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Monthly Archives: February 2018

US Adds Several Islamic State Affiliates to Terror List

The U.S. State Department on Tuesday branded seven Islamic State groups from around the world and two of its leaders as terrorists in an effort to cut off any financial support they may have been getting from within the United States. The top U.S. diplomatic agency blacklisted ISIS-West Africa, ISIS-Philippines and ISIS-Bangladesh, along with four other ISIS-affiliated groups — ISIS-Somalia, ... Read More »

Muslim women protest against Triple Talaq bill in Rajasthan

Thousands of women have come down on streets to protest against the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017 or Triple Talaq Bill in Jhunjhunu on Tuesday. They have accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi ‘s government of interfering in the laws of their religion and hurting the sentiments of several Muslims. Protesting the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights ... Read More »

If the government could not evaluate Nikolas Cruz how will they evaluate jihad risk among immigrants?

The standard argument for why Donald Trump is wrong when he says that he wants to shut down immigration from violence-plagued countries is that the U.S. government will “vet” potential immigrants and screen out those who are prone to waging jihad or likely to perpetrate other forms of violence. I always wondered how this was going to work, especially since ... Read More »

Egypt’s Speaker of House of Representatives visits Sheikh Zayed Mosque

Ali Abdel Aal, Speaker for the Egyptian House of Representatives and his accompanying delegation have visited the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, as part of their visit to the country. The top parliamentarian, accompanied by Abdulaziz Al Zaabi, Second Deputy Speaker of the FNC, visited the mausoleum of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, which is adjacent to Sheikh ... Read More »

Netherlands reduces sentences of mosque attack convicts

A court in eastern Netherlands on Tuesday reduced the sentences of four convicts who were involved in a Molotov cocktail attack on a mosque in Enschede in 2016. Five convicts had been sentenced to four years in prison for arson with “terrorist purpose” in 2016, according to the Court of Appeals of Arnhem-Leeuwarden’s statement. The court has now reduced the ... Read More »

California man arrested for trying to join Islamic State

A California man has been charged with trying to travel to Libya to join Islamic State, New York federal prosecutors announced Tuesday. In a criminal complaint unsealed in Brooklyn federal court, prosecutors said that Bernard Augustine, 21, travelled to Tunisia in February 2016 and from there attempted to reach Islamic State-controlled territory in Libya. Augustine, of Keyes, California, has been ... Read More »

Imam asks mosques to delay namaz so ‘Hindu brothers’ can play Holi

“We understand that the festival comes once in a year for our Hindu brothers. Thus, to ensure that our Hindu brothers can play Holi and we can also offer namaz, we have decided to change the timings. Many people I have spoken to so far, have agreed” The Imam of Aishbagh Eidgah in Lucknow on Tuesday said he has urged ... Read More »

International Conference on Islamic Affairs Concluded in Cairo

The 28th International Conference on Islamic Affairs, organized by the Egyptian Ministry of Awqaf in Cairo, concluded here today. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s delegation was headed by Deputy Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Da’wah and Guidance Dr. Tawfiq bin Abdulaziz Al-Sudairi. The final statement of the conference stressed that confronting terrorism is responsibility and duty of every individual in ... Read More »

Past Iran President Ahmadinejad Blasts Iran’s Mullahs

In a stunning turnabout with broad potential implications for Iran’s religious-based government, former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has launched an unprecedented drumbeat of thinly veiled criticisms targeting the nation’s “supreme leader,” the cleric Ayatollah Khamenei – a figure previously considered all but invulnerable to political criticism. In a stunning turnabout with broad potential implications for Iran’s religious-based government, former Iranian ... Read More »

Contributions to society: Women Islamic scholars urged to extend outreach online

A two day international conference on “contribution of women to various discourses of Islamic studies in contemporary times” began at the Faisal Masjid campus of the International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) on Tuesday. It covered topics such as Islamic intellectual thought and social welfare services, scholarships of Islamic studies in different regions, study of Holy Quran and Hadith, spreading of ... Read More »