Britain Moves To Regulate Mosques

In the first government-sponsored attempt to put in place a system of regulating Britain’s over 1,300 mosques to prevent radicalization, a new body of four major Muslim groups formed after the July 7 London bombings has drafted proposals on core standards and constitutions for the mosques. The new proposals have been drawn up by the Mosques and Imams National Advisory Body (MINAB), set up by the Al-Khoei Foundation, the British Muslim Forum, the Muslim Association of Britain and the Muslim Council of Britain. MINAB was formed after the July 7, 2005 bombings.

Sweden: Goteborg Mosque Dream Come True

GOTEBORG, Sweden – After years of praying in halls and basements, Muslims in the Swedish city of Goteborg are rejoicing as this year’s Ramadan bings them closer to their distant dream of a stately mosque with a dome and minarat. “This year’s holy month of Ramadan brought good news for us in Goteborg,” Abdulghani Hakki, president of the Muslim Association in the city, told IslamOnline.net. “The construction of the stately mosque Muslims have long dreamed of will begin in the next few weeks,” he added. After two years of planning, the mosque construction will start thanks to Saudi funding. “The construction licence was initially granted in 1996,” recalled Hakki, also a member of the Islamic Awqaf in Sweden which will supervise the building.

Sweden: Swedish Muslims localize cartoon crisis

Swedish Muslims have no intention of internationalizing a new crisis involving an offensive drawing of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). STOCKHOLM – Swedish Muslims have no intention of internationalizing a new crisis involving an offensive drawing of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him), opting for a series of peaceful protests at home. “Swedish Muslims don’t want to escalate the situation,” Mohamed Al-Khalafi, the head of the Muslim Association of Sweden, told IslamOnline.