Muezzins issuing high-decibel calls to prayer have long been part of Saudi identity, but a crackdown on mosque loudspeakers is among contentious reforms seeking to shake off the Muslim kingdom's austere image. Saudi Arabia, home to the holiest Muslim sites, has long been associated with a rigid strain of Islam known as Wahhabism that inspired generations of global extremists and left the oil-rich kingdom steeped in conservatism.
Muslim backlash leaves Keir Starmer facing new Red Wall humiliation that could end his Labour leadership
He faces a backlash from Muslim communities in Labour-held Batley and Spen Even his wife Victoria's Jewish heritage was apparently being cited as one reason Starmer loyalists last night hit back at what they said were 'repellent' attempts . He faces a bitter backlash from Muslim communities in Labour-held Batley and Spen, with even his wife Victoria's Jewish heritage apparently being cited as one reason not to vote Labour.
Now it's Keir Starmer's turn. After Boris's shock defeat in Chesham and Amersham, Labour is on course for another Red Wall by-election disaster, this time in Batley and Spen. But while the Tories were victims of a combination of local factors, including opposition to HS2 and proposed planning reforms, Labour strategists have identified a single, toxic reason for their impending loss.
West Midlands force confirms that a speech made by a follower of Hizb ut-Tahrir at a pro-Palestine rally has been recorded as a hate crime A supporter of an Islamist extremist group which David Cameron and Tony Blair both attempted to ban is being investigated by police after calling for “Jihad” to “wipe out that Zionist entity”.
TEACHER chased out of school for showing Muhammed cartoon deserves right to freedom of speech, according to conservative commentator. Speaking to talkRADIO, conservative commentator Calvin Robinson slammed the "sly" takeover of free speech by "mob rule" in the UK and demanded politicians do more to protect it in a furious rant.
MERRIFIELD, VA — Two protests merged into one Thursday night before a meeting of the Fairfax County School Board outside Jackson Luther Middle School in Merrifield. Dozens of people gathered outside meeting to show their support for the county school board, while dozens of others demonstrated their support for a Muslim member of the school board who is under attack by conservative groups.
Indian police summon Twitter’s top executive in case over viral video of elderly Muslim man’s beating
The action on Twitter is seen as part of a crackdown on press freedom and social media platforms by rights organisations Police in India have summoned Twitter’s top executive over a viral video of an elderly Muslim man being assaulted, as the micro-blogging site remains locked in a dispute with the government over new internet regulations.
An ex-pupil at Bethnal Green Academy forgives Begum for trying to get him to join ISIS, while another says she's a traitor for making Muslims 'look like the most horrible people' A schoolpal says he'd hug Shamima Begum if he saw her again. He said he'd forgiven her and Amima Abase for trying to get him to join ISIS while at Bethnal Green Academy.
Indian police have summoned Twitter's top local executive over a viral video on the site of a Muslim man being assaulted, with authorities accusing the US social media giant of stoking sectarian tensions. The order comes as a battle rages between foreign tech giants and the Indian government over new rules on removing and identifying the authors of online material deemed illegal or inflammatory.
They Shared a Video of a Muslim Man Being Attacked in India. Now They're Being Investigated by Police
Indian authorities have launched a fresh attack on freedom of expression, escalating a crackdown on press freedom and social media platforms. It’s yet another indicator that India, often called the world’s largest democracy, is lurching toward authoritarianism. Police investigating the case denied that the incident was motivated by religion, saying Tuesday that some of the attackers were Muslim.
Another show of solidarity with the Muslim community is planned for Friday in Victoria Park. The event, Hijabs for Harmony, in support of a national call for action against Islamophobia, invites everyone to wear purple and green and come to the bandshell at 5 p.m. Women are encouraged to wear a headscarf.
KUALA LUMPUR, June 17 (Reuters) - Israel is willing to work towards establishing ties with Southeast Asia's Muslim majority nations, its ambassador to Singapore said on Thursday, despite their condemnation in May of Israeli air strikes on Gaza. The region's three Muslim-majority states - Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei - sharply criticised the Israeli attacks during 11 days of hostilities in which medics said over 250 Palestinians were killed and 13 people killed in Israel by rockets fired by Hamas and other Islamist militant groups.
PC Usman Ali Shakoor was verbally attacked by Jason Robertson who has now been handed a community order A Muslim police officer has told how he felt 'degraded' after a criminal fired a volley of racist abuse at him as he investigated a road rage incident. Award-winning PC Usman Ali Shakoor - who is born and bred in Stoke-on-Trent - was left in tears after 'bigoted' Jason Robertson verbally attacked him over the phone because of his religion.
Michael Mohammed Ahmad won’t apologise for his reality, even if writing about it truthfully makes people feel uncomfortable. It was “confronting stuff”, he says, of the cameras and barbed wire fences that were permanent fixtures of his education at Punchbowl Boys High School; of growing up as a Muslim in the era of the Skaf gang rapes, 9/11, the Cronulla riots; of seeing schoolmates get stabbed.
Dance teacher who opened UK's first ballet school for Muslim girls reveals classes have no music, no male teachers and modest clothing to stay in line with Islamic teachings
Grace & Poise Academy is thought to be the UK's first Muslim ballet class The female-only classes encourage modest clothing and use poetry not music Parent of one of the students says she's pleased the class has found a way to make the dance accessible to students who follow the Islamic faith
On a Sunday evening in early June, popular Nigerian mega-church pastor, Chris Oyakhilome, responded to a question from one of his followers who was worried about losing his job for refusing to take the Covid-19 vaccine, as required by all staff at his workplace. Pastor Oyakhilome was addressing the issue in a special service that takes place on the first Sunday of every month, when his millions of followers around the world log in to hear the ‘message of the month’.
Indian police target Twitter over video of elderly Muslim man’s beating as questions mount over platform’s status
India’s new internet regulations have already been challenged in court Already facing a row with the Indian government over new internet regulations, Twitter has now been targeted with a criminal complaint by the police after a video was shared on the platform of an elderly Muslim man being beaten up.
Activewear has a reputation of not being inclusive – whether it’s limited size ranges or the general assumption that everyone is comfortable in skin-tight lycra and crop tops. But, more brands are beginning to offer activewear that prioritises comfort as well as coverage. Here are one writer’s top picks for modest activewear pieces.