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Officials in the city of Mainz withdrew the license of the only Muslim kindergarten in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate amid allegations that the facility was promoting Salafism.

The president of the state's youth office, Detlef Placzek, said the promotion of Salafist materials meant that the nursery no longer adhered to the German constitution.

Officials had a duty to intervene, Placzek said, when an operator was unwilling or unable to "to create the conditions that ensure...

Three Muslim teenagers were assaulted in two separate xenophobic attacks in Berlin, German police said Saturday.

In one of the attacks, two Syrian girls aged 15 and 16 were repeatedly punched in the face by an unknown male suspect in the Marzahn district late Friday, the police said, citing victims' testimony.

The girls sustained injuries and were transferred to a hospital for treatment.

In another racist attack, a 12-year-old girl was attacked by a female assailant for...

Nearly half of French and Germans believe Islam is incompatible with the values of their nations, a survey revealed on Sunday.

However the research by pollster YouGov found that fewer people in Muslim-majority countries think Christianity fundamentally clashes with their country's values.

It comes as Pope Francis embarked on a 48-hour visit to the United Arab Emirates on Sunday, with a meeting with Grand Imam of Al Azhar, Shaikh Ahmed Mohammad al-Tayeb scheduled for February 5...

A Swedish teen has been exposed to numerous heavy threats and insults over the past seven months after her conversion to Islam.

Ronja Andersson, the goalkeeper of Sweden U19 Women National Team, appeared on a TV show called Troll Hunter on Monday night.

During the show was identified a person who sent Andersson’s house a hate letter. The identified person also attended the show to apologize to Andersson.

On her story of becoming a Muslim on the show, Andersson, 19, said...

Israeli settlers vandalized and spray painted racist, anti-Arab slogans, on a local mosque, on Monday, in the Deir Dibwan village, east of the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah.

Mansour Mansour, the mayor of the Deir Dibwan, said that Israeli settlers stormed the village and spray painted racist, anti-Arab slogans, including threats, on one of the local mosques and on several vehicles.

Palestinian Minister of Endowment and Religious Affairs, Sheikh Youssef Ideis,...

The imams of the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DİTİB) will no longer be able to operate in the prisons in Germany’s Lower Saxony.

Announcing the abolishment of the contract, which was signed with the DİTİB to provide religious services to the prisoners, the ministry said on Tuesday that information regarding the imams will be demanded from the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution while voluntary workers will be able to continue their work.

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The Brussels Criminal Court has sentenced 54-year-old woman to three years in jail for attacking her 19-year-old daughter. The woman had stabbed her daughter in the abdomen and under the chin after she had converted to Islam and secretly married a Muslim.

The judge stated that the sentence would show the mother that her behavior was “unacceptable,” reported Belgian news outlet DH.be.

The Muslim convert married a Muslim man without telling her Orthodox Christian family.

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An online petition with nearly 15,000 signatures asks Nike to recall its Nike Air Max 270 shoe, saying the logo resembles the word Allah in Arabic and “will surely be trampled, kicked and become soiled with mud or even filth.”

The Change.org petition, created by a person named Saiqa Noreen in the U.K., says it’s “outrageous and appalling of Nike to allow the name of God on a shoe.”

“This is disrespectful and extremely offensive to Muslim’s and insulting to Islam,” Noreen writes...

A grenade was lobbed into a mosque in the southern Philippines before dawn on January 30, killing two Muslim religious leaders, in the second attack in days on a place of worship in the restive south, officials said.

The attack, in the city of Zamboanga, occurred three days after a bombing at a cathedral on the nearby island of Jolo, which killed 20 people outright. More than 100 people were wounded in that attack, one of whom died on Tuesday, bringing the death toll to 21.

The...

Hoping to scare Muslims into leaving the U.S., members of an Illinois militia group rented a truck and drove more than 500 miles to bomb a Minnesota mosque, two men admitted Thursday.

Michael McWhorter and Joe Morris said that when they arrived Aug. 5, 2017, at the Dar al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington, they broke a window and threw a lit pipe bomb and a gasoline mixture inside, causing an explosion, fire and extensive damage.

No one was injured in the attack, which...

Thirteen-year-old Gulsezim Samat hasn't attended classes since mid-October, when she was told to remove her head scarf before entering her school in the Kazakh village of Chapaev.

The school in West Kazakhstan Province, like all educational institutions below university level in the country, is enforcing an official decree by the Education Ministry that bans the wearing of religious symbols in schools.

The January 14 decree made school uniforms compulsory, and effectively...

After a student reported a comment made at lunchtime at a school in upstate New York, a day later three men and a teen were arrested and charged with plotting to attack a Muslim community about 200 miles away.

Brian Colaneri, 20, Vincent Vetromile, 19, Andrew Crysel, 18, and an unidentified 16-year-old male were arrested on January 17 in Greece, New York. All are accused of making homemade bombs and plotting to attack the Muslim community of Islamberg in Delaware County, New York....

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...