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Between Austria and Morocco: How I Found Islam

By Gunda Pietsch- Vienna In my family, religion was never a big topic. My mother and my father left the church before I was born. Whether or not there is a God, He was never discussed. My opinions on the topic changed with whatever particular attitude towards life I was having at any given time. About three years ago, for instance, I believed that what happened in my life was up to me entirely and that afte ...

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“Hero” of Nador’s Controversial Facebook Kiss Tells his Story

Sidi Ifni- Mouhssin, a Moroccan teenager who was arrested alongside a girl for posting pictures of themselves kissing online, has found the courage to tell his real story and apologize to everyone for sparking this alleged controversy.  In a video posted on YouTube, Mouhsin said that it was the girl who posted the pictures and that he did not expect that they would be arrested for the kiss. "A week after th ...

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Muslims around the world celebrate first day of Eid al-Adha

Jeddah- Muslim worshipers around the world are gathering at mosques for dawn prayers to mark the beginning of the four-day Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha on Friday. Eid al-Adha - the Feast of Sacrifice - marks the end of hajj, an annual pilgrimage undertaken by some 1.5 million Muslims this year in Saudi Arabia. The holiday commemorates Prophet Abraham’s willingness to obey God’s command to sacrifice his son ...

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Moroccan kiss, Muslim society shaken by Internet effect

  by Omar Brouksy RABAT- The trial of three teenagers for posting photos of themselves kissing on Facebook has sparked a storm of online protest in Morocco, where conservative Muslim values are being challenged on the Internet. The offending couple, a boy and a girl aged 15 and 14, and their 15-year-old male friend who took the photos outside their school in the northern town of Nador, were arrested last we ...

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Drop ‘absurd’ kissing charges, Amnesty urges Morocco

RABAT- Amnesty International on Thursday urged Morocco to immediately drop what it called "absurd charges" against a teenage couple arrested after a photo of them kissing was posted on Facebook. The case has sparked outrage, with activists threatening to lock lips in a group "kiss-in" outside parliament on Saturday in protest. The young couple and a male friend who took the photo outside their school in the ...

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Two bearded Muslim boys banned from classroom in UK

LONDON- The school is in talks with the two boys' families and the Council of Lancashire Mosques in an attempt to resolve the issue. Two 14 year-old Muslim boys have been barred from classes and placed in isolation after refusing to shave their beards. Both boys were placed in “isolation” at the start of the new term at Mount Carmel Roman Catholic High School in Accrington, UK. According to the school, bear ...

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France “secular chart”: a new chart banning the wearing of religious symbols in schools

TAROUDANT- Morocco - France’s Minister of Education, Vincent Peillon, introduced Monday the "secular chart" which will be into force in all public schools in France this week. The "secular chart", including 15 items of neutrality, will be posted in "reception areas and passages of schools” in all public educational institutions of the republic, banning the wearing of religious symbols in schools. The Articl ...

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Christian missionary adopts Islam

By Mehmet Ozcan SAKARYA- After years of efforts to persuade Muslims to adopt Christianity, Musa Bangura now calls on people to choose Islam Musa Bangura, a 45-year old Christian missionary from Sierra Leone, who travelled to different places in Africa telling people about Christianity and Jesus Christ has adopted Islam. Abandoned by his wife and his family after he decided to become a Muslim, Musa Bangura i ...

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Signs saying “no Muslim parking” placed near a mosque in Texas

By Youssef Sourgo Morocco World News Casablanca, August 10, 2013 In September 2012, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, an organization notorious for its hostile stance against Islam, placed innumerable anti-Islam adds in thirty-nine subway stations across New York City, begging the public to “Support Israel” and “defeat jihad,” equating Muslims with savages. Pamela Geller, co-founder of AFDI, has play ...

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Ramadan: a self-development month: scenarios of positive change

By Youssef Sourgo Morocco World News Casablanca, July 14, 2013 Ramadan is an exceptional month by all criteria. It is a month of positive transformation. Many deem it the month of substantial change. There is an indefinable sense of motivation that the holiness of the month injects in one’s mind and heart. Muslims exploit this spiritual impetus to change the most tenacious bad habits that have clung to them ...

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The misperception of feminism

By Erin Geneva Morocco World News Rabat, July 5, 2013 Feminism is an often misunderstood ideology. Misperceptions of feminism range from a belief that those who call themselves feminists believe they are superior to men, to opinions that affirm feminists eschew all that is traditionally feminine, or also perceptions that feminism is purely concerned with the subjugation of women through patriarchy. Yet, by ...

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Muslim leaders in Britain condemn sexual grooming

London, June 28, 2013 (AFP) A sermon condemning the sexual grooming of young girls was delivered Friday at 500 mosques across Britain after a series of trials in which men predominantly of South Asian origin were convicted. The speech highlighted how the Koran condemns all forms of sexual indecency and urged Muslims to protect children and vulnerable people in their communities. The move follows cases in Ox ...

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