Syrian army declares 72-hour ceasefire amid Eid al-Fitr festival

The Guardian World news: Islam - 6 July, 2016 - 14:26

Statement does not specify whether truce applies to action against Islamic extremists but US secretary of state welcomes move

The Syrian army said it was observing a 72-hour ceasefire across the country coinciding with the festival marking the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

“A ‘regime of silence’ is applied across all territory of the Syrian Arab Republic for 72 hours from 1am on 6 July to midnight on 8 July,” the army said on Wednesday in a statement republished by official media.

Related: Some Syrian opposition groups as vicious as Assad, says Amnesty

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Muslims report discrimination in prisons as fear of ‘extremism’ grows | David Batty

The Guardian World news: Islam - 6 July, 2016 - 07:29

Inmates who practise their Islamic faith in jail are being targeted as suspicious, new research finds

Over the past year a spate of headlines has warned of the threat of Islamist extremism infecting the prison system, with claims by senior politicians that high security jails have become terrorist training camps. However, new research has found no evidence to support this, and warns that a preoccupation with radicalisation is warping perceptions of prisoners’ behaviour and relationships. Similarly, ex-offenders contend that institutional Islamophobia results in prison officers perceiving Muslim prisoners who adhere to their faith as inherently suspicious.

Related: Prevent strategy 'could end up promoting extremism'

We grow our beards in prison because it’s a mission to get your hands on a razor

Related: Police log fivefold rise in race-hate complaints since Brexit result

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Three lesson ideas for teaching your class about Eid al-Fitr

The Guardian World news: Islam - 6 July, 2016 - 07:00

From baking Eid cookies to Skype chats with other classrooms who are celebrating, there are many ways to bring the festival to life for your students

As fasting in the holy month of Ramadan draws to a close, some 1.6 billion Muslim people around the world will celebrate Eid al-Fitr on Wednesday 6 July 2016.

When translated from the Arabic, Eid al-Fitr means “festival of breaking the fast” and traditionally lasts up to three days.

Related: Ramadan – news and resources round up

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The Pauline Hanson resurgence: as a Muslim, I'm surprised it took so long | Mehreen Faruqi

The Guardian World news: Islam - 6 July, 2016 - 02:45

Racist and Islamophobic behaviours can no longer be written off as a fringe part of Australian life, or simply Muslims being oversensitive

As around half a million Muslims across Australia celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr to mark the end of Ramadan, we are confronted with the reality that the first ever explicitly anti-Muslim party MPs are set to be elected to federal parliament.

Recriminations were strong on Sunday morning as many Australians woke up to the shock news that Pauline Hanson’s One Nation was on track to be elected to the Senate, possibly with more than one seat. Questions were coming thick and fast. Did Australians drop the ball? Was this a fluke of preference flows that lead to another quirky electoral outcome? This was an embarrassment, but surely it is not symptomatic of how many Australians think and feel?

Related: Pauline Hanson's back, and the disaffection genie is well and truly out of the bottle | Katharine Murphy

Related: Pauline Hanson takes centre stage again but this time we should listen not lampoon | Margo Kingston

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Why Muslims around the world made my tweet go viral | Xeni Jardin

The Guardian World news: Islam - 5 July, 2016 - 20:49

By pushing back against the idea that Isis represent Islam, I earned the gratitude of thousands of Twitter users who’ve grown used to abuse from non-Muslims

We never know what will become of our ideas when we release them into the world. I learned this in a new way, when one of my tweets about Isis and Islam went viral on “Muslim Twitter”. The volume of response from Muslim men and women around the world (35,000 retweets and counting) isn’t what’s blowing my mind today, as I watch the tweet take on new lives of its own as it spreads. What’s awe-inspiring is what these ordinary people are saying, and what we can all learn from it.

Last Friday night just before I tucked into bed before the holiday weekend, I did something I do dozens of times a day: I tweeted a random thought that popped into my head.

Dude ISIS is bombing Muslim people in Muslim communities during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan how is ISIS Muslim no they're psychopaths

@xeni this is the first time I see anyone talking about Islam positive and he's not Muslim #Respect

Thank you @xeni for being our voice in the time of sadness. We all belong to a big Human family. ♥ ♥

@xeni Thank you for denouncing ISIS and clearly distinguishing who they are.

@xeni i love you for this. I wish more people thought like you and saw reality

@xeni Thank you for your candidness and logical words, wise people like you are sending out a message of peace ❤️

@realDonaldTrump read this and use ur brain properly.

@xeni happy 4th to you too God bless America home of the free ❤️

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Live Beyond Ramadan by the Values of Love

altmuslim - 5 July, 2016 - 20:35
This is Day 30, the last day, of the #30Days30Writers 2016 Ramadan series. By Tanzila “Taz” Ahmed Isn’t it funny how if you do something repetitively long enough, it can slowly turn into tradition? Growing up in our home, I knew that every Eid morning Mom would have a pot of sugary and squeaky roshghollas [Read More...]


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