Islam

Kenya: U.S. marks 20 years since al Qaeda’s first major attack
August 8, 2018 By Faith Matters

Kenya: U.S. marks 20 years since al Qaeda’s first major attack

The U.S. ambassador joined a ceremony in Nairobi on Tuesday to commemorate 20 years since truck bombs hit the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, killing 258 people and marking the start of al Qaeda’s global campaign of violence. Some 200 Kenyans and Americans, many of them survivors of the attack, gathered at Nairobi’s August […]

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Saudi Arabia to admit Iranian diplomat
August 6, 2018 By Faith Matters

Saudi Arabia to admit Iranian diplomat

Saudi Arabia has agreed to admit an Iranian diplomat to head an office representing Iranian interests in the kingdom, the official Iranian news agency IRNA reported on Sunday, in a rare move after the rivals broke off relations in 2016. “An informed diplomatic source said Sunday that Saudi Arabia had agreed to grant a visa […]

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Danes march in Copenhagen to protest veil ban
August 2, 2018 By Faith Matters

Danes march in Copenhagen to protest veil ban

Around 1,300 Danes marched through Copenhagen on Wednesday in protest at a new ban on the wearing of face veils in public, accusing the government of infringing on women’s right to dress as they choose. Denmark’s parliament enacted the ban in May, joining France and some other European Union countries to uphold what some politicians […]

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Muslim survivors of Indian massacre shaken by citizenship test
July 31, 2018 By Faith Matters

Muslim survivors of Indian massacre shaken by citizenship test

Thirty-six years after losing his parents, sister and a four-year-old daughter in one of India’s worst sectarian massacres, Abdul Suban says he is still trying to prove he’s a citizen of the Hindu-majority nation. Suban is one of hundreds of thousands of Bengali-speaking Muslims categorised as “doubtful voters”, who will not find their names in […]

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Michigan man seized overseas charged with providing material support to Islamic State
July 30, 2018 By Faith Matters

Michigan man seized overseas charged with providing material support to Islamic State

A Michigan man seized overseas by a U.S.-backed Syrian militia has been charged with providing material support to Islamic State militants, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday. Ibraheem Izzy Musaibli, 28, of Dearborn, Michigan, provided support to the group from 2015 until last month, the department said in a statement. Musaibli, a natural-born U.S. […]

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Saudi women gear up for new freedom as driving ban ends
June 24, 2018 By Faith Matters

Saudi women gear up for new freedom as driving ban ends

Women will hit the roads in Saudi Arabia on Sunday with the lifting of the world’s last ban on female drivers, long seen as an emblem of women’s repression in the conservative kingdom. The move, ordered last September by King Salman, is part of sweeping reforms pushed by his powerful young son Crown Prince Mohammed […]

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Germany needs to do more to combat anti-Semitism, official says
April 28, 2018 By Faith Matters

Germany needs to do more to combat anti-Semitism, official says

Germany must do more to tackle anti-Semitism and should set up a national database to record anti-Semitic incidents that are not included in crime statistics, the country’s first anti-Semitism commissioner Felix Klein said on Friday. The former diplomat, who will take up the newly created position next month, also said anti-Semitism was still rooted largely […]

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Christians should not be second-class citizens, cardinal tells Saudi Arabia
April 27, 2018 By Faith Matters

Christians should not be second-class citizens, cardinal tells Saudi Arabia

A senior Vatican official who last week made a historic visit to Saudi Arabia says he told authorities in the kingdom, where non-Muslim worship is banned, that Christians cannot be considered second-class citizens. French cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran’s trip, the first by such a senior Catholic figure, raised hopes of more openness in the kingdom, which […]

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Free Speech of the Ahmadi Community in the UK Curtailed by Bigotry
April 8, 2018 By Faith Matters

Free Speech of the Ahmadi Community in the UK Curtailed by Bigotry

We have learnt that the Ahmadi community in the United Kingdom have had their right to free expression curtailed once again. The online site, Christian Today, mentioned the following in their article about the obstructions that were put in front of the Ahmadi community in their recent campaign. Their site stated: “An email template seen […]

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French Muslims Want to Be Like Anyone Else, Just Not Victims
April 7, 2018 By Faith Matters

French Muslims Want to Be Like Anyone Else, Just Not Victims

We have spent a week in France meeting with key organisations and with people who understand how poisonous the tentacles of Islamist extremism have been and how they have also given rise to greater feelings of anti-Muslim hatred, which have been fuelled by a number of factors. We have spoken to Muslims who see the […]

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