ABU DHABI. Interior Minister L. General Shaikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan inaugurated the official Centre for Religious Research and Rulings (Ifta) of the UAE affiliated to the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Auqaf in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.
The upcoming opening of a Muslim high school in Marseilles, the 4th in France, is fanning controversy, also within the Muslim community
A school that will open only at the beginning of 2009 is causing much debate in Marseilles. It concerns the Muslim school, which will be the fourth of its type. Part of the Muslim community asks for this institution, but another, in particular the religious authorities, refuses and denounces the division of the community.
IF ELECTED, Barack Obama will visit a major Islamic capital during the first 12 months of his presidency, as part of his strategy to more actively engage with the Middle East, his national security adviser, Greg Craig, revealed Wednesday.
Freedom of speech is under attack. Let us count the ways
The first and most obvious: Those who criticize militant Islamists – from novelist Salman Rushdie to Danish cartoonists to memoirist Ayaan Hirsi Ali – are routinely threatened with deadly violence. It would be black humor to say this is having a chilling effect.
A PROMINENT Muslim community leader who sexually abused girls aged 14 and 15 has been jailed for nearly four years
The Lebanese Shiite militia, linked to deadly attacks in Argentina in the 1990s, may be taking advantage of Chavez's ties with its ally Iran, terrorism experts say
BOGOTA, COLOMBIA. Western anti-terrorism officials are increasingly concerned that Hezbollah, the Lebanon-based Shiite Muslim militia that Washington has labeled a terrorist group, is using Venezuela as a base for operations.
According to the Finnish tabloid paper Ilta-Sanomat, the man arrested in the Manchester airport last week for his alleged ties to British Al-Qaida, had visited Finland on and off for six years.
According to the unidentified suspects mother: "He was going to visit Finland for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan that begins next weekend, where he was to partake in the opening ceremonies, but now he'll be denied that." According to his mother, "he had been in Finland earlier to teach Muslims."
A masjid – Muslim religious building – in the village of Goševo in Sandzak burned down today
NOVI PAZAR. Police confirmed that an investigation has been wrapped up, but would not reveal any findings. The Islamic Community in Serbia, headed by Muamer Zukorlic, is led in this Novi Pazar municipality by Ifet Alickovic.
The Russian republic of Chechnya is to inaugurate Europe's largest mosque on the first day of the International Peacemakers' Confab
A devout Muslim who forced boys to beat themselves with blades has been found guilty of child cruelty
Syed Mustafa Zaidi was found guilty of child cruelty. The boys were pressured into hitting themselves with an implement with five blades, called a "zanjeer zani", at a religious ceremony. The two youngsters, aged 13 and 15, admitted they wanted to beat themselves, but not under duress and not using the blades.
Couples who want to divorce have to go for mediation before going through the courts. Muslims are increasingly expecting state-funded mediators to help them find a settlement in keeping with Islamic law. Jo Ind reports.
Prosecutors in Stuttgart say they have charged a Turkish man with holding his daughter against her will in an alleged effort to prevent her marrying a non-Muslim
The war crimes trial of Bosnian Muslim Mirsad Repak, accused of crimes against Serb civilians, begins in Oslo today
OSLO. This will be the first war crimes case to be heard in Norway since World War II. Repak (42) is accused of crimes against humanity, war crimes, rape, imprisonment and torture as a member of the Croatian defense forces.
Three Gulf Arab banks will launch a specialised bank to finance infrastructure projects, an agriculture firm and a hospitality fund as rapid growth in the Middle East and North Africa lures billions in new investment
DUBAI. The consortium aims to set up three new Islamic financial institutions with total starting capital of $2.8 billion and authorisation to raise up to $10 billion to invest in roads, sewage treatment, farms, schools and the hospitality industry.
LEADERS of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association have responded to critics of their proposed move to The Pavilion at Fartown
The Muslim organisation bought the site in April and hopes to have its plans approved by councillors tomorrow. But 200 people have signed a petition against the plans to transform the historic building into a place of worship.
The BBC has denied that its editorial independence was compromised after it emerged that a Radio 4 documentary about Islamic extremism bore similarities to a programme described in a leaked Whitehall document as one at which anti-al-Qaida propaganda was put forward.
The Swiss government is opposing an initiative to ban the construction of minarets at Islamic prayer houses in the country
BERN, Switzerland. The Federal Council recommended on Wednesday rejecting the ban when it goes to popular referendum in two months. The coalition government includes all major political factions except the right-wing Swiss People's Party. It is the strongest in the country and most supportive of the ban.
Serbia will offer legal help to top war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic’s defence before The Hague Tribunal, Belgrade’s envoy to the Netherlands has said
Belgrade. Radoslav Stojanovic told the Reuters news agency in Belgrade that he would seek the tribunal’s permission to visit Karadzic at The Hague detention unit on September 7, adding he would ask Belgrade to provide all the documents necessary for the trial, if Karadzic thought the Serbian government could facilitate his defence.
PROPONENTS of an Islamic school in south-western Sydney will appeal a local government rejection of the development
Recently adopted by the Religious Affairs Directorate, a central broadcasting system for "azhan," the Islamic call to prayer, has satisfied many citizens who used to be disturbed by its non-simultaneous broadcast from minarets
The central broadcasting system for azhan had been adopted in 64 provinces and 320 districts all around Turkey, said ?zzet Er, deputy director of the directorate. The system had not been adopted in some other provinces or districts simply due to technical reasons or because they do not need it, he said.
The director of controversial movie Towelhead has hit back at calls to retitle the film, insisting it is "important" to stay true to the original concept
The new Principal of the Al-Maktoum Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies in Dundee today marked his appointment with a call for Islamic Studies to be made relevant to the needs of a multicultural society - and expressed alarm at the gulf in understanding on issues of Islam in Scotland
“The study of Islam and Muslims needs to be centralised into the schools and higher education curricula and taught in ways that meet the demands of our multicultural society,” said Professor Malory Nye, who has been acting principal for the past 12 months.
Malaysia's Islamist party, a key partner in Anwar Ibrahim's opposition coalition, moved quickly to endorse him on Wednesday, removing a major obstacle in his push to win power
KUALA LUMPUR. The move came after Anwar secured a convincing victory in a by-election on Tuesday by promising to reinvigorate Malaysia's economy, which has lost some of its attractiveness as an investment destination to faster-growing regional rivals.
With wide-ranging estimations of between 20 and 100 million Muslims living in the mainly western provinces of the People's Republic of China, one is less surprised at the recent attack on police in the Xinjiang province town of Kashgar.
But read about the PRC's boast of busting "Islamic terror groups" on July 15 and you start seeing the picture of an ongoing struggle that seems to be coming to it's media culmination as 08-08-08 looms.
'It is a serious threat. This war is against our way of life'
DENVER. A statement of issues and positions provided by the Democratic National Convention includes not a single reference to "radical Islam," and its only references to "Islam" are to an imam scheduled to speak and to identify Afghanistan as where the U.S. should be battling al-Qaida, since "the vast majority of Muslims believe in a future of peace, tolerance."
However, an organization has been flooding DNC delegates and Denver with copies of the video "Obsession" because members believe the threat to the U.S. is being dismissed or minimized, and the results – like those of Sept. 11, 2001 – could be catastrophic.