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US Dispatches Special Envoy to Muslims

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CAIRO - Expanding US engagement with Muslim communities, the US State Department has appointed a special representative to engage with the Muslim world on countering extremism and civil rights violations. “In the past, the State Department has been very hesitant in dealing with religious issues, and I think that’s changing,” Haris Tari......





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Last Modified:  31 Aug 2014 03:47  GMT

CAIRO - Expanding US engagement with Muslim communities, the US State Department has appointed a special representative to engage with the Muslim world on countering extremism and civil rights violations. “In the past, the State Department has been very hesitant in dealing with religious issues, and I think that’s changing,” Haris Tari......



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CAIRO – In the strongest condemnations to the Islamic State (IS), formerly known as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), British Muslim imams have condemned British jihadis who fight alongside IS as “heretics” who are “betraying their own societies”. “There is no doubt that President Assad’s regime in Syria is oppressiv......



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ROTTERDAM – Bringing nearly 10 thousand pro-Gaza protesters to the streets, a recently formed Islamic party has appeared as a new political force in Netherlands, with a new ambition to grow in the national politics. “During the second world war, the city of Rotterdam was occupied by German forces and bombarded repeatedly until it was ful......



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DETROIT – Attracting Muslims from around the world to the Motor City, the Islamic Society of North America has brought its 51st annual convention to Detroit for the first time, in an event expected to attract more than 20,000 attendants. Welcome to Detroit, the Comeback City. We are proud to have one of the nation's largest Muslim communi......



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CAIRO – A British Muslim taxi driver has risked his life to rescue a Belgian family of six from fire as others stood by to film the desperate family screaming for help from their windows. “There was screaming, and a baby probably three or four months old. Some people were just recording it,” “Ronnie” Rahman, 29, told Tottenham and ......



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KOLKATA – A far-right Hindu leader’s recent call declaring that India is a Hindu nation has triggered a political controversy and prompted angry rebukes from the country’s Muslim minority, liberal political parties and human rights activists.“Before the recent general election more than 100,000 Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) group le......



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CENTURY CITY – Sending an out loud message against extremism, leaders of the American Muslim community have condemned the recent rise of the so-called Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), supporting law enforcement fight against extremism. “We need to create a public space so that the voice of......



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NEW YORK – Three years of civil war have forced more than three million Syrians to flee their country, a third of them during the past year along, the United Nations said in its report issued on Friday, August 29. The Syrian crisis has become the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era, yet the world is failing to meet the needs of refu......



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CAIRO – Thousands of Muslims from across the US headed to Detroit this morning to attend one of the biggest Islamic conventions in North America, a four-day event at which they will discuss the future of their community and faith in America. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to show not only American Muslims around the nation, but also our......



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ALASKA – A relatively small Muslim community in America’s far north western state of Alaska have put final touches on their first mosque. It will be a two-story building. The men will be in the prayer area on the first floor and the women will be on the second floor,” Heather Robertson Barbour, a Muslim who lives in Anchorage, told PR......



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MAHDYA PRADESH - Tasting power after Narendra Modi’s ascension to power, several Hindu nationalist groups have been fanning anti-Muslim communal clashes in several Indian states, turning the once calm central state of Mahdya Pradesh to a center of tensions over the past two months. “We have been living peacefully in this city for so many......



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CAIRO – An American mother has released a video message, pleading to the 'Caliph' of the so-called Islamic State (IS), formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), to release her son Steven Sotloff, a US journalist held in Syria. “I am sending this message to you, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi al-Quraishi al-Hussaini, the ca......



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ANKARA – Recep Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in as Turkey's 12th president at a ceremony attended by more than 90 international leaders and politicians in parliament on Thursday, cementing his position as the country's most powerful modern leader. In my capacity as President of the Republic, I swear upon my honor and repute before the great Tu......



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CAIRO – Miles away from the Middle East conflict, British Muslim and Jewish leaders have joined hands to condemn rising Islamophobic and anti-semitic attacks, urging followers to export peace to Middle East. “In spite of the situation in the Middle East, we must continue to work hard for good community relations in the UK,” the Muslim ......



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CAIRO – Hundreds of Muzaffarnagar Muslim who were forced to leave their homes after last year’s riot have been forced to sell their abandoned homes at very low prices to Hindus to get money needed to feed their children. “It was a four-room house. I had asked Rs 3 lakh for it, but I could barely manage over Rs 1 lakh, Mohammad Dilshad......



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CAIRO – A new count of the population of Norway's capital city Oslo has revealed that Mohammad, the name of Islam’s Prophet, is the most common name for the first time ever in the European capital’s history. “It is very exciting,” Jørgen Ouren of Statistics Norway (Statistisk Sentralbyrå - SSB) told NRK, the Local.no reported on ......



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ROTHERHAM – Reports of hundreds of child sexual abuse cases mostly perpetrated by Pakistani men have angered Rotherham Muslim community who accused officials of failing to act on the issue. “In the name of what community cohesion and political correctness? Not in the name of my community,” Muhbeen Hussain, the founder of British Muslim......



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KABUL – At the age of 57, Kaamil Agha is among the nearly 24,000 lucky Afghans who have been granted a permission to fulfill their life dream and go to perform the spiritual journey of hajj this year. “I have long waited for this day,” Agha told OnIslam.net. “My children worked hard to earn and save money for me so that I can mana......



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ALEPPO – A bereaved Syrian mother whose son has been killed by fighters of the Islamic State (IS) has written a letter to Diane Foley, the mother of the slain US reporter James Foley who was allegedly killed by the same group a few days ago. Dear Diane! My son lost his life for defending his beliefs and country, the Syrian mother, who wa......



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CAIRO – Seeking religious harmony in the Indian community, a leading Muslim group has announced the formation of a committee that will be advising Muslims against beef meat consumption to avoid hurting the Hindus’ sentiments. The committee will propose the “formation of cow protection committees wherever they are formed must have 30 pe......




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