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CAIRO – Hundreds of American Muslims attended the Oklahoma the state’s first Muslim Day at the Capitol on Friday to promote religious tolerance, only to be interrupted by hate protesters holding signs proclaiming the United States a Christian nation. “This is a day where we see Muslims sending a message of love, peace and understanding......





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Last Modified:  21 Feb 2015 04:50  GMT

MARSEILLE – Dreams for a grand mosque in Marseille have been put on hold for more than two decades, after far-right opposition and lack of funding stalled construction plans for the worshipping house needed for more than 250,000 Muslims in France’s second-largest city. I'd love to go to that Grand Mosque for Friday prayers, Hakim, who ......



Last Modified:  21 Feb 2015 04:50  GMT

CAIRO – Still reeling from the cruel and brutal Chapel Hill attack, American Muslims complained of mounting threats against their community that doesn't feel safe anymore. It's not about taking revenge on the killer, Abdullah Antepli, the Duke University imam, told the Huffington Post on Thursday, February 19. It's pointing out a muc......



Last Modified:  20 Feb 2015 04:47  GMT

CAIRO – Reflecting growing anti-Muslim sentiments in Italy, a Muslim man dressed in traditional Islamic garb walked in the streets of Milan carrying the holy Qur'an only to come under abuse all through his way. This social experiment was to check the tolerance of Milan's citizens towards Muslims or someone who is dressed as an Imam, Hamd......



Last Modified:  20 Feb 2015 04:47  GMT

CAIRO – Facing fearful times in the wake of Chapel Hill shooting, American Muslims complained of mounting threats against their community that doesn't feel safe anymore. It's not about taking revenge on the killer, Abdullah Antepli, the Duke University imam, told the Huffington Post on Thursday, February 19. It's pointing out a much ......



Last Modified:  20 Feb 2015 04:47  GMT

CAIRO – A series of anti-Muslim notes threatening to kill all Muslims in America and Europe have rattled the Muslim community in Revere, Boston, as police announced investigation into the disturbing messages. “The matter is under investigation and we take it seriously,” Lieutenant Amy O’Hara, a Revere police spokeswoman, said in an e......



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CAIRO – Amid recent reports on terrorism charges filed against recent reverts, Canadian Muslim imams are divided on whether to give people interested in reverting to Islam a questionnaire to list reasons for choosing Islam, a suggestion rejected by other imams as stigmatizing them. “We cannot impose on anyone,” Mohammad Iqbal AlNadvi, ......



Last Modified:  20 Feb 2015 04:47  GMT

CAIRO – A Norwegian prison near Oslo announced plans to bring in imams for Muslim inmates, amid calls for allowing Muslims to practice religion to counter any chances of radicalizing them in prison. “We are now about to enter into a partnership with an imam who will conduct seminars for Muslims,” Håkon Melvold, governor of Ringerike p......



Last Modified:  20 Feb 2015 04:47  GMT

CAIRO – America’s first Muslim congressman has publicly rebuked the Obama administration’s terrorism strategy, arguing that a failure to prosecute hate crimes fuelled the narrative that America was at war with Islam. “The violent extremist makes the case that America is at war with Islam and Muslims, and we have to assert that this i......



Last Modified:  19 Feb 2015 04:47  GMT

CAIRO – Condemning recent attacks, US President Barack Obama urged people from different faiths to unite with Muslims against terrorism, adding that Muslims have the responsibility to fight a misconception that terrorist groups speak for them. “We are not at war with Islam,” Obama said in an op-ed tied to Washington’s summit on count......



Last Modified:  19 Feb 2015 04:47  GMT

CAIRO – European Muslims mourned the death of renowned Muslim scholar and community leader Dr Bahij Mullah Howaish, who passed away last week in a hospital in the Spanish capital Madrid, after long life of serving the religious community. “It is with great sorrow we report the recent passing of Dr. Bahij Mullah Howaish,” London Central......



Last Modified:  19 Feb 2015 04:47  GMT

CAIRO – Amid recent reports on terrorism charges filed against recent reverts, Canadian Muslim imams are divided on whether to give people interested in reverting to Islam a questionnaire to list reasons for choosing Islam, a suggestion rejected by other imams as stigmatizing them. “We cannot impose on anyone,” Mohammad Iqbal AlNadvi, ......



Last Modified:  19 Feb 2015 04:47  GMT

CAIRO – A Norwegian prison near Oslo announced plans to bring in imams to Muslim inmates, amid calls for allowing Muslims to practice religion to counter any chances of radicalizing them during prison time. “We are now about to enter into a partnership with an imam who will conduct seminars for Muslims,” Håkon Melvold, governor of Rin......



Last Modified:  19 Feb 2015 04:47  GMT

BAKU – Five Azerbaijani Muslims are facing the threat of imprisonment for five-years if convicted, after police raided a home in Baku city where the Muslim men were praying. “These are normal Muslims who are not involved in politics and simply conduct prayers,” the lawyer for four of the five men Asabali Mustafayev told Forum 18 News S......



Last Modified:  19 Feb 2015 04:47  GMT

KOLKATA – Guilty till proven innocent. This statement sums up the conditions which India Muslims find themselves in whenever any report about bombs or terror attacks reaches police. “Since those involved in the Malda blast case were all Muslims soon police slapped terror angle to it and the all media organs enthusiastically aimed to iden......



Last Modified:  19 Feb 2015 04:47  GMT

KANO – In a new challenge to Nigerian security forces, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau vowed to disrupt Nigeria's general election in a new video released Tuesday, February 17, amid increasing concerns over the safety of voters which forced authorities to delay elections for six weeks. Allah will not leave you to proceed with these elec......



Last Modified:  18 Feb 2015 04:47  GMT

PARIS – The number of reverts to Islam among French people has increased significantly after Charlie Hebdo attacks, with French imams reporting a growing number of people coming  to take Shahada or declaration of faith at mosques. “It makes me want to go to Islam and to show everyone that this is not what Islam is about,” a young ......



Last Modified:  18 Feb 2015 04:47  GMT

KOLKATA – Guilty till proven innocent. This statement sums up the conditions which India Muslims find themselves in whenever any report about bombs or terror attacks reaches police. “Since those involved in the Malda blast case were all Muslims soon police slapped terror angle to it and the all media organs enthusiastically aimed to iden......



Last Modified:  18 Feb 2015 04:47  GMT

CAIRO – Sending a message of peace, a group of Norwegian Muslim youth will form a human ring around Oslo’s synagogue next week to show solidarity with the Jewish community after Copenhagen and Paris extremist attacks. “If the jihadists want to use violence in the name of Islam, they must go through us Muslims first,” one of the event......



Last Modified:  18 Feb 2015 04:47  GMT

CAIRO – Being a devout practicing Muslim himself, Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb has urged Muslims to distance themselves from extremist attacks falsely linked to their religion, stressing that dialogue and education can eliminate misconceptions about Islam. “More than ever, international tensions are having an impact on the local commu......



Last Modified:  18 Feb 2015 04:47  GMT

PARIS – As Islamophobic attacks soar in France, a new report warned that Muslim women have become the prime target of hate crimes in the European country, urging new measures to counter rising hate. “The council is concerned about the decrease of tolerance and the increase of verbal assaults and hateful and discriminatory acts recorded i......




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