Syrian cleric assassinated

DAMASCUS: A Syrian cleric who recruited foreigners travelling to Iraq to fight US-led forces was assassinated in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo yesterday, his aides said.
Sheikh Mahmoud Abou al-Qaqa was shot dead after he emerged from Friday prayers, they said.

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Afghan teenager with US dollars hanged

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Taliban militants hanged a teenager in southern Afghanistan because he had U.S. money in his pocket, and they stuffed five $1 bills in his mouth as a warning to others not to use dollars, police said Monday. Taliban militants elsewhere killed eight police.

Egypt papers agree day of protest

 BBC News 

The editors of 15 opposition and private newspapers in Egypt have agreed not to publish on 7 October.

The action is in protest at what they see as government harassment of the printed press.

Wife divorced for watching male TV host

RIYADH: A Saudi man divorced his wife for watching alone a television programme presented by a male, an act he deemed immoral, the Al Shams newspaper reported on Saturday.

The man, whom the paper did not identify, ended his marriage on the grounds his wife was effectively alone with an unrelated man, which is forbidden under the strict Islamic law enforced in the ultra-conservative kingdom, the paper said.

Men in Saudi Arabia have the authority to divorce their wives without resort to the courts.

Experts Debate the Influence of Islamism During the Bosnian War of 1992 to 1995

27 September 2007

Islamis fighters in Bosnia
More than 6,000 Arab volunteers arrived during the early stages of the war. About 1,000 of them remained in Bosnia as naturalized citizens

The role of the mujahadeen, or holy warriors, in Afghanistan during the 1980’s has become well known in the six years since the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington. But some Balkan analysts say that in the 1990’s Bosnia served as a “crucible for the global jihad” led by Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaida organization.

Sharia-bank bids trigger concerns

The Globe  

OTTAWA and TORONTO -- Ottawa has received its first applications to start up Canadian banks operating within the strictures of Islamic religious law - financial institutions that, if approved, would be among the first in the West.

Canada's bank regulator, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions, is studying two proposals for banks that offer services in keeping with Islamic laws that forbid speculation and interest but are in favour of transactions where profit and loss is shared.


BAKERY giants Greggs have installed a Muslims-only toilet at their new Scottish headquarters - despite the fact that no Muslims work there.

Workers at the state-of-the-art factory were shocked when they were given a tour of the building and told a cubicle had been fitted for the use of Muslim employees. The staff said they are baffled at the decision because they are not aware of any Islamic workers at the base in Cambuslang, near Glasgow.


 Swedish Muslims Upset by Cartoon Ruling

By Ahmad Maher, IOL Staff

CAIRO — Swedish Muslims were disappointed Saturday, September 22, at a ruling by Justice Chancellor Goeran Lambertz, who said the anti-Prophet Muhammad cartoon published in a local newspaper did not constitute incitement to racial hatred.

"Of course we reject the ruling, but we can't help but respect it," Stockholm-based Chaka Benmakhlouf, President of the Federation of Islamic Organizations in Europe, told over the phone.

Prison fries for serving bacon

A Muslim inmate has won $2,000 and a partial human rights victory over a Correctional Service of Canada policy not to replace bacon with a halal diet for Islam-worshipping cons.

Duane David, who is serving time in Kingston's Joyceville Institution for an unknown crime, had complained to the Canadian Human Rights Commission that his rights were being violated as the prison failed to offer a halal replacement for bacon served to inmates with breakfast every Wednesday.

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Pope in 'freedom' blast at Islam


The Pope has again risked provoking the wrath of the Islamic world, by criticising its treatment of Christians.

Benedict XVI attacked Muslim nations where Christians are either persecuted or given the status of second-class citizens under the Shariah Islamic law.

U.S. admits nearly 10,000 from "terrorism" states

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nearly 10,000 people from countries designated as sponsors of terrorism have entered the United States under an immigration diversity program with relatively few restrictions, a report released on Friday said.

Egypt Rebuffs U.S. Religious Freedom Report

State Department highlights discrimination against Muslim converts to Christianity.

 by Peter Lamprecht

ISTANBUL, September 21 (Compass Direct News) – Egypt has denounced a U.S. report on the African nation’s worsening condition of religious freedom.

The State Department’s annual International Religious Freedom Report, released on September 14, says that within the past year the Egyptian government’s respect for religious freedom had “declined.”

Bishop Nazir-Ali warns that Muslims who convert risk being killed

 The Observer

One of the Church of England's most senior bishops is warning that people will die unless Muslim leaders in Britain speak out in defence of the right to change faith.

Michael Nazir-Ali, the Bishop of Rochester, whose father converted from Islam to Christianity in Pakistan, says he is looking to Muslim leaders in Britain to 'uphold basic civil liberties, including the right for people to believe what they wish to believe and to even change their beliefs if they wish to do so'.

German authorities report lack of Muslim cooperation in antiterrorism fight

Berlin - The lack of cooperation of Muslim communities with the security authorities remains a weak point of the fight against terrorism in Germany. Six years after the attacks on 11 September 2001, according to a survey of the news agency ddp in all federal laender, the authorities can hardly count on active support from Muslim communities.

Iraq, Egypt, China slammed in US religious freedom report


Religious freedom conditions have worsened in insurgency-wracked Iraq as well as Egypt, while communist China has embarked on a crackdown on foreign missionaries ahead of the Olympics, the US government warned in a report Friday.

The State Department's annual report on religious freedoms around the world also noted "continued deterioration of the extremely poor status of respect for religious freedom" in Iran and highlighted "serious problems" in Pakistan.


Four Egyptian editors sentenced to a year in prison for insulting the president

Herald Tribune  

A Cairo court sentenced the editors of four outspoken tabloids to a year in prison for defaming President Hosni Mubarak and his ruling party, judicial officials said Thursday.

The editors, who all run a new generation of brash, tabloid-style newspapers that have been pushing the boundaries of state press policy, will have to pay fines of 20,000 Egyptian pounds (US$3,500, €2,500), as well as another 10,000 pound (US$1,750, €1,250) in bail to avoid the prison sentence

Bin Laden more popular than Musharraf in Pakistan: poll

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ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden is more popular in Pakistan than President Pervez Musharraf, according to a poll released Wednesday.

Arabs blame US for terror rise

By Samia Hosny, dpa

Cairo - Some six years after the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, many in the Arab world say the US-led "war on terror" is spurring terrorism everywhere and that the world is less safe as a result.

Egyptian Court Delays Ruling on ‘Reconversion’

Tribunal to decide in November whether converts to Islam can return to Christianity.

by Peter Lamprecht

ISTANBUL, September 6 (Compass Direct News) – An Egyptian court has delayed ruling in the appeal of converts to Islam who wish to return Christianity.

At a hearing on Saturday (September 1), Egypt’s Supreme Administrative Court set the date for a ruling at November 17.

Christian Twins in Egypt Forced to ‘Become’ Muslim

Hearing adjourned indefinitely; Baha’i children also struggling for religious freedom.

by Peter Lamprecht 

ISTANBUL, September 5 (Compass Direct News) – An Egyptian court on Monday (September 3) adjourned the hearing of young Christian twins legally forced to take Islamic education after their estranged father became Muslim.

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