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China Raids Uighur Muslims’ Qur’an Schools

Last Modified:  16 Sep 2014 03:47  GMT


BEIJING – In a new sweep to obliterate the religious identity in the far-western Muslim majority Xinjiang, Chinese authorities have raided several Islamic schools in the district’s capital Urumqi, arresting dozens of Muslims. China thinks that Uighurs who uphold their faith and use the internet are a challenge to China's rule, Dilxat R......





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Last Modified:  02 Sep 2014 03:47  GMT

NAIROBI – Hundreds of Kenya Muslims have been expressing increasing fears over possibility of missing the life-time journey to hajj this year due to controversial delays by the country's Immigration Department to issue or renew passports for would-be pilgrims. “My mother applied to renew her passport two months ago, but up now we are bei......



Last Modified:  02 Sep 2014 03:47  GMT

BETHLEHEM – In what is considered as the biggest land usurpation in the past three decades, Israel has announced plans to grab 400 hectares of land in the occupied West Bank in a move widely condemned as illegal by world powers and human rights groups.. “Israel’s strategy of illegally confiscating land for settlements in the West Bank ......



Last Modified:  02 Sep 2014 03:47  GMT

BANGUI – Showing opposition to the new Central African government led by a Muslim minister, Seleka rebels have expelled several members for joining the new government formed a few weeks ago. “The ex-Seleka coalition neither supported nor put forward the names of the prime minister or ministers,” the group's vicep-resident Nouredine Ada......



Last Modified:  02 Sep 2014 03:47  GMT

LONDON – British Prime Minister David Cameron has outlined a new plan to tighten anti-terror measures in the UK, giving police temporary power to seize passports of suspected Iraq and Syria-bound Islamist fighters. We need a tough, intelligent, patient and comprehensive approach to defeat the terrorist threat at its source, Cameron said ......



Last Modified:  01 Sep 2014 03:47  GMT

SARAJEVO – Nearly twenty years after the Balkans war, several Serb ex-soldiers and policemen were detained on Monday, September 1, over charges of committing war crimes against Bosniaks and Croats during the 1992-1995 war. They are charged with the murder of at least 40 Croats and Bosniaks, persecution, enforced displacement and illegal d......



Last Modified:  01 Sep 2014 03:47  GMT

BETHLEHEM – In the biggest theft in the past three decades, Israel has announced plans to grab 400 hectares of land in the occupied West Bank in a move widely condemned as threatening more friction after the Gaza conflict. “We have long made clear our opposition to continued settlement activity,” a State Department official, who d......



Last Modified:  01 Sep 2014 03:47  GMT

CAIRO – Responding to demands of the Gulf Emirate luxurious residents, a Dubai company has announced the launch of the world’s first ever “halal” fizzing wine that includes a “24-carat edible gold leaf” with zero alcohol. Lussory Gold is “an alcohol-removed halal sparkling wine” – and that the gold leaf “rises and falls i......



Last Modified:  01 Sep 2014 03:47  GMT

CAIRO – Catering to the needs of the fast growing Muslim students, a new center for Islamic studies will be launched by the University of Florida later this month to serve as an Islamic hub in the US fourth most populous state. “We are very excited about this,” Terje Ostebo, assistant professor at the Center for African Studies and the......



Last Modified:  01 Sep 2014 03:47  GMT

DETROIT – Passing on the flame of a successful, active generation, the annual Islamic Society of North American (ISNA) convention has kicked off with a hope of empowering a new generation of young Muslim leaders to carry the message for generations to come.. “We are all one, so we need to make sure each of us protects the ship going to s......



Last Modified:  01 Sep 2014 03:47  GMT

CAIRO - As Australia toughens its security measures, leaders of the Muslim community have been voicing concerns that pilgrims heading to Makkah to perform the life-time spiritual journey of hajj may be harassed, stopped or arrested by the anti-terrorism units in airports. The Muslim concerns were revealed during an interview by Sydney commun......



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KATHMANDU – Several Nepali Muslim leaders have complained that non-governmental organizations were forcing Muslim families, particularly women, to use contraceptives and abortions or lost chances of getting humanitarian aid or free education for their children. This is despicable, it goes against our faith and exploits our poverty,” Has......



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CAIRO –In the strongest condemnation of  the so-called Islamic State (IS), formerly known as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), British Muslim imams have described British jihadis who fight alongside IS as “heretics” who are “betraying their own societies”. “There is no doubt that President Assad’s regime in Syri......



Last Modified:  31 Aug 2014 03:47  GMT

CAIRO - Expanding US engagement with Muslim communities, the US State Department has appointed a special representative to engage with the Muslim world on countering extremism and civil rights violations. “In the past, the State Department has been very hesitant in dealing with religious issues, and I think that’s changing,” Haris Tari......



Last Modified:  31 Aug 2014 03:47  GMT

CAIRO – In the strongest condemnations to the Islamic State (IS), formerly known as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), British Muslim imams have condemned British jihadis who fight alongside IS as “heretics” who are “betraying their own societies”. “There is no doubt that President Assad’s regime in Syria is oppressiv......



Last Modified:  31 Aug 2014 03:47  GMT

ROTTERDAM – Bringing nearly 10 thousand pro-Gaza protesters to the streets, a recently formed Islamic party has appeared as a new political force in Netherlands, with a new ambition to grow in the national politics. “During the second world war, the city of Rotterdam was occupied by German forces and bombarded repeatedly until it was ful......



Last Modified:  31 Aug 2014 03:47  GMT

DETROIT – Attracting Muslims from around the world to the Motor City, the Islamic Society of North America has brought its 51st annual convention to Detroit for the first time, in an event expected to attract more than 20,000 attendants. Welcome to Detroit, the Comeback City. We are proud to have one of the nation's largest Muslim communi......



Last Modified:  30 Aug 2014 03:47  GMT

CAIRO – A British Muslim taxi driver has risked his life to rescue a Belgian family of six from fire as others stood by to film the desperate family screaming for help from their windows. “There was screaming, and a baby probably three or four months old. Some people were just recording it,” “Ronnie” Rahman, 29, told Tottenham and ......



Last Modified:  30 Aug 2014 03:47  GMT

KOLKATA – A far-right Hindu leader’s recent call declaring that India is a Hindu nation has triggered a political controversy and prompted angry rebukes from the country’s Muslim minority, liberal political parties and human rights activists.“Before the recent general election more than 100,000 Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) group le......



Last Modified:  29 Aug 2014 03:47  GMT

CENTURY CITY – Sending an out loud message against extremism, leaders of the American Muslim community have condemned the recent rise of the so-called Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), supporting law enforcement fight against extremism. “We need to create a public space so that the voice of......



Last Modified:  29 Aug 2014 03:47  GMT

NEW YORK – Three years of civil war have forced more than three million Syrians to flee their country, a third of them during the past year along, the United Nations said in its report issued on Friday, August 29. The Syrian crisis has become the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era, yet the world is failing to meet the needs of refu......




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