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A touch of ‘Games of Thrones’ magic on small Spanish town

When the mayor of the small southern Spanish town of Osuna called Jesus Cansino to tell him “Game of Thrones” was coming to shoot part of season five, he wouldn’t believe it. “She said, ‘They’re coming to film a series, I’m not sure you know it’. I started laughing,” says the 43-year-old town hall employee and long-time fan of the ... Read More »

The Islamic Legacy

The story of how this came about is far from simple, and much research needs to be done before its details are completely understood, but the broad outlines are clear. World Bulletin / News Desk The Arabs were the inheritors of the scientific tradition of late antiquity. They preserved it, elaborated it, and, finally, passed it on to Europe. When ... Read More »

New 1438 Hijri Year begins 2nd October

Muslims around the world will be marking the first month of the Islamic calendar, also known as Hijri New Year, the second holiest month in the religion’s calendar following Ramadan World Bulletin / News Desk The first month of new Islamic Hijri year 1438 Muhurram will start Sunday, according to astronomical calculations. With the Hijri lunar calendar being 11-12 days ... Read More »

Spanish Muslim Walks 9,000 km to Perform Umrah

World Bulletin / News Desk A Muslim Spaniard has reportedly walked more than 9,000 kilometres to perform Umrah after setting off from Paris five and a half months ago. According to Kuwaiti newspaper Al Rai, Ishaq intended to travel from France to Makkah on foot. He budgted 5,000 Euros (just 10 euros a day) for the trip and refused to ... Read More »

Muslims treated as equals in Taiwan, says Imam

World Bulletin / News Desk The Imam of Taipei’s Grand Mosque has claimed that Muslims are treated as equals in the small self-ruled island nation, although he says they lack the numbers to get financial support. In an interview with Anadolu Agency, Ibrahim Gao said that the around 200,000 Muslims in Taiwan were free to practice as they pleased. “Members of every religion ... Read More »

The man who brought Islam to South Africa – Sheikh Yusuf

The story of Sheikh Yusuf, who went to Arabia at a tender young age never to return to his homeland, turning these far lands into his ‘own Macassar’, has a lot of deep wisdom World Bulletin / News Desk “Sheikh Yusuf is commonly known in South Africa as the founder of Islam”. This is the first sentence that will appear ... Read More »

Jakarta’s Christian governor to face blasphemy trial over Islam insult claim

Case against Basuki ‘Ahok’ Tjahaja Purnama seen as test of Indonesia’s commitment to religious tolerance and pluralism The Christian governor of Jakarta, the capital of the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation, has been named a suspect in a case of alleged blasphemy, Indonesian police announced on Wednesday. The case involving Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama has caused uproar across the country in ... Read More »

Earnings-related unemployment benefits cut back

Earnings-related unemployment benefits cut back Parliament approved the government’s bill significantly reducing the number of days that earnings-related unemployment benefits will be paid in future. From the beginning of 2017, the maximum period of payment for earnings-related benefits to the unemployed will be 400 days, down from the current 500. For people with fewer than three years of experience on ... Read More »

Egypt cracks down on Quran schools

The step is part of an anti-militancy campaign under way since the 2013 overthrow of Islamist president Mohammad Mursi Cairo: Egyptian authorities have started a campaign on unlicensed Islamic schools after reports that these are used to indoctrinate children with radical ideas, the Ministry of Religious Affairs has said. The drive is aimed at revising the legal status of the ... Read More »

World looks up to gaze at extra bright ‘supermoon’

Skygazers took to high-rise buildings, tourist landmarks and beaches worldwide Monday to catch a glimpse of the closest “supermoon” to Earth in almost seven decades. The unusually big and bright moon happens when the Earth’s satellite rock is full at the same time as, or very near, perigee — its closest point to our planet on its monthly ellipsis-shaped orbit. ... Read More »