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The Power of Zakat in Islam

Rabat- The main topic of this paper is an outline of the role of Zakat in achieving social and economic progress by illustrating the experience of Sudanese Zakat Chamber (SZC). Zakat (regular charity) is one of the five pillars of Islam. Literally, it means “growing” and “purification” of the individual soul. It is described as a “tax”, but sometimes distinguished from a tax because Zakat is related to reli ...

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France: Muslim Student Banned From School for Wearing Long Skirt

Taroudant - Sarah, a 15-year-old Muslim student, was banned from class twice for wearing a long black skirt, seen by the school as too openly religious. The case of this student has sparked an outcry among Muslims in France. According to Lardennais, Sarah was denied access to the Léo-Lagrange College, located in the Round Couture, on April 16 and 25. The same source said that Maryse Dubois, the principal of ...

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Egyptian Daily: Morocco Defeats Extremism Thanks to Moderate Islam

Cairo- Morocco has managed to defeat extremism thanks to its legacy of moderate religious thought, spiritual unity and openness on its regional environment, the Egyptian daily "Al-Ahram" wrote Saturday. Under the title "Morocco's strategy, moderation to confront extremism," the newspaper noted the pivotal role of the institution of the Commander of the Faithful as a spiritual authority in spreading moderate ...

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Muslim Community Sets up Television Studio to Promote Islam in Australia

Rabat- As part of a media campaign about Islam all over the world, members of Sydney, Australia’s Muslim community have set up a $1 million television studio to counter the mainstream media's bias and promote Islam in Australia. Based in western Sydney, the One Path Network provides the Muslim and non-Muslim community all over the world “authentic Islamic knowledge using a professional and contemporary appr ...

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France Launches 100-Million-Euro Program to Fight Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism

Taroudant - French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, presented a plan on Friday to fight against the "unbearable" rise in racism and anti-Semitism in France. The plan features a budget of 100 million euros ($108 million) over three years. "Racism, anti-Semitism, hatred of Muslims, of foreigners, and homophobia are increasing in an unbearable manner," Manuel Valls said in the Paris suburb city of Creteil. The pr ...

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Saudi Grand Mufti Denies Issuing Fatwa Allowing Husbands to Eat Wives’ Body

Rabat - Saudi Arabia’s grand Mufti has denied issuing a fatwa allegedly allowing a husband to chop up his wife and eat her body in the event of extreme hunger. In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Saudi Arabia’s grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Abdullah al-Sheikh stressed that the fatwa attributed to him was “false.” Several media reports had stated that he allegedly issued a fatwa that would per ...

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‘Quran Would Be a Feminist Charter if It Is reinterpreted,’ Scholar

Rabat - Moroccan doctor and theologian Asma Lamrabet, Director of Women's Studies Centre in Islam, an organization affiliated with the “Rabita Mohammadia of Ulema” in Morocco, said that the Quran, the Muslim holy book, would be a feminist charter if it is reinterpreted. In an interview with the French magazine Le Point, the Moroccan expert explained that "the Quran speaks mostly of the ‘human being’.” In it ...

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Mimouna: Jews Trusting Their Muslim Neighbors

Rabbi Allen S. Maller The vast majority of people in the Christian and Muslim world know very little, or nothing at all, about the history of the Jewish communities in the Muslim world. The only thing most Jews know about this fourteen hundred year history, is that Jews in North Africa and the Middle East were not persecuted as much in Muslim countries as they were in European Christian countries. It would ...

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How Islam Healed My Alcohol Addiction

New York – I was raised in a culture (and a family) where drinking is normal and encouraged. It is simply what people do and never questioned. Drinking is also viewed as a measure of one’s courage and strength, a sort of drinking machismo. The more alcohol you can ingest and the better you are at “holding your liquor,” the braver you are. I quickly internalized this message and felt proud when, at the age o ...

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Ukrainian Woman Becomes First Muslim in Ukraine to Memorize Quran

Rabat - Despite language barriers, Vera Verinak, a Ukrainian woman who accepted Islam 17 years ago, has become the first Muslim woman in Ukraine to completely memorize the holy Quran. After several years of learning, Vera, 35 years old, whose Muslim name is Iman, meaning faith, accomplished her dream and became the first Ukrainian woman to learn the Quran by heart. “I started by learning the Arabic language ...

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Fifty Young French Religious Leaders to Be Trained in Morocco

Rabat - Fifty young French imams (religious leaders) will be trained annually in Morocco, the Union of Mosques in France (UMF) announced on Friday. The Union obtained on July 30, 2014, the approval by HM King Mohammed VI to the request of receiving fifty French students yearly for a three-year training in Morocco, said a UMF statement. The first batch, which includes 20 students from the different French re ...

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Egypt: Preacher Receives 5-year Sentence for Publicly Burning Bible

Rabat - Egypt's top court has affirmed the imposition of a five-year prison sentence for a radical preacher convicted of publicly burning a copy of the bible next to the US Embassy in Cairo in 2012. Egypt's radical TV preacher, Ahmed Mahmoud Abdallah (aka Abu Islam), was sentenced on charges of contempt of religion, destroying a religious text, and disturbing the public peace and security. In September 2012 ...

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