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In Germany, a Massive Raid, a Ban on the 'True Religion'

Islamic group accused of radicalizing teens

(Newser) - Hundreds of police officers searched about 190 offices, mosques, and apartments of members and supporters of the Islamic group "The True Religion" as the German government announced a ban of the organization Tuesday, the AP reports. Police raided places in 60 cities in western Germany and Berlin seizing documents... More »

Why Food Vendors in Malaysia Have to Rename Hot Dogs

Government tells Auntie Anne's that 'dog' can't be in product name if it wants halal certification

(Newser) - What's in a name? In Malaysia, a heck of a lot when it comes to hot dogs. Per the BBC , the country's Islamic Development Department has told food vendors in the mostly Muslim nation that if they want a halal designation (meaning food items have been given the... More »

Leaked Documents Expose Ignorance of ISIS Recruits

Some had to buy 'Islam for Dummies' before joining: AP

(Newser) - The Islamic State isn't exactly choosy about who gets to enter its ranks, based on an examination by the AP of thousands of leaked ISIS documents that show recruits often had very little, if any, religious knowledge to back up their desire to join—with a couple of British... More »

Afghan Mullah Arrested for Marrying 6-Year-Old

Sayed Mohammad Karim says girl was 'gift' from her parents; they say she was kidnapped

(Newser) - A case in Afghanistan has pitted a religious figure against the outraged parents of a 6-year-old girl, underscoring the ongoing problems surrounding child marriages there. Per Radio Free Europe , Sayed Mohammad Karim, a mullah in the Ghor province said to be in his 50s, was arrested last week and charged... More »

Khizr Khan: Trump ‘a Person Without a Soul'

'This is a person without empathy' who is 'unfit' for the presidency

(Newser) - The father of a Muslim-American soldier killed in the line of duty and the Republican presidential nominee continue to lob verbal bombs at each other, with Khizr Kahn dismissing Donald Trump's attack on his wife as being "typical of a person without a soul." Kahn is digging... More »

Latest Saudi Fatwa: Don't Rip Off WiFi

No problem using it in public parks or malls, though

(Newser) - Twenty-first-century fatwas have become way more technologically advanced than edicts of old against the likes of Salman Rushdie and other supposed infidels. To wit: A Saudi scholar has issued a ruling warning against the pilfering of WiFi, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. "Taking advantage of the WiFi service illegally... More »

Law Would Require Husbands to Beat Wives Who Refuse Sex

But it probably won't be passed

(Newser) - Meanwhile in Pakistan: A constitutional body, NBC reports, has put forth legislation that would legally require men to “lightly beat” their wives should they decline sex. The 160-page draft enumerates several other instances that would call for “limited violence,” including:
  • A wife’s failure to wear clothes
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Women Enter 1K-Year-Old Building for First Time

Mosque's wooden carvings, architecture have long enchanted its male worshippers

(Newser) - For the first time in its 1,000-year history, one of India's oldest mosques opened its doors to women. Thousands of Muslim women flocked to the religious site in Kerala on Sunday, reports the Times of India , making their way into the Thazhathangady Juma Masjid to view its historic... More »

Lindsay Lohan: I'm Studying Islam

She's also into something called 'tapping'

(Newser) - Lindsay Lohan, who may or may not be engaged (the latest reports claim that she is ), also may or may not be considering converting to Islam. According to Dan Wootton of the Sun , LiLo gave him an exclusive interview about her interest in the religion after she was photographed... More »

Iran's Media Raises $600K for Renewed Rushdie Fatwa

'It will never lose its power,' Iran official says of death edict

(Newser) - Since 1989, Salman Rushdie has had to live a mostly underground life after Iran's then-supreme leader called for his assassination over the novel The Satanic Verses. Now that fatwa, which is occasionally paraded out by the country's religious leaders, has been reupped yet again, and this time 40... More »

One Key to Civilization's Rise? Fear of an Angry God

It's why strangers work together, say researchers

(Newser) - The belief in all-seeing and punitive gods may be a huge factor in how modern civilization came to be. So report researchers in the journal Nature after studying nearly 600 individuals from eight communities, including plant cultivators on the South Pacific island of Tanna, wage laborers on Fiji and in... More »

Twitter Erupts After Saudi Cleric Says Chess Is Forbidden

The game 'wastes time and money and causes rivalry and enmity'

(Newser) - A video clip of Saudi Arabia's top cleric saying that the game of chess is "forbidden" in Islam because it wastes time and leads to rivalry and enmity among people has provoked heated debate, and widespread criticism, among Arabic Twitter users. The clip was shared on YouTube in... More »

Cops: Gunman Who Shot Philly Officer Praised ISIS

Officer survived and suspect is in custody

(Newser) - Philadelphia police say the man accused of ambushing a city cop and shooting him at point-blank range has confessed to doing so "in the name of Islam" and to support ISIS, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Officer Jesse Hartnett, 33, was in his patrol car Thursday night when a gunman... More »

'Interfaith Do-Gooders' Wearing Hijabs Are Misguided

Two Muslim women make their case

(Newser) - They mean well, but non-Muslim women who don head scarves as a sign of religious solidarity are actually doing a disservice to modern Muslim women, argue two members of the latter camp. In their essay at the Washington Post , Asra Nomani and Hala Arafa describe themselves as "mainstream Muslim... More »

Entire School District Closed Over Calligraphy Lesson

Riverheads High students were asked to copy Islamic statement of faith

(Newser) - Students of Augusta County Public Schools in central Virginia are enjoying an early winter break thanks to outrage over a lesson in Arabic calligraphy. During a world geography unit on Islam on Dec. 11, Riverheads High School teacher Cheryl LaPorte asked students to practice calligraphy by copying an Islamic statement... More »

Malala Responds to Trump's Muslim Comments

She says his comments 'full of hatred' will just 'radicalize more terrorists'

(Newser) - Donald Trump's call for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims" coming into the US has prompted heated reaction from the Muslim community , the media , and politicians from both sides of the fence . Now a prominent teen is adding her own two cents, and plenty of people are... More »

Christian Prof Suspended After Wearing Hijab

She's doing it to show support for Muslims

(Newser) - A tenured Christian professor at Wheaton College in Illinois has been placed on administrative leave after she started wearing a headscarf as a show of solidarity with Muslims, the Chicago Tribune reports. Larycia Hawkins says she plans on keeping the hijab on until Christmas as part of her Advent worship,... More »

Landlord Fights Judge's Order: Take Islam Class

State supreme court to decide if order went too far

(Newser) - After a landlord was convicted of pushing her Muslim tenant down a flight of stairs, a judge ordered her to respect the rights of all Muslims and to take an introductory course on Islam. Now the highest court in Massachusetts is being asked to decide whether the judge violated the... More »

Another Islamic Movement Is Growing in Middle East

Dawah has a message of nonviolence

(Newser) - In an apartment in Amman, Jordan, three men sit with a man named Mohammed. Their goal: convince the 20-year-old Syrian not to join an armed jihadist group. Later, after Mohammed agreed to hold off for at least 40 days, one of the men declared victory. "Once they open their... More »

Anonymous' New Target: Trump

Hacktivists warn him over Muslim ban idea

(Newser) - Hacktivist group Anonymous has set its sights on a new target: Donald Trump, The Hill reports. "Donald Trump, it has come to our attention that you want to ban all Muslims to enter the United States. This policy is going to have a huge impact," says someone in... More »

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