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ISIS Blows Up Iconic Mosque in 'Admission of Defeat'

The Grand al-Nuri Mosque was more than 800 years old

(Newser) - In what American commanders called a crime against the people of Iraq and the country's prime minister called an admission of defeat, officials say ISIS fighters blew up Mosul's most iconic mosque Wednesday night as government troops closed in. The Grand al-Nuri Mosque, more than 800 years old,... More »

Mother of Muslim Teen: Metal Bat Used to Kill My Girl

Fairfax County police say they are 'NOT' investigating death as hate crime

(Newser) - The death of a Muslim teenager in Virginia whose body was found in a pond some 12 hours after she and a group of friends got into an altercation with a driver while walking back to a mosque from an IHOP is "NOT" being investigated as a hate crime,... More »

Virginia Teen Kidnapped, Killed After She Left Mosque

Police say murder could have been a hate crime

(Newser) - The murder of a Muslim teenager who was kidnapped and killed after leaving a mosque in northern Virginia early Sunday is being investigated as a possible hate crime, police say. Police say 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen was part of a group of teens who were walking back to the All Dulles... More »

1 Dead, 8 Hurt in 'Terror Attack' Outside London Mosque

Van plowed into Finsbury Park worshippers

(Newser) - In what authorities say is being treated as a terrorist attack, at least one person was killed when a van plowed into worshippers outside a mosque in north London early Monday. Police say a 48-year-old man was arrested after the vehicle ran into people that had left Finsbury Park Mosque... More »

Trudeau Skewers Fox for Mosque Attack Tweet

Fox pulls tweet after PM's office accuses network of dishonoring victims

(Newser) - Fox News removed a tweet about Sunday's attack on a Quebec City mosque after Justin Trudeau's office accused the network of dishonoring the victims. The offending tweet, which described the alleged gunman as being of Moroccan origin, was pulled Tuesday night, the Montreal Gazette reports. "Sadly, this... More »

Fire Destroyed a Mosque. 20K People Chip in to Rebuild

$970K raised on GoFundMe for Texas' Islamic Center of Victoria

(Newser) - An online fund established to raise money to rebuild a South Texas mosque destroyed by fire over the weekend has far exceeded its $850,000 goal. A GoFundMe page set up on behalf of the Islamic Center of Victoria indicated Tuesday that about $970,000 has been raised in just... More »

Mosque Shooting Suspect Is College Student, 27

Alexandre Bissonnette is charged with six counts of murder

(Newser) - Authorities in Canada think Sunday night's mosque shooting that left six people dead is a "lone wolf situation," reports Reuters , and they think they've got their shooter: Alexandre Bissonnette, 27, appeared in court Monday and was charged with six counts of first-degree murder and five counts... More »

6 Killed in 'Terrorist Attack' on Canada Mosque

8 hurt in Quebec City shooting; 2 men arrested, but only 1 now considered a suspect

(Newser) - In what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called "a terrorist attack on Muslims in a center of worship and refuge," six people were killed and at least eight others injured in a shooting at a mosque in Quebec City on Sunday night. Police initially arrested two men—Alexandre Bissonnette... More »

NJ Town Officials Accused of Anti-Muslim Bigotry

Justice Department says they rejected mosque for religious reasons

(Newser) - The Islamic Society of Basking Ridge had its mailbox trampled and its name on the box replaced with "ISIS" while seeking permission to build a 4,400-square-foot mosque in Bernards Township, NJ. Then its 70 members feared it was all for naught when, after 39 public hearings, the township'... More »

Letter Sent to Mosques Promises Genocide of Muslims

California mosques are hoping for greater police protection

(Newser) - "Your day of reckoning has arrived,” reads a letter sent to at least three California mosques this week. “There’s a new sheriff in town—President Donald Trump. He’s going to cleanse America and make it shine again. And, he’s going to start with you... More »

Man Arrested in Connection With Arson at Florida Mosque

The mosque was sometimes attended by Pulse shooter Omar Mateen

(Newser) - Police have arrested a suspect in the fire that left a 100-square-foot hole in the roof of a Florida mosque occasionally attended by Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen, WKMG reports. According to Reuters , 32-year-old Joseph Schreiber is believed to be behind Sunday's arson at the Islamic Center of Fort... More »

Mosque Where Orlando Gunman Prayed Goes Up in Flames

Cops say it wasn't an accident

(Newser) - Before Omar Mateen shot up the Pulse nightclub in Orlando and killed 49 people in June, he had been a longtime regular at the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce, showing up at Friday services for 13 years. That mosque went up in flames early Monday, per the St. Lucie County... More »

Dozens Dead in Pakistan, India From Flash Floods

In one northern Pakistan village, an entire mosque was swept away

(Newser) - Bad weather is keeping rescuers in Pakistan from helping survivors and recovering bodies after torrential monsoon rains caused flash floods that swept away homes, an army post, and a mosque Saturday into Sunday, killing dozens, CNN and the BBC report. And many others are feared missing, with an official in... More »

Man Arrested in Attack Outside Omar Mateen's Mosque

CAIR claims the victim was assaulted because he was Muslim

(Newser) - Florida authorities say they've arrested a suspect in the early Saturday beating of a man outside a Florida mosque that Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen had attended, the AP reports. The Council on American-Islamic Relations said racial slurs were made by the attacker as he beat a Muslim man,... More »

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 »

Arizona Mosque Attacked by Thousands of Stinging Bees

At least 20 people were stung and one hospitalized

(Newser) - A swarm of up to 20,000 Africanized bees wreaked havoc on an Arizona mosque Friday afternoon, stinging at least 20 people and sending one man to the hospital, KNXV reports. The incident took place at the Muslim Community Mosque in Phoenix. “It was just crazy how everyone was... More »

Obama's First US Mosque Visit Not a Presidential 1st

That honor is thought to go to Dwight Eisenhower

(Newser) - For Muslim advocates, President Obama's first visit to a US mosque on Wednesday was a long-awaited gesture to a community that has warned of escalating vitriol against them. Although Obama has visited mosques overseas in the past, he waited until his final year in office to make such a... More »

After Boy Mishears Imam, a Severed Hand, an Arrest

15-year-old Pakistani boy cuts off own hand after being called 'blasphemer'

(Newser) - It was a simple misunderstanding of a question asked by a holy man, but it cost a 15-year-old Pakistani boy his hand, and landed an imam under arrest. Imam Shabbir Ahmed was giving a sermon at a mosque in Punjab province, reports al Jazeera , when he asked his congregation who... More »

Man Rams French Soldiers Guarding Mosque With His Car

His motives are currently unclear

(Newser) - A man rammed his car into four soldiers guarding a mosque on Friday in the southeast French city of Valence, but was stopped when a soldier fired and wounded him, authorities said. His motives were unclear, but with France on high alert after the coordinated attacks in Paris on Nov.... More »

Man Charged in Mosque Fire Says He Worshipped There

Feds say it no longer looks like a hate crime

(Newser) - A man who was charged with arson in a Christmas Day fire at a Houston mosque told an investigator he worshipped there, federal authorities say. Gary Nathaniel Moore, 37, of Houston, was arrested Wednesday morning, an ATF special agent says. She adds that officials don't know a motive yet... More »

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