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Lagos Ruling Party Faces Hijab Backlash

Last Modified:  20 Nov 2014 04:47  GMT


LAGOS – Growing Muslim anger over Lagos hijab ban in public schools is expected to hugely affect coming elections, with many expecting Nigeria's opposition All Progressive Congress to suffer massive Muslim protest votes, unless the party commits itself to addressing their grievances. “Our position remains very clear: Lagos Muslims would ......





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Last Modified:  20 Nov 2014 04:47  GMT

LAGOS – Growing Muslim anger over Lagos hijab ban in public schools is expected to hugely affect coming elections, with many expecting Nigeria's opposition All Progressive Congress to suffer massive Muslim protest votes, unless the party commits itself to addressing their grievances. “Our position remains very clear: Lagos Muslims would ......



Last Modified:  20 Nov 2014 04:47  GMT

MINSK – Muslim women in Belarus would not be allowed to don hijab in their drive licenses, national IDs and passports after the government installed a new decision banning the Muslim headscarf in official papers. The decision has been announced by the Religious and National Interfaith Commissioner Council during their annual general meetin......



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DALLAS – After the United Arab Emirates’ move to link American Islamic advocacy groups in a terror list along with Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, Taliban and the so-called Islamic State, Muslim and non-Muslim leaders alike in America and abroad are pushing back and asking for answers. We call on the United Arab Emirates to remove the Council on ......



Last Modified:  19 Nov 2014 04:50  GMT

KUALA LUMPUR – A leading Malaysian Islamic group has urged lawmakers to push for granting Shari`ah court a jurisdiction equivalent to the civil court. “It is compulsory for all Muslim Dewan Rakyat members to support any motion involving the interests of Islam and its adherent including this if it is tabled soon,” said Isma Ulama Counci......



Last Modified:  19 Nov 2014 04:50  GMT

DALLAS – After the United Arab Emirates’ move to link American Islamic advocacy groups in a terror list along with Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, Taliban and the so-called Islamic State, Muslim and non-Muslim leaders alike in America and abroad are pushing back and asking for answers. We call on the United Arab Emirates to remove the Council on ......



Last Modified:  19 Nov 2014 04:50  GMT

CAIRO – Amid increasing anti-Muslim sentiments in Manchester’s Rochdale, Muslims have called all parts of the society to stand up against Islamophobia, which has been turning into an “accepted norm” in the English town. “It has become evident to anyone that follows events in the media that Islam is being portrayed negatively and th......



Last Modified:  19 Nov 2014 04:50  GMT

MADRID – The Spanish parliament has passed a symbolic motion to urge the government to recognize Palestine as a state, though stating that a peace accord with Israel must precede any Spanish recognition of Palestinian sovereignty over the West Bank and Gaza Strip. “The parliament urges the government to recognize Palestine as a state,”......



Last Modified:  19 Nov 2014 04:50  GMT

ANKARA – Hitting back at critics, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has assured that Muslims discovered America three centuries before Columbus, blaming lack of self-confidence and urging schools to teach history of Muslim scientists. “A big responsibility falls on the shoulders of the national education ministry and YOK [higher edu......



Last Modified:  19 Nov 2014 04:50  GMT

BERLIN – Encouraging Muslims’ integration in the German society, the federal government has launched a scholarship program to elevate the skills of the Muslim students in all disciplines. “It is a first in German history, as for the first time 65 young Muslims were awarded scholarships and this is expected to rise to 500 people in the ......



Last Modified:  18 Nov 2014 04:47  GMT

LONDON – Discovering their names in the Emirates terror list, British Muslim groups have announced intention to sue the oil-rich Gulf nation against the list that has sparked public outcry across European and American Muslim communities. “We are consulting with our lawyers to see what kind of legal action we will be taking,” Omer al-Ha......



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LONDON – For the first time in the history of the Church of England, a British Muslim addressed the Church synod on Tuesday, November 18, in a discussion with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby on the suffering of religious minorities in Iraq and Syria. The persecution of Christians in Iraq and Syria is heinous and totally unacceptable......



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OCCUPIED JERUSALEM – Five Israelis were killed on Tuesday, November 18, in an attack by two Palestinians on a synagogue in Al-Quds city (occupied Jerusalem), in one of the deadliest attacks in the city in years. “The new operation is heroic and a natural reaction to Zionist criminality against our people and our holy places,” a Hamas s......



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LONDON – Shock and anger have been the main feelings expressed by many Islamic groups across the European continent, after finding their names in the Emirati list of groups suspected of having “terrorist” links. It is difficult to say why this has happened, Basim Ghozlan, the leader of the Islamic Association in Norway, told Norway's......



Last Modified:  18 Nov 2014 04:47  GMT

KANO – Questioning the competence of the military, Emir of Kano has called on Nigerians to take up arms and defend themselves against militant attacks, in a clear reference to Boko Haram which he did not mention by name. People should be sensitized on the importance of being on the alert, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi speech in a mosque was quote......



Last Modified:  18 Nov 2014 04:47  GMT

CAIRO – Reviving clashes between Palestinians and Israeli settlers in Al-Quds, a Palestinian bus driver was found hanged in his vehicle on Monday, November 17, with Palestinians insisting that he was killed by settlers. “According to the report they made for us, there is no way he committed suicide. My brother had everything in life,” ......



Last Modified:  17 Nov 2014 04:47  GMT

CAIRO – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) approved on Saturday, November 15, a list that designates dozens of organizations and groups as “terrorist”, drawing ire of several Muslim activists and rights groups. The following is the list of organizations designated as terrorist as published by Emirates official news agency (WAM):   :......



Last Modified:  17 Nov 2014 04:47  GMT

STOCKHOLM – Weeks after Stockholm's recognition of the state of Palestine, Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf has congratulated Palestinian president on the country’s National Day , wishing Palestinians prosperity and happiness. On the occasion of the National Day of the State of Palestine I wish to convey to Your Excellency my best wishes ......



Last Modified:  17 Nov 2014 04:47  GMT

INDIANAPOLIS – The brutal killing of US hostage Abdul-Rahman Kassig by the so-called Islamic State (ISIL) has been condemned by world leaders and Muslims who described aid worker’s murder as an act “outside the norms of Islam”. “Just as we have denounced previous killings of innocent civilians by the ISIL terrorist group, we condem......



Last Modified:  17 Nov 2014 04:47  GMT

CAIRO – Islamic charities offering aid to civilians and refugees in Syria have complained of being targeted by the Charity Commission’s investigations, saying they are being unfairly singled out by the British statutory body. “[The commission] has labeled 55 charities with the issue code ‘extremism and radicalization’ without their......



Last Modified:  17 Nov 2014 04:47  GMT

CAIRO – Israeli far-right Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman challenged the European Union on Sunday, November 16, asserting that Israel will never limit its construction activity in Al-Quds (occupied Jerusalem). We will not accept any restrictions on building in Jewish communities in Jerusalem – there will be no compromise on the matte......




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