Tag: Muslims

Muslims should actively defend Pakistan: Munib

LAHORE - Muslims should actively defend Islam instead of passing resolutions against the US and the West, Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Chairman Mufit Munibur Rehman said on Saturday. He was addressing a seminar titled, "Integrity of Pakistan and our responsibilities" at the Jamia Naeemia. Munib said that lawlessness is reigning supreme and rulers are present everywhere but government is nowhere. "In such circumstances, who can give the assurance of the integrity of the country," he asked.

Muslims and Christians protest against desecration

Islamabad - Pakistani Muslims and Christians stage a protest beside a burning effigy of US pastor Terry Jones, in Islamabad. Pakistan has strongly condemned the "deliberate desecration" of the Koran by a US evangelical preacher in a church in Florida, calling it a setback for global efforts to promote harmony. The burning was carried out by pastor Wayne Sapp under the supervision of Terry Jones, who last year drew condemnation over his aborted plan to ignite a pile of the Islamic holy

Special US prison units filled with Muslims

WASHINGTON - US federal prisons for the past three years have housed special units filled disproportionately with Muslim inmates whose every communication with the outside world is strictly monitored. Known as "Guantanamo North," the so-called Communication Management Units (CMU) were secretly opened in 2007 in maximum security prisons in Terre Haute, Indiana and Marion, Illinois and currently have 71 prisoners, the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) told AFP. The US public radio

Muslims will remain indebted to Jinnah, says Fauzia

LAHORE - Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah was a great benefactor for the subcontinents' Muslims and Pakistan could never have been created without his exemplary leadership,
Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Information Secretary Fauzia Wahab said on Monday. She was speaking at a function organised at the Moon Light School, Nisbat Road to pay tributes to the Quaid-e-Azam.
All Pakistan Private Schools Association President Adeeb Javadani said that if the nation had followed the

Muslims in Azerbaijan protest over headscarves

BAKU: Hundreds of people protested in Azerbaijan on Friday for the right to wear Islamic headscarves in schools, challenging the strictly secular regime.
Around 800-1,000 people took part in the demonstration outside the Ministry of Education, far more than Azerbaijan's opposition has mustered in recent years to demand reform in the tightly-controlled former Soviet republic. Twelve people were arrested, police said.
Some Islamic communities in mainly Shi'ite Azerbaijan

Muslims say Obama failing to keep Cairo promises

CAIRO: United States President Barack Obama's pledge on Wednesday to strive for better relations with the Muslim world drew scepticism in Cairo, where last year he called for a new beginning in the Middle East after years of mistrust.
In a visit to Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority country, Obama acknowledged more needed to be done to repair ties with the Muslim world. "As soon as Obama took over, he said he would do this and that -- a lot of things. But he

Islam is no monolith in Obama’s speeches to Muslims

PARIS: When US President Barack Obama first addressed the Muslim world in its traditional heartland last year, his speech was laden with references to the past, to Islam and to the tensions plaguing the Middle East.
Updating his speech on Wednesday on the far eastern fringe of that world, his upbeat remarks about Indonesia's democracy, development and diversity spelled hope for the future. But they were also veiled reference to autocratic Muslim countries.
He held up

Wilders is dangerous, Muslims tell court

THE HAGUE: Muslims told judges trying anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders for hate speech Monday that he was dangerous, dividing a multicultural society that used to cohabit peacefully.
"Mr Wilders is a dangerous ideologist who has divided Dutch society," Naoual Abaida, a trainee lawyer with a native Dutch mother and Moroccan father, told the court. "I am asking you to protect me as a Muslim and a Moroccan against Mr Wilders," she said, referring to his "Islam-bashing" and "insulting,