Donors in Saudi Arabia have notoriously played a pivotal role in creating and maintaining Sunni jihadist groups over the past 30 years. But, for all the supposed determination of the United States and its allies since 9/11 to fight “the war on terror”, they have showed astonishing restraint when it comes to pressuring Saudi Arabia and the Gulf monarchies to turn off [...]READ MORE »
According to al-Watan Arabic language newspaper the advertisement embodies a telephone number belonging to someone enlisted as being a “family counselor,” to help those who are interested.
Al-Watan reported that some social network activists have called the advertisement a form of trade, taking advantage of the crisis in Syria and the basic needs of Syrian refugees.
According to the ad, the asking money for every Syrian girl is 10,000 Saudi riyals (USD 2,666).
Saudi Arabia has been a strong financial and military supporter [...]READ MORE »
Child marriage is a fact in Turkey, with 28 percent of all marriages involving children under 18, but it remains taboo and laws restricting it are not implemented, the International Girls Not Brides head and Dutch Princess Mabel van Oranje has said.
Oranje’s comments were made yesterday at a meeting titled “Challenging Impossible” held by the Sabanc? Foundation in Istanbul.
The contentious issue of child brides in Turkey is not getting any better, according to Oranje, who blasted the current situation in [...]READ MORE »
As Syrians fleeing civil war stream into Sweden by the thousands, the country faces both practical and political challenges in dealing with the influx,
Sweden, as the only country to give Syrian refugees automatic residence, has struggled to house them and faces warnings of a coming surge in new arrivals. Josef Ariss and his mother Reina fled Aleppo in northern Syria three months ago when their family’s clothing factory was flattened by shelling. Although relieved to escape the violence, he is far from happy [...]READ MORE »
The leader of the Boko Haram group in northeastern Nigeria boasts in a new video of a daring attack on military bases in a provincial capital and threatens to attack the United States next.
Few believe the Boko Haram terrorist network currently has the capability for such complex attacks, although some officials fear its insurgency could spread to neighboring states.
In his first statement since the United States designated Boko Haram a terrorist network last month, Abubakar Shekau swore at the US, [...]READ MORE »
In Saskatoon, Canada, Muslim taxi drivers are refusing to give rides to blind people with seeing-eye dogs. The drivers have been citing religious grounds, saying dogs are considered “unclean” animals in Islam.
Mike Simmonds, who has been blind for close to 10 years, requires a guide dog with him at all times. He said that he is bitterly disappointed after taxi drivers at the station by his home have repeatedly refused to give him a ride.
Simmonds turned to the taxi company’s management, and was [...]READ MORE »
Ismail Radwan, Minister of Religious Affairs in Gaza’s Hamas government, claims that Israel is trying to cause an artificial earthquake to totally collapse the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. According to Radwan, Israel is attempting to do so to establish the Third Temple.
The comments came at an event organized by female students of the College for Professional Applied Sciences. In response to the supposed “earthquake attack,” Radwan called for a general national enlistment to the military, and to support the [...]READ MORE »
The state board of education delayed today consideration of a measure to recommend more than 500 new social studies books for use in public schools based on allegations that 12 of those books are pro-Islamic.
Objections raised by the conservative groups Eagle Forum of Alabama and ACT! for America included that authors went out of their way to present Islam in a positive light and that they dedicated more space to Islam as compared to Christianity.
The reviews were highly critical of [...]READ MORE »
Inside Brooklyn’s federal courthouse, a curving cylinder of greenish glass and gray steel, Lawal Babafemi sat silently with his attorney at the defense table as prosecutors got ready to present their case. It was September 27, 2013, a warm Friday in New York, and Babafemi, a 33-year-old Nigerian man with a neatly trimmed goatee, was dressed casually in a blue-and-white-striped polo shirt. It’s safe to say that he was the first magazine employee in the history of publishing to ever [...]READ MORE »
The draft Egyptian constitution, which will be put to public referendum in a matter of weeks, comprises a major step forward in regulating the role of Islamic sharia and in allowing religious freedom, according to observers.
The previous constitution was drafted in 2012 by an assembly dominated by Islamist figures, and was subject to frequent criticism by non-Islamists for its stance on religious freedoms and on the role of sharia law.
The democratic process that followed the fall of autocrat Hosni Mubarak [...]READ MORE »
In Iraq’s western desert near the Syrian border, in a landscape of sand and rock, a signpost announces that you are entering al-Qaeda’s Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
A short video of the sign was broadcast on jihadi websites last month and reflects a long-held goal of al-Qaeda fighters to establish an Islamic emirate.
ISIL insurgents have increased attacks on strategic targets in parts of western Iraq in the past three months in a bid to make their putative [...]READ MORE »
A local Imam says he is the target of discrimination by a central Florida hospital.
Imam Abu Farah said he wants to volunteer as a chaplain at Osceola Regional Medical Center but claims he’s become a victim of discrimination instead, so he’s planning to sue the hospital.
Farah said he takes great pride in his work as a chaplain at Florida Hospital, where he says he was welcomed with open arms.
“I was immediately given an application, filled it, and I was given an [...]READ MORE »
The 100-year anniversary is a great occasion for any city, and deserves a suitable celebration. So it was the Texan city of Amarillo in the US, which went about repackaging and refreshing itself, including its logo, to look younger for its 100-year bash.
Unfortunately, the ‘new’ logo that the city’s designers came up with was so strikingly close to Dubai-based international master developer Emaar Properties’ stationery that they had to shelve it.
The city had to revert to its original logo during [...]READ MORE »
Saudi activists said on Wednesday that police have detained two women in Riyadh caught breaking an official ban on females driving.
The activists told The Associated Press (AP) that the women were stopped Wednesday afternoon and taken to a local police station where their male relatives were also called in.
A long-standing campaign aimed at getting the Saudi Arabian driving ban lifted has recently urged women to defy the ban. In recent situations where women were caught driving, their male relatives were asked to sign statements saying they would [...]READ MORE »
Australia’s first Muslim senator has praised the growing multicultural nature of parliament’s upper house, using his first speech to laud the system that allowed his illegal immigrant parents to settle in Australia in the 1970s.
Mehmet Tillem, Labor Senator from the state of Victoria, praised the government of former Liberal Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser that allowed his father Ramazan Tillem to settle in Australia despite being an illegal immigrant from Turkey.
Tillem, 39, noted senators from all sides of politics with immigrant [...]READ MORE »
The U.S. suspended delivery of aid to Syrian rebels in the northern part of the country after an Islamist group seized warehouses belonging to the Western-aligned Free Syrian Army, FSA, raising doubts about the influence of moderate rebels in the nation’s increasingly factional war against government forces.
U.S. humanitarian aid to Syria remains unaffected, the State Department said, and so does a program to supply light weaponry to rebels in southern Syria, Washington Post reported citing officials. The UK joined the [...]READ MORE »
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation, an influential bloc of 57 Muslim countries, has released the latest edition of its annual “Islamophobia” report.
The “Sixth OIC Observatory Report on Islamophobia: October 2012-September 2013″ is a 94-page document purporting to “offer a comprehensive picture of Islamophobia, as it exists mainly in contemporary Western societies.”
But the primary objective of the OIC—headquartered in Saudi Arabia and funded by dozens of Muslim countries that systematically persecute Christians and Jews—has long been to pressure Western countries into [...]READ MORE »
The public debates over banned Christmas trees, halal meat at schools and cashiers wearing headscarves appear to have made the Danish population more wary about giving their Muslim neighbors cultural concessions.
According to a new survey by market researcher TNS Gallup, carried out for Berlingske newspaper, every third non-Muslim Dane is under the impression that Denmark is too tolerant of its Muslim minority population.
Jens Peter Frolund Thomsen, a political science professor at Aarhus University, said that the most surprising thing about the survey was how [...]READ MORE »
The Iranian authorities should impose an immediate moratorium on executions in Iran given the alarming rise in the use of the death penalty in recent weeks, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran and the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center said.
As World Day Against the Death Penalty approaches on October 10, the Judiciary should review the sentencing guidelines that allow for the use of capital punishment, and revise them in accordance with international standards, the human rights organizations added.
In the two weeks between [...]READ MORE »
Mini buses will be introduced to cope with a predicted increase in traffic caused by the extension of a mosque in Whitechapel.
Tower Hamlets council has said the mosque will pay for the mini buses to help transport worshippers wanting to attend the new mosque.
Plans to build a new four-story Esha’atul Islam Mosque building on Damien Street and an extra storey for the existing building in Cavell Street were approved by the council’s planning committee on November 26.
The mini buses will [...]READ MORE »
Secretary of State John Kerry urged members of Congress Tuesday not to pursue tougher sanctions against Iran that some lawmakers say would help ensure the interim deal signed last month leads to a final one that keeps Iran’s nuclear program peaceful.
“Believe me, we are all skeptical,” Kerry told members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. “But we now have the best chance we’ve ever had” to negotiate a comprehensive agreement with Iran.
“We’re asking you to give our negotiators and [...]READ MORE »
Fears that one of NSW’s largest private schools would be forced to close this summer have not materialized, with a reprieve granted by the Board of Studies.
Malek Fahd Islamic School in Greenacre, which has more than 2000 students, faced an uncertain future after an investigation by the board in October recommended the school’s registration be refused for failing to comply with a range of requirements relating to issues such as the school environment, keeping records of attendance and curriculum.
The president [...]READ MORE »
The Shariah Project, a London-based Muslim group, is to march through Brick Lane on Friday against the drinking and sale of alcohol along the nightlife spot.
Members of the group believe the consumption or selling of alcohol to be “sinful” under Islamic law and should be “strictly prohibited”.
They hope that the rally, scheduled for the afternoon following Friday prayers, will illuminate the ills of alcohol.
Spokesman for the group Abu Rumaysah, said: “There’s a lot of problems in the area like anti-social [...]READ MORE »
Former CIA director Leon Panetta revealed secret information to Zero Dark Thirty scriptwriter Mark Boal when he gave a speech at the agency’s headquarters marking the raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, according to newly declassified documents.
Mr. Panetta said through a spokesman that he did not know Mr Boal was in the room.
Judicial Watch, a conservative group, filed a request for the more than 200 pages of documents, which the CIA has now released. The files concerned the internal [...]READ MORE »
Dozens of young men stood waiting for storm clouds to pass, as wind stirred up swirls of red dust on the largely deserted street in Central African Republic’s capital. Through the drizzle, they spotted a man in a flowing white robe traditionally worn by Muslims, hand-in-hand with his adolescent son.
The style of dress was enough to confirm that this was their enemy.
Hungry for revenge, the crowd descended upon the pair. The man’s terrified son broke away, and fled on foot, [...]READ MORE »