Religion

Thousands of Muslims demand right to pray at Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia

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ISTANBUL // Thousands of Muslim worshippers descended on Istanbul’s world famous Hagia Sophia museum on Saturday to demand the right to pray there. An imam led a prayer in front of the vast building that was once a Greek Orthodox basilica, then a mosque and now a museum before crowds called for it to be restored as a Muslim place of worship. “Let the chains break, open Hagia Sophia,” chanted the crowds who gathered on the plaza in front of ... Read More »

Saudi Arabia and Iran fail to reach deal on Hajj

Riyadh accuses Iranian officials of walking out of talks despite offers for “solutions” to Tehran’s demands.. Saudi Arabia and Iran have failed to reach a deal on arrangements for Iranians to attend this year’s Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, with officials from both countries trading accusations on who was to blame for the impasse. Saudi officials accused their Iranian counterparts of walking out of talks early on… Source: Saudi Arabia and Iran fail to reach deal on Hajj – AJE News Read More »

Rome’s treatment of censured Irish priests a ‘great scandal’

Catholic bishops urged to develop more just and respectful process for dealing with cases.. An Irish priest censured by the Vatican has cast doubts that his future or the futures of other clerics in his situation will improve following last week’s meeting between Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) colleagues and bishops… Source: Rome’s treatment of censured Irish priests a ‘great scandal’ Read More »

Hotline blab: the latest way to Muslim identity from the inside and out

I won’t be advising the Muslim community to use a new hotline set up for parents who fear their children are being radicalised.. The attorney general’s department, tasked with “countering violent extremism”, often comes up with ideas that objectively seem sound, but in the context of growing and rampant Islamophobia, are actually rather daft… Source: Hotline blab: the latest way to Muslim identity from the inside and out | Mostafa Rachwani | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

London mayor to visit US ‘in case Trump wins’

Newly elected mayor said he will visit to see the US once more in case he is shut out by Trump policies.. London’s first Muslim mayor, Sadiq Khan, says if Donald Trump becomes president of the United States he will be barred from entering the country on account of his faith. The UK Labour Party candidate secured victory over Conservative challenger Zac Goldsmith on Saturday, and is already looking ahead to his future responsibilities abroad… Source: London mayor to visit ... Read More »

Why Turkey’s Historic Churches Are Being Turned Into Mosques

Christians in Turkey have become a tiny minority. The few remaining Christian churches in Anatolia are also on the path to total annihilation. Christians in Turkey have – throughout the centuries — been turned into a tiny, dwindling minority. The remaining few Christian churches in Anatolia are also on the path to total annihilation. Hagia Sophia in Trabzon: Church-mosque-museum and… Source: Why Turkey’s Historic Churches Are Being Turned Into Mosques Read More »

Muslim Leaders Wage Theological Battle, Stoking ISIS’ Anger

As the military and political battle against the Islamic State escalates, Muslim imams and scholars in the West are fighting on another front — through theology. Imam Suhaib Webb, a Muslim leader in Washington, has held live monthly video chats to refute the religious claims of the Islamic State, also known asISIS or ISIL. In a dig at the extremists, he broadcast from ice cream parlors and called his talks “ISIS and ice cream.”… Source: Muslim Leaders Wage Theological Battle, ... Read More »

Majority of Germans ‘have limited contact’ with Muslims

Reports by pollster YouGov said 62 percent had no Muslims in their private friendship and family circles.. The majority of Germans have limited contact with Muslims and know very little about their religion, according to a new poll… Source: Majority of Germans ‘have limited contact’ with Muslims – AJE News Read More »

In Turkey we can’t even laugh at our politicians any more

Under President Erdoğan our nation is divided. The prime minister has stepped down, and free speech and secularism are under threat.. Amid the political turmoil in Turkey this week, culminating in the prime minister’s announcement that he’ll stand down within days, it was Oscar Wilde who became the subject of a heated debate in the Turkish… Source: In Turkey we can’t even laugh at our politicians any more | Elif Shafak | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Breda O’Brien: It’s complicated – our relationship with Catholicism

We may not choose to actively support something – but heaven help anyone who tries to say that we are not entitled to it. ‘It’s complicated’ is a Facebook relationship status, denoting anything from a relationship on the rocks to one that doesn’t fit standard parameters, but is working relatively well… Source: Breda O’Brien: It’s complicated – our relationship with Catholicism Read More »

Islamic State fails to gain a foothold in Sri Lanka

After three decades of war with a local terrorist group, the island nation was beginning to enjoy peace and normalcy when the Syrian crisis erupted drawing some Sri Lankan Muslim youth to the conflict zone. Colombo responded quickly by joining hands with civil and religious groups to educate people about the danger of joining extremists groups like the… Source: Islamic State fails to gain a foothold in Sri Lanka – Asia Times Read More »

On Passover, Israel and “Demographic Threats”

The weeklong Jewish festival of Passover is coming to a close, but like many Jews around the world I’m still digesting the myriad questions, answers and discussions that ensued as we retold the biblical story of the Exodus at our seder. While it’s a story our community returns to over and over again, I’m continually astonished at… Source: On Passover, Israel and “Demographic Threats” Read More »

Perth church protesters spared jail for refugee sit-in at Minister’s office

A group of Perth church leaders who staged a sit-in at Minister for Justice Michael Keenan’s office to protest against refugee children living in detention centres have been given spent convictions for trespassing and released on good behaviour bonds… Source: Perth church protesters spared jail for refugee sit-in at Minister’s office Read More »

Far from being silenced, the conservative voice is amplified and disproportionately powerful

There’s a vast difference between being a victim of discrimination and the reality of fewer people agreeing with you than you’re used to. There’s no more perfect example of cognitive dissonance than straight, white conservative males using the platform of their privilege to protest… Source: Far from being silenced, the conservative voice is amplified and disproportionately powerful | Brad Chilcott | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Women’s blessing at in Jerusalem curtailed

A bid by a group of Jewish women to challenge tradition at Jerusalem’s Western Wall with a blessing usually conducted by men was curtailed yesterday after a decision by Israel’s attorney general. The plan was the latest by the group, Women of the Wall, to push for equal prayer rights at the site, the holiest location where Jews are currently allowed to… Source: Women’s blessing at in Jerusalem curtailed – MIDEAST Read More »

‘The Lost Book of Moses’ is a mystery of biblical proportions

Decades before the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, did a Jerusalem antiquities dealer really find a first draft of the Bible? The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947 by Bedouin shepherds catalyzed a… Source: ‘The Lost Book of Moses’ is a mystery of biblical proportions – CSMonitor.com Read More »