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Bradford synagogue saved by city’s Muslims

It was around this time last year that the trustees of Bradford’s final remaining synagogue faced a tough choice. The roof of the Grade II-listed Moorish building was leaking; there was serious damage to the eastern wall, where the ark held the Torah scrolls; and there was no way the modest subscriptions paid annually by the temple’s 45 members could …

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Muslim mother ‘attacked for wearing hijab’ as she went to collect children from London primary school

Police are investigating after a group of women allegedly ripped off a Muslim mother’s hijab during a “racist” attack as she went to collect her children from school. The young mum was allegedly set upon by three women “for wearing a headscarf” as she walked towards private Islamic primary school Al-Khair in south London. She was going to collect her …

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UN silence on Rohingya genocide shameful, says Imran

ISLAMABAD: The United Nations has failed to stop the ‘genocide’ of the Rohingya ethnic minority in Myanmar, Imran Khan, the chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), said in a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.  The shameful UN silence is a testament to its failure to fulfill the basic principles of upholding human rights, says the letter. Myanmar does not recognise …

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No royal ‘is above law’

JEDDAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has vowed that his government would have zero tolerance for corruption in the country, and that he and other members of the royal family are not above the law. “In some countries the kings and heads of state have immunity from prosecution. But here any citizen can file lawsuits against the …

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Egypt deploys scholars to teach moderate Islam, but skepticism abounds

In his battle against militant Islam, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is relying not just on bomber planes and soldiers but on white-turbaned clerics from Al-Azhar, Egypt’s 1,000-year-old center for Islamic learning. He wants clerics to counter radicalism in the classroom. In a televised speech in January at an Al-Azhar conference center in Cairo, Sisi called for “a religious revolution” …

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People are boycotting United Airlines following an ‘Islamophobic’ incident

A woman called United Airlines ‘Islamophobic’ after she was allegedly discriminated against by a flight attendant. Tahera Ahmad, who works at Northwestern University as director of interfaith engagement, spoke last night of the ‘disgusting behaviour’ of the airplane staff. She was on a flight last night and asked for an unopened can of Diet Coke, which the attendant refused to …

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Counterprotesters at armed biker rally at Phoenix mosque: ‘ISIS is not Islam’

What began as an anti-Islam rally for gun-wielding bikers Friday evening quickly transformed into a shouting match as couterprotesters flocked to the targeted Phoenix mosque. About 250 people toting pistols, American flags and cartoon drawings of the Prophet Mohammad, which are considered blasphemous by many Muslims, were met by an equally-sized group chanting peaceful songs and preaching love at the …

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