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More Than 1,000 Indian Muslim Clerics Sign Fatwa Against ISIS

The Associated Press | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.09.2015 | Religion

NEW DELHI (AP) — More than 1,000 Muslim clerics in India have ratified a religious ruling that condemns the Islamic State and calls the extremis...

Sistani's Jihad Fatwa One Year On: The Man Who Pulled Iraq From the Brink With a Single Statement

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 06.14.2015 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

The 85-year-old Grand Ayatollah did not talk to me as if I'm Sunni or Shia, Muslim or non-Muslim but just as a human being. I left his reception fully confident that Iraq is currently in safe hands so long as it continues to have wise men like him. However, what will happen after Sistani departs a fragile Iraq?

Muslim Cleric Warns Masturbation Will Make Your Hands Pregnant In The Afterlife

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 05.26.2015 | Religion

A Turkish televangelist has warned male Muslims away from masturbation - because it may leave their hands pregnant in the afterlife. Mücahid Cihad...

States Pushing 'Religious Freedom' Laws Undermine U.S. Effort for Equality Abroad

Jessica Stern | Posted 05.31.2015 | Gay Voices
Jessica Stern

It is heartening to see the swift condemnation against Indiana's new law from state governments, technology leaders, athletic organizations and community organizations. The pressure should be kept up, even as the governor and lawmakers say they want to "clarify" the law's intent.

Fundamentalist Islam and the Roots of Terrorism

Janet Tavakoli | Posted 01.11.2015 | Politics
Janet Tavakoli

Most of the world's 1.6 billion Muslims do not countenance violence and human rights violations, but the fact remains that fundamentalists are not a fringe group; they occupy senior positions in Muslim clerical hierarchy.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

This Cleric Thinks ISIS Can Be Defeated With More Religion | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 09.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Countering extremist groups like the Islamic State will require “not less religion but more,” according to a prominent Muslim cleric...

Back to Iraq's Future: A Constructive Partnership With the UN

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to meet with Iraq's leadership including Grand Ayatollah Sistani on 24 July. The meeting which is understood, in essence, to have been primarily a consultative one, is potentially a critical turning point in the United Nation's involvement in Iraq's steps towards democracy.

What Do You Know About Sistani's Fatwa?

Luay Al Khatteeb | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Luay Al Khatteeb

The fatwa is not about revenge or attack but the need to defend religious freedoms, sacred places and land from those whose aim is remove peaceful Muslims' freedoms to believe in Islam as they currently do, remove their shrines and to remove them from their lands.

Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism

Nancy Graham Holm | Posted 07.21.2014 | Books
Nancy Graham Holm

Karima Bennoune is someone who collects nightmares for a living, a woman who makes people weep. With over 20 years of human rights research and acti...

Katy Perry's Blasphemous Act of Free Speech

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.13.2014 | Religion
Irene Monroe

The ongoing debate between of what constitutes an artistic expression of free speech versus religious protection had recently been witnessed not in the public eye, but instead under the radar on social media. And the stirred-up controversy had been with none other than America's beloved pop music star Katy Perry.

Islamic Leaders Issue Fatwa Prohibiting One-Way Trips to Mars

Alejandro Rojas | Posted 04.26.2014 | Weird News
Alejandro Rojas

You may be wondering why anyone would want to take a one-way trip to Mars, and honestly I wonder that myself. However, Dutch company Mars One plans to do just that, and they received over 200,000 applicants vying to take the trip.

Shiite Fatwa Legitimizes Syrian War

AP | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 12.19.2013 | Religion

BAGHDAD (AP) — A leading Shiite Muslim cleric widely followed by Iraqi militants has issued the first public religious edict permitting Shiites to f...

When Driving Affects Ovaries: A Call to Regulate Fatwas

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

It did not take long for those recent statements, which suggested that driving might negatively affect women's ovaries, for Saudi Shaikh Saleh Bin Saad al-Luhaydan to become the focus of news headlines around the world.

Government Wants to Ban Material From 9/11 Defendants Central to Their Defense

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 08.22.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Twelve years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the 9/11 military commission case against the five alleged masterminds of the attack is only in the pre-trial phase; the case may not get to trial until 2015.

When Is an Islamic Fatwa not a Fatwa?

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 04.28.2013 | World
Sarwar Kashmeri

If Iran's Rushdie fatwa was accepted at face value, shouldn't the Iranian fatwa against nuclear weapons be interpreted likewise? The New York Times thought so when it wrote that "American officials say they believe that Ayatollah Khamenei exercises full control over Iran's nuclear program."

Easy Reader: Salman Rushdie's Joseph Anton a Hitman-Target Hit

David Finkle | Posted 12.15.2012 | Books
David Finkle

Although I've been reading and reviewing books for several decades, not until Salman Rushdie's memoir, Joseph Anton, have I realized how some part of me continues to look at books through callow eyes, to assess them naively.

What Salman Rushdie Reminds Us About the Freedoms That We Cherish

Christina Patterson | Posted 11.21.2012 | World
Christina Patterson

Those of us who believe in the right to say what you think without being threatened can only show that there are some beliefs that we cherish, too. We can show that we believe in the right of clever writers to write good books, and the right of stupid fantasists to make bad films.

The Price of Tweeting

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 04.14.2012 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

It may very well be "micro-blogging", but the recent global row over what were considered to be blasphemous tweets by a Saudi columnist have proven, yet again, how "macro" the impact of just 140 characters can be.

Andrea Stone

Muslim Scholars Issue Fatwa Declaring No Conflict Between Islamic Law And U.S. Constitution | Andrea Stone | Posted 12.19.2011 | Politics

Islamic scholars tired of conservative charges that Muslims in the United States constitute a radical fifth column bent on subverting American values ...

Libyan Muslim Leaders Issue Fatwa Against Government

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

A group of Muslim leaders in Libya has endorsed the ongoing revolt against the nation's government, headed by President Moammar Gadhafi. The newly fo...

Leading Cameroonian Gay Rights Activist Fears Arrest

Mark Canavera | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark Canavera

LGBT people in Cameroon are subject to abuse in prison, violent attacks in their communities, and loss of custody of their children. Alice Nkom's organization works to combat these human rights violations.

Woman Dies From Caning Injuries Over 'Affair' With Stepson

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Two Bangladeshis -- including a Muslim cleric -- have been arrested after a local woman who had been caned for allegedly having an extramarital affair...

Portland Bomber: How Must Muslim Americans Respond?

Frank Fredericks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Frank Fredericks

Many Muslims do protest and mobilize against extremism. However, if you haven't heard them, it's because the media didn't cover it with anywhere near the same zeal with which they covered the attacks themselves.

Muhammad: A Story of the Last Prophet interview by Alan Steinfeld

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Deepak Chopra ...

Fatwa: Muslim Men Can Divorce Wives Over Cell Phone

The Times of India | PTI, Nov 15, 2010, 05.02pm IST | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce

Talaq uttered thrice by a Muslim man on a mobile phone will be considered valid even if his wife is unable to hear it all the three times due to netwo...