JNN 25 Jan 2016 New York : Judge Carolyn Walker-Diallo, a Muslim woman, took oath as a civil court judge in New York on Thursday, while swearing to abide by the US Constitution placing her hand on the Holy Quran. Continue reading
JNN 03 Aug 2015 Kigali : In one of the largest reversion cases of Christians to Islam, a Rwandan pastor and his entire 480-member congregation have reverted to Islam, as the world fastest growing religion expands its presence in the African continent. Continue reading
JNN 29 July 2015 Riyadh : On 8th Shawwal, Wednesday, in the year 1345 AH (April 21, 1925 A.D ), mausoleums in Jannatul al-Baqi (holy city of Medina) were demolished by King Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud.
JNN 30 May 2015 Milan : Italian Muslims are praying in warehouses, parking lots and garages due to the lack of official mosques in the country – and they are not happy about it. Continue reading
JNN 01 May 2015 Tehran: After conversion to Islam, the German newly-Muslim lady introduced the love and affection toward Imams (A.S.) as the source of her calmness. Continue reading
JNN 23 Aug 2014 New York : My name is William, and I live in a large Midwestern city in the United States.
JNN 26 May 2014 : Muslims in Bosnia-Herzegovina have complained about the increasing incidents of abuse they encounter in the town of Zvornik after a young man was attacked in front of the local Rijecanka Mosque. Continue reading
JNN 19 May 2014 Muslim representation in the 16th Lok Sabha has hit an all-time low at 22. This is the worst in the history of Indian Parliament with the previous low being in 1957 when there were only 23 Muslim MPs.
JNN 06 Mar 2014 Cairo : An official with Egypt’s Al-Azhar Islamic Center said Takfiri ideology has nothing to do with Islam. Continue reading
JNN 22 Feb 2014 Delhi : Conflicting reports about the coneversion of famous Indian singer Hans Raj Hans to Islam has appeared in Pakistani and Indian media, with Most confirming the news and others denying it. Continue reading
JNN 29 Dec 2013 Tokyo : International airports in Japan are striving to become friendlier to Muslims amid a steep increase in visitors from the Islamic world following the Japanese government’s relaxation of regulations for issuing visas. Continue reading
JNN 21 Dec 2013 Bangui : A handful of residents of Fouh, a Christian-majority neighborhood in Bangui, the war-ravaged capital of the Central African Republic (CAR), admitted to torching a local mosque to avenge recent attacks blamed on Muslim Seleka rebels. Continue reading
JNN 10 Dec 2013 Karachi : Muslim or halal travel is becoming a big business, and countries beyond the Muslim world have begun to develop strategies to attract these typically high-spending travelers from around the world. Continue reading
JNN 07 Dec 2013 Oslo : Granting Muslims an access to one of the tastiest meat in the world, Norway is planning to produce the first-ever halal reindeer meat to accommodate Muslims’ needs during Christmas celebrations. Continue reading
JNN 06 Dec 2013 Moscow : After years of legal debates, Russian Muslims have finally restored the 15th century Khan Mosque in Kasimov town, east Moscow, deemed as the oldest mosque in central Russia. Continue reading
JNN 01 Dec 2013 Almaty : 56 Imams took part in a local workshop in the Qostanay province of Kazakhstan teaching them how to make the most of social media websites like Facebook in order to share religious knowledge, take questions, and reach out to a younger audience. Continue reading
JNN 01 Dec 2013 Luanda : The government in Angola has reportedly demolished Several mosques in the country after giving the impression that practicing Islam is illegal in the country. Continue reading
JNN 20 Nov 2013 Barcelona : The name Mohammad is the second most common first name in Catalonia,the Break away Republic of Spain. Continue reading
JNN 21 Nov 2013 Tehran : Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution urged that the great potentials of Hajj should be activated against plots aimed at provoking sectarian strife. Continue reading
“Islam isn’t a complicated religion. Unlike other religions in Zambia, Islam is easy to master,” new convert Hanif Mumba told Anadolu Agency.
He asserted that many youths like himself had turned to Islam in hopes of attaining spiritual growth.
“In Islam, there aren’t complicated rituals; it’s based on discipline. Provided a person masters the art of pleasing Allah, he will then be happy,” Mumba said.
“I have come to learn that, in life, a person cannot do everything, because life is too short,” he noted.
“Islam teaches us to focus only on doing things that matter the most,” he added. “For me, the thing that matters most is doing the will of Allah every day of my life.”
Mumba is not alone.
Suzgo Zimba, president of the Islamic Supreme Council of Zambia, confirmed that many Zambians were embracing the Muslim faith.
As evidence, he cited the increasing number of prayer areas being converted into mosques for congregational Muslim Friday prayers.
Zimba told AA that, in order for a prayer area to be converted into a Friday prayer mosque, it must serve more than forty households.
In Zambia, a standard household has at least six family members, if not more. Therefore, only a mosque that can accommodate at least 240 people is allowed to host Friday prayers.
Chawama, a township in capital Lusaka, has six mosques that have been approved to host Friday prayers, meaning the area contains no less than 1,440 Muslims.
“We have many mosques in Zambia that have been turned into Friday prayer centers,” Zimba noted.
“We have at least four mosques in every urban township across the country that have been turned into Friday prayer centers,” the Muslim leader asserted.
“The situation is also the same in rural townships,” he added, calling the steadily rising numbers of Friday mosques an “unprecedented development.”
“In every district across the country, mosques are being constructed to enable people to gather for prayers,” said Zimba. “This shows the rate at which Islam is growing in Zambia.”
He went on to note that young people constituted the majority of the country’s new mosque-goers.
“In mosques founded in towns, you find more youths attending prayers than elderly people,” he explained. “This shows that the Muslim population in Zambia is composed largely of youths.”
According to the US State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report for 2012, Muslims make up roughly 1 percent of Zambia’s total population of 13.1 million.
Other youths interviewed by AA from different mosques in Lusaka and surrounding areas said they had been attracted to Islam because it is a religion of “many virtues,” designed to instill discipline in its adherents.
Musa Phiri, a 23-year-old Muslim convert from Bread of Life, a Lusaka-based Christian denomination, says Islam teaches people to combat selfish desires and temptations.
This, he believes, can lead a person to become a role model in society.
Phiri, who attends Friday prayers at the LICEF Center in Lusaka, explains that, like many other religions, Islam prescribes certain dos and don’ts regarding dress, social norms, culture and diet.
“At times, these tenets and teachings can be difficult to adhere to, but once you are used to practicing them, you are assured of a good change for life,” he told AA. “This in itself is what we call discipline.”
According to Phiri, Islam instructs young people to be grateful for every aspect of life, encouraging them to pray and seek guidance whenever selfish desires arise.
“Since I became a Muslim, I have made it my business to tell friends about my newfound faith to encourage them to develop courage and foresight,” he asserted.
“I think this will help in shaping the future of their communities,” added Phiri, who was himself drawn to Islam through interaction with Muslim classmates at school.
Adams Musole, a new convert who attends Friday prayers at the Chaisa Mosque in Chawama, stressed that Islam discouraged followers from spending time in unhealthy environments.
His imam, he recalled, had recently advised him to steer clear of surroundings that might negatively affect his new faith.
“Following these directives, I have developed a healthy friendship – not only with my friends, but with the environment as well,” 25-year-old Musole told AA.
He added: “I can now proudly call myself a ‘moderate’ Muslim.”
Musole, who prior to his conversion to Islam had been a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, says that reading the holy Quran had influenced him to embrace Islam.
Aisha Lengwe, another recent convert, was raised and baptized in a Catholic family and bore the Christian name Catherine.
She was introduced to Islam by her friends, who frequently told stories about Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).
Even before her conversion, Lengwe says she had been overwhelmed by a sense of internal tranquility.
“When I first embraced Islam, I didn’t really think it was going to affect my life very much,” the 23-year-old told AA. “I was wrong.”
According to Lengwe, most of her family did not immediately approve of her decision, thinking her conversion to Islam was not a good idea.
“Some of my Christian friends felt I betrayed them when I joined Islam. As a result, they have isolated me,” she said.
“On days like this, I prefer staying home to read the Qur’an rather than going out with friends, because in the time I spend reading the holy Qur’an, I see the benefits of being a Muslim covert,” Lengwe added.
Although it took her months to explain her new faith to her family, Aisha is happy that she eventually patched things up with her father.
Unlike other converts who are afraid to practice Islamic rituals in front of non-Muslim relatives, Lengwe is free to live the life of a good Muslim anywhere.
She hopes her family will gradually become more receptive to her change of faith.
Hanif Mumba, 37, became a Muslim because he wanted to be part of a bigger family and contribute to its growth.
“Focusing on doing things that will not please Allah will earn a person everlasting fire,” he told AA.
“That’s why a person… should focus on doing good things that will please Allah,” he added. “And this is what I have been doing in my five years as a Muslim.”
- Swiss Mosques and Islamic Centers Open Doors for Non Muslims (jafrianews.com)
JNN 12 Nov 2013 Zurich : Mosques and Islamic centers in Switzerland will open doors to non-Muslims on November 9, in Vaud Canton of Switzerland. Continue reading
JNN 12 Nov 2013 QUETTA : Sunni and Shia ulema here have appealed to members of their communities to offer Friday prayers together on Yaum-i-Ashur and ensure peaceful passage of Ashura processions to frustrate the designs of conspirators who wanted to divide the Ummah. Continue reading
JNN 10 Nov 2013 Melbourne : A new law requiring Muslim women to Uncover face or niqab to prove their identity to West Australian police has been passed by the state’s parliament. Continue reading
JNN 6 Nov 2013 Abuja : Jolting millions of her fans, Nigerian screen diva Lizzy Anjorin has officially Embraced Islam, a religion she told OnIslam.net had always been her favorite from childhood but which she could not practice in deference to her father who was a Christian. Continue reading
JNN 07 Nov 2013 Istanbul : Muslim scholars of Different Sect from Pakistan have signed a historic agreement condemning sectarianism. and vowing to remove it as a cause of conflict in the violence-stricken country. Continue reading
JNN 31 Oct 2013 : Witnessing a remarkable success in their fair’s first edition, Belgian Muslims are preparing for opening the second Brussels’ Muslims Fair, with a program of forums and symposiums tackling Muslims issues and challenges in the European country. Continue reading
JNN 28 Oct 2013 Jakarta : Tapping into the growing industry, Indonesia’s government is championing talented young designers to face increasing demand for clothing that adheres to Islamic rules emphasizing modesty for women. Continue reading
JNN 27 Oct 2013 UNITED NATIONS – Violence against a Muslim minority in Myanmar is feeding a wider anti-Muslim feeling that poses a serious threat to the country’s dramatic economic and political reforms as it emerges from half a century of military rule, a U.N. envoy said on Thursday. Continue reading
JNN 27 Oct 2013 Volynsky : Some 200 years old copy of the Holy Quran the Most Sacred Book of Muslims is found in Volynsky, Ukraine. Continue reading
JNN 07 Oct 2013 New York : The Super Star and a Legend Singer Madonna revealed this week she has been studying the Holy Quran, a practice which has come alongside her efforts to build girls’ schools in Islamic countries. Continue reading
JNN 04 Oct 2013 Yangoon : Buddhist mobs in western Myanmar have launched fresh arson attacks against Rohingya Muslims, killing an old woman and burning many houses. Continue reading
JNN 27 Sept 2013 Melbourne : Combining fashion and modesty, an Australian exhibition will feature stylish Muslim women couture that applies to the needs of pious women needs, filling a void in the growing market of Islamic fashion. Continue reading
JNN 22 Sept 2013 Lagos : Nigerian Muslim community has been buzzing with excitement after a young student was named Muslimah Miss World 2013, a global beauty pageant designed for Muslim women as a counterweight to the criticized though popular Miss World beauty pageant.
“We congratulate Sister [Obabiyi] Aishah Ajibola of the University of Lagos for emerging the winner of the world Muslimah contest,” Prof Ishaq Lakin Akintola, who teaches Islamic studies at the Lagos State University, told onIslam.net.
“We align with the contest in view of the fact that the criteria were not indecent exposure and provocative postures. The contestants were tested in the areas of recitation of the Glorious Qur’an, Islamic historiography, Islamic jurisprudence and Islamic current affairs.
In a contest held in Jakarta last Wednesday, 21-year-old Aishah emerged winner of the Muslimah World 2013.
Miss Aishah, a student at the prestigious University of Lagos, beat 19 other challengers from across the world to emerge Muslimah Queen 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia, at a competition that tested not just the Islamic appearance of the ladies but their understanding of the Qur’an and issues facing the Muslim world.
Aishah won $2,200 (N356, 000), hajj journey to Makkah and a visit to India.
Prof Akintola, who hosts an influential Islamic television program and gives comparative lecture about Islam and Christianity across Nigeria and beyond, added that Muslimah World competition offered a relief from the “immorality” of the Miss World contest.
“We equally congratulate the organizers of the contest as they used the global event to create great awareness for the rest of the world to show that Muslims have their own values and norms concerning beauty and intelligence,” the scholar said.
The scholar, who also heads the vocal non-profit organization, Muslim Right Concern (MURIC), added that the Jakarta event is a peaceful and commendable way of expressing Muslims’ outrage at the Miss World beauty pageant which he insists violates the chastity of women.
The feat has excited many Nigerian Muslims, especially young ladies who described the competition as charting a different course away from the well-known Miss World beauty pageant which is criticized across the Muslim world.
“Seeing a woman in such beautiful hijab and Islamic dress being honoured before the world is a pride for me as a Muslim woman,” Fatimah Adesokan, a 20-year-old lady nursing student, said.
Adesokan stressed that reports about Aishah’s victory excited her and confirmed her belief that hijab is a pride of the Muslim woman.
“I don’t see anything bad in it. It is a welcome development, more so that the contestants are not exposing their bodies or doing anything that is haram,” she said.
“This is a contest that tests their intellect and knowledge of Islam. Is there anything bad in our women exhibiting the beauty of hijab? I view it as a way of promoting Hijab which is our pride.”
Ruqayyah Bamigbade, 25, journalist, said she was glad Aishah has brought honor and not disgrace to the country, especially the Muslims.
“We have had instances of Muslims being accused of wanting to bomb innocent people. we have seen fellow citizens being nabbed for drug trafficking,” Bamigbade said.
“Here is a young woman who has placed the Nigerian Muslim woman on the global map of not exhibiting her nakedness but of expressing a dress sense in the Islamic way and of giving lie to the tale about Muslim women being second fiddle and who are not educated. Aishah’s intellect contradicts all that.”
JNN 23 Sept 2013 Tehran : A young Polish citizen converted to Islam at the holy shrine of Imam Reza (AS) in Mashhad – Iran. Continue reading
JNN 22 Sept 2013 Madrid : Housing the remnants of Spain’s last Muslim communities, a string of tiny villages surrounded by snow-capped mountains in Alpujarras constitutes Granada’s last Muslim stronghold, where halal food attracts a growing number of tourists. Continue reading
JNN 15 Sept 2013 Beijing : A Chinese man Majin Fu has amassed a fine collection of rare Quran manuscripts. Continue reading
JNN 10 Sept 2013 Muzzaffar Nagar : India’s political parties blamed each other for religious riots that killed at least 31 people and forced hundreds to flee their homes this weekend, in a sign of rising tension between Hindus and Muslims ahead of a general election due by May. Continue reading
JNN 10 Sept 2013 Istanbul : The International Halal and Healthy Food Fair held in Istanbul Fair Center (CNR Expo) began on Thursday.Over 100 companies with 200 brands took part in the fair in the fields of food, cosmetics, medical and cleaning supplies, fashion textile and modest dress, pilgrimage materials Continue reading
JNN 9th Sept 2013 Brussels : With the ever rising Population of Muslims around the World , the Need of Mosques has also risen in the Remotest areas of the World , where Islam is a New Religion for the Masses of the Land . But as the Muslim Population has grown to a such Number that Mosques are needed so New Mosques are being Built , to facilitate the Muslims living in those areas , whether it may be Europe , United Kingdom or the African Continent. Continue reading
JNN 6 Sept 2013 Washington : Some Arab nations have offered to help pay for any US military strikes on Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry told lawmakers Wednesday as he sought support for missile strikes. Continue reading
JNN 30 Aug 2013 Yangoon : The Myanmar government has put pressure on Muslim community to relocate hundreds of Islam followers living in the western Rakhine State to a camp for internally-displaced people despite their objection. Continue reading
JNN 25 Aug 2013 YANGON, Myanmar — Fresh sectarian violence struck northwestern Myanmar early Sunday when a 1,000-strong Buddhist mob burned down dozens of homes and shops of Muslims following rumors that a young woman had been assaulted by a Muslim man, police said. There were no reports of injuries. Continue reading
JNN 23 Aug 2013 Karachi : Founder of the Religious Political Party “ Jamaat e Islami ” , Molana Abul Ala Maudoodi , was a great Muslim Scholar as among his Other Books , “ Khilafat and Mulookiat ” is an asset , and is acclaimed unanimously by all the Muslims , His writings have created awareness among the Muslim Masses , and it was his thoughts that became the foundation Stone of the Political Party “ Jamaat e Islami ” , As he was a Man who was of the thought that Unity should not be lost among different sects of Muslims as per the teaching of Islam and the People and Groups calling other Muslims “ Kafir ” , Should not be allowed to do so .As the People doing so are Evil themselves . Continue reading
JNN 14 Aug 2013 Singapore : A Singapore-based company has launched an iPhone app alerting Muslims when to pray and in which direction they should face even when they’re 35,000 feet in the air. Continue reading
JNN 19 Aug 2013 COLOMBO – A Buddhist mob attacked a mosque in Sri Lanka’s capital and at least 12 people were injured, the latest in a series of attacks on the minority Muslim community by members of the Buddhist majority. Continue reading
JNN 14 Aug 2013 London : Muhammad is the most popular name for baby boys in London for the first time, the Daily Mail reported on Tuesday. Continue reading