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French Muslims Forgive Mosque Attacker

Last Modified:  26 Feb 2015 04:47  GMT


CAIRO – A French man who has thrown grenades at a mosque in western Paris has been sentenced to three years in prison, as mosque leaders asserted they have forgiven the man. The Muslim community condemned the anti-Islamic act but forgave the man, mosque's imam, Mohamed Lamaachi, told French newspaper Le Parisien, Local.fr reported on Thu......





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Last Modified:  07 Feb 2015 04:47  GMT

CAIRO – In an eye-opening educational film, a group of children were asked to apologize for terror acts committed by people from the same ethnic group, tackling the idea of “guilt by associations” that haunts European Muslims. “Do you think you're a villain?” a Muslim child was asked at the end of the video. “Yes, because you ......



Last Modified:  07 Feb 2015 04:47  GMT

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan government’s decision to allow teachers to carry guns in schools, as part of security measures following a brutal mass shooting in an army-run Peshawar school last month, has sparked a countrywide controversy, with security experts saying the move would not bolster security at schools.. “This is a naïve and stupid......



Last Modified:  07 Feb 2015 04:47  GMT

CAIRO – Emir of Kano, Lamido Muhammad Sanusi II, was officially crowned as the 14th Emir of Kano in a coronation ceremony held on Saturday, February 7. “This occasion is a unique one for me personally as I present this staff of office to Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi as the 14th Emir of Kano,” Governor Rabi’u Kwankwaso of Kano State said a......



Last Modified:  07 Feb 2015 04:47  GMT

MOSCOW – As Russia’s Supreme Court prepares to discuss hijab ban in schools, the country’s grand mufti has sent a letter to President Vladimir Putin, urging him to defend the right of Muslim girls to wear the hijab in schools and universities. “I address you as a mufti and as a father – please protect our traditional values, protec......



Last Modified:  06 Feb 2015 04:47  GMT

TORONTO – This week, Toronto is celebrating World Interfaith Harmony Week and there is growing interest across the city by faith and civic groups to partake in interfaith activities. “This is the third year that we celebrate World Interfaith Harmony Week in Toronto,” said John B Voorpostel, Chairman of Toronto’s World Interfaith Harm......



Last Modified:  06 Feb 2015 04:47  GMT

QUEENSLAND – Offering a role model to young Muslims worldwide, an Australian Muslim woman has been named the 2015 Queensland Young Australian of the year, in recognition of her work in leading a successful youth project for years. “The idea of Youth Without Borders is that young people work together on projects that positively impact the......



Last Modified:  06 Feb 2015 04:47  GMT

LONDON – In an attempt to draw talents from across the society, the UK announced plans to boost the number of Muslims in the army, amid worries over minorities' low representation in the army. “My highest priority is ensuring we continue to have the best possible talent throughout our Army,” General Sir Nicholas Carter, chief of the ge......



Last Modified:  06 Feb 2015 04:47  GMT

CAIRO – Nigerian Muslim scholars held special prayers and reiterated calls for unity and peace during the next week's elections in the western African country. “We decided to call on all Muslims across the South-West to pray especially today so that we may have very peaceful, fair, free and credible elections,” the Executive Secretary ......



Last Modified:  06 Feb 2015 04:47  GMT

CALGARY – Muslim mayor of Calgary Naheed Nenshi has been named the winner of the prestigious World Mayor prize in recognition of his efforts to engage with citizens towards the improvement of people’s lives. “He (Nenshi) is an urban visionary who doesn’t neglect the nitty-gritty of local government,” the City Mayors Foundation, a L......



Last Modified:  06 Feb 2015 04:47  GMT

CAIRO – A controversial German group that protests against the claimed “Islamification of the west” has announced plans to hold its first UK rally, sparking condemnations from politicians and anti-fascism activists. “Pegida, like EDL [English Defence League] and all those who try to peddle a message of hatred, will find they have no ......



Last Modified:  05 Feb 2015 04:47  GMT

DALLAS – Following a nonp-rofit group’s recent decision to establish the ladies-only Women’s Mosque of America in Los Angeles, Calif., some American Muslim women are applauding the decision while others fear the move could create division between the sexes. Still others were confused as to the need for such an establishment at all. “......



Last Modified:  05 Feb 2015 04:47  GMT

DUBAI/AMMAN – The death of Jordanian pilot Mouath al-Kasaesbeh at the hands of the so-called Islamic State (ISIL) has sparked wide condemnations from Muslim scholars, saying that killing by fire is considered an abomination under Islam that cannot be justified. Al-Azhar, the highest seat of learning in the Sunni Muslim world, issued a stat......



Last Modified:  05 Feb 2015 04:47  GMT

CAIRO – In a special meeting at the White House, US President Barack Obama met with leaders of the American Muslim community to discuss efforts to counter extremism, along with other domestic and foreign policy issues. The president thanked the participants for their work in a variety of fields and for coming together to offer views on is......



Last Modified:  05 Feb 2015 04:47  GMT

DELHI – With the Congress reduced to a nonp-layer, two-year-old Aam Admi Party (AAP) is deemed the preferred choice of Delhi Muslims, as it contests for 70-member Delhi assembly against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). “Earlier we used to vote for Congress party. But they only made promises and never fulfilled them. They didn’t......



Last Modified:  04 Feb 2015 04:47  GMT

CAIRO – Amid increasing calls to ban the religious halal slaughter, UK Muslims have called for adding new CCTV camera in abattoirs to pressure slaughterhouses and avoid bad treatment of animals. “Animal welfare should be observed by all slaughterhouses,” a spokesperson for the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) told The Independent on Tue......



Last Modified:  04 Feb 2015 04:47  GMT

LONDON – Spending 10 months as captive for the so-called Islamic State (ISIL), French journalist Didier François said his captors were usually engaged in political discussions and “didn't even have the Qur’an”. There was never really discussion about texts or -- it was not a religious discussion. It was a political discussion, Fra......



Last Modified:  04 Feb 2015 04:47  GMT

CAIRO – Recent terror charges against some Ottawa Muslims have sent alarm bells among members of the religious minority, rejecting those charged for giving their peaceful religion a bad image in the Canadian society. We believe they are not Muslims and are abusing the name of Islam, our teachings are based on love and saving lives. We are......



Last Modified:  04 Feb 2015 04:47  GMT

CAIRO – As Boko Haram insurgency continues to spread fear in Nigeria’s north-east, politicians expect elections might be marred with violence, raising fears among voters who brace to cast ballots later this month. “Our vote will certainly be impacted,” Lai Mohammed, the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) party spokesman, told......



Last Modified:  04 Feb 2015 04:47  GMT

DETROIT – An American Muslim woman said she was discriminated against by Delta airline’s staff who forced her to the end of the plane with her crying sick child after being harassed by a passenger who hinted they were not Americans. “I felt as if she was attacking me because she said it in such a mean way,” Darlene Hider told Buzzfee......



Last Modified:  04 Feb 2015 04:47  GMT

LYON – Five Muslim children were taken away from their mother after mistakenly linking father to extremism, amidst the state of hysteria that hit France following Charlie Hebdo attack, leaving their parents traumatized. “With unimaginable cruelty and violence, the children were taken to an unknown destination with devastating consequence......




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