Health Ministry welcomes Fatwa Committee on human milk bank

My Sinchew 18 January 2012

The Health Ministry today welcomed the declaration by the Fatwa Committee of the National Council for Islamic Religious Affairs that it is "haram" (prohibited in Islam) to set up a human milk


A Taste of Islam: An Interview with Bill Warner

FrontPage Magazine 17 January 2012
By Mark Tapson

In the years after the 9/11 attacks, more non-Muslims than ever before have studied Islam to understand the religious motives of those who had declared war on us. And yet non-believers who are alarmed at what they have found in the foundational texts of Islam are always told by apologists that we don’t understand the true Koran, that we labor under misconceptions about the Religion of Peace, that we don’t understand the complexities of sharia, that our objections and criticisms stem from racism (even though Islam is not a race) and an irrational fear of Islam and its adherents. The problem always seems to lie with us. What is the truth and how can we get to it behind the contradictions and the mystification?


"Imams hardly in touch with their local community" 17 January 2012

Research commissioned by the Equal Opportunities Support Unit shows that many of the imams who are working in Flanders hardly speak any Dutch, the language of their local community. In addition, they


Growing use of Sharia by UK Muslims

BBC News 17 January 2012
By Divya Talwar

The use of Sharia, or Islamic religious law, is growing in Britain, with thousands of Muslims using it to settle disputes each year, but women's groups and some others are objecting. ''You must


Muslim Party Seeks Power In Dutch Parliament

Forbes 17 January 2012
By Abigail R. Esman

The Dutch Muslim Party has announced plans to seek seats in the Dutch Parliament. The party already has a hold in regional governments in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and other Dutch cities.The Partij Voor


Radical Muslims plan biggest Swiss mosque

The Local 17 January 2012
By Meritxell Mir

The Islamic Central Council of Switzerland (ICCS) is trying to raise enough funds in the Gulf states to enable the construction of a 20-million franc ($21 million) prayer centre in the capital


In Europe, free speech ends where Islam begins

The Korea Times 17 January 2012
By Clifford D. May

It's funny in an Orwellian way that in Europe there are now militant groups with such cutesy names as Sharia4Belgium and Sharia4Holland. Less funny, but perhaps more Orwellian: Last month, the European Foundation for Democracy (EFD) held an event in Amsterdam featuring two speakers who favor liberalizing Islam.


Terrorism in Thailand: the Swedish connection

Thailand Business News 17 January 2012
By Boris Sullivan

Thai police led Atris Hussein, a 48 year-old Lebanese man with suspected links to a Hezbollah to search a commercial building in Samut Sakhon province, adjacent to the capital, where they discovered


Norway may allow police and judges with headscarves

World Bulletin 17 January 2012

A government-appointed committee is set to make recommendations that will allow police and judges in Norway to wear clothing and personal effects with religious overtones, including the Muslim hijab,


Rioting in the UK and France: driving factors

Les blogs 17 January 2012
By Matthew Moran

The riots that broke out in the UK last August took the authorities completely by surprise. Nobody imagined the death of Mark Duggan in Tottenham in north London would be the catalyst for large-scale


Three Fundamental Mistakes in Dealing With Islam 17 January 2012
By Daniel Greenfield

We made three fundamental mistakes in our dealings with Islam. First, we assumed that the only politically acceptable answer was also the right answer. This is the most common mistake that politicians make.

Second, we established a construct of a moderate and extreme Islam that reflected how we saw it from the outside. This construct had no theological relationship to any actual belief or movement within Islam. Had we made the division into modern and fundamentalist, we would at least have been using words that meant something. Instead we used moderate and extreme in a military sense to mean hostile and friendly or neutral. But as a Vietnam era president and military command should have known, in a guerrilla war not everyone who isn't shooting at you is friendly or even neutral.


Sharia Law Divorce Court in Great Britain

Dallas Blog 17 January 2012
By Tom McGregor

Any soon-to-be ex-husband in Great Britain, who fears a bitter divorce proceedings, may want to consider converting to Islam to obtain preferential treatment from a Muslim judge, who believes


Germany opens first university department of Islamic theology

Monsters and Critics 17 January 2012

Tuebingen, Germany - Germany, home to 4 million Muslims, officially opened its first university department of Islamic theology Monday, with 36 students enrolled for bachelor's degrees. The


CAIR and ACLU: Court Blocks Anti-Sharia Law in Oklahoma

Family Security Matters 17 January 2012
By Jim Kouri

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit upheld a lower court's decision to block the implementation of an Oklahoma constitutional amendment that would prohibit courts from applying -- or even considering to apply -- "Sharia law" and "international law."


'Pork restaurant' candidate accused

Bourne Local 17 January 2012

A North East Liberal Democrat council candidate has been accused of Islamophobia over comments posted on his Facebook site. Dave Stones, who is standing for election to Redcar and Cleveland


US warns of threat as bomb material is seized

The Boston Globe 17 January 2012
By Thanyarat Doksone

BANGKOK - A foreign suspect with alleged links to Hezbollah militants led Thai police yesterday to a warehouse filled with materials commonly used to make bombs, as Thailand and the United States


Muslim group seeks mosque funding in Gulf

WRS 17 January 2012

A controversial Muslim group is trying to raise funds in the Gulf states for a 20 million franc mosque in Bern. The Islamic Central Council of Switzerland says it is also seeking financial support


Syria forces fire 'nail bombs' as masses protest

Herald Sun 17 January 2012

SYRIAN forces were accused of firing nail bombs to disperse protesters as tens of thousands flooded the streets across the country in a bid to make their voices heard by Arab monitors.

The protesters called for the overthrow and prosecution of President Bashar al-Assad, whose autocratic regime has been blamed for the deaths of more than 5,000 people since pro-reform protests erupted in March.


PA Religious Official Publicly Calls for Genocide of Jews

Israel National News 17 January 2012
By Elad Benari

The principal Palestinian Authority’s religious leader, the Mufti Muhammad Hussein, speaking last week, presented the killing of Jews by Muslims as a religious Islamic goal. Hussein made the


Report: Hezbollah fires rockets at Syrian civilians

Ynetnews 17 January 2012
By Roi Kais

Has the Syrian regime found a new way to oppress its citizens? Syria's opposition websites reported Monday that Hezbollah launched Katiusha rockets at civilians near Damascus, with the intention of


'Salman Rushdie asked to skip Jaipur Literary festival'

India Today 17 January 2012

The proposed visit of eminent author Salman Rushdie to the Jaipur Literary festival seems to be running deeper into controversy. Reports said the organisers of the annual fest have asked the author


Cracks in the Islamist Bloc 17 January 2012
By Ryan Mauro

Last year, it seemed like an Islamist super-bloc was forming in the Middle East. Secular regimes fell and others faced uprisings. Turkey grew closer to Iran and Syria. The Iranian regime produced an End Times documentary depicting the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood as the fulfillment of prophecy. Now, pro-Western governments remain unstable but the Islamists are turning their daggers on each other.


Islamic Minister to investigate "Christian missionary” allegations against the State

Minivan News 17 January 2012
By JJ Robinson and Eleanor Johntone

Minister of Islamic Affairs Dr Abdul Majeed Abdul Bari has consulted with President Mohamed Nasheed on allegations that the government has cooperated with Christian missionaries in an effort "to wipe


India: sharia court convicts priest, Protestant pastor on forced-conversion charges

Catholic Culture 17 January 2012

The deputy grand mufti of Jammu and Kashmir, a largely Muslim Indian state, has announced that a sharia court has convicted an 80-year-old Dutch missionary priest and a Protestant pastor of


Nigerian New Year: Christian Slaughter

FrontPage Magazine 17 January 2012
By Raymond Ibrahim

The New Year’s resolution for "Sunnis for Da’wa [Islamization] and Jihad”—also known as Boko Haram, that is, "Western education is forbidden”—is to create a Christian-free Nigeria, beginning,


Thai police find large cache of bomb-making materials

BBC News 17 January 2012

Police in Thailand say they have found a large supply of materials for making bombs, following the detention of a suspect with alleged links to Hezbollah. The suspect led police to a building


Muslims Converting Empty European Churches into Mosques

Hudson New York 17 January 2012
By Soeren Kern

Muslims in Europe are increasingly converting empty Christian churches into mosques. The proliferation of mosques housed in former churches reflects the rise of Islam as the fastest growing


World peace threatened by Islamophobic rationalism

EuropeNews 16 January 2012
By Jan Wójcik

International, scientific conference "Academic Forum for Peace” with Catholic, Orthodox and Muslim scholars, mainly philosophers and theologists, was supposed to form a debate platform on how these religions relate to the issue of peace.

It was to be kept in a spirit of intercultural dialogue and impartiality, as guaranteed by the organizer, Wroclaw University. For Muslims, however, it became another opportunity to seize the academic space and further their political aims.


More UK Muslims landing in prisons 16 January 2012

LONDON: A growing number of young British Muslims, most of them of Pakistani origin, are turning away from religion and instead ending up in prisons in UK, an expert has said. Mr. Ahtsham Ali, an


Malmö dwellers forced to deliver their own mail

The Local 16 January 2012

As postal workers assigned to the Malmö district of Seved feel too threatened to carry out their duties, the residents themselves will now have to deliver their own post.”You do what you have to do,

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