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Imams Shortage Troubles American Muslims

Last Modified:  17 Aug 2014 03:47  GMT


CAIRO – As the number of US Muslims increases, the need of more imams has been growing more pressing with Muslim parents pushing their kids towards other careers that do not include religious studies. Like other American clergy-members, imams are expected to be “marriage counselor, youth director, scholar and fundraiser,” Edgar Hopida,......





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Last Modified:  17 Aug 2014 03:47  GMT

CAIRO – As the number of US Muslims increases, the need of more imams has been growing more pressing with Muslim parents pushing their kids towards other careers that do not include religious studies. Like other American clergy-members, imams are expected to be “marriage counselor, youth director, scholar and fundraiser,” Edgar Hopida,......



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KOLKATA – Leaders of India Muslim community have been voicing increasing anger at Indian government’s latest decision to grant long-term residence permit to Bangladeshi exiled author Taslima Nasrin, who has been ridiculing Islam for many years. “Contrary to the practice in India, she gets residence permit which is being extended regula......



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CAIRO – A major British store department has signed a new agreement with two major Islamic schools for girls to sell their school uniform including a headscarf, or hijab, for the first time. “We provide uniforms for 350 schools across the country,” a spokesperson of giant retailer John Lewis told MailOnline. “The school informs us......



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CAIRO – A week after the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, US Muslims have shared mass condemnations for the incident as a continuation of police profiling, brutality and violence against African Americans. “Despite progress in race relations over the past decades, our nation still has a long way to go to live up to the......



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LONDON – Ontario Muslims will be celebrating this week the golden jubilee of the construction of their first mosque in London city and the second in Canada, rejoicing the place that has become a destination for Canadian Muslims decades ago. “It’s a place where people come to relax, to identify, to establish new friendships, to outreach......



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CAIRO – Muhammed, the name of the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him), has become the most popular name for newborn babies in England and Wales in 2013.. Figures from the Office for National Statistics revealed that the name of the Prophet (PBUH) has beaten Oliver as the most popular name chosen by parents over the past year, Breitbar......



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CAIRO – Highlighting youth concerns on their international day, the Lagos state area unit of the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, MSSN, has accused the government of doing little efforts to empower the country’s youth and assure their mental development. “It is a known fact that government of this country has failed the youths of......



Last Modified:  15 Aug 2014 03:48  GMT

CAIRO – Highlighting youth concerns on their international day, the Lagos state area unit of the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, MSSN, has accused the government of doing little efforts to empower the country’s youth and assure their mental development. “It is a known fact that government of this country has failed the youths of......



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CAIRO – As news agencies poured news on the atrocities allegedly committed by the Islamic State in Iraq, Utah Muslim leaders have decided to speak out to confirm the compassionate and tolerant nature of Islam that rejects atrocities against minorities, women and children as violation of its tenets. If they are persecuting minorities, reli......



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WASHINGTON – US civil rights and religious groups have voiced their concerns over federal agencies of anti-Muslim training material, demanding an urgent audit of federal law enforcement training material. “The use of anti-Muslim trainers and materials is not only highly offensive, disparaging the faith of millions of Americans, but leads......



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CAIRO - The dream of Chinese Muslim community in Malaysia’s Penang has come true after getting the green light to start their long-awaited mosque that will deliver sermons in Chinese language in the north eastern state. “The purpose of a Chinese mosque is to show the universal and multicultural root of Islam,” Penang religious affairs ......



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CAIRO – A year after Egyptian forces’ crackdown to clear Rabia Al-Adawiya square from protesters who staged a sit-in against the military removal of Egypt’s first democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi, the pivotal country is still polarized on the day that saw hundreds of deaths. It feels just like it did at the time, the ang......



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RIYADH – Amid growing fears of Ebola epidemic, representatives of Gulf countries have met to discuss precautions against the killing epidemic ahead of the annual hajj pilgrimage to Makkah. The executive bureau of the Gulf Cooperation Council's committee of health ministers met in the light of preventive measures taken by some countries to......



Last Modified:  14 Aug 2014 03:47  GMT

LILONGWE – Rural Muslim communities in Malawi have intensified efforts to reduce rising cases of early marriages among girls to champion the promotion of the education for the girl child, which is said to have suffered much neglect. “Since independence about 50 years ago, Muslim communities have not taken education for girls as necessary......



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CAIRO – A year after Egyptian forces’ crackdown to clear Rabia Al-Adawiya square from protesters against the military removal of Egypt’s first democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi has left almost no sign of a once vibrant protesting square in Cairo’s Nasr City. It feels just like it did at the time, the anger at the police......



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CAIRO - Muslims in the south-western Nigerian state of Ondo have reiterated calls for the government to allow hijab in the schools and offer places for Friday payers in the schools as a fundamental human right for Muslims. “This is after the acquisition, compensation and rebuilding of these schools by the government,” the President of th......



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LONDON – A British Christian organization has attacked the government’s proposals to combat religious extremism in schools by promoting British values, describing them as “flawed and unlawful. This is a classic case of the government over-reacting to a perceived problem, the Christian Institute's chief executive Colin Hart told Po......



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TASHKENT – Students applying for Islamic studies at Tashkent University in Uzbekistan were shocked after finding questions based on anti-Islamic policies, leaving students in a dilemma. Controversies surrounding entry exam spread after an applicant student wrote a letter to Ozodlik radio station complaining that the questions asked were ba......



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CAIRO – Spanish researchers in Ciudad Real province have unearthed a 1,000-year-old Islamic cemetery, in the first sign that the rich Islamic civilization has extended to Castilla-La Mancha centuries ago. There is a world to explore, statement published by the Spanish city Alcázar de San Juan town hall was quoted by The Local on Wednesd......



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GAZA – A history of hundreds of years has gone by an Israeli airstrike in a July dawn which destroyed Gaza’s 1300 year-old Omari mosque, leaving the historic site in rubbles and worshippers seeking makeshift mosque to perform their prayers. For the people, it was a blessing and it was important to have such a mosque, Mohammad Alloush, ......




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