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Slovak PM says “Islam has no place” in his country

Slovak PM says “Islam has no place” in his country

Europe, World 27th May 2016 at 5:33 pm 0 comments

Slovakia’s Prime Minister has said that “Islam has no place” in the country, The Independent reports. Speaking about migration, Robert Fico told Slovakian news agency TASR: “When I say something now, maybe it will seem strange, but I’m sorry, Islam has no place in Slovakia. I think it is the […]

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Hedy Epstein

Pro-Palestinian Holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein passes away

The pro-Palestinian Holocaust survivor Hedy Epstein has died at her home in St. Louis, USA, at the age of 91. During her later years, her efforts centered on campaigns to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine. She founded the St. Louis chapter of Women in Black and co-founded the St. […]

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Government launches investigation into Sharia law

Government launches investigation into Sharia law

UK 26th May 2016 at 2:57 pm 0 comments

The Home Secretary Theresa May has launched an “independent review” into the application of Sharia Law in England and Wales. There are an estimated 30 Sharia councils in the UK, giving Islamic divorce certificates and advice on other aspects of Islamic law. None of their decisions are legally binding but […]

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Shaykh Suliman Gani

Suliman Gani gets the BBC, Prime Minister and Defence Minister to apologise to him

UK 26th May 2016 at 1:27 pm 0 comments

Imam Suliman Gani has now got the BBC to apologise to him for calling him an ISIS supporter, following similar apologies from Prime Minister David Cameron and Defence Secretary Michael Fallon. The BBC published an apology on its website last night and broadcast it on BBC1 at 10.30pm. The statement […]

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Simon Cole

Prevent chief says govt extremism plans risk creating “thought police”

UK 24th May 2016 at 3:48 pm 0 comments

The police chief in charge of the Prevent counter-extremism strategy has said government plans are so flawed they risk creating a “thought police” in Britain. The Guardian reported that Simon Cole said that the plans may not be enforceable and risk making police officers judges of “what people can and […]

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New Islamic channel launches on Sky

New Islamic channel launches on Sky

UK 23rd May 2016 at 3:02 pm 0 comments

A new Islamic station – Eman Channel – launched on Sky 857 on Saturday. The London-based channel says it aims to produce high quality programmes – in terms of both production value and Islamic principles – and will be available free on satellite television, mobile app and online. The channel’s […]

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Prof Catherine Hall

British historian rejects $1million Israeli prize

UK 23rd May 2016 at 2:37 pm 0 comments

A British historian has rejected a $1 million Israeli prize due to be awarded this week, saying her decision came after “many discussions” on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that Prof. Catherine Hall of University College London declined the Dan David Prize ahead of the Tel Aviv […]

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Mullah Akhtar Mansour, the leader of the Taliban

Taliban leader “killed” in US drone strike

Afghanistan, Asia, World 22nd May 2016 at 5:39 pm 0 comments

Afghanistan’s spy agency has confirmed that Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour has been killed in a US drone strike. The BBC reports that a drone targeted his vehicle in a remote area of south-west Pakistan, near the Afghan border on Saturday. US Secretary of State John Kerry said Mansour had […]

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Prevent is causing huge concern among British Muslim communities

Multi-faith alliance expresses concern over Extremism Bill

UK 22nd May 2016 at 9:58 am 0 comments

A diverse coalition of civil society groups and leading figures have come together to highlight serious concerns about the government’s proposed Counter-Extremism and Safeguarding Bill. The joint statement by a multi-faith alliance of 26 organisations and individuals says “we are extremely concerned that the proposed Counter-Extremism and Safeguarding Bill will […]

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Sharia loans to be made available for Muslims applying to university

Sharia loans to be made available for Muslims applying to university

UK 20th May 2016 at 4:37 pm 0 comments

Sharia student loans will be set up for the first time as part of a drive to boost the number of young Muslims applying to university. The Government has confirmed that a new “halal” finance model will be introduced which does not conflict with the rules of Islam. Muslims are […]

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