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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:  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,......



Last Modified:  21 Dec 2014 04:48  GMT

CAIRO – A Muslim woman has been verbally and physically attacked by four German men, leaving her severely injured after she was hit by their car while crossing the street. The woman was hit by a car from which “four people, aged 20 to 22 years, came out and insulted the Muslim woman,” a police statement, cited by the 'Braunschweigter Z......



Last Modified:  21 Dec 2014 04:48  GMT

MOMBASA – As the police crackdown on Kenya’s coastal cities continues unabated, Muslim leaders warned that police tactics were victimizing the whole Muslim community in the restive areas, amid expectation the controversial tactics would backfire. The current dynamic “drives the Muslim community against the government in a way that is v......



Last Modified:  21 Dec 2014 04:48  GMT

CAIRO – A leading Malaysian Muslim NGO has urged Muslims to avoid saying Christmas wishes, calling them to respect the Islamic teachings that contradict with the religious and ritual nature of the Christmas. “You (The non-Muslims) seem to have misinterpreted the condemnation of celebration of Christmas as a matter of disrespect for Chris......



Last Modified:  21 Dec 2014 04:48  GMT

TORONTO – As Canadians filled malls for last minute shopping on the last weekend before Christmas, hundreds of Muslims retreated Saturday to the historic Fairmont Royal York Hotel in the heart of downtown Toronto for the start of Reviving the Islamic Spirit Knowledge Retreat. Knowledge doesn't come to us, we have to go after knowledge, s......



Last Modified:  21 Dec 2014 04:48  GMT

TUNIS – In the final stretch of Tunisia’s race towards democracy, voters went to poll stations on Sunday, December 21, to pick a new president in the election runoff, as the country’s old regime hopes makeover can win it the election. We paid a high price for the revolution and now just four years later the old regime is back with a n......



Last Modified:  21 Dec 2014 04:47  GMT

CAIRO – Observing Christmas for the first time in America, Muslim exchange students in Wisconsin will share their friends the festivities, embracing the Christmas traditions along with their colleagues. “I enjoy the lights and decorations for Christmas,” Khadhra Barira, 21, a Muslim student from Tunisia, told Wausau Daily Herald on Fri......



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LONDON – Two British Muslim charities have protested the government’s decision to revoke their grants over accusations of having ‘extremist links’, denouncing the move for affecting the less privileged. “The MCF is extremely disappointed at the decision by the Department for Communities and Local Government to discontinue its suppo......



Last Modified:  21 Dec 2014 04:47  GMT

CAIRO – A Turkish court has issued an arrest warrant for self-exiled Turkish imam Fethullah Gulen, over accusations of alleged coup conspiracy, a move expected to flare up simmering tensions between the US and Turkey if the latter made a formal extradition request. “I don’t think that the Turkish prosecutors can have any serious expect......



Last Modified:  20 Dec 2014 05:00  GMT

CAIRO – As the body of Sydney gunman remains in the morgue awaiting autopsy, leaders of the Australian Muslim community have abstained from claiming the dead body to offer it a funeral, with the city’s officials said that a “destitute funeral” will be the only solution left. “We don’t care about him, we don’t know him,” Amin ......



Last Modified:  20 Dec 2014 05:00  GMT

AL-QUDS – Punished for defending the world Muslims’ third holiest site, several female Palestinian Muslim worshippers have been targeted by the Israeli occupation forces which denied them entry to Al-Aqsa mosque over the past months. Israeli escalations specifically targeting women came after they [the Israelis] saw the magnitude of s......



Last Modified:  20 Dec 2014 05:00  GMT

CAIRO ­– Despite fierce opposition, the Kenyan parliament approved on Thursday, December 18, a controversial counter-terrorism bill that gives security services sweeping powers in East Africa’s largest economy. “It’s not an anti-terror bill, it’s an anti-media, anti-activist, anti-citizens bill,” Boniface Mwangi, an activist and......



Last Modified:  20 Dec 2014 05:00  GMT

CAIRO – In a rare show of unity, New York Muslims, Jews and Arabs have marched together in solidarity against the increasing police brutality, following a series of deaths at the hands of law enforcement officers in the metropolitan city. “Last night was pretty special because you see a demographic of people who don’t necessarily have ......



Last Modified:  19 Dec 2014 04:50  GMT

MOSCOW – Asserting that terror has no religion, a Russian lawmaker has demanded a ban on the use of expressions such as ‘Islamic terrorist’ and ‘Islamist militant’ in the mass media, waning that they victimize followers of Islam worldwide. “These expressions push people towards the conclusion that Muslim religion and terrorism ar......



Last Modified:  19 Dec 2014 04:50  GMT

ST. CLOUD – A leading US Muslim rights group has urged police authorities to provide protection for the Muslim community in Minnesota’s St. Cloud, following repeated attacks on the city’s Islamic center. The demand, made by the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, followed an attack last Monday on the Central......



Last Modified:  18 Dec 2014 04:48  GMT

KANO – In a direct threat to Nigeria’s second highest Muslim leader, Boko Haram leader has threatened the Emir of Kano for calling on Nigerians to defend themselves against the Islamist militant group. “You Sanusi I am talking to you, it is too late for you the Emir of Kano and the Emir of bank,” a man dressed in combat fatigues and ......



Last Modified:  18 Dec 2014 04:48  GMT

AMSTERDAM – Dutch public prosecutors announced on Thursday, December 18, that far-right politician Geert Wilders will face charges of incited hatred against Moroccans in his controversial speech last March. Prosecutors said Wilders faces a trial on charges of insulting a group of people based on race and incitement to discrimination and ......



Last Modified:  18 Dec 2014 04:48  GMT

CAIRO – People of Auckland city in North New Zealand will come together on Friday to show support of Muslim woman by hosting an event that encourages women to don headscarves for the day, in a show of solidarity to the religious community expected to face backlash after Sydney siege. “We want to stand in solidarity with women who may be ......



Last Modified:  18 Dec 2014 04:48  GMT

NEW YORK – The Palestinian-drafted resolution for ending Israeli occupation has been formally submitted to the 15-member United Nations Security Council by Jordan, a few hours after European parliament approved a compromise resolution to recognize Palestinian statehood. We will continue negotiating with all of them and with the Americans ......



Last Modified:  17 Dec 2014 04:48  GMT

TORONTO – A Canadian Muslim girl’s feelings of confusion after donning hijab in high school have vanished after joining university, seeing the Islamic headscarf as giving her a unique personality in the non-Muslim country. “When I wear hijab, I feel I have a blanket over my dignity and body that protects me from harm. … It’s not a ......




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