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Iran’s Supreme Leader accuses Saudi Arabia of committing ‘treason’ against Muslims with US alliance

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei brands President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israeli capital ‘a big mistake’ and one ‘doomed to fail’ Iran’s supreme leader has accused Saudi rulers of committing “treason” against Muslims by aligning themselves with the United States and Israel. Addressing parliamentary representatives from Islamic countries gathered in Tehran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the US decision to recognise Jerusalem ... Read More »

A fifth of non-believers turn to prayer in a crisis or out of habit, poll finds

Around 24 per cent of non-religious people surveyed say they prayed ‘as a last resort’ As many as one in five non-religious people pray to God, a study has found. Just over half of all adults in the UK pray at least sometimes and are increasingly likely to call on God for help when engaged in activities such as cooking or ... Read More »

Assembly Polls: 75 Per Cent Polling in Nagaland, 67 in Meghalaya

Briefing the media, OSD in the Election Commissioner Chandra Bhushan Kumar said that voting process was completely peaceful in Meghalaya without any incident of violence.  Seventy-five per cent polling was recorded in Nagaland and 67 per cent in Meghalaya in the assembly polls held on Tuesday in the two northeastern states, Election Commission (EC) officials said. In last assembly elections, ... Read More »

Muslim boys who insulted Christianity sentenced to memorise verses of Quran that honour Jesus

Unique sentencing from Christian judge in Lebanon, where insulting religion can be punishable by up to three years in prison, praised as message of coexistence Three Lebanese teenagers who were hauled before a court on charges of insulting Christianity have been handed the unusual sentence of studying the references to the Virgin Mary found in the Quran. Christian judge Joceline ... Read More »

Denmark poised to ban Islamic full-face veils

‘It is incompatible with the values of the Danish society’, says country’s justice minister The Danish government is poised to become the next European country to introduce a ban on Islamic full-face coverings in public places. The government said it planned to fine people who wore items including the burqa and the niqab which are worn by some Muslim women. ... Read More »

After the niqab: What life is like for French women who remove the veil

‘Religion brought a lot that helped me escape from the trauma of rape … The niqab protected me, I liked hiding from men. I could see them, but they couldn’t see me’ Islamic headscarves and veils continue to be the subject of intense debate in Europe. Countries’ approaches towards the burqa and niqab, which cover the face, range from tolerance ... Read More »

Speak Out for the Rohingya

AS THE WESTERN WORLD turns to thoughts of Christmas, the celebration of Jesus’ birth, and the fantasy in lights, a sinister drama continues in Burma. The United States, doubly distracted by “news” that used to parade as tabloid gossip, has attempted to shine a small light on the tragedy. The tragedy of the Rohingya people dwarfs any domestic story in ... Read More »

Taking a Bench to a Glass Ceiling

After nearly a year on the job, Hana Mansour Khatib says she is already seeing the impact she can make as the first female judge in Israel’s Islamic, or sharia court system. She says she has long witnessed many female plaintiffs remain quiet and instruct a lawyer or male relative to speak on their behalf in the Islamic courts, which ... Read More »

‘Trump, Trump, Trump!’ How a President’s Name Became a Racial Jeer

It is a far cry from wearing a button that says “I Like Ike.” Mr. Beschloss recalled moments in recent American history when, say, the X in President Richard M. Nixon’s name appeared as a swastika, or a caricature of President Lyndon B. Johnson featured a Hitlerian mustache. But these were generally the acts of opponents to those presidents’ policies ... Read More »

Islam Teaches Us That Life Is a Test. So Is This President.

Donald Trump’s inauguration took place on a Friday, the weekly holy day for Muslims. I’d been dreading it: We would have a new president, one who had threatened to shut down mosques and bar Muslims from entering the country. I knew I had to say something to make people feel better about it. I’m an imam at the Islamic Institute ... Read More »