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The politics of Hajj
Hajj -- an annual pilgrimage of people, united in spite of sectarian beliefs, regional divisions and rivalries. But this year that chorus will be diminished, writes Nima Elbagir.
168 points by CNN | Mecca Ali Khamenei Iran Saudi Arabia Islam Iraq Ruhollah Khomeini Sharia
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
U.S. imposes sanctions on China, North Korea entities
A group of 11 entities and individuals were sanctioned for transfers of items to Iran’s ballistic missile program        
-1 points by The Detroit News | United Arab Emirates United States Saudi Arabia Iran Gulf War Persian Gulf Sharia Western Asia
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
Kuala Lumpur rally calls for stricter Islamic law
Push to allow Islamic courts to impose more severe punishments fuels fears of growing division in multi-ethnic nation.
7067 points by Al Jazeera English | Pakatan Rakyat Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Anwar Ibrahim Sharia Barisan Nasional Fadzil Noor Islam
Police: Kim Jong Nam suspect thought she was on gag show
One of the suspects in the death of the North Korean leader's half brother thought she was participating in a television gag show when she squirted liquid in his face, Indonesian police said.
26 points by CNN | Indonesia Suharto Provinces of Indonesia Aceh Jakarta Sharia Kim Jong-il Chinese Indonesian
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
Indonesia's moderate Islam is slowly crumbling
JAKARTA, Indonesia - In the struggle against Islamic extremism, few groups have been fighting for longer than Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the Sunni organization that has become the global face of Indonesia's pluralistic Islam. Founded in 1926 to prevent Saudi Arabia's bitterly intolerant Wahhabism from...
33 points by Chicago Tribune | Islam Sharia Indonesia Abdurrahman Wahid Islam in Indonesia Islamism Salafi Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
How Do Saudis Celebrate Valentine's Day? Very Carefully
On February 14, it’s best to keep the red roses and helium balloons on the down low; strict laws and religious police keep a tight lid on romance
1305 points by The Wall Street Journal | Sharia Islam Saudi Arabia Iraq Egypt Christianity Pakistan Middle East
400 people gather at a Phoenix mosque for solidarity rally
PHOENIX (AP) - An estimated 400 people gathered at a Phoenix mosque to show support and learn about the Muslim community. Participants sat on a plush red carpet Saturday and listened to Islamic Community Center of Phoenix Usama Shami speak about Islam and misconceptions. People standing outside the mosque participated ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Islam Phoenix Arizona United States Pakistan Donald Trump KPNX Sharia Ummah
Iran says holds eight foreigners planning attacks
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian security forces have arrested eight hardline Sunni Islamists suspected of planning attacks to disrupt celebrations for Iran's Islamic revolution in the past week, Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi said on Saturday.
-2 points by Reuters | Iran Islam Iraq Shia Islam Iranian Revolution Reuters Mohammad Reza Pahlavi Sharia
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
Cleveland doctor blocked by travel ban allowed back in US
CLEVELAND (AP) - A medical resident of Sudanese descent is back in Cleveland after being forced to return to Saudi Arabia from New York when the Trump administration travel ban took effect. Dr. Suha Abushamma (ah-boo-SHAW'-muh) said at a news conference Tuesday at the Cleveland Clinic that she's grateful to ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | United States Pakistan New York City Saudi Arabia Petroleum Arabic language Sharia Gulf War
Cleveland Clinic to provide update on Sudanese resident denied entry into U.S. under Trump's immigration order
The Cleveland Clinic will hold a news conference this afternoon to discuss a Sudanese internal medicine resident who was denied entry into the U.S. per President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration. Dr. Suha AbushammaSubmitted  CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Cleveland Clinic will hold a news conference this afternoon to discuss a Sudanese internal medicine resident who was denied entry into the U.S. per President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration. The news conference will be held at 1 p.m. Exactly what the Clinic will be addressing was not immediately clear, as an email from a spokeswoman only said that the Clinic would provide an update on the status of Dr. Suha Abushamma. Abushamma, 26, was detained at an airport in New York on Jan. 28 when she arrived in the U.S. after a trip to Saudi Arabia. The doctor is from Sudan, one of seven Muslim majority countries named in Trump's order limiting travel. This story will be updated.
-2 points by The Plain Dealer | United States Arabic language Sharia President of the United States Petroleum Saudi Arabia Pakistan Egypt
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
Flynn’s plan to beat radical Islam starts with schools and social media
President Trump’s national security adviser wants to fight not just Islamic terrorists but the “radical ideology of Islam,” and he plans to do it from the grass roots up, starting with our children at schools while also using social media. Dealing with the global Islamist threat on a tactical level through drone strikes and arrests...
15451 points by New York Post | Islam Jihad Islamism Al-Qaeda Islamic terrorism Sharia Muslim world Taliban
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
Denver mosque leaders warned Homeland Security that RTD shooting suspect “was advanced in his path of radicalization”
Six hours after hosting a Christmas Eve lunch for recent converts to Islam, leaders of a Denver mosque sent an e-mail to federal authorities, warning them that a man named "Joshua" was becoming radicalized.
735 points by The Denver Post | Law enforcement agency Security guard Police Mosque Sharia Twitter Islam Federal Bureau of Investigation
Iranian woman to be blinded in ‘eye-for-an-eye’ retribution punishment – report
An Iranian woman is to be blinded in one eye as punishment for an acid attack that left her victim without sight, the country’s Supreme Court has ruled, local Tasnim agency has reported, as cited by Reuters. Read Full Article at
1428 points by Russia Today | Iran Iranian Revolution Sharia Capital punishment Shia Islam Crime Amnesty International Human rights
Cleveland Clinic doctor removed from U.S. says career could be harmed if she can't return
A Sudanese Cleveland Clinic resident sent back to Saudi Arabia after being detained in New York last week said in a court filing Thursday that her career could be irreparably harmed if she is not allowed to return back to Ohio. Dr. Suha AbushammaSubmitted  CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A Sudanese Cleveland Clinic doctor sent to Saudi Arabia after being detained in New York last week said in a court filing Thursday that her career could be irreparably harmed if she is not allowed to return to Ohio. Dr. Suha Abushamma, in a filing asking for an injunction, wrote that "continuing delay in her return could complicate her ability to fulfill the rigorous requirements of internal medicine residents. "If Dr. Abushamma's (work) visa is not reinstated and she is not permitted to return to Cleveland promptly, the career that she has worked so hard for could be permanently jeopardized," the filing says. Abushamma, a citizen of Sudan, has been an internal medicine resident at the Clinic since July. She claims in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that she was "misled and coerced" by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents into signing forms that withdrew her work visa when she arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Saturday after returning from a vacation to Saudi Arabia. Abushamma, 26, of Cleveland Heights, was put on a plane back to Saudi Arabia, where her family lives, after signing the forms. Her story is one of several that surfaced over the weekend in the wake of President Donald Trump's executive order banning travel to the U.S. from seven majority Muslim countries, including Sudan. The doctor also said immigration officials violated a stay issued by New York federal Judge Ann Donnelly that barred officials from removing anyone who arrived in the U.S. with a green card or work visa from removing anyone who named in Trump's executive order on immigration. Abushamma's filing from Thursday says the doctor is likely to win her lawsuit. It says Donnelly said on Saturday that removing those with visas, like Abushamma, under Trump's order would cause harm. "No less than five other courts in four different districts -- indeed, every court to have subsequently considered the issue -- have agreed," the filing says. The federal government has until Tuesday to respond. New York federal Judge Carol Bagley Amon will hold a hearing for Abushamma's case on Feb. 15.
918 points by The Plain Dealer | United States President of the United States Pakistan Federal government of the United States U.S. Customs and Border Protection Saudi Arabia Sharia John F. Kennedy
UK woman arrested & charged for ‘extramarital sex’ in Dubai after reporting gang rape
A UK tourist has been arrested and charged in Dubai for having “extramarital sex” after she reported being gang raped by two British men. Read Full Article at
11355 points by Russia Today | United Arab Emirates Dubai Adultery Sharia Saudi Arabia Abu Dhabi Capital punishment Sharjah
FBI probes Md. terror link in Detroit case
Imam laughs off allegations of plotting with Michigan suspect        
-1 points by The Detroit News | Islam Federal Bureau of Investigation Terrorism United States Department of Justice Sharia United States Law enforcement agency J. Edgar Hoover
Ban affecting Newton County mosque expires

-1 points by Atlanta Journal Constitution | Islam Sharia Muhammad Mosque Place of worship Freedom of religion Local government Flag of the United States
Messages from ISIL territory ask forgiveness for murder
Correspondence obtained by Al Jazeera and The Intercept paints a bleak picture of life in ISIL-held parts of Iraq.
2620 points by Al Jazeera English | Iraq Islam Iraq War Sunni Islam Hanafi Iraqi Transitional Government 2003 invasion of Iraq Sharia
Saudi-Iran war of words escalates over Hajj row
Officials from Iran, Saudi trade verbal blows after countries fail to reach agreement on this year's pilgrimage.
361 points by Al Jazeera English | Islam Ali Khamenei Iran Mecca Iraq Saudi Arabia Sharia Muhammad
Top Saudi cleric says Iran leaders not Muslims as haj row mounts
Saudi Arabia's top religious authority said Iran's leaders were not Muslims, drawing a rebuke from Tehran in an unusually harsh exchange between the regional rivals over the running of the annual haj pilgrimage.
144 points by | Islam Iran Mecca Sharia Muhammad Ali Khamenei Iraq Medina
On Eid al-Adha, questioning Muslims’ passion for meat
As Muslims sharpen their knives for Eid al-Adha, some have been left disturbed by their community’s level of meat consumption.       
-1 points by USA Today | Islam Muhammad Sharia Meat Qur'an Vegetarianism Islamic calendar Prophets of Islam
Syria's Assad delivers defiant Eid message from Darayya
President perform prayers for the Muslim celebration in suburb of Damascus that was recently surrendered by rebels.
-1 points by Al Jazeera English | Bashar al-Assad Syria Hafez al-Assad Eid ul-Fitr Islam Ba'ath Party Terrorism Sharia
Drones keep watch as pilgrims ascend Mount Arafat for haj climax
ARAFAT, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - Saudi authorities deployed drones to watch over nearly 2 million pilgrims as they ascended Mount Arafat at the climax of the haj on Sunday, part of stepped up efforts to avoid a repeat of last year's crush amid an escalating war of words with Iran.
322 points by Reuters | Hajj Mecca Islam Iran Muhammad Medina Eid al-Adha Sharia
UK courts need Islamic divorces to protect Muslim women - sharia scholar
Britain must clamp down on sharia councils and begin processing Islamic divorces in court to better protect the rights of Muslim women, a scholar has advised MPs. Read Full Article at
1335 points by Russia Today | Sharia Law Islam Common law Legal systems of the world Marriage Muhammad Civil law
Muslim pilgrims begin hajj, but this year without Iranians
Close to 2 million people from around the world have begun performing the rites of the Islamic hajj pilgrimage, which calls for entering into a state of physical and spiritual purity and circling the cube-shaped Kaaba with their palms facing upward in prayer.Notably absent this year are Iranian pilg...
-1 points by Concord Monitor | Islam Iran Mecca Hajj United Arab Emirates Iraq Sharia Medina
What Happens After ISIS Falls?
Islamic State’s self-declared caliphate is shrinking, but its demise is likely to bring new problems: fresh regional clashes, a revived al Qaeda and more terrorism in the West.
1028 points by The Wall Street Journal | Islam Iraq Caliphate Sharia Egypt Ottoman Empire Abu Bakr Shia Islam