Islamophobic populism worries Muslims in France’

STRASBOURG, France Praising Strasbourg Municipality in northeastern France for offering 2.5 million euros ($3 million) for the construction of a mosque, Bekir Altas, secretary-general of the Turkish-Muslim association IGMG, expressed concern at the rising Islamophobic tendencies driven by political exigencies. Speaking to Anadolu Agency during his visit to French city Strasbourg near the German border, Altas also dismissed accusations against the IGMG by the politicians. He said that the construction of the Eyup Sultan Mosque in Strasbourg, near the German border, will continue, even as its completion needs an additional…

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Indonesia: man teaches Quran wearing clown garb

JAKARTA, Indonesia After donning clown garb, Yahya Edward Hendrawan is sitting in front of a mirror, finishing his make-up. He is not going to a party; instead, he is preparing to teach the Quran, the Muslim holy book, to children at an orphanage near his home in Tangerang, the third-largest city in the Greater Jakarta metropolitan area. He discovered this unique method while teaching the Quran at the Darussalam An-Nur orphanage, where he has been working for the past 13 years. “It is been 11 years since I started dressing…

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Only 110 Muslim MLAs elected out of 824 seats in four states and one UT

Muslims yet again fail to cross proportional representation barrier The 126-member Assam Assembly will have for the first time in 50 years, no Muslim member in the treasury benches. By Abdul Bari Masoud New Delhi:  Only 103 Muslim candidates were elected in four states and one Union Territory in the recently held assembly elections where Muslim voters are in sizable number particularly in  Assam, West Bengal and Kerala. Their ratio is between 28 to 35 percent in these states but they yet again failed to cross the proportional barrier as…

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