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Tunisia's Essebsi Wins Presidential Vote

Last Modified:  22 Dec 2014 04:48  GMT


TUNIS – Beji Caid Essebsi was declared a winner in Tunisia’s presidential run-off vote on Monday, December 22, becoming the first elected president in the North African country since 2011 Arab Spring. According to final results released by the head of the electoral commission, Essebsi secured 55.68% of the vote in Sunday's run-off, defea......





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Last Modified:  18 Oct 2014 03:47  GMT

CAIRO – As the death toll of Ebola epidemic soars, people in West Africa are turning to religion as a last resort to combat the contagious disease amid an increasingly desperate situation. “I believe we are all in God’s hands now. Business is bad because of this Ebola problem, so rather than sit at home, I prefer to go to church and pr......



Last Modified:  18 Oct 2014 03:47  GMT

BOSTON – Responding to Sam Harris and Bill Maher’s anti-Muslim remarks, a leading American Muslim imam has delivered a fiery sermon tackling the current challenges that face US Muslims, urging the religious minority to work on correcting their negative image. “It’s code red,” Imam Suhaib Webb, Imam of the Islamic Society of Boston......



Last Modified:  18 Oct 2014 03:47  GMT

JERUSALEM – After three weeks of Israeli violent incursions into the world Muslims’ third holiest site, a Hamas leader has warned of Israel’s continuous attempts to seize al-Aqsa mosque compound, urging Muslims to defend it. “We call on all our people inside the country to hurry up to al-Aqsa to defend it,” Khaled Meshaal, the lead......



Last Modified:  17 Oct 2014 03:47  GMT

ABUJA – In an unexpected development, Nigerian government announced a truce agreement with the militant group Boko Haram, on Friday, October 17, which includes a ceasefire and release of more than 200 school girls abducted six months ago. A ceasefire agreement has been concluded between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Jama'atu A......



Last Modified:  17 Oct 2014 03:47  GMT

LILONGWE – A cross section of Muslim leaders and scholars in Malawi are converging in the southern part of the country from today for a three-day annual national Ijitima conference during which delegates will moot out strategies to address major challenges affecting the growth of Islam in the secular, but diverse southern African nation. ......



Last Modified:  17 Oct 2014 03:47  GMT

PARIS – A group of Muslim men training in their first self-defense class has been attacked by French police who, after receiving calls from Strasburg citizens, stormed and accused them of training for jihad in broad daylight in a park. It was our first course, we hardly knew each other. We were doing some stretches, ran a few laps, prac......



Last Modified:  17 Oct 2014 03:47  GMT

CAIRO –A galaxy of Muslim groups, lawyers and civil rights groups have petitioned the  Australian Attorney-General George Brandis to freeze the Foreign Fighters Bill for it has granted draconian powers to security agencies. The government is seeking to rush this law through Parliament...doing so will deny our elected representative......



Last Modified:  17 Oct 2014 03:47  GMT

CAIRO – In a new turning point in the claimed “love jihad” story between a Hindu teacher and a Muslim in Merrut district in northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, the father of the girl said his daughter can marry the Muslim youth, a decision vehemently criticized by Hindutva groups. “She is a grown up girl now. Who are we to force ......



Last Modified:  17 Oct 2014 03:47  GMT

OKLAHOMA –An Okalahoma Muslim woman expressed her dismay when a metro woman asked her to sign a petition to “send Muslims back to where they came from”, describing this as ignorance now posing problem to interfaith relations.. The Muslim woman, Deb Beneta, told KFOR news channel that a woman asked her to sign a petition asking that all......



Last Modified:  17 Oct 2014 03:47  GMT

ABUJA – Remembered as a fighter against corruption during his short presidential term, Nigeria's former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari has officially joined the presidential race, rapping the incumbent president’s f......



Last Modified:  16 Oct 2014 03:47  GMT

CAIRO – A galaxy of Muslim groups, lawyers and civil rights groups have signed a letter to the Australian Attorney-General George Brandis calling for freezing the so-called Foreign Fighters Bill for granting draconian powers to security agencies. The government is seeking to rush this law through Parliament … doing so will deny our elec......



Last Modified:  16 Oct 2014 03:47  GMT

CAIRO – In a new twisting point in the claimed “love jihad” story between a Hindu teacher and a Muslim in Merrut district in northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, the father of the girl said his daughter can marry the Muslim youth, a decision vehemently criticized by Hindutva groups. “She is a grown up girl now. Who are we to force......



Last Modified:  16 Oct 2014 03:47  GMT

PHILADELPHIA – Born to a Sicilian family in Philadelphia, Salahuddin Decero quest for religiosity after a life of worldly pleasures has transformed him from a young teenager whose life is centered around women, alcohol and harijuana to a Catholic priest and a Muslim at last. From the age of 13-17 my life consisted of very few things. Wome......



Last Modified:  16 Oct 2014 03:47  GMT

MATARAM, Indonesia – In a bid to curb polygamy in the county, an Indonesian district has ordered civil servants to pay one million rupiah fee  if they wanted to get a second wife, the decision that sparked criticism as “crazy”. The regulation was issued to make polygamy more difficult for those working in the civil service, Khar......



Last Modified:  16 Oct 2014 03:47  GMT

CAIRO – Though praised by sports officials for integrating the religious minority, a new swimming course planned next January for Muslim women has been viciously attacked by the far-right politicians as “discriminatory”. The Geas sports association in Sesto, praised the initiative as “an important moment for integration,” The Local......



Last Modified:  16 Oct 2014 03:47  GMT

CAIRO – A leading US Muslim rights groups has stood up to rising anti-Muslim attacks in the American society, launching a new website, Islamophobia.org, to monitor and challenge the growing anti-Muslim bigotry. Islamophobia.org is a reflection of CAIR's philosophy of educating people and empowering them toward positive action, Corey Sayl......



Last Modified:  15 Oct 2014 03:48  GMT

BAGHDAD – Amid an atmosphere of lawlessness and impunity, dozens of Iraqi Sunnis civilians have been abducted and killed by the government-sponsored Shiite militias in retaliation for the attacks by the so-called Islamic State (ISIL). “Shiite militias are ruthlessly targeting Sunni civilians on a sectarian basis under the guise of fighti......



Last Modified:  15 Oct 2014 03:48  GMT

CAIRO – Sweden’s new Housing Minister Mehmet Kaplan has come under attack from a former Swedish MP after he blamed widespread Islamophobia as the main reason that young Muslims were joining militant groups in Iraq and Syria. It's unforgivably naive to think that giving money to these kinds of [Muslim] organizations and mosques will work......



Last Modified:  15 Oct 2014 03:48  GMT

CAIRO – Challenging social borders, an Indian Muslim woman has been taking care of dozens of HIV-infected Hindu kids, setting a role model for Indian Muslims who dedicate their lives to serve their community. “I can proudly say that at Snehadeep, I look after 14 girls in the 7-12 years age group and all of them are Hindus,” Tabassum, a......



Last Modified:  15 Oct 2014 03:48  GMT

MUMBAI – In the first test to the recently elected Narendra Modi’s government, all eyes of Hindu parties are fixed on Muslim voters in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, who go to polls on Wednesday, October 15, to pick a new legislative assembly. “After many years we are going to see a multi-cornered elections. I don’t think m......




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