Category: Interfaith

ISNA Responds to the 2015 State of the Union Address

China Bans Veils and ‘Abnormal’ Beards

Image: Muslim Uighur woman in Xinjiang China has banned wearing veils as part of a major crackdown on what it sees as religious extremism in the western province of Xinjiang.

The measure, which comes into effect Saturday, also bans “abnormal” beards and names, as well as other “extremist signs.” Forcing others to wear veils is also forbidden.

Xinjiang, China’s westernmost region, is home to the Uighurs, a Muslim group which claims to face discrimination from the Han Chinese.

Theguardian: Who are the new jihadis?

Photo published for Who are the new jihadis? | Olivier Roy | The long readThere is something new about the jihadi terrorist violence of the past two decades. Both terrorism and jihad have existed for many years, and forms of “globalised” terror – in which highly symbolic locations or innocent civilians are targeted, with no regard for national borders – go back at least as far as the anarchist movement of the late 19th century. What is unprecedented is the way that terrorists now deliberately pursue their own deaths…MORE: theguardian

Fighting female genital mutilation among India’s Bohra

While little was known about female genital mutilation in India, that is all changing thanks to Ranalvi and a group of women who have come together under the forum “Speak out on FGM” to tell of their experiences and to encourage other women to speak out too.

Last month a petition was launched by 17 Bohra women calling for a law banning FGM in India.

“A lot of Bohra women contacted me wanting to speak out and talk about what happened to them,” Ranalvi said…MORE:  MORE: FGM charge for Detroit doctor Jumana Nagarwala in US first

This Egyptian Muslim Woman Died Defending Christians On Palm Sunday

A Muslim police officer who died in the line of duty during a terrorist attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt is being hailed as a hero.

At least 44 people died, and more than 100 were injured, during bombings that targeted a Coptic cathedral and another Coptic church on an important holy day on the Christian calendar, Palm Sunday. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks. …more: HUFFINGTONPOST.COM

Muslim Police Officer paid With his Life to Save his Fellow Christians in Alexandria Church


Police officer Imad al-Rekaibi is being called a hero for preventing an armed member of ISIS from entering St. Mark’s Church on Palm Sunday, sacrificing his own life in the process.

The suspect, equipped with a vest made of bombs, detonated the device outside the Alexandria church, church official Kamil Sadiq Sawiras told the New York Times on Sunday. A second officer and local police chief Adel El-Rakiby also lost their lives…more: