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The State Council confirmed on Wednesday November 25 the dissolution of the NGO BarakaCity and the temporary closure of the Pantin mosque.

The Council of State confirmed on Wednesday the dissolution of the NGO BarakaCity and the temporary closure of the Pantin mosque, considering like the government that they had disseminated messages inciting hatred or even terrorist acts.

Lawyers for the NGO and the mosque denounced “unjust” decisions, accusing the highest administrative...

A mosque in Germany’s western Duisburg city on Tuesday received a letter with Islamophobic and racist remarks for the third time.

The letter, sent to the Muradiye Mosque, included severe insults against Turks and Muslims.

Ramazan Ceylan, the chairman of the mosque administration, said: “We carry out our activities within the framework of social responsibility and try to contribute to the society in Germany. The perpetrators of the hate letters which were sent before could not...

A mosque in northern France suffered an Islamophobic attack in which a pig's head was left in the Muslim house of worship, said mosque officials on Monday.

The head was found in the Grand Mosque in the city of Compiegne in Oise, where restoration work is being done, the Turkish-Muslim umbrella group DITIB in Compiegne said in a statement Monday.

Condemning the incident, the mosque management filed a complaint.

The French Council of the Muslim Faith also denounced the...

Amid growing protests and condemnations against anti-Islam rhetoric in France, Paris dissolved on Wednesday BarakaCity, one of the country's largest Muslim charities.

Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin confirmed the development on Twitter, sharing a detailed decree agreed during the Council of Ministers meeting.

He claimed that the NGO has links to "radical Islamist movements," and accused them of "legitimizing terrorist attacks." The organization denied the charges.

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It has been a week since a terrorist took the life of professor Samuel Paty, a history teacher in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, near Paris. The killer claimed he wanted to take revenge, after a video was disseminated on social networks, claiming Pr Paty discussed Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons of Prophet Muhammad in the classroom.

Since then, there has been an unprecedented crackdown on Islamic organizations, all over the country. Minister of Interior, Gerald Darmanin, conducted 53 raids on...

A mosque in Vernon district in northern France received a threatening notice Tuesday, according to a post on Twitter by the Islam & Info website.   

The notice, left in the mosque’s mailbox, contained death threats and insulting messages against Turks, Arabs and the community who comes to the mosque regularly. 

“The war has begun. We will drive you out of our country. You will give account for Samuel's death,” it said. 

It was referring to Samuel Paty, a teacher at...

An unidentified man on Saturday attacked a Turkish mosque in Sydney, Australia.

A male attacker entered the Auburn Gallipoli Mosque, which is affiliated with the Turkey's Directorate of Religious Affairs, and caused material damage by breaking the chandeliers, windowpanes, plasma television and some items on the upper floor.

Some citizens recorded video footage, and took photographs during the attack, and informed the police. The perpetrator has been arrested.

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Two Muslim women were 'stabbed repeatedly' under the Eiffel Tower amid rising tensions in Paris after the beheading of a teacher last week.

French police have arrested two female suspects after an argument about dogs allegedly descended into violence and racist insults including the words 'Dirty Arabs'. 

One of the Muslim women said the attackers had pulled out a knife after refusing to put their dogs on a leash and slashed her on the skull, arm and ribs.  

The victims...

French authorities said Tuesday they would close a Paris mosque as part of a clampdown on radical Islam that has yielded over a dozen arrests following the beheading of a teacher who had shown his pupils a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed.

The mosque in a densely-populated suburb northeast of Paris had disseminated a video on its Facebook page days before Friday's gruesome murder, railing against teacher Samuel Paty's choice of material for a class discussion on freedom of expression,...

An unidentified arsonist caused considerable damage to a mosque in Itzehoe, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, but there were no casualties, the head of the mosque said Thursday.

The head of Itzehoe’s Great Mosque Society Kenan Karagol told Anadolu Agency that the attack took place at 2 a.m. local time (0000GMT) when the assailant set fire to a trash dumpster and cartons outside the building, leading to significant property damage but the fire extinguished itself before it grew.

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German police recorded 188 Islamophobic crimes in the second quarter of this year, the country's Interior Ministry has said.

At least 15 mosques were attacked between April and June, and dozens of Muslims were physically assaulted or verbally harassed on the street or in a public place. Nine of them were injured in these attacks.

The ministry released the latest figures in response to a parliamentary question by the opposition Left Party.

While criminal investigations...

French President Emmanuel Macron's recent remarks that target Islam triggered far-right groups in the country to implement anti-Muslim policies, especially against Muslim women who wear headscarves.

In France's Ile-de-France region, which includes Paris, Regional Councilor Valerie Pecresse demanded a decision to ban women from covering their hair in their season ticket photos used in transportation, making it mandatory to show hair.

Writing a letter to Interior Minister Gerard...

Upcoming legislation crafted to "protect" the Republic and French values promises to be deeply divisive, with French Muslims fearing it will unfairly single them out. Some also see political calculus behind the effort.

Macron's discourse was a curtain-raiser of sorts for an upcoming draft bill against "separatist" threats, which officials say also include groups like white supremacists. But with many observers considering it clearly aimed at Islamist extremism, the legislation has...

More than 100 French news outlets on Wednesday called on people to support satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which was attacked by gunmen in 2015, after its staff received new death threats.

The magazine republished cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed earlier this month at the start of a trial of suspects in the 2015 attack on their Paris office. While the edition sold out in France, it provoked condemnation from several Muslim countries, and al-Qaeda militants reportedly threatened a...

On Sept. 11, 2001, the Islamist terrorist group al-Qaeda coordinated four attacks against targets in the United States, killing nearly 3,000 individuals and injuring tens of thousands more. After these attacks, Americans grew more suspicious of and outwardly hostile to Muslims. Research shows that these views increased in the years that followed. Our recently published paper in the Public Administration Review shows that — even 19 years later — public officials in the United States...