Mike Tyson visits Makkah and Madinah

Former boxer Mike Tyson, who converted to Islam in the 1990s, has gone on a pilgrimage to the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah.

Tyson, who was world heavyweight champion from 1986 to 1990, arrived in Madinah on Friday with the Canadian Dawa Association for the umrah or minor pilgrimage.

From Madinah, he will travel on to Makkah and also plans to visit other Saudi cities. (Source)

France bans the niqab

Due to the French law, Amnesty International has condemned an overwhelming vote by the lower house of the French parliament to ban the wearing of full-face veils in public.

Three hundred and thirty six parliamentarians voted for the measure on Tuesday, with only one opposing it.

“A complete ban on the covering of the face would violate the rights to freedom of expression and religion of those women who wear the burqa or the niqab as an expression of their identity or beliefs,” said John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s expert on discrimination in Europe.

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Four missionaries arrested at Dearborn festival

Four Christian missionaries trying to convert Muslims were arrested and jailed Friday for disorderly conduct at the Arab festival in Dearborn, police said.

“We did make four arrests for disorderly conduct,” Dearborn Police Chief Ron Haddad said Saturday. “They did cause a stir.”

The four, who were said to be at the Dearborn Arab International Festival with a Christian group called Acts 17 Apologetics, were later released on bail.

Haddad said that he’s not taking sides in any dispute, but added that police have to keep the peace at a festival that draws 300,000 over three days.

“Everyone’s space should be respected,” Haddad said. “It’s Father’s Day weekend. … People are here to have a good time, and it’s our job to ensure security.”

The Free Press reported last year on the growing number of evangelical Christians targeting Dearborn to convert Muslims. (Source)