China bans Ramadan fast in Xinjiang region

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Muslims in China’s Xinjiang region working as civil servants, students and teachers have been banned from fasting during the holy month of Ramadan on Wednesday. The move has sparked condemnation from an exile group.

Xinjiang is a mainly Muslim region, home to the Uighur minority. For years China’s ruling Communist party has restricted fasting in the region, which has seen sees regular and often deadly clashes between Uighurs and state security forces. Beijing has blamed recent deadly attacks elsewhere in China on militants seeking independence for the resource-rich region. Read the rest of this entry »

MPACUK: Islamophobia in the UK

From MPACUK:

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18 year old Chelsea Lambie (member of the Scottish Defence League) and 39 year old Douglas Cruikshank attacked a mosque in Edinburgh. They wrapped bacon around the door handles of the mosque, threw bacon into the property and ran away laughing. The Crown claimed the offence was racially aggravated.

Once again, political ignorance of mosques has contributed to them being attacked. Muslim schools, dress code, mosques, morals and values are under intense scrutiny. Despite such sacrilegious media attention, the majority of mosques do nothing to teach the community how to defend themselves from Islamophobia.

Until Muslims learn to defend their rights, freedoms and religion, we could see Islamophobic attacks increase in the near future.

Fox News host attacks Muslim scholar who wrote about Jesus

Renowned academic and author Reza Aslan was forced to respond to a barrage of Islamophobic attacks during an interview with Fox News host Lauren Green.