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The Osaka imam who represents Islam’s growth in Japan

The Osaka imam who represents Islam’s growth in Japan

IBARAKI, OSAKA PREF. – An Egyptian legal scholar based in Ibaraki, Osaka Prefecture, says he is working to increase understanding between the Japanese people and the more than 100,000 Muslims who live among them. Islam has gradually put down roots in Japan. There are now around 60 mosques, many of them established in former private homes.

The number of Britons choosing Islam doubled in the past decade

The number of Britons choosing Islam doubled in the past decade

The number of Britons choosing to become Muslims has nearly doubled in the past decade, with one of the most comprehensive attempts to estimate how many people have embraced Islam, according to news source the Independent. While previous estimates placed the number of Muslim converts between 14,000 and 25,000 an inter-faith think tank estimates the real

Stop asking Muslims to condemn terrorism. It’s bigoted and Islamophobic.

Stop asking Muslims to condemn terrorism. It’s bigoted and Islamophobic.

By Max Fisher There’s a certain ritual that each and every one of the world’s billion-plus Muslims, especially those living in Western countries, is expected to go through immediately following any incident of violence involving a Muslim perpetrator. It’s a ritual that is continuing now with the Sydney hostage crisis, in which a deranged self-styled sheikh named Man Haron

Sydney cafe: Australians say to Muslims “I’ll ride with you”

Sydney cafe: Australians say to Muslims “I’ll ride with you”

As a gunman holds people hostage in a cafe in Sydney, thousands of messages of support have been posted online for Muslims in Australia who are afraid of an Islamophobic backlash. The spark was this post on Facebook by Rachael Jacobs, who said she’d seen a woman she presumed was Muslim silently removing her hijab

Central Jersey Muslim groups condemn Islamic extremism

Central Jersey Muslim groups condemn Islamic extremism

By Bob Makin The Franklin chapter of WHY-ISLAM hosted a symposium on “Renouncing Religious Extremism” on Nov. 1 to promote the accurate teachings of Islam. WHY-ISLAM?, a project of Islamic Circle of North America, addresses a growing need for accurate information on Islam and Muslims, organizers said in a news release. Recent world events continue to paint a

Bangladesh’s walking librarian

Bangladesh’s walking librarian

Polkan Sarkar travels eight miles every day, getting books to those who cannot read in his community. [See video

Islam and the Thanksgiving Turkey

Islam and the Thanksgiving Turkey

By Eliza Berman Bassam Tariq didn’t grow up eating turkey; his parents didn’t like it. On Thanksgiving, they’d roast chicken and call it a day. But now Tariq has a hundred customers relying on his East Village Halal butcher shop, Honest Chops, to purvey the staple in their holiday meals, and they’re not just expecting any

Quran Is Not for Muslims

Quran Is Not for Muslims

By Mike Ghouse The very first verse in Quran reads, “1:2 (Asad) All praise is due to God alone, the Sustainer of all the worlds (that exist),” and the very last chapter opens with this line, “114:1 (Ali) Say: I seek refuge with the Lord and Cherisher of Mankind,” and there is a whole lot

Muslim, Christian, Jewish Leaders Unite At Saudi Conference To Condemn Islamic State

Muslim, Christian, Jewish Leaders Unite At Saudi Conference To Condemn Islamic State

VIENNA, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Senior Muslim, Christian and Jewish leaders condemned violence by jihadi militants such as Islamic State (IS) at a Saudi-backed conference on Wednesday in a rare display of inter-faith unity aimed at promoting tolerance and diversity. Islamic State has caused international alarm by capturing large expanses of Iraq and Syria, declaring

In a first, Washington National Cathedral to host Friday Muslim prayer service

In a first, Washington National Cathedral to host Friday Muslim prayer service

By Michelle Boorstein Washington National Cathedral, known for presidential funerals and other major spiritual services, will host a Muslim prayer service for the first time Friday. The cathedral, part of the Episcopal Church, has long held high-profile interfaith events, and some mosques hold services in synagogues or churches if they need overflow space. But organizers said