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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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Attacks on Moroccan Rabbis in Tunisia and Morocco Motivated by Robbery

Tunis - The Maghreb has experienced two attacks against sites associated with Moroccan rabbis this month. On March 11 in Tunis, Tunisia, the tomb of one of the most important rabbis, Moroccan Messaoud Raphael El-Fassi, was desecrated. The house of another rabbi in Bejaad, located near Khouribga city in Morocco, was set on fire the day before. It was the first time that acts such as these have occurred in sp ...

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Afghanistan: Woman Beaten to Death For Burning the Qur’an

Rabat - A mentally impaired woman was allegedly killed in Kabul on Tuesday by group of angry men over accusations of burning a copy of the Qur’an. An angry mob armed with sticks, bricks, and stones beat the woman to death near the Shah-e Doh Shamshira shrine in central Kabul, local police told the Afghanistan's Tolo news agency. The 27 year-old victim’s body, whose father said has suffered from a mental ill ...

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Moroccan Islamists Warn Against ‘Shia Threat’ in Morocco

Rabat - Religious figures in Morocco are leading campaigns throughout the country condemning Shiism as straying from the path of Islam. Islamists from both ends of the spectrum are putting aside their differences to confront what they describe as "the threat to the entire Sunni community. According to news website Yabiladi, Salafist Mohamed Maghraoui, better known for his fatwa on allowing the marriage of u ...

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Morocco to Renew Casablanca’s Synagogues

Taroudant - Casablanca will restore the Temple Beth El synagogue, the most famous Jewish place of worship in the city, according to the Italian news agency ANSAmed. The renovation of the Jewish synagogue is part of large scale project to renovate and restore the old medina of Casablanca.  Home to a sizable and centuries-old Jewish community, the kingdom aims to renew their places of worship where most of th ...

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Muslims and Jews Living in Peace in Morocco

Istanbul - Migration, the mass movement of communities for natural, economic, political, religious reasons or because of oppression, dates back almost as far as the history of mankind. It is certainly a difficult thing to leave the land where one was born and is familiar with and to move somewhere entirely different. Forced relocation is the most ruthless and painful form of migration. World history is full ...

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Finland: National Radio Broadcasts Readings of the Quran in Finnish

Rabat - The Finnish national broadcaster YLE Radio has started broadcasting Quran recitations in Finnish language. The goal of the program is to improve understanding of Islam in the Nordic countries. The Quran recitations will be divided into 60 sections accompanied by explanations. Every episode will include a section (hizb) of the holy Quran, and will cover all the 114 Chapters called Surahs. The Quran r ...

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Canadians Collect $52,000 For Hijabi Woman Victim of Discrimination

Rabat - In a move to reject Islamophobia, a number of Canadians collected over $52,000 for the Muslim woman who was a victim of discrimination. Rania El Alloul (pictured), a Muslim Canadian woman from Montreal was denied access to the Canadian legal system because she was wearing the Islamic veil. The single mother of three, who emigrated to Canada from Kuwait twelve years ago, went to a court in the Quebec ...

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New York Recognizes Muslim Holidays

Rabat - The Mayor of New York city Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday that public schools in his jurisdiction will now observe two Muslim holidays, Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr. The policy will begin in the coming school year. "This is a common-sense change," de Blasio said Wednesday, "and one that recognizes our growing Muslim community and honors its contributions to our city," reported the New York Times. ...

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Germany: Hamburg officially recognizes Muslim holidays

Rabat- Hamburg, Germany, officially recognized Muslim holidays on Tuesday. In an unprecedented move in Germany, the decision will allow all Muslim students and employees to take a holiday during their religious ceremonies. Muslim students and school staff will benefit from three days off in the year; however, they have to catch up and make up the missed sessions. This new decision was introduced by an agree ...

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Is Morocco a Model in the Preservation of Jewish Cemeteries?

Tunis - Four victims of the Hyper Kosher tragedy made their Aliyah (immigration) to Israel “after death.” Their migration is being seen around the world as a symbolic call for massive Aliyah to the country. Today, Jewish cemeteries have fallen prey to desecrators in France and many other countries. If the dead, who are already buried, had the opportunity to make Aliyah, which country would they choose? They ...

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My Letter to the World: How Islamophobia Killed My Parents

Ifrane - My name is Kenza, and I was born in Belgium in 1983. Morocco is the country that witnessed the birth of my ancestors. Today, I am proud to say that I am Belgian of Moroccan descent from the region of Rif, Muslim but above all a human being infused by several cultures and experiences in the world. All this has made me what I am today. I grew up in Brussels in a loving family. I was educated accordin ...

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