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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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Group of Germans Visit Mosque to Know About Islam

Taroudante - A group of Germans who seeking to learn about Islam visited a mosque headed by the Islamic Society of National Vision (IGMG) in Cologne, Germany on April 18. The group was supervised by Thomas Bonig, president of Kulturklüngel association. During their visit, the Germans asked questions about many aspects of Islam. They interviewed Muslims in the mosque about the Prophet Muhammad, the month of ...

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King Mohammed VI Calls for Facing Anti-Islam Rhetoric in the West

Istanbul - King Mohammed VI on Thursday called on Islamic countries to design and implement appropriate strategies and reform programs to face a situation that has worsened with the spread within western communities of Islamophobia, along with fear, suspicion and hatred towards Muslim minorities, during the last decades. "The identification and critical analysis of the causes behind the current situation, a ...

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British Library’s Oldest Quran Copies Now Online

Taroudant - The British Library's Digitized Manuscripts website claims to have one of the oldest copies of the Quran, dating back to the eighth century. The Library said that the old manuscript, which was compiled more than 1,200 years ago and arrived in Europe about 130 years ago, is now fully digitized and available online. Placed on the library’s digitized manuscripts website, it comprises 121 folios con ...

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Anti-Semitism in Morocco: A Complicated Issue

By Bourchachene Wail Rabat - It's not strange to find Hitler's book ''Mein Kampf'' sold on Moroccan streets. According to Hamid, a Casablanca book seller, many people come to him specifically to buy ''Mein Kampf.'' “People ask for it, even tourists do. We ran out of copies last summer,” he said. Library de France also has multiple copies of Mein Kampf. According to the store’s owner, copies are brought by r ...

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Italy’s Florence to Build ‘Mega-mosque’ in its Cultural Center

Taroudant - In Tuscany, the Florence city council has confirmed that it is reviewing plans to build a “mega-mosque” to serve as a large Islamic cultural centre and new home for Muslim worshippers, seeing as how the city's central mosque can no longer cope with its 1,000-member-strong congregation. According to The Local, Florence has pledged to locate premises for a "mega-mosque" in its historic centre to a ...

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Five-Year-Old Muslim Boy’s Story Demonstrates How Children Suffer Due to Islamophobia

By Rachid Moukhabir Boston - Today, I would like to share with you the true story of a five-year-old Muslim boy named Mohamed. One day Mohamed came home from school angry, eager to tell his father what happened in class. “My friend John told me that he hates Muslims,” Mohamed said. His father was shocked but initially pretended not to hear his son. Still, Mohamed continued, telling his father, “That means h ...

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Survey Shows American Muslims Face More discrimination than Jews, Christians

Rabat - A new survey by the U.S.-based Institute for Social Policy and Understanding suggests that though American Muslims are far more likely to face religious discrimination, they are the most optimistic, democratic, and anti-violent religious group in the country, when compared to their Jewish, Protestant and Catholic counterparts. The institute surveyed over 800 religious Americans, 515 of whom were Mus ...

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Moroccan Scholar: Quran Verses Guarantee Gender Equality in Inheritance

Rabat - A Moroccan scholar says that several Quranic verses guarantee gender equality in inheritance. Several verses of the Quran include direct references to the equality between men and women, but these values have not been fully implemented in Islamic societies, according to Researcher Asma Morabet of the Center for the Study and Research of Women’s Issues in Islam. During a press conference organized by ...

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Far-Right Spanish Group Vandalizes Madrid Mosque

Taroudant - A far-right Spanish group targeted a mosque in Madrid on Monday in a "protest" following the terrorist attacks in Brussels, which caused the deaths of 31 people and left over 200 people injured. According to Spanish media, the far-right group Hogar Social Madrid (Madrid Social Home) lit flares and hung a sign asking "Today Brussels, tomorrow Madrid?" The far-right group posted on its Facebook pa ...

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US: Employer Dismissed for Asking Olympic Fencer to Remove Her Hijab

Rabat - South by Southwest officials have apologized to the Muslim Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad after she was denied registration at the festival in Austin, Texas on Saturday for wearing a hijab. The organizers of South by Southwest, an annual set of film, interactive media, and music festivals that takes place in mid-March in Austin, Texas in the United States, were angered by their employer who asked M ...

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Egypt’s Justice Minister Dismissed for “insulting Prophet”

Rabat - Egypt's Prime Minister Sharif Ismail has sacked the Justice Minister Ahmed al-Zind after his remarks on a television interview on Friday, saying that he would arrest even “a prophet” if he broke the law. In response to the rage of the Egyptians, the Prime Minister Sharif Ismail has reportedly decided to “dismiss Justice Minister Ahmed al-Zind from his post,” according to a statement from the premier ...

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