Hijab Activists Meet with Sweden’s Justice Minister

STOCKHOLM, August 20, 2013 (AFP) – Sweden’s justice minister on Tuesday met with activists who convinced prominent Swedes to wear headscarves this week to protest an alleged attack on a Muslim woman who wore a hijab. “We tried to say that there is structural discrimination …but (Justice Minister Beatrice Ask) kept referring to individual responsibilities,” … Read more

Malala Painting Shown at London’s National Portrait Gallery

LONDON, September 10, 2013 (AFP) – The first painted portrait of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban for campaigning for girls’ education, goes on show at the National Portrait Gallery in London on Wednesday. The one-meter height picture by Jonathan Yeo, one of Britain’s leading portrait painters, shows the 16-year-old doing her … Read more

UK imams denounce Islamic State, encourage peace

British imams take a stand against an armed organization claiming to speak on behalf of all Sunni Muslims. Islamic leaders in the UK, worried about British Muslims traveling to fight in areas of conflict such as Iraq and Syria, encourage unity across “colors, nationalities, cultures and creeds” in this video organized by Faith Associates consultancy and … Read more

A Find in Britain: Quran Fragments Perhaps as Old as Islam

By Michael Holden and William James LONDON (Reuters) – Fragments of a Quran manuscript found in a British university library are from one of the world’s oldest surviving copies of the Islamic text, and may even have been written by someone who knew Prophet Mohammad, researchers said. Radiocarbon dating indicated that the parchment folios held by … Read more

Bosnia Muslims life in pictures

Foreign interest in Bosnia’s once-beleaguered Muslim community is evident all around. Saudi Arabia built the largest mosque and Islamic center in the Balkans in Sarajevo and is helping to fund the new university library. Countries such as Qatar, Kuwait and the UAE have all provided aid and investments. Islam in Bosnia and Herzegovina has a … Read more

British mosques open doors in bid to ease tensions

British mosques are to throw their doors open to the general public, it was announced Wednesday, in a bid to reach out to fellow citizens following “tensions around terrorism”. British mosques are to throw their doors open to the general public, it was announced Wednesday, in a bid to reach out to fellow citizens following … Read more

UN allows Europe to return asylum seekers to Bulgaria

GENEVA, April 15, 2014 (AFP) – The United Nation’s refugee agency said yesterday it was partially lifting a call to stop returning asylum seekers to Bulgaria because conditions there had improved. Under current rules, European countries must return asylum seekers to the first country on the continent they arrive in. But in January, the UN urged … Read more

Exploring Andalusia’s Islamic history

The majesty of southern Spain is a testament to a history peppered with cultural and religious differences. Today, those are celebrated as part of its beauty. By Arwa Aburawa. The story goes that when the ruler of Granada, Muhammad XII of Granada, was forced out of the city in January 1492, he took one last look … Read more

‘Happy British Muslims’ sparks unhappiness

The “Happy British Muslims” video to Pharrell’s hit is trending, but Elest Ali explains why it’s not just harmless fun. If you’ve been plugged into social media lately, you’d know about the video-meme phenomenon for that Pharrell Williams “Happy” track, which spawned a new viral: the one with the very enthusiastic Muslims in it. Brought to us by … Read more