Posts Tagged ‘Islam’

Pilgrimage is at the heart of major religions Comments 0

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Australian nurse Nelley Youssef is immersed in a sea of millions of white-robed pilgrims doing the tawaf of the Kaaba, the black cuboid structure at the heart of Masjid Al-Haram mosque in Mecca, Saudia Arabia. She takes tiny, shuffling steps as she completes seven anti-clockwise laps that form one of many rituals she completes as Read more

Day opens eyes to richness of Islam Comments 0

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

The Islam Open Day held at Aotea Square in central Auckland yesterday aimed to allow people to discover the world of Islam from different perspectives and featured exhibitions on art, religion, science, history, society and culture as well as food and clothing stalls. The open day marked the end of Islam Awareness Week, presented by Read more

Ignatius and Islam Comments 1

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

It’s a special time in the Islamic world, and in the Ignatian world, too. For the last month, Muslims have been celebrating the holy month of Ramadan, a time of fasting, almsgiving, and praying over God’s revelation. For those at Jesuit institutions — schools, parishes, and organizations inhabiting the spirit of St. Ignatius of Loyola Read more

Suggestion that empty French churches become mosques Comments 0

Friday, June 19th, 2015

France’s top Muslim official says 5000 mosques are needed in that nation, and has suggested converting abandoned Catholic churches. Dalil Boubakeur, rector of the Grand Mosque in Paris and the president of the French Council of Muslim Faith, said: “It’s a delicate issue, but why not?” There are currently about 2500 mosques in France with Read more

Vatican paper slams Texas event that depicted Mohammed Comments 1

Friday, May 8th, 2015
Garland gunmen resized

The Vatican’s newspaper has criticised an event in Texas featuring caricatures of Islam’s prophet Mohammed, at which there was violence. On Sunday, two gunmen, Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, allegedly shot and wounded a security guard near the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest at Garland, Texas. The two gunmen were subsequently killed by local police. Media Read more

Islamic school keeps watchful cyber eye on students Comments 0

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Teachers at New Zealand’s biggest Islamic school are monitoring students’ online activity in light of increasing international concerns over how extremist groups are using the internet to recruit members. Principal of Mangere’s Al-Madinah School, Asin Ali, told the Herald on Sunday that cyber-monitoring of his 550 students was being conducted, including scanning for extremist-related material. Read more

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
IRA ISIS pic resized

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