Islam

New charity aims to erect war memorials to recognise Muslim contribution
April 23, 2021 By Faith Matters

New charity aims to erect war memorials to recognise Muslim contribution

A new charity launched to recognise the sacrifices made by Muslims who fought in the British military in the past century is aiming to erect war memorials to commemorate their contributions. The National Muslim War Memorial Trust (NMWMT) said it also wants to educate both students and adults about the role of Muslims in the […]

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Prison chaplain: I may have been ‘conned’ by ‘remorseful’ Fishmongers’ attacker
April 22, 2021 By Faith Matters

Prison chaplain: I may have been ‘conned’ by ‘remorseful’ Fishmongers’ attacker

There was intelligence that Fishmongers’ Hall attacker Usman Khan “might commit an attack” around the time he was released from prison for a terror offence, an inquest jury has heard. Jonathan Hough QC also told the inquests into the deaths of Cambridge graduates Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones there was a suggestion that their killer […]

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Teacher suspended after students shown ‘offensive’ image of Prophet Mohammed
March 25, 2021 By Faith Matters

Teacher suspended after students shown ‘offensive’ image of Prophet Mohammed

A West Yorkshire teacher has been suspended after reportedly showing an “offensive” caricature of the Prophet Mohammed during a religious studies lesson, sparking a protest outside the school. Protesters had gathered outside Batley Grammar School, near Bradford, on Thursday, following claims a member of staff had shown students a cartoon deemed offensive to the Islamic […]

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Turkey pulls out of European treaty protecting women
March 20, 2021 By Faith Matters

Turkey pulls out of European treaty protecting women

Turkey has withdrawn from a European treaty protecting women from violence that it was the first to sign 10 years ago and that bears the name of its largest city. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s decree annulling Turkey’s ratification of the Istanbul Convention is a blow to women’s rights advocates, who say the agreement is crucial […]

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Sri Lanka announces plan to ban burka and close Islamic schools
March 13, 2021 By Faith Matters

Sri Lanka announces plan to ban burka and close Islamic schools

Sri Lanka announced plans to ban the wearing of burkas and said it would close more than 1,000 Islamic schools known as madrassas, citing national security. The country’s minister of public security Sarath Weerasekara said he signed a paper on Friday seeking the approval of the Cabinet of Ministers to ban burkas — outer garments […]

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Swiss narrowly back proposal to ban face coverings in public
March 8, 2021 By Faith Matters

Swiss narrowly back proposal to ban face coverings in public

Swiss voters have narrowly approved a proposal to ban face coverings, both niqabs and burkas worn by a few Muslim women in the country and the ski masks and bandannas used by protesters. The measure will outlaw covering one’s face in public places such as restaurants, sports stadiums, public transport or simply walking in the […]

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Terror accused ‘made pro-IS posts for lockdown thrill’
March 1, 2021 By Faith Matters

Terror accused ‘made pro-IS posts for lockdown thrill’

An aspiring rapper accused of plotting a terror attack has told jurors he made pro-Islamic State comments online for a “thrill” in lockdown. Sahayb Abu, 27, allegedly bought an 18in sword, knife, body armour, balaclavas and a hat in preparation for a strike last summer. He also discussed guns with an undercover police officer he […]

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Students arrested in Turkey over Mecca poster with LGBT flags
February 1, 2021 By Faith Matters

Students arrested in Turkey over Mecca poster with LGBT flags

Two students have been arrested in Turkey on charges of inciting hatred and insulting religious values for a poster depicting Islam’s most sacred site with LGBT flags. The arrests came after top Turkish officials condemned the poster, displayed at an exhibition in Turkey’s prestigious Bogazici University. For weeks, students and faculty have been protesting over […]

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Report shows how New Zealand mosque shooter eluded detection
December 8, 2020 By Faith Matters

Report shows how New Zealand mosque shooter eluded detection

A comprehensive report into the 2019 Christchurch mosque shootings in which 51 Muslim worshippers died sheds new light on how the gunman was able to elude detection by authorities as he planned his attack. The nearly 800-page Royal Commission of Inquiry report released on Tuesday shows the attacker, Brenton Tarrant, kept a low profile and […]

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Indonesia expects halal certificate for experimental Covid-19 vaccine
December 7, 2020 By Faith Matters

Indonesia expects halal certificate for experimental Covid-19 vaccine

Indonesia’s highest Muslim clerical body is expected to issue a halal certification for the experimental Covid-19 vaccine developed by China-based firm Sinovac Biotech. The certification would be a significant step in immunisation efforts in the world’s most populous Muslim country, should the vaccine be approved for use. Indonesia’s human development and culture minister Muhadjir Effendy: […]

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