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Monthly Archives: March 2019

Hate crimes against Muslims top 320 in Belfast

Image captionSome foreign families living in Northern Ireland have been the target of racist attacks in recent years There have been at least 320 hate crimes against people from a Muslim background in Belfast alone over the past five years. That is one of the findings of detailed research into the experiences of people from the Muslim community in the ... Read More »

Rural Llanbedr chapel could be turned into a mosque

Image copyrightGOOGLE Image captionThe chapel has been closed for some time and is said to be deteriorating A historic rural chapel could be turned into a mosque. The Grade II listed Moriah Methodist chapel in Llanbedr, near Harlech, was originally built in 1856 but the present structure dates back to 1913. Plans have been submitted to Snowdonia National Park Authority ... Read More »

Why did New Zealand intelligence fail to catch attack suspect?

Massacre of 50 Muslims prompts conversations about alt-right, spies and Islamophobia in New Zealand and elsewhere. For authorities seeking to shut down vitriolic narratives, the shift in white supremacists’ approach means authorities often struggle to identify where legitimate threats come from [AFP] Christchurch, New Zealand – A week of national mourning, new gun-control laws and emphatic declarations of “This is not us” ... Read More »

‘New Zealand cares’: Thousands attend Christchurch attack vigil

Christchurch, New Zealand – Thousands of New Zealanders have attended a mass vigil in Christchurch to mourn the 50 Muslims killed in an attack on two mosques. Nearly 40,000 people filled Christchurch’s Hagley Park on Saturday evening, according to local officials, almost 10 days after a suspected white supremacist attacked the Al Noor and Linwood mosques. The March 15 massacre marked the worst mass shooting in ... Read More »

Indian Kashmiri Muslims harassed back to Kashmir

Indian Kashmiri Muslims harassed back to Kashmir 29th Mar 2019 Some Kashmiri students at Haryana University (top) had to lock themselves in their hostel rooms and could not step out even to get food (Photo: MDU Rohtak/Creative Commons) Sajeda Haider The collateral damage of the latest military stand-off between long-term enemies India and Pakistan has been Kashmiri Muslim students living ... Read More »

Bangladesh: 25 killed in Dhaka building fire

Bangladesh: 25 killed in Dhaka building fire 29th Mar 2019 By Md. Kamruzzaman   DHAKA, Bangladesh (AA): 25 people were killed on Thursday when a fire broke out in a high-rise building in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka, officials said. At least 25 bodies have been recovered from the site, Shamim Hasan, deputy director of the Fire Service and Civil Defense department, ... Read More »

Hearing Adhan for First Time, New Zealanders Share Their Experience

Fri 22 March 2019 – 15:15 CHRISTCHURCH – With many of them hearing the Muslim call to prayer, or adhan, for the first time, many New Zealanders have rushed to social media to share their reflections and express solidarity with Muslims, the Muslim Vibe reported. “Today’s call to prayer was deeply moving. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to hear the ... Read More »

Christchurch holds public call to prayer at site of mosque attack

Christchurch, New Zealand – A nationwide moment of silence was observed in New Zealand on Friday – ushered in by the Muslim call to prayer – a weekafter 50 people were killed and scores of others wounded in an attack on two mosques. The prayer and two-minute reflection were broadcast live on national media outlets and came as an estimated 20,000 people, ... Read More »

New Zealand mourns mosque attack victims in national day of reflection

(CNN)New Zealand came together in a national day of reflection Friday to mark a week since the mass shootings at two Christchurch mosques that killed 50 people. The Muslim Call to Prayer was broadcast on national television at 1:30 p.m. local time, followed by two minutes of silence to remember those who lost their lives in the terrorist attack. At almost the ... Read More »

New Zealand women wear headscarves in solidarity with Muslims after Christchurch shootings

Women across New Zealand have worn headscarves to show solidarity with Muslims a week after 50 people were killed at two mosques in Christchurch. Auckland doctor Thaya Ashman came up with the idea to encourage people to wear a headscarf after hearing about a woman who was too scared to go out because she felt her headscarf would make her ... Read More »