Posts Tagged ‘Islam’

Looking to Mecca from Ponsonby Comments 0

Friday, March 21st, 2014
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While New Zealand is becoming less religious overall, there’s greater diversity to the country’s religious make-up, according to the latest census. Most people who consider themselves religious identify as being Christian, however other religions are growing. The three that saw the biggest increase in followers between 2006 and 2013 are Hinduism, Islam and Sikhism. Meanwhile, the Read more

Top Ten worst places to be a Christain Comments 0

Friday, February 28th, 2014

The top ten countries for persecuting Christians over the last year were ranked: North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Maldives, Pakistan, Iran and Yemen, according to Open Doors USA, an organisation that monitors and exposes Christian persecution around the globe. Particularly, the “2014 World Watch List”, a rather nuanced report, has highlighted these Read more

Auckland Mosque to host an open day Comments 0

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at NZ are hosting an Open Mosque Day on 1 March 2014. The Baitul Muqeet Mosque in Wiri, Auckland was opened in November 2013 and is New Zealand’s largest purpose-built mosque. The day will include guided tours, an exhibition and literature, as well as refreshments and hospitality from the Ahmadiyya Muslim community. Continue reading

Muslim superhero vs real-life Islamophobia Comments 0

Friday, December 6th, 2013
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When Marvel Comics announced the debut of its latest superhero — a 16-year-old Pakistani-American Muslim from Jersey City, N.J. — it was correctly seen as a positive development. Created and written by two American Muslim women, Kamala Khan (aka Ms. Marvel) holds promise. But while Khan is a comic book character, she should not become Read more

Why Sonny Bill Williams converted to Islam Comments 0

Friday, November 29th, 2013
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On Wednesday Sonny Bill Williams became the first Kiwi to be named the Rugby League International Federation player of the year He says his Muslim Faith has helped him to become the man he is today. He grew up a Christian but  meeting a Tunisian family who lived with their five children in a one-bedroom Read more

Meat industry representatives attend World Muslim Forum Comments 0

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Meat industry representatives were busy at the World Muslim Forum in Auckland at the weekend. Meat Industry Association chief executive Tim Ritchie says he was there to show people at the forum how seriously New Zealand takes the halal – and that we have good systems and processes to ensure the meat is prepared as Read more

Islamic Centre opens in Suva Comments 0

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013
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An Islamic Centre has been opened in in Suva. “This centre is purposely for those iTaukei people that want to learn the basics of the Islam faith in the iTaukei language,” says Mohammed Ismail, who is a teacher at the new centre “Another reason we opened this centre is because it is easily accessible to Read more

Brunei moves to introduce national Sharia code Comments 0

Friday, October 25th, 2013

The Sultan of Brunei says his country will begin enforcing a tough Islamic penal code in six months’ time. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah said authorities had been considering the new Sharia Penal Code for years and it will be enforced in ‘phases’. Punishments under the Hudud code may include stoning for adultery, amputation for theft and Read more

Islam’s pilgrimage to Mecca – the Hajj Comments 0

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
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What is Hajj? The annual Hajj pilgrimage is one of the world’s largest gatherings, as hundreds of thousands of people flock to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to participate in one of Islam’s five pillars of faith. Muslims from all over the world will gather together for five days to pray as one community, celebrating their history Read more

Anti-Muslim rant MP builds bridges Comments 0

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Eight months after his notorious “Wogistan” anti-Muslim rant NZ First MP Richard Prosser says he received more messages of support than of criticism during the resulting furore – something he now has mixed feelings about. Continue reading