Posts Tagged ‘Islam’

NZ’s largest Islamic centre to be built in Auckland Comments 0

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

The Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand (FIANZ) has obtained permission to build an Islamic Vocational Centre in Auckland. The purpose of the Centre is also to attract members of other communities to come and to get to know Islam better. It is hoped it will to promote friendship and understanding between the communities Read more

Islamic scholar receives major US peace award Comments 0

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen has been presented with a prestigious peace award at the alma mater of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. The Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College in Atlanta honoured Gülen with its 2015 Gandhi King Ikeda Peace Award. The award was made in recognition of Gülen’s “life-long dedication to Read more

Muslims welcomed by Jews and Christians Comments 0

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Muslims will take up full representation at the Wellington Council of Christians and Jews, which will re-launch as the Wellington Abrahamic Council on 14 April at an event at Parliament hosted by the Attorney General, Hon Chris Finlayson. Jewish Co-chair Dave Moskovitz said that the Council had welcomed Muslims at all meetings since 2007, and Read more

New York archbishop says ISIS perverts religion as IRA did Comments 1

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015
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ISIS is no more Muslim than the Irish Republican Army was Catholic, the Archbishop of New York has said. During an interview on CNN, Cardinal Timothy Dolan said: “The IRA claimed to be Catholic. They were baptised. They had a Catholic identity.” But, he continued, “what they were doing was a perversion of everything the Read more

What Islamic State really wants Comments 0

Friday, February 20th, 2015

What is the Islamic State? Where did it come from, and what are its intentions? The simplicity of these questions can be deceiving, and few Western leaders seem to know the answers. In December, The New York Times published confidential comments by Major General Michael K. Nagata, the Special Operations commander for the United States Read more

Monis’ madness not of Islam Comments 0

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott refuses to link hostage taker Man Haron Monis with Islam. “We don’t blame the Pope for the IRA, and we don’t blame the Catholics living next door for the folly of some people, the folly and madness of some people who may claim a Christian motivation. And I think we Read more

Islam on the rise in PNG Comments 0

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

In recent years the number of Papua New Guinean Christians who have converted to Islam has been considerable. According to the recently released 2011 Census data, the Islamic population in rural areas of PNG has risen from about 300 in the year 2000 to 1352 in 2011. They are concentrated mainly in the Highlands, especially in Read more

ISIS drives Muslims from Islam Comments 0

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

The Islamic State has visibly attracted young Muslims from all over the world to its violent movement to build a caliphate in Iraq and Syria. But here’s what’s less visible — the online backlash against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL, by young Muslims declaring their opposition to rule by Islamic law, Read more

Pope: dialogue door with Islamic State always open Comments 0

Friday, November 28th, 2014

Pope Francis said while dialogue with the Islamic State may seem a long way off, he would never close the door. Admitting dialogue with the likes of the Islamic State may seem impossible, the Holy Father replied, “I never count anything as lost. Never. Never close the door. It’s difficult, you could say almost impossible, but the Read more

Prince Charles says silence on Christian persecution must end Comments 0

Friday, November 7th, 2014
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The Prince of Wales says Muslim leaders must warn their followers about the tragedy of the persecution of Christians in the Middle East and elsewhere. Prince Charles recorded a video message for the launch of a report by the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need. He said that faith leaders must ensure their Read more