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Afghan-born Sakandar Khan, 30, was among the first nine new Danish citizens who shook hands with Denmark’s immigration minister under a new law that makes a handshake the final step in the naturalization process.

“This is a huge thing for me. I am thrilled,” the former practicing Muslim dressed in shirt and tie said with a smile.

For Khan, who fled Afghanistan with his family in 2001, shaking the hand of the minister, who happens to be female, was not a problem. But the law has...

A far-right politician in southwest Stockholm has been slapped with 40 days in prison over insult on Islam and Muslims on social media, local media reported on Wednesday.

The politician in Sodertalje city from the far-right Swedish Democrats Party, which is known for its anti-migrant stance, had shared a Facebook post that read “All Muslims are terrorists,”, according to the Expo newspaper.

A case was filed against the politician, whose name was not provided, on the grounds...

Fifty five students of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) International School, Ogbomoso, were on January 14 denied entrance into the school premises for using hijab.

The school said parents had in 2011 forwarded a letter to the school’s board of directors seeking its approval for female students to wear hijab.

A staff who preferred anonymity said, “Since 2011, several letters of appeal had been written to the Governing Council while we wait endlessly...

A Florida city commissioner is under fire for saying the first Palestinian-American woman ever elected to Congress might “blow up Capitol Hill.”

In the Islamophobic rant, Hallandale Beach Commissioner Annabelle Lima-Taub, who is Jewish, compared Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), who is Muslim, to a suicide bomber, the Sun Sentinel reported.

“A Hamas-loving anti-Semite has NO place in government! She is a danger and [I] would not put it past her to become a martyr and blow up...

The Arabic and Islamic courses planned to be taught in a school in northern Italy's Emilia-Romagna region were suspended after receiving reaction from anti-immigrant and central-right parties, local media outlets reported Saturday.

Emilia-Romagna Regional Assembly Member of the ruling anti-immigration League party Stefano Bargi and a deputy from the party, Guglielmo Golinelli opposed the course claiming it is against their "Western teaching standards."

"In our schools Italian...

Police in the Swiss city of Schaffhausen have defended their decision to fine a man who used the words “Allahu akbar” in public.

The incident in May 2018, which saw the man fined 150 Swiss francs (€132) plus 60 francs in administrative charges, came to light this week after the 22-year-old involved went public with his story.

The young man, named by Swiss media as Orhan E., said he used the Islamic phrase ‘Allahu akbar’, which literally means ‘God is [the] greatest’, to express...

Only 7% of the "cow meat" samples seized from 2014 to 2017 by authorities in various states and sent for DNA test were found to be of cows, the rest 93% were actually of bulls or baffaloes, a yet to be published report by the National Research Centre on Meat said.

Out of the 112 samples of meat analysed by the National Research Centre just eight samples (7%) were found to contain beef, while the remaining were of bull and buffalo. The samples were of the meat that was seized by police...

Indonesia decided late on January 2 to suspend sending students to Taiwan for an internship programme following news reports that hundreds of Indonesian students who took part were forced to be manual labourers in factories on the island.

Taiwanese media quoted legislator Ko Chih-en as revealing over the weekend that in one case, the Indonesian students were only allowed to go to class two days a week and had one day of rest, while working the remaining four days at a factory, where...

An unknown person shot at a Malmö mosque at midnight on New Year's Eve, while around five people were inside the building.

No-one was hurt by the shooting, which was not discovered until the following day when a bullet hole was spotted in one of the prayer room's windows.

"[The people in the room] didn't notice the shot because there were fireworks and noise all around. But one of them noticed a slightly different sound, and afterwards he discovered that the windowpane was...

An under-construction mosque in western Germany's Duisburg city was attacked by unidentified assailants who defaced the building with racist slogans, according to a mosque official on December 30.

The attackers painted star of David -- which is the symbol of Judaism -- on the wall of Mevlana mosque, affiliated with the Turkish-Islamic Community National View (IGMG), head of the mosque foundation Hulusi Yuksel told Anadolu Agency.

Yuksel said they informed local security...

The German Bild daily's use of the photo of the Central Mosque in Cologne, which is run by the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DITIB) in an article that relates mosques in Germany with terror funding drew criticism on social media.

Many people, including Turkish people living in Germany, have criticized the newspaper, for pointing the mosque as a target by using its photograph.

Mustafa Yeneroğlu, deputy for Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party)...

Swedish national broadcaster SVT has warned that immigrating to Scandinavia is not only peace and joy but can lead to serious health problems.

The trademark frigid darkness of the Nordic climate can be dangerous for "dark-skinned" people, especially for women who choose to wear all-covering clothing for religious reasons, national broadcaster SVT informed its viewers.

According to SVT, the Swedish weather may prove particularly difficult to suffer for those hailing from the...

The Uttar Pradesh Police has asked companies and offices located in industrial hub of Noida to ensure that their employees don't offer namaz in open public spaces, including parks.

According to a notice issued by the Sector 58 police station, companies located in the industrial area will be held responsible, if Muslim employees are found offering namaz in open public spaces, reported India Today. 

“Thus, it is expected from you that you at your level inform your Muslim...

A student of Jamia Islamia University, currently pursuing her Master of Business Administration (MBA) in India, was allegedly barred from appearing in the exam for wearing hijab.

According to news agency ANI, Umaiyah Khan, a student of Jamia Islamia University, alleged that she was not allowed to appear for University Grants Commission - National Eligibility Test (UGC-NET) exam for wearing hijab.

Khan said, "I went for NET exam last week in Rohini area. I reached the exam...

Denmark will require anyone who takes Danish citizenship to shake hands at the naturalization ceremony, under a law passed on Thursday, which lawmakers say is aimed at Muslims who refuse on religious grounds to touch members of the opposite sex.

The law has prompted strong reactions from some of the mayors who must conduct such ceremonies, and who are upset that they will become the faces and fists of a policy they call awkward, “purely symbolic” and irrelevant to an applicant’s...