Dutch and Muslim are not mutually exclusive

Marianne VORTHOREN Rotterdam, Netherlands – A few years ago, I had a conversation in a mosque in Rotterdam with two Muslim girls who were about 6 or 7 years-old. They asked me, in fluent Dutch, if I was Turkish. I explained that I was Dutch, and had in fact converted to Islam. At one point

The virtues of Ramadan

Mustapaha MEGAWER “O you who believe fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may have Taqwa”. (Surah Al-Baqarah 2: 183) In an address to the believers of this Ummah (nation) Allah ordered them to fast. Allah Almighty praised the holy month of Ramadan out of all other

Are there ghettos in France?

Fouad IMARRAINE Public debates in France uses the word “ghetto” to define the so-called “banlieue” or “suburb”: French depressed areas, which are commonly associated with overcrowded area, social problems, such as poor population, migrants, underperforming school results, delinquency, violence, ugly concrete tower blocks, etc.“Ghetto” and “ghettoization” have never been more used by our politicians and

Division: between madness and reason?‏

Fouad Imarraine The murders committed against French soldiers, children and a father of two has left us all in shock. After the emotions caused by hearing the murder’s justifications, questions are raising everywhere. French soldiers killed in uniform on their own territory, Jewish children murdered coldly in front of their school and inside their school

Thoughts. Its not semantics, it’s a message!

Mohammed Belal EL-MOGADDEDI Some days ago I visited the english-language website “ikhwanweb” in order to obtain information on the actual political positions of the Muslim Brotherhood and its parliamentary spin-off the “Freedom and Justice Party” in the Egypt of today. However, I was much surprised by the fact that on the website the usage of

The Profile of Bosnian Islam And How West European(…)

Ahmet ALIBASIC The Profile of Bosnian Islam And How West European Muslims Could Benefit from It While the solutions found by Bosnian Muslims cannot be simply copied elsewhere, West European Muslims should study their institutions and intellectual legacy – and learn from their recent past that isolation equals destruction. Islam in Bosnia in brief Islam

His Eminence Dr Mustafa CERIC‏

Abdool Magid VAKIL Regarding His Eminence Sheikh Professor Dr Mustafa CericGrand Mufti of Bosnia Herzegovina I commend the International Institute of Islamic Thought for the overdue initiative, and am most hounoured to contribute to this volume of essays and testimonials celebrating the examplary and extraordinary achievements of Dr Mustafa Ceric, the Grand Mufti of Bosnia

Activists of the Arab world : Between “reward” and oblivion… (09/10/11)

Malika HAMIDI This year, and for the first time of its history, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded jointly to three emblematic figures “for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work”. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian and first elected feminine Head of State in Africa,

Excision in Europe : confusion and responsibilities

Malika HAMIDI On the 6th of February 2012, the International Day of “Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation”, the whole world is mobilized with hope and determination to eliminate once and for all the practice of excision, wrongfully attributed to Islam. Although Muslim communities have condemned and legislated against this practice with conviction, in the

The Family Structure in the Balkans, Problems and Good Examples

Sehija DEDOVIC (Download the full version of this article at the bottom of the page) Summary This paper will present the situation in the Muslim family in the Balkans, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The biggest challenges that these families are facing today are increased divorce rates, very high unemployment rates as well as war caused

O you who believe turn to Allah with sincere repentance

Mustapha MEGAWER “O you who believe! Turn to Allah with sincere repentance.”(The Holy Quran) “By Allah I seek Allah’s forgiveness and turn to Him in repentance more than seventy times a day.”(Imam Bukhari) In the Holy Quran Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala says,“And We took the Children of Israel across the sea, and Pharaoh with his

The European : Interview with Tariq Ramadan

Tariq Ramadan A conversation with Tariq Ramadan about freedom of speech, the legacy of the Arab Spring, and Western misconceptions about Islam. Interview by Lars Mensel and Clemens Lukitsch. The European: The recent movie depicting the prophet Muhammed caused a diplomatic crisis, as Muslims in many countries took to the streets in protest. Do you