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Quran’s Central Message to Humanity is Active Pursuit of Knowledge

By Paola Garcia New York - In order for the Quran to become a real source of guidance in our lives rather than just a religious symbol, we need to approach it with the awareness that “deep insight is not gained by cursory effort.”[1] The Quran’s wisdom can steer us in the right direction and deeply transform our lives. However, for this to occur, we must read it slowly, reflecting upon each verse for an ext ...

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Washington Rejects UAE Inclusion of 2 American Muslim Groups as Terrorists

Rabat- The U.S. State Department has rejected the inclusion of two prominent Muslim American groups as terror organizations by the United Arab Emirates. In a move that drew immediate rejection from various Muslim organizations, the UAE released on November 15 a list of 83 terrorists and terrorist organizations. According to Voice of America, “A State Department spokesman Tuesday said officials are following ...

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U.A.E Includes Moroccan Scholar in List of 83 Terrorist Movements

Rabat- The United Arab Emirates added Moroccan cleric Dr. Ahmad Raissouni, Vice President of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, to a list of 83 terrorists and terrorist organizations released on November 15. The Moroccan scholar was listed along with the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Al Qaeda, and the Houthi rebels in Yemen. In a move that drew immediate denia ...

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Threatened With Eviction from Their Homes: 2 Jewish Families seek Help of king Mohammed VI

Rabat -Two Moroccan Jewish families from Casablanca made an appeal to King Mohammed VI, asking him to protect them from their landlord who is threatening to evict them from the “apartments they have lived in for 50 years.” In a video posted on YouTube, a man named Shalom Abdelhak calls on King Mohammed VI to protect him from his landlord’s threats. Speaking in Moroccan dialect, he said, “we are appealing to ...

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Researchers Discover ‘Oldest’ Copy of the Quran in Germany

Rabat- Researchers at the University of Tübingen in Germany announced the discovery of a copy of the Holy Quran (or Kuran) dating back to 40 Hijri (about 622 AD) according to the German website Deutsche Welle. The manuscript made its way to the library of the University in 1864 when the institution had purchased part of the private collection of books of the Prussian consul Johann Gottfried Fitz Stein. Acco ...

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Erdogan says Muslims, not Columbus, discovered Americas

Istanbul- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that the Americas were discovered by Muslims in the 12th century, nearly three centuries before Christopher Columbus set foot there. "Contacts between Latin America and Islam date back to the 12th century. Muslims discovered America in 1178, not Christopher Columbus," the conservative president said in a televised speech during an Istanbul summi ...

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Heckler Interrupts Washington Cathedral’s First Muslim Friday Prayer

Rabat - Friday's prayer by Muslims held yesterday in the Washington National Cathedral provoked a backlash from conservative Christians. During the gathering of several hundred Muslim worshipers and other guests in the historic American church, a woman in the audience suddenly rose and began shouting against the decision to host Muslims in the church. The unidentified woman shouted, “America was founded on ...

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Pope Francis Appoints a French Moroccan Head of Apostolic Court

Rabat- In an attempt to 'bring about change of mentality in the Vatican hierarchy', Pope Francis carried a series of key changes in top positions including the appointment of  French Moroccan Archbishop Dominique Mamberti as the new head of the Apostolic Signatura, the Church's highest court. Prior to his appointment, the 62-year-old native of Morocco was Secretary for relations with states, the Vatican's e ...

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France: Far-right Leader Proposes To Entrust Disused Church to Muslims

Rabat - Jean-Pierre Legrand, leader of the National Front in Roubaix, France, has proposed to "entrust the keys of a disused church to Muslims" who suddenly find themselves without a mosque. Legrand’s proposal comes after a municipal decree issued early November that shut down the Da'wa mosque, located in the neighborhood of Alma, which every Friday holds up to 800 worshippers. "Personally, it touches me. T ...

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Moroccans More Opposed to a Secular State Than Saudis: Survey

Rabat- A report published by the Qatari-based Doha Institute shows that 53% of Moroccans are against the separation of religion from social and political life. The survey was conducted in Morocco on behalf of the Doha Institute by a research team in social sciences from the Faculty of the Arts and Humanities Hassan II in the city of Mohammedia. The study used a sample consisting of 1,437 people living in di ...

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USA: New Muslim Clinic Provides Free Health Care for the Poor

Taroudant - The US health care system is costly. It is very difficult for the poorest and even the middle class to gain access to health care. However, many associations and groups of individuals are mobilizing to make it easier for needy people to receive health care. Following the example of many health institutions in the US that treat poor patients for free, such “Rahma” Clinic in New York, the Red Cres ...

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20 Moroccan Students Left French Universities to Join the ‘Islamic State’

Rabat - Over 20 French female students of Moroccan origin have reportedly joined the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The new female jihadists have already married ISIS fighters, according to ISIS sources. The Moroccan daily newspaper Akhbar Alyaoum quoted sources from ISIS saying that ‘’over 20 French girls of Moroccan origin have recently left the universities where they were completing their studi ...

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