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Bangladeshi Politician Arrested Over Hajj Rants

Last Modified:  27 Nov 2014 04:47  GMT


DHAKA – A former Bangladeshi minister, who sparked nationwide protests over his rants about Hajj and Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), handed himself to police to be jailed on Tuesday, November 25. “He surrendered to police and was produced before a court, Helal Uddin, the head of Dhaka's Dhanmondi police station, was quoted by UCAN......





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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......



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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......



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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......



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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......



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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......



Last Modified:  13 Nov 2014 04:49  GMT

BURN – A Swiss court has overturned a ban imposed earlier by a school in the northeastern canton of Saint Gallen on Islamic hijab worn by a 13-year-old girl, labeling the ban as unjustified. The court said the ban on hijab was “disproportionate”, The Local.ch reported on Thursday, November 13, quoting SDA news agency. The decision w......



Last Modified:  13 Nov 2014 04:49  GMT

RABAT – Concerned with the escalating Jewish attacks on the holy Al-Aqsa mosque, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki has called for an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to discuss the situation in Al-Quds. The situation in Jerusalem is unprecedentedly dangerous, al-Maliki said at an OIC meeting i......



Last Modified:  13 Nov 2014 04:49  GMT

CAIRO – A leading US Muslim group has launched a new Unite Humanity initiative to bring Americans together through positive community-based actions. Through 'Unite Humanity,' we hope to increase public awareness of the positive actions of American Muslims and their community partners and to assist communities in organizing and launching......



Last Modified:  13 Nov 2014 04:49  GMT

CAIRO – Visitors to the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Al-Quds will have to go through facial scanners that will be installed by Israeli police at the entrances of the holy site. “We’ll use them when necessary,” Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch was quoted by Haaretz on Thursday, November 13. “Any suspect will be inspect......



Last Modified:  13 Nov 2014 04:49  GMT

OSLO – In the fourth year into conflict, Syrian refugees trying to escape the brutal war inside Syria are getting lesser options with border countries cutting back sharply the number of Syrians they allow onto their soil. Humanitarian organizations have repeatedly warned that the capacities of the host communities have been stretched to t......



Last Modified:  13 Nov 2014 04:47  GMT

BEIJING — China has imprisoned around two dozen Uighur Muslim leaders, including “wild imams” who preach illegally in the Muslim majority region of Xinjiang for “illegal religious activities”. The so-called distinction between legal and illegal religion is determined based on China's political needs, said Dilxat Raxit, a spokesma......




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