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Danish Party Reignites Immigration Debate

Last Modified:  31 Jul 2014 03:47  GMT


CAIRO – Putting immigration back at the top of political debate, a Danish opposition politician has urged tougher rules on Muslim immigrants to the western European country, calling for easier rules on the other hand for westerners. “It is not necessary to set the same requirements for everyone, because as a general rule there is a big d......





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Last Modified:  10 Jul 2014 03:47  GMT

NEW DELHI – Affected by soaring temperatures and absence of rainfall, spiraling inflation has hit India Muslims hard in Ramadan, with the religious minority finding it hard to cope with soaring prices of fruits, vegetables and other essential items. “The prices are too high this year. Price of almost everything has doubled in the last on......



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CAIRO – Moved by images of suffering Syrian refugees, a British Muslim man from Bradford has announced his plans to participate in the coming Leeds 10k run later in July while fasting, to raise funds to help provide food and other essential items to Syrians in refugee camps. “The challenge will be both physically and mentally draining as......



Last Modified:  10 Jul 2014 03:47  GMT

SARAJEVO – Joining a chorus of Muslim condemnations, Balkans Muslims have dismissed the declaration of the establishment of a so-called Islamic “caliphate” by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). “It has no relation to religion affairs, they are lying to people,” Osman Mucollari, an Albanian taxi driver in Tirana, told ......



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HAMILTON – Abstaining from food and water for 15 hours a day, Hamilton Muslim basketball players are taking the challenge of observing the holy fasting month of Ramadan while keeping their high performance in basketball local tournaments. “For me, it’s not a question,” Brian Beauvais, president of Hamilton Muslim Basketball Associati......



Last Modified:  10 Jul 2014 03:47  GMT

GAZA CITY – As death toll exceeded 70 over three-day Israeli offensive on besieged Gaza strip, Palestinian health ministry officials have warned that Israeli is using internationallyp-roscribed weapons which were apparent in incinerated and torn out bodies of victims. Israel used internationally-banned weapons in its two previous wars on ......



Last Modified:  10 Jul 2014 03:47  GMT

CAIRO – A large number of US civil rights groups have come today with a broad-based coalition, issuing a strong-worded letter to ask President Barack Obama to provide a full public accounting of surveillance practices on American Muslim leaders. This is an outrageous continuation of civil rights era surveillance of minority community le......



Last Modified:  09 Jul 2014 03:47  GMT

PARIS – France’s interior minister revealed a stricter anti-Jihadists’ bill on Wednesday, July 9, amid growing concern its nationals are travelling abroad to fight alongside Islamic militants in Syria and Iraq. “The objective of this bill is to increase the number of hurdles to discourage those who want to go and to stop them [from] ......



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LILONGWE – Despite their economic hardships, the Muslim community in Malawi has dedicated the month of fasting to serve poor Muslims in the secular, but diverse religious southern African nation to......



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LONDON – In the first event of its kind, Muslims in North West London have been invited to break their Ramadan fast at a Jewish synagogue, spreading a message of peace, tolerance and coexistence. It is my first ......



Last Modified:  09 Jul 2014 03:47  GMT

URUMQI – Uighur Muslim students in a Kashgar prefecture college are facing the threat of being expelled if they observed the fasting month of Ramadan as officials in Xinjiang pushed for a larger ban on the fasting of the holy month. “Our college administration strictly forbids fasting and other Ramadan practices by Uyghur students,” a ......



Last Modified:  09 Jul 2014 03:47  GMT

CAIRO – As millions of Muslims across the world rejoiced the spirituality of Ramadan, persecuted Burma Muslims are terrified to visit mosques amidst the spate of attacks they have been facing since the start of the holy month. “I don’t know what the situation is for security of the mosques; I haven’t been to the mosque since July 2,......



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JAKARTA – In a closely fought race, Indonesia's Joko “Jokowi” Widodo claimed victory in Wednesday’s presidential elections after early results showed the ris......



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CAIRO – A new book by two two criminology lecturers at the University of Leicester has found that Muslim women donning full face-veil or niqab say there are no-go areas in Leicester where they face hate attacks even in a car. “People feel free to have a pop at us every day,” one woman who took part in the study told Leicester Mercury o......



Last Modified:  08 Jul 2014 03:47  GMT

VIRGINIA — A Muslim-run organization has emerged as a model of multi-faith charity that has been benefiting hundreds of low income citizens monthly in the Northern Virginia area for years. “The thing is we are here, and everybody here is our neighbor and we live together, and that’s the teaching of Islam, to serve everyone who is in ne......



Last Modified:  08 Jul 2014 03:47  GMT

CAIRO – Visitors from different faiths have joined an iftar meal at a Florida mosque which welcomed non-Muslims to join the festivities of the holy month and get a closer look on the Muslim community and fasting lessons. “It was like the first time I visited Catholic Church,” Stephanie Restrepo, who was raised as a Pentacostal, told Mi......



Last Modified:  08 Jul 2014 03:47  GMT

CAIRO – A verdict by India’s Supreme Court declaring that Shari`ah courts have no sanction of law and has no legal status to issue fatwas has drawn sharp criticism from Muslim scholars who asserted that the Constitution allows them the right to work and act according to Muslim personal law. We are not doing anything parallel to the judi......



Last Modified:  08 Jul 2014 03:47  GMT

SRINAGAR – As the holy month of Ramadan knocked the doors in Kashmir, an army of professional drum beaters were all set to go out in streets to wake up people to get their Suhoor (pre-dawn meal) as they prepare for lengthy day of fasting. “Though the practice of beating drums is dying a silent death due to on-going turmoil in the dispute......



Last Modified:  08 Jul 2014 03:47  GMT

NAIROBI – Helping detained Somali refugees in Kenya’s Kasarani concentration camp to observe Ramadan, Kenya Muslims have launched a campaign to offer ifter for the helpless refugees during the holy fasting month. “We have been able to supply food for approximately 50 people every day. This includes suhur for the fasting Muslims and wil......



Last Modified:  08 Jul 2014 03:47  GMT

CAIRO – As Indonesia braces for electing its first new president in a decade, democracy has been put at stake in the world’s most populous Muslim nation amidst prospects of change and fears of reviving the old authoritarian order. “If Jokowi gets elected, it would be a turning point for Indonesia and democracy,” Endy Bayuni, a senior......



Last Modified:  07 Jul 2014 03:47  GMT

LADAKH – Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has decried the recent Buddhist attacks against Muslims in Burma and Sri Lanka, appealing to his followers to stop violence against the religious minority. “I urge the Buddhists in these countries to imagine an image of Buddha before they commit such a crime,” the Dalai Lama said on th......




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