Maulidur Rasul, dalam bahasa mudah ia disebut Hari Ulang Tahun Keputeraan Baginda Nabi Muhammad S.A.W. atau bahasa slanga Hari Jadi Nabi. Tarikhnya 12 Rabi’ul Awal Kalendar Hijrah. Tahun ini ia bersamaan Jumaat, 26 Februari.
Setiap tahun ritual atau pendekatan yang sama dilakukan. Berarak secara beramai-ramai sambil memegang sepanduk, diselangi selawat ke atas junjungan baginda. Kemudian berkumpul di stadium untuk mendengar ucapan-ucapan dan penyampaian cenderamata serta anugerah tokoh Maulidur Rasul peringkat kebangsaan. Itu acara negara. Continue reading
Daniel Streich, ahli politik Swiss, yang terkenal kerana kempen menentang pembinaan masjid di negaranya, tanpa disangka-sangka memeluk agama Islam.
Streich merupakan seorang politikus terkenal, dan dia adalah orang pertama yang mencetuskan perihal larangan kubah masjid, dan bahkan mempunyai idea untuk menutup masjid-masjid di Swiss. Dia berasal dari Parti Rakyat Swiss (SVP). Pengumuman kesaksian Streich ke agama Islam membuat heboh seluruh Switzerland. Continue reading
RENOWNED Swiss politician Daniel Streich, who rose to fame for his campaign against minarets of mosques, has embraced Islam.
A member of the Swiss People’s Party (SVP) and a well-known politician, Daniel Streich was the first man who had launched a drive for imposition of ban on mosques minarets, and to lock the mosques in Switzerland. The proclamation of Streich’s conversion to Islam has created furore in Swiss politics, besides causing a tremor for those who supported ban on construction of mosques minarets. Continue reading
BERLIN: As France has moved closer to a ban on burqas, German politicians are debating whether a similar measure was necessary in their own country, media reports said.
After a French parliamentary commission ruled earlier this week that the enveloping garment worn by some Islamic women is unacceptable and recommended a ban in schools and public offices, former Social Democratic parliamentarian, Turkish-German Lale Akgun urged for a similar ban in Germany. Continue reading
Owing to labour migration in the 1960s and several waves of political refugees since the 1970s, Islam has become a visible religion in Germany. As of 2009, there are 4.3 million Muslims (5.4% of the population). Of these, 1.9 million are German citizens (2.4%). As of 2006, about 15,000 are converts of German ancestry.
Islam is the largest minority religion in the country, with the Protestant and Roman Catholic confessions being the majority religions. The large majority of Muslims in Germany is of Turkish origin (63,2%), followed by smaller groups from Pakistan, countries of the former Yugoslavia, Arab countries, Iran and Afghanistan. Most Muslims live in Berlin and the larger cities of former West Germany. However, unlike in most other European countries, sizeable Muslim communities exist in some rural regions of Germany, especially Baden-Württemberg, Hesse and parts of Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia. Owing to the lack of labour immigration before 1989, there are only very few Muslims in the former East Germany. Continue reading
The German government’s top academic advisory panel is to call on Monday for Islamic theology to be taught at German universities in the same way as Christian and Jewish theology are.
Currently, Islamic studies in Germany mainly focus in a neutral way on history and art and only one university, at Muenster, has begun to set up a department to train school teachers to teach Islam to children.
The recommendation, the result of two years of research and debate, comes from the German Council of Science and Studies. Continue reading