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Congo bans full-face veil in public as Muslims flood the country

By Mary Chastain The violence in the Central African Republic has Muslims seeking shelter in Congo in the past months, prompting the Congo government to ban women from wearing full-face veils in public. Officials explained the ban is “to counter extremism.” Congo joins France as the only countries to ban veils and burqas in the

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Record of 13 Muslim MPs elected, 8 of them women

A record of 13 Muslim MPs, up from 8 in 2010, have been elected in one of the most unpredictable and extraordinary general elections in Britain. Eight of the Muslim MPs are women. “It is great news that there are more Muslim MPs elected than ever before. However, the House of Commons still does not

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‘Let them all kill each other’

By Tariq A. Al Maeena I have always maintained that within the US there exist Americans whose first and foremost loyalty is not to their country but to Israel. It is a loyalty usually well-disguised. Their bonds are forged either through religious affiliation to the Jewish faith or a strong determination to let Zionism —

Interfaith

Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald

Learning About The Quran … From A Catholic Archbishop

By Tom Gjelten Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald is one of the Catholic Church’s top experts on Islam. He has served the Vatican in places such as Tunisia, Uganda and Egypt, and now is promoting interfaith understanding by teaching Jesuit students in Cleveland about the Quran. As a 12-year-old Catholic boy growing up in England, Michael Fitzgerald

Puttur Madrasa

Madrasa provides shelter to Hindu pilgrims in communally sensitive Puttur

Puttur: In a district like Dakshina Kannada which was earlier known for its communal harmony, the recent spate of communal clashes and provocative acts has left in its wake not merely a tarnished image of the district but also caution, bitterness and wounded feelings among locals belonging to different communities. Not just this, the regular

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Charlie Hebdo — The Ugly face of the West

By Javaid Bashir Charlie Hebdo is the ugly face of the West. The publication of “caricatures” of the Prophet of Islam has exposed the western civil societies. Endless debate and discussions are going on to defend the so-called “Freegom of Expression”. The basic right is enshrined in most of the constitutions It has been violated

Media

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Five ethical problems that plague Indian journalism

A global study warns that India’s media boom will be worthless unless these issues are fixed soon. By Nayantara Narayanan From the Radia tapes in 2010 to the Essar leaks last month, Indian journalism has been creaking under the burden of unethical practices. A new report titled “Untold Stories: How Corruption and Conflicts of Interest

People

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Pune’s Raabta Foundation makes its international presence in Saudi Arabia

IMO News Service Raabta Foundation, a Pune based social organization, has earned accolades for making it presence felt in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Its President Syed Saeed Ahmed, an international motivational speaker was invited by the Saudis to deliver motivational lectures in Urdu/ Hindi in a number of cities ranging from the holy cities

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Why is Rumi the best-selling poet in the US?

This 807-year-old Persian mystic and dervish has a massive following in the US and around the world. By Jane Ciabattari The ecstatic poems of Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, a Persian poet and Sufi master born 807 years ago in 1207, have sold millions of copies in recent years, making him the most popular poet in

Book Review

Book Review-Uteshwari Maata ka Mahant-R L Francis

Book exposes imperialism of the church: “Unteshwari Mata Ka Mahant”

By RL Francis Name of Book: Unteshwari Mata ka Mahant Author: P.B.Lomeo Price:  300/- ISBN No: 9789384380014 Edition (Year): 2015/First Publisher: Jay Kay Enterprises Format: Paperback E-mail: info@taxshilabooks.in Phone No. 011-23258802, 43528469, 65285328 www.taxshilabooks.in The controversy about Mother Teresa had not subsided, and there is yet another book by P B Lomeo “Unteshwari Mata ka

Education

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Hurdles slow down AMU Kishanganj construction, Aligs worldwide must pay attention

By Md Mudassir Alam After a long wait of around five years the construction work of Aligarh Muslim University’s  Kishanganj Centre has started a couple of weeks ago. The construction work of boundary wall of AMU’s Special Centre at Chakla village is currently in progress but alleged hurdles waged by local suppliers of construction materials

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IMO EXCLUSIVE: Hamdard Public School is on its deathbed. Where are the Muslim leaders? Should this institution be allowed to die?

By Danish Ahmad Khan The Indian Muslim Observer has published many exclusive stories exposing corruption and maladministration in Hamdard University and Hamdard Public School in the hope that these institutions would be saved from the clutches of corrupt, anti-Muslim and anti-education elements presently ruling the roost. But, it seems that the situation in these institutions

Sci-Tech

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Muslims are no more backward in education, says Telangana Deputy Chief Minister Mahmood Ali

By Syed Khaled Shahbaaz Hyderabad: The growing cognizance of global competition and educational awareness in the Muslim community, which was partially conceived miserable in agriculture and education sectors earlier, is a laudable feat exclaimed Telangana Deputy Chief Minister Mahmood Ali. Addressing several hundred students during the Annual Day of the prestigious Muffakham Jah College of

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Space: A (peaceful) possibility for the Muslim World?

By Christina Boyes Natural resource problems, political instability, and funding issues, make active space programs a challenge in much of the Muslim World. In some countries, the lack of access to large bodies of water or other uninhabited space and other necessary resources, make space exploration the subject of fantasy. In others, social support, political

Science-Big Bang Theory

Ahmed Farag Ali et al bangs up the ‘big bang’ theory

By Abdul Rashid Agwan In a breakthrough research in quantum physics, Dr. Ahmed Farag Ali of Benha University, Egypt, along with an India borne Professor Saurya Das of the University of Lethbridge, Canada, created a series of equations that describe a universe much like Hoyle’s; one without a beginning or end. It is generally believed

Editorial

IMO IMPACT: Indian Muslim Observer story on ‘House Arrest’ of Jamia Hamdard Chancellor Saiyid Hamid stands true, two Urdu newspapers take up issue after nearly one year

By Danish Ahmad Khan All is surely not well with eminent Muslim personality Saiyid Hamid and the institutions he is presently associated with – Jamia Hamdard (Hamdard University) and Hamdard Education Society. The Indian Muslim Observer story titled “IMO EXCLUSIVE: Son puts Hamdard University Chancellor Saiyid Hamid under ‘House Arrest’?” published on October 28, 2012

MUSLIM MEDIA: Green Colour Paper — An English daily for Muslims is planned

By Debarshi Dasgupta Launching an English daily that specialises in covering Muslim affairs is an idea many have broached, even attempted. But it has remained illusory so far. While many attempts didn’t go beyond the drawing board, the few that made it to a print-run didn’t survive more than a few months, accentuating the challenges

Islam

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The Sickness of Our Age is Not Stress, but Lack of Trust in Allah

By Harun Yahya Stress is one of the greatest problems facing modern societies. It is a scourge that weakens people physically and mentally, makes them unhappy, apathetic and exhausted and even leads to diseases. This scourge is defined as a state of psychological tension that causes a person to have a negative view of life,

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Meet the Controversial Muslim Leader Who Has Advised the White House

Sheikh Abdullah bin Bayyah issued a fatwa condemning ISIS violence last week. By Kaveh Waddell The White House is taking a closer look at the role of religion in its campaign against violent extremism in the Middle East. In a speech last week laced with references to religion, President Obama called on Muslim leaders and

Kaaba Key Keeper Sheikh Abdul Qadir Taha Al-Sheibi

Kaaba key keeper dies

Sheikh Abdul Qadir Taha Al-Sheibi, who held the traditional key to the Kaaba, died in Makkah on Thursday. He was 74. The Al-Sheibi family has been holding the position of key-keeper since pre-Islamic times. The family of the present custodians is linked to Sheiba bin Othman Abi Talha who lived during the time of Prophet

Great Britain Hockey Star Launches Olympic, Ramadan Iftar 2012 Celebrations

IMO News Service London: This year, for the first time, the Olympics (27 July to 12 August 2012) will take place during Ramadan (20 July to 18 August 2012) and in the spirit of collaboration and friendship mosques across the UK will open their Iftar celebrations to neighbours, visitors, Muslims, non-Muslims, officials and Olympic athletes

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Congo bans full-face veil in public as Muslims flood the country

By Mary Chastain The violence in the Central African Republic has Muslims seeking shelter in Congo in the past months, prompting the Congo government to ban women from wearing full-face veils in public. Officials explained the ban is “to counter extremism.” Congo joins France as the only countries to ban veils and burqas in the

Minorities

Business

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India’s first halal cosmetics firm set to expand outlets

By Azera Parveen Rahman Ahmedabad: Mauli Teli has people coming up to her often and asking what ‘halal’ has to do with cosmetics. “Are such cosmetics only for Muslims?” they sometimes enquire. Teli is not a Muslim, but the smart, suave, CEO of a company whose Iba product – India’s first halal-certified cosmetic brand –

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4Th HalalExpo Latino Americana 2015 to be held from November 16-17

IMO News Service The 4th edition of “The Halal Expo Latino Americana” will be held from November 16 to 17, 2015. The HalalFoodInternactional & Chilehalal group will be hosting the 2-day annual event. The event organizers in a press release said that the three previous editions had been a huge success. The past editions received

Camille Paldi, CEO, FAAIF Ltd.

FAAIF announces two summer Islamic Finance events in Europe for August 2015

FAAIF enters European market with Islamic finance training. Dubai, UAE: Camille Paldi, CEO of FAAIF, the Franco-American Alliance for Islamic Finance, announces Islamic Finance for Lawyers in the Hague, Netherlands August 17-18, 2015 and Shariáh and Islamic Finance in London, UK August 24-25, 2015. Paldi invites CEO’s, professionals, academics, students, lawyers, bankers, NGO’s, government, non-profits,

Islamic Microfinance: India as an Emerging Potential Market

By Fouzia Jan The main aim of the article is to assess the potential for an alternative to conventional microfinance Islamic microfinance. The article argues that Islamic microfinance can play an important role in the eradication of poverty, the socio-economic development of the poor and small (micro) entrepreneurs without charging any interest (riba). In addition,

Terrorism

Communalism

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Gujarat: Why are only Muslim areas being targeted in AMC demolition drive?

By Abdul Hafiz Lakhani Ahmedabad: Gujarat’s largest Muslim ghetto Juhapura in Ahmedabad is once again in the news for wrong reasons. The nexus between Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC), ruling BJP party in AMC and builders of the area have rendered thousands of Muslims homeless. A group of locals in Juhapura area of Ahmedabad city recently

Islamophobia

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Congo bans full-face veil in public as Muslims flood the country

By Mary Chastain The violence in the Central African Republic has Muslims seeking shelter in Congo in the past months, prompting the Congo government to ban women from wearing full-face veils in public. Officials explained the ban is “to counter extremism.” Congo joins France as the only countries to ban veils and burqas in the

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