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Monthly Archives: August 2014

Snyder calls for coexistence between Muslims, Jews in Middle East


Gov. Rick Snyder said Friday he supports peaceful coexistence between Jews and Muslims in the Middle East, drawing widespread applause at the opening of the Islamic Society of North America’s annual convention. “We must all work hard to ensure peace at home and around the world,” he said as the country’s largest Islamic organization began its 51st annual conference at ... Read More »

British Jews and Muslims call for Middle East peace


Leaders from the Board of Deputies of British Jews (BoD) and Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) have issued a joint statement calling for their followers to “export peace” to the Middle East, as the dust settles on the recent crisis in Gaza. The statement acknowledged the two communities had “deeply-held views” about the origins of the conflict between Israel and ... Read More »

Religious leaders reject negativity directed at Australian Muslims


Religious leaders of multiple faiths gathered at Lakemba Mosque on Friday to express solidarity with Islam and reject what they called a “barrage of negativity” directed at Australian Muslims. Local imam Sheikh Yahya Safi was joined by Rabbi Zalman Kastel, Father Patrick McInerney and the Reverend Andrew Dutney, president of the Uniting Church. They called upon political leaders to avoid ... Read More »

My Muslim religion has problems that need fixing


I am an Australian, I am a Muslim. I am an Australian Muslim. The recent actions of the group known as Islamic State have put my faith in the spotlight as a threat to my nation and fellow Australians with whom I share the privilege of living in this great nation. It is here that I practice my faith freely. ... Read More »

D-Day or a day of disillusionment?


Friday was a day of disillusionment for those on Constitution Avenue, as the government and the protesting parties continued to trade accusations and pointing finger at each other for involving the army in a political matter. Many Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) workers seemed hopeful on Thursday night and early the next day – following the two ... Read More »

Implementation of laws must to protect rights of minorities


Speakers at a seminar on Friday urged the government to ensure protection of minorities’ rights as guaranteed in the country’s Constitution so as to remove the sense of deprivation among them. The advocacy seminar titled ‘religious freedom and rights of minorities’ was organised by South Asia Partnership Pakistan ( SAP-PK) in a Hindu Temple at Kala Bari in Peshawar cantonment. ... Read More »

Asia will gain from India finally taking foreign policy seriously


AT THEIR nearest points, India and Indonesia are barely 160 kilometres (100 miles) apart across the Malacca Strait. Yet almost nobody thinks of these two big countries as neighbours. One reason has been India’s historic isolation. Distracted by Pakistan, India long fretted over its western border. Under Nehru, its leader after independence, a principled policy of non-alignment led to moralising ... Read More »

Sterling work against lure of terror


The Religious Rehabilitation Group (RRG) was befittingly honoured recently with the Berita Harian Achiever of the Year Award, the first organisation to win an accolade that had hitherto been given only to individuals. It was a timely reminder of the great service that the voluntary group has done to Singapore by using the credibility of Muslim religious leaders to counter ... Read More »

Asian surname is most common among doctors with Patel in second


Next time you’re treated at hospital, chances are you’ll be thanking a Dr Khan. The Asian name is the most common surname of doctors registered in Britain, according to figures. Patel – from the Gujarat region of India – was the second most popular, and Muslim surnames Ahmed and Ali also made the top ten list. Smith and Jones featured ... Read More »

Lady al-Qaida: On the trail of the world’s most wanted prisoner


The message from the militants was revealing. “You were given many chances to negotiate the release of your people via cash transactions as other governments have accepted,” it said. “We have also offered prisoner exchanges to free the Muslims currently in your detention, like our sister Dr Aafia Siddiqui. However, you proved very quickly to us that this is not ... Read More »