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Ireland: Muslims to reach out to neighbours in Ramadan

Ireland’s Muslim community is being urged to reach out to neighbours of all faiths by hosting a Ramadan Iftar (fast-breaking dinner) in their mosques and Islamic centres during coming weeks. Ramadan, the annual month of fasting in Islam, begins on June 18th and continues for 30 days until July 17th. During Ramadan, Muslims abstain from food, drink and other sensual …

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First woman to lead Friday prayers in UK

A Canadian author will become the first Muslim-born woman to lead a mixed-gender British congregation through Friday prayers tomorrow in a highly controversial move that will attempt to spark a debate about the role of female leadership within Islam. Raheel Raza, a rights activist and Toronto-based author, has been asked to lead prayers and deliver the khutbah at a small …

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Muslims in the Arctic Circle forced to come up with new rules for Ramadan when they are banned from eating during the day… because the region has 24-hour sunshine

Muslims in the Arctic Circle are urgently coming up with new rules for Ramadan when they are banned from eating during the day – as the region will have 24-hour sunshine. Lack of darkness: Muslims in the Arctic Circle are urgently coming up with new rules for Ramadan when they are banned from eating during the day – as the region …

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London primary school bans fasting during Ramadan

A primary school in East London has banned fasting during Ramadan, writes Roshan Muhammed Salih.  Barclay Primary School made the announcement in a letter to parents yesterday, although a paragraph at the end of the letter hints that there may be exceptions to the rule. After announcing that the school appreciates that this is a “very significant and special time …

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Britain urged to end arms trade with Saudi Arabia after blogger ruling

Campaigners have called for a radical shift in Britain’s relationship with Saudi Arabia, the UK’s biggest arms market, after the Saudi supreme court upheld the sentence of 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison given to blogger Raif Badawi. Blogger Raif Badawi’s wife, Ensaf Haidar, takes part on an Amnesty International protest in front of the Saudi Arabia embassy in …

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European anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic feeling falls in wake of Charlie Hebdo terror attacks

Europe in 2015 can seem like a pretty challenging place, with growing economic divisions, threats of Grexits and Brexits and the memory of the January terror attacks in Paris still very fresh. But despite fears that those pressures could lead countries to turn inward, new research suggests bigoted and xenophobic views have actually decreased across the continent in the past …

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There’s a new female president in Africa and she’s Muslim

56-year-old Ameenah Gurib-Fakim has just been made president of Mauritius. Take a look at her accomplishments.   Ameenah Gurib-Fakim — the biologist who gave the TED Talk “Humble plants that hide surprising secrets” — was sworn in today as the sixth president of Mauritius, a small island off the coast of Africa, about 500 miles past Madagascar. Gurib-Fakim was appointed …

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Saudi court upholds blogger’s 10 years and 1,000 lashes

Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court has upheld the sentence of 1,000 lashes and 10 years of imprisonment on blogger Raif Badawi, despite a foreign outcry. Raif Badawi’s family have warned he could die if the 1,000 lashes are carried out Speaking from Canada, his wife Ensaf Haidar told the BBC she feared his punishment would start again on Friday. Badawi was …

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Turkey gives the West a lesson in democracy

As the dust settles over Turkey’s 25th parliamentary elections, Western powers are busy scrambling to work out if the results will work in their favour. Since the collapse of the Arab Spring and the military coup in Egypt, it has become increasingly clear that some countries in Europe and their allies across the Atlantic may advocate democracy at home but …

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Four million Burmese entitled to get iqama

Four million Burmese residents in the Kingdom are now entitled to obtain an ‘iqama,’ turning many of their dreams of long-term residence and stability in the Kingdom into a reality. Sheikh of the Burmese community in Makkah, Abu Alshamaa Abdulmajeed, said a large number of Burmese citizens have been living in the Kingdom for more than 70 years, arriving here …

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