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  • Kuwait mosque attack shocks Muslims

    OnIslam & News Agencies KUWAIT CITY – A suicide attack that hit a Kuwaiti Shiite mosque during Friday prayers and left dozens killed and injured provoked strong reaction and condemnation from leading Muslim scholars. “#Tunisia Solidarity with the Tunisian people and the families of victims. Condolences and Consternation,” Dr Tariq Ramadan wrote on Facebook .

  • Toronto multifaith iftar for climate

    By Muneeb Nasir OnIslam Correspondent TORONTO – A broad-based coalition of faith communities from across the Greater Toronto Area will gather at the Noor Cultural Centre on Sunday, July 5, for a multifaith climate action Iftar to raise their voices in support of climate justice. “Coming together as a community to break the Ramadan fast

  • 20 years on, Srebrenica wounds still bleeding

    20 years on, Srebrenica wounds still bleeding

    OnIslam & News Agencies SREBRENICA – Twenty years might seem enough time to heal any wounds. Yet, in Srebrenica, wounds are still bleeding where thousands of Muslim men, women and children were killed only for being Muslims, the BBC reported on Tuesday, May 26. “More than 1,000 children were killed,” Hatidza Mehmedovic, whose husband and

  • Dalai Lama Urges Suu Kyi to Defend Rohingyas

    Dalai Lama Urges Suu Kyi to Defend Rohingyas

    OnIslam & Newspapers Amid increasing world concern about the future of Rohingya Muslim minority, the Dalai Lama has urged Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to do more to help the persecuted minority, as thousands fled Burma to escape discrimination by the country’s Buddhist majority. “It’s very sad. In the Burmese (Myanmar) case I

  • Competitive religious philanthropy in the wake of the Nepali earthquake

    Competitive religious philanthropy in the wake of the Nepali earthquake

    By Nalika Gajaweera Religion Dispatches Editor’s note: The following is reprinted with permission from Religion Dispatches. Read more at www.religiondispatches.org. The death toll in Nepal has surpassed 8,500, Reuters reported this week, making it the country’s deadliest earthquake on record. In the aftermath of the disaster, aid has come in many forms, although not nearly

  • Israelis storm Al-Aqsa complex

    OnIslam & News Agencies AL QUDS – Responding to extremist calls to storm Al-Aqsa, dozens of Jewish settlers, protected by the Israeli police, broke into the mosque compound on Sunday, May 24, to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Shavuot. “Around 120 settlers stormed Al-Aqsa complex through Al-Magharbeh Gate in groups under the protection of Israeli

  • 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,

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