The Islamic Community will open a Mosque in Zona Norte, Alicante

28 July 12
After a long administrative process the Islamic Community of Alicante has obtained from the Town Planning Management a license to reform a building into a mosque on Pino Santo Street, in the neighborhood of Virgen del Remedio.
The training, administrative and prayer center had caused the rejection of the neighbors, but ultimately the City Council authorized its construction because the project meets the municipal and technical requirements.
Planning Reports specifies that the capacity of this religious and cultural center will be of 581 people, while recalling that prior to the granting of the license it shall submit it to an acoustic audit.

Muslim group holds vigil outside of the outside the embassy of Myanmar in London

24 July 2012

Islamic Human Rights Commission, a London based NGO held a vigil outside of the outside the embassy of Myanmar in London to mark the International Day of Solidarity for the Rohingyas. On-going persecution of Muslims Rohingyas have angered Muslim groups around the world and led them to take actions against Myanmar.

Right-wing group launches anti-Islamic campaign in Chelmsford

26 July 2012

Members of English Defence League (EDL) organized a march against plans for a new mosque in Regina Way, Chelmsford, as part of the Waitrose supermarket development. Chairman of the EDL southeast Paul Pitt told the media that: ‘We are campaigning hard against this mosque and making sure that it does not happen. Chelmsford has just become a city, we do not want to see a mega mosque here.’
Three EDL members, none of whom was from Chelmsford, were arrested at 3pm on Saturday on suspicion of committing racially aggravated public order offences.

UK Parties are trying to gain Muslim vote

23 July 2012

After the George Galloway’ historic victory of in Bradford by-elections British political parties have realized the significance of the Muslim vote and have been trying to gain support of Muslims. IN this regard, following Labor Leader Ed Miliband, Conservative Party Chair Baroness Warsi has visited the city to meet Muslim women.

Local Muslim Women’s Council members who were the organizers of the event challenged influential Muslim politician Baroness Warsi about immigration policy, education, the impact of cutbacks and austerity and the role Government has played in fuelling Islamophobia.

Ontario liquor store sells alcohol to 14-year-old in burka, no questions asked

News Agencies – July 24, 2012

A 14-year-old boy was able to buy liquor at three LCBO [Liquor Control Board of Ontario] outlets without having to show identification. A stunt orchestrated by the Sun News Network has shed light on how easy it can be for minors to buy alcohol in the Greater Toronto Area — provided they dress the part. As the Toronto Sun reports, controversial broadcaster and writer David Menzies sent a 14-year-old boy clad in a full-length burka and face veil to buy liquor at three LCBOs north of the city.

His goal, he said, was to expose deficiencies in the province’s Liquor Licence Act, which prohibits the sale of alcohol to anyone under the age of 19, and to challenge their claims of social responsibility. The three unopened bottles, he said, were later taken from the teen after he left the store. Critics of the host’s undercover crackdown flipped the legal accountability finger back at Menzies, calling for his arrest over “coercing” a young boy to purchase alcohol and for “corrupting the morals of a minor.”

French Minister of the Interior seeks to put an end to the “instrumentalization” of Islam

News Agencies – July 27, 2012
French Minister of the Interior, Manuel Valls, has said he wants to reinforce Islam in France “in the interests of French Muslims and of France.” Valls noted that he wants to see an end to an “instrumentalization” of Islam as the French Conseil of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) remains divided. He said that it is up to the organization itself to solve internal issues. Nevertheless he stated that “divisions must be put to an end so that the Islam of France can reflect the interests of French Muslims and of France more generally.”

The Circumcision Debate in Germany: A Miscalculation

Is it possible to justify a Cologne court’s ruling on the legality of circumcision on the basis of Germany’s Basic Law? In this essay, Patrick Bahners takes a closer look at both the Basic Law and the ruling and concludes that the judges in Cologne must have made a serious error of judgement

Anyone who toils over his tax returns, painstakingly adding up write-offs and tax-free contributions, and finally comes to the conclusion that he can expect to receive a refund the size of the federal budget will instantly realise that the result cannot possibly be correct. Such obviously absurd conclusions also occur in the field of practical reason.

A ruling by a German regional court, which, if observed, would mean that all Jews would have to leave the country, cannot possibly be correct. Our human faculties of reason, better known as common sense, tell us so. This also explains the prompt and unequivocal reactions of leading politicians to the Cologne circumcision ruling. Their intuition is intact, which is certainly a relief.

Conn. candidate for US House seat compares Islam to cult, wonders if it’s a religion of peace

HARTFORD, Conn. — A Republican candidate for a Connecticut seat in the U.S. House of Representatives says he did not mean to disparage “peace-loving Muslims” by calling Islam a cult and questioning if it is a religion of peace.
Mark Greenberg, one of four Republicans seeking nomination for the congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Chris Murphy, said in an interview on WNPR radio Thursday that Islam is a cult “in many respects.” He added: “I don’t believe that in all manner that Islam is a religion of peace.”
Greenberg, who is Jewish, later issued a statement that he was referring to terrorists. He said, “I was referring to groups and individuals who have interpreted Islam in a way that allows them to commit violence in the name of their religion.”

Tennessee Muslims feel blessed this Ramadan after federal court rules in their favor

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — The Muslim holy month of Ramadan is always a joyful time for believers, but a Tennessee congregation was feeling especially blessed this year as they worshipped Friday.
Opponents spent two years trying to halt construction of a new mosque for the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, but a federal judge ruled this week the congregation has a right to worship there as soon as the building is ready.
“Ramadan this year reaches us at a very special time for us as a community,” Imam Ossama Bahloul told the congregation at Friday prayers. “We have received the good news about the federal court not standing on our side, but standing on the side of the Constitution
Although there has been an Islamic center in Murfreesboro for 30 years, the new building brought vehement opposition, including a lawsuit, a large rally and even vandalism, arson and a bomb threat.
Opponents of the mosque, who used the issue to raise wider arguments against the faith of Islam, have not commented to The Associated Press on the federal ruling.
Joe Brandon Jr., an attorney for mosque opponents, told Murfreesboro newspaper The Daily News Journal that he is exploring options for legal action.