Career advice in the mosque – Labour agency collaborates with Hamburg’s mosques

Jobless rates among migrants in Germany are significantly higher than among the rest of population, and it’s especially bad for young people of Turkish origin. A mosque-based initiative in Hamburg is trying to remedy the situation. Career advisers speak after Friday prayers, trying to persuade their congregation how important it is to learn a trade or train for a profession.

Foreign secretary David Miliband calls domestic problems the cause of terrorism in Pakistan

In a meeting with the Muslim community in Glasgow, British Foreign Secretary David Miliband explained the aims and objectives of the United Kingdom’s foreign policy and addressed the community’s concerns. He said Pakistan’s domestic problems, not the presence of United States and British forces in Afghanistan, were the cause of terrorism in the country. Military rules, preventing strengthening democratic institutions, and various lingual, ethnic and sectarian problems were some of the causes of internal terrorism, Miliband argued.

Commenting on the British Muslim community, Miliband said the most important thing was that the British Muslim community considered themselves British, and they felt a passionate commitment to their faith as well as their country.

Austria´s first Islamic cemetery opens for business

Austria’s first ever Islamic cemetery will see its first burial tomorrow (Fri). Omar Al-Rawi, a Social Democrat (SPÖ) municipal councillor and the person responsible for integration at the Islamic Believers Denomination (IG), said today the first body to be buried there would be that of a Moroccan who at worked for the UN in Vienna and died of illness. The service will take place after the daily prayers at the site in southern Vienna. Al-Rawi said the cemetery was available to every Muslim who died and parcels of land in it would be not sold or reserved for anyone. The cemetery would be open to all who wanted to visit it, just like any other, he added. Al-Rawi said the first bodies to be buried in the cemetery would be placed deep into the ground to allow the stacking of corpses in order to accommodate a maximum number of bodies, which he estimated to be 4,000.

The cemetery has a long history. The first discussions between IG and the city government about an Islamic cemetery started some 20 years ago and finally led to acceptance of a plan by both sides in 2001, when it was hoped the cemetery would be able to open in 2003. In the interim, archaeologists would conduct excavations on the 3.4 hectares of land in question.