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British Muslim women seeking to end marriage turn to sharia councils

Many in Britain condemn sharia councils as parallel courts, although few understand how they really work. In addition to providing advice on living Islamically, they play a crucial role in helping women obtain a religious divorce.

Merkel opposes US travel ban targeting mainly Muslims

German Chancellor Angela Merkel does not believe that US President Donald Trump's order to ban the entry of refugees and citizens from a handful of predominantly Muslim countries is justified by security concerns, her spokesman said on Sunday.

Fine on Muslim parents for refusing daughters' swim lessons upheld

The European Court of Human Rights upheld Tuesday a decision of a Swiss court backing fines on Muslim parents who refused to allow their daughters to take part in mixed swimming lessons on the basis of their religion.

3 parties against Sarajevo University decision on no lectures on Friday afternoon

Three left-leaning political parties in Bosnia and Herzegovina on Thursday strongly criticised the decision by the Sarajevo University Senate that no lectures would be given during Jumu'ah, a congregational prayer that Muslims hold every Friday.

US pulls regulation on obsolete visitor registration programme

The US government announced Thursday that it is deleting regulations for a programme that required certain visitors from 25 Muslim-majority countries to register with the government.

Number of Salafists in Germany rises sharply, spy agency says

The number of radical Salafists in Germany has risen sharply in recent months, Germany's domestic intelligence service told dpa on Thursday.

Survey: France leads in huge overestimation of Muslim populations

France leads the way as people in most Western nations overestimate the size and growth of their countries' Muslim populations by "staggering" margins, a report said on Wednesday.

Bosnian businesses expand halal production, eye exports

 Bosnian banks, food producers and hoteliers are adopting halal standards to tap a fast-growing market thanks to the country's large Muslim population, an influx of Gulf tourists and growing trade with the Arab world, Reuters reported.

Merkel calls for burqa ban as her party toughens asylum stance

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for a burqa ban wherever possible on Monday at her conservative Christian Democrats' (CDU) party conference, as the party gears up to back her for a fourth term.

Erdogan calls for Muslim unity to fend off West-backed foes

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday accused the West of aiding his foes to spread chaos in the Islamic world and urged unity among Muslim states to fend off their enemies.

Indonesian politicians say Trump won't act on anti-Muslim rhetoric

Two senior Indonesian politicians who met Donald Trump during his election campaign expressed confidence Thursday that the US president-elect would not act on his anti-Muslim rhetoric, local media reported.

For Muslims in America, concerns and fears of a Trump presidency

Amid the shock and surprise of Donald Trump's electoral victory, there was concern among Muslims in the United States that the president-elect had a negative view of their community and was supported by anti-Islamic segments of American society.

India’s key Muslim shrine to lift ban on entry to women

A trust that runs Mumbai's Haji Ali mosque said on Monday it will revoke a ban on women entering the inner sanctum of the shrine, in accordance with court orders.

Norway moves to ban veils in schools

Norway is to prepare guidelines banning female students from wearing full-face veils, the country's education minister said Thursday.

Muslim refugees "a challenge" for German society, minister says

The rising number of Muslims living in Germany as a result of the latest wave of refugees is "a challenge for the majority of society," Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble wrote in an opinion piece for the Sunday edition of Die Welt newspaper.

Bulgaria bans burkas and other garments covering the face

Bulgaria on Friday passed a nationwide law banning garments that cover the face, including burkas, from most public places.

Trump's Muslim ban: A timeline of shifting positions

With national security a focus of Monday's US presidential debate, Donald Trump may once again have to defend his plan to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the country, which he says will prevent terrorist attacks.

Survey: Almost half of Australians support ban on Muslim immigration

Almost half of Australians support a ban on immigration for Muslims, a poll released Wednesday showed, revealing frustrations with their country's migration policy in the wake of a conservative lawmaker's call to bar entry to followers of Islam.

Merkel sees burqa as religious freedom but backs limited ban

Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke out on Wednesday against the idea of a complete ban in Germany on the full-face veil worn by Muslim women, saying that wearing it was part of religious freedom.

Firebrand senator warns Australia could be "swamped by Muslims"

Australia is "in danger of being swamped by Muslims" and could be living under Islamic law if it does not act, Senator Pauline Hanson, a firebrand far-right politician, said Wednesday on her return to parliament.

Norwegian hairdresser fined for discriminating against Muslim woman

A Norwegian court on Monday fined a female hairdresser for discriminating against a Muslim woman who wore a headscarf.

Muslim pilgrims start stone-throwing ritual amid tightened security

Hundreds of thousands of Muslims started on Monday a stone-throwing ritual as part of the annual Hajj pilgrimage just outside Mecca, where hundreds were killed in a stampede at last year’s event.

Muslim pilgrims pack Mount Arafat as Hajj reaches its climax

Nearly 2 million Muslims on Sunday packed Mount Arafat near the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia marking the peak of the annual Hajj pilgrimage.

Majority of Brits back burqa ban, poll finds

The British public supports a burqa ban by a margin of more than two to one, according to a poll released on Wednesday by YouGov.

Czech Republic rejects Merkel's push for refugee quotas

Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka renewed his objection to calls from German Chancellor Angela Merkel for his country to agree to a quota system for sharing the burden of the refugee crisis that has engulfed Europe.

Muslims not welcome in Czech Republic, prime minister says

Czechs do not want a larger Muslim presence in the country, according to Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka.

Burkini allows women to have freedom and fun, says Australian creator

Invented in 2004 by an Australian woman, the burkini has come under attack in Germany and France. Banning the full-body swimwear would rob many women of the freedom to have fun in public, says its creator.

Conservative German interior ministers call for partial burqa ban

Interior ministers from German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative political bloc called Friday for a ban on burqas in parts of public life.

Merkel's conservative party considers burqa ban

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) said Monday they were considering a proposal to ban the wearing of the burqa.

Germany considers controversial proposals in fight against terrorism

German security officials have put forward a controversial counter-terrorism plan that includes measures such as banning full-face coverings for Muslim women and allowing intelligence agents to investigate children as young as 14.

Merkel: Germany should not change food culture for Muslim migrants

Germany should not feel pressured to change its meat-heavy food culture to accommodate the preferences of migrants, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in her weekly video podcast on Saturday.

Gay Muslims fear more discrimination for both identities post-Orlando

LGBT Muslims already struggled to reconcile their religious and sexual identities. After the Orlando massacre, some fear that balancing act will be even more difficult.

Trump vows to suspend immigration from Muslim countries

Presidential candidate Donald Trump vowed Monday to "suspend immigration from areas of the world where there is a proven history of terrorism" in the wake of a terrorist attack in Orlando, Florida.

German refugee centres gear up for Ramadan with catering arrangements

"We will open our canteens especially between 9:30 and 10:30 pm, cook the midday meal all over again and put together food packs to eat before dawn," says Ole Heldberg, 

Thousands of Muslims flock to Banja Luka for reopening of Ferhadija mosque

Thousands of Muslim believers are flocking to Banja Luka on Saturday to attend a ceremony marking the completion of the reconstruction of the Ferhad Pasha Mosque which was levelled by Bosnian Serb authorities on 7 May 1993.

Muslims celebrate century of recognition of Islam in Croatia

Croatia's parliament adopted a law recognising Islam as an equal religion in the country on April 27, 1916, four years after Austria and a year after the Kingdom of Hungary. By comparison, Belgium recognised Islam in 1974 and Spain in 1992.

18 troops killed in clash with Muslim rebels in Philippines

Eighteeen soldiers and five Islamist militants were killed in a clash in the southern Philippines, the military said Sunday.

Muslim group condemns "religiously prejudiced" murder in Scotland

A group representing British Muslims on Saturday condemned the "religiously prejudiced" murder of a Muslim shopkeeper in Scotland, after police said they had arrested another Muslim man suspected of involvement in the killing.

Bosnian Islamic Community insists on dissolution of illegal communities

"We have given deadlines and we have opened the doors for all who want to become part of the Islamic Community," Razim Colic told the Sarajevo-based Dnevni Avaz, adding that the  Riyasat will not give up from its position.

Bangladeshi publisher remanded in custody over "anti-Islam" book

Bangladeshi police on Tuesday remanded a publisher and two other people in custody for publishing and distributing a book that allegedly offended Muslim religious sentiment.

Young Montenegrin killed fighting for IS

An 18-year-old man from Plav, a town in the predominantly Muslim region of Sandzak in Montenegro, was killed while fighting for the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in Syria, the Dan daily reported on Monday.

Protest rally held in Sarajevo over hijab ban

Several hundred protesters, mostly women, rallied in central Sarajevo on Sunday to voice their discontent with the decision by the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council (VSTV) to ban the wearing of the hijab, as a religious symbol, for judicial office holders in the country.

Thousands expected to rally across Europe for and against Pegida

The German city of Dresden was gearing up for major protests on Saturday staged by both sides of the asylum debate, as anti-migrant movement Pegida called on supporters to rally at locations across Europe.

"We're one American family," Obama tells US Muslims at mosque

President Barack Obama highlighted the role of Muslims in the United States during his first visit as president to a US mosque on Wednesday and warned that the targeting of religious minorities has no place in US society.

Muslims, Christians unite behind mosque repair in Ugandan village

An initiative by Ugandan Christians to fund the repair of a village mosque raises eyebrows among some locals but has been welcomed by Muslims.

Cameron announces English language course funding for Muslim migrants

Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday announced new measures to compel Muslim migrants to improve their English skills, saying the move was linked to "building a more integrated, cohesive, one-nation country."

Muslim Indonesia again reminded that it is not immune to terrorism

The fact that Indonesia has more Muslims than any other country has in the past not kept radical Islamists from striking. In a period of calm since 2009, Jakarta believed itself safe. Now shocked Indonesians are wondering how many of their own have been radicalized.

Illegal communities defying Bosnian Islamic leadership's ban

The Islamic Community's main body, called the Riyasat, said in a statement that activities were under way to integrate "alternative groups" into the official structures of the Community in line with Bosnian legislation on religious liberties and communities.

Islamic Community in Bosnia dissolving extremist jamias

The Islamic Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina has taken concrete measures to ban parallel Muslim communities in the country as well self-styled imams, local media reported on Monday.

Trump defends proposed ban on Muslims despite militant group's video

Donald Trump, the Republican front-runner in the US presidential race, on Sunday defended his call for a ban on Muslims entering the United States despite his comments being used by radical Islamists in a video to recruit fighters.

Bosniak political and religious leaders warn of danger of Islamic radicalism

The head of the Islamic Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Husein Kavazovic, who initiated the meeting, told the press that the aim was to reaffirm their "commitment to the path of the good in a time full of violence". 

Montenegrin dignitary appeals for not associating Muslims with terrorists

Fejzic told the local TV broadcaster that the Muslims felt to be under the scrutiny only for the developments for which they were not responsible.

Islamic dignitary calls on Bosnian Muslims to defy terrorists

He added that one must not condone those who kill innocent people in Gaza and Syria either, recalling that the most numerous victims of criminals "and those who allegedly fight against them" are Muslims.