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Latino Reverts Find Identity in Islam

Last Modified:  19 Oct 2014 03:47  GMT


MIAMI – Searching for identity away from home, a growing number of Latinos have been reverting to Islam, seeing its teachings and guidance as setting their lives in order. “It defines their world on a clear grid of what’s permitted or 'halal,' and what’s prohibited which is 'haram.' So they know exactly where they stand, Stephanie L......





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Last Modified:  19 Oct 2014 03:47  GMT

MIAMI – Searching for identity away from home, a growing number of Latinos have been reverting to Islam, seeing its teachings and guidance as setting their lives in order. “It defines their world on a clear grid of what’s permitted or 'halal,' and what’s prohibited which is 'haram.' So they know exactly where they stand, Stephanie L......



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RABAT – Paying tributes to Mohammed Knut Johan Richard Bernström, a former Swedish ambassador to Morocco who reverted to Islam, has been remembered in a special screening of a documentary about his life that was displayed in Morocco during the weekend. “No sooner did the Princess Shamsa Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan hear the story of the Swedis......



Last Modified:  19 Oct 2014 03:47  GMT

CAIRO – Saudi Arabia discussions to ban children below 10 years of age from performing Hajj next year have been reported in several media outlets as a precautionary measure to protect them from scorching sun and large crowds. “When the talks reach an advanced stage, the proposal to impose the ban will be referred to the high scholars’ ......



Last Modified:  19 Oct 2014 03:47  GMT

LONDON – An East London Muslim politician, who has been named as the Hero of the Year in the European Diversity Awards, aims to correct the negative image of Muslims, defying the soaring anti-Muslims attacks in the British community. “If you watch Theresa May’s [UK’s Home Secretary] speech at the Tory conference, she talks about extr......



Last Modified:  18 Oct 2014 03:47  GMT

LAGOS – A Nigerian court has maintained a ban on Islamic headscarf in Lagos public primary and secondary schools, the decision which infuriated the leaders of the Muslim community, vowing to appeal the ruling. We appreciate all the individuals and societies that attend the hearing, [and] we shall proceed to the court of appeal to secure o......



Last Modified:  18 Oct 2014 03:47  GMT

ROME – The leaders of the Italian Muslim community and representatives of Italian institutions have come together to send an out-loud message that Islam is a religion of peace that rejects any violence committed in its name. “ISIL is not only a threat to the West and the entire world, it is most of all a threat for the Muslim world',” ......



Last Modified:  18 Oct 2014 03:47  GMT

CAIRO – As the death toll of Ebola epidemic soars, people in West Africa are turning to religion as a last resort to combat the contagious disease amid an increasingly desperate situation. “I believe we are all in God’s hands now. Business is bad because of this Ebola problem, so rather than sit at home, I prefer to go to church and pr......



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BOSTON – Responding to Sam Harris and Bill Maher’s anti-Muslim remarks, a leading American Muslim imam has delivered a fiery sermon tackling the current challenges that face US Muslims, urging the religious minority to work on correcting their negative image. “It’s code red,” Imam Suhaib Webb, Imam of the Islamic Society of Boston�......



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JERUSALEM – After three weeks of Israeli violent incursions into the world Muslims’ third holiest site, a Hamas leader has warned of Israel’s continuous attempts to seize al-Aqsa mosque compound, urging Muslims to defend it. “We call on all our people inside the country to hurry up to al-Aqsa to defend it,” Khaled Meshaal, the lead......



Last Modified:  17 Oct 2014 03:47  GMT

ABUJA – In an unexpected development, Nigerian government announced a truce agreement with the militant group Boko Haram, on Friday, October 17, which includes a ceasefire and release of more than 200 school girls abducted six months ago. A ceasefire agreement has been concluded between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Jama'atu A......



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LILONGWE – A cross section of Muslim leaders and scholars in Malawi are converging in the southern part of the country from today for a three-day annual national Ijitima conference during which delegates will moot out strategies to address major challenges affecting the growth of Islam in the secular, but diverse southern African nation. �......



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PARIS – A group of Muslim men training in their first self-defense class has been attacked by French police who, after receiving calls from Strasburg citizens, stormed and accused them of training for jihad in broad daylight in a park. It was our first course, we hardly knew each other. We were doing some stretches, ran a few laps, prac......



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CAIRO –A galaxy of Muslim groups, lawyers and civil rights groups have petitioned the  Australian Attorney-General George Brandis to freeze the Foreign Fighters Bill for it has granted draconian powers to security agencies. The government is seeking to rush this law through Parliament...doing so will deny our elected representative......



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CAIRO – In a new turning point in the claimed “love jihad” story between a Hindu teacher and a Muslim in Merrut district in northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, the father of the girl said his daughter can marry the Muslim youth, a decision vehemently criticized by Hindutva groups. “She is a grown up girl now. Who are we to force ......



Last Modified:  17 Oct 2014 03:47  GMT

OKLAHOMA –An Okalahoma Muslim woman expressed her dismay when a metro woman asked her to sign a petition to “send Muslims back to where they came from”, describing this as ignorance now posing problem to interfaith relations.. The Muslim woman, Deb Beneta, told KFOR news channel that a woman asked her to sign a petition asking that all......



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ABUJA – Remembered as a fighter against corruption during his short presidential term, Nigeria's former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari has officially joined the presidential race, rapping the incumbent president’s f......



Last Modified:  16 Oct 2014 03:47  GMT

CAIRO – A galaxy of Muslim groups, lawyers and civil rights groups have signed a letter to the Australian Attorney-General George Brandis calling for freezing the so-called Foreign Fighters Bill for granting draconian powers to security agencies. The government is seeking to rush this law through Parliament … doing so will deny our elec......



Last Modified:  16 Oct 2014 03:47  GMT

CAIRO – In a new twisting point in the claimed “love jihad” story between a Hindu teacher and a Muslim in Merrut district in northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, the father of the girl said his daughter can marry the Muslim youth, a decision vehemently criticized by Hindutva groups. “She is a grown up girl now. Who are we to force......



Last Modified:  16 Oct 2014 03:47  GMT

PHILADELPHIA – Born to a Sicilian family in Philadelphia, Salahuddin Decero quest for religiosity after a life of worldly pleasures has transformed him from a young teenager whose life is centered around women, alcohol and harijuana to a Catholic priest and a Muslim at last. From the age of 13-17 my life consisted of very few things. Wome......



Last Modified:  16 Oct 2014 03:47  GMT

MATARAM, Indonesia – In a bid to curb polygamy in the county, an Indonesian district has ordered civil servants to pay one million rupiah fee  if they wanted to get a second wife, the decision that sparked criticism as “crazy”. The regulation was issued to make polygamy more difficult for those working in the civil service, Khar......




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