Islam: Rome, Commissioner Cutini Visits the Grand Mosque

The commissioner capitulates and shows social support, Rita Cutini, visited the Grand Mosque of Rome. Received by the Secretary General of the Islamic Cultural Center of the Great Mosque of Rome, Abdellah Redouane, Cutini attended the evening breaking of the fast during the month of Ramadan, and ate, as tradition stipulates, fresh dates and a bit of water.

“I accepted the invitation to come on a visit to the Grand Mosque,” commented Councillor Rita Cutini at a time “important in the religious lives of many Roman citizens, because I consider it a dutiful tribute by my department, who has the expertise of integration, and to express sincere esteem and respect for this important and vital component of our city. “

Islam: The Grand Mosque of Rome, the 10 of July Ramadan will Begin

July 8, 2013

“On this occasion” said the Secretary-General of the Great Mosque of Rome, Abdellah Redouane “I present greetings to all Muslims of Italy calling upon God Almighty to spread peace over the whole world. Also this month of Ramadan is an opportunity for reconciliation and harmony between peoples. I ask all Muslims of Italy to take action to alleviate the suffering of the most vulnerable in this holy month and share this experience with them not only in the practice of worship but also in the spirit of solidarity made in Ramadan, mercy, and to make this Ramadan a month of brotherhood and harmony.”

Ramadan will begin on July 10 in Italy and the Arab countries of the Gulf and North Africa. The Muslim faithful fast from dawn to dusk and complete evening prayers (Tarawih). Families gather in the evening to break the fast together and have dinner.

Reactions to the Woolwich Attack

24 May 2013

 

Visiting the site of the horrific attack in Woolwich recently, Dr Shuja Shafi, the Deputy Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, led a delegation of community leaders including Tariq Usmani, Chair of Greenwich Islamic Centre, Julie Siddiqui, Vice president, Islamic Society of Britain and Saeed Ahmed, Greenwich Independent Police Advisory Group, all laid flowers and paid respects to Drummer Lee Rigby.

 

On the occasion, speaking to the BBC, Dr Shafi spoke about the importance of ‘showing solidarity’ and said he “mourns the loss of a bright young man, a father, a husband and a brother”.

 

He also addressed the nature of the attack, which appeared without any warning as a “matter for concern. We need to really, deeply think about what can be done.”

 

As tensions rise as a result of the barbaric murder in Woolwich on Wednesday, the Muslim Council of Britain convened a meeting with a diverse range of faith leaders to speak out against the attack and to call for calm.

 

Farooq Murad, Secretary General of the MCB said at the meeting: “This action will no doubt heighten tensions on the streets of the United Kingdom. Already, there were reports last night of mosques being attacked in Essex and Kent. And the English Defence League, went to stoke hatred in Woolwich last night. They tell us they say because a British soldier was attacked, but as the pictures show, they ended up attacking the police.”

 

The Muslim Council of Britain has also communicated with its affiliate network and mosques to alert them to the threat of reprisals from the extreme right and convey united sympathy for the victim’s family. Mosques have been urged to take positive steps and stretch a hand of friendship to fellow Britons.

 

Also speaking at the MCB conference Mr Saeed Ahmed, a community organiser from Greenwich conveyed his condolences to the family of the victim and also commended the work of the local Police in assuring communities and calling for calm.

 

The MCB is heartened by the messages of understanding and reconciliation sent to the MCB by faith leaders. We urge Muslim communities to reach out to fellow Britons and testify the true reality of our faith. We call on all our communities, Muslim and non-Muslim, to come together in solidarity to ensure the forces of hatred do not prevail.

Muslim Council vows action to stop children being groomed for sex

The Muslim Council of Britain has said it will take action to prevent girls being “groomed” for sex. Sheikh Ibrahim Mogra of the council said people were sometimes reluctant to speak out – but they have a “religious duty” to do so. He said the council was working with groups including the NSPCC, police and Muslim organisations to educate people. The action comes after high-profile sex abuse cases involving Muslim men in Rochdale and Derby. “This is an appalling and abhorrent kind of behaviour which is totally unacceptable regardless of race or religion,” said Sheikh Mogra, the MCB’s Assistant Secretary General, on BBC Radio 4’s Sunday programme.

BBC’s Citizen Khan comedy faces Ofcom investigation

30 August 2012

BBC has come under criticism due to its new TV comedy called Citizen Khan aired on BBC1. The comedy, which follows the life of a self-appointed “Muslim community leader” and his British-Pakistani family in Birmingham, received more than 700 complaints that it is stereotyping and insulting Islamic values.

Ofcom, the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries, also received 20 complaints about the comedy. They have been assessing the complaints to make a decision on launching a formal investigation.

The comedy angered the sensitive British Muslim community, especially those who are of Asian origin. They found it ‘racial stereotyping’ and an ‘irreverent’ depiction of Islam.

On the other hand, some Muslims welcomed the comedy. Former Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, Yousuf Bhailok, said the show was “the best thing the BBC has done recently. It is good to change the stereotyped image of Muslims always being serious and shouting that has appeared so often in the media.”

President of the Union of Islamic Communities of Spain welcomes the statements by the Confessions Relations Director of the Ministry of Justice

13 May 12
The president of the Union of Islamic Communities of Spain, Secretary General of the Islamic Commission of Spain Riay Tatary, expressed on May 13, 2012 his satisfaction to the media about the statements made to Europa Press by the Confessions Relations Director of the Ministry of Justice, Angel Fernandez de la Reguera Llorente, in which he “has ensured that the will of the government is to ” move forward “in developing the 1992 Agreements signed with the Muslim, Jewish and Evangelical faiths that mark this year its twenty years anniversary. ” Tatary is ready to develop the Cooperation Agreement between the Spanish State and the Islamic Commission of Spain, and to collaborate with the Administration to get a “clear and representative dialogue” of the Muslims in Spain.

“Sharia loans” in Norway?

August 12, 2010

Several Norwegian banks are considering introducing interest-free loans, to circumvent the prohibition of interest for Muslims. In this way they want to reach out to a new and growing customer group.

Big banks such as DnB NOR, Nordea and Sparebank 1 confirm that they plan to offer such loans. “In a few years we can have Sharia loans in Norway,” says Thomas Midteide from DnB Nor. And head of Nordea Thomas Sevang says “we have not focused on these loans before due to lack of a customer base, but it may well be that Sharia loans come up on the agenda.”

Shoaib Sultan, Secretary General of the Islamic Council of Norway, comments that many Muslims may suffer from the lack of possibilities of such loans in Norway. “We expect that when the need becomes great enough, then private companies come in to fill the need,” says Sultan.

Obama invites the Spanish Junta Islámica to a Muslim entrepreneurs summit

The Junta Islámica and the Instituto Halal has received an invitation from the Obama Administration for a Muslim management summit. This meeting is related to the Cairo Speech given by Obama last year, where he announced his proposal to empower such types of encounters. The meeting will be held by 115 Muslim managers of several different countries and businesses.

The Junta Islámica (http://www.juntaislamica.org), created in the year 1989, is an association located in Andalucía (Cordoba), and composed mainly of Spanish converts to Islam. Its President, Mansur Escudero, was also the President of F.E.E.R.I. (Federación Española de Entidades Religiosas Islámicas) until 2002 (when he was replaced by Abdelkarim Carrasco) and Secretary General of C.I.E. (Comisión Islámica de España) until 2006.

Junta Islámica created the Instituto Halal (http://www.institutohalal.com/) with the purpose of developing those issues related to Islamic food supply in Spain (and abroad). Today this institute is the only one in Spain to have developed a Halal Food Certificate (Halal Guarantee Brand of the Junta Islámica). Junta Islámica also created the Islam-related news website Webislam (http://www.webislam.com/).

Integration of Muslim citizens in Germany: a question of respect

A greater understanding of Islam and of Islamic culture on the part of the majority society is the key to successful integration of Muslim fellow citizens in Germany, explains Stephan J. Kramer, Secretary General of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, at Qantara.de. Integration must be guided by the respect for one another and the respect for democracy.

British Muslims commemorate Srebrenica genocide

The British Muslims commemorated the Srebrenica genocide by paying homage to more than 8,000 Bosnia Muslims men and boys massacred by Serb forces despite being in a UN-protected safe area in July 1995 during the civil war in former Yugoslavia. The Muslim Council of Britain in a message on the occasion said, “The massacres of defenceless Muslims in Bosnia and Srebrenica will continue to bleed the hearts of Muslims in Europe and beyond. It is vital that we bring about awareness of the genocide, especially on the back of recent wave of Islamophobia and attacks on Muslims, their properties and places of worship across Europe.” The MCB Secretary-General Dr.Muhammad Abdul Bari added: “This new phenomenon is symbolised in Britain recently by the bombing of mosques and other Muslim buildings, and across Europe, by the shocking and brutal murder of a Muslim woman in Germany killed because she chose to wear a headscarf.” The MCB also distributed a Khutba prepared by the Grand Mufti of Bosnia, Rais-ul-Ulama Dr. Mustafa Cerilć about the Genocide, which was read during the Friday prayers across mosques in the United Kingdom.