Islam

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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Officer and three assailants killed in Tunisia resort attack
September 7, 2020 By Faith Matters

Officer and three assailants killed in Tunisia resort attack

Tunisian forces have shot dead three suspected Islamic militants who rammed their vehicle into security officers and attacked them with knives, killing one and injuring another in the coastal resort town of Sousse. Sousse was the site of Tunisia’s deadliest extremist attack in 2015, when a massacre killed 38 people, most of them British tourists. […]

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‘IS Bride’ Lisa Smith Was Not A Member of a Terrorist Group, Solicitor Claims
December 2, 2019 By Faith Matters

‘IS Bride’ Lisa Smith Was Not A Member of a Terrorist Group, Solicitor Claims

The solicitor representing a former member of the Irish military who became a so-called Islamic State (IS) bride in Syria has claimed she was not a member of a terrorist organisation. Darragh Mackin said the current evidence against Lisa Smith is “inherently weak” and does not point to any terrorist offences. He said that Ms […]

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William’s Emotional Speech to Christchurch Mosque Survivors In Full
April 26, 2019 By Faith Matters

William’s Emotional Speech to Christchurch Mosque Survivors In Full

The Duke of Cambridge delivered an emotional speech during a visit to the Masjid Al Noor in Christchurch, where 42 people were killed last month in one of two attacks on mosques in the city. Here is the text of William’s speech, after he greeted the guests in Maori and Arabic: Good morning. Today we […]

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Bosnian women struggle to return female relatives, children from Syria
March 11, 2019 By Faith Matters

Bosnian women struggle to return female relatives, children from Syria

A quarter of a century after their own country was devastated by war, three Bosnian women are struggling to bring home loved ones caught up in Syria’s ruinous conflict and the collapse of Islamic State rule. The Bosnian government, in common with its counterparts across Europe, lacks a clear plan to deal with the families […]

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Egypt says 19 militants killed in security operation after attack on Christians
November 5, 2018 By Faith Matters

Egypt says 19 militants killed in security operation after attack on Christians

Egyptian security forces killed 19 Islamist militants from a cell believed to be responsible for an attack on Christians in Minya province in central Egypt in which seven people died, the interior ministry said on Sunday. Security forces killed the suspects in a firefight after a chase in a mountainous area of the desert west […]

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Saudi Arabia: Repentant Muslims gather on Mount Arafat for haj climax
August 20, 2018 By Faith Matters

Saudi Arabia: Repentant Muslims gather on Mount Arafat for haj climax

More than two million Muslims gathered at Mount Arafat on Monday for a vigil to atone for their sins and ask God’s forgiveness as the annual haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia reached its climax. Pilgrims clad in white robes signifying a state of purity spent the night in an encampment around the hill where Islam […]

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Myanmar: ‘Hijab is like a key’ – beauty blogger battles bias
August 14, 2018 By Faith Matters

Myanmar: ‘Hijab is like a key’ – beauty blogger battles bias

Muslims in Buddhist-majority Myanmar usually keep a low profile for fear of intimidation, but Win Lae Phyu Sin, one of the community’s rare bloggers on beauty care, has gone the other way. The 19-year-old was the centre of attraction at a recent launch of beauty products in Yangon, her striking multi-coloured make-up offset by a […]

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Yemen: Children killed by Saudi air strike
August 14, 2018 By Faith Matters

Yemen: Children killed by Saudi air strike

Thousands of mourners on Monday buried dozens of children killed in a Saudi-led coalition air strike on a bus in northern Yemen, one of the deadliest attacks on civilians in the three-year-old war. At least 40 children were killed in Thursday’s strike, which hit the bus as it drove through a market in Dahyan, a […]

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