May 28, 2016

Hajj row escalates as Iran and Saudi Arabia miss new deal

An Iranian delegation has left Saudi Arabia without an agreement for its citizens to attend the Muslim hajj pilgrimage this year, Saudi media have reported, a second failure by the rival Middle East powers to strike a deal. Relations between the two countries plummeted ...

Dec 14, 2015

Arab Israeli army veteran now member of Islamic State

An Israeli army veteran from the country’s Arab minority has joined Islamic State insurgents in Syria, an Israeli security official said on Sunday, confirming a local media report. Israel says dozens of Muslim Arab citizens have illegally traveled to Islamic State’s Syrian or Iraqi ...

Beppu campus cafeteria becomes nation's biggest halal-certified eatery

Nov 9, 2015

Beppu campus cafeteria becomes nation's biggest halal-certified eatery

A campus cafeteria at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University has received halal certification, becoming the largest halal-certified food facility in the country, according to Nippon Asia Halal Association, the nonprofit organization that grants the certification. Every day, about 3,000 people, including students from Muslim countries, ...

Aug 31, 2015

Muslim man on hunger strike after immigration gives him pork

The immigration control office in Yokohama erroneously provided a Muslim man in detention with pork, contrary to the dietary doctrine of his religion, prompting him to launch a hunger strike, officials said. The man, who was being detained for deportation procedures, found bacon in ...

Migrants return to sea to race in sailing world championship

Jun 18, 2015

Migrants return to sea to race in sailing world championship

Two African migrants, who barely survived their first trips across the Mediterranean on rickety boats, are heading back out to sea to compete in a world championship sailing competition. Elias Orjini, a Christian from Ghana, and Mohamed Sabaly, a Muslim from Gambia, were chosen ...

Are European fears of the Islamization grounded in reality?

Mar 10, 2015

Are European fears of the Islamization grounded in reality?

The headlines would suggest Europe is under siege: Thousands of Germans march against the continent’s “Islamization.” French readers flock to read a novel about a Muslim president who imposes Shariah law on their country. Commentators warn darkly about an encroaching age of “Eurabia” in ...