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Tuesday 21 March 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# Islam

Last year
# Eid Celebrations
Michelle O’Neill calls for rainbow of cultures as she attends Eid celebration
The Sinn Féin vice president joined members of the Islamic community for the largest open air Eid event ever organised in the North.
# Saudi Arabia
Thousands gather in Mecca for biggest hajj pilgrimage since Covid-19 pandemic
One million fully vaccinated Muslims, including 850,000 from abroad, are allowed at this year’s hajj.
# Nusrat Ghani
Johnson under pressure to hold inquiry into MP’s ‘Muslimness’ sacking claim
Nusrat Ghani said she was told her faith was “making colleagues uncomfortable” when she was sacked as a transport minister.
All time
# Eid Mubarak
Covid pandemic impacts Eid celebrations around the world for a second year
Since 10 May, the Irish Government has allowed in-person religious services.
# Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka announces plans to ban burka and close over 1,000 Islamic schools
Muslims make up about 9% of the 22 million people in Sri Lanka.
# Oslo
Gunman armed with multiple weapons injures one before being arrested at Norway mosque
The shooting occurred at the al-Noor Islamic centre in the town of Baerum.
# New Zealand
Diarmuid Martin expresses concern over 'anti-Islamic sentiments being expressed in social media in Ireland'
Martin said that some of this anti-Islamic sentiment came from publications “purporting to be of Catholic inspiration”.
# Syria
'She got duped': Woman who helped Lisa Smith convert to Islam 'shocked' at alleged ISIS links
Carol Duffy claims her friend was ‘very naive’ before she left Ireland a number of years ago.
# bojo strikes again
May asks Johnson to apologise for saying women in burqas look like 'bank robbers'
The UK’s former foreign secretary also compared the women to letterboxes.
# violent acts
France arrests 10 far-right suspects over alleged plot to attack Muslims
The suspects were being monitored by France’s DGSI intelligence agency.
# Ramadan
'It's a very long day and you do feel hungry occasionally': Muslims on fasting for Ramadan
Due to the long summer days in western Europe, fasting can last up to 19 hours in some countries.
# Fingal
Plans for large-scale mosque in Blanchardstown given green light
There was local opposition to the proposed mosque.
# Abayas
Once considered a rebellion, sports clothing for women is becoming the norm in Saudi Arabia
But the risk of a social backlash is real in a society steeped in conservatism.
# extremism
'I want to join ISIS': How big a problem is radicalisation in Ireland?
The number of people who have radical or extreme Islamic views here varies from a handful to over 100, depending on who you ask.
# child marriages
Turkey religious affairs state agency under fire for saying girls as young as nine could marry
The agency reportedly made the statement in a post on its website, which has since been removed.
Christmas as a Muslim: 'My mom was always careful that we'd never feel left out'
I’ve always loved Christmas, as much as a Muslim can, writes Meriem Ahmed.
# Birmingham
UK court rules that Islamic school's gender segregation is unlawful
The Al-Hijrah School argued that the segregation policy was one of the “defining characteristics” of the school.
Opinion: 'We are not that different from Saudi Arabia'
It’s time for us to stop thinking that the “West” is enlightened and the rest of the world is just catching up, writes Amanullah De Sondy.
# cosnervative
Saudi's driving ban: 'You cannot force men to allow their sisters and wives to drive'
What do men in Saudi Arabia think about the removal of the ban on women driving?
# culture of fear
Politics in Austria is embracing Islamophobia as a shortcut to electoral gains
As Austrians grow more openly hostile towards Muslims, major political parties are deliberately brandishing Islamophobia in the hope of gaining an advantage at the polls.
# Controversial
Fine Gael councillor to face disciplinary hearing over comments about Islam
The councillor posted a series of controversial comments on Twitter regarding migrants and Islam.
# Sharia Law
Fine Gael criticises one of its councillors for 'unacceptable' comments about Islam
Councillor Brian Murphy claimed that Sharia law is operating in Ireland.
# triple talaq
India bans practice that allowed men to divorce their wives by reciting word three times
The country’s Supreme Court ruled that the practice was both unconstitutional and un-Islamic.
# Niqab
Human rights court backs Belgium's ban on wearing a full-face veil in public
The court ruled that the ban sought to guarantee social cohesion.
# blocked and reported
Gardaí monitoring a number of people using Facebook who are attempting to radicalise people
A number of pages have been removed in the last two weeks.
# Attack
Man arrested after attempting to drive 4x4 into Paris mosque
According to judicial authorities, he was not under the influence of alcohol.
# Blanchardstown
What is it like living as a Muslim in Ireland?
Muslims from the Blanchardstown mosque in Dublin had their say.
# Terror
Irish internet users show increasing interest in Islamic State propaganda magazines
These publications justify recent attacks in Europe and glorify terrorism.
'Ramadan is about so much more than refraining from food and drink'
Ramadan is that one month where you can easily focus on your spirituality in a busy world, writes Hajar Akl.
# Solidarity
Galway Christian church leaders line up to condemn mosque attack
In a joint statement, representatives of the Catholic, Church of Ireland, Methodist and Presbyterian and Quaker churches condemned the attack.
# Ballybrit
Window smashed in Galway mosque while people inside praying
Imam Ibrahim Noonan said people were upset by the incident.
# radicalistion
Imam says extremists are targeting 'vulnerable' young Muslims in Ireland
The chair of the Irish Muslim Peace and Integration Council has said people who have been radicalised “need professional help”.
# hearts and minds
The female Muslim comedian tackling extremism by cracking jokes
“One woman came up to me after a show and said ‘are you for real, are you wearing this hijab for real?’.”
# The Aftermath
'Dirty Irish ba****ds': Irish in Manchester remember hostility after IRA bombing
Members of the city’s Irish community say they can relate to the anxiety Muslims in Manchester are feeling after Monday night’s terrorist attack.
# saudi speech
'Drive them out of your community' - Trump delivers message to the Islamic world on extremism
Donald Trump was delivering a much anticipated speech in Saudi Arabia.
# Courts
Another appeals court begins review of Trump's travel ban
Questions have been asked whether the law is a ban on Muslims – which Trump promised during his election campaign.
# religious bias
Trump's travel ban will face a key test today
His administration has tried to bar travellers from six Muslim-majority countries entering the US.
# Pakistan
Boy killed after mob tries to lynch Hindu man charged with blasphemy
The mob attacked a police station in Balochistan, Pakistan where the Hindu man was being detained.
# Shifting Demographics
Islam is set to have as many followers as Christianity by 2060
Islam has 1.8 billion followers, but a Muslim baby boom is expected.
# Religion
EU court rules companies can ban staff from wearing headscarves
The court said it does not constitute “direct discrimination” if a firm has an internal rule banning the wearing of any political, philosophical or religious sign.