World Affairs

Walking 2,000 miles in solidarity with the Palestinians

Walking 2,000 miles in solidarity with the Palestinians

Walkers plan to enter Jerusalem on 2 November to mark the centenary of the Balfour Declaration Many families attended the event launching the walk to Jerusalem (Facebook/Amos Trust) By Noor El-Terk In the small town of al-Khadr, near Bethlehem, a family scrambles to pull chairs from under the rubble. Wiping them down, they invite their guest to enjoy some tea …

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Pope Francis tells Muslim leaders in Egypt to oppose violence in the name of God

By Christopher Lamb Pope Francis, right, embraces Al-Azhar’s Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb during a meeting in Cairo, Egypt, on April 28, 2017. Photo courtesy of Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi CAIRO (RNS) Pope Francis used the political capital he has built up with the Islamic world to issue a powerful condemnation of religion-inspired violence, calling on Muslim leaders to unite against terrorist acts …

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Terror in Paris: an anti-democracy theology is on the rampage in Europe

Terror in Paris

By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi Thursday’s attack in Champs Elysees of central Paris was the third most recent jihadist atrocity in France. The global outfit of radical Islamism, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has claimed the responsibility for the slaying of at least one police officer and the wounding of two others in this attack. This claim has come much …

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How Rola Sleiman became the first Arab female pastor

female pastor for Arab Christians

In 2017, Rola Sleiman began her role as an officially ordained pastor in Tripoli, Lebanon. She may be the first female pastor for Arab Christians, but Sleiman says it was a natural transition for her [Courtesy of Rola Sleiman/Al Jazeera] by Nada Homsi Tripoli, Lebanon – To anyone’s knowledge, Rola Sleiman is the first female pastor in the entirety of the …

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United Nations and the Question of Quran’s Interpretation

United Nations and the Question of Quran’s Interpretation

By Mashari Althayadi Translated from Arabic by Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi During the recent Arab Summit, which was held in Jordan, one of the scenes that caught everyone’s attention was the speech delivered by the Secretary General of the United Nations, the Portuguese politician Antonio Gutierrez, in front of Arab leaders. During the speech, Gutierrez talked about the devastations of war, …

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First Sikh police chief of Kuala Lumpur

First Sikh police chief of Kuala Lumpur

An Indian-origin man has become the police commissioner of Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur, the first Sikh to get selected to the top police post in the Muslim-majority country. Amar Singh, 58, succeeded Tajuddin Mohamed as the city police chief on Monday. In his speech during the ceremony at the police headquarters, Singh said that his appointment was an honour to …

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(Canada) Canada Passes Motion Against Islamophobia

(Canada) Canada Passes Motion Against Islamophobia

Non-binding motion tasks Canadian government with study to develop ways to address racism and discrimination. Critics of M-103 are worried that it would curtail freedom of speech [Chris Helgren/Reuters] Canadian politicians have passed a motion that condemns Islamophobia and requests that the government recognise the need to “quell the public climate of fear and hate”. The non-binding motion, which condemns …

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