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Monthly Archives: May 2014

SA Muslims outraged by Boko Haram’s terror in Islam’s name

South Africans and global Muslims have reacted with outrage at suggestions by the Nigerian terror group, Boko Haram that it had kidnapped more that 200 schoolgirls in the name of Islam. Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau admitted kidnapping the girls in a video, threatening to sell them in the market. Condemnation has come from local Muslim entities and from those ... Read More »

Islam in North Africa

The West looks with great concern towards North Africa, with the changes in the countries marked by the so-called “Arab Spring”. This has led to the downfall of totalitarian regimes which once seemed untouchable! All this is about very complex movements, not only in the societies where it happens, but also involves struggles regarding international interests. Will the populations be ... Read More »

Muslims Flee Central African Republic Capital

BANGUI, Central African Republic—Some 1,300 of the last remaining Muslims in this capital city left on Sunday, escorted by African peacekeepers through a gauntlet of jeering Christians after months trapped in a squalid camp surrounded by lynch mobs. Their departure was a stark illustration of a country effectively cleaved along religious lines. As the last of 22 packed trucks cleared ... Read More »

New York Times Weighs In On Muslim Surveillance Program By NYPD

NEW YORK — The New York Times harshly criticized the NYPD’s Muslim surveillance program in a Sunday editorial, while taking particular aim at Mayor Michael Bloomberg for his full-throated defense of the department amid concerns about violations of civil liberties. Bloomberg, the Times editorial board wrote, “has reacted in the worst possible way — with disdain — to those raising ... Read More »

For Muslims, Narendra Modi will have to offer powerful balancing message, says New York Times editorial

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime minister-designate Narendra Modi has a historic opportunity to shape the country’s future on the basis of an incoming government having the strongest mandate in the last 30 years, claims an editorial in the New York Times. Though the editorial admits that there will be several factors that will keep that past alive and hinder the ... Read More »

Muslims and the N.Y.P.D.

New York City’s police commissioner, William Bratton, made the right decision last month when he said he would disband a unit used by his predecessor, Raymond Kelly, to spy on law-abiding Muslims as they worshiped or patronized businesses in their communities. Beyond proving useless for intelligence purposes, the Demographics Unit undermined the fight against terrorism by alienating Muslims who were ... Read More »

Saudi Arabia among Top Five Countries in E-Services

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Riyadh: Saudi Arabia ranks fifth among the world’s top 10 countries in e-government services and online government-citizen interactivity, according to a comparative study conducted by Accenture International, a company specialized in administrative consultation. The Kingdom was found to excel in providing online portals for public services and using social media networks to interact with citizens. The study was conducted on ... Read More »

Ideas for Financial Inclusion of Indian Muslims Discussed at Harvard

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Islamic Finance Discussed at Harvard University, MA. USA Cambridge, Massachusetts: A three-day 11th Harvard University Forum on Islamic Finance was held last month on the topic of Takaful & Alternative Cooperative Finance: Challenges & Opportunities. On the first day, two papers presented in the Forum discussed ways for financial inclusion of Indian Muslims. Abdul Qadir Buhari who is the Chairman ... Read More »

Imam Reza Shrine Is The Heart Of Shiite Iran And The World’s Largest Mosque-

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The Imam Reza shrine in Mashad, Iran, is the world’s largest mosque by dimension and lies close to the hearts of the country’s majority Shiite Muslim population. Twitter user Sidewalk Lyrics takes us inside the beautiful and holy place with live tweets of the spiritual journey. Read More »

PM Cameron joins Muslims to celebrate Twelfth Annual Awards Ceremony to recognise the very best of British Muslim Achievement

At London’s Grosvenor House Monday, Prime Minister, David Cameron, joined some 800 people to celebrate the Twelfth The Muslim News Awards for Excellence – Britain’s longest standing Muslim awards event. The coveted award ceremony recognises the very best of Muslim contribution to British society. The Guest of Honour, Prime Minister, David Cameron, presenting the Enterprise award to Shabir Randeree, Executive ... Read More »