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The Origins and Lawfulness of Sufism in Islam

By Nassim Chaoui Ghali Fez - Sufism is difficult to describe because it cannot be reduced or categorized. It is as elusive as the scent of a rose to someone who has never experienced it, and remains difficult to describe even for someone who has. Labels such as mysticism, spirituality, or esotericism provide points of reference; nevertheless, they are often too limited to express Sufism and its associated p ...

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Over 80 Muslim Refugees Convert to Christianity in Germany

Rabat - Over 80 Muslim refugees from Iran and Afghanistan have allegedly converted to Christianity and were baptized early this month in Hamburg, Germany, according to Christian Today. The same source said that the Christian converts renounced their former religion, Islam, because they have been living “under fear of sin.” "The motive for the change of faith is the same for many: they are disappointed with ...

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American Man Faces Prison for Ripping off Hijab of a Muslim Woman

New York - Following a 2015 federal lawsuit, the first trial of an American man accused of forcibly stripping a Muslim woman of her hijab began last Friday. The incident took place last year aboard a plane between Chicago and Albuquerque when Gill Parker Payne got in the way of the Muslim lady and asked her to remove her headscarf. After her tenacious refusal, the man held the veil from the back and violent ...

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Hate Crimes Spike against Muslims in America

Kainoelani Lee Rabat – Since the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and the San Bernardino shooting, researchers and civil rights groups say reports and attacks against Muslims in the United States have rapidly increased, according to the New York Times. Reports from news media and civil rights groups indicates that the rate of suspected hate crimes against Muslims has tripled since the Paris attacks. In the ...

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Survey: Muslims Rank on Top of Charity Givers in Britain

Rabat - Despite the many consistent stereotypes attached to Muslims in the West, particularly their association with terrorism, British Muslims managed to top charity donors in 2015. According to a survey conducted by the leading British charity website JustGiving, Muslims were the most generous religious groups in Britain in 2015, donating about £371 each. “Our data shows many of Britain’s Muslim communiti ...

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60% of Germans Reject Islam as Part of National Culture

Rabat - Roughly 60 percent of Germans believe Islam does not belong in their culture, while around 34 percent affirmed that Islam has a place in Germany, according to a poll conducted by Infratest dimap and released on Thursday. The new poll shows that rejection of Islam is gaining more ground in the Germany. A similar poll by the Forsa institute in 2014 said 52 percent of respondents opposed the inclusion ...

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Six Moroccan Cantors Win Bahrain International Quran Recitation Competition 

Rabat - Three Moroccan judges announced the winners of the second annual Bahrain International Quran Recitation, Global Cantor competition, held under the patronage of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa and the Bahrain Ministry of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments, at the closing ceremony on May 9. In the presence of guests of honor such as Saudi prince Shaikh Saleh bin Awad Al-Maghamsi, Ahmed Mohammed Al- ...

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“Islam and Terrorism”: An Islamophobia Bible (Part 4)

Rabat - Mark A. Gabriel, author of “Islam and Terrorism,” continues his attempt to alienate Islam and Muslims. Like I have demonstrated in the previous articles, trickery and mischief mark the substance of his assertions, which go as low as to lie about historical, religious, and political facts. In this final part of my book review, I shed light on his striking technique of disfiguring facts. Historical Fa ...

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Muslim Association Purchase Synagogue, Converts it to Mosque

Rabat - Al Badr Muslim Association has reportedly purchased the premises of the synagogue Or Torah located near the Saint-Charles train station in Marseille, France. Purchased for approximately $400,000, the Muslim Association will reopen the religious site as a mosque this summer, hoping to cater to a growing number of worshipers. According to the French daily La Provence, Saint Dominique Street already ha ...

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French Imam Says Hijab is a ’20th Century Invention’

Rabat - Tareq Oubrou, director of the Bordeaux Mosque, said on May 7 that wearing a hijab, or Islamic headscarf, is not a mandatory religious practice for women. The Bordeaux imam, in an interview with Anne Sinclair on Europe 1, said that the Islamic headscarf is a practice invented at the end of the twentieth century. Acoording to Oubrou, in Islam, "the principle of [modest] clothing is to achieve decency ...

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A Third of all Attacks in U.S. in December Were Hate Crimes Against Muslims 

Rabat - Attacks against Muslims in the United States constituted roughly a third of all “attacks" in the country during December 2015, according to a new report by Georgetown University's Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding released earlier this week.  Though the study did not specifically define what kinds of crimes comprise “all attacks last year,” it attributed the rise in ...

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Spain to Teach Islam In Public Schools Next Year

Taroudante - Spain is aiming to teach Islam Studies at public schools nationwide starting from the next school year in a bid to counter extremism. The aim of the Spanish government is to let the students be exposed to a "moderate" interpretation of the religion. According to the Gatestone Institute, the decision is also aimed at stirring religious fervor and “promoting Islamic identity among young Muslims i ...

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