a devout Muslim player, told ......





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Last Modified:  26 Sep 2014 03:47  GMT

INCHEON – In an out loud protest against a hijab ban by basketball’s governing body, the Qatari players have pulled out of the women's basketball competition at the Asian Games after refusing to remove their Islamic headscarf. We have decided not to take part in the remainder of the Asian Games women's basketball competition, an assist......



Last Modified:  26 Sep 2014 03:47  GMT

CAIRO – As the US-led forces continue their airstrikes on the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Syria, the exodus of Syrians to Turkey has increased amid fighters’ advance to Kurdish area. “People don’t know what’s going on,” Ahmad Al-Jader, a former Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighter from Jarabulus, told The I......



Last Modified:  26 Sep 2014 03:47  GMT

CAIRO – Threatened by far-right groups and disturbed by the new anti-terror measures, Australia Muslims have been urged to report Islamophobic attacks, in a bid to regain the religious community’s trust in police shaken by a teen’s death last week. “My message to my brothers and sisters in the Muslim community is that the police is n......



Last Modified:  26 Sep 2014 03:47  GMT

CAIRO – Extending its Muslim-friendly tourism services, Japan will host its first international forum and exhibition for halal environment and business later this year to raise awareness about the thriving industry in the far-east Asian country. “This Expo aims to contribute to the development of a domestic Halal environment and the cult......



Last Modified:  25 Sep 2014 03:47  GMT

LAGOS – Nigerian authorities have claimed for the first time the death of Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, saying troops had shot a lookalike who had been posing as the militant commander. In the course of those encounters, one Mohammed Bashir who has been acting or posing on videos as the deceased Abubakar Shekau, the eccentric charact......



Last Modified:  25 Sep 2014 03:47  GMT

RICHMOND – Taking up her new job as Virginia’s first veiled Muslim firefighter, the Richmond Muslim mother of two Kae Asima knew it will not be an easy task. “I understand that people have questions and I embrace them,” Asima told ABC News on Wednesday, September 24, referring to daily questions about her religion. For the single ......



Last Modified:  25 Sep 2014 03:47  GMT

CAIRO – America’s largest Muslim civil rights group has welcomed President Barack Obama’s remarks about Islam and Muslims in his address to the UN General Assembly in New York, though expressing concerns over his latest airstrikes on Syria. We welcome the president's remarks recognizing that we are not at war with Islam and that Musli......



Last Modified:  25 Sep 2014 03:47  GMT

CAIRO – A mosque in the Swedish capital was given the green light Thursday, April 11, to raise Adhan (call for prayers), to the jubilance of the Muslim community in the Scandinavian country. I'm happy, very happy, Ismail Okur, chairman of the Islamic Cultural Center of Botkyrka, told Sveriges Radio (SR). It means a great deal for our......



Last Modified:  24 Sep 2014 03:48  GMT

CAIRO – A Muslim student has been banned by a London school from taking A-levels because of wearing niqab, a decision that was opposed by hundreds of students who signed a petition to end the Islamophobic decision. “My sister just wants to wear the niqab for her own reasons and attend a school, the Muslim student’s 18-year-old siste......



Last Modified:  24 Sep 2014 03:48  GMT

CAIRO – Australian Muslim leaders have expressed concerns over the fatal shooting of a Muslim teen during his meeting with counter-terrorism officers on Tuesday evening, demanding a full investigation into the incident. “I think it was a little bit pre-emptive,” Ghaith Krayem, Secretary of the Islamic Council of Victoria, he told 3AW r......



Last Modified:  24 Sep 2014 03:48  GMT

CAPE TOWN – Sparking much criticism as breaching tenets of Islam, a Cape Town local official has announced that South Africa’s first gay-friendly mosque will be closed for violating municipal by-laws by not having any parking spaces. There are issues of health and safety to consider before [a mosque] is set up, city councilor Ganief He......



Last Modified:  24 Sep 2014 03:48  GMT

Al-Quds – In one of the gravest incursions in the occupied lands, dozens of Israeli settlers accompanied by Israeli occupation forces and two ministers have raided Al-Aqsa mosque compound, clashing with Palestinians and injuring several. Ninety-three settlers protected by 40 Israeli police and special forces forced their way into the holy......



Last Modified:  24 Sep 2014 03:48  GMT

CHICAGO – Long years of hard work to provide a correct image of Islam to the American community have been threatened after a key Chicago-based Muslim group complained of facing the backlash of a raging Middle East war. “People call and they yell at us,” Dr. Sabeel Ahmed, the Director of the nonp-rofit Gain Peace, told NBC Chicago on Tu......



Last Modified:  24 Sep 2014 03:47  GMT

BERLIN –Creating the halal version of the beer challenge that went viral in Germany last year, a Muslim artist has launched t......



Last Modified:  24 Sep 2014 03:47  GMT

DELHI – While all eyes were fixed on offering help to floods-hit India’s Jammu and Kashmir, right wing Hindu groups have exploited the devastating tragedy for the purpose of religion-based politicking, igniting war on social media websites. “The people of Kashmir should now understand that Indian army is there to help them and they sho......



Last Modified:  23 Sep 2014 03:47  GMT

ISTANBUL – Turkey has lifted a decades-long ban on wearing hijab in high schools, marking a historic move that is expected to anger the country’s secularists, Anadolu Agency reported on Tuesday, September 23. The surprise decision was announced on the first school day on Monday by the Turkish deputy PM Bulent Arinc. Speaking to the p......



Last Modified:  23 Sep 2014 03:47  GMT

BEIJING – A renowned Uighur Muslim scholar was sentenced to life by a Chinese court on Tuesday, September 23, provoking outcry in the West and among international human rights groups. This is totally unacceptable, Li Fangping, Ilham Tohti's lawyer, told Reuters by telephone on Tuesday, September 23. Ilham also said that he is innocen......



Last Modified:  23 Sep 2014 03:47  GMT

CAIRO – The International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) has deplored the Houthis latest moves to occupy the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, last Sunday, rejecting the latest developments as a “sectarian coup” against a legitimized authority which amounts to treason. “The IUMS urges the people of Yemen, of all groups and sects, to adopt dial......



Last Modified:  23 Sep 2014 03:47  GMT

LAGOS – Conflicting reports about the claimed death of Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau by Cameroonian military have been occupying media over the past 48 hours, with officials in both West African countries remaining tight-lipped on such claims. Abubakar Shekau has not been killed, a Cameroonian military source told Anadolu Agency on T......



Last Modified:  23 Sep 2014 03:47  GMT

SOMERSET – Driven by hopes to convey the true image of Islam, Muslims in Somerset’s Bridgwater town are planning a new Islamic center and mosque that will welcome non-Muslims wishing to learn more on Islam. “We'll open our doors to everyone so people can see what we are about,” Mohammad Miah, treasurer of the group, told BBC on Monda......




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