Posts Tagged ‘Islam’

A case for teaching Islam in NZ schools Comments 0

Monday, November 16th, 2020
islam

In countries like the United Kingdom and across Europe, although a large number of Muslims follow the traditional Islamic way of life, there is concern around the number of Muslims becoming radicalised in their religion. How could this happen in advanced western countries and what lessons can be drawn to avoid this happening in New Read more

Language, love, laïcité and violence Comments 0

Monday, November 9th, 2020
Language, love, laïcité and violence

I write in support of Imam Gamal Foude’s comments on the need for love and respect in combatting violence. With all due respect to French leaders, I think they could start by reviewing the implications of laïcité. At this time, they have much to say about “Islamic terrorism”.  Worse, some of the language they are Read more

Christchurch imam suggests France copy NZs post-terror attack response Comments 0

Thursday, November 5th, 2020

A Christchurch imam wants France’s president to take a lesson from New Zealand’s response to extremist violence. Imam Gamal Fouda spoke out after two beheadings and the murders of three people at a Catholic church in Nice. The attacks are abhorrent and contradict “the tolerant teachings of Islam and all good human values,” he says. Read more

New Zealand ranked the most ‘Islamic country in the world’ in annual index Comments 0

Monday, November 2nd, 2020

New Zealand has been named the country that most fits Islamic ideals for the second year in a row, but the area of everyday finance is still difficult for Muslims, says a financial commentator. In the 2019 Islamicity index, released earlier this year, New Zealand is ranked first overall, followed by Sweden, Iceland, the Netherlands, Read more

Pakistani court validates marriage of girl, 13 to man, 44 Comments 0

Monday, November 2nd, 2020

A high court in Pakistan, ruling against a Catholic family whose 13-year-old daughter was allegedly abducted by a 44-year-old Muslim man, validated the girl’s marriage to her reported abductor. “Arzoo Raja had been taken from outside her home on October 13 and two days later, as the family searched for her, police announced that they Read more

Emmanuel Macron denounces Islamists’ politico-religious project in France Comments 0

Monday, October 5th, 2020

In a key speech, the French President Emmanuel Macron has outlined plans to halt the growing influence of radical Islamists in France, warned that some were pursuing an organised “politico-religious” project in sports clubs and youth groups to indoctrinate youngsters and adopting separatist behaviour in some workplaces. Speaking in Les Mureaux, north west of Paris Read more

Grand Imam says Christianity and Islam not at war Comments 0

Thursday, September 17th, 2020
Christianity and Islam

The Grand Imam of al Azhar says religious differences between Christianity and Islam have never been the basis of wars. Instead, the two religions had been exploited to make it appear so. “We believe with certainty that Islam and Christianity have never been the origin of wars and conflicts, but rather religious faiths represent the Read more

What is Islam’s appeal to Māori? Comments 0

Thursday, August 20th, 2020
Māori

As demonstrated by census data and various academic studies, conversion to Islam has been on the rise in Aotearoa New Zealand. Following the 2019 Christchurch attacks, three to five people a day were converting at a Wellington mosque, according to the International Muslim Association of New Zealand. Among Māori, there is a particular interest in Read more

Five South Park episodes pulled for mocking Islam Comments 0

Monday, June 29th, 2020

Five South Park episodes have been pulled from US video on demand streaming service, HBO Max, because they either feature or reference the Prophet Muhammad. In the past, the series creators have been similarly disrespectful of the Virgin Mary and the pope. Neither episodes were pulled. HBO Max agreed to exclude the five animated sitcom Read more

Muslim dad ‘beats and burns daughter for converting to Christianity from Islam’ Comments 0

Thursday, June 4th, 2020

A Muslim man allegedly beat and severely burned his daughter because he feared she was converting to Christianity, a religious watchdog claims. Rehema Kyomuhendo, 24, was talking on the phone one night to a Catholic friend of her dad, Sheikh Hussein Byaruhanga Husain, when he woke up and attacked her, she told Morning Star News. Read more