Islam

New Zealand police officer becomes first in force to wear hijab in uniform
November 19, 2020 By Faith Matters

New Zealand police officer becomes first in force to wear hijab in uniform

The New Zealand Police force has incorporated a hijab into its official uniform, with the first officer to wear it reporting that it “feels great”. Constable Zeena Ali had the opportunity to trial several versions of the hijab before she began her police training, with the item now an official elective item of uniform. The […]

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European leaders say collaboration key in anti-terror fight
November 10, 2020 By Faith Matters

European leaders say collaboration key in anti-terror fight

French President Emmanuel Macron said that extremist attacks are a “European reality” and the European Union must tighten the screws on weak spots like external borders and the internet. The calls follow two deadly extremist attacks in France and another in Austria in recent weeks. Mr Macron’s remarks came after he, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, […]

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French Muslims protect church in gesture of peace after Nice attack
November 6, 2020 By Faith Matters

French Muslims protect church in gesture of peace after Nice attack

A group of French Muslims decided to stand guard outside their town’s cathedral to protect it and show solidarity with Catholic churchgoers. Muslim residents in the southern French town of Lodeve organised the initiative as a gesture of peace after a deadly Islamic extremist attack on a church in the French city of Nice. They […]

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Network of Khatme Nabuwat Supporters Involved in Anti-Macron Protests
November 5, 2020 By Faith Matters

Network of Khatme Nabuwat Supporters Involved in Anti-Macron Protests

On the 30th of October, a rally of about a hundred protestors rounded on the French Embassy in Central London and conducted a ‘sit-in’ around the bounds of the Embassy. The demonstrators, it seems, had traveled to London to shower the Embassy with chants and raised fists in the air. It was a show of […]

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Vienna attacker had previous terrorism conviction
November 3, 2020 By Faith Matters

Vienna attacker had previous terrorism conviction

Five people including an assailant have died and 17 others are wounded after a shooting in the heart of Vienna hours before a coronavirus lockdown started, Austrian authorities said. The dead attacker was a 20-year-old Austrian-North Macedonian dual national who had a previous terror conviction. Two men and two women died from their injuries after […]

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Former Malaysia PM Mahathir refuses to apologise for France attack comments
October 31, 2020 By Faith Matters

Former Malaysia PM Mahathir refuses to apologise for France attack comments

Former Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad defends his widely condemned comments on attacks by Muslim extremists in France, saying that they were taken out of context as he criticised Twitter and Facebook for removing his posts. The 95-year-old sparked widespread outrage when he wrote on his blog on Thursday that “Muslims have a right to be […]

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New arrest by French investigators probing church attack in Nice
October 30, 2020 By Faith Matters

New arrest by French investigators probing church attack in Nice

Detectives investigating an attack by a Tunisian man who killed three people in a Nice church have a second suspect in custody, as France heightens its security alert amid religious and geopolitical tensions around cartoons mocking the Muslim Prophet Muhammad. Tunisian anti-terrorism authorities have opened an investigation into an online claim that the attack was […]

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Students helped killer find teacher who was beheaded, says French prosecutor
October 21, 2020 By Faith Matters

Students helped killer find teacher who was beheaded, says French prosecutor

The 18-year-old suspected killer of a French teacher who showed caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in class paid students to help him identify the victim, France’s terrorism prosecutor has said. Prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard said a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old are among seven people who appeared before an investigating magistrate on accusations of complicity in murder […]

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French militant group and mosque to close after teacher’s killing
October 21, 2020 By Faith Matters

French militant group and mosque to close after teacher’s killing

France’s president has named a domestic militant Islamist group as “directly implicated” in last week’s beheading of a history teacher who had discussed caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed with his class. Emmanuel Macron said the group will be ordered dissolved on Wednesday, when a mosque that relayed a denunciation of the high school teacher is […]

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Thirteen killed, 120 injured in Afghanistan car bomb blast
October 18, 2020 By Faith Matters

Thirteen killed, 120 injured in Afghanistan car bomb blast

A suicide car bombing killed at least 13 people and injured around 120 others in Afghanistan’s western Ghor province on Sunday, officials said. Mohammad Omer Lalzad, the head of a hospital in Ghor, said emergency staff were treating dozens of people with both serious and light injuries from the bombing. He expected the death toll […]

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