Posts Tagged ‘Islam’

Muslims and Islam: key findings, U.S. and around the world Comments 0

Friday, December 11th, 2015
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Muslims are the fastest-growing religious group in the world. The growth and regional migration of Muslims, combined with the ongoing impact of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and other extremist groups that commit acts of violence in the name of Islam, have brought Muslims and the Islamic faith to the forefront of Read more

UK Muslim convert to Christianity has kneecap smashed Comments 6

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015
Bradford Muslim attack resized

A UK man has been seriously assaulted by a gang as a result of his converting from Islam to Christianity. Father-of-six Nissar Hussain from Bradford was left needing surgery after the group broke his kneecap and hand on Wednesday. A pickaxe handle was used by one of the assailants. Mr Hussain, 49, is recovering in Read more

Paris: the problem is deeper than criminal acts Comments 1

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015
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There’s something profoundly rotten about cultures that can give birth to the murderous behaviour on show in Paris last Friday. This is just the latest and probably most visible instance because it happened in one of the hubs of the European and North American news media. These hubs make things that happen in too many other Read more

Islam has helped show the world the real Sonny Bill Comments 0

Friday, November 6th, 2015
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The world is in love with Sonny Bill Williams. One of his closest friends, Australian boxer Anthony Mundine, a fellow Muslim, says a huge part of the change he has undergone is down his conversion to Islam. During the Rugby World Cup Sonny Bill Gave away his medal to a 14 year old boy. Mingling Read more

Pilgrimage is at the heart of major religions Comments 0

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015
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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
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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