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Turkey, Pakistan, Malaysia agree to fight Islamophobia

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September 26, 2019 - 8:02 PM News Code : 978387 Source : Press TVLink: 

Turkey, Pakistan, Malaysia agree to fight Islamophobia

 

Leaders of Turkey, Pakistan, and Malaysia have reached a consensus to jointly fight the rising threat of Islamophobia across the world, mainly in the West.

Ahlul Bayt News Agency (ABNA): Leaders of Turkey, Pakistan, and Malaysia have reached a consensus to jointly fight the rising threat of Islamophobia across the world, mainly in the West.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammed reached the agreement at a meeting on the sidelines of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday.

The three countries also agreed to launch a TV channel tasked with confronting the challenges posed by Islamophobic ideologies.

“President Erdogan, Prime Minister Mahathir and myself held a meeting today in which we decided our three countries will jointly start an English language TV channel dedicated to confronting challenges posed by Islamophobia and setting the record straight on our great religion – Islam,” Khan said in a series of tweets.

Pakistan, Malaysia, and Turkey held their first trilateral meeting on the foreign ministerial level on the sidelines of the 14th summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in the Saudi city of Mecca on May 30.

Earlier this year, the United Nations warned about the unbridled spread of Islamophobia across the international community.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres slammed the mainstream media, politicians, and academics around the world for fueling “bigotry” and “hatred” against Muslims in their societies.

Guterres’ remarks came after the March 15 mass shootings by a self-confessed white supremacist that killed 50 Muslim worshipers at two mosques in New Zealand.

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Germany detains Daesh suspects over attack plan

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November 12, 2019 - 6:42 PM News Code : 987461 Source : ReutersLink: 

Germany detains Daesh suspects over attack plan

 

German police detained three people in the western city of Offenbach Tuesday on suspicion of planning a bomb attack on behalf of the Daesh militant group, prosecutors said.

Ahlul Bayt News Agency (ABNA):

The three suspects wanted to kill as many people as possible in the planned attack in the Rhine-Main region, Frankfurt prosecutor Nadja Niesen said in a statement.

No specific attack targets were yet known but evidence seized from raids of three homes in Offenbach should shed some light, she added.

The main suspect is a 24-year-old German of Macedonian origin who wanted to manufacture explosives and had tried to buy a weapon online. His two accomplices are Turkish nationals aged 22 and 21.

The three suspects are believed to have told people in the past that they identified themselves as Daesh supporters, Niesen said.

Substances that could be used to make explosives and equipment were found at the main suspect's home, she said. The authorities also secured written documents and electronic data.

Niesen said a decision would be made on Wednesday on whether all three suspects or only one would be brought before the investigating judge at a court in Frankfurt.

The judge will decide whether to issue an arrest warrant and order pre-trial detention.

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Pregnant Muslim woman violently attacked in Sydney cafe (+Video)

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November 23, 2019 - 1:32 PM News Code : 988698 Source : Press TV, ABNA24Link: 

 

A pregnant Muslim woman who was targeted in a vicious attack while sitting in a cafe in Sydney says she fears for the world children will grow up in if racism is not addressed.

Rana Elasmar, a 31-year-old woman 38 weeks pregnant, was with her friends at a cafe in Parramatta on Wednesday night when a man approached her table.

CCTV footage showed the man having a brief conversation with the group before he began punching the victim several times and stomping on her head when she eventually fell to the floor.

Police have arrested 43-year-old Stipe Lozina and charged him with affray and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

After Elasmar was released from Westmead Hospital, where she was taken for observation and assessment of her unborn child, she posted a message on Facebook saying the incident wasn't the first time she had experienced racism, but was still shocked her attacker could be so cruel.

She noted that members of the Muslim community were familiar with being on the receiving end of Islamophobia.

"I was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. I am a Muslim," Elasmar said.

"I have experienced occurrences of verbal abuse and hate from other Australians in the past, but I have never thought that physical abuse of this nature could happen to me," she said.

Elasmar hoped the justice system lives up to its name.

“I fear for the world our children will grow up in if this is not addressed. I call all Australians, Muslim and non-Muslim, to stand together in protecting innocent people from any racial or religious attacks.”

The assault occurred in the same week a study was released in Australia, showing women wearing headscarves were at the most risk of Islamophobic attacks.

Lozina appeared without legal representation at Parramatta Local Court on Thursday as he applied unsuccessfully for bail. He will remain behind bars until at least next month.
The accused asked for the case to be rescheduled to a date when he had another matter due to be heard in court.

Lozina was refused bail and will next appear in court on December 5

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Adhan heard in Macedonia mosque after more than century

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December 1, 2019 - 8:09 PM News Code : 990579 Source : IQNALink: 

Adhan heard in Macedonia mosque after more than century

 

The Adhan (call to prayer) was recited in an old mosque in North Macedonia for the first time in 107 years.

Ahlul Bayt News Agency (ABNA): 

The minaret of Ali Pasha Mosque in the city of Ohrid had been destroyed in the Balkan Wars (1912-1913).

It has been recently renovated by Turkey’s religious affairs directorate, according to Al-Jazeera.

The project to repair the mosque and its minaret cost some $2.5 million.

Now for the first time since the Balkan Wars, Adhan is recited and heard in the mosque again.

Ali Pasha Mosque was built in 1573 at the order of the Ottoman rulers.

Cambridge eco-mosque opens doors to visitors

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December 2, 2019 - 6:15 PM News Code : 990838 Source : About IslamLink: 

Cambridge eco-mosque opens doors to visitors

 

Europe’s first eco-mosque in Cambridge is set to open doors to neighbors and visitors on Saturday, December 7, offering them a unique opportunity to know more about Islam.

“Join us at Cambridge Central Mosque’s Community Open Day! Program includes: Guided Tours, Arts & Crafts, Islamic Science Exhibition, Bazaars, Children’s Activities,” the mosque wrote in a tweet.

German president visits mosque in Penzberg

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December 3, 2019 - 7:36 PM News Code : 991141 Source : AnadoluLink: 

German president visits mosque in Penzberg

 

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier called for more understanding and respect between religions after visiting a mosque in the southern town of Penzberg on Monday, according to the DPA news agency.

Speaking to the local Imam of the mosque, Benjamin Idriz, he said what is taking place in Penzberg and at the mosque is exactly what he wants for his country: “Curiosity for each other and respect for each other" as seen in everyday life.

"In this respect, something is happening here that we really want to have: that the growing together of people of different faiths is as respectful as we experience it here in Penzberg," Steinmeier added.

The German head of state praised the commitment of the Islamic community in the town but also thanked the people of Penzberg for embracing the Islamic community with so much openness and respect.

In this respect, Penzberg could be a model for many communities, especially in urban areas, according to Steinmeier.

Several hundred people demonstrated on the occasion of Steinmeier's visit for more tolerance and cosmopolitanism and far outnumbered the handful of supporters of the far-right populist PEGIDA movement.

Germany has witnessed growing Islamophobia in recent years sparked by hate propaganda of far-right parties.

Police recorded 813 hate crimes against Muslims last year, including verbal insults, threatening letters and physical attacks.

More than 100 mosques and religious institutions were attacked by far-right extremists in 2018.

A country of over 83 million people, Germany is home to the second-largest Muslim population in Western Europe after France.

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Georgian pilgrims visit Imam Reza (عليه السلام) holy shrine

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December 3, 2019 - 4:37 PM News Code : 991106 Source : AQRLink: 

Georgian pilgrims visit Imam Reza (AS) holy shrine

 

A group of nearly 40 pilgrims from Georgia, attending Imam Reza (عليه السلام) holy shrine in Mashhad, paid a visit to Astan Quds Razavi’s Qur'an Museum, Central Library and Documentation Center.


The pilgrims enjoyed cultural programs including lectures and presentation on religious teachings, pilgrimage and rituals rites as well as recitations attributed to the Infallible Imams (عليه السلام) which were held by the AQR’s Office for Foreign Pilgrims’ Affairs.

Fariz Rajabov, the head of the group, said: “It has been narrated from the Infallible Imams that the prayer of anyone who comes to Imam Reza’s pilgrimage is fulfilled, thus with this hope and to gain knowledge over the Imams we came to this pilgrimage.”

He stated that Imam Reza (عليه السلام) holy shrine is full of spirituality and light and the people of Georgia have a great desire to visit the holy shrine, requesting earnestly that the AQR authorities provide special facilities for these pilgrims.

AQR Center for International Affairs hosted the Georgian pilgrims, who during their visit to Mashhad, have been staying in the Razavi house of pilgrims.

 

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Man carrying knife tries to enter Leeds mosque

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December 7, 2019 - 10:30 AM News Code : 991894 Source : Yorkshire Evening PostLink: 

Man carrying knife tries to enter Leeds mosque

 

A man was detained after trying to enter a mosque in Beeston, Leeds, carrying a knife.

Ahlul Bayt News Agency (ABNA):

West Yorkshire Police said "mental health appears to be a factor".

Officers received a report of a man with a knife acting suspiciously after going into a butcher’s shop in Beeston Road at 12.18pm on Friday.

He left the shop and officers were sent to the area to search for him.

Police received another call reporting what is believed to be the same man with a knife trying to enter the mosque in Catherine Grove.

He was turned away and walked off towards Cross Flatts Park.

Superintendent Chris Bowen, of Leeds District, said: “We are carrying out enquiries to establish the full circumstances around these incidents but at this stage mental health appears to be a factor.

“We have been liaising with representatives in the community to reassure them following these incidents given the understandable concern it will have caused and we will be keeping them updated.”

The mosque opened in September 2018 after a ten year fundraising campaign by the local Kashmir Muslim community.Their former base in Hardy Street was subject to an arson attack last year. Leeds Imam Qari Asim, who is also a trustee for charity Hope Not Hate, said: "A key issue in a majority of these cases is mental health, then other factors may get added onto that such as ideological or political grievances."

Mr. Asim said it was "unfortunate" that a time of rising mental health issues, that problems are only dealt with when they manifest themselves in these types of actions.

"The infrastructure doesn't exist early on and people's needs are not met," he said.

"Some people just need someone to listen to their concerns and issues."

 

planting trees in London with charity institute of Islamic unity of Shias 

 

 

نمایش اسلایدی تصاویرکاشت ۷۸۰۰ نهال در لندن با مشارکت موسسه خیریه \

 

کاشت ۷۸۰۰ نهال در لندن با مشارکت موسسه خیریه \

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Erdogan slams French President’s remarks on Islam

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Iranian foreign ministry advises citizens to postpone traveling to France

"Considering the continuing popular protests in France in the past year besides general strikes in recent days, which were changed into tensions in various French cities, especially Paris, serious advice is directed to Iranian travelers and tourists to postpone their trips to France in order to preserve their security and safety," the statement said.

https://en.abna24.com/news//iranian-foreign-ministry-advises-citizens-to-postpone-traveling-to-france_992822.html

December 10, 2019 - 2:19 PM News Code : 992800 Source : XinhuaLink: 

Erdogan slams French President’s remarks on Islam

 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday slammed his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron for using the expression of "Islamic terrorism" without knowing the true meaning of Islam.

Ahlul Bayt News Agency (ABNA): 
"The head of France talks about Islamic terrorism at the NATO summit," Erdogan said at a meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul, referring to NATO's 70th-anniversary summit held in London last week.

"I told him that the meaning of Islam is peace. How can you combine the words, peace and terror, by using the expression of Islamic terrorism?" remarked the Turkish leader.

Speaking about the ongoing Yellow Vests demonstrations in France against increasing living costs, Erdogan called on Macron to solve the issue as soon as possible.

"Why can't you solve it? Why can't you stop it?" he asked.

Late last month, Erdogan lashed out at Macron over his comment about NATO in which the French president said the alliance was experiencing a "brain death."

"First, have your own brain death checked," Erdogan said then of Macron who had criticized Turkey's military operation in northern Syria.

 

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Russian supermarket turned into mosque

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December 16, 2019 - 5:33 PM News Code : 994312 Source : IQNALink: 

Russian supermarket turned into mosque

 

Given the lack of places of worship for Muslims in the Russian capital, Moscow, they have turned a supermarket into a mosque.

Ahlul Bayt News Agency (ABNA): Given the lack of places of worship for Muslims in the Russian capital, Moscow, they have turned a supermarket into a mosque.

According to the Iranian Cultural Center in Moscow, Muslims in the city often have difficulty finding a place in which to say their prayers, especially Friday prayers.

Recently, they rented a building in the Zyablikovo District south of the capital which was formerly used as a supermarket.

They have since used it as a mosque.

Neighbors have complained about the number of cars parked in the area by Muslims on Friday but Anar Ramezanov, the mosque’s Imam, says the worshippers make every effort to avoid making troubles for neighbors.

There are around 25 million Muslims in Russia today, a rise of 40 per cent since 1989.

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An Ikea store in Switzerland is being praised for defending a Muslim employee against a racist comment by a customer. The customer left a negative review online after visiting the Swedish furniture giant's store in Aubonne.

"Too bad to find a cashier in headscarf," read the review. "I will not step into that store again."

In its response, Ikea said: "Our company has clear values: respect for everyone, regardless of their origin, sexual orientation or religion. Before you judge a person based on their clothes, you must get to know them.

 

https://www.ndtv.com/offbeat/ikea-defends-Muslim-employee-after-racist-comment-2176352

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Assalaam Malaikum,

I'll just add my two cents worth on the issue of islamophobia with regards to the west. The perception and disinformation that exists in regards to Islam and against Muslims in general in the west is part and partial to the anti-social offensive against all of humanity that is organized (deliberate conscious action to deprive human beings their human rights) by the ruling classes. the ruling classes & its mechanisms of elected governance are based on contradictions within its own political economy that puts in first place politics of "Might makes right" and in the last place human rights of all.  Because society is organized in such a backwards way, organized in a way that cannot meet nor defend the rights of all who live and striving to live here.  The solution for Muslims, as well as the body politic is to organize and put an end to this backwards organization of society. This requires nothing less than a re-organization of society in which the rights of all come first and there is no place for politics of "Might makes right" to exist. That is my opinion.

Edited by Haji 2003
No meem in alaikum

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Slovenia Opened its First Mosque

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Bulgaria: Slovenia Opened its First Mosquewww.pixabay.com

The first mosque in Slovenia was opened in the country's capital Ljubljana, AFP reported. This happened after overcoming a number of financial obstacles and defeating right-wing opposition parties, 50 years after the request for its construction was officialy made.

Opponents of the project - including those who criticize its Qatari funding - have repeatedly tried to stop it.

Slovenia is the last former Yugoslav state to get a mosque, making Ljubljana a capital rather than a provincial town on the edge of the world,” he told a press conference.

https://www.novinite.com/articles/202999/Slovenia+Opened+its+First+Mosque

https://www.arabnews.com/node/1626356/lifestyle

http://hr.n1info.com/English/NEWS/a481667/Muslim-believers-gather-in-first-mosque-in-Slovenia.html

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Germany's Muslims demand protection at mosques

Ahlul Bayt News Agency (ABNA): Police in Germany last week said it uncovered right-wing terrorists who were plotting to attack Muslims and asylum-seekers. Islamic groups are calling on the government to do more to protect them.

Muslim groups in Germany have called on the government to do more to protect mosques, after a dozen members of a right-wing terror cell were arrested on Friday.

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"The state must have an interest" in protecting mosque communities, said Aiman Mazyek, chair of the central council of Muslims in Germany (IGMG), in an interview with German magazine der Spiegel.

He called for "a visible police presence at mosques where past attacks and assaults had taken place, above all during busy times, such as during Friday prayers."

"We should not have to use private security companies to protect our mosque communities and lead talks to provide instruction on what to do if there is an attack," added Mazyek.

IGMG said the state has the duty to provide for the safety of its citizens, adding that "Muslims also belong to this group,"a spokesperson for the IGMG in Cologne said on Monday.

DITIB, which also has close links to Turkey, said both politicians and society must take a clear stand against violence on Germany's Muslim community.

The "silence of the majority, including in both politics and society when it comes to attacks on Muslims could be taken as "tacit consent."

Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman, Steffen Seibert, on Monday said: "It is the task of the state, and of course of this government, to protect the free practice of religion in this country, no matter what religion it is."

Police protection in Germany is decided on a state-by-state basis.
https://en.abna24.com/news//germanys-Muslims-demand-protection-at-mosques_1011430.html

Germany's Muslims demand protection at mosques

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It’s on us Muslims to show the west the true nature of Islam. Because it’s not that people are scared of true Islam, they’re scared of different misconceptions they have about Islam. If we work to clear those up, islamophobia will surely decrease. But we must be educated, as the anti-Islamic people know verses of the Qur'an that they will point to, and we will need to counter. The general “Islam is a religion of peace” argument won’t work here, we’re dealing with some advanced opposition. 

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Is this a bigger problem in uk than USA ?

I've never encountered it and I've lived in small bible belt towns typically .

Ignorance of Islam , misunderstanding of Islam yes but no open hostility 

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23 hours ago, Hussain_ said:

It’s on us Muslims to show the west the true nature of Islam. Because it’s not that people are scared of true Islam, they’re scared of different misconceptions they have about Islam. If we work to clear those up, islamophobia will surely decrease. But we must be educated, as the anti-Islamic people know verses of the Qur'an that they will point to, and we will need to counter. The general “Islam is a religion of peace” argument won’t work here, we’re dealing with some advanced opposition. 

Well wahabi Islam is certainly not a religion of peace do they have a point 

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7 hours ago, Panzerwaffe said:

Well wahabi Islam is certainly not a religion of peace do they have a point 

and we need to show them that Shia Islam is radically different from the Wahhabi Islam they point to. They will reply back with "well don't you still believe in the same Qur'an that says kill the infidels, etc?" We have to show them what we really believe, backed with strong evidence and support.

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1 hour ago, Hussain_ said:

and we need to show them that Shia Islam is radically different from the Wahhabi Islam they point to. They will reply back with "well don't you still believe in the same Qur'an that says kill the infidels, etc?" We have to show them what we really believe, backed with strong evidence and support.

Actions speak louder than words

Let's accept that wahabi Islam adherents have caused enough bloodshed savagery and hatred that even if their holy book was full of nursery rhymes I would if I as a nonmuslim be prejudiced against it 

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