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# islamic - Monday 4 July, 2016

Court clears way for deportation of man accused of being Isil's “main recruiter” in Ireland

He claims he was tortured in Jordan during the 1990s due to his political activities and fears being tortured if returned there.

# islamic - Friday 24 June, 2016

Alleged Islamic State recruiter has his deportation challenge dismissed

The man had been trying to prevent his deportation to Jordan.

# islamic - Saturday 26 December, 2015

This British author has had a death sentence on his head for more than 20 years

It was on this day that the Ayatollah of Iran confirmed the fatwa against Salman Rushdie.

# islamic - Wednesday 19 August, 2015

# islamic - Tuesday 28 July, 2015

Man who was "ready for jihad" sobs "I am an American" as he is jailed

The man had bought a one-way ticket to join ISIS.

# islamic - Sunday 28 June, 2015

French attack suspect took selfie with severed head of boss

The picture was sent in a WhatsApp message to a Canadian phone number.

# islamic - Saturday 27 June, 2015

French gas factory attacker described as 'a wolf in sheep's clothing'

The French Prime Minister warned the country faces further attacks.

# islamic - Saturday 14 March, 2015

Muslim teachers will be allowed to wear their headscarves in class

The issue has been a major topic of debate in Germany.

# islamic - Saturday 7 February, 2015

Irishman who fought in Syria: "I wasn't radicalised"

“When a young man arrives and he feels very vulnerable at the checkpoint, he’s going into what would basically look like a horror movie of ruins and gunfire.W

# islamic - Sunday 18 January, 2015

'The French attacks were carried out by terrorists, emphasising their religion is not fair to Muslims'

The Muslim population in Ireland has grown from less than 4,000 in 1991 to nearly 50,000 at the end of 2011.

# islamic - Sunday 24 August, 2014

Islamic authority says extremists are 'no Islamic State'

The leaders of Egypt’s leading Islamic authority want the media not to use Islamic State when identifying extremists.

# islamic - Sunday 4 August, 2013

High-level meeting at White House amid heightened terror fears

National Security Advisor Susan Rice chaired the meeting as US embassies across the Islamic world close today due to terror concerns.

# islamic - Saturday 3 August, 2013

Rowhani takes power in Iran with pledge to lift economy

The moderate cleric is facing serious challenges as he begins his four year term. His public inauguration will take place tomorrow.

# islamic - Friday 17 May, 2013

Women 'cannot stand for president of Iran'

A prominent cleric has said that the law prohibits women from being president.

# islamic - Wednesday 11 August, 2010

THE MOST important date in the Islamic calendar, Ramadan, began at sunrise today and will continue for the next month.

Most of Ireland’s 45,000 Muslims will be expected to observe the religious fasting during the holy month, which this year will run slightly a little longer (as it follows the lunar calendar) and end on 9 September.

Muslims are called upon to use this time to re-evaluate their lives, focus on their relationship with god, and to give to charity. During daylight hours, Muslims must abstain from food, drink, and other physical needs.

Older people, pregnant women, and children are exempt from fasting during Ramadan.

Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam – along with the belief in one god, daily prayer, giving to the needy, and pilgrimage to Mecca. Nightly prayer is also part of Ramadan and a special prayer is held each night at the mosque.

See the Ramadan timetable for your area here and more information on Islam in Ireland here.

Meanwhile, Apple has launched an iPhone app to help Muslims during Ramadan – it will let believers browse the Qur’an and ensure that they are facing Mecca during prayer time.  While the technology has been welcomed by some, others fear that it may lead to the commercialization of the holy month in much the same as many Christians feel Christmas has been exploited.