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France launches first strikes on ISIL in Iraq

France has carried out its first air strikes in Iraq against positions of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, joining a US-led operation to defeat the rebel group. In a statement issued on Friday, French President Francois Hollande said the strike destroyed a logistics depot held by ISIL.[…]

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City monitoring Open Mosque

A City of Cape Town official says authorities cannot take legal action against the founders of the Open Mosque until they have the necessary evidence of the unauthorised use of the building at 4 Lester Street in Wynberg. This comes after a written query by Al Jama-ah party leader in[…]

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SA death toll in Nigeria up to 84: Report

The number of South Africans killed in a building collapse in Nigeria has increased from 67 to 84, SABC radio news reported on Friday. South Africa’s high commissioner to Nigeria, Lulu Louis Mnguni, told the state broadcaster in an interview on Friday morning the death toll had gone up to[…]

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Zuma meets SAJBD

President Jacob Zuma and the SA Jewish Board of Deputies on Thursday expressed support for a two-State solution in the Israel and Palestine conflict. Zuma reiterated South Africa’s willingness to support all sides to find a solution, said presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj in a statement. “The SAJBD also reiterated their[…]

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Multiple bombs rock Baghdad

Three suicide car bombs were detonated in the Shia Baghdad neighbourhood of Kadhimiya followed by 12 mortar rounds fired from outside the district, killing at least 23 people and wounding 56 people, security sources said. Interior Ministry spokesman, Saad Maan, said on state television on Thursday that security forces had[…]

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MJC issues a fatwa on Open Mosque

In the light of the debate around the open mosque, the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) has issued the following fatwa on Thursday: The Muslim Judicial Council (SA) convened a special meeting with representatives of Mosques and Islamic Institutions to provide a scholarly and collective response to the establishment of the[…]

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Aussie Muslims reject “unjust” raids

Using a heavy-handed approach to track “extremism”, security forces arrested several Australian Muslims, sending shockwaves among the religious minority that staged a night protest against the crackdown. “We’ve all seen what has taken place this morning,” Hizb Ut-Tahrir speaker Uthman Badar told the crowd who gathered in Sydeney’s Lakemba to[…]

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Tears as ‘Imam’ honored with doctorate

On Wednesday evening the University of the Western Cape (UWC) paid honour to the late Imam Abdullah Haron, by posthumously awarding the former struggle veteran with a honorary doctorate. The recognition came just two weeks shy of the 45th anniversary of his tragic passing. Born in Claremont on 8 February[…]

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IRSA embarks on Qurbani campaign

As Muslims across the globe eagerly await the auspicious Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha, Islamic Relief South Africa (IRSA) are in turn set to embark on their annual Qurbani campaign for 2014. The local relief group has called on South Africans to assist with the sponsorship of Qurbanis’, which will[…]

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