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1. Key notes as to why you need a good divorce lawyer
December 07, 2017

PROBLEMATIC SEEDS Most countries' legal systems stipulate that since marriages are contracts, they have to be registered. On the surface there should be no problem. Yet, for reasons too numerous to mention in this essay, religious institutions remained silent and allowed secular institutions to have the first and last say regarding one of its oldest sacraments. The courts on their own, in some cases have usurped the authority of religious institutions with regards to defining and quantifying what the requirements or prerequisites for marriages are. SPIRITUAL PACKAGE. NOT OF CAESAR,... (read more)

Author: Innes Donaldson

2. Survey Shows Muslims Integrated, But a Minority at Odds with Secular France
September 18, 2016

French Muslims are broadly comfortable with their nation’s secular crede, but a significant minority have deeply conservative and sometimes hostile views about the French state and society, with more than one-quarter believing Islam’s Sharia law supersedes state laws, according to a new study by the Paris-based Montaigne Institute. The survey by polling agency IFOP, whose main findings were published Sunday in France’s Journal du Dimanche weekly, paints a fractured portrait of the...... (read more)

3. For Illegal Pilgrims in Mecca, God's Blessings Transcend Secular Law
September 14, 2016

Fear of getting caught is not enough to deter Abu Ahmed and up to 200,000 other illegal pilgrims from attending this year's haj in Mecca, despite a clampdown by the Saudi authorities aimed at preventing deadly overcrowding. The haj, which every able-bodied Muslim is required to perform, is believed to forgive the sins of a lifetime and leads the most zealous to seek to perform the rite repeatedly. Saudi regulations limit visits to once every five years for the most likely group of...... (read more)

4. Hindu Groups Oppose Entry of Islamic Finance in India
August 04, 2016

A Sharia-compliant international bank's plan to launch its business in India is facing opposition from Hindu groups that say an Islamic bank should not be allowed to operate in a secular country.  The Islamic Corporation for Development (ICD), a subsidiary of the Saudi Arabia-based Islamic Development Bank (IDB), is expected to set up its first Indian branch in Gujarat city of Ahmedabad. The ICD branch would operate as a non-banking financial company (NBFC), providing loans to small and medium businesses and sharing their profits and losses, instead of charging interest &mdas... (read more)

5. Muslim Swimming Event Stirs Controversy in France
August 04, 2016

The mayor of a French town near a prominent Muslim community says he will try to ban a planned swimming event at a local water park that would require women to be covered in traditional Islamic clothing. The activity organized by the Smile 13 women’s association has stirred controversy in secular France. The group, which presents itself as a “socio-cultural, sports and aid association,” announced on its Facebook page that it has reserved the Speed Water Park near Marseille for a September 10 event, only for women, girls, and boys under 10. Speaking Thursday to Le ... (read more)

6. Tunisian President Names Youssef Chahed as New Prime Minister
August 03, 2016

TUNIS— Tunisia's President Beji Caid Essebsi on Wednesday named Youssef Chahed as the new prime minister after parliament ousted Habib Essid in a vote of no-confidence because of his handling of economic reforms and security. A junior minister in Essid's government, Chahed, 41, is an agricultural sciences specialist and academic who has taught in France and Tunisia. He is also part of the Nidaa Tounes secular party and has ties to Essebsi's family, which has led to some criticism from opposition leaders. Nidaa Tounes and the Islamist Ennahda party, both part of the rul... (read more)

7. Erdogan’s Purges Threaten Future of Turkey’s Secular Society
July 25, 2016

ISTANBUL— Watchers see Turkey's failed coup and the subsequent purge carried out by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as part of a battle among Islamists whose ultimate vision is to allow for a greater role of religion in public life. To others, that vision runs counter to the secular society established in the 1920s by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the modern Turkish republic.  When thousands of opposition members and ruling party supporters filled Istanbul's Taksim Square Sunday to condemn the failed coup attempt against Erdogan, they illustrated the kind of p... (read more)

8. Turkish Ruling Party, Opposition Party Hold Joint Rally in Show of Unity
July 24, 2016

Members of Turkey's ruling and main opposition parties are rallying together in support of democracy and to condemn the bloody coup attempt July 15. The rally, held under tight supervision Sunday in Istanbul's iconic Taksim Square, was called for by Turkey's largest opposition group, the secular Republican People's Party. It was joined by other opposition parties and President Tayyip Erdogan's Islamic Justice and Conservative Party (AKP), which has ruled Turkey since 2002. Another public demonstration of unity came from the head of Turkey's air force, which rel... (read more)

9. Experts Saw Signs of Turkish Military Discontent Before Coup
July 15, 2016

For weeks there were signs that tensions between Turkey's secular military and the Islamist-aligned government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan were reaching a boiling point. Semi-public disagreements between the politicians and the generals, especially over Syria policy, were becoming all too frequent. Military briefings appeared increasingly to be at odds with government statements. And some analysts in recent weeks had feared a coup might be in the offing, with concerns mounting in military ranks about the series of recent deadly terrorist attacks in Turkey, the government's ... (read more)

10. Rights Groups Criticize 'Crossfire' Deaths in Bangladesh
June 27, 2016

When police shot and killed a 24-year-old man in Bangladesh in mid-June, they said he was an Islamist militant wanted for the killings of several secular bloggers and gay rights activists. They said the man had taken part in the hacking death of Bangladeshi American blogger Avijit Roy in Dhaka last year and organized the killings in April of two gay rights activists, including U.S. embassy employee Xulhaz Mannan. They identified the gunman as Shariful, a member of the banned hard-line Islamist group Ansar Ullah Bangla Team (ABT). According to police, after being challenged by a patrol... (read more)

11. Anti-Terror Fatwa Endorsed by 100,000 Bangladeshi Islamic Scholars
June 20, 2016

A leading Islamic group in Bangladesh has issued a fatwa condemning terrorism and militancy, including violent attacks on non-Muslims and secular writers and activists, as "Haraam," or forbidden and un-Islamic. The fatwa, or religious decree, was signed by more than 100,000 Islamic scholars, legal experts and clerics, and presented by Maulana Fariduddin Masoud, chairman of Bangladesh Jamiatul Ulama (BJU), a national body of Islamic scholars. In presenting the 62-page fatwa along with 30 volumes of books, each carrying over 3,300 signatures, Masoud said he began his campaign ... (read more)

12. Some Young Arabs See Secular State as Solution to Terrorism
June 15, 2016

As terrorist attacks linked to radical Islam leave more and more families devastated, some are suggesting a separation of mosque and state in Middle Eastern nations. Faisal Saeed Al-Mutar, writer and humanist, spoke with Hashtag VOA about the importance of supporting young Arabs who are fighting to take religion out of politics. “There is a growing number of Arab young millennials between 20 and 30 who are mostly advocating for human rights and secular liberal values," Faisal told VOA. "I think that the United States and the West should stand in solidarity with these p... (read more)

13. More Than 5,000 Arrested in Bangladesh Sweep
June 12, 2016

Police in Bangladesh say they have arrested more than 5,000 criminal suspects in the first three days of a nationwide sweep in response to a rash of extremist violence against religious minorities and secular activists. National Police chief Shahidul Hoque, speaking Sunday, said the arrests include at least 85 militants, and that all the detentions were made on specific charges. Militants have been blamed for more than 30 deaths in Bangladesh since early last year, including bloggers, gay rights activists, Christians and Hindus.  Islamic State extremists have claimed responsibili... (read more)

14. More than 2,500 Suspected Militants Arrested in Bangladesh
June 11, 2016

Bangladesh authorities said they arrested 37 suspected jihadists Saturday as part of a nationwide crackdown following a series of deadly attacks on minorities and secular activists. Police sources said that this bring to more than 2,500 the number of suspected radicals detained after an anti-militant drive was launched across the Muslim-majority country Friday. Police have also seized one weapon, explosives and ammunition, a senior police officer said. The police crackdown is taking place as Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has vowed to catch "each and every killer.&qu... (read more)

15. Bangladeshi Publisher Wins US-based Award for Courage
May 19, 2016

A Dhaka-based publisher of popular books authored by secular and progressive writers, which faced threats and was violently attacked by suspected Islamists last year, has received an award for courage from a group of American publishers. The Shuddhashar Publishing House this week received the 2016 Jeri Laber International Freedom to Publish Award from Association of American Publishers International Freedom to Publish Committee (IFTPC) for putting out work despite the threats and with little support from the Bangladesh government. Awarded for courage ... (read more)

16. Brutal Bangladesh Killings Raise Worries About Secular Traditions
May 02, 2016

NEW DELHI, INDIA— A series of brutal killings of liberals, academics, bloggers, foreigners and religious minorities in Bangladesh has spread deep fear in the country and raised worrying questions about whether the secular traditions of a moderate Muslim country are under threat from extremist Islamic groups.   April was the deadliest month in the South Asian country: five grisly murders have targeted a Hindu man accused of insulting Prophet Mohammad, two gay rights activists, a university professor and a law student who criticized religious extremism on his Facebook page. The killing... (read more)

17. Turkish Kurd Islamist Rally Stokes Tension
April 28, 2016

In a sign of the rising power of Islamists in Turkey, more than 100,000 people recently gathered in Diyarbakir, the main city in Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish southeast, to mark the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. The gathering highlighted tensions with the pro-secular Kurdish nationalist movement. Dorian Jones reports from Diyarbakir.... (read more)

18. Turkish Kurd Islamist Rally Stokes Tension
April 28, 2016

In a sign of the rising power of Islamists in Turkey, more than 100,000 people recently gathered in Diyarbakir, the main city in Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish southeast, to mark the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. The gathering highlighted tensions with the pro-secular Kurdish nationalist movement. Dorian Jones reports from Diyarbakir for VOA.... (read more)

19. Turkish Kurd Islamist Rally Stokes Tension
April 28, 2016

DIYARBAKIR, TURKEY— More than 100,000 people gathered in Diyarbakir, the main city in Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish southeast, last week to mark the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. The gathering was one of the most powerful displays of the rising power of Islamists in the region, which is stoking tensions with the pro-secular Kurdish nationalist movement. Young and old came from all directions, chanting "God is great" and "Islamic Kurdistan.” It was a powerful show of force by Islamists. Leading Kurdish Islamists and others from elsewhere in the Middle ... (read more)

20. Bangladesh Targeted Killings Spark Wave of Fear
April 27, 2016

People in Bangladesh’s capital are expressing deep concern over the brutal attacks that have killed secular blogger, and most recently a gay rights activist and an employee of the U.S. embassy. Xulhaz Mannan, an embassy protocol officer and the editor of the country’s only gay and transgender magazine Roopban; and his friend Mehboob Rabbi Tanoy, a gay rights activist, were hacked to death by five attackers in Mannan’s Dhaka home earlier this month.... (read more)

21. Turkish Lawmaker Calls for Dropping Secularism
April 26, 2016

The speaker of the Turkish parliament has spoken out in favor of a new constitution based on religious principles, in direct contrast to the secular basis on which modern Turkey was founded. Ismail Kahraman of the ruling AK party said in a speech late Monday that the text of a new constitution should not contain wording about secularism. He said as a majority Muslim nation, Turkey should not be "in a retreat from religion." The AK party of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been pushing for a new constitution and increased powers for the president, a move that critics say co... (read more)

22. US Offers Help in Bangladesh Blogger’s Murder Probe
April 12, 2016

The United States has offered its resources and expertise to the Bangladeshi government as Dhaka investigates the latest in a series of murders of secular bloggers in the Muslim-majority country. "We've offered assistance to the Bangladeshi government, collaboration on the investigations, FBI assistance," State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters Monday in Washington. He was commenting after last week’s killing of Nazimuddin Samad, a blogger and postgraduate student who often criticized radical Islam and promoted secularism in Bangladesh. "These ... (read more)

23. Intelligence Group: Al-Qaida Affiliate Says It Killed Bangladeshi Blogger
April 08, 2016

A group affiliated with al-Qaida has claimed responsibility for the killing this week of a secular blogger in Bangladesh, according to a U.S. terrorist monitoring group. The SITE Intelligence Group said Ansar-al-Islam, a Bangladesh branch of al-Qaida in the Indian subcontinent, released a statement claiming responsibility for Wednesday's killing of blogger and postgraduate law student Nazimuddin Samad. According to SITE, the al-Qaida-linked group said its members carried out the attack in the capital, Dhaka, because Samad had "abused God." The Reuters news agency said it... (read more)

24. Secular Student Activist Murdered in Bangladesh
April 07, 2016

A Bangladeshi student activist has been brutally murdered in Dhaka by group of machete-wielding attackers. Postgraduate law student Nazimuddin Samad was hacked with machetes and then shot by motorcycle-riding assailants as he was returning from class Wednesday at Jagannath University. Dhaka police believe Samad was targeted for his outspoken views, which often criticized radical Islam and promoted secularism in the Muslim-majority country. Samad’s murder follows a series of similar attacks last year, when at least five secular writers and a publisher were killed.  A bann... (read more)

25. Gift giving for Christmas? Airwheel saddle-equipped electric drift hoverboard S6 helps you out
November 17, 2015

The celebratory customs associated in various countries with Christmas have a mix of pre-Christian, Christian, and secular themes and origins. However, Popular modern customs of the holiday include gift giving, completing an Advent calendar or Advent wreath, Christmas music and caroling, an exchange of Christmas cards, church services, a special meal, and the display of various Christmas decorations, including Christmas trees. Gift giving is essential for Christmas and Airwheel saddle-equipped electric scooter S6 will solve your headache. More humanized design and graceful posture, S6 giv... (read more)

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