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Saudi Grand Mufti Says Twitter is Source of ‘Evil and Devastation’

Rabat - The controversial Saudi grand mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh said that Twitter, the micro blogging social media site, is nothing more than “a source of lies” and evil, according to AFP. Twitter is “the source of all evil and devastation,” the mufti was quoted as saying.  “If it were used correctly, it could be of real benefit, but unfortunately it’s exploited for trivial matters,” Sheikh Abdul Az ...

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Man with ‘Islamic extremist leanings’ attacks New York police

Washington -  A man reported to have Islamic "extremist leanings" attacked police officers in New York City with a hatchet Thursday, injuring two before being shot dead, police and a monitoring group said. The man, identified in the U.S. media as Zale Thompson, had posted an array of statements on YouTube and Facebook that "display a hyper-racial focus in both religious and historical contexts, and ultimate ...

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Australia: Muslim School and Two Mosques Vandalized

Taroudant - Two mosques and a Muslim school were vandalized last weekend in the city of Perth, Western Australia, according to ABC news. Islamphobic words like "Ban Islam" were spray painted on the walls of the mosques and the Islamic school and beer bottles were found in the surrounding area of another mosque in the city. Commenting these heinous acts of Islamophobia, Burhaan Mehtar, an Australian imam, sa ...

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Woman Expelled from French Opera House Because of Veil

Marrakech- A veiled woman was kicked out of Paris’s famous Bastille opera house on Monday under the anti-face-covering law that France adopted in 2011. The woman was seated in the first row near the orchestra and in view of the performers on stage. At the end of the first act of La Traviata, the singers performing the opera threatened to not continue the show until she removed her veil and revealed her face ...

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“Halal Test”: New Device to Check for Pork and Alcohol in Food

Taroudant, Morocco - French company “la Société Capital Biotech” (biotech company) has developed a new product known as “Halal test,” a device that will allow Muslim consumers to detect the presence of pork or alcohol in food, according to Le Nouvel Observateur. Created by Franco-Algerian duo Abderrahmane Chaoui, a 25-year-old graduate graduate student in business, and French entrepreneur Jean-François Juli ...

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Malaysia: Muslims who Skip Friday Prayers Face Jail Sentence

Taroudant, Morocco - Muslim men in Kelantan, Malaysia, who are caught skipping Friday prayers three weeks in a row with no reasonable excuse may face a one-year jail sentence, according to the Kelantan Islamic Development Council, dakwah. Mohd Nassuruddin Daud, chairperson of the Council, said, “Those who have reached the age of maturity and have no concrete reason for skipping Friday prayers can be charged ...

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Morocco Pays Tribute To Swedish Ambassador Who Converted to Islam

Marrakech - Mohammed Knut Johan Richard Bernström, a former Swedish diplomat, was born on Oct 22, 1919 and passed away on Oct 21, 2009. He converted to Islam, and, after he mastered Arabic and learned Quran by heart, he translated the Quran into the Swedish language. As a diplomat, he worked in Spain, France, Soviet Union, United States, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela and Morocco. He was the Swedish ambassador ...

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Al Azhar Suspends Author of Fatwa on Eid El Adha in Morocco

Taroudant, Morocco - Following the controversy created earlier this month by Youssef Eid, Secretary General of the Fatwa at Al-Azhar Mosque in Egypt, over the legitimacy of the Moroccan celebration of Eid Al Adha, Abbas Schumann, head of Al-Azhar Mosque, suspended the cleric from practicing any work related to the Fatwa. According to the Egyptian website Elfagr, Al-Azhar University, under the direct supervi ...

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Journals of a Moroccan Fulbrighter in America (8): The story of an American convert to Islam

Austin - Kevin is a young American who converted to Islam more than a year ago. I had noticed that, whenever he mentioned the name of the Prophet Mohammad in class, he would always utter the expression: “Peace be upon Him”. For some time, I thought he did that out of respect for the Muslim audience rather than for the Prophet. I didn’t find out about his conversion until the day of the Eid when he joined us ...

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Saudi Security Guard Slaps a Hajji in Mecca

Taroudant, Morocco - A video posted on YouTube shows one of the Saudi security guards slapping and screaming at a Hajji in the presence of women who seems to be his wife. The incident took place during the annual pilgrimage, or hajj, a duty that every Muslim, who can afford it, must fulfil once in their lifetime. In an act of humiliation, the security personnel pushed aside a woman, who stood between him an ...

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American Rabbi Calls for Extermination of Muslims

New York - In an alarming hate speech that went unreported in American mainstream media, an American Rabbi called simply for extermination of Muslims and a “holy crusade” against them. In a sermon he delivered on September 29, Rabbi Shalom Lewis from Congregation Etz Chaim in the state of Georgia, said Muslims are “guilty” of terrorism and should be “exterminated.” This sermon against Islam comes three year ...

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Journals of a Moroccan Fulbrighter in America (7): Happy Eid

Austin - The Eid is undoubtedly one of the occasion in which you will be reminded that you are a stranger, no matter how used you may be to your new life. If there were no Arab Muslims around you and you had no connection with home, you might be able to forget about the Eid altogether, but that was not the case with me. The first thing that strikes me about Muslims in America is the relation they make betwe ...

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