World Bulletin / News Desk
A Palestine-based charity has called for help to stop use of a mosque-turned-museum as a venue for a prospective festival to promote products of Israeli wine makers.
"Be'er Sheva Mosque is cultural heritage from the Ottoman Empire. We call on all Palestinians, Muslims, international human rights groups and Turkey to work to stop violations against the Be'er Sheva Mosque," Al Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage said in a statement on Wednesday, defining the festival as "provocation."
The wine festival is scheduled for September 5.
The Be'er Sheva Mosque, built during the Ottoman reign of the region and used as a house of worship until 1948, was turned into an Islamic museum on the orders of an Israeli high court in 2011.
A junior Turkish envoy in Israel visited the mosque last week along with an Arab member of the Knesset and a Palestinian human rights activist.
Turkey's relations with Israel have been in the deep freeze since Israeli commandos raided a Gaza-bound humanitarian aid convoy on May 31, 2010, killing nine Turkish citizens in international waters.
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.
Official figures suggest Muslims make up 12 percent of Malawi's 14 million while Muslim groups put the percentage at 36.
Three were hospitalized after a fire broke out in scaffolding.