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SA’s ‘first open mosque’ opens

South Africa’s “first open mosque” held its inaugural prayer session on Friday afternoon amid criticism of its representation as a Muslim institution. Dr Taj Hargey welcomed around 50 men and women, of different races and cultures, in his warehouse space in Wynberg, Cape Town. “This is a most auspicious day,[…]

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Australia ups security in parliament after raids

Australia has deployed armed police inside parliament in the face of security threats, after foiling an alleged plot by sympathisers of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group for “demonstration executions” in the country. Previously, security was handled by in-house parliamentary security officers. “There will be armed[…]

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Al-Qaeda’s South Asia plan ‘delusional’: Modi

India’s prime minister has dismissed al-Qaeda’s plan to set up a South Asia branch, saying it was “delusional” to think the country’s Muslim minority would follow orders to wage a struggle based on religion against their country. It was Narendra Modi’s first reaction to al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri’s announcement this[…]

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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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