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Casablanca’s Cathedral among Most Amazing African Churches

Taroudant - The Moroccan Cathédrale Sacré-Coeur (church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus) located in Casablanca is among the most breathtaking African churches built in the 20th century.  Built in 1930 when Morocco was still under the French protectorate, Casablanca's cathedral was converted after Morocco's independence to a school and then to culture center. But, now, it is reportedly “abandoned for pigeons. “ ...

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Microsoft certifies five-year-old Muslim kid as expert

Taroudant - Microsoft, the American multinational corporation, has certified a five-year-old Muslim kid as an expert. Ayan Qureshi, a British of Pakistani origin, has become a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), after passing successfully through “rigorous, industry-proven and industry-recognised exams.” The little kid has scored 700 points out of 1000, enough to enable him to win the IT certification. ...

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Mohamed is Israel’s Most Popular Name for Boys: Survey

Rabat- After the Israeli government denied the validity of multiple reports that claimed that Mohamed is the most popular boys’ name in Israel, a new study conducted by the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics confirmed that Mohamed, indeed, is Israel’s most common name given to newborn boys. A new Israeli official survey revealed that Mohamed, the name of Islam's prophet, was the most common name given to ...

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Tunisian Woman Wins Muslims Beauty Pageant

PRAMBANAN (Indonesia) – A Tunisian woman called for a free Palestine as she won a pageant exclusively for Muslims in Indonesia Friday, seen as a riposte to Western beauty contests. Eighteen finalists, who include a doctor and a computer scientist, paraded in glittering dresses against the backdrop of world-renowned ancient temples for the contest in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country. Compute ...

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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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