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Imams Shortage Troubles American Muslims

Last Modified:  17 Aug 2014 03:47  GMT


CAIRO – As the number of US Muslims increases, the need of more imams has been growing more pressing with Muslim parents pushing their kids towards other careers that do not include religious studies. Like other American clergy-members, imams are expected to be “marriage counselor, youth director, scholar and fundraiser,” Edgar Hopida,......





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Last Modified:  14 Aug 2014 03:48  GMT

CAIRO – Months after officially announcing his reversion to Islam, famous young Indian composer Yuvan Shankar Raja has opened his heart, revealing why he chose the world’s fastest growing faith to follow. “My father is a staunch Hindu and is so superstitious that even if a glass breaks, he will call a pandit,” Raja told Times of Indi......



Last Modified:  13 Aug 2014 03:48  GMT

BAGHDAD – The appointment of Iraq’s new prime minister, Haidar al-Abadi, has been welcomed by world leaders who deemed it a positive step to end the sectarian conflict that has surged since the re-election of the former PM Nuri Al-Maliki three months ago. “I wish to congratulate you on your nomination to the post of prime minister and ......



Last Modified:  13 Aug 2014 03:48  GMT

NAIROBI – Alarm and outrage are rising in the Muslim community in Kenya as the list of Muslim youth kidnapped and made to disappear by suspected police officers grows longer day after another. Why are they doing this to us?, Fatma Omar, the wife of Abdulhakim Abdallah, who went missing on 12th July this year, told OnIslam.net with her te......



Last Modified:  13 Aug 2014 03:48  GMT

TASHKENT – Students applying for Islamic studies at Tashkent University in Uzbekistan were shocked after finding questions based on anti-Islamic policies, leaving students in a dilemma. Controversies surrounding entry exam spread after an applicant student wrote a letter to Ozodlik radio station complaining that the questions asked were ba......



Last Modified:  13 Aug 2014 03:48  GMT

GAZA – A history of hundreds of years has gone by an Israeli airstrike in a July dawn which destroyed Gaza’s 1300 year-old Omari mosque, leaving the historic site in rubbles and worshippers seeking makeshift mosque to perform their prayers. For the people, it was a blessing and it was important to have such a mosque, Mohammad Alloush, ......



Last Modified:  13 Aug 2014 03:48  GMT

CAIRO – In its report issued on Tuesday, August 12, Human Rights Watch described the killing of at least 1,150 demonstrators by Egypt's security forces in July and August 2013, as 'systematic and premeditated', but Egypt's authorities blasted the report as biased and politicized In Rabia Square, Egyptian security forces carried out on......



Last Modified:  13 Aug 2014 03:48  GMT

MONROVIA – Amid hiking death toll of Ebola disease in west Africa, Muslims in Liberia have been cautioned against washing the bodies of people who died of Ebola to avoid spreading the virus. “Funerals and washing dead bodies in West African countries have led, to a great extend, to spread the disease,” Rana Sidani, the spokesperson of ......



Last Modified:  12 Aug 2014 03:47  GMT

CAIRO – A Saudi decision to ban pilgrims from Ebola-hit West African countries has been cautiously welcomed by Nigerian Muslim scholars who hoped that the discovery of one infection for a patient during his business trip to Sierra Leone would not affect Nigerian pilgrims. “As at now, only the National Hajj Commission, NAHCO, could give a......



Last Modified:  12 Aug 2014 03:47  GMT

UTTAR PRADESH – Meerut district in northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh is under the grip of communal tension, over the alleged religious conversion and gang-rape of a Hindu teacher in a Madrassah, a crime denied by Muslim leaders who demanded a full investigation. Such incidents tarnish the image of Madrassahs. We are not sure what exa......



Last Modified:  12 Aug 2014 03:47  GMT

GAZA CITY – The United Nations Human Rights Council has named members of the international commission that will investigate war crimes committed by Israel during aggression against Gaza that started last July, a decision welcomed by Palestinians. “Hamas welcomes the decision to form an investigation committee into the war crimes committe......



Last Modified:  12 Aug 2014 03:47  GMT

CAIRO – Offering hearing impaired Muslims an access to their faith, a growing American group has been struggling to spread awareness about problems facing deaf Muslims wishing to practice their religion, perform prayers, attend sermons and recite the Noble Qur’an. “Every time I’d go to a mosque, I’d sit there and I’d just watch t......



Last Modified:  12 Aug 2014 03:47  GMT

LAGOS – Nigerian Muslims have been exhorted to shun all vices even after the end of Ramadan fasting, reminding them that return to bad old ways suggests deliberate waste of the gains made during the holy month.. “We urge our Muslim brothers to avoid going back to anything contrary to the doctrines of Islam: be it alcohol, lying, false te......



Last Modified:  12 Aug 2014 03:47  GMT

HELSINKI – Finding a place to bury their dear ones have turned into a dream for Finish Muslims in the Uusimaa region after a six-year search has proved fruitless. “You would certainly think that we would find an area in Uusimaa that could be rezoned for cemetery use,” deputy chair of the Finnish Islamic Council Pia Jardi told Yle Finni......



Last Modified:  11 Aug 2014 03:47  GMT

BANGUI – Amid ongoing efforts to end the months-long sectarian violence in Central African Republic, a Muslim has been appointed as a Prime Minister for the first time since CAR's independence from France in 1960 as a first step towards forming a more inclusive government. The first Muslim PM, Mahamat Kamoun, served as a senior advisor to ......



Last Modified:  11 Aug 2014 03:47  GMT

CAIRO – Built as a center for the twenty’s century’s 50s black separatism, Malcolm X’s Harlem mosque has been serving as an interfaith pillar open to different races and religions that welcomed Christian and Jewish prayers. “It is a motivating factor for us to establish a strong community life and to have a dignified community—th......



Last Modified:  11 Aug 2014 03:47  GMT

LONDON – In a systematic anti-Muslim campaign, HSBC British Bank has closed the account of a renowned British Muslim activist and his wife, amid reports of an imminent closure of more accounts held by Muslims organizations. “Just back in London from a holiday in Jordan to find that @HSBC has closed my & my wife’s bank accounts. @anasal......



Last Modified:  11 Aug 2014 03:47  GMT

LAGOS – Nigerian Muslims have been urged to shun all vices even after the Ramadan fast, as possible return to bad old ways suggests deliberate waste of the gains made during the holy month. “We urge our Muslim brothers to avoid going back to anything contrary to the doctrines of Islam: be it alcohol, lying, false testimony and all such b......



Last Modified:  11 Aug 2014 03:47  GMT

UTTAR PRADESH – For majority of Muslim woman refugees, getting married in a relief camp in communal violence-hit Muzaffarnagar district in northern India state of Uttar Pradesh has turned out to be a nightmare. 20-year-old Ruksana is one among several girls who were married in haste in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts after riots broke o......



Last Modified:  11 Aug 2014 03:47  GMT

NEW YORK – Encouraging Muslims to spell out their woes, a leading American Muslims group has launched a new social media campaign to promote speaking against ongoing anti-Muslim oppression in several parts around the world. “Intimidation and censorship have become our reality, but we can change that,” the Muslim Public Affairs Council ......



Last Modified:  11 Aug 2014 03:47  GMT

ISTANBUL – With more than 95% of votes counted, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won Turkey's presidential elections with 53% of votes, as millions of Turks turned to pick their president for the first time in a public vote, Mustafa Sentop, deputy chairman of the ruling AK Party, said. The chairman of the AK Party and the prime minister of Turkey......




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