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From burkinis to the Koran: Why Islam isn't like other faiths
My parents, brother and I were on vacation in Florida, and we were talking about Donald Trump. The idea of leaving America if a scary Republican wins has always been a joke among high-minded liberals who can just fly off and find a job in Toronto or Geneva. But for my family, the joke had taken...
2519 points by Los Angeles Times | Islam Qur'an Muhammad Muslim Religion God Prophets of Islam Allah
The week in pictures: From Hajj 2016 to Hillary Clinton
From the start of Hajj to the US presidential elections, here is the week's news in pictures.
3962 points by Al Jazeera English | Muhammad Hajj Medina Mecca Qur'an Arabian Peninsula Prophets of Islam Islam
Saudi Arabia and Iran spar over Hajj pilgrimage
Rhetoric escalates between regional rivals Riyadh and Tehran over 2015 hajj tragedy and this year's pilgrimage.
388 points by Al Jazeera English | Iran Mecca Ali Khamenei Hajj Supreme Leader of Iran Jeddah Medina Muhammad
33 Bangladesh pilgrims die in Saudi Arabia before Hajj
Thirty-three Bangladeshis, including several women who are in Saudi Arabia to perform the Hajj, have died from different ailments until now.
355 points by | Mecca Medina Saudi Arabia Jeddah Muhammad Masjid al-Haram Hajj Riyadh
Hajj 2016: Millions of Muslims start arriving in Mecca
More than 1.5 million people from across the world are expected to perform Hajj this year.
29597 points by Al Jazeera English | Hajj Mecca Muhammad Medina Abraham Saudi Arabia Pilgrim Masjid al-Haram
My Hajj Reading List: Preparing for Mecca
Our correspondent shares her reading list before embarking on the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.
89 points by The New York Times | Mecca Medina Muhammad Hajj Islam Masjid al-Haram Arabian Peninsula Ernest Hemingway
Hajj Prep: Search Soul, Buy Sturdy Shoes, Pay the Dentist
Diaa Hadid, a Times correspondent, is getting ready for her first hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. And her family and colleagues have plenty of advice.
2251 points by The New York Times | Mecca Hajj Medina Masjid al-Haram Muhammad Abraham Black Stone Zamzam Well
UK's 'most hated man' jailed for ISIS support
Notorious hate preacher Anjem Choudary, who led a flag-burning demonstration outside the US embassy on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and voiced support for jihad, has been jailed for inviting support for ISIS.
5365 points by CNN | Muhammad Qur'an Islam Jihad Al-Qaeda Caliphate Terrorism Islamism
What Muslims Do on Hajj, and Why
Our correspondent, who is in Saudi Arabia for the annual pilgrimage, explains why Muslims, dressed in white, throw stones, kiss a large black rock and have a goat sacrificed.
2583 points by The New York Times | Hajj Muhammad Mecca Islam Abraham Kaaba Prophets of Islam Medina
As hajj nears, Saudi Arabia aims to avoid another disaster
Saudi officials prepped for the pilgrimage to Mecca with steps aimed at avoiding another disaster.       
27 points by USA Today | Hajj Islam Mecca Muhammad Ali Khamenei Iraq Iran Saudi Arabia
Syrians on haj pray for peace; Damascus says Riyadh plays politics
MECCA, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - Syrians from territory held by opposing sides in the civil war prayed together for peace as they flew to Mecca for the haj, even as President Bashar al-Assad's government accused Saudi Arabia of politicizing the annual Muslim pilgrimage.
32 points by Reuters | Syria Mecca Iraq Lebanon Damascus Muhammad Saudi Arabia Egypt
UK: Anjem Choudary jailed for encouraging ISIL support
Preacher Anjem Choudary has been sentenced to five-and-a-half years in Britain for inviting support for armed group.
3064 points by Al Jazeera English | Islam Caliphate Hizb ut-Tahrir Iraq New Zealand Anjem Choudary Caliph Muhammad
RAB arrests 'Neo-JMB' couples from Dhaka and Narayanganj
Rapid Action Battalion has arrested two couples, suspected to be members of Neo-JMB, during raids at Dhaka and Narayanganj.
233 points by | Muhammad Islam Force Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh RAID
U.K. Preacher Sentenced to Over Five Years in Prison
Anjem Choudary, an Islamist cleric blamed for radicalizing young Muslims, was sentenced to 5½ years in prison by a British judge following his conviction for supporting terrorism.
141 points by The Wall Street Journal | Islam Anjem Choudary Muhammad Caliphate Qur'an Muslim United Kingdom Common law
Far-right mayor claims real French people are ‘European, white, Catholic’
A far-right mayor in France has made headlines for his anti-Muslim rhetoric once again, saying that being French means being “European, white, and Catholic.” Now, an anti-racism organization has announced it is taking legal action against the politician. Read Full Article at
5968 points by Russia Today | Charles de Gaulle Islam France Muhammad Racism French language Muslim Romance languages
Iran and Saudi Arabia Squabble as Millions of Muslims Begin Pilgrimage
The two nations traded barbs over which one best represents Islam and which one ought to control the religious sites at Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.
1244 points by The New York Time | Iran Mecca Ali Khamenei Ruhollah Khomeini Medina Saudi Arabia Supreme Leader of Iran Muhammad
Khaleda leaves for Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj with Tarique 
Khaleda Zia has left for Saudi Arabia where she will perform this year’s Hajj with her family members including eldest son Tarique Rahman.
363 points by | Mecca Saudi Arabia Muhammad Hajj Abdullah of Saudi Arabia Medina Dhaka House of Saud
Mubaraz Ahmed: Why radical Islamists seek to exploit converts
When ISIS claimed of responsibility for the attack on the Palace of Westminster this week, it was another reminder of the violent and destructive nature of Islamism, or political Islam, as it is sometimes referred to.
14 points by CNN | Islam Islamism Islamic terrorism Jihad Muhammad Al-Qaeda Sharia Political aspects of Islam
Letter: A house divided
A house dividedDonald Trump famously proclaimed that he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and his followers would still support him. He is really testing that theory now. The person he has shot in the foot is himself. He is almost daily stepping on his own message, diminishing his credibility and...
-1 points by Concord Monitor | United States Islam Donald Trump Conspiracy theory Sharia Muhammad Kayfabe Ivana Trump
Muslim leaders across Britain condemn “cowardly” Parliament attack
British Muslim leaders have condemned Wednesday’s terrorist attack that hit right at the heart of London as “cowardly.” Read Full Article at
-1 points by Russia Today | Terrorism London Palace of Westminster Islam Muhammad Parliament of the United Kingdom Abu Hamza al-Masri Attack
Mel Graykin: Erring on the side of happiness
Confirmation bias: The tendency to focus on anything that confirms one’s convictions and disregards any evidence to the contrary.It’s a very common way of thinking; most of us do it. We fool ourselves that way. We get out of bed in a low mood and tell ourselves that this is going to be a bad day. Al...
7 points by Concord Monitor | Critical thinking Islam Qur'an Tendency Muslim Abuse Muhammad Suffering
Blast in Mogadishu marketplace kills 34
The blast from a car parked near a restaurant went off when shoppers and traders were gathered inside the market.
3 points by Daily News | Ambulance Burn Emergency medical services Associated Press Muhammad Suffering Somali people Paramedic
Blast in Somalia kills 34 in Mogadishu marketplace
MOGADISHU, Somalia — Somalia's new president visited victims wounded by the Mogadishu car bomb that on Sunday killed 34. President Mohamed Abdulahi Mohamed offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those who planned the blast.The explosion hit a busy marketplace in the western part of the capital, said police Capt. Mohamed Hussein."It was a horrific and barbaric attack only aimed at killings civilians," he said from the scene of the blast.
-2 points by Boston Herald | Somali people Somalia Mogadishu Somali language Associated Press Somali Civil War Muhammad Transitional Federal Government
Elodie Reed: I learned a lot about Islam –and biases I didn’t know I had
I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous the first time I visited the Concord mosque.It was a pleasant October afternoon, a Friday, and I attended the prayer service at the Islamic Society of Greater Concord to find out what Muslims thought of the 2016 presidential election.I planned my outfit th...
1 points by Concord Monitor | Islam Adhan Muslim Muhammad Mosque Prayer Qur'an United States
In Mosul orphanage, Islamic State groomed child soldiers
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - When the boys first arrived at the Islamic State training facility in eastern Mosul they would cry and ask about their parents, who went missing when the militants rampaged through northern Iraq in 2014.
-2 points by Reuters | Islam Iraq Sharia Qur'an Muhammad Caliph Caliphate Ali
Jakarta governor leads vote despite charges of blasphemy
'Ahok' was a victim of claims that he is anti-Muslim in the world's largest Muslim nation.       
8 points by USA Today | Qur'an Muhammad Islam Muslim Islam in Indonesia Jakarta Plurality voting system Allah
Jakarta governor leads vote despite false claims of blasphemy
'Ahok' was a victim of claims that he is anti-Muslim in the world's largest Muslim nation.       
8 points by USA Today | Qur'an Muhammad Islam Muslim Islam in Indonesia Jakarta Plurality voting system Allah
Indonesians at mass prayers urged to vote for Muslims
JAKARTA, Indonesia — Tens of thousands of Indonesians gathered at the national mosque in the capital on Saturday for mass prayers urging people to vote for a Muslim governor of the city as the country prepares for regional elections next week.The crowds overflowed from Istiqlal Mosque in the heart of Jakarta into the surrounding streets. Clerics gave sermons calling on people to protect Islam and vote for Muslim candidates.
-2 points by Boston Herald | Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono Jakarta Istiqlal Mosque Islam Muhammad Allah Lord's Prayer
Mass prayers draw thousands as Indonesia readies elections
JAKARTA, Indonesia — Tens of thousands gathered at the national mosque in Jakarta for mass prayers on Saturday urging Indonesians to vote for Muslims in city and district elections being held across the country next week.The crowds overflowed from Istiqlal Mosque in the heart of the capital into the surrounding streets. Clerics gave sermons calling on people to protect Islam and to vote for Muslim candidates.Police have denied hard-line groups permission to march through the city. Jakarta police spokesman Argo Yuwono estimated the crowds at 60,000 to 70,000 people.
-2 points by Boston Herald | Indonesia Jakarta Istiqlal Mosque Islam Muhammad Allah Lord's Prayer Muslim
Republican calls CAIR a Hamas-linked 'terrorist group'
Congressional candidate hits out at CAIR amid growing 'witch-hunt' of Muslim groups and rising Islamophobic attacks.
3263 points by Al Jazeera English | Hamas Islam Islamism Gaza Strip Second Intifada Muhammad Palestinian territories Israel
In Pakistan, a shrine to murder for 'blasphemy'
As a Senate committee mulls Pakistan's blasphemy laws, thousands visit shrine to Mumtaz Qadri, killer of Salman Taseer.
1986 points by Al Jazeera English | Sharia Islam Muhammad Pakistan Qur'an Capital punishment Law Prophets of Islam
Radical Islam is spreading across Belgium, Salafists preach via TV & online media – report
Salafism is advancing in Belgium, a leaked report from the country’s coordination body for threat assessment says, adding that Wahhabi TV stations and online media operate freely while radical literature can be found in most Islamic bookshops. Read Full Article at
4101 points by Russia Today | Islam Sharia European Union Muhammad Qur'an Belgium Brussels Islamism
Man convicted of helping plot Texas attack to be sentenced
PHOENIX (AP) - Sentencing is set Wednesday for an American-born Muslim convert convicted of supporting the Islamic State group and helping to plot a 2015 attack on a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas. Prosecutors are seeking a life sentence for Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem, while his defense attorney has ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Islam Muhammad Terrorism Jury Hamas Al-Qaeda Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy U.S. State Department list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations
Saudi man makes bizarre attempt to set himself ablaze in front of Kaaba (VIDEO)
A Saudi man, believed to be in his 40s, was captured by police as he was pouring gasoline on himself near the most sacred site in Islam, the Kaaba, just moments before he was able to set himself ablaze in a crowd full of pilgrims. Read Full Article at
888 points by Russia Today | Islam Muhammad Hajj Kaaba Qur'an Abraham Five Pillars of Islam Mecca
Opinion: Terrorism claim is baloney
First, there was the "Bowling Green massacre" that wasn't.
3998 points by CNN | Suicide attack September 11 attacks Attack Police Terrorism Attack! Al-Qaeda Muhammad
The Trump team's list of 78 'underreported' terrorist attacks is a bit of a mess
The full document, annotated.
7851 points by The Washington Post | Suicide attack Police Attack Attack! Muhammad Hamas Kamikaze Improvised explosive device
Muslim Brotherhood expands presence in Germany, seeks to establish Sharia law – security official
Islamic radicals from the Muslim Brotherhood are actively trying to gain a "monopoly" over mosques in the eastern German state of Saxony to attract more followers and increase their influence, the local security service chief has warned. Read Full Article at
15000 points by Russia Today | Islam Muslim Brotherhood Salafi Egypt Jihad Islamism Caliphate Muhammad
Yes, refugees have carried out attacks on American soil
Asha Abdulkadir was quoted as saying a refugee has never carried out an attack on American soil. Where are the fact-checkers?
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Somalia's al Shabaab executes four men accused of spying
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Al Shabaab militants in Somalia publicly beheaded four men accused of spying for the country's Western-backed government, the United States and neighboring Kenya, residents in the south of the Horn of Africa country said.
-2 points by Reuters | Islam Reuters Thomson Reuters Sharia News agency Sudan Muhammad Stoning
#VisitMyMosque: UK Muslims open doors to fight bigotry
More than 150 mosques invite Britons of all beliefs and none to visit and ask questions about the Islamic faith.
26427 points by Al Jazeera English | Islam Sharia Muhammad Jeremy Corbyn United Kingdom Pakistan Ramadan Mosque
Forget burkini ban: France's Muslims have bigger problems
When France enacted its ban on "ostentatious symbols" in public schools in 2004, the so-called "veil ban" was justified under the guise of a warped form of European cultural relativism. It's just the French way, you see.
482 points by CNN | Human rights Islam French people France Muhammad French language Islam in France Racism
Va. mosque sees outpouring of support as state fights Trump travel ban
Demonstrators at the mosque in Sterling carried signs of support while Gov. McAuliffe vowed to continue fighting Trump’s executive order in federal court.
4900 points by The Washington Post | United Arab Emirates Islam Muslim Muhammad Sharia Terry McAuliffe Donald Trump Prayer
Recent major extremist attacks in France
France has suffered a series of extremist attacks in the past two years. Here are some of the major assaults.
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | World War II Muhammad Islam Attack Prophets of Islam Qur'an Prophet Paris
Wrapped in support: Richards teachers mark World Hijab Day
As Joyce Cruse was heading to her classroom Wednesday morning, a student stopped her in the hall and asked if she could take the social studies teacher's picture. "Then she said, 'Thank you for doing this,'" Cruse said. What Cruse was doing that particular day was joining legions of women around...
2354 points by Chicago Tribune | Islam Education Teacher Teaching English as a foreign language Headgear Muhammad
A look at recent major extremist attacks in France
France has been subjected to a sustained series of extremist attacks in the past 2 years. Here are some of the major assaults.
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | World War II Muhammad Attack Islam Prophets of Islam Qur'an Paris Prophet
Charlie Hebdo sets sights on Donald Trump
Donald Trump names his choices for top national security posts Nov. 18, 2016, 4:18 p.m. This is our look at President-elect Donald Trump's transition and the outgoing Obama administration. Here's what's happening in Washington right now:Trump names conservative hard-liner Jeff Sessions as his choice...
6130 points by Los Angeles Times | Islam Donald Trump Muhammad Prophet Ivana Trump Prophets of Islam Fred Trump Qur'an
France envoy: 'Minority' of Muslims 'testing us'
France must find "reasonable accommodation" for Islam, but "there will be mistakes, there will be backlash", says Araud.
88 points by Al Jazeera English | Islam Muhammad Muslim Culture of France French language Islam in France France Qur'an
Christian governor of Jakarta to face trial over Islam ‘insult’ allegations
Indonesian police have said a blasphemy complaint by Muslim groups against the Christian governor of Jakarta will go to court, meaning the official could face up to five years in prison over what seems to many to be confusion rather than a crime. Read Full Article at
966 points by Russia Today | Criminal Investigation Department Police Muhammad Qur'an Islam Muslim Detective Criminal investigation
Saudi Crown Prince Returns to Public Eye as Succession Looms
Mohammed bin Nayef’s recent prominence suggests he won’t be sidestepped to the throne by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
335 points by The Wall Street Journal | Monarchy Prince Saudi Arabia Coronation Arabian Peninsula Muhammad Heir apparent Semitic
Indonesia Sends Blasphemy Case Against Christian Governor to Court
Police named Indonesia’s most prominent Christian politician as a suspect in a blasphemy case, threatening a reputation for religious tolerance in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country.
282 points by The Wall Street Journal | Islam Qur'an Muhammad Hadith Muslim Prophets of Islam Allah The Target