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Muhammed is Most Common Men’s Name in Oslo

Taroudant, Morocco- After the name Muhammed has become most popular boys name in Britain, beating Oliver as the most popular boys name in 2013, the name of the Muslim prophet becomes the most famous name among men and boys for the first time in the history of the Norwegian capital, Oslo. According to a recent count of the population of the capital of Norway, published Thursday, The name Muhammed and all its ...

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Chinese Authorities Targets Muslim Uighurs with Beards

Taroudant, Morocco- Chinese authorities are targeting Muslim Uighurs with beards and veils in western China’s restive, Muslim-majority Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, according to Aljazeera. In an attempt to restrict Muslims the freedom to express themselves, the local authorities in the Muslim-majority region are rewarding locals who report their neighbors for “wearing beards.” In fact, “Informants in X ...

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Moroccan Islamic Scholar: Women Can Travel Alone Without Mahram

Tinjdad, Morocco - In a paper presented at the tenth forum of the Youth of Justice and Development Party held in Rabat from August 24 to 31, Muslim scholar Ahmad Raisouni  stated that it is permissible for a woman to travel alone without a "mahram" (i.e., her husband or one of her relatives whom she cannot marry). According to the Hadith of the Prophet (PBUH), “It is not permissible for a woman who believes ...

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Morocco: New Jew on the Block

By Keziah Berelson  Fez - The Jewish Year starts in Tishrei (September/October) and is based around family, community and of course; food. Yet I decided to up sticks and leave my family, my community, and my ashkenazi food to live and study in Fes [Fez] for 10 months at the start of this holy month - Oy, what was I thinking?! I found myself welcomed wholeheartedly by the wonderful jewish community of Fes, o ...

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France: Mosque Desecrated for Second Time in a Year

Tinjdad, Morocco - A Mosque in the city of Cognac, France, was subject to racist and profane acts for the second time this year.  According to AFP, Swastikas, Celtic crosses, and slices of ham were found on the walls of the mosque in Cognac on Sunday. The same source said that the imam of the mosque discovered the misdeeds early Monday morning when the went to the mosque to perform the Fajr prayer, the firs ...

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Brussels: Chief of Protocol strips a Qatari princess of her Niqab

Fez- Qatar and Belgium are on the brink of diplomatic tensions after the Chief of Protocol of the city of Brussels was reported to forcibly removing the Niqab of a woman who happened to be a Qatari princess (Sheikhah) travelling to the Belgian capital. It all happened Last Thursday when the Qatari princess was making her way to the famous Grand Place in the center of Brussels with two other women. The three ...

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Young Moroccan Women Lured by Jihadists in Syria

Casablanca - An alarming phenomenon was recently highlighted in the bulk of Moroccan news media: young Moroccan women are joining the Jihadist movement ISIL. In its issue for this weekend, the Moroccan daily Al Ahdath Al Maghribiya presents accounts of several Moroccan women, of various ages and from different social classes, who joined ISIL as early as the beginning of the civil war in Syria. One of these ...

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Saudi Arabia Bans Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia Muslims From performing Hajj

Fez- Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health decided to ban Muslims from West African countries from performing Hajj or Umrah (Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca) this year amid growing concerns of the spread of Ebola virus. The spokesman of the Ministry of Health Dr. Khalid Marghalani, was quoted by Alarabiya as saying that individuals from Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia, where the Ebola virus is most prevalent, are ...

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Saudi Men Banned From Marrying Bengali, Pakistani, Chadian, Burmese Women

Meknes - A new law in Saudi Arabia bans men from Marrying Bengali, Pakistani, Chadian and Burmese women, while it sets new restrictive rules on marrying Moroccan women. According to the Saudi daily Makkah newspaper, any Saudi man who wishes to marry a Moroccan woman has to prove that her profile is free of any crimes and serious diseases, and that she is not a drug addict. Even though a Moroccan woman’s pro ...

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Eid El Fitr on Tuesday in Morocco

Fez - According to the calculations made by the Moroccan Ministry of Religious Affairs, Morocco will celebrate the holiday of Eid El Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, on Tuesday July 29, 2014. Most Muslims countries such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Egypt, announced earlier on Sunday that they would celebrate Eid El Fitr on Monday. Unlike in previous years, Morocco starte ...

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Eid El Fitr in North America is Monday: FCNA

New York - According to the Fiqh Council of North America, Sunday is the last day or Ramadan and Eid El Fitr will be Monday July 28. Unlike Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries, which count on naked eye sighting of the moon, the FCNA bases its decision on astronomical calculations. The Fiqh Council of North America recognizes astronomical calculation as an acceptable Shar’ia method for determining the begi ...

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Tramdeen: The Anger of Ramadan

By Chafik Mohamed Oujda - One of the great paradoxes that marks the Moroccan community is the phenomenon of Tramdeen. Tramdeen, derived from the word “Ramadan” (Islam’s holy month of fasting and praying) describes the anger and aggression that paradoxically accompanies the holy month. Countless videos, and forum posts attest to the phenomenon. Ramadan, a month that is supposed to promote fasting, peace and ...

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