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  • Muslim hero saves woman in Rome

    OnIslam & Newspapers CAIRO – A homeless Muslim man has been widely hailed as a hero after he braved the heavily polluted River Tiber to rescue a woman who jumped off a bridge in the center of Rome, Haaretz reported on Satuday, May 16. “I am not a hero,” the 32-year-old Bangladeshi, Sobuj Khalifa, told

  • New Palestinian saints highlight region’s beleaguered Christians

    New Palestinian saints highlight region’s beleaguered Christians

    Rosie Scammell Religion News Service VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis will bestow sainthood on two Palestinian nuns on Sunday (May 17), a move that’s being seen as giving hope to the conflict-wracked Middle East and shining the spotlight on the plight of Christians in the region. Sisters Maria Baouardy and Mary Alphonsine Danil Ghattas are due to

  • Vatican blasts Muhammad cartoons as pouring ‘gasoline on the fire’

    Vatican blasts Muhammad cartoons as pouring ‘gasoline on the fire’

    Rosie Scammell Religion News Service VATICAN CITY — The Vatican’s semiofficial newspaper blasted a series of cartoons of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad as “blasphemous” but also condemned the “mad and bloodthirsty” extremists who opened fire at a Texas exhibit of the cartoons. The front-page article in L’Osservatore Romano likened the exhibit in Garland, Texas, to pouring “gasoline

  • How Islamic finance could be about to take off in China

    How Islamic finance could be about to take off in China

    By Nafis Alam and Chew Ging Lee Islamic finance has been growing rapidly across the world in recent years. Today, the operation of Islamic banks and their associated financial institutions has created a trillion-dollar industry and is becoming a crucial mechanism for countries looking to increase their trade with Muslim nations in Asia and the Middle East

  • Canadian Muslim honored As Pan Am torchbearer

    Canadian Muslim honored As Pan Am torchbearer

    By Muneeb Nasir OnIslam Correspondent TORONTO – Jeewan Chanicka is excited and proud to be chosen as a Pan Am Torch Relay Torchbearer for the upcoming Pan Am Games set to take place in Toronto and surrounding areas this summer after being selected out of 100 volunteers and community leaders chosen by President’s Choice. “I

  • Indian family returns to Islam

    OnIslam & Newspapers CAIRO – An Indian family in Agra city, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, has reverted to Islam months after being duped by Hindu pandits who converted the family to Hinduism in a “ghar wapsi’, or home coming, campaign. “Qazi Sahab saw him crying. On being asked why he was so

  • Indian family returns to Islam

    OnIslam & Newspapers CAIRO – An Indian family in Agra city, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, has reverted to Islam months after being duped by Hindu pandits who converted the family to Hinduism in a “ghar wapsi’, or home coming, campaign. “Qazi Sahab saw him crying. On being asked why he was so

  • New Zealand Muslims offered interest-free mortgages

    OnIslam & News Agencies In glad tidings to New Zealand’s Muslims, a finance company has proposed plans to provide offer interest-free mortgages to Muslims that agrees with Islamic Shari`ah. “They want to own their own homes, they want to be New Zealanders, they want their quarter-acre paradise, they want to raise their kids,” Brian Henry,

  • Ex-Pegida leader apologizes to Muslims

    Ex-Pegida leader apologizes to Muslims

    OnIslam & Newspapers After months of leading anti-Muslim protests in Germany, the former leader of anti-Islam Pegida movement has apologized to Muslims from spreading a campaign of hatred across Europe. “Those still belonging to the Pegida movement need to understand that they are advocating for the wrong cause,” Kathrin Oertel – once the leader of

  • No Saudi fatwa on eating wife

    OnIslam & News Agencies CAIRO – A claimed fatwa allowing man to eat wife in case of extreme hunger has been widely rejected by Saudi officials as baseless and false, accusing websites and media sources of launching a smear campaign against the Saudi Mufti in response to the Saudi military operation in Yemen. “I have

  • First women-only mosque planned in UK

    First women-only mosque planned in UK

    OnIslam & Newspapers Following in the footsteps of their sisters in the US, British Muslim women have announced plans for the country’s first women-only mosque. The plan seeks to provide women with a platform through which they can opt for more appropriately accommodating religious services as opposed to what many deem as inadequate in mosques

  • Religious fatalism amid Nepal’s shattered shrines

    Religious fatalism amid Nepal’s shattered shrines

    Vishal Arora and Kevin Eckstrom Religion News Service KATHMANDU, Nepal—When a 7.8-magnitude earthquake roared through this Himalayan nation last Saturday (April 25), leaving an estimated 5,500 dead and more than 11,000 injured, shrines and temples were sent crashing to the ground, many of them centuries old and irreplaceable cultural treasures. According to the United Nations,

  • American fencing champion trains for Rio Olympics

    American fencing champion trains for Rio Olympics

    OnIslam & Newspapers NEW YORK — On the narrow fencing strip where she trains, Ibtihaj Muhammad’s moves are decisive and strategic as she lunges, retreats and extends her saber with the agility and grace of a dancer; skills she has been fine-tuning since the age of 13 when she first entered the sport of fencing.

  • Makkah’s Holy Mosque opens new mataf

    Makkah’s Holy Mosque opens new mataf

    OnIslam & Newspapers CAIRO – Catering to the growing number of Muslim worshippers travelling to the holy land, the expansion of the mataf, or circumambulation area around the Kaaba, will be opened in Ramadan, with an hourly capacity for 100,000 worshipers. “We are currently working on utility buildings, which include government offices, the operations room,

  • Calgary Imams stand up to ISIL recruiters with religious edict

    OnIslam & News Agencies In a step to further protect Calgary Muslims with enough knowledge against radicalism, a group of Calgary imams is increasing its efforts to curb ISIL’s attempts to recruit young people in the area. 37 imams and religious scholars from across Canada endorsed a religious edict (fatwa) issued last month against ISIL,

  • Libya and ISIS: what happened?

    By Mieczyslaw P Boduszynski The Conversation It took the brutality and slick videography of ISIS to bring Libya back into the headlines, highlighting the lawlessness that reigns in that country. ISIS’s outrageous atrocities on Libyan soil are a far cry from the optimism I observed in July 2012, when Libyans went to vote in the elections after

  • Toronto Muslim leaders hold networking meeting

    By Muneeb Nasir OnIslam Correspondent TORONTO – In a bid to boost cooperation in the greater Toronto area between local Canadians and the Muslim community, leaders and development workers gathered for a networking meeting on Sunday, April 12. “This is the 5th year that we have been holding a networking meeting,” Muneeb Nasir, President of

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