Posts Tagged ‘Islam’

Scholar says term ‘Allah’ predates Islam Comments 0

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

An Indonesian scholar says Muslims who believe the term “Allah” is exclusive to Islam are “confused”. Ulil Abshar Abdalla said the word predates Islam and is a general Arabic term used to refer to God. Malaysia has declared the word “Allah” should only be used by Muslims, exclusively. Ulil was denied entry into Malaysia earlier Read more

Australia to have national mosque open day to fight prejudice Comments 0

Friday, October 10th, 2014
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Nine mosques in Australia will open their doors to the public later this month in an effort to help overcome prejudices and misunderstandings. The first national mosque open day, to be held on October 25, will see non-Muslims invited to take tours of mosques and to ask questions of Islamic leaders. It will be followed Read more

Islam’s pilgrimage to Mecca, Hajj 2014 Comments 0

Friday, October 3rd, 2014
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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

Caritas NZ pledges $10,000 for displaced families in Iraq Comments 0

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand has pledged an initial $10,000 to help thousands of families affected by war and sectarian violence in Iraq. The funds will support the work of Caritas in Iraq to provide humanitarian aid to these families. Caritas is among the first organisations to supply food, water, bedding and essential living supplies, and Read more

Why the West is afraid of Islam Comments 0

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
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Fear of Islamic radicalism cows the West into silence on Christian persecution. In perhaps the only sign of action from the West to the increased intensity of Christian persecution, France has opened itself up to refugees from Iraq, who are being driven out under pain of death by ISIS. This is a welcome reversion to Read more

A modern Inquisition: from Spain to Syria Comments 0

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
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My family name, “Maron,” is a vestige of and a testament to the human capacity to hate. My family tradition tells the story of my ancestors’ expulsion — along with hundreds of thousands of other Jews — from the Iberian Peninsula by royal Spanish decree in 1492 following an era of great success and coexistence Read more

Beyond Ukraine and Gaza: the battle for the soul of the west Comments 0

Friday, August 1st, 2014
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As the current conflicts in Gaza and Ukraine continue to dominate international headlines, it is worth stepping back and taking a longer view. The forces fighting Israel are essentially the same as those trying to remove Bashar al-Assad in Syria and those seeking to take over Afghanistan on the borders with Russia – radical Sunni Read more

Prophet Jonah’s burial site destroyed by militants Comments 0

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Islamic militants have blown up a shrine traditionally regarded as the burial place of the Old Testament prophet Jonah. ISIS militants ordered everyone out of the mosque of the Prophet Younis (Jonah) in Mosul in Iraq on July 24, before blowing it up. The mosque was built on an archaeological site dating back to the Read more

Diplomats work to help re-arrested Meriam Ibrahim Comments 0

Friday, June 27th, 2014

American and South Sudanese diplomats have been summoned to Khartoum after Christian Meriam Ibrahim and her family were detained. On June 24, an appeals court overturned Ms Ibrahim’s death sentence and she was freed from prison. But Ms Ibrahim and her family were apprehended at Khartoum Airport and detained, reportedly over issues with travel documents. Her husband had Read more

Doubts over death row release for Sudan Christian mother Comments 0

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
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A Sudanese Christian mother sentenced to death for apostasy is to be released from prison, a Sudan foreign ministry official says. Meriam Ibrahim would be “freed within days in line with legal procedure that will be undertaken by the judiciary and the ministry of justice”, said Abdullah Alazreg. But Mrs Ibrahim’s lawyer, Mohanned Mustapha, told Read more