#AceWorldNews KUWAIT May 12 Kuwait’s Islamic Affairs Minister…

#AceWorldNews – KUWAIT – May 12 – Kuwait’s Islamic Affairs Minister Nayef al-Ajmi said Monday that the Gulf state’s ruler has accepted his resignation.

He was earlier accused by a senior US official of promoting jihad in Syria, AFP reported. Local media say Ajmi, who also held the justice ministry portfolio, has quit for health reasons.

In early April he submitted his resignation following accusations by a US official that he had links with jihadists in Syria.

However, at that time it was turned down by Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.

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The Human Lens brings today a real life…

The Human Lens brings today a real life story of courage and compassion, an American woman convert to Islam, please do support religious freedom rights and spread the word.
Thanks a lot, at http://saadiahaq.wordpress.com/2014/05/12/in-conversation-with-an-american-convert-to-islam-part-i/

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&nbsp #AceWorldNews NIGERIA May 11   Muslim extremists…

 

#AceWorldNews – NIGERIA – May 11  – Muslim extremists have caused more havoc in the north-east of Nigeria, by blowing up a bridge, which has killed an unknown number of people.

They also abducted the wife and two children of a retired police officer, local residents said on Saturday.

It is unknown which group carried out the attack, but it comes as the country is still reeling from the mass kidnapping of more than 250 school girls by the terrorist group Boko Haram, which has caused international outrage.

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`Saudi Arabia’s Top Cleric Condemns Boko Haram Saying Group is Set to Smear Islam ‘

 

#AceWorldNews – NIGERIA – May 09 – Saudi Arabia’s top cleric has condemned Nigeria’s Boko Harem and its kidnapping of 200 school girls, saying the militant Islamic group is “set up to smear Islam.” Sheikh Abdulaziz Al al-Sheikh said the radical movement, which wants to create a pure Islamic state in Nigeria, was “misguided”.

His comments come as religious leaders in the Muslim world, who often do not comment on militant violence condemned Boko Harem’s leader Abubaker Shekau, for saying that Allah had told him to sell the kidnapped girls as forced brides.

Boko Harem kidnapped 270 girls from a secondary school on April 14, fifty have since escaped.

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` Social Networks Becoming New Stamping Ground for Recruitment to Al-Qaeda-Linked Groups Across Europe ‘

#AceNewsServices – AUSTRIA – April 21 – Austrian authorities say they believe two teenage girls that vanished from their homes in Vienna earlier in April may have been tricked into going to Syria to join foreign-backed insurgents and terrorists in the country in the name of “holy war.” (Alalam)

The first hints of where Samra Kesinovic, 16, and Sabina Selimovic, 15, went were a number of social media posts claiming the girls had gone to fight a “holy war.”

The development comes as al-Qaeda-linked Takfiri propagandists and local preachers across Europe have become increasingly active in social networking site and a number of community mosques, deceiving Muslim youth and young converts into joining terrorist gangs in the Muslim nation of Syria and kill other Muslims in the name of a “holy struggle.”

The girl’s parents told the Dnevni Avaz (Daily Voice), a newspaper in Bosnia and Herzegovina, that the pair had left behind letters in which they said they were going to Syria to fight “for Islam.”

New photos on Facebook pages of the two female teenagers show them holding Kalashnikov automatic rifles, and in some cases they are surrounded by armed men.

In their latest post, they said they were going to get married so they could become “holy warriors,” according to the Daily Mail.

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` Malaysian Censorship Board Bans `Noah ‘ for Depicting a Prophet which is forbidden in Islamic Countries ‘

#AceWorldNews – MALAYA – April 05 – Malaysian authorities have banned the Hollywood movie “Noah,” slamming it for depicting a prophet, which is forbidden in Islamic countries.

“I can confirm that it has been banned by the board, the movie could cause quite a lot of anger and distress if it is shown in Malaysia,” said the Malaysian home ministry’s Film Censorship Board unit chairman Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid, according to The Malay Mail On-line. Muslims make up 60 percent of Malaysia’s population.

Numerous Muslim groups worldwide have already condemned the film, while Christian authorities also slammed the movie’s main protagonist Noah, played by Russell Crowe, saying that he was too unconventional. Noah is regarded as an important figure in both Christianity and Islam.

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` Russian Foreign Ministry says that the `UN Security Council ' must discuss Alleged Attack by Al-Qaeda on Kessab'

#AceWorldNews – SYRIA – April 01 – The situation in Syria’s Christian majority town of Kassab, which was reportedly attacked by Al-Qaeda-linked militants, must be discussed at the UN Security Council, the Russian Foreign Ministry says.

“The UN Security Council should discuss the situation in Kassab and give it a principled evaluation,” it stated.

On March 21, Jihadists reportedly crossed into Syria from Turkey and seized the town in Latakia province, home to over 2,000 ethnic Armenians.

The attack caused hundreds of local families, mainly Armenian, to flee their homes and seek shelter in the city of Latakia.

SYRIA – April 30 – (TS) – Rebels seized control of Kassab on Sunday after launching an attack two days earlier in the coastal Syrian province of Latakia. The fighters were from an array of conservative and Islamic groups, including the Al Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front.

The province has an ancient Armenian presence, but is better known as a bastion of support for President Bashar Assad. It is his ancestral home and that of followers of the Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiite Islam, that he belongs to.

The clashes led most of Kassab’s estimated 2,000 residents to flee some 57 kilometres to Latakia city, emptying out a village that boasted a Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant church.

“We had to flee only with our clothes. We could not take anything, not even the most precious thing — a handful of soil from Kassab. We could not take our memories,” said a woman to Syrian state television. She identified herself as Kassab resident, but did not give her name.

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` Three Arab Countries ban ` Hollywood Film Noah ‘ on religious grounds before its release ‘

#AceMediaNews reports that Three Arab countries – Qatar, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates – have banned the Hollywood film ‘Noah’ on religious grounds before it has even been released.

Noah is revered in Islam and an entire chapter of the Koran is devoted to him. Islam frowns on the depiction of holy figures in art.

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” Saudi Arabia has been `Warned’ they could be `Shut-Down’ if they `Break the Law ‘ by offending Isam”

#AceWorldNews says websites in Saudi Arabia have been warned that they could be shut down if they break the law by offending Islam, abusing people or insulting community traditions and culture, the information ministry announced.

Under Saudi internet regulations, censorship is not imposed on on-line news sites, but editors are accountable for the content posted.

It also said that a division has been set to address alleged irregularities and complaints for the posted content.

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#Libya : ” Prosecutor General Assassinated in home town of Darna”

#AceWorldNews reports `Libya’s Former Prosecutor General Assassinated

Ace News Desk A Libyan security official says the former prosecutor general, Abdul-Aziz al-Hassadi, has been gunned down late Saturday in his home-town of Darna, eastern Libya.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, did not provide further details, AP reported. Al-Hassadi resigned from his office in March citing health reasons. He is the latest former official assassinated in the country since the death of former president Muammar Gaddafi, who was murdered after being captured in Oct 2011 during a civil war that saw the controversial military intervention of NATO.

Libya has witnessed a series of violence over the past months targeting various public figures and clerics around the country.

 

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#Bahrain : ” Court Shutters `Shiite Muslim Cleric’s Council’ and `Functioning Outside’ the Law”

#AceWorldNews `Bahrain Closes Shiite Clerics’ Council’

Ace News Desk A Bahraini court on Wednesday shuttered a Shiite Muslim clerics’ council. Authorities in the Sunni-ruled kingdom earlier accused it of politicization and illegal operations. The court ordered the closure of the Olamaa Islamic Council and the liquidation of its assets following a lawsuit by the ministry of justice, Islamic affairs and endowment, AFP reported, citing a judicial source.

In September, the ministry said that the office had been “functioning outside the law.” The verdict came as authorities crack down on opposition action by Shiites. They make up the majority of the population.

 

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Malaysia: ” Only Muslims Able to Call `God’ by the Name of `Allah’ so says their King”

#AceNewsServices saysMalaysia King says ‘Allah’ is only for Muslims

Published time: January 19, 2014 17:10
Edited time: January 21, 2014 13:00
 Muslim Protestors display a banner during a demonstration against a Malaysian Catholic newspaper using the word 'Allah' at the court of appeal in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur (AFP Photo / Mohd Rasfan)

Muslim Protestors’ display a banner during a demonstration against a Malaysian Catholic newspaper using the word ‘Allah’ at the court of appeal in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur (AFP Photo / Mohd Rasfan)

Only Muslims can use the word Allah to refer to God, the Malaysian King has declared adding fuel to the long-running dispute and raising questions over rights of religious minorities in the country where Islam is followed by about 60 % of the population.

Intervening in the dispute for the first time, Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah urged Sunday representatives of all other communities to respect Muslims’ exclusive right in order to maintain stability and harmony in Malaysia.

In the context of a pluralistic society, religious sensitivities especially related to Islam as the religion of the federation should be respected,” the King said in a speech, cited by Malaysian state news agency Bernama.

Confusion and controversy can be averted if there is adherence to the provisions of the law and judicial decisions,” he added.

The term ‘Allah’ came to the language used by the nation’s dominant Malay ethnic group from Arabic and is used to describe ‘God’ by people of all faiths.

Sultan Abdul Halim, 86, is one of the nine sultans who take turns every five years to serve as head of state.

The king’s role in Malaysia is largely ceremonial and his powers are limited. However, he is considered a defender of Islam and enjoys the respect of the Muslim population.

The 14th king of Malaysia, Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah (AFP Photo)The 14th king of Malaysia, Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah (AFP Photo)

Sultan Abdul Halim recalled that back in 1986 the National Fatwa Council ruled that several words, including Allah, could be used by Muslims only, writes New Straits Times.

But even though fatwas, or rulings, by clerics are followed by many of Malaysia’s Muslims, they are not legally binding. Two years later, in 1988, the restriction on the use of a bunch of words was passed into law by the Barisan National regime. The enactment, many argue, violates the country’s constitution that guarantees equal rights to all the citizens.

In October last year, the ban on the use of ‘Allah’ by non-Muslims was supported by a court. Three Muslim judges in Malaysia’s appeals court voted unanimously to overturn a 2009 ruling by a lower court that allowed the Malay-language version of the Catholic newspaper, The Herald, to use the word Allah to refer to God.

The Federal Court, which will hear the case on February 24 to decide on whether it would hear an appeal by the Catholic Church, reports The Malaysian Insider.

The October court verdict prompted protests by both Catholics – who say their rights are violated – and Muslims who demand the rule is followed by representatives of other religions.

Deepening the tensions even further, in November the Senator of the Malaysian state of Selangor issued a decree last November prohibiting non-Muslims from referring to God as “Allah”. On January 3, Selangor’s religious authorities moved to enforce the decree and seized over 300 Malay Bibles from a Christian group.

Christians make up about 9 per cent of the country’s 29-million population. It is the third largest religious group in Malaysia after Buddhists.

 

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UK: Hosting the 115 Countries World Islamic Economic Forum Delegations

WIEFToday, the UK will host the World Islamic Economic Forum. Delegations from more than 115 countries, including Oman will attend the 9th World Islamic Economic Forum – the first time it has been held outside the Muslim world.

Oman now has two Islamic banks and plans have been announced by three companies to launch takaful products. The Central Bank moved with impressive speed to establish the regulatory framework to enable the Islamic financial industry to take off in the Sultanate. It was a great privilege that the Lord Mayor of the City of London was the first senior visitor to Bank Nizwa after it opened for business in January and symbolic of the ties that have already been established between the Islamic finance industries of the Sultanate and the UK.

For me, WIEF London encapsulates the emergence of new economic ties between nations, religions and cultures . Some want investments that are managed in accordance with their faith. Others are, in the wake of the financial crisis, drawn by principles of balance, shared risk, fairness and transparency. While others still are attracted by the sheer potential of an industry worth around $1.85 trillion globally with growth rates of up to 15% per year. Whatever the draw, the buzz around Islamic and ethical finance continues to grow louder and stronger.

The UK, already home to the world’s financial and legal capital, is an increasingly important global player in Islamic Finance and its status, reach and competitive market makes the service it is able to offer truly unique.

Our expertise in Islamic Finance, where we have a growing number of banks, law firms and other service providers with a wealth of experience, is highly developed, and supported by an internationally renowned legal system and regulatory framework; a time-zone that is advantageous to doing businesses in the East and in the West; and thriving and cutting edge sectors as diverse as healthcare, education and smart cities.

As delegates will see this week, the UK is open for business and has the experience, the skills, the innovation, and the connections to overcome the challenges of the global, 24 hour market and make the most of every economic opportunity. It’s why we are rightly seen as a partner of choice and why this week’s WIEF will cement Britain’s position asthe leading Western country for Islamic finance.

Jamie Bowden British Ambassador

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UN:Security Council Recognised and Encouraged Active Contribution of Organisation of Islamic Co-operation

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Map of nations in Organization of the Islamic Conference (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Security Council today recognized and encouraged the active contribution of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in the work of the United Nations in the fields of peacemaking, preventive diplomacy, peacekeeping and peace building.

Reading out a statement, Ambassador Agshin Mehdiyev of Azerbaijan, which holds this month’s rotating presidency of the Council, said the 15-member body “recognizes and further encourages” the active contribution of the OIC in the work that aims to realize the purposes and principles embodied in the UN Charter.

“The Council notes the commitment of both the United Nations and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to foster a global dialogue for the promotion of tolerance and peace, and calls for enhanced cooperation to promote better understanding across countries, cultures and civilizations,” according to the statement.

During the meeting which preceded the statement, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon <“http://www.un.org/sg/statements/index.asp?nid=7233“>urged the OIC and all leaders to “do everything possible to repair rifts and rebuild confidence between Muslim communities as well as stem the influence of radical armed groups and violent extremists.”

The UN chief urged partnerships to be strengthened between the UN and OIC which “could be uniquely placed” to launch a major initiative with partners to help end the “profoundly worrying” heightened tensions between Sunni and Shia communities in Syria and other parts of the world.

“This upheaval that has caused the loss of so many civilian lives and represents such a threat to wider security,” Mr. Ban stressed in his remarks to the 15-member Council.

The UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has been “making progress” in dismantling and destroying the Syrian chemical weapons programme, said Mr. Ban, while urging continued efforts to reach a comprehensive political agreement “which reflects the will of the Syrian people.”

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Highlighting other regions where the OIC would play a positive role, the top UN official highlighted that organization’s potential role to help break the status quo in the occupied Palestinian territory and forge a way forward in the Middle East peace process within the agreed frame.

He also cited the OIC’s plans to visit Myanmar and welcomed the delegation’s “constructive engagement” to reduce tensions.

Mr. Ban also highlighted the OIC’s efforts in Afghanistan and Sudan, and urged further partnerships in Mali, following the milestone presidential election there.

Noting that the OIC and its member States have made significant efforts to mitigate the terrorist threat, the UN chief stressed the importance of addressing the conditions conducive to the spread of extremism and terrorism, including by strengthening efforts to peacefully resolve conflict, promote the rule of law, protect human rights and ensure good governance.

“Terrorism is not associated with any particular religion, culture or people’s,” he said. “However, in recent years, terrorist violence has disproportionately affected countries that are members of OIC, from the Sahel and North Africa to the Middle East and South Asia.”

He noted that the importance of intercultural dialogue between and within faiths “is more important than ever” and urged continued efforts to foster a culture of peace and co-existence through efforts such as the UN Alliance of Civilizations.

In 2005, an initiative of Spain and Turkey created the UN Alliance of Civilizations, a forum where civil society, governments and the private sector could learn from each other and stand up for tolerance and inclusively and against extremism and polarization.

 

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Holy Festival of Eid al-Adha – Celebrated

The Prime Minister sends his best wishes to the Muslim community for a joyous and peaceful Eid al-Adha.

Speaking ahead of Eid al-Adha, David Cameron said:

I send my best wishes to Muslims in Britain and around the world celebrating the holy festival of Eid al-Adha.

At this time of year, as is so often the case, we will see Muslims of all ages and backgrounds putting others before themselves, giving to worthy causes and praying for those in need.

I commend Britain’s near 3 million Muslims for their charity, their self-sacrifice and their devotion to God. I believe that our country is a much stronger one because we have people of faith and belief. Britain’s Muslims, Christians, Jews, Sikhs and Hindus; their institutions and their values help give us that strength.

I hope you have a joyous and peaceful festival. Eid Mubarak!

 

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