World Bulletin / News Desk
A community of Muslims in the Philippines has surprised their Christian neighbors by rebuilding a Catholic church destroyed during a clash between the government and rebels last September.
“We thought they were just looking for damaged mosques to rebuild,” Jimmy Villaflores, the head of the Santa Catalina village told Inquirer Mindanao. “We have not heard of any Muslim helping build a chapel before.”
The Christ the King chapel, which was originally built in the early 1980’s, was almost completely razed to the ground during the clashes, but now, after a month of work, it is almost entirely rebuilt.
Father Michael Ufana of the Saint Joseph parish praised “Esperanza” (Hope), which was formed by retired police Chief Superintendent Sukarno Ikbala and a group of Muslim professionals, for conducting the work and thus helping to strengthen community ties.
Ikbala said, “I did not want the general Christian community to look down on us as bad people because we were all victims”, adding “We do hope that in our own small ways of reaching out, something beautiful will come out.”
Another senior Superintendent by the name of Julmunier Jubail also rallied local Muslims to help.
Abdelaziz El Jaouhari, the head of the mosque committee, told Le Monde “Besides discriminating against us [Muslims], I don’t see any reason to oppose this project.”
In a letter to Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane's Justice and Development Party, Isaac Charia requested party membership.
Iskander Van Doorn, 22, followed in his father Arnoud's footsteps by leaving the far-right movement and accepting Islam.
The American Muslim Society and Egyptian Americans demand the release of a U.S. citizen held behind bars in Egypt for "supporting" the government of the country's toppled leader Mohamed Morsi.
Organizers said nearly 10,000 people had attended the opening and hoped that more will come before the spiritual event wraps up on Monday afternoon.
Abdelaziz El Jaouhari, the head of the mosque committee, said in a statement that the letter had called Muslims "cockroaches" and wished new mayor Cyril Nauth good luck in cleansing the "Muslim race".
According to a press statement by Dr. Sevim Erkmen to the Turkish Agency Cyprus (TAK), Shaykh Nazim is receiving the necessary treatment but still remains in a serious condition.
A group of young British Muslim men have come out with their story about how the MI5 threatened to place them on the terror list and hurt their families if they did not spy on their fellow Muslims.
The surveillance program deployed undercover detectives in Muslim neighborhoods to eavesdrop on conversations and watch day-to-day activities. Police also infiltrated mosques and student groups.
Alexandroupoli's main church condemned the attack on a mosque that saw unidentified people placing a pig's head outside of it.
Athens mayor candidate Aris Stiliotopulos is reported to have said that issues such as these should be decided by the people, but in classic right-wing rhetoric added that Athens has 'no more room for asylum seekers'.
The plan is part of a wider project by the TDV in building mosques for Muslims who live in the Caribbean.
Thousands of Muslims have been detained in Kenya in recent weeks.
The Syrian Islamic Council, a body made up of prominent Islamic scholars and representatives of Turkmen, Kurdish and Arab groups, said it will focus on dealing with religious matters between opposition groups and work with humanitarian aid foundations.
Imam Magomed Zakaryayev was killed when two masked assailants opened fire on him in the Kizil-Yurt district.
It will be the first time since the Friday sermon is read in Turkish in Erbil since the end of the Ottoman Empire.