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Islam (Religion)

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  • Trashed [Orthodox] Church on Lesvos Becomes Toilet for Illegal Immigrants

    05/22/2020 6:39:48 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Greek City Times ^ | 5/15/20 | Paul Antonopoulos
    The Saint Catherine Church in the small town of Moria on Lesvos, is now being used as a bathroom. A local in Moria described the scene. “The smell inside is unbearable,” said Makis Pavlellis, a butcher. “Discussing with people about the Church, we learned that the metropolitan of Mytilene is aware of the situation in the area nevertheless he does not wish to deal with it for his own reasons.” Only earlier this month Greek City Times reported that the Saint Catherine church in Moria was already trashed by illegal immigrants. This is only the latest incident and rather it...
  • Comparing the Deaths of Ravi Zacharias and Muhammad

    05/19/2020 7:59:44 PM PDT · by OddLane · 9 replies
    Acts 17 Apologetics ^ | 5/19/20 | David Wood
    Some Muslims have been posting comments saying that Ravi Zacharias has been punished by Allah. Some are drawing attention to the death of Nabeel Qureshi and even suggesting that the deaths should serve as a warning to David Wood. But have Muslims forgotten about how their prophet died? David Wood discusses the issue...
  • Putin Recommends Russian Muslims Celebrate Eid al-Fitr at Home

    05/18/2020 5:25:08 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Interfax ^ | 5/18/20
    Novo-Ogaryovo, May 18, Interfax - Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he expects Muslims living in Russia to follow the recommendations of clerics and observe self-isolation measures during the Eid al-Fitr holiday celebrations. Speaking during a teleconference with the leadership and members of the public of Dagestan on Monday, Putin said he is aware that Muslims are continuing to observe the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan, which ends on the evening of May 23, marking the start of the Eid al-Fitr holiday. "I know how people in the republic treat this holiday and how they cherish traditions. I also know...
  • Yet Another Christian Girl In Pakistan Abducted, Forcibly Converted And Forcibly ‘Married’ To Her Muslim Abductor

    05/11/2020 4:40:36 AM PDT · by Cronos · 11 replies
    Forbes ^ | 8 May 2020 | Ewelina U. Ochab
    At the end of April 2020, a 14 year old Christian girl, Myra Shehbaz, was reportedly abducted and forced to marry in Faisalabad, Punjab. According to International Christian Concern, “Myra Shehbaz was abducted by a group of Muslim men led by Muhammad Naqash. Eye witnesses claim that Myra was attacked while she was traveling to her workplace as a domestic worker on Sunday afternoon. Pervez Masih, Younas Masih, and Naeem Masih, the eye witnesses, claimed that Myra’s abductors forced her into a car and that Myra tried to resist. These eye witnesses were unable to help Myra because abductors were...
  • Islamic Clergy Call for Prayer at Hagia Sophia in Constantinople to Appease the Coronavirus

    05/04/2020 5:34:20 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    The chairman of the Religious and Foundation Employees’ Union (Diyanet Bir-Sen), Hasan Türüt, has called on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to allow a Muslim prayer to be performed in Hagia Sophia in Constantinople, following the lifting of the ban due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to Turkish media reports, Türüt said that the first Friday after the coronavirus pandemic the Muslim prayer should be performed in Hagia Sophia, as Mehmed the Conqueror did on the first Friday after the Fall of Constantinople. “Hagia Sophia is the means to bring about the resurrection of the world. We must all show...
  • New York mosque still open for daily prayers while churches across the country face mandatory shutdowns

    04/27/2020 9:33:20 AM PDT · by Morgana · 52 replies
    Blaze ^ | April 20, 2020 | Phil Shiver
    A mosque in New York is reportedly still open for daily prayers amid the coronavirus pandemic that has forced Christian churches across the country to close their doors and cancel their in-person gatherings. Ditch the fake news ==> Click here to get news you can trust sent right to your inbox. It's free! While churchgoers in many states have been criticized and even punished for continuing to gather, that same level of scrutiny has apparently not been leveled at the Mosque of Jesus, Son of Mary in Syracuse, New York. What are the details? Despite the state's executive order, which...
  • Pakistan court validates forced conversion, marriage of Christian girl

    04/23/2020 2:22:57 AM PDT · by Cronos · 10 replies
    Eternity news ^ | 23 Feb 2020 | MS
    14-year-old Huma Younus was abducted from Sindh province, Pakistan, and forced to marry, according to her family. A high court ruling in Pakistan validating the marriage and forced conversion to Islam of a 14-year-old Christian girl has heightened fears that it will encourage others to commit such crimes, sources said. Advertisement The High Court in Sindh Province on February 3 dismissed a petition to have the marriage and forced conversion of a Catholic girl overturned. The court ruled that both were valid since a girl under sharia (Islamic law) can marry after her first menstrual cycle. Huma Younus was...
  • Muslim Board Calls on Russian Muslims Not to Visit Mosques During Ramadan

    04/21/2020 6:29:18 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Interfax ^ | 4/20/20
    Moscow, April 20, Interfax - The Council of Ulema of the Spiritual Muslim Board of Russia has issued a theological resolution on the holy month of Ramadan, which will begin in the evening of April 23 and will take place amid the coronavirus pandemic and the restrictions associated with it. "Due to the current situation associated with the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19), and also the ban on mass assemblies in Moscow and other regions of Russia, the council finds it is better and necessary to say the Taraweeh prayer at home," a statement posted on the Muslim board's website said....
  • ‘Allahu Akbar’ Echoes Across Britain as BBC Broadcasts ‘Azaan’ for the First Time

    04/18/2020 5:44:22 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Global Village Space ^ | 4/8/20 | News Desk
    BBC also broadcasts Imam's recitation of verses from the Holy Quran and quotes of Holy Prophet before delivering the sermon and leading the listeners in prayers. Every Friday the program 'Islamic Reflections' led by an Imam will be broadcasted.In a first, BBC begins the broadcast of Muslim prayers on its network as mosques shut down across Britain, part of the extensive measures against coronavirus. Hence, British-Muslims will hear the Friday prayers broadcast on BBC Radio for the first time. Different imams lead the 5:50 am broadcasts every week on Friday from 14 local radio stations of BBC. The imam recites...
  • Child Sex Abuse Rampant At Pakistan’s Islamic Religious Schools: Report

    04/13/2020 5:36:54 PM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | April 13, 2020 | Mary Margaret Olohan
    Dozens of police reports show allegations that Islamic clerics have been sexually harassing, raping and physically abusing children in religious schools throughout Pakistan. There are allegations of rampant and pervasive child sex abuse against Islamic clerics who teach in Pakistani religious schools, First Information Reports investigated by The Associated Press show. The reports, as well as interviews between law enforcement officials and the victims and their parents, said these clerics sexually harassed, raped and physically abused children, according to the AP. Clerics will often target boys who have not reached puberty because Pakistani culture views male interaction with girls and...
  • Muhammad's Prophetic Record In Light of The Coronavirus

    04/11/2020 7:27:03 PM PDT · by OddLane · 2 replies
    Youtube ^ | 4/11/20 | Gerard Perry
    I explore Muhammad's track record of prophecy, and explain how the COVID19 outbreak demolishes one of his assertions about the susceptibility of Muslims to succumbing to infectious diseases and viruses.
  • Muslim Priorities in a Dangerous Pandemic: Faith in Allah versus precautions against infection.

    03/26/2020 7:47:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 03/26/2020 | Anjuli Pandavar
    Yesterday I popped into hospital to have a recovering wound on my leg checked. The pedestrian entrance had been blocked off, with a temporary field hospital set up right on the road. The doctors at the entrance wanted to know whether I had any of the COVID-19 symptoms. I did not, but asked them to check anyway. I’m clear. It’s safe to continue reading. Had I still been a Muslim, this very simple no-brainer encounter with doctors would have thrown up any number of complications: 1. I might’ve objected to being asked such a question because I’m a Muslim and...
  • Friday Prayers Cancelled in Moscow's Mosques

    03/21/2020 6:27:30 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Interfax ^ | 3/20/20
    Moscow, March 20, Interfax - The Ulama Council of the Spiritual Muslim Board of Russia has cancelled collective and Friday prayers in all mosques and places of worship in light of the threat of coronavirus. "If the categorical demand to attend Friday prayers is lifted due to worsening climate conditions making it difficult to attend mosque, then this rule is also applicable to the case of the spread of rare and unstudied diseases," the Ulama Council said in its theological conclusion circulated in Moscow on Thursday. Religious scholars also cited the Prophet Muhammad, who said, "Do not harm yourself, and...
  • Saudi Convert to Christianity Getting Married in an Orthodox Church Sparks Online Controversy

    03/19/2020 9:21:47 PM PDT · by Cronos · 24 replies
    Al Bawaba Egypt ^ | 18 March 2020 | AB
    Months after posting her photo of New Year's prayers in a church in Canada announcing her conversion to Christianity, Saudi Fayza Almtery has stirred online debate once again after sharing photos from her wedding ceremony held in an Orthodox Church. Almtery, who calls her self a Saudi feminist and an ex-Muslim, took to Twitter posting photos of her wedding, explaining that she got married in 2019 but didn't want to announce it on social media until she felt safe to do so because Saudi Arabia forbids religious conversion from Islam and punishes it by death. Translation: "I'd like to thank...
  • Islamic Scholar Who Said Coronavirus Was Punishment from Allah Catches the Virus

    03/17/2020 1:29:17 PM PDT · by Morgana · 30 replies
    Western Journal ^ | March 17, 2020 | C. Douglas Golden
    I find there’s no sight more pathetic than one of those Marjoe-like preachers on those high-numbered religious channels on your satellite system, worked up into a pro-wrestling-level fake harangue about how a hurricane has punished the wicked in some state or another. All right, then. As an evangelical Christian, I think I deserve an answer as to why plenty of believers in the Bible Belt are subject to tornadoes. If that’s your shallow, horrible theology, at least explain that one to me. Apparently, this kind of grim spiritual fatuousness isn’t endemic to Christianity. Iran-based Iraqi Shiite religious scholar Hadi al-Modarresi...
  • New Briefing on the Definition of Islamophobia [UK]

    03/15/2020 7:18:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    In May 2019, a group of 40 leading experts from a range of religious backgrounds wrote to the government warning it against adopting a proposed definition of Islamophobia. Although various people have since spoken out in solidarity, including former Home Secretary Sajid Javid, confusion over the definition and its consequences still exists. That’s why we’ve created this helpful new resource, a briefing on the definition of Islamophobia, to help breakdown what the problems are with the proposed definition and suggests what should be done instead. The resource is free to download and print off, and can be sent to local...
  • Sex-Slavery: An Islamic Sacrament?

    03/12/2020 6:50:21 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 10 replies
    BIN ^ | 3/11/2020 | Raymond Ibrahim
    First, lest there is any doubt that ISIS members were not only convinced that it was their Islamic right to sexually enslave “infidels,” but that doing so was pious, consider this account from 2015: “In the moments before he raped the 12-year-old [non-Muslim] girl, the Islamic State fighter took the time to explain that what he was about to do was not a sin. Because the preteen girl practiced a religion other than Islam, the Quran not only gave him the right to rape her — it condoned and encouraged it, he insisted.” “He said that by raping me,” recalled...
  • The lonely atheist: why renouncing your religion in Saudi Arabia can be deadly

    03/06/2020 5:35:22 AM PST · by Cronos · 5 replies
    New Statesman ^ | 29 August 2019 | Freddie Hayward
    For Rana Ahmad, doubting the existence of God meant leaving her family behind – and becoming a refugee. When speaking about the arrival of migrants in Europe, people often ask why newcomers keep travelling north, rather than staying in the country where they arrived. For Rana Ahmad, a Syrian woman who fled Saudi Arabia because of her non-religious beliefs, it was Germany’s eminent roster of physicists, from Albert Einstein to Werner Heisenberg, which inspired her to continue journeying through Europe to study physics there. Rana began to doubt her religious convictions when reading science and philosophy books at the age...
  • The Sum Total of Islam

    03/04/2020 9:07:56 AM PST · by OddLane · 13 replies
    Youtube ^ | 3/4/20 | Gerard Perry
    I explore the final surah of the Koran, The Men, and break down the fundamental differences between Islam and true worship of the Living God.
  • Greek Orthodox Church on Lesvos Island Destroyed by Vandals

    03/04/2020 8:49:37 AM PST · by NRx · 24 replies
    Greek Reporter ^ | 03-03-2020 | Tasos Kokkinidis
    The small church of Hagios Georgios (Saint George) near the village of Moria on Lesvos was vandalized by unknown assailants on Monday.Some local people are blaming a group of migrants who live at the nearby camp for the act. They claim that when police prevented a march by hundreds of migrants demanding to be transferred to Athens, a group of around twenty of them went to the church and took their revenge by destroying the nave and the altar.Images also show that the assailants destroyed icons and furniture. Hagios Georgios has been vandalized several times in the recent past, local...