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Tens of Thousands March for LGBTI Pride in Istanbul

Tens of thousands of LGBTI people and their supporters marched down Istanbul’s Istiklal Avenue on Sunday for this year’s Istanbul Pride March and the number of participants may have even been bigger than the 100,000 who marched last year. Billed as the largest expression of LGBTI pride anywhere in the Muslim world, participants waved rainbow flags and signs and marched …

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Europe rights court upholds French burqa ban

STRASBOURG: The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday upheld France’s controversial burqa ban, rejecting arguments that outlawing full-face veils breaches religious freedom. PHOTO: AFP/FILE In a case brought by a 24-year-old French woman with the support of a British legal team, the court ruled that France was justified in introducing the ban in the interests of social cohesion. “The Court …

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From Bosnia to Makkah to do Hajj on foot…

A Bosnian Muslim pilgrim who left last December 2011 on pilgrimage to Makkah by foot told AFP on Monday that he has arrived after passing through seven countries including war-torn Syria. “I arrived Saturday in Makkah. I am not tired, these are the best days of my life,” Senad Hadzic, 47, said when reached by phone on a Saudi mobile number. …

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Berlin House of One: The first church-mosque-synagogue?

Berlin thinks it is making religious history as Muslims, Jews and Christians join hands to build a place where they can all worship. The House of One, as it is being called, will be a synagogue, a church and a mosque under one roof.   An architecture competition has been held and the winner chosen. The striking design is for …

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Muslims in Britain to fast 19 hours during month of Ramadan

By Staff writer | Al Arabiya News Sunday, 22 June 2014 Muslims in Britain will fast for 19 hours a day during the holy month of Ramadan which is considered the most difficult one in years as this year it falls during the summer. Muslims will therefore only have five hours between Iftar (the breaking fast meal at sunset) and …

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Identifying As Muslim On Resumes May Lead To Fewer Job Opportunities, Survey Says

  (RNS) Recent college grads, take note: Mentioning a campus religion group on your resume — particularly a Muslim club — may lead to significantly fewer job opportunities. Two new sociology studies find new graduates who included a religious mention on a resume were much less likely to hear back from potential employers. The studies used fictitious resumes — with …

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Muslim Man on Bus Gives His Shoes to Homeless Guy Who Had None

An off-duty bus driver saw a man without shoes on a bus in Surrey, B.C. and witnessed a stranger deciding to quietly do something about it. The 27-year-old Islamic man, who didn’t want anyone to see his kind action, slipped the shoes under the man’s legs without a word. He said later that it was no big deal, just part …

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Are Muslims in the UK the Most Charitable?

A recent survey of the different faith groups in the UK revealed that Muslims are the most charitable segment of society. (Click here) This is despite the fact that Muslims are one of the least well off segments of society too. On average, each Muslim donated £371 ($500) a year to charity as compared to roughly £170 ($230) for every …

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Is Ireland more faithful to Quran than Saudi Arabia?

The most faithful country in the world to the Quran is Ireland, a report has found. While one would reasonably expect a majority Muslim country such as Malaysia or Saudi Arabia to top such a list, Ireland, Denmark and Luxembourg are all rated higher at following the Muslim holy text. Hossein Askari, a Professor of International Business and International Affairs …

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