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The Swiss National Council, the parliament's lower house, voted with a narrow majority against financing of mosques from abroad and for expanding general transparency of the mosques’ financial backing. According to the Federal Assembly’s website, 94 members of the parliament voted in favor of the decision, with 89 voting against it. The vote took place on Tuesday.

The new legislation, proposed by the right-wing Lega dei Ticinesi party, bans foreign financing for mosques and implies...

A Muslim surgeon who treated Manchester Arena victims said he has forgiven a man who stabbed him in the neck outside a mosque in a hate crime attack. Consultant Nasser Kurdy, who operated on those injured in the outrage in May, was stabbed from behind with a knife as he walked into Altrincham Islamic Centre in Hale, Cheshire just before 6pm yesterday. The 58-year-old victim suffered a three centimetre wound to the back of his neck and was taken to Wythenshawe Hospital for treatment, where he...

Dutch parliament refused Denk Party's request to discuss the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) survey, which found that Muslims in the Netherlands experience discrimination at the highest rate among EU member states. According to the results of the U.S.-based FRA survey, the Muslim community in the Netherlands is more widely discriminated against than any other Muslim communities in the EU. In response to the results of the survey, the Dutch Denk Party, founded by Dutch-Turks, is...

On Tuesday, Danish Immigration, Integration and Housing Minister Inger Stojberg published a polemic portrayal of Islam's Prophet Muhammad on social media. The caricature portrays the religion's founder with a bomb fuse burning down on his turban and was one of the dozen published by the right-wing Danish daily Jyllands-Posten in 2005 that caused international outcry and allegations of racism. Images of Muhammad are considered blasphemous in Islam. Stojberg, who decides on conditions for...

A mosque in the southern Swedish city of Orebro has been completely destroyed in a suspected arson attack, a fire department official said on Tuesday. Firefighters arrived at the site at 2 a.m. local time (0000GMT) but the mosque was completely gutted, according to Orebro fire chief Ulf Jacobsen. No one was injured in the blaze, Jacobsen said, adding that evidence pointed to it being an arson attack.

The Orebro mosque -- which has a capacity for 250 people -- was built in 2007 in the...

The German parliament’s upper house, the Bundesrat, introduced the new law to ‘ensure a driver’s identity can be determined’ if they’re caught speeding. Anyone found with a facial covering, including carnival masks and face-obscuring hoods, will be fined €60 (£52). But many people are interpreting this measure as being a ban on burqas and niqabs. At the moment, the law allows head coverings such as headscarves to be worn by Muslim women when driving.

Nurhan Soykan, of Germany’s...

Maryam Dajani, an 18-year-old student at the American University of Beirut, was discriminated against by an instructor during a sociology class for wearing a headscarf. “Yesterday I experienced appalling discriminative and abusive remarks from my instructor Dr. Samir Khalaf, regarding the scarf I wear around my head, that left me in shock and utter disgust,” Dajani posted on Facebook on September 19. “To those of you who don’t know Dr. Khalaf, he is a sociologist bully with a Ph.D. from...

The Alternative for Germany (AfD), a German far right political party which latest polls put in third place for the general elections that will be held on Sept. 24, continues with its hostile anti-Islam policy. The party’s co-leader and top candidate Alexander Gauland in an interview on Monday severely insulted Muslims, revealing his ignorance of Islam. Claiming that Islam does not belong in Germany, “This cannot be seen as merely religious freedom. The Islamic doctrine is incompatible with...

U.K. police launched a hate crime investigation after anonymous letters threatening acid attacks were sent to Muslim homes in Bradford. The threatening messages contained images of a sword and St. George's flag, and read: "Kill scum Muslim." The letter questioned why Muslim women wore burkas, then vowed to "do acid attacks on anyone who wears the funny black masks around your square & Bradford & other places." The letter also said that three supposedly Muslim men, who it called "...

A Czech appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling that went against a Somali student who accused a nursing school of discrimination because she wears a hijab. Ayan Jamaal Ahmednuur demanded an apology and 60,000 koruna ($2,750) in compensation but the Prague 10 district court ruled in January there was no evidence of discrimination. Ahmednuur appealed but Prague's Municipal Court ruled on Tuesday that the school didn't discriminate against her.

Czech law doesn't ban headscarves in...

The far-right Freedom Party (FPOe) played on fears of a growing Muslim population in Austria on Saturday as it launched a parliamentary election campaign aimed at becoming part of the next government. FPOe leader Heinz-Christian Strache said a vote for the FPOe was the only way to reverse the open-door migration policies of the current coalition of the Democratic Party (SPOe) and the centre-right People's Party (OeVP). "They would lead us further into the abyss in the next five years," he...

A Danish Muslim woman, who refused to remove her face veil –niqab- during security checks at Brussels airport, was deported to Tunisia, Belgian officials said Saturday. Belgium's State Secretary for Asylum and Migration Theo Francken confirmed the incident on his official Twitter account. "A Danish citizen coming from Tunisia refused to take off her niqab at our border. Police could not identify her. She was sent back to Tunis," Francken tweeted. He did not identify the woman by her name. "...

A man has been arrested on suspicion of committing a hate crime in New York after police say he beat and abused a mother and daughter, calling them "dirty Muslims." The women, who are Jewish, were leaving a subway station at New York's 67th Avenue when they came across a man police say was Dimitrios Zias, 40, who was drunk. "Go back to your f***ing country you dirty Muslims," Mr Zias is alleged to have said, before spitting in the 37-year-old daughter's face and punching her to the ground....

Six months after a deadly shooting at a Quebec City mosque, its head's car was deliberately set on fire, officials said on Wednesday. "Another hateful act" targeted the mosque and its head, Mohamed Labidi, in addition to "a long series" of other incidents, the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec said in a statement. The fire was set on August 6 but was only made public on Wednesday in order to allow police to investigate. Mosque officials and the mayor linked the fire to an August 4...

Conservative firebrand Pamela Geller has won a round with the MTA over her efforts to plaster city buses with ads promoting a new film that criticizes Muslims.

The new ads announce the release of “Can’t We Talk About This? The Islamic Jihad Against Free Speech,” a film that details efforts by international organizations to compel the U.S. and other Western countries to curtail freedom of speech and criminalize criticism of Islam, according to Geller. She has locked horns with the MTA...