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.
Pedro Lazo Torres, the leader of Havana’s Muslim community, revealed that his joint efforts with Turkey's Religious Affairs Foundation (TDV) to open a mosque in Havana was rejected.
Pilgrims – coming from all over the world – will spend one day and one night in prayer before setting out for Mount Arafat on Friday morning for the spiritual journey's climax.
Metropolitan Police figures have shown offences have increased from 344 to 570 in the last year.
A letter condemning attacks on Muslims is published on internet.
Turkey's Department of Religious Affairs head Mehmet Gormez said Turkey is planning to establish the university as a supprtive choice not an alternative to Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt.
The victim had her head bashed into the wall of the train a number times by an unknown woman who was shouting abuse before being pushed off the train.
Russian police said that they arrested 30 people involved in the incident on the grounds that they attacked the police.
Husain Abdullah was flagged for 'unsportsmanlike conduct' for performing the Islamic prostration as a touchdown celebration.
Behavior that spoils the pilgrimage atmosphere will be totally prevented, Saudi Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz said.
Lindsey Van Gele said she converted to Islam when she married Belgian footballer Mamoutou N’Diaye, who is originally from Mali.
Qatar women’s basketball team returned home from South Korea after being told they could not wear head scarves while competing.
Meetings between the religious leaders of Cyprus have become a regular opportunity to encourage dialogue between the two major religious groups on the island - Muslims and Christians - as the the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot governments seek to resolve the Cyprus dispute.
Calling the ISIL group's interpretation of Islam illegitimate and perverse, the letter issued in Arabic and English slams their use of torture, slavery, forced conversions, the denial of rights for women and children, and the killing of innocents as tactics in war.
Airports have become a flashpoint of the increased security, and many Muslims say they are being singled out for lengthy and extensive searches. Four mosques had received bomb threats in recent days, and Muslim woman attacked on streets
The players refused to remove their headscarves, saying it violated their religious beliefs and they wanted to send a strong message to the sport's governing federation that the ban was unfair.
The mosques are not just offering information about Islam to non-Muslims, but also to Muslims as well, allowing them to familiarize themselves better with the true teachings of their religion.