Muslims

German city allows mosques to broadcast call to Friday prayers
October 11, 2021 By Faith Matters

German city allows mosques to broadcast call to Friday prayers

The German city of Cologne will start permitting mosques to broadcast muezzin calls for prayer, the city said. The calls can be broadcast for five minutes every week for the Friday prayer around noon and audible outside the Muslim houses of prayer, city spokeswoman Katja Reuter said. Cologne mosques need to apply for a special […]

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Dozens hurt as Palestinians and Israeli police clash at Al-Aqsa Mosque
May 7, 2021 By Faith Matters

Dozens hurt as Palestinians and Israeli police clash at Al-Aqsa Mosque

Palestinian worshippers clashed with Israeli police on Friday evening at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City as tensions soared again. The Palestinian Red Crescent emergency service said 53 people, mainly Palestinians, were wounded in clashes with police there and elsewhere in Jerusalem, including 23 who were taken to hospital. It says most were wounded in […]

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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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Dozens arrested after night of chaos in Jerusalem
April 23, 2021 By Faith Matters

Dozens arrested after night of chaos in Jerusalem

A total of 44 people have been arrested and 20 Israeli police officers were injured on a night of chaos in Jerusalem, as security forces clashed with Palestinians angry about Ramadan restrictions and Jewish extremists who held an anti-Arab march nearby. Tensions have risen in recent days in Jerusalem, which has long been a flashpoint […]

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Egyptian court gives life term to Muslim Brotherhood leader
April 8, 2021 By Faith Matters

Egyptian court gives life term to Muslim Brotherhood leader

A senior leader of Egypt’s outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group was convicted on terror charges and sentenced to life in prison, the country’s state-owned news agency reported. According to the Middle East News Agency, a Cairo court found Mahmoud Ezzat, the acting supreme guide of the country’s oldest Islamist organisation, guilty of terror acts that followed […]

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Petition in support of Batley Grammar School teacher reaches 50,000 signatures
March 28, 2021 By Faith Matters

Petition in support of Batley Grammar School teacher reaches 50,000 signatures

A petition in support of a suspended teacher who showed students a caricature of the Prophet Mohammed has passed more than 50,000 signatures. The Batley Grammar School teacher had apologised after showing the cartoon, widely reported as taken from the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, during a religious studies lesson earlier this week. He was […]

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20 injured in suicide attack targeting Palm Sunday Mass in Indonesia
March 28, 2021 By Faith Matters

20 injured in suicide attack targeting Palm Sunday Mass in Indonesia

A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a packed Roman Catholic cathedral on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island during a Palm Sunday Mass, wounding at least 20 people, police said. A video obtained by the Associated Press showed a burning motorbike at the gates of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral in Makassar, the capital of South […]

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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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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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Two Christians sought by police in Pakistan on ‘blasphemy’ charges
February 17, 2021 By Faith Matters

Two Christians sought by police in Pakistan on ‘blasphemy’ charges

Pakistan’s police said they were seeking arrest of two Christian men in the eastern city of Lahore on charges they allegedly used insulting remarks against Islam’s holy book and its Prophet Mohammed. The case against the two men was registered last Saturday on the complaint of a Muslim local resident Haroon Ahmed, said Muratab Ali, […]

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