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  • All is not lost in ISIS’s attempt to smash the past

    All is not lost in ISIS’s attempt to smash the past

    By Amy Gazin-Schwartz The Conversation The archaeological and historical communities are deeply dismayed about ISIS destroying archaeological sites and materials in the last few weeks. We have seen pictures of ISIS smashing statues and artifacts in the Mosul museum. ISIS soldiers have reportedly destroyed buildings at the ancient Assyrian cities Ninevah and Nimrud in Iraq.

  • Fawad Khan partners with Islamic Relief to promote Pakistan development

    by Atiya Hasan  browngirlmagazine.com Fawad Khan, star of the ravingly popular Pakistani drama “Humsafar” and the Disney Bollywood movie “Khoobsurat” has been touring the US for reasons that fall very much outside of the Bollywood genre. His recent partnership with Islamic Relief to promote Pakistan development has taken him to seven cities all over the US, that culminated

  • Muslim women slam Canadian PM

    Muslim women slam Canadian PM

    By Muneeb Nasir OnIslam Correspondent TORONTO – Rabia Khedr of the Federation of Muslim Women slams Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s remarks in the House of Commons that ‘niqabs come from a culture that is anti-women.’ “I am hurt as a Canadian woman,” said Rabia Khedr in a radio interview this morning with CBC’s Matt Galloway

  • Sara Rahim: champion for interfaith dialogue

    Sara Rahim: champion for interfaith dialogue

    By Rose Foran When Sara Rahim recounts the details of her past accomplishments, it is with a breezy, cheerful tone. This is at once disarming and refreshing, given that they are long and of the highest caliber, especially for a person so young: the twenty-three-year old’s résumé is peppered with accolades from the State Department,

  • Salima Ouckachbi receives educator Award

    THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO – Salima Oukachbi, MD, received the Physician Assistant Educator Award from the Canadian Physician Assistant Education Association and the Canadian Association of Physician Assistants in recognition for her performance as an educator of physician assistants in Northwestern Ontario. Dr. Oukachbi is a hospitalist at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre in Thunder

  • Support pours in for veiled Quebec Muslim

    Support pours in for veiled Quebec Muslim

    OnIslam & News Agencies MONTREAL – Reacting to reports that a Canadian Muslim citizen was refused litigation right to restore her car for donning Islamic headscarf, a crowdfunding support campaign has raised more than $20K to pay for court fees and buy her another car. “I am receiving support from everywhere, because I know I

  • French Muslims forgive man who threw grenades

    A French man who threw grenades at a mosque in western Paris has been sentenced to three years in prison, as mosque leaders asserted they have pardoned him. The Muslim community “condemned the anti-Islamic act” but forgave the man, mosque’s imam, Mohamed Lamaachi, told French newspaper Le Parisien, Local.fr reported on Thursday, February 26. The

  • Netanyahu speech deepens rift between U.S., Israel — and American Jews

    Netanyahu speech deepens rift between U.S., Israel — and American Jews

    By William M. Welch USA Today WASHINGTON – American Jewish leaders and activists are worried about widening political divisions between Israel and the White House sparked by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial address to Congress on Tuesday despite strident objections by President Obama. Many are concerned about the threat to Israel from Iran’s nuclear

  • ISIS’ position is not so strong as it might seem

    ISIS’ position is not so strong as it might seem

    By Geoffrey Cook TMO Contributing Writer What we have seen in the recent past weeks has been unmentionable.  The fight within the MENA (Middle East/North Africa) region is for the heart and soul of Islam!  Dar al-Islam is degenerating into an ever deeper Hell through civil war between Muslims there.  What should be done to end the conflict,

  • Bank of the West refuses to return deposit of Gaza aid group

    Bank of the West refuses to return deposit of Gaza aid group

    By Susan Schwartz TMO Contributing Writer The Palestine Children’s Welfare Fund (PCWF), a humanitarian aid organization and a sister group to the Free Palestine Movement, has announced that nearly $5,000 in donations collected for the children of Gaza to provide them with essential winter survival items, has been blocked by the bank currently holding the

  • In France’s suburbs, state neglect breeds resentment

    In France’s suburbs, state neglect breeds resentment

    By John Irish and Morade Azzouz AULNAY-SOUS-BOIS, France (Reuters) – Soul-searching in France in the weeks since Islamist gunmen killed 17 people has centred on battling radical Islam and reinforcing the country’s secular tradition. In the “cités”, housing estates like those in which the gunmen grew up, this seems to many like seeking a scapegoat

  • Syrian army, Hezbollah advance in campaign against rebels in south

    Syrian army, Hezbollah advance in campaign against rebels in south

    By Tom Perry and Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) – Syrian government forces and their Lebanese Shi’ite allies took new ground in a major offensive in southern Syria on Wednesday, pressing a campaign against insurgents posing one of the biggest remaining threats to Damascus. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks the conflict, said the

  • Social media sensation sends $1 million in aid to Africa

    Social media sensation sends $1 million in aid to Africa

    By Carissa D. Lamkahouan In today’s world, no one can deny the power and ever-expanding reach of social media, least of all Karim Diane, who’s online “singing in the shower” bits not only gained him a large virtual following on Instagram and YouTube, it also provided the means for him to raise enough funds to

  • Muslim appointed to Bradford Synagogue Council

    Muslim appointed to Bradford Synagogue Council

      By OnIslam.net and agencies CAIRO – Reflecting a deep-rooted relationship, a synagogue in the northern British city of Bradford has appointed its first Muslim member, in a decision passed unanimously by its ruling body. “We have already established close links with the Muslim community, and thought it was about time they were formally represented

  • In France, comedian’s trial suggests mocking religion has its limits

    In France, comedian’s trial suggests mocking religion has its limits

    By Elizabeth Bryant Religion News Service PARIS — Less than a month after the attack on satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo sparked massive free speech demonstrations across the country, authorities here moved swiftly to show that even in France, mocking religion has its limits. On Wednesday (Jan. 28), controversial French comedian Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala appeared in

  • Saudi King Abdullah Dies

    Saudi King Abdullah Dies

    By Angus McDowall Reuters RIYADH – Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah died early on Friday and his brother Salman became king, the royal court in the world’s top oil exporter and birthplace of Islam said in an official statement. King Salman has named his half-brother Muqrin as his crown prince and heir, rapidly moving to forestall

  • Boko Haram Emerges as Brutal Islamic State of Africa

    Boko Haram Emerges as Brutal Islamic State of Africa

    By Oren Dorell Religion News Service Boko Haram, with its chilling brutality, radical Islamic ideology and unstoppable seizure of Nigerian territory is quickly emerging as the Islamic State of Africa. While much of the world has focused on the terror attacks in Paris and the Islamic militants’ capture of swaths of Syria and Iraq, Boko

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