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Religion, terrorism and threats to Singapore, the region

Religion, terrorism and threats to Singapore, the region Politics and events in the Middle East have made the region fertile ground for terrorism, Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam said at a symposium by RSIS’ Studies in Inter-Religious Relations in Plural Societies Programme yesterday. Below is an edited excerpt of his speech. Over the last few decades in this ... Read More »

Separating Islam and state may be a way forward

Separating Islam and state may be a way forward The experience of Christianity in mediaeval Europe may hold lessons for the Muslim world today Acts of terrorism are identified as a Muslim phenomenon today because they are mostly committed by Muslims, erroneously in the name of Islam. That is but one marker that the Islamic world is mired in a ... Read More »

Muslim leaders concerned about extreme leanings

Muslim leaders concerned about extreme leanings Muslim leaders have, in recent years, noticed a disturbing trend among a section of the community. Some of the young feel it is against their faith to wish Christians “Merry Christmas” or Hindus “Happy Deepavali”. Some also preach that it is wrong for them to recite the National Pledge, sing the National Anthem or ... Read More »

Muslim leaders call for all Islamic teachers to be registered

Muslim leaders call for all Islamic teachers to be registered Certification will give assurance to community that it is getting guidance from qualified religious teachers Muslim leaders here have called for a scheme that endorses religious teachers to be made stricter, amid the spread of extremist ideology on the Internet that has led to the radicalisation of some Singaporeans. They ... Read More »

Islamic teachers must be registered from Jan 1

Islamic teachers must be registered from Jan 1 A scheme that endorses Islamic religious teachers in Singapore will be made mandatory from Jan 1 next year, with all religious teachers required to register in the Asatizah Recognition Scheme. But the asatizah will be given a one-year grace period to obtain the necessary qualifications, which include at least a diploma in ... Read More »

Islam in the Slums of São Paulo, Brazil

Islam in the Slums of São Paulo, Brazil This is a guest post written by Hasan Shahid, doctoral student in Portuguese and Brazilian studies at Brown University. He served as Ammar’s interpreter for this trip, taking excruciating measures to accurately translate the jokes about him. During Ramadan 2015 Ammar Asfour traveled 21,000 miles across 6 countries to meet with and ... Read More »

Brazil arrests 10 suspected ISIS members ‘planning Olympic terrorist attacks’

Brazil arrests 10 suspected ISIS members ‘planning Olympic terrorist attacks’ Interim Brazilian President Michel Temer has called an emergency cabinet meeting after authorities arrested 10 alleged Islamic State members who were planning to carry out acts of terror during the Olympic Games in Rio, which begin next month. “This shows that Brazil is on its toes and monitoring any suspects ... Read More »

As ISIS Posts in Portuguese, U.S. and Brazil Bolster Olympics Security

As ISIS Posts in Portuguese, U.S. and Brazil Bolster Olympics Security RIO DE JANEIRO — Worried about possible terrorist attacks at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s government is working closely with American law enforcement and intelligence services to identify threats and thwart potential disasters at the Games. Despite its notorious battles with violent crime, Brazil has largely been ... Read More »

Islam Growing in Brazil

Islam Growing in Brazil According to Trouveta Mosquee website, unlike previous years, Islam is now a well known religion in Brazil, especially along the country’s east coast. Islam entered Brazil in the 16th century with the migration of slaves from western Africa. Most of the country’s minority Muslims used to be black people of Uruba race. Their number reached 100,000 ... Read More »

Brazil sees rising threat from Islamic militants: intelligence agency

Brazil sees rising threat from Islamic militants: intelligence agency The threat of attack by militant Islamists is on the rise in Brazil as the country prepares to host the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in August, the national intelligence agency said on Thursday. Brazil has long regarded itself as an unlikely target of extremists thanks to its historical standing ... Read More »