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DIS to discuss Palestine

The Durbanville Islamic Society are to host an evening of discussions and debates on Saturday, with the aim of providing insight on the humanitarian tragedy that is the Palestine/Israel conflict. The talks will be the first of what organizers hope to make a quarterly event. Speakers will include UCT Department[…]

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JVJP outraged by Tutu/Hitler comparisons

The chairperson of the South African branch of Israel’s right-wing Likud political party has risked the ire of the local community, with an op-ed in which he compares Archbishop Desmond Tutu to 20th century tyrants Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin. The comments from Likud SA’s Leon Reich have also provoked[…]

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Gender activist Shamima Shaikh remembered

The Muslim Youth Movement’s Gender Desk will commemorate the life of the late Shamima Shaikh,  South Africa’s most prominent Muslim gender rights’ activists.  As a proponent for gender justice within the South African Muslim community, Shaikh championed the causes of women’s access and inclusion in sacred spaces, a just Muslim[…]

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Murder up, but some serious crimes down

The murder rate has increased despite overall serious crime declining slightly by 0.4 percent, according to the 2013/2014 crime statistics released on Friday. “It’s a very difficult area to police. It requires each and every one of us to work together,” national police commissioner Riah Phiyega said referring to the[…]

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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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