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.
Muslim individuals and companies in the UK are having their HSBC accounts closed for no reason.
Buddhist Nationalist circles called for a boycott of Ooredoo amid a wave of anti-Muslim hate speech.
Cham Muslim minority believed to have come to Cambodia from ancient kingdom of Champa in what is now Vietnam centuries ago.
Muslims currently account for between 5 and 12 percent of the country's total population of roughly 14.2 million.
Celebratory gunfire heard across Mindanao island following sighting of crescent marking end of Ramadan month of fasting
Muslims performed prayers at open grounds and parks that were filled with worshippers donning white attire.
President of the Addis Ababa Islamic Affairs Supreme Council called on the faithful to pursue peace in the country, blaming "foreign elements" and "non-Muslims" for recent clashes between Muslim protesters and police in the Ethiopian capital.
An ongoing Israeli offensive on the blockaded Gaza Strip also dominated the Muslim prayer
Addressing worshippers at the Al Zarah playground in Juba, Sheikh Juma Said Ali, the chairperson of Central Equatoria Muslim Council, called for peace and stability in South Sudan.
In the main sermon at Cairo's Al-Azhar mosque, the preacher called for supporting the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip
Saleh and incumbent President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi performed the prayer at the Al-Saleh mosque in the capital Sanaa.
Commodity price hikes in Juba have been exacerbated by the looming Muslim Eid holiday, local traders and shoppers say
Five countries – Oman, Morocco, Gabon, Tanzania and Azerbaijan - have so far announced that Eid al-Fitr will start on Tuesday
The feast is due to start on Monday in Gaza as well as in some other Islamic countries
Monday has been declared a national holiday by the Interior Ministry
The confusion was set earlier Saturday when JNI spokesman Khalid Abubakar said in a statement that Sunday could mark the start of Eid al-Fitr if the new moon was sighted.