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  • Saudi Arabia attack: Islamic State claims Shia mosque bombing

    05/22/2015 9:25:52 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 19 replies
    BBC ^ | 5-22-2015 | BBC
    The Islamic State (IS) group says it was behind a suicide bombing on a Shia mosque in Saudi Arabia that killed at least 10 people. The attack in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province is the first to be claimed by the Saudi branch of IS, which was formally established last November. The claim was posted on Twitter with an image of the bomber by an account that is a reliable source on the group. IS has previously threatened to attack Shia Muslims in Saudi Arabia. Witnesses reported a huge blast at the Imam Ali mosque in the village of al-Qadeeh, in...
  • Bobby Jindal plans to issue an executive order enforcing intent of religious freedom bill

    05/19/2015 2:12:41 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 32 replies
    nola.com ^ | 05/19/2015 | Emily Lane
    Gov. Bobby Jindal issued a statement Tuesday (May 19) saying he plans to issue an executive order to enforce the intent of a religious freedom bill that effectively died about two hours earlier, in the House Civil Law and Procedure Committee. Read the full statement below: "We are disappointed by the committee's action to return the Louisiana Marriage and Conscience Act to the calendar. We will be issuing an Executive Order shortly that will accomplish the intent of HB 707 to prevent the state from discriminating against persons or entities with deeply held religious beliefs that marriage is between one...
  • Kansas City Mosque That Wanted To Ban Free Speech Will Hold Funeral For TX Jihadist Nadir Soofi

    05/06/2015 10:25:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 05/06/2015 | Patrick Poole
    A Kansas City mosque that petitioned Barack Obama to ban free speech defaming Islam in 2012 will hold the funeral for one of the two jihadists killed in a shootout Sunday outside a Dallas-area convention center that was hosting a “Draw Muhammad” cartoon contest.The Islamic Society of Greater Kansas City (ISGKC) will hold a funeral on Thursday for Nadir Soofi, according to KCTV5: The funeral for one of the people suspected in a chilling attack outside a Texas art contest will be held in the metro.While Nadir Soofi never lived in the metro his father lives in an Overland...
  • The Pope and Rome Synonymous, Right? Hmm Lets See

    02/12/2015 8:00:05 AM PST · by Salvation · 24 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-11-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Pope and Rome – Synonymous, Right? Hmm … Let’s “See” By: Msgr. Charles PopeMost Catholics understandably link the Church, the Papacy, and Rome. We are “Roman” Catholics. The Pope lives in Rome. He is the Bishop of Rome and of the universal Church. Rome, the Papacy, and the Church are solidly linked terms and almost interchangeable. To say, “Rome has spoken … ” is to say the Pope has spoken, the Church has ruled.But this connection has not always held and the popes, for various reasons, have chosen or been “forced” to live outside of Rome.Among the lesser...
  • Erdoğan, Obama to open mosque in US

    04/20/2015 4:48:06 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 31 replies
    Hrriyet ^ | April/20/2015
    The presidents of Turkey and the U.S. will open the Turkish-American Culture and Civilization Center in Maryland, Turkey’s foreign minister said April 19. Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, who was on a three-day visit to Washington, visited the center that also has a medium-sized mosque, and lunched with representatives from the American Muslim community. “During a phone call, President [Recep Tayyip] Erdoğan asked President [Barack] Obama to accompany him in opening the center together and President Obama accepted his offer in principle,’” Çavuşoğlu told the representatives. If Obama’s schedule allows at the time of the opening, he will accompany Erdoğan. The...
  • 137 killed, 345 injured in suicide attacks on Yemen mosques

    03/20/2015 8:09:46 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 78 replies
    The Record ^ | 3-20-2015 | Ahmed Al-Haj, AP
    A television network owned by Yemen's Shiite rebels says a total of 137 people were killed and 345 injured in quadruple suicide bombings that hit a pair of mosques controlled by the rebels in Sanaa, the Yemeni capital. Al-Masirah TV raised the death toll on Friday hours after the attacks, making it the deadliest violence to hit the fragile war-torn country.
  • Saudi Arabia: Indian Arrested for 'Liking' Photo that Showed Mecca Mosque as Hindu temple

    03/04/2015 10:18:40 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 21 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 3-5-2015 | Mugdha Variyar
    Saudi Arabian authorities have detained an Indian national for posting a controversial photo of Mecca's Grand Mosque juxtaposed with Hindu religious symbols on Facebook. The photo depicts Al Masjid Al Haram mosque as a temple, photoshopped with Hindu symbols over the Kaaba, the holy building at the centre of the mosque, according toGulf News, which cited a local daily's report on Tuesday. A Saudi citizen who saw the post brought it to the notice of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, the kingdom's religious police. The Indian was detained when he was at an...
  • Bomb threats target Muslim business, mosque (Perp: Austin homeless guy)

    02/17/2015 5:03:58 PM PST · by SSS Two · 10 replies
    KVUE-TV Austin ^ | 5:45 p.m. CST February 17, 2015 | Tina Shively
    AUSTIN -- A man in his 50s who was staying overnight at an Austin Muslim center is to blame for making bomb threats at a Muslim business and the community center where he was staying, according to police. Police said two bomb threats were made around 7 a.m. Tuesday at 11900 North Lamar Boulevard at the North Austin Muslim Community Center and a Middle Eastern-style food truck near the Arab Cowboy Cafe and Hookah Lounge at 901 West 24th Street. Police told KVUE that staff at the community center took a man in his 50's, believed to be homeless, in...
  • Houston Islamic Center Fire: Left-of-Center Media Jumping to Conclusions

    02/14/2015 3:05:41 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 39 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | 02/13/2015 | Bob Price
    HOUSTON, Texas Left-of-center media appears to quickly be jumping to conclusions about who may have started the fire at the Quba Islamic Institute. A member of the Islamic center told reporters that fire investigators told him an accelerant was found in the fire. Twitchy now leads with the following headline: CNN reports Islamic center fire intentional; Tea party members are out here killing innocent people. The CNN report comes from CNNs Erin Burnett who reported that the fire at the Islamic center in Houston is a frightening and troubling incident, especially in light of the shooting in North Carolina...
  • ( Sunni Moslems ) Taliban storm Pakistan Shiite mosque, killing at least 16

    02/13/2015 8:33:56 AM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    AFP ^ | 13 February 2015
    Three attackers with grenades, Kalashnikovs and explosive suicide vests struck at the Imamia mosque in Peshawar, the main city in Pakistan's restive northwest, around the time of the main Friday prayers. The attack comes two weeks after a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque in southern Pakistan killed 61 people ... violence has been on the rise in Pakistan in recent years, most of it perpetrated by hardline Sunni Muslim groups against minority Shiite Muslims, who make up around a fifth of the population. The suicide bombing at a mosque in southern Sindh province on January 30 was the deadliest...
  • NYC may scrub report on Islamic terrorists to appease mosque spying critics

    01/19/2015 5:47:26 AM PST · by Biggirl · 13 replies
    Jihadwatch.org ^ | January 19, 2015 | Robert Spencer
    As the jihad steps up in intensity and Islamic jihadist Zale Thompson attacked NYPD officers with an axe just weeks ago, de Blasios New York may scrub a report on Islamic jihadists because it offends Muslims. De Blasio is setting up New York for much, much more jihad.
  • Solving the "Call to Prayer" noise pollution problem around mosques. ~ Vanity

    01/16/2015 11:10:07 AM PST · by GraceG · 30 replies
    I was thinking about the Duke case of them wanting to "broadcast" out their screeching bellowing "call to prayer" that they feel has to pollute the air every 5 times a day. Then i thought of this. Apparently it is NOT "haram" or forbidden to use technology to send out their screeches, otherwise they wouldn't be allowed to use loudspeakers and pre-recorded mooselimb bellowing. So if Tech is not an issue, why not use tech to solve the problem? Low power and LEGAL FM transmitters can be bought that can send out a signal over about a mile radius and...
  • Circa 2003: Gov Rick Perry advances Muslim teachings; builds mosque; sets up Texas Sharia Court

    01/10/2015 4:17:19 AM PST · by Liz · 50 replies
    Texas Governor's Office | Circa 2003
    Then-Gov Rick Perry signs agreement with the Aga Khan--Muslim leader. It is a great honor to be in the presence of the Imam of 16 million Muslims around the world, a global humanitarian leader, a man of peace with a pluralistic vision for people around the world, His Highness, the Aga Khan, the 49th Hereditary Imam of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims. Your Highness, on behalf of 23 million Texans, and over 600,000 thousand Muslims living in Texas, I extend our heartfelt appreciation for your 50 years of great international leadership." "We are delighted to welcome you to the...
  • Molested boy found hanged in mosque (Pakistan)

    01/09/2015 11:13:42 AM PST · by Perseverando · 36 replies
    The Nation ^ | January 05, 2015 | Ashraf Javed
    LAHORE - A five-year-old boy was found dead in a mosque after being molested in Green Town area, police sources said Friday. The body was hanging from the staircase grill with the boys left hand tied to his back, as investigators reached the crime scene, a police officer said. On Friday noon, an unidentified man informed the police through phone that the naked body of a boy was hanging from the staircase grill on the upper portion of the mosque - Masjid Baitul Mukarram - located near Behari Chowk. It was learnt that some boys, on their routine duty, were...
  • Denver: Schoolgirls Forced to Wear Headcarves, Ankles Must Be Covered...

    01/07/2015 10:09:34 PM PST · by grundle · 85 replies
    D.C. Clothesline ^ | January 7, 2015 | Pamela Geller
    Full title: Denver: Schoolgirls Forced to Wear Headcarves, Ankles Must Be Covered on School Trip to Denver Mosque Sharia in the classroom. School girls at a Douglas County public school in Colorado are being forced to cover up from head-to-toe to visit a mosque on a school mandated Common Core trip. There are no requirements to visit a Greek Orthodox cathedral or synagogue.Here again we see that anywhere American law and Islamic law conflict, it is American law that has to give way. The subjugation and oppression of women are enshrined under the sharia. Young school girls should not be...
  • Czech Politician: Walk Your Pet Pig Near a Mosque [Eurabia]

    01/05/2015 7:02:37 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 25 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 1/05/2015 | Yaakov Levi
    To protest the growing presence and influence of Muslims in his country, Czech opposition leader Tomio Okamura has called on his countrymen to take their pigs for a walk next to mosques. In a Facebook posting, Okamura, head of the Dawn of Direct Democracy movement, listed what he said were specific instructions about how we can protect our democratic way of life and the heritage of our ancestors from Islam, which has made great inroads into country, before it's too late. Can we discuss with them about why, if Islam is a religion of peace, as they claim, why they...
  • Arsonist sets fire to Swedish mosque, injuring five

    12/26/2014 8:38:02 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 17 replies
    An arsonist set fire to a mosque in the Swedish town of Eskilstuna on Thursday, injuring five people, police said, an incident which comes amid an intense debate over immigration. The immigration debate has pitted the far right, which wants to cut the number of asylum seekers allowed into Sweden by 90 percent, against mainstream parties intent on preserving the Nordic country's liberal policy.
  • Sweden: Five Injured in Mosque Arson Attack

    12/25/2014 5:13:22 PM PST · by Nachum · 43 replies
    inn ^ | 12/25/14 | staff
    An arsonist set fire to a mosque in the Swedish town of Eskilstuna on Thursday, injuring five people, police said, according to the BBC. About 15 to 20 people were attending midday prayers in the mosque, located in the ground floor of a residential building, when the fire broke out. Local media footage showed smoke and flames billowing from the windows before firefighters put the blaze out. The incident comes amid a fierce debate in Sweden over immigration policies. The far right wants to cut the number of asylum seekers allowed into Sweden by 90%, while mainstream parties are intent...
  • Islamic center to operate in St. Anthony Village [Obama's DOJ sues city]

    12/17/2014 1:44:40 PM PST · by Gideon7 · 11 replies
    St Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 12/16/2014 | Katie Kather
    A settlement agreement announced Tuesday calls for St. Anthony Village to allow an Islamic group to use a portion of a building the group owns for worship and other religious activities. The U.S. government reached the settlement with the city over its 2012 rejection of a proposed Islamic center. Since the Islamic center bought the St. Anthony Business Center in 2011, its leaders have wanted to maintain office space for the current tenants and to hold its religious gatherings in the building's basement level. U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger announced the results of settlement negotiations agreed upon Dec. 11 at a...
  • BREAKING NEWS: Dramatic end to Sydney siege as police storm cafe with guns and stun grenades

    12/15/2014 7:44:27 AM PST · by C19fan · 214 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 15, 2014 | Staff
    <p>Police stormed a cafe in central Sydney early Tuesday where a gunman held more than a dozen hostages for more than 16 hours, firing automatic weapons and throwing grenades moments after captives were seen fleeing the buidling in terror. A scene of pandemonium erupted in the early morning just minutes after hostages started emerging from the cafe on their own or in small groups. Eleven hostages The dramatic end stage of the siege came as the gunman holding the remaining captives was revealed as a self-proclaimed Islamic cleric Man Haron Monis. Monis is a 49-year-old man living in southwest Sydney, but is originally from Iran and a self-proclaimed sheik, and also sent hate mail to the families of Australian dead soldiers between 2007 and 2009, according to The Daily Telegraph. The seige in the Lindt cafe in Martin Place on Monday follows an unsuccessful attempt to have these charges overturned in the High Court on Friday, The Age reported. Monis received 300 community service hours and a two-year good behaviour bond for the correspondence, which he claims were his version of sympathy cards, sent with the help from his girlfriend Amirah Droudis. Arriving as a refugee in Australia in 1996, the hostage-taker was charged as an accessory to the murder of his ex-wife - who was allegedly stabbed and set on fire on a flight of stairs in her western Sydney apartment block in November 2013. The man's current partner was charged with murder but they both received bail as the case was deemed too weak.</p>
  • Pope Francis Prays in Turkey's Mosque, Head Bowed Toward Mecca

    11/30/2014 3:46:00 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/30/2014 | Anugrah Kumar
    A day after calling for inter-religious dialogue to end Islamist extremism, Pope Francis on Saturday visited a 17th-century mosque in Istanbul and spent several minutes in a silent prayer with his head bowed in the direction of Mecca. The pope made the gesture to promote Christian-Muslim relations at the Sultan Ahmet Mosque, known as the Blue Mosque, on Saturday, the second day of his three-day Turkey visit, according to the Vatican Radio. He removed his shoes before entering the mosque with blue tiles on its walls. Standing next to him was the Grand Mufti, who explained about the Koranic verses...
  • At least 120 dead in Nigeria mosque suicide attack

    11/28/2014 5:43:11 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    timesofindia ^ | Nov 29, 2014, 03.59 AM IST
    The Emir of Kano last week told worshippers at the same mosque that northerners should take up arms against Boko Haram, which has been fighting for a hardline Islamic state since 2009. ,,, He said it was possible that the group carried out the attack as a direct response to Sanusi's comments last week, although it may have been planned beforehand. "Whatever the case, the group has sent a message to northern leaders that crossing them will have consequences," Noakes said in an email exchange. Boko Haram attacks in recent months have ranged from the far northeast of Nigeria, across...
  • 'Guardian' deletes reference to Palestinians, CNN labels synagogue 'mosque'

    11/18/2014 5:33:45 AM PST · by SJackson · 14 replies
    From mistaking the Har Nof synagogue where Tuesday's terror attack took place for a mosque, to deleting references to Palestinian perpetrators, some of the international media continued to report on the events in Israel in an eyebrow-raising manner on Tuesday. The website of British newspaper The Guardian ran a story about the attack from Reuters. The wire dispatch the agency sent included the headline 'Palestinians kill four in Jerusalem synagogue attack' and led with the sentence: ''Two Palestinians armed with a meat cleaver and a gun killed four people in a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday before being shot dead by...
  • Jail Time For Four Men Who Threw Pig's Head At Mosque In May 2013

    11/17/2014 10:05:49 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 44 replies
    OpposingViews.com ^ | 17NOV2014 | Lina Batarags
    Four men were jailed for throwing a severed pigs head into a mosque in Lancashire last May. Shocked women and children watched as the four friends dumped a carrier bag containing the severed head in the parking lot of Blackpool Central Mosque. Preston Crown Court was told the four men had organized the crimewhich came only two days after the murder of solider Lee Rigby in May 2013as a prank, knowing it would be seen as an insult in a Muslim place of worship. The four menThomas Ashton, 21; Andrew Warner, 31; Travis Crabtree, 25; and Steven White, 28are all...
  • Man charged with shooting outside Bridgeview mosque (ILLINOIS)

    11/02/2014 3:33:38 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 27 replies
    FOX 32 CHICAGO ^ | NOV 2, 2014
    Man charged with shooting outside Bridgeview mosque Nov 02, 2014 2:28 PM CST A southwest suburban man is accused of shooting another man in the back Friday afternoon after a prayer service at a Bridgeview mosque. Rame R. Joudeh, 41, has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and reckless discharge of a firearm, all felonies, according to a statement from Bridgeview police. Joudeh confronted the 36-year-old man about 1:05 p.m. in the 9200 block of Beloit Avenue in Bridgeview, police said. The shooting happened after a prayer service, while the men were outside the mosque...
  • Police captain punished for refusing to attend Muslim Brotherhood-linked mosque

    10/14/2014 1:10:39 PM PDT · by backtothestreets · 54 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | October 13, 2014 | Unknown
    The city of Tulsa, Oklahoma, punished one of its own veteran police commanders for his refusal to attend a Muslim religious service being held at a mosque he said practiced radical Islamic dogma, according to court records. He also "dared" to refuse to order his officers to visit a mosque he alleges has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
  • Letter from Obama Read at Mosque of Oklahoma Beheader

    10/07/2014 4:54:04 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | October 6, 2014 | Aaron Goldstein
    Today on the main site, I have an article up about President Obama's silence concerning Colleen Hufford, the woman beheaded by Muslim convert Alton Nolen on September 25th. Well, it seems that President Obama has seen to it that a letter of his was read aloud to the mosque that Nolen attended. Obama praises the mosque for its work following the tornado in Moore, Oklahoma last year...........
  • Obama Sends Personal Message Of Appreciation To The Mosque Of The OK Beheader (Religion of Pieces)

    10/06/2014 12:29:12 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 22 replies
    Noisy Room ^ | Oct 6, 2014 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    Incredibly, in the wake of a Jihadist beheading of a white, Christian grandmother in Moore, Oklahoma a few days ago, instead of coming forward with a statement condemning the barbaric act to Americans, Obama has sent a proxy messenger to the mosque of the murderer in Moore with a message of appreciation and support. Tell me how this can be viewed in any sane way other than condoning murder in the name of Allah? It is literally murderous sympathy for the devil and obeisance to blatant evil. When I heard this last night, I cannot express the anger that consumed...
  • Obama sends thank you note to Oklahoma beheader's mosque

    10/06/2014 9:44:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/06/2014 | Carol Brown
    The president wrote a thank you note to the mosque that spawned the Oklahoma beheader. Go figure.The note was hand-delivered by David Myers, a DHS Director. Myers not only delivered the note, he also read it aloud to the congregation. Quite a bit of pomp and circumstance when one considers the circumstance. Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch reports, quoting KFOR TV: Today, an official from Washington D.C. flew in to Oklahoma to present a special thank you to the Muslim congregation. He read a message from President Barrack [sic] Obama, extending warm greetings from the American people during the Muslim...
  • South Africa's Gay and Woman Friendly Mosque Opens, Gets Torched After 1 Month

    10/06/2014 8:20:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 10/06/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    So much for that moderate Islam. (via Religion of Peace) South Africa’s controversial first gay-friendly mosque, which also allows Christian worshippers and women to lead prayers, was damaged by a fire overnight, its founder and the police said Saturday. I’m not sure how this even qualifies as a mosque if there are Christians leading prayers. Clearly a lot of Muslims felt the same way. The mosque has faced fierce criticism and threats of violence from Muslims with 14 national and provincial organizations representing the Muslim community across South Africa issuing a joint statement condemning Hargey’s plans.According to an AFP report,...
  • Chiefs' Husain Abdullah penalized for post-touchdown prayer

    09/30/2014 12:05:57 AM PDT · by re_nortex · 79 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | 9-30-14 | Sid Saraf
    Did the referees cross the line? Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah came up with a big play during Monday night's win over the New England Patriots, as he intercepted a Tom Brady pass and took it to the house for a touchdown. However, once he reached the end zone, Abdullah dropped to his knees and did this ["pray"]: Abdullah is a practicing Muslim and it's common for people of that faith to pray from their knees. However, this drew a flag from the officials for excessive celebration. But should it have? FOX Sports NFL rules expert Mike Pereira pointed...
  • Officials wonder why extremists are drawn to Cambridge mosque

    09/10/2014 3:59:14 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | 9/8/2014 | Deborah Feyerick
    The mosque on Prospect Street is not only Cambridge, Massachusetts,' largest mosque, but it is also the city's only mosque. As many as 1,000 people a week, including immigrants, students, families and residents from surrounding neighborhoods, stop by to pray up to five times a day as Islam requires. Known as the Cambridge mosque, it is run by the Islamic Society of Boston and is just a few short blocks from the well-traveled Red Line, which serves Boston's many universities and colleges. "The mosque is open to everyone," says spokeswoman Nicole Mossalam. "We don't have a core membership. It's very...
  • Hate for sale as Muslim flag adopted by jihadists goes to auction at Sydney mosque

    09/08/2014 9:17:44 AM PDT · by george76 · 1 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | September 08, 2014 | Miles Godfrey and Leigh van den Broeke
    Flag bearing IS symbol auctioned at Sydney mosque Boy, 15, posts pictures online and says hell fight Assad Fred Nile calls for ban on flag throughout Australia ... PREMIER Mike Baird said the Islamic State flag could be banned across NSW. His stance follows footage of one of the flags, which is linked to the barbaric terrorist organisation, being auctioned in front of families and young children in Sydney. That is something we will consider and work with community groups about but we cant have the position where you are seeing any activity that is promoting terrorism, supporting terrorism, Mr...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Former terror suspect kicked out of Bloomington, Minn. mosque

    09/06/2014 5:52:16 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 46 replies
    MyFoxTwinCities.com ^ | 9/5/14 | Tom Leyden
    Amir Meshal has a fascinating history. He's originally from New Jersey, but back in 2007 he was detained and interrogated by the FBI in Kenya after escaping from Somalia. Somehow, his travels brought him to Minnesota, and to a mosque in Bloomington, which kicked him out this summer. Friday prayers bring hundreds to the Al-Farooq Youth and Family Center, which is perhaps the largest mosque in the Twin Cities. But not everyone is welcome -- not after Meshal began attending prayer and hanging out earlier this year. In June, the center called police and had Meshal, 31, removed and ticketed...
  • Police suspect arson in Berlin mosque fire

    08/28/2014 6:00:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 28 Aug 2014 12:55 GMT+02:00
    Investigators now believe a fire which damaged a mosque in Berlin earlier in August was started deliberately. Police had believed that the fire at the Mevlana mosque in Kreuzberg might have been caused by a technical fault or started accidentally, but both of those possibilities have now been ruled out. [] The fire began in building materials stored in an unfinished extension to the structure and caused smoke damage to the faade and the interior of the mosque. Renovation and extension work has been going on at the site since 2013.
  • Teen shot dead in Saint Gallen city mosque (Switzerland)

    08/28/2014 12:30:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    TheLocal.ch ^ | 23 Aug 2014 08:35 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    One person was killed Friday in a shooting in the prayer hall of a mosque in the Swiss city of Saint Gallen, police said. Media reports said the victim was 18 and was killed as a result of a row between Albanian families. [] The suspected killer was arrested at the scene, Saint Gallen cantonal police told AFP, without giving further details about the individual.
  • U.S. government sues Minneapolis suburb for rejecting Islamic center

    08/27/2014 8:10:49 PM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 32 replies
    Reuters/Yahoo ^ | 08/27/2014 | Brendan O'Brien
    (Reuters) - The U.S. government sued a small Minneapolis suburb on Wednesday, accusing it of religious discrimination after local leaders denied a Muslim group the right to open a center in the municipality. The Justice Department filed a complaint in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis against St. Anthony Village, where council members voted 4-1 in 2012 to deny a request by the Abu Huraira Islamic Center to create a place of worship in the basement of the St. Anthony Business Center. "Religious freedom is one of our most cherished rights, and there are few aspects of that right more central...
  • Halifax's first gay-friendly mosque opening this summer

    08/08/2014 11:30:29 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 44 replies
    CBC News Nova Scotia ^ | July 25, 2014 | CBC News
    Nova Scotias first gay-friendly mosque is set to open in the next few weeks. The Halifax Unity Mosque is an expansion of the Toronto Unity Mosque, also called el-Tawhid Juma Circle. The mosque is a gender-equal, LGBTI/queer-affirming place for Muslims to worship, according to its Facebook page. Syed Adnan Hussein has been building support for the Halifax Unity Mosque for a while. He found a space this week and hopes to start worship by next month. He hopes it will welcome people with a range of sexual identities. Many Muslims live in countries where being gay is a crime. Often,...
  • Syracuse NY Embraces its New Mosque; Wants More Refugees

    08/06/2014 7:31:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/06/2014 | Jenna Bowen
    Since my original article discussing how an abandoned Catholic church was being converted to a mosque in Syracuse, NY, that city has embraced the Mosque of Jesus, Son of Mary with open arms.  In April, a local publication, the Syracuse New Times, published an interview with Dr. Yusuf Soule, the executive director of the Northside Learning Center, who bought the church and rented it to a still unidentified group of Muslims.  In no news report has the group who transformed the church into a mosque been identified as anything other than a “new Islamic society.”  When asked how the plan...
  • Family considers killing 10-year-old daughter after mullah rapes her in Afghanistan mosque

    07/21/2014 10:40:00 AM PDT · by george76 · 70 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 20, 2014 | Rod Nordland
    It was bad enough that the alleged rape took place in the sanctity of a mosque and that the accused man was a mullah who invoked the familiar defence that it had been consensual sex. But the victim was only 10 years old. And there was more: The authorities said her family members openly planned to carry out an honour killing in the case against the young girl. The mullah offered to marry his victim instead. This past week, the awful matter became even worse. On Tuesday, local policemen removed the girl from the shelter that had given her...
  • Philadelphia mosque leaders try to cut off man's hand -police

    07/19/2014 8:15:03 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 32 replies
    REUTERS ^ | 7/18/2014 | REUTERS
    (Reuters) - Two men described as leaders of a Philadelphia mosque were accused of trying to cut off the hand of a suspected thief, whose wrist was sliced so deeply it required hospital treatment, police said on Friday. The 46-year-old victim said two officials in the mosque accused him of stealing jars of money from the house of worship after morning prayers on Monday.
  • Islamic World's First Eco-Friendly Mosque Opens in Dubai

    07/19/2014 12:49:16 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Saturday, July 19, 2014
    Khalifa Al Tajer Mosque, in Bur Saeed Street, Deira has the capacity for 3,500 worshippersDubai's Awqaf and Minors Affairs Foundation (AMAF) on Friday opened the first environmentally friendly mosque in the entire Islamic world to worshippers. The Khalifa Al Tajer Mosque, in Bur Saeed Street, Deira, Dubai, has the capacity for some 3,500 worshippers who attended the first Friday sermon at the mosque given by Sheikh Salih Al Maghamsi, imam of the Quba Mosque in Medinah, Saudi Arabia. Located on 105,000 square feet of land, the new green mosque was designed with energy efficiency in mind and was built with...
  • Removing Church Pews for Muslim Prayer Mats in the Name of Religious Tolerance

    07/17/2014 2:28:23 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 7/13/2014 | Gene Koprowski
    My alma mater, The University of Chicago, was recently in the news for an overtly politically correct act for replacing its historic Bond Chapel's pews for Muslims to worship. This act is raising hackles reminiscent of the university's other, recent, tone-deaf decision to demolish the childhood home of former President Ronald Reagan, on its campus, and replace it with a parking lot and a commemorative plaque.The school, founded by the Rockefeller family in the late 19th century as a Baptist-affiliated institution of higher learning, with an English-style undergraduate college, and German-style graduate research school, today positions itself as completely non-denominational...
  • Reagan Republican Honors Ground Zero Mosque Imam

    07/06/2014 6:30:43 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    Shoebat Foundation ^ | July 3, 2014 | Ben Barrack
    President Ronald Reagans former National Security Advisor Robert McFarlane recently honored Ground Zero mosque imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, tainting his former bosss legacy in so doing. Making matters worse is that Abubaker Y. Ahmed Al Shingieti, the Vice President of the organization that hosted the event was for years a high ranking henchman in Sudans terrorist regime and is today a stealth jihadist who leads a Muslim Brotherhood front group. Last year, it was reported that McFarlane may have illegally represented the government of Sudan and that the FBI seized documents in a raid of his apartment. One of the...
  • Historic 127-Year-Old (Minnesota) Catholic Church Is Now a Mosque

    07/01/2014 9:50:42 AM PDT · by NYer · 44 replies
    Christian Post ^ | June 30, 2014 | MORGAN LEE
    A Catholic church in St. Paul, Minnesota, that closed last year has reopened its doors as a mosque. The 127-year-old Church of St. John closed in 2013 when it merged with another church due to declining membership. Last Friday the building reopened as Darul-Uloom Islamic Center. "There are a lot of East Africans in the area, and we want to give them a place to worship, a place to be educated, a community space," center spokesman Feisal M. Elmi told The Associated Press.According to a Pioneer Press storydetailing the church's closure last year, "St. John once had 1,400 members. It...
  • World's First Church, Mosque, Synagogue in One? Berlin May Be Home to 'House of One'

    06/23/2014 8:23:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/23/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    A project named "The House of One," looking to create the world's first ever church, mosque and synagogue in Berlin, Germany, where people of different faiths can worship under one roof, is currently raising donations. "Under one roof: one synagogue, one mosque, one church. We want to use these rooms for our own traditions and prayers. And together we want to use the room in the middle for dialogue and discussion and also for people without faith," explained Pastor Gregor Hohberg, a Protestant parish priest, according to a BBC News report. "Berlin is a city where people come together from...
  • Video: Man Wreaks Havoc at Grand Mosque in Makkah By Staff

    06/05/2014 12:27:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Thursday, June 05, 2014
    A mentally ill African man claiming to be Jesus Christ mounted a wall at the Grand Mosque in the western Saudi town of Makkah and smashed a lamp before he was captured by security men, newspapers reported on Thursday. The man had managed to sneak into the Mosque through thousands of Moslem pilgrims and climbed the wall before attacking a lamp and smashing part of it. We arrested the manhe was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol as some social networks sayhe is mentally ill as he claimed to be Jesus Christ, said Major Ge
  • Laura Ingraham fights whining Grover Norquist

    05/20/2014 3:57:58 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | JONATHAN TOPAZ
    Radio host Laura Ingraham and Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist engaged in a heated exchange on immigration reform on Ingrahams show Tuesday. At one point, Ingraham, a Fox News contributor, accused anti-tax advocate Norquist of whining over the discussion on the show. After Ingraham said allowing more immigrant workers to come into the U.S. would be obscene to the American experience, Norquist cut in.
  • Motion to transform Hagia Sophia into a mosque: Conquest of Constantinople a national holiday...

    05/05/2014 3:14:33 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Asia News ^ | 5/5/2014 | NaT da Polis
    A little-known independent deputy from the Burdur district, Hami Yildirim, has filed a motion in the Turkish parliament to transform the Istanbul Hagia Sophia museum into a mosque. The Hagia Sophia is known to all as an architectural masterpiece, a symbol of united Christendom, built by Emperor Justinian in 537 AD. The news was broken by Haber Turk and so far has not been denied. On the contrary, there are other worrying signs: a few days ago, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed his desire to celebrate an Islamic function in Santa Sofia on 29 May, the day that commemorates...
  • Obama went to a mosque in Malaysia on Sunday, and what he said there is very, very disturbing

    04/30/2014 12:56:26 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 25 replies
    Young Conservatives ^ | 4/28/14 | Joshua Riddle
    This is disturbing on a lot of levels. First, Christians dont ask Muslims to pray for them. A Christian believes that the God of the Bible is the only God, and asking someone to pray to Allah is asking those people to put another God before Him, which is the first commandment. Secondly, no other world leader that is not a Muslim has ever done anything like this before. Obama sympathizes with a religion that literally wants to wipe us off the face of the planet. They kill women, children, gay people, or anyone that offends them. You would like...