Athens: thousands protest against racism and Islamophobia

ATHENS — Thousands of immigrants in Greece have taken to the streets to protest anti-Muslim sentiments and racist attacks against foreigners in a country plagued by a huge debt crisis. “This is a first action against the racist pogroms of the police which encourage the neo-Nazis of Golden Dawn to come out in neighborhoods...

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Atheists Ignore Islamophobia at their Peril

by Chris Stedman (Religion Dispatches) When I first heard that a white supremacist opened fire on a Sikh gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin a few weeks ago, I froze. My stomach lurched and my thoughts turned to the friends I’d made in the Sikh community through my work as an atheist and interfaith activist. In the wake of the...

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Pakistani Muslims Speak Out For Rimsha Masih

It isn’t only Muslims in the West condemning the persecution meted out against Rimsha Masih but many Pakistanis, including leading scholars.: Pakistani Muslims have come out in support of a Christian girl with learning difficulties who is being held in prison, in an unprecedented public denunciation of the Pakistani...

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Mosque Rally Offers Unity Message

Hundreds turned out Saturday at Landreth Park in a show of solidarity with area Muslims after their mosque was destroyed in a suspected arson fire on Aug. 6. Neighbors-Joplin Mosque Rally, as it was called, was organized by Ozark Christian College student Ashley Carter. “If this was arson, to the person who did this, I pray...

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Ancient Mosque Unearthed in Bangladesh

This find may likely have repercussions for our understanding of the early spread of Islam in this region.: In a remote village in northern Bangladesh, an amateur archaeologist has discovered the remains of a mosque believed to be built in the 7th century. Villagers initially stumbled on the site where they found ancient...

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The Future of Religious Minorities in the Muslim World

The treatment of minorities in Muslim majority nations was in the news once again recently with the appalling case of Rimsha Masih. Muslim scholars in Pakistan have called for the young girls release, and Muslims in the USA are not silent either. The issue of the present and future of religious minorities globally and...

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Shades Of The Old Punjab

by CHANDER SUTA DOGRA, Outlook India Brothers In Arms Around 200 mosques across Punjab have been repaired, rebuilt or built from scratch with the help of Sikhs and Hindus in the last 10 years Many destroyed during Partition riots are now being restored by village communities In some cases, the Jamaat-e-Islami is involved,...

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Where’s My Space to Pray in This Mosque?

By Hind Makki I’d like to share with you a story from the reign of Umar, the second Caliph of Islam (may God be pleased with him) which carries powerful lessons today. One of the wives of Umar bin Al-Khattab used to offer the Fajr and the Isha prayers in congregation in the Mosque. She was asked why she had come out for the...

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