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Fethullah Gulen: Islam is Compatible with Democracy, Despite Turkey’s Recent Example

Fethullah Gulen: Islam is Compatible with Democracy, Despite Turkey’s Recent Example

The original article was published on Le Monde («L’échec de l’expérience démocratique turque n’est pas dû à l’adhésion aux valeurs islamiques mais à leur trahison») on February 25, 2019, by Fethullah Gülen.   Turkey was hailed as an example for a modern Muslim democracy during the early 2000s. The current ruling party that came to […]

Turning to Religion: Indonesia’s Widodo Plays the Islamic Card

Turning to Religion: Indonesia’s Widodo Plays the Islamic Card

Back in late 2009, a former military colleague of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was asked whether Indonesia would see the emergence of a new and more dynamic leader now that Yudhoyono was entering a second and mandated final term with nothing to lose and the economy riding the crest of an historic commodity boom. […]

The Various Festive Diary of Indi

The Various Festive Diary of Indi

Plundered for centuries, conquered multiple times, home to some of the oldest civilisations in the world, the birthplace of three major religions— Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhism—India is a country that is as diverse as the people that inhabit it. Therefore, to understand the festivals of India, one must first understand that India is a secular […]

Shirin Ebadi: 71 years as an activist

Shirin Ebadi: 71 years as an activist

She lives in the hearts of the oppressed and in the minds of millions who are her admirers— she is Shirin Ebadi. People refer to her as the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Iranian lawyer, human rights activist, and former lawyer. Just as the various titles suggest, she is a woman who can not be […]

Three Hotel Associations Signed an Agreement Allowing Muslim Employees to Wear Scarves

Three Hotel Associations Signed an Agreement Allowing Muslim Employees to Wear Scarves

Following the pronouncement of Malaysia as an Islamic state almost three decades ago, many things changed within the national community: from lifestyles, cultures, and right up to an increasing awareness towards Islamic values. Such values included the wearing of traditional headdresses (scarves or long dresses that cover the body from head to toe) by women, […]

Brussels attack believed to provoke action against Muslims

Brussels attack believed to provoke action against Muslims

Experts believe that with the Brussels attack and the actions by government there is bound to be a provoked overreaction against Muslim community. “The likely purpose of the attack is twofold: First, to erode the confidence of the citizens in their government’s ability to protect them; secondly, to provoke an overreaction against the Muslim community […]

“Muslim Emoji:” the first Islamic app for emoticons

“Muslim Emoji:” the first Islamic app for emoticons

A new app called “muslimemoji” was released for Android and IOS stores, a one-dollar application that has been identified as “the first Islamic app for emoticons.” The makers describe the application as the only application with over 100 Islamic emojis to be used with Messanger, Whatsapp, Email, and different platforms. According to them, it’s the […]

Egypt jails Christian students for insulting Islam

Egypt jails Christian students for insulting Islam

Four Coptic Christian school students, ages 15 and 16, have been sentenced on Thursday 25th February by a Minya court to five years in jail on charges of contempt of religion. Minya’s Juvenile Misdemeanor Court sentenced Mueller Atef, Albert Ashraf, and Bassem Amgad to five years in jail, and Clinton Magdy to juvenile custody for […]

“Chocolate” cleric ridiculed in Iraq

“Chocolate” cleric ridiculed in Iraq

Iraqis took to social media to ridicule a cleric who said in a sermon that people should cut down on chocolate bars to fight the economic crisis. A chocolate bar costs an average of 250 dinars (around 20 US cents) in Iraq, and it’s known to be one of Iraqis most loved snacks. At a […]

Afghan religious scholars issue fatwa against peace talks

Afghan religious scholars issue fatwa against peace talks

Maulana Mufti Mehmood Zakiri, chief of the Ittehad-e-Ulema-e-Afghanistan, has issued a fatwa, declaring peace negotiations in the presence of foreign forces as “against Islamic injunctions”. “Americans want to force the valiant Afghan nation to surrender under the excuse of peace. We hope our Mujahideen will not be deceived through these tactics… and not hold peace […]

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