Muslims

Belgium takes back Brussels’ Grand Mosque from Saudi government
March 17, 2018 By Faith Matters

Belgium takes back Brussels’ Grand Mosque from Saudi government

Belgium is taking back control of the Grand Mosque of Brussels by terminating Saudi Arabia’s lease of the building with immediate effect over concerns it promotes radicalism, the government said on Friday. The announcement is Belgium’s first official confirmation of the move which comes after months of behind the scenes diplomacy to prevent any fall-out […]

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Facing far-right challenge, minister says Islam doesn’t belong to Germany
March 16, 2018 By Faith Matters

Facing far-right challenge, minister says Islam doesn’t belong to Germany

New Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said Islam does not belong to Germany and set out hardline immigration policies in an interview published on Friday, as he sought to see off rising far-right challengers. Seehofer told Bild newspaper he would push through a “master plan for quicker deportations”, in his first major interview since he was […]

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Tunisian women march for equal inheritance rights
March 11, 2018 By Faith Matters

Tunisian women march for equal inheritance rights

Hundreds of women took to the streets in the Tunisian capital on Saturday to demand equal inheritance rights as men, a subject often seen as taboo in the Arab world. The North African Muslim country grants women more rights than other countries in the region, and since last year has allowed Muslim women to marry […]

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Buddhist mobs target Sri Lanka’s Muslims despite state of emergency
March 7, 2018 By Faith Matters

Buddhist mobs target Sri Lanka’s Muslims despite state of emergency

Sri Lanka shut down social messaging networks including Facebook on Wednesday to control violence targeted at the country’s minority Muslims, officials said, even after the imposition of emergency in the Buddhist-majority island. Tension has been growing between the two communities in Sri Lanka over the past year, with some hardline Buddhist groups accusing Muslims of […]

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French judge steps up Le Pen investigation over Islamic State tweets
March 3, 2018 By Faith Matters

French judge steps up Le Pen investigation over Islamic State tweets

A judge placed France’s far-right leader Marine Le Pen under formal investigation on Thursday on suspicion of disseminating violent images over tweets she posted of Islamic State executions, a move she indicated was politically motivated. The investigation relates to three graphic images of Islamic State executions she posted on Twitter in December 2015, including the […]

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Ogniwo – ‘The Link’ Is A Group That Should Concern Us All
March 1, 2018 By Faith Matters

Ogniwo – ‘The Link’ Is A Group That Should Concern Us All

Ogniwo – ‘the Link’, is an organisation that describes itself as a ‘Patriotic Association’ and is active mainly in London but also has chapters in Cambridgeshire and the South of England. Some of their members and sympathisers are known to come from football hooligan circles and can be seen on social media photographs making fascist […]

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Closure of the Holy Sepulchre is a Dark Day for All
February 25, 2018 By Faith Matters

Closure of the Holy Sepulchre is a Dark Day for All

The Holy Sepulchre holds a sacred meaning for Muslims as well as Christians. Many Jerusalemite Muslims light candles and revere both Mary and Jesus, in part hoping that they maybe blessed in some way by these holy figures. This is highlighted through this tweet from Ghanem Nuseibeh, whose family members were entrusted with the keys […]

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“France first”, far right’s Marechal-Le Pen says in comeback speech
February 24, 2018 By Faith Matters

“France first”, far right’s Marechal-Le Pen says in comeback speech

France should follow U.S. President Donald Trump’s lead and fight for “France first”, Marion Marechal-Le Pen, seen as a potential leader of France’s far right, told U.S conservatives on Thursday in her first public appearance in months. The 28-year-old former lawmaker, granddaughter of National Front founder Jean-Marie Le Pen and niece of party leader Marine […]

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French PM vows to combat ‘slow-burn’ threat of radical Islam
February 24, 2018 By Faith Matters

French PM vows to combat ‘slow-burn’ threat of radical Islam

France’s prime minister on Friday announced steps including prison isolation zones and more stringent licensing rules for faith-based schools to combat what he called a slow-burning threat from Islamist radicalisation. In a traditionally Catholic country that is home to Europe’s largest Muslim community, President Emmanuel Macron has already imposed tougher legislation after attacks by Islamist […]

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Imam Muhammad Yasir Ayub Also Goes Into Anti-Shia Rants
February 12, 2018 By Faith Matters

Imam Muhammad Yasir Ayub Also Goes Into Anti-Shia Rants

Yesterday we highlighted how this imam was involved in posting comments on his Facebook page that inflamed community divisions. A further observation shows how sometimes, hatred towards minorities spreads to anti-Shia hatred. Imam Ayub, who preaches in various mosques has also been highlighting his dislike of Shia Muslims through a series of postings on his […]

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