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  • Churches launch Ramadan campaign



    MINNEAPOLIS - Ramadan, an Islamic holiday focusing on prayer, charity and religious devotion begins Sunday night.

    In a campaign against negativity directed at Muslims, The Minnesota Council of Churches is inviting communities to show respect with a lawn sign. The signs read, "To our Muslim neighbors: Blessed Ramadan."

    Several churches in Minneapolis made the signs available to their congregations today.

    Individuals, congregations and organizations can make or order their own signs. 


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  • Pastor fails to resurrect after telling people to bury him alive


    Five members of the same family were charged with the murder of a prophet who had been called to their their home in the village of Mazonde, Zimbabwe to help them cleanse their house of evil spirits.

    According to local newspaper, Zed 24 News, the accused family identified as Leanmore Mutero, Tonderai Muswere, Michael Muchengeti, Manasa Mutero and Nicholas Mutero, appeared at the High Court in Harare facing a murder charge for participating in the death of self-professed Prophet Shamiso Kanyama, who accidentally died during a healing ceremony.

    Pastor Kanyama had reportedly asked his followers to bury him alive so that he could summon more cleansing powers to heal the family that had been plagued by mysterious deaths.

    Zed 24 News reports that High Court Justice Owen Tagu heard how on that day, the late pastor had been invited to attend the home in the Muzarabani district, which is situated along the Mozambique-Zimbabwe border, by their priest, Zvidzai Muchengeti.

    The five men had requested the priest to help them clean their home of evil spirits, because it was causing mysterious deaths in their family.

    Responding to their request to perform a healing ceremony, Kanyama had ordered his followers to dig a grave and bury him alive because that was the way he summoned more healing powers to ward off evil spirits. However, the plan backfired on the prophet when instead of being resurrected as he supposed, the men dug up the grave again to find him dead.

    Kanyama helped to dig his own grave before praying and jumping inside, Father Zvidzai, who has turned State witness, told the High Court. He continued that after laying face down in the grave, he ordered his followers to start covering him with soil.

    He pegged a grave-shaped pit in front of my hut and asked for help to dig the pit,” Zvidzai continued. “Deceased requested to be buried alive so that he would gain power to drive away the evil forces.”

    Fearing for the life of the prophet as the men were in the process of filling the grave, he requested the men to stop what they were doing, Joseph Taderera told Justice Tagu.

    However, they ignored his pleas when Kanyama urged them to continue the process of burying him alive, stating that he would rise from the grave unharmed.

    “I warned the men about the danger of their actions, but my advice fell on deaf ears because Kanyama shouted, telling me that I am disturbing his angels, and urged them to continue filling the grave, saying that he would later come out alive,”Taderera said.

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  • BBC is 'too Christian' and 'could broadcast Muslim prayers' to reflect growing multi-culturalism


    The BBC’s religious output is too Christian, an internal review by the Corporation has concluded, opening the way for more programmes on other faiths.

    A report by Aaqil Ahmed, the BBC’s head of religion and ethics, has suggested Muslim, Hindu and Sikh faiths should get more airtime.

    One Muslim leader suggested the review could lead to Friday prayers from a mosque being broadcast in the same way that Christian church services currently feature in the BBC’s schedules.

    The report is now being considered by Lord Hall, the director general, who could make changes to make religious output less “disproportionate”, the Sunday Times (£) reported.

    Mr Ahmed told a Commons meeting on religious literacy he had written a report for Lord Hall that would answer criticisms from non-Christian faiths that they were under-served.


    Mr Ahmed said in a statement: “Christianity remains the cornerstone of our output and there are more hours dedicated to it than there are to other faiths.

    “Our output in this area is not static, though.

    “It has evolved over the years and we regularly assess it."

    He added: “We do look at the number of hours we produce, and measure that against the religious make-up of society.”

    The number of Muslims in Britain has doubled in a decade to three million.

    Ibrahim Mogra, of the Muslim Council of Britain, said the BBC could televise Friday prayers from a mosque and extend coverage of Eid.

    But he added: "We would not wish Christians to have any less exposure."

    The BBC's religious output on television includes Songs of Praise and Sunday Morning Live, while radio also features a wide range of religious content including Thought for the Day on Radio Four’s Today programme.



    Asked whether greater coverage of other faiths could lead to cuts in Christian coverage, a BBC spokesman said it was too early to say which programmes were safe but added that Songs of Praise would be secure.

    "We ... are actually intending to do more programming around Christianity and more on other faiths as well, so there is absolutely no question of an 'either or' on our output," he added.

    Mr Ahmed's appointment in 2009 was controversial because of allegations he had shown a pro-Islam bias in his previous role at Channel 4.

    Source:—  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/15/bbc-is-too-christian-and-could-broadcast-muslim-prayers-to-refle/

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  • Birth control during the early stages of marriage



    Question: Is it impermissible to prevent a pregnancy for a period of two years at the beginning of a marriage, so long as both husband and wife are in agreement with this, such that they can both see whether they [are compatible] to continue with the marriage or not?

    Response: This is not impermissible, however it is better not to prevent [a pregnancy], and they should join together in good and have good suspicion [about their affairs] in [the Hands of] Allaah.


    Reference: Fataawa Mu’aasirah – Page 80
    al-Mowsoo’ah – 3767

     Source- Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-’Uthaymeen 

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  • London buses to carry 'praise Allah' adverts during Ramadan


    London buses will carry adverts praising Allah as part of a drive by Britain’s biggest Muslim charity to help victims of the Syrian civil war during Ramadan.

    Islamic Relief said it hoped the posters, which bear the words “Subhan Allah”, meaning “Glory be to God” in Arabic, will portray Islam and international aid in a positive light.

    The adverts will be carried in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leicester and Bradford later this month.

    Charity leaders hope it will encourage generous donations during the religious festival, which is expected to begin on June 6.

    Organisers added they hoped the campaign will help young Muslims to focus on humanitarian work.

    Imran Madden, the UK director of Islamic Relief, said: “In a sense this could be called a climate change campaign because we want to change the negative climate around international aid and around the Muslim community in this country. 

    "International aid has helped halve the number of people living in extreme poverty in the past 15 years, and British Muslims are an incredibly generous community who give over £100 million to international aid charities in Ramadan.”

    It comes as London has just elected Sadiq Khan as the city’s first Muslim mayor following an historic victory over Tory candidate Zac Goldsmith.

    The capital is home to about half of Britain's estimated three million Muslims. 

    Transport for London, which regulates the advertisements appearing on the city’s buses, does not allow posters linked to a “political party or campaign” but does not prevent religious ads.

    Former mayor Boris Johnson scrapped adverts by a Christian charity on buses after it was accused of claiming to “cure” g** people.


    Source-  http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/london-buses-to-carry-praise-allah-adverts-during-ramadan-a3243026.html

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