World Bulletin / News Desk
March 3, 2014
Andrew Bennet had arrived in Turkey to discuss the expropriation of properties belonging to Christian and Jewish minorities in the country, even though Turkey is already in the process of returning such properties back to their rightful owners following the announcement of the democratization packet in October. Canada’s ambassador of religious freedom returned home from Turkey defeated after a failed attempt to criticize the country on its human rights record.
March 3, 2014
World Bulletin / News Desk
Austalia officially opened its first ever Islamic Museum on Monday in Melbourne, presenting a unique insight into slamic culture and civilization in order to address the many misconceptions prevelant in society. “I think art is more universal and can really bring people from all faiths and cultures together and once you learn and understand you’ll actually celebrate these differences,” Moustafa Fahour, the Islamic museum co-founder, told ABC news, adding it’s about creating a “fusion between Australian infrastructure but a lot of Islamic principles, from traditional calligraphy to geometric tile patterns.”
CAIRO – A Middlesbrough fan has been fined for ripping up pages of the Noble Qur’an during a football game last December, as a Birmingham court found him guilty for the religiously aggravated public order offence. “Incidents of this kind are considered extremely offensive to some members of the community,” Ronald Healy, the chairman of Birmingham Magistrates’ Court bench, said while passing the sentence, the Mirror reported.
By Samantha Gilman
March 1, 2014
In a beautiful songlike chant, 11-year-old Sabrina DeHart stood behind a microphone and recited in Arabic what Muslims consider the 99 names of God. Crossing her arms shyly at the wrists and wearing a black, full-length abaya and black and white head scarf, she faced an audience of Muslims and visitors in the prayer room of the Islamic Center of Raleigh.
Dan Levine, REUTERS
Friday, February 28, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO – Google Inc on Friday lost its bid to keep an anti-Islamic film on its YouTube video sharing website while it appealed a federal appeals court order that the company said would have “devastating effects” if allowed to stand.
Earlier this week, a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 to reject Google’s assertion that the removal of the film “Innocence of Muslims,” which sparked protests across the Muslim world, amounted to a prior restraint of speech that violated the U.S. Constitution.
February 28, 2014
A leading Islamic academy in the city of Ghent, Belgium, has celebrated its 25th anniversary, marking a quarter century of success in teaching the Holy Quran and Islamic education. Ghent is located 60 km from Brussels, with about 25,000 Muslims living there. The Islamic Development and Research Academy was founded in Ghent in 1989 to cater to the needs of the Muslims in the region. The academy also monitors the process of providing animal meats for consumption according to the Islamic laws on slaughtering and it issues certificates for Halal food products.
By Catherine Shakdam,
Islam on line – Feb. 26, 2014
LONDON – While Christianity remains an integral part of Britain’s religious history, Islam has become a strong contender over the past decade, with reversions registering in their thousands year after another. “At a time when personal freedom, over-sexualisation and moral liberalism have taken over and broken down Britain’s moral compass, more people find solace in Islam’s compassionate but yet clear guidelines,” Annie Simpson, who holds a Phd in comparative religious studies and philosophy, told OnIslam.net.
OnIslam & News Agencies
Feb. 18, 2014
AL-QUDS – Scores of Palestinian Muslim worshippers have been injured after Israeli forces raided Al-Aqsa mosque in Al-Quds (Occupied East Jerusalem) on Friday, February 7, firing stun grenades and rubber bullets at worshippers. “It is a clear violation which is rejected by all the religions and the international laws,” the imam of the mosque, Mohamed Hussian, was quoted by Al-Jazeera.
By Marwa Abdalla, www.onislam.net
Sunday 16, 2014
I remember a conversation I recently had with my neighbor and friend who happens to be a non-Muslim. I had just returned from an Islamic conference, but when I mentioned that to her, she looked at me with worry and asked:“No one advocates extremism at these sorts of things, do they?” nalmost laughed, but realizing the seriousness of the situation, I reassured her that no, advocating extremism was definitely not on the agenda.
By William Schaefer, GlobalPost
February 13, 2014
MEXICO CITY — For almost five centuries Catholicism has been the dominant religion in Mexico. In 1970, Catholics comprised 96.7 percent of Mexico’s population. By 2010, that number had fallen to 82.7 percent, according to the Pew Research Center. Most of this change is attributed to growth in other Christian denominations. Evangelicals, Protestants and Jehovah’s Witnesses now account for 8 percent of Mexicans who identify with a religion.
OnIslam & News Agencies
Wednesday, 12 February 2014
ROME – Members of the Italian Muslim community have come together to discuss problems facing the religious minority, highlighting Muslim contributions to the Italian economy and complaining about lack of official status for the second largest religious group in the country.
OnIslam & Newspapers
Monday Feb. 2, 2014
CALIFORNIA – Falling victims to repeated hate attacks, the Islamic centre at California’s Manteca has chosen to open its doors for people of all faiths, sending a message of peace to clear misconceptions about Islam and promote religious harmony across the state. “We just wanted to welcome our neighbors and friends,” Ma’sood Cajee, one of the organizers of the open house, told Recordnet.com on Monday, February 10.
OnIslam & Newspapers
February 7, 2014
CAIRO – After quarter a century of hard work, a British Islamic high school has been recognized as one of the top 100 schools in UK after achieving excellent GCSE results in summer. “We were very pleased with our GCSE results in the summer which had gone up by 19 per cent from the previous year, but we didn’t expect this,” Mufti Javid, head teacher of Preston Muslim Girls’ High School, told Lancashire Evening Post on Thursday, February 6.
RIYADH: RASHID HASSAN
Friday 7 February 2014
Internationally renowned scholar on Islam and comparative religion Dr. Zakir Naik urged the Ummah at large to unite as the schism with differences of opinions will only damage the very spirit and pristine purity of the great religion of Islam.
Addressing a huge gathering at a public talk organized by Indian http://www.arabnews.com/news/521916
Febreuary 7, 2014, By RFI
Tunisia embodies the hope of the Arab world, François Hollande told a ceremony to adopt the country’s new constitution three years after its revolution set off the Arab Spring. The new basic law shows that Islam is compatible with democracy, the French president said. While war rages in Syria, political conflict drags on in Egypt and several other countries are struggling to realise the aspirations of the 2011 revolts, Tunisia has survived a
World Bulletin / News Desk, February 5, 2014
Muslims are attacked and forced into going to eastern or southern regions of the Central African and the children are killed cruelly. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) called for the international community to act now to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe in the troubled Central African Republic (CAR). The Executive Director of UNICEF, Anthony Lake said in a statement that Muslims facing “outrageous attacks” are being forced to move to the north and east “which is tragic for them and dangerous for the future of their country.”
By Elena Popina, Feb. 3, 2014
SodaStream International Ltd., the Israeli maker of home soda machines with a factory in the West Bank, sank to the lowest since 2012 in New York amid growing criticism for businesses operating in a territory that Palestinians seek for an independent state. tream slumped 3.3 percent to $35.34 in New York, the lowest since Nov. 20, 2012. The stock plunged 26 percent on Jan. 13 after SodaStream reported worse-than-forecast preliminary earnings for 2013.
Islam on line, January 31, 2014
CAIRO – A Muslim student attending Michigan’s Grand Valley State University would never feel lonely, thanks to an active Muslim student association which offers support, battles stereotypes and corrects misconceptions. “The Muslim Students’ Association provides GVSU students with the opportunity to come together in a supportive Muslim environment,” Jenna Stoken, one of MSA’s two presidents, told Grand Valley Lanthorn on Thursday, January 30.
Bay Area Muslims will pray for rain on Saturday
By Chris Roberts,
January 30, 2014
The San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is organizing a prayer service that will implore God to bestow rain upon the drought-racked region, according to the Contra Costa Times.
All are enjoined to come to the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
January 28, 2014
Germany’s interior minister has rejected calls for a ban on a full Islamic face veil in public, a German newspaper reported. Germany’s interior minister has rejected calls for a ban on a full Islamic face veil in public, days after Belgium’s parliament voted in favour of one in a sign the spreading Islamaphobic policies accross Europe, a German newspaper reported on Tuesday.