World Bulletin / News Desk
World Islamic body warned Israel against organizing "a wine festival" in the historic Ottoman mosque, turned into museum.
The Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Professor Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu has strongly warned about the danger of organizing a wine festival in the courtyard of the historic Bir Sab’a Mosque on 5-6 September 2012, describing such as a flagrant violation to be added to the crime of closing the Mosque and preventing Muslims from praying there.
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.
He stressed that this violation is part of a series of ongoing attacks against Islamic sanctuaries and antiquities in Palestine aimed at obliterating and desecrating them, which is "a deliberate provocation of Muslims" in all parts of the world.
Ihsanoglu said in a statement, he holds Israel fully responsible for the continuation of these attacks on sanctuaries and places of worship and describes the act as grave disregard for the principles of international law and norms which feeds the atmosphere of tension and instability in the region.
The Secretary General also called on the international community, rights organizations, UNESCO and the High Commissioner for the Alliance of Civilizations to assume their responsibilities and act urgently to stop these attacks and to compel Israel to respect sanctuaries and places of worship.
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.
Muslim leaders asked the Kenyan government to suspend the security operation on grounds that human rights were being violated.
The military-backed authorities have been trying to bring mosques under tighter control since the army toppled Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood last July
The exhibition displays a number of items that belonged to the Prophet as well as a letter he had written for the Egyptian governor.
An increase in racist parties' seats in the EP will threaten the EU's future, Turkey's EU Minister and Chief Negotiator Mevlut Cavusoglu said.
The Islamic center and prayer space opened in 2011 near the site of the World Trade Center attacks.
Police donations to UK mosque raises suspicion about intentions.
An influential umbrella group accused the army of exploiting the ongoing state of emergency to kill innocent Muslims.
Despite having links to the far-right Australian Defence League, none are believed to be members of the organization.
Hizb ut-Tahrir has been active in Crimea for a decade, where it has held many conferences and even publishes a newspaper.