World Bulletin / News Desk
Hundreds of Muslims in the US state of California gathered outside in San Francisco on Saturday to pray for rain, as scorching temperatures in an unusually hot summer threatens to leave the state in drought.
Muslim scholar and co-founder of the Zaytuna College Hamza Yusuf led the prayers in a mass event organized by the Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).
This was the biggest gathering of Muslims performing the prayer for rain, called Salat-ul-Istisqa, a well-known practice from the tradition of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), after similar gatherings in other cities.
California governor Jerry Brown announced a drought emergency in January while federal officials also declared the drought a natural disaster in counties in 11 western and central states.
Lo-and-behold, the following day, the Bay Area of California saw some rain.
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.