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Muslim Woman Creates Hijarbie, a Barbie That Wears Hijab 

New York - Haneefah Adam, a 24-year-old from Nigeria, is the creator of the Hijarbie, a Barbie that wears hijabs and hand-sewn clothes designed by her.   Adam runs the Hijarbie twitter account, which was set up eight weeks ago and now has more than 20,000 followers. She has received requests from around the world to buy her dolls. "I thought I had not seen Barbie dressed in a hijab before so I decided to op ...

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Scottish Man Tells How He Converted to Islam Without Meeting a Muslim

By Jonathan Walsh Rabat - In an article published by The Independent, Alan Rooney, a middle-aged Scottish man, detailed his 18-month transition to Islam. Rooney describes how his journey to Islam began during a holiday to Turkey, where hearing the call to prayer  “woke something up inside me, and inspired me to begin a spiritual quest. ” Upon returning to Scotland, he immediately purchased a copy of the Qur ...

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Vatican Radio Highlights Morocco’s Leadership in Combating Religious Extremism

Vatican City – Vatican Radio hailed Morocco’s leadership in combating religious extremism, highlighting the various initiatives taken by King Mohammed VI in this regard. The Radio highlighted the creation of the Mohammed VI Institute for Training Imams, Murshidins and Murshidats (religious preachers) in March 2015 in Rabat, with the aim to promote the values of moderate Islam. In its report about the confer ...

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High Atlas Foundation Partners with Clinton Global Initiative in Tree Planting Project near Marrakesh

By Colette Apelian Marrakech - Unfortunately, we are living in a time in which interfaith relations are usually reduced to negative caricatures defined by the Israeli Palestinian conflict, the so-called Islamic State madness, or the Charlie-Hebdo massacre.  What is often forgotten in the media coverage is the long history of co-existence and the commonalities between persons of different faiths or, what the ...

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Pew Survey: Republicans Okay Blunt Talk About Islam, Democrats Favor Caution

Rabat - A new survey released on February 3 revealed a sharp difference between Democrats and Republicans on the matter of how the next president of the United States should speak about Islam and Islamic extremism. The Pew Research Center survey found that Americans are divided along partisan lines with regard to whether the next president should “speak bluntly about extremism even if it means being critica ...

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Tea Party Criticizes School for Teaching Students Allah is Same God in the Bible

By Jonathan Walsh Rabat- A local branch of the far-right US political movement, the Tea Party, have claimed that middle school students in Roane County, Tennessee are being indoctrinated into Islam by their seventh grade social studies curriculum. Roane County Tea Party members assert that students recite Islamic prayers in class and are taught that Allah is the same God that exists in the Hebrew Bible. Fur ...

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“Islam and Terrorism”: An Islamophobia Bible (Part 3)

Casablanca - In the first part of this article series published I introduced Mark A. Gabriel’s Islamophobic book Islam and terrorism, and provided a general review of it. In the second part I delved into the first discursive technique, Decontextualizing the Texts, which is used by the author to arise a feeling of hostility toward Islam and Muslims. This article dissects another technique, Nurturing Fear, wh ...

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U.K. To Deport Muslim Women Who Do Not Learn English

New York - British Prime Minister David Cameron announced that his government will begin to deport Muslim women immigrants who have not learned English after two and a half years of living in the United Kingdom. The British government announced a plan to facilitate the teaching of the kingdom’s official language to the hundreds of thousands of Muslim women residing in the U.K., according to a report by Spai ...

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Czech President Calls Muslim Integration ‘Practically Impossible” in Europe

Rabat - Czech President Milos Zeman, known for his outspoken anti-migrant rhetoric, said on Sunday that Muslim integration in Western Europe is “practically impossible.” President Zeman, 71, said that Islamic “culture” should not be taken into Europe, or else “it will end up like Cologne,” referring to the large number of sexual assaults on New Year's Eve in the German city. "The experience of Western Europ ...

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Islam on the Rise in Mexico

New York - On a flight back from a trip home to Mexico, I warily opened an old copy of Newsweek en Español I had found in my aunt's house in Chihuahua. The picture of a Muslim woman in hijab graced its cover and the feature story was titled "The Muslim World In Mexico: Islam is the Religion that Gains Most Followers in the World and Our Country Joins this Tendency." I was not sure what to expect. I was happ ...

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Muslims and the Struggle for the Image of Islam

By Ikrame Chibani Rabat - While scrolling down my newsfeed on one of the popular social networks, I was astonished by the number of articles that focus on tarnishing Islam as a religion. It is annoying to see how the media has cleverly succeeded in shifting people’s attention to this religion, as if there is nothing left to tackle as a real danger menacing humanity as a whole. This matter sadly demonstrates ...

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Video: British Muslims Talk About Islamophobia in U.K.

Miami - In a powerful video published on YouTube titled “Do You Know Who I Am?” a number of young British Muslims open up about the Islamophobia they face in the United Kingdom. According to Dazed Digital, author of the video, since the Paris attacks of November 13, Islamophobia in the United Kingdom has risen to 300 percent, with an average of over 115 hate-crimes in one week. “Do You Know Who I Am?” recor ...

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