Muslims

Saudi Arabia bans foreign pilgrims amid Covid-19 fears
March 3, 2020 By Faith Matters

Saudi Arabia bans foreign pilgrims amid Covid-19 fears

Saudi Arabia has banned foreign pilgrims from entering the kingdom to visit Islam’s holiest sites amid concerns over the coronavirus. The ban potentially disrupts the plans of millions of people ahead of the holy fasting month of Ramadan and as the annual hajj pilgrimage looms. The decision showed the growing worry across the Middle East […]

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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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Hanzalah Patel and Safwaan Mansur – Convicted of Preparing for Terrorist Acts
May 20, 2019 By Faith Matters

Hanzalah Patel and Safwaan Mansur – Convicted of Preparing for Terrorist Acts

Two friends convicted of preparing for terrorist acts in support of the so-called Islamic State after trying to reach Syria have been jailed. Safwaan Mansur, from Birmingham, and Hanzalah Patel, from Leicester, travelled to Turkey in 2016 and 2017 after checking out an area near the Syrian border on TripAdvisor, a two-week trial was told. […]

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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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Legal Aid for IS Teenager Shamima Begum Makes Me Uncomfortable – Jeremy Hunt
April 15, 2019 By Faith Matters

Legal Aid for IS Teenager Shamima Begum Makes Me Uncomfortable – Jeremy Hunt

The Foreign Secretary has said giving Shamima Begum access to legal aid to challenge the decision to deprive her of UK citizenship would make him “very uncomfortable”. Jeremy Hunt said Ms Begum, who left the UK at the age of 15 to marry an Islamic State fighter, “knew the choices she was making”, but acknowledged […]

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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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Rebel Media: A Platform Promoting Division, White Nationalism and Fear Mongering
March 4, 2019 By Faith Matters

Rebel Media: A Platform Promoting Division, White Nationalism and Fear Mongering

We are launching this report on Rebel Media and its influence online in a world where click-bait content, conspiracy theories and untruths become fact in the minds of some. DOWNLOAD THE REPORT HERE This report, entitled ‘Rebel Media – a platform promoting division, white nationalism and fear mongering‘ highlights the following. Key points include the […]

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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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Christians want marriages recognised in Morocco
June 11, 2018 By Faith Matters

Christians want marriages recognised in Morocco

Christian convert Loubna and her husband Kamal marry in a small ceremony in a meeting room of a human rights group in the Moroccan capital, ignoring threats from people in their conservative hometown in the north of the Muslim kingdom. The couple are part of a tiny minority who have converted to Christianity and are […]

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Danish parliament bans the wearing of face veils in public
June 1, 2018 By Faith Matters

Danish parliament bans the wearing of face veils in public

Denmark has banned the wearing of face veils in public, joining France and other European countries in outlawing the burqa and the niqab worn by some Muslim women to uphold what some politicians say are secular and democratic values. Parliament voted on Thursday for the ban proposed by the centre-right government, which says veils are […]

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