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Sierra Leone Muslims warned to avoid handshakes during Eid prayers

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Imams in Sierra Leone have cautioned Muslims against shaking hands during the Eid prayers scheduled for Saturday, as a way of avoiding contracting the Ebola virus disease. Sierra Leone is expected to join the rest of the Muslim Ummah to observe the feast which coincides with the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. There have been concerns over the risk involved in ... Read More »

Islamic finance: Searching for Sukuk

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The latest wave of finance to reach African corporations and governments is coming from the Middle East, with an increasingly large sharia-compliant component. The Gulf Cooperation Council economies are very strong at the moment, and they want to invest their money The Senegalese government closed on a 100bn CFA franc ($208m) sukuk – an Islam-approved bond that does not pay ... Read More »

Let’s Stop Saying That Islamists Are Fighting The ‘West’

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We’ve all heard this refrain ad nauseam since 9/11: “Islamists are at war with the West. They hate us for who we are.” The fact is, though, that they don’t hate us for who we are. They hate us for who we’re not: we’re not Muslim, and that’s a characteristic we share with billions of people outside the West. If ... Read More »

Muslims Urged Not to Wash Ebola’s Dead

Amid hiking death toll of Ebola disease in west Africa, Muslims in Liberia have been cautioned against washing the bodies of people who died of Ebola to avoid spreading the virus. “Funerals and washing dead bodies in West African countries have led, to a great extend, to spread the disease,” Rana Sidani, the spokesperson of the World Health Organization (WHO) ... Read More »

Night of Power

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Muslim scholars believe that while the Qur’an was revealed over a period of 23 years the Night of Power is considered the night in which the first revelations of Islam and the prophethood of Mohammed began. This night is in celebration of the arrival of the Qur’an. It is usually celebrated about the 26th night of Ramadan. This year is ... Read More »

Ramadan and Traveling to Africa

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amadan refers to the 9th month in the Muslim calendar. Every Muslim is expected to fast during the day for the entire lunar month. About.com’s Guide to Islam says “During the blessed month of Ramadan, Muslims all over the world abstain from food, drink, and other physical needs during the daylight hours. As a time to purify the soul, refocus ... Read More »

Ramadan time for Limerick’s 2000 Muslims

Limerick’s Muslim population of over 2,000 people are currently fasting during the holy festival of Ramadan. A month of abstinence from sunrise to sunset with increased religious devotion, Alan Jacques accepted a warm invitation to celebrate life in this ever-expanding local community. Abdullah Hassan Jaribu with members of the Muslim community in Limerick in the Alfurqan Muslin Community Centre in ... Read More »

Militants outline chilling five-year plan for global domination as they declare formation of caliphate

ISIS has formally declared the establishment of a caliphate, or Islamic state, in the vast stretches of the Middle East that have fallen under its control, and has outlined a vision to expand into Europe. The announcement was described as the ‘most significant development in international jihadism since 9/11’. Upon declaring a caliphate, the Sunni militants – whose brutality in ... Read More »

Revival Hits Muslim N. Africa

A Christian revival is touching the northernmost reaches of Africa. In a region once hostile to the Gospel, now tens of thousands of Muslims are following Jesus. As the sun sets over the Mediterranean Sea, Muslims across Northern Africa are converting to faith in Jesus Christ in record numbers. “What God is doing in North Africa, all the way from ... Read More »

#FreeHappyIranians and Bassem Youssef’s Forced Retirement: Turning Apathy into Activism for Freedom of Expression in the Muslim World

As a practicing Muslim, I would just like to state a standard disclaimer routinely utilized by Muslim believers for any matters concerning discourse regarding our faith: Any falsehood I speak comes from me, while all truth comes from God’s infinite wisdom. The world is becoming more peaceful–or so the statistics and body of scholarship say. Yet despite global trends seemingly ... Read More »