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Inauguration of Pro-gay Mosque in South Africa Sparks Controversy

Washington D.C. - Controversy surrounded the opening of what is proclaimed to be South Africa’s first ‘open mosque’ Friday, when a small group of people protested outside the gates at the mosque’s inaugural prayer.   The mosque, which welcomes people from all genders, religions and sexual orientations, was founded by Taj Hargey, a professor at the Muslim Educational Center of Oxford. “In South Africa 20 yea ...

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Morocco, Guinea Sign Draft Agreement to Train 500 Guinean Imams

Rabat - A draft agreement to train 500 Guinean imams (religious leaders) in Morocco was signed on Wednesday in Rabat, in the presence of Guinea's PM Mohamed Said Fofana. Signed by minister of endowments and Islamic Affairs Ahmed Toufiq and secretary general of Guinea's religious affairs ministry Hadj Abdellah Jassi, the agreement touches on the training, in the first place, of 100 imams currently working in ...

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Iran: a Man Sentenced to Death for Insulting the Prophet

Rabat- An Iranian social media activist has been reportedly sentenced to death for his alleged insult of the prophet Mohammed (PBUH). On Sunday, the Tehran-based court reportedly sentenced Souhail Arabi, a 30-year-old social media activist to death and 3 years in prison, over’ insulting the prophet charges’, local media reported. Souhail Arabi who is the father of 5-year-old child was detained in Evin priso ...

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List of Stars who Observe Ramadan Fasting

Taroudant, Morocco- The International Business Times published this week a list of the world's most famous Muslim converts who, like millions of Muslims around the world, are observing the Holy Month of Ramadan. Some of the names included on list have identified as Muslims for a long time and are familiar with fasting during Ramadan, but others that are new to Islam may find the new experience somewhat chal ...

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Nigerian man Sent to Mental Hospital After He Renounced Islam

Taroudant, Morocco- The Muslim community usually welcomes those who renounce their religions and convert to Islam, but when a Muslim openly renounces his or her faith, he or she may face ostracism or even harsh punishment by their society. According to the German news agency DPA, a Nigerian man’s family had him committed to a mental institute in Kano state, northwest Nigeria, for denying his belief in God. ...

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Sudan: Woman Sentenced to Death for ‘Renouncing Islam’

Rabat- A Sudanese court sentenced a woman to death for “renouncing Islam” and embracing Christianity.  According to CNN, before the verdict, the court gave the woman until Thursday to recant her Christian faith, but she refused.  "I am a Christian, and I will remain a Christian," she was quoted by CNN as saying. The court considered her to be Muslim although she was raised Christian, according to the same s ...

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Muslim Man Gives a Needy His Shoes, Walks Home Barefoot

Taroudant, Morocco- A charitable act of kindness by a selfless Muslim in the bus on Saturday, April 20 has touched the hearts of millions and elicited appreciative responses all over the world. The wonderful story of this simple act of selflessness and true human character went viral in the social media. Its hero is a Muslim who gave his own shoes and socks to a needy barefoot in the in a bus in Vancouver, ...

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Film at 9/11 Museum causes uproar over reference to Islam

Taroudant, Morocco- The film "The Rise of Al Qaeda" that will be presented on May 21 at the opening of the National September 11 Memorial Museum caused an uproar among an "advisory group made up of clergy from different faiths" for it "unfairly links Islam and terrorism," according to Associated Press. The film, a short documentary, refers to the terrorists, who were behind the attacks of the 9/11, as Islam ...

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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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