Somalian becomes first Muslim woman to referee a football match in Britain

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Somalia-born Jawahir Roble made history by becoming the first Muslim woman to referee a football match in the UK.The 24-year-old, known as JJ, is a qualified referee at the UK Football Association who is currently finishing off her second season, according to the Daily Mail. Now, she now dreams of refereeing at the Champions LeagueAn immigrant girl, with eight siblings, JJ moved from war-torn Somalia to UK with her family as a child.Though she started studying IT at university, she made the ...

Muslim beaten to death in India for allegedly killing a cow

Sunday, 20 May 2018

A Muslim man accused of killing a cow was beaten to death by a mob in central India, police said Sunday, the latest vigilante murder over the animal considered sacred by Hindus. Siraj Khan, a 45-year-old tailor, was attacked in the Satna district of Madhya Pradesh state early Friday and died at the scene, local police official Arvind Tiwari told AFP. Kahn’s friend Shakeel Maqbool, who was also attacked, was admitted to hospital with critical injuries. As details of the violent assault ...

Thousands protest in Bosnia over killings of 2 young men

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Thousands of Bosnians demanded Tuesday that authorities find the truth behind the deaths more than two years apart of a Muslim and a Serb, bridging Bosnia’s ethnic divide with a protest calling for an end to alleged government corruption and negligence.Holding banners reading “Who is protecting the killers?” and “We want the truth,” the protesters in the capital of Sarajevo accused authorities of covering up the killings of David Dragicevic and Dzenan Memic.Memic, ...

Why Saudi astronomers will find it harder to spot this year’s Ramadan crescent

Sunday, 13 May 2018

A number of Muslim scholars involved in the sighting of the Ramadan crescent have said it will be harder to spot this year. Astronomers look to the sky every year to find out when Islam’s holy fasting month of Ramadan begins as Muslims follow a lunar calendar consisting of 12 months in a year of 354 or 355 days. READ ALSO: What do religious authorities look for the night before Ramadan? Saudi astronomer Abdullah al-Khoudairi said astronomical calculations and weather conditions ...

Why Pakistan founder Jinnah’s portrait sparked violence at India’s Muslim university

Monday, 7 May 2018

Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), one of India’s central universities and a religious minority institution, has been in the news for all the wrong reasons recently.On 2nd May, a group of right-wing Hindu organizations entered into its campus – accompanied by a few local policemen – and raised slogans against Mohammed Ali Jinnah – the founder of Pakistan.They were demanding the removal of Jinnah’s portrait at the Students’ Union Hall within 48 hours. They also ...

Saudi cleric: Valentine’s Day is a social event, not associated with religion

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Saudi cleric and researcher Ahmed Qassem al-Ghamdi has said that the celebration of Valentine's Day is a positive social event that is not related to religion. Ghamdi, the former Director General of the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in Mecca, told Al Arabiya that the celebration of Mother's Day, Teacher's Day, National Day, birthdays or celebrating marriage anniversaries are occasions that strengthen human bonds. “It is a humane and a social matter and ...

French Muslim quits song show over post-attack tweets

Friday, 9 February 2018

The French Muslim woman, Mennel Ibtissem, has quit The Voice, a TV singing competition in France, amid criticism of comments she posted on Facebook after Islamic extremist attacks in 2016.Ibtissem drew nationwide attention for a moving performance Saturday on The Voice of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” A French-born woman of Syrian origin who wears a turban, Ibtissem notably sang one passage in Arabic.In the ensuing days she drew criticism for Facebook messages posted after ...

Invention of the term ‘preacher’ in Muslim societies

Friday, 9 February 2018

Islam did not forbid slavery. According to Islamic law, a Muslim can own slaves, buy them and sell them as he wishes. Despite this fact, Muslim societies have stopped practicing slavery and the slave market has been banned for a long time.This is natural and logical progress, as human beings naturally respond to social and cultural development. Other nations and peoples have similarly given up many old practices because many of them are no longer in keeping with the times.One of the most ...

Salah al-Sayer

Can Syrian society be saved?

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Can harmony be restored among Syrians after the flames of war are extinguished? Can they overcome hatred and grudges after six years of fighting one of the most hideous civil wars? How will the Sunni people from Aleppo, Homs, Hama and Idlib and the people of Madaya, Zabadani, Jawbar, Al-Yarmouk camp and Houran get over the atrocities committed by Assad’s forces, Nasrallah’s militias, Khamenei’s revolutionary guards, the Iraqi Popular Mobilization criminals and Afghan Hazaras? ...

Mashari Althaydi

Toronto police say hijab-cutting incident didn’t happen

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Police are disputing an 11-year-old girl’s claim that her hijab was cut by a scissors-wielding man as she walked to school last week. Toronto Police spokesman Mark Pugash said Monday an extensive investigation was conducted and police concluded it did not happen. The sixth-grader, her mother and her younger brother held a news conference at Pauline Johnson Junior Public School on Friday to air the allegation. ALSO READ: Canada schoolgirl attacked with scissors over hijab The girl, Khawlah ...

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