Nine dead, dozens injured as mosque in Somalia collapsed during prayers

At least nine people were killed and dozens injured when a mosque they were building in Somalia collapsed. Over 100 people were helping pour a concrete foundation to the mosque in Garasballey district close to the capital Mogadishu on Friday when the structure suddenly collapsed, leaving several trapped under the debris. Sheikh Mohamed Hashi, imam… Read More Nine dead, dozens injured as mosque in Somalia collapsed during prayers

50-year-old Hindu priest slaughtered in Bangladesh

A Hindu priest was killed and a devotee injured in northern Bangladesh on Sunday in the latest attack on minority religious figures in the predominantly Muslim nation. Police suspect the outlawed Islamist organization Jamaatul Mujahedin Bangladesh carried out the attack, said Monirul Islam, joint commissioner of the Bangladesh Police. The 50-year-old Hindu priest was attacked… Read More 50-year-old Hindu priest slaughtered in Bangladesh

ISIS attacks shopping centre in Baghdad

The Islamist terror group Islamic State (ISIS) confirmed that it targeted Shia Muslims in an attack on a Baghdad shopping centre, which reportedly killed 18 people. Gunmen stormed the al-Jawhara shopping centre in Baghdad al-Jadida on Monday evening, after setting off a car bomb. When security forces stormed the building, two assailants detonated explosive belts,… Read More ISIS attacks shopping centre in Baghdad

Schools in Virginia shut over Islam home assignment

A school district in the US state of Virginia closed all schools on Friday after a geography lesson that included Islam sparked vociferous complaints from around the country. Students were asked to trace Arabic calligraphy in an exercise some parents said amounted to indoctrination. Officials said the schools were closed out of an “abundance of… Read More Schools in Virginia shut over Islam home assignment

President of Gambia declares the country an Islamic Republic

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has declared his country an Islamic republic, saying the move marks a break with the colonial past. Majority of Gambia’s citizens are Muslims. Mr Jammeh told state TV the proclamation was in line with Gambia’s “religious identity and values”. He added that no dress code would be imposed and citizens of… Read More President of Gambia declares the country an Islamic Republic

Saudi blogger Raif Badawi to be flogged for “insulting” Islam

Saudi blogger Raif Badawi has been behind bars since 2012 for his online posts and running a blog called “Saudi Arabian Liberals,” where he hosted political and religious debate and advocated secularism in a highly religious society. He is expected to receive the second 50 lashes of a 1,000-lash sentence soon of which he was… Read More Saudi blogger Raif Badawi to be flogged for “insulting” Islam

65 killed, 154 injured as crane collapses at mosque in Mecca

A crane collapsed Friday at one of Islam ‘s most important mosques — the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca — killing at least 65 people and injuring 154 others, Saudi Arabian authorities said on Friday, on Twitter. There was no immediate comment about the cause of the collapse. The Masjid al-Haram surrounds Islam’s holiest site, the… Read More 65 killed, 154 injured as crane collapses at mosque in Mecca