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Ramadan in France to Start on June 17 or 18 :Source

Rabat- The holy month of Ramadan, the most sacred month in Islam, when Muslims abstain from food, sex, and immoral behaviors, will start in France on either June 17 or 18, 2015. In a communique published in their official website, the Grand Mosque of Paris has set the "Night of the doubt" for the 29th day of Sha'ban in the Hijri year 1436, which corresponds to Tuesday, June 16, 2015. Like previous years, a ...

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Majority of British Youth Holds Negative Views on Islam

By Sara Gomez Rabat - Today’s youth holds a lot of power in its hands. The ideals, perceptions, and actions of today’s youth— who will someday become the doctors, activists, educators, politicians, and leaders of the earth— will formulate the design of the world for future generations. For this reason, among others, it is important that influential factors in the development of the youths’ ideals, such as t ...

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Ramadan in Morocco to Start on June 18 or 19

Rabat - The holy month of Ramadan, a time when Muslims across the world fast during the hours of daylight, will start in Morocco on either June 18 or 19, 2015. The Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs said in a statement that the sighting of the crescent of the month of Sha'ban 1436 AH, was not yet confirmed on the evening of Monday, 29 Rajab 1436 corresponding to Monday, May 18 2015. Since the month ...

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Yusuf al-Qaradawi Says Egypt Death Sentences Violate Islam

Rabat - Influential Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi said on Sunday that the death sentences ruled against himself in absentia and against Mohamed Morsi, the deposed Egyptian president, violated Islamic legislation. The Egyptian Islamic theologian and chairman of the International Union of Muslim Scholars said that the death sentences handed on by the Egyptian court against more than 100 defendants are not i ...

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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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