Call to dispel doubts on Islam
Many Muslims are themselves not fully aware of Islam and are unable to counter propaganda against their religion and allay the fears of non-Muslims, says Tahir Khalid from the New Muslim Centre in Sharjah.
He adds that many times Muslims themselves fan the fears of non-Muslims. "I know people who tell their non-Muslim friends that they are not allowed to enter mosques. How can people get the message of worship if they cannot enter the masjid?" he asks.
Khalid is an American national who has been living in Sharjah for the past nine years.
Al Qasbah Mosque is the first in the UAE where the Friday sermon, or the khutbah, is in English. Staffs at the New Muslim Centre answer the many questions expatriate worshippers have about their religion.
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New converts join religious contest
An annual religious competition, the 23rd event of its kind, was held yesterday at the Islamic Dakwah Centre for new converts in the Brunei-Muara District.
Various competitions were conducted, including Quran Reading, Memorising Quranic Verses, as well as Nasyid competitions. Competitions were held for both female and male categories.
Present as guest of honor at the auspicious function was Awg Hj Mat Zahri bin Hj Yusof, Administration Director at the Ministry of Religious Affairs. The guest of honor encouraged new Muslim converts to continuously increase their efforts in developing their knowledge about the Islamic religion.
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Dr. Ali Polosin, the chairman of the Guild of Muslim Journalists of Russia has said that the guild was formed only a month ago, and is headquartered in Moscow. He said this is the first time that such an organization of journalists is formed, and already 300 Muslim journalists have joined the fold of its membership, adding that in Russia there are not less than 15 publications focused on Islamic affairs. He said this is a small number, considering that there are not less than 20 million Muslims in Russia, but added that this is a step in the right direction. As for the aims and objects of the guild, Polosin said that the main objective is to improve the performance of the Islamic media in the country, and to confront the numerous campaigns that seek to malign Islam in the Russian media in general.
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