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East Asia

Halal whale meat on menu as Japan tries to boost Muslim

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Prayer rooms, hijab scarves made of local silk and even halal-certified whale meat are now on offer as the tourism industry wakes up to demand from Muslim travelers. For a largely homogeneous country with only around 100,000 practicing Muslims, that means understanding unfamiliar customs as the country tries to double the number of tourist arrivals by 2020. “Muslim travelers still ... Read More »

Phone apps helps Muslims in India during Ramadan

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Hard pressed for time in today’s fast-paced world, keeping track of religion and its day-to-day rituals is not an easy task. Cutting across religious lines, this seems to be a niggling problem for the Genxt devout, in particular. As the Muslim holy month of Ramadan gets under way, things are going to be easy this time around for the ‘rozedaars’ ... Read More »

Muslims in China’s Xinjiang told to ignore Ramadan customs

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Officials in China’s restive western region of Xinjiang have told Muslims to ignore religious customs during the holy month of Ramadan, an indication of what rights groups say is discrimination targeting the Uighur minority group. The fasting month follows a series of attacks around China, centred on Xinjiang, that Beijing has blamed on Islamists they say are seeking to establish ... Read More »

Malaysia Airlines should allow Muslim stewardesses to cover up: Minister

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Malaysia Airlines (MAS) has been told by Malaysia’s Transport Ministry to give Muslim stewardesses the option to don Syariah-compliant uniforms. In a parliamentary written reply to Ahmad Marzuk Shaary, acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin said airlines had the freedom to choose their own cabin crew outfits, as long as they followed security standards set by the International Civil Aviation ... Read More »

Meet the Muslim cyclists riding for peace – and to combat Islamophobia

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A group of Muslims are riding from Glasgow to London to raise money for charity – and offset the negative attitudes and stereotypes of Islam, visiting mosques and war memorials along the way. One of the cyclists, heart specialist Dr Tauseef Khan, describes the humbling kindness the group have encountered along the way. Last weekend I travelled up to Glasgow ... Read More »

Pilgrims pour in undeterred by MERS fears

Makkah: Muslims pilgrims from around the world are pouring into the holy city of Makkah in Saudi Arabia, undeterred by the spread of the MERS virus which has killed 284 people in the kingdom. The mysterious Middle East Respiratory Syndrome is considered a deadlier but less transmissible cousin of the SARS virus that appeared in Asia in 2003 and infected ... Read More »

Moderate Islam? Look to Central Asia

WASHINGTON — For more than a decade, the United States has been reaching out to the Muslim world, courting Islamic moderates even as it wages war with religious extremists. Washington’s efforts have been concentrated mostly on the Middle East, with little success. The Americans might do better to focus on another region that has an equal claim to being Islam’s ... Read More »

India and Pakistan make a volatile mix

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif opened a new chapter in India-Pakistan relations by attending the oath-taking ceremony of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 26 in New Delhi. The two leaders expressed their views on issues of common concern and Modi announced that he would visit Pakistan. Though Modi and Sharif apparently seem on the same page in wanting ... Read More »

SOUTH-EAST ASIA – WHY ARE BUDDHISTS ATTACKING MUSLIMS?

Growing violence is pitting Buddhists against Muslim minorities in Burma and Sri Lanka. How can a religion of which the main tenet is non-violence express xenophobia and engage in violent acts? In an article published in BBC News magazine (UK), Alan Strathern, Fellow in the History of Cultures and Religions of Asia at Oxford University, brings this contradiction between the ... Read More »