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Cuba’s First Mosque Dream Approaches

Last Modified:  21 Dec 2014 04:48  GMT


HAVANA – Bringing good tidings to thousands of Cuban Muslims, the South American country’s ambassador to Turkey has announced the Muslims living in the country had a right to have a mosque, promising it would be built soon. “Muslims have a right to a mosque,” Cuban Ambassador Albertao Gonzales Casals said during NTV's live broadcast,......





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Last Modified:  08 Dec 2014 04:49  GMT

CAIRO – A ban on nativity scene in La Roche-sur-Yon town hall has sparked anger among far-right politicians, who called it stupid secularism . “Next we’ll be banning epiphany cakes at the Élysée Palace, Bruno Retailleau, a nationalist local senator, said in a statement cited by the Guardian. The court in Nantes has issued a deci......



Last Modified:  08 Dec 2014 04:49  GMT

CAIRO – Muslim scholars have criticized claims by a Sydney mosque imam that Islam does not ban wine, seeing his comments as contradicting with the consensus of Muslim scholars. “In fact, the verdict that claims that wine is not banned in Islam is not based on scholarly sound proofs,” Dr Wael Shehab, a scholar and Shari`ah researcher, t......



Last Modified:  08 Dec 2014 04:49  GMT

DELHI – State Bank of India (SBI) Mutual Fund has deferred the launch of Shari`ah Equity Fund in India, aimed at attracting investments from the country's Muslims, sparking rumors that the promising fund was suspended after pressures from Hindu groups and parties. “I don’t know what happened but in this country if the name of Muslims i......



Last Modified:  08 Dec 2014 04:49  GMT

SRINAGAR – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday took his political campaign to strive and floods-torn district of Jammu and Kashmir, in a bid to reach out to disenchanted Kashmiris with promises of jobs and water supplies. The power that you have is greater than those holding the AK-47 (assault rifle), Modi told a huge campaign ......



Last Modified:  08 Dec 2014 04:47  GMT

CAIRO – Leaders of the Muslim community in Kansas have been joined by interfaith leaders at a memorial service on Sunday, December 7, for a 15-year-old Muslim boy who has been murdered in an apparent hate attack. This memorial service is designed to show solidarity with the family and loved ones of Abdisamad 'Adam' Sheikh-Hussein and to p......



Last Modified:  08 Dec 2014 04:47  GMT

CAIRO – The mother of a British young Muslim, who was sentenced to 12 for fighting in Syria, has regretted trusting police and reporting her son, saying police has betrayed her . “This is not justice,” Majida Sarwar, the mother of Yusuf Sarwar who was sentenced to 12 years, told the Guardian. “They said I was doing the right thin......



Last Modified:  07 Dec 2014 04:55  GMT

CAIRO – Muslim scholars have criticized claims by a Sydney mosque imam that Islam does not ban wine, seeing his comments as contradicting with the consensus of Muslim scholars. “In fact, the verdict that claims that wine is not banned in Islam is not based on scholarly sound proofs,” Dr Wael Shehab, a scholar and Shari`ah researcher, t......



Last Modified:  07 Dec 2014 04:55  GMT

ARAKAN – A twenty-nine year old Muslim young man in Arakan has been arrested and put in jail after Burmese authorities arrested him for being a computer expert. The young Muslim man, Mujeeb-ur-Rehman Sirajul Haq, was arrested and his computer confiscated from his home and office, Arakan News Agency reported on Sunday, December 7. Accord......



Last Modified:  07 Dec 2014 04:55  GMT

AHMADABAD – Gujarat High Court has announced that Muslim girls can marry once they complete 15 years of age, asserting that Islamic laws allows marriage once the girl reaches puberty. It is not in dispute that the boy and girl both are Muslims,” Justice J B Pardiwala said in an order passed earlier this week, the Press Trust of India re......



Last Modified:  07 Dec 2014 04:55  GMT

UTTER PRADESH – Remembering one of the blackest days in India, thousands of Muslims protested on Saturday, December 6, to mark the 22nd anniversary of the demolition of Babri mosque in Ayodhya, reiterating calls to rebuild the centuries-old monument. We are all here to remind the nation of the darkest deed done by the darkest people in hi......



Last Modified:  06 Dec 2014 04:49  GMT

CAIRO – Bids by the diocese of Cordoba to erase the history of Cordoba mosque by changing its name to the Cathedral of Cordoba has sparked a row between the diocese and the regional government that called the replacement absurd . “Hiding its past as a mosque is like calling the Alhambra the palace of Charles V – it’s absurd, Andalu......



Last Modified:  06 Dec 2014 04:49  GMT

RAKHINE – Burma has approved a new draft law on interfaith marriage, religious conversion and family planning, a move expected to spark anger among Muslims and women in the Buddhist-majority country. “We assume that this draft law was released because the government wants to discriminate against a particular nationality and religion,” ......



Last Modified:  06 Dec 2014 04:49  GMT

CAIRO – As the Iraqi government intensifies its attacks against the so-called Islamic State (ISIL), Sunni Muslims have accused the Shiite government of killing them under the guise of combating extremism, forcing tens of thousands to evacuate their homes. “There are concerns this could be ‘ethnic cleansing’ of Jurf al-Sakhar and the ......



Last Modified:  06 Dec 2014 04:49  GMT

KABUL – Afghani Muslim scholars have praised plans by the Saudi Kingdom to establish the country’s largest Islamic Center in Kabul, a project that has raised both hopes and fears in this land locked country. We hope that establishment of the centre by Saudi Arabia will not amplify all those madrassas in Afghanistan, Pakistan and some ot......



Last Modified:  05 Dec 2014 04:48  GMT

RAKHINE – Burma has approved a new draft law on interfaith marriage, religious conversion and family planning, a move expected to spark anger among Muslims and women in the Buddhist-majority country. “We assume that this draft law was released because the government wants to discriminate against a particular nationality and religion,” ......



Last Modified:  05 Dec 2014 04:48  GMT

CAIRO – Several Muslim charities operating for years in France have complained of falling victim to government’s witch hunt, after a leading charity was closed last month over alleged links with terror groups in Syria. My crime is to be Muslim, veiled, and to have engaged in humanitarian work for oppressed Muslims,” Yasmine Znaidi, th......



Last Modified:  05 Dec 2014 04:48  GMT

DUBAI – The world's first ever copy of herbal Qur'an has been revealed in Dubai, three decades after its creation by a Turkish doctor. “We are honored to receive this labor of devotion from the late Hakim Hamdi Taher who devoted his life to creating this unique herbal Holy Qur’an, Abdul Azeaz Bin Hassan Moulavi Malabari, Islamic relig......



Last Modified:  05 Dec 2014 04:48  GMT

CAIRO – Malaysian Muslims were urged in Friday sermon in Malaysia on December 5 to be kind to people infected with the deadly AIDS, urging them not to stigmatize those with the deadly illness in line with Islamic teachings. There are still those in our community who view those with HIV/AIDS as disgusting and dirty. There are reports that ......



Last Modified:  05 Dec 2014 04:47  GMT

CAIRO – A new study on German perceptions of immigrants to the west European country has shown a widespread view that Muslims are not German patriots, blowing away decades of integration of the four-million Muslim community. We wanted to find out what happened here after the immigration and who now belongs to the national collective soci......



Last Modified:  05 Dec 2014 04:47  GMT

CAIRO – For many Muslims in Boston, finding a new imam to their mosque looks like a mission impossible. “We’re expecting a superman,” 14-year-old Hamza Mahmood told Boston Globe on Thursday, December 4, with a rueful smile after a recent community forum about the search. In New England’s largest mosque, finding an imam to replac......




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