Vatican Opens First Embassy in Malaysia

JakartaGlobe 18 January 2013
By Yong Yen Nie

Kuala Lumpur. The Vatican has opened its first embassy in Malaysia and appointed an American Archbishop to be the ambassador here, after the Holy See and Malaysia established


Upheaval In Islamic World Greatest Threat To Christians In 2013

Cross Rhythms 10 January 2013

Continuing upheaval in the Islamic world looks set to pose the greatest threat to Christians in 2013, believes Release International, which serves persecuted Christians


Report points to 100 million persecuted Christians

Deutsche Welle 9 January 2013

The non-denominational Christian relief organization Open Doors has said about 100 million Christians face persecution around the world. The group pointed to an increase in


Non-Muslims must not use ‘Allah’, says Selangor Sultan

The Malaysian Insider 8 January 2013

The Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah is shocked at Lim Guan Eng’s remarks over the word "Allah” and has called for an emergency meeting with state Islamic


Shariah-Backed Violence Rising in Aceh: Kontras

JakartaGlobe 4 January 2013
By Nurdin Hasan

Banda Aceh. The number of incidents of violence as a result of Shariah law in Aceh increased in 2012 from a year earlier, a rights group noted on Thursday. Destika Gilang


Nine out of 10 Malay Muslims practise 'female circumcision': study

Radio Australia 7 December 2012

In Malaysia, there are reports the health ministry is developing guidelines to reclassify female genital mutilation as a medical practice. Nine out of 10 Malay Muslims


Malaysian Muslims protest Elton John concert over gay marriage

Gay Star News 28 November 2012
By Matthew Jenkin

Anti-gay Islamic party claim Sir Elton's concert in Kuala Lumpur will corrupt young people in Malaysia 27 November 2012. An anti-gay Islamic group in Malaysia plans to protest a concert by Elton John, claiming the veteran


Former Malaysian Prime Minister: Arabs not smart enough to have conducted 9-11 attacks

Jihad Watch 27 November 2012

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is not only a shameless and well-known anti-Semite, jihadist enabler, and apologist slash propagandist extraordinaire for


Porn sites appear in Islamic countries’ most-visited online rankings

Al Arabiya News 15 November 2012

At least five pornographic websites are among Egypt’s 100 most frequently visited online destinations this year, according to Alexa, a division of that tracks online traffic patterns globally.

The statistic proves particularly significant as Egyptian web surfers may soon be stripped of all access to Internet pornography sites.

Egypt’s Prosecutor General ordered the government’s ministries of telecommunications, interior and information to begin enforcing a ban on online porn last week.


"We are Muslims. We cannot change our religion. 8 November 2012

KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Dr Mahathir today took a swipe at Parti Keadilan Rakyat vice president Nurul Izzah Anwar over her controversial statement on the freedom to choose religions


Islamic radicalism a real threat in Malaysia

Radio Australia 6 November 2012

Australia's Foreign Minister Bob Carr has announced an exchange programme between Australia and Malaysia, which he says aims to foster moderate Islam. Under the programme,


Australia and Malaysia to exchange Muslim youth to push understanding

Bikya Masr 5 November 2012
By Hannah Johansen

SYDNEY: Australia has announced that they will begin a Muslim youth exchange program with Malaysia in an effort officials hope will help be the beginning of a new partnership


Australia-Malaysia cultural exchange programme

The Borneo Post 5 November 2012
By Chok Sim Yee

Australian Foreign Minister Senator Bob Carr announced a joint Australia-Malaysia cultural exchange programme for young Australians and Malaysians to travel to each other’s


‘Islamic medicine practitioner’ pleads not guilty to insulting Islam

The Malaysian Insider 10 October 2012

A man who claimed to be an Islamic medicine practitioner pleaded not guilty in two Syariah courts here today to four charges, namely for insulting Islam, conducting a marriage


ESB targets Islamic 'sukuk' market in first for Irish firm

Irish Independent 20 September 2012
By Donal O'Donovan

THE ESB is planning to raise money by issuing an Islamic bond, known as sukuk, in what will be a first for an Irish company. The ESB is understood to have hired specialist


Muslim network Salamworld aims to be Facebook rival

BBC News 5 September 2012
By Jennifer Pak

At the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM), in the country's capital Kuala Lumpur, Russian student Jeyhun Jaafar posts a video on a social network. A comment


Flags Burnt amid Attacks in Thai Deep South

The Irrawaddy News Magazine 4 September 2012

PATTANI, Thailand—Suspected insurgents burned Thai flags and raised Malaysian ones in their place in a coordinated operation Friday across Thailand’s Muslim-dominated south


Irshad Manji's Publisher Granted Leave For Judicial Review Hearing

BERNAMA 14 August 2012

KUALA LUMPUR -- The High Court here Monday granted leave to hear a judicial review application to challenge the ban on the book by the publisher of Irshad


In Malaysia, ruling party uses Islamic values to bolster support

Los Angeles Times 13 July 2012
By Ivy Sam and Mark Magnier

First came the banning of a gay arts festival and the book "Islamic Sex." Then the cancellation of U.S. singer Erykah Badu's concert after a publicity photo showed her with an


Malaysia: Muslim woman TV anchor suspended for charity haircut 27 June 2012

Kuala Lumpur: A Muslim TV anchor's decision to support cancer awareness by chopping off her hair has cost the woman her job at a Malaysian channel, which wants her to grow back her mane to

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