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Tunisia's Essebsi Wins Presidential Vote

Last Modified:  22 Dec 2014 04:48  GMT


TUNIS – Beji Caid Essebsi was declared a winner in Tunisia’s presidential run-off vote on Monday, December 22, becoming the first elected president in the North African country since 2011 Arab Spring. According to final results released by the head of the electoral commission, Essebsi secured 55.68% of the vote in Sunday's run-off, defea......





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Last Modified:  26 Nov 2014 04:47  GMT

KOLDING – A Danish Muslim’s invitation for any local resident who will be alone to join him and his family during Christmas has went viral on social media, getting praise from thousands of Danes who appreciated his call to spread the holiday cheer. “As Muslims, we don’t celebrate Christmas Eve. But because I have three wonderful chil......



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ISTANBUL – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has stated that women’s delicate nature makes them no equal to men, highlighted biological differences between both sexes and rejecting feminists’ argument. “When we are able to look at human beings from the point of view of justice, then the elimination of discrimination between wome......



Last Modified:  25 Nov 2014 04:49  GMT

CAIRO – St. Louis has erupted on fire again after a US grand jury decided not to charge a police officer over the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown last August in Ferguson, Missouri. “We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions,” a statement by Brown’s ......



Last Modified:  25 Nov 2014 04:49  GMT

CAIRO – Joining debates on the Nigerian army’s failure to curb Boko Haram advance, Nigeria’s most senior Muslim leader has accused the army’s handling of the military group as unfortunate, worrisome and embarrassing . Soldiers take to their heels and abandon their bases, arms, ammunition and other military hardware on the approach ......



Last Modified:  25 Nov 2014 04:49  GMT

WASHINGTON – Amid increasing tensions between Muslims and Jews in Palestinian occupied Holy Land, 60 American imams and rabbis have gathered in Washington, amid hopes of bridging the gap between the two religious communities. “In my view we are the closest two religions in the world,” Rabbi Gerry Serotta, executive director of the Inte......



Last Modified:  25 Nov 2014 04:49  GMT

VIENNA – Mounting attacks on the religious Muslim community, a leader of a far-right Austrian party has called for fighting “radical” Islam in kindergartens, reflecting a heightened Islamophobia in the European country. “We need to find out which kindergartens and schools are committed to a violent ideology and may be sending young M......



Last Modified:  25 Nov 2014 04:49  GMT

LONDON – Five-year-old Muslim kid Ayan Qureshi has been certified as the youngest-ever Microsoft expert after passing the American multinational corporation's test successfully. “I like compasses and telescopes, but what I love most is the prisms,” Ayan was quoted by Morocco World News on Monday, November 24, as telling The Independent......



Last Modified:  25 Nov 2014 04:49  GMT

ALBERTA – “Thank you, thank you, thank you,” Dr. Jamal Badawi told an open forum event titled, “Thy Neighbor”, on November 23, 2014 at the Cold Lake Energy Center in the Canadian province of Alberta. “Cold Lake is an icon of Canadians at their very best,” added Badawi. The Cold Lake Mosque organized the event to thank the re......



Last Modified:  24 Nov 2014 04:55  GMT

AL-QUDS – A new bill that defines Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people has sparked criticism for undermining the democratic character of the country as well as fostering discrimination against Muslim and Christian minorities. If the Jewish homeland proposal becomes law, it would mean “the institutionalization of racism, which is a......



Last Modified:  24 Nov 2014 04:55  GMT

CAIRO – World-renowned architectural wonder Taj Mahal has been the subject of sectarian row between India Muslims and Shiites, with each sect claiming the affiliation of centuries-old monument. “After her marriage, Mumtaz did not remain Shiite. She became Sunni. Both the graves are of Sunnis,” Aslam Kureishi, chairman of the Islamia lo......



Last Modified:  24 Nov 2014 04:55  GMT

NAIROBI – Kenyan Muslims are battling to ease the upsurge of inter-religious tension in the country, following a recent devastating attack by the Al Shabaab militant group as well as raids and closure of mosques by police. “Muslims and Christians should not be made to see each other as enemies,” Aden Duale a Muslim politician who is le......



Last Modified:  24 Nov 2014 04:55  GMT

CAIRO – Electing their president for the first time after 2011 revolution, millions of Tunisians turned out in celebratory atmosphere, with exit polls showing the North African country heading to a runoff. “We are very happy with the way the election has gone so far,” Mohsen Marzouk, a spokesman for Beji Caid Essebsi and a senior execu......



Last Modified:  24 Nov 2014 04:55  GMT

CAIRO – Visiting Gaza for the first time after the devastating summer war, the Archbishop of Westminster said he was deeply shocked to see Palestinian people trapped in the ruins of their neighborhoods in the coastal strip. “I was deeply shocked at the effects of war and endemic poverty,” Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the leader of the Rom......



Last Modified:  23 Nov 2014 04:55  GMT

TUNIS – Millions of Tunisians headed to polling stations early on Sunday, November 23, to cast ballots in the country's first post-revolution presidential elections, amid fears of the old regime reemergence and expectations of a run-off next December. “The old regime wants to impose itself on these elections especially after they won the......



Last Modified:  23 Nov 2014 04:55  GMT

LILONGWE – As debate to legalize homosexuality rages on, a group of young Malawian Muslims have embarked on a drive to sensitize the country’s young Muslim population on its consequences to humanity and Islam. “Young people seem to have been overtaken by the rising wave of homosexuality. We have young Muslims who are either gays or les......



Last Modified:  23 Nov 2014 04:55  GMT

DELHI – In the final act of a 12-year drama, Justice GT Nanavati Commission has submitted its report probing the 2002 Gujarat massacre, shocking the majority of India Muslims who saw it as complete hog-wash which erased their final hope of demanding justice for those killed in the riots. “The report outlandishly favors the Gujarat govern......



Last Modified:  23 Nov 2014 04:55  GMT

PERTH – In a silent protest against anti-Muslim bigotry in their community, a group of volunteers in Western Australia city of Perth have come together to clean hate gravity sprayed on mosques recently. We want to ensure that our fellow citizens understand they are our neighbors, they are our friends, they are our fellow citizens,” Vict......



Last Modified:  23 Nov 2014 04:55  GMT

ISTANBUL – Catering to the needs of hundreds of thousands of students, Turkey’s top religious body has announced plans to construct a mosque in every state university, making it easier for Muslim students to observe their prayers. “Mosques are under construction in over 80 universities,” Mehmet Gormez, the head of Turkey’s Religiou......



Last Modified:  23 Nov 2014 04:55  GMT

CAIRO – Reflecting British government’s double-standards, a growing number of British mercenaries have been traveling freely to Syria and Iraq to join the fight against the so-called Islamic State (ISIL). “Some are travelling for humanitarian reasons, but others are going to the frontline with the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG......



Last Modified:  22 Nov 2014 04:52  GMT

MOMBASA – As the Kenyan police escalates its crackdown on the mosques of the portal city of Mombasa, several mosques have been deserted after being closed by the security forces, fueling more tension in the coastal city. They cannot stop us from praying especially this Friday. We will go in there, whether they like it or not, a youth who......




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