• King Mohammed VI, Guinean Pres. Kick off Construction Works of New Mosque in Conakry
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    King Mohammed VI, Guinean Pres. Kick off Construction Works of New Mosque in Conakry

    Rabat - King Mohammed VI and President of Guinea Alpha Condé, kicked off on Friday the construction works of a new mosque in Conakry, named "Mohammed VI Mosque." The religious and cultural building, constructed over 4,040 m2, includes a prayer room that can sit over 3,000 people, a library, a conference room, an administrative pavilion, a...

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  • Iqra Khalid
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    Canada: Proposal to Remove Islamophobia from Motion 103 Defeated

    Toronto - A proposal by the Conservative party of Canada to remove the word “Islamophobia” from a Liberal motion designed to deal decisively with the issue, has been defeated in Parliament, according to CBC News. Motion 103, tabled by Oshawa Liberal MP, Iqri Khan, was designed to deal with the growing presence of Islamophobia in...

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  • American Muslims Raise Money to Repair Vandalized Jewish Cemetery
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    American Muslims Raise Money to Repair Vandalized Jewish Cemetery

    Toronto - In a situation where hate speech is increasingly occupying the realm of everyday language, a group of American-Muslim activists are mobilizing to raise funds to repair a vandalized Jewish cemetery in St. Louis Missouri, according to a Washington Post report. Last weekend was a holiday weekend in America. While citizens in St. Louis,...

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  • Quebec City to Establish its First Muslim Cemetery
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    Quebec City to Establish its First Muslim Cemetery

    Toronto - On land purchased from a funeral home called Harmonia, Quebec city’s Muslim community will establish its very first Muslim cemetery, according to CTV News. The Islamic Cultural Centre will make a sizable donation of $250,000 to the site, located in St-Apollinaire, west of Levis. For ten years, Quebec City’s Muslim population has been...

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  • Morocco’s Ministry of Interior Calls on Landlords to Declare Their Tenants’ Identities
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    Moroccan Interior Ministry Tightens its Grip on Islamist Organizations

    Rabat - Morocco’s Ministry of Interior has been tightening its stranglehold on Islamist organizations, reported the daily newspaper Assabah on Tuesday.  The ministry’s representatives have been instructed to strictly surveil  various Islamist groups, including the Movement of Unit and Reform (MUR), the Tablighi Jamaat, and associations that support the Salafist detainees. This decision follows the ministry’s...

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  • Hajj Fees Payment in Advance this Year
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    Hajj: Fees Payment in Advance this Year

    By Amira El Masaiti Rabat - The payment of fees for the 2017 pilgrimage will be carried out through an electronic platform. A new procedure will be established for the payment of Hajj fees. Moroccans who wish to make the pilgrimage to Mecca will have to sign into an electronic platform  in accordance with the...

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    Ahmed Abbadi: Morocco is a Model of Moderate Islam

    Rabat - “Since the crowning of King Mohammed V, Morocco managed to dismantle many false ideologies,” said Ahmed Abbadi, secretary-general of the Rabita Mohammadi of Ulemas. During a conference organized Tuesday by the Casablanca Central Careers Association on “Morocco’s Efforts to Fight and Prevent Religious Extremism”, Abbadi lauded Morocco’s success in deconstructing the false ideologies...

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    Xenophobia, Its Early Successes and its Latest Incarnation

    By Constance Renton Toronto - In the early 1900’s, a nephew of Sigmund Freud, Edward Bernays, started a public relations company that would become a titan in the industry and earn Bernays the title of “Father of Public Relations.” Edward Bernays used the lessons he learned from Sigmund Freud’s pioneering work in psychoanalysis to make...

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  • Over 150 Mosques Open Their Doors to Non-Muslims in the UK
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    Over 150 Mosques Open Their Doors to Non-Muslims in the UK

    Casablanca - Over 150 mosques across the UK held an open day for non-Muslims in the UK on Sunday to explain the basic pillars of Islam and showcase social projects that include charity. After several mosques in Canada organized an open-day for Canadians, following the deadly shooting that targeted the Islamic Cultural Center of Quebec,...

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  • Morocco’s High Religious Committee Says Apostates Should Not Be Killed
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    Morocco’s High Religious Committee Says Apostates Should Not Be Killed

    Casablanca - Morocco’s High Religious  Committee has retracted its Islamic ruling stating that apostasy is punishable by death and has decided to permit Muslims to change their religion. The High Religious Committee in charge of issuing Fatwas (Islamic rulings) released a book in 2012 where it articulated its position on apostasy and argued that a...

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  • Quebec City mosque shooting
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    Author of Quebec Attack is not Moroccan, but White French-Canadian

    By Constance Renton Quebec City - Quebec Provincial Police (QPP) have clarified that only one of the two men taken into custody Sunday night, in connection with the fatal multiple shooting in a Quebec City mosque, is a suspect. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) has reported that Quebec Provincial Police took to Twitter Monday to...

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    Early Morning Blaze Destroys Texas Mosque

    By Constance Renton Toronto - In the early morning hours of January 28, firefighters were called to a fire at a mosque in Victoria, Texas. Just hours after U.S. President Donald Trump signed his executive order, barring entry into the U.S. of anyone originating from a list of seven predominantly Muslim countries on Friday evening,...

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  • British Boxer Faces Backlash Over Photo of Himself Praying in Dubai Mosque
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    British Boxer Faces Backlash Over Photo of Himself Praying in Dubai Mosque

    by Ayesha Ulhaq London - A photo of British boxer, Anthony Joshua, praying in a mosque, has led to a storm of anti-Islamic comments on social media. While in Dubai to train for an upcoming fight with Wladimir Klitschko, scheduled for April 27 at Wembley Stadium, the 27-year-old, IBF heavyweight champion visited a mosque. The...

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  • Qadiriyya Boudchichiyya’s Master, Sheikh Hamza Dies at 95
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    Qadiriyya Boudchichiyya’s Master, Sheikh Hamza Dies at 95

    Rabat - Sheikh Hamza, master of the brotherhood Qadiriyya Boudchichiyya died on Wednesday in Oujda’s Mohammed VI Hospital University at the age of 95, following a lengthy battle with illness. Born in 1922 in Madagh, near Berkane in eastern Morocco, Sheikh Hamza grew up in Zawya Boudchichiya, where he raised and had a religious education....

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    Hammad Kabbadj: Niqab Is Not Islamic Ordinance

    Casablanca - Moroccan Salafist scholar, Hammad Kabbadj, says that Niqab is not a religious ordinance and that preventing women from wearing it is an assault on her freedom. Hammad Kabbadj, The Justice and Development Party’s previous nominee for the Marrakech-Gueliz constituency whose nomination was rejected by the governor of Marrakech, posted a video on Youtube where...

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    Burqa Ban in Morocco: A Debate Between Security and Freedom

    Rabat - The Moroccan Ministry of Interior notified burqa producers and retailers of the immediate prohibition on the sale as the destruction of current stocks. Copies of the notices have circulated on social networks, resulting in heated debate. News website Le360 quoted a high ranking official at the Ministry of the Interior as saying, "We...

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  • ‘Galette Fraternity’ Brings Muslims, Jews and Christians Together in Morocco
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    ‘Galette Fraternity’ Brings Muslims, Jews and Christians Together in Morocco

    Rabat - On the Christian feast of the Epiphany, dozens of Muslims, Jews and Christians came together on Sunday evening to celebrate the “Galette Fraternity” and condemn religious hatred at the parish of Saint Jacques in Mohammedia. In partnership with Father Julien and Saint Jacques Church in Mohammedia and the Marocains Pluriels association, the ceremony...

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    Manuel Valls Statements on Hijab and Women Sparks Controversy

    Rabat - Invited to appear on France 2 Thursday night, former French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, debated the issue of the Hijab with Attika Trabelsi, entrepreneur and activist at the Lallab Association. Attika Trabelsi, a graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, criticized the politician over his remarks on veiled women. Last August, Manuel Valls sparked controversy...

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  • The Moroccan Gold Eldorado
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    The Moroccan Gold Eldorado, a Myth or a Reality?

    Rabat - Recently, a conspiracy theory video about a large gold discovery in Morocco is making rounds online. The video claims that a substantial gold reserve was discovered and is being extracted by a Canadian mining company called Maya Gold and Silver. We Moroccans are very proud human beings, we love our country and cherish...

  • Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani
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    Qatar: How the Tables Are Turning in The Gulf

    Rabat - Amidst harsh sanctions and a long list of demands from its neighbors, Qatar’s ability to thrive under pressure may prove to be problematic for Saudi Arabia. As Saudi Arabia and its coalition attempt to wait out Qatar, the recent spat in the Gulf continues to become more and more global, and severely against...

  • FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2015 file photo, a plume of steam billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H. If the nation doesn’t do more, the U.S. probably won’t quite meet the dramatic heat-trapping gas reduction goal it promised in last year’s Paris agreement to battle climate change, according to a new study. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)
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    Climate Change : If You Can’t Measure It, You Can’t Fix It

    Chefchaouen - Climate change is happening at home and around the world. Chefchaouen is doing its part by embracing clean energy climate solutions and engaging its citizens in climate action. When it comes to fighting climate change, cities and local leaders are best positioned to lead that charge. Local leaders from coastal to landlocked communities are...

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    India Orders Internal Probe into Mistaken Use of Morocco-Spain Border Picture

    Hyderabad - The Indian Ministry of Interior on Wednesday ordered an internal investigation to find out how a picture of Morocco-Spain border was used in its annual report to show floodlights along the India-Pakistan border. What is most embarrassing is that the annual report of previous years was tabled during the Budget Session of Indian...

  • Amid Growing Tension, Thousands of Moroccans Stage Pro-Rif March in Rabat
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    Neglect in Harsh Soil: The Deep Roots of the Rif Crisis

    Rabat - The ongoing protests in northern Morocco started almost eight months ago, but they have their origin in nearly a century of violent repression by the state. The Rif has, in spite of itself, got involved into a peaceful revolt since the death of the fishmonger Mohcine Fikri at the end of October 2016, a...

  • Tamim Bin Hamad al Thani emir of Qatar
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    The Qatar Crisis: What Does It Mean?

    Rabat - The recent diplomatic fallout between Qatar and the rest of the Middle East could have serious economic and geopolitical consequences across the globe. Earlier this week, Qatar’s diplomatic crisis took an extreme turn as several Arab states severed diplomatic ties with the Gulf nation.  The original list of countries in the coalition against...

  • Moroccans spend Laylat al-Qadr, the 26th day of Ramadan, at the Hassan II mosque in Casablanca.
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    Ramadan: Not just Abstinence from Daily Intakes 

    By Abdellatif Oudra Rabat - The observance of Ramadan, one of the five pillars of Islam, compels Muslims to fast from sunrise to sunset. But it is not just about abstaining from food or drink.  Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is observed in commemoration of the revelation of Qur’an to the prophet Mohammad,...

  • Morocco Threatens to Terminate Agriculture Agreement with Europe
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    Morocco and the EU: Managing the Future

    Rabat - Morocco enjoys proximity to Europe and is at an advantage of being favoured by the European Union as a close partner on political, economic, and cultural levels. Historical archives and political legacies tie Morocco directly with at least three influential European countries: France, Spain, and England. Demography, kinship, and immigration compel other EU...

  • The Educational and Cultural Implications of the Arab Spring
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    The Educational and Cultural Implications of the Arab 'Spring'

    Rabat - In the last ten years or so, the Arab world has seen unprecedented collapses in the realms of politics and economy, among others. World NGOs regularly release area-specific rankings, in which Arab nations commonly rank at the bottom of lists in education, human rights, and income for instance while they top those of...

  • Thousands Hold Peaceful Demonstration in Memory of Mouhcine Fikri
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    Al Hoceima and the Pedagogical Exercise

    Ottawa - What makes a democracy different from non-democracy? This is the classical and historical question asked by philosophers over the centuries and deeply questioned in the discipline of political science. Democracy cannot prevent inequality as the case in the United States where inequality is the highest globally. Democracy cannot stop corruption like in Brazil...