The Commission for “European-Islamic Dialogue"
Berlin, March 7(IINA)
Dr. Gunter Mollack, the Commissioner for “European-Islamic Dialogue,” at the German Foreign Ministry, has said that ignorance about Islam in the West is considerable, adding that this was mainly because the Europeans don’t learn about Islam from its genuine and authentic sources, but rather from unreliable ones.
In an interview with IINA, the Commissioner said that there are now 3.5 million Muslims in Germany, and that they are faced with numerous social and political problems. But, he added, talks are now going on between government officials and Muslim representatives on how best to deal with the Muslim situation, in the same way that other religious groups are dealt with.
He said, however, that Muslims need to open up to the society in which they are living, such as holding dialogues and joint activities with other members of the society who are not Muslims.
Mollack said that at the moment Muslims are allowed to set up their own schools in Germany, and that in Berlin alone there already are five such schools, in addition to 17 mosques and an Islamic Center.
Turning to the question of harassment of Muslims in the country, the Commission said that in Germany Muslims have become part and parcel of the country’s social fabric, adding that the country’s Muslims not only consist of ethnic immigrants, but also indigenous German Muslims, and therefore they are considered one of the German realities of life.
Taken From: http://www.islamicnews.org
Muharram program at Mehfil-e-Ali UK
London, March 7(Jafariya News)
Muharram programs are in continuation at Mehfil-e-Ali to pay homage to the martyrs of Karbala who offered that great sacrifice for the cause of Islam witch is unparalleled and matchless.
4 - 14 March 2003 daily program:
7:30 pm - Prayer
7:55 pm - Qur'an recitation
8:00 pm - Youth Speech
8:10 pm - Lecture and Q&A
9:30 pm - Refreshments
Egypt opens doors for pilgrims of Ahlul Bayt (AS)
Cario, Egypt, March 8(Jafariya News)
Egypt has agreed to open its gates for the pilgrims to holy sites attributed to the holy family of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (peace of Allah be upon him & his pure progeny), reports said.
The holy sites on the ground of Egypt are:
Makhsha’a (place) Ameer-ul-Momineen Imam Ali ibn-e-Abi Talib (AS) at Mount Sinai
Masjid Al-Imam Al-Hussein (peace of Allah be upon him) – it is said that Imam Hussein bin Ali Ibn-e-Abi Talib (peace of Allah be upon him)’s severed holy head was placed in this mosque. Shrine of Sharikah-tul-Hussein Hazrat Zainab Bint-e-Ali (peace of Allah be upon her) – some reports said that when she returned Medinah, the city of her grandfather Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (peace of Allah be upon him & his pure progeny), from Karbala, Kufa and Sham (Syria) with other holy ladies of the family and Hazrat Imam Zainul Abidin (peace of Allah be upon him), Umayyads made the land narrow for them; therefore, they adopted Egypt for stay. And when she stepped in the land of Egypt, the people here warmly welcomed her. Since that date she is here.
Quran contest begins today
Dubai, March 8(Gulf News)
Competition for the Local Holy Quran awards, a branch of the Dubai International Holy Quran Award, which features 56 contestants from Arab and Islamic countries, will begin this evening.
The men's contest will be held at the Al Islah Society in Al Ghusais and the women's contest will be held at the Women's Society in Hamriya.
Contestants from the UAE,India, Pakistan, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Mauritania, Yemen, Somalia, Bahrain, Bangladesh and Palestine are taking part in the competition, which will end on March 11. The competition, which was established three years ago, is being held under the patronage of General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and UAE Defence Minister.
Taken From: http://www.gulf-news.com