London: Re-evaluation of the stereotypes concerning anti-religious propaganda is under way in Soviet academic circles. The long history of Muslim civilization, especially in Central Asia, speaks for itself. Atheism has failed. Presently, any attack on religion is not encouraged nor can it hope to succeed. Rather, in a subtle and sophisticated manner, government officials are taking care of the needs of the religious communities as long as there is no proliferation of tendencies detrimental to the present government. Mr. K. Moldobaev, the Vice Chairman of the USSR Council for Religious Affairs, has eloquently enumerated the facilities the Muslims have been given lately (see Pravda Vostoka, January 8, 91). Apart from mentioning the increase in the mosques, which according to him now stands at 1500, and preparation for the translation of the Holy Qur'an into different languages, he pointed also to the so-called democratic freedom of the official Muslim clergies who can now be elected to the Soviet parliament. But what seems to be contradictory to the democratic process is that again and again the official media has attacked the formation of the Islamic Revival Party.
The latest criticism came from Pravda Vostoka (February 1, 91) suggesting that Muslims should neither form a party nor can they belong to any political organization for it is against Islam. The Muslims are advised to be content with what is being provided by the government. Without any linkage, the daily blames the Muslim Brotherhood party for creating tension in the Muslim World and paints an image of the Islamic Party intent on establishing a theocratic regime in USSR.
The Islamic Party is seen as a threat to the new Soviet law of religion and the official religious leaders are equally raising their voice against it. Mufti Sadiq Mohammed Yusupov, Chairman of the Religious Board of Central Asia and Kazakhstan, has dismissed the party as illogical and absurd. Islam itself, according to him, is a party and the Holy Qur'an as its constitution.
Amsterdam: The Netherlands is one of the most densely populated countries in the world, with an estimated 14.6 million inhabitants in an area slightly larger than Massachusetts and Connecticut combined. The vast majority - 97% are ethnic Dutch and Christian. The Muslim community is estimated to number about 400,000 people, most of them originally "guest workers" from Turkey and Morocco. Smaller numbers came from Indonesia and Suriname, countries with former colonial connections to Holland, and from Pakistan. There are also those who have newly embraced Islam - mostly Dutch women who have married Muslims - as well as the so-called "second generation": Dutch-born children of the Muslim immigrants.
Singapore: The World's first ever Muslim food and technology exhibition will be held in August. The show named as International Muslim Food Exhibition (IMFEX), is being organized by the Singapore-Malay Chamber of Commerce.
Hajji Abdul Kadir Hajji Elias Ali, Vice President of the Chamber said the exhibition would raise awareness about the business potential for trade in Halal (lawful) food products, the only kind of food Muslims can consume. He pointed out that nearly one billion Muslims in the world consumed an estimated $60 billion worth of Halal food last year. Singapore's export of the Halal food products to the Middle East increased by 30% in 1988 to $124 million.
Halal food products have been a major area of concern for the International community of Muslims. Western food companies have been hitherto exporting food prepared out of several religiously prohibited ingredients to the Muslim nations. However, most Muslim countries now insist on proper slaughter of the animals for meat purpose and avoidance of lard, gelatin, and similar derivatives from their food products.
New York: The New York Times quoting the head of the Mosques Council in USA reports that Islam has become the most popular religion among Black Americans.
Six million of them, most of Asian and African origins have accepted Islam. At least a million Black Americans have become Muslims. It is the fastest growing religion in the U.S. The Black Muslims are mostly from cities like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit and Ohio. The Muslims have established several Islamic Centers and over 500 mosques all over the U.S. Black Muslims have been very active in propagating the Islamic Dahwah (open invitation.) In New York State alone there are 112 mosques today compared to three back in 1953. Islam is flourishing in the US which it an encouraging phenomenon.
New York: On June 25th, Siraj Wahaj, the Imam of Masjid al-Taqwa, in Brooklyn, New York, offered the daily prayer at the House of Representatives on the Capitol Hill yesterday. Imam Wahaj prayed and called upon The Almighty God to guide the U.S. leaders...and grant them righteousness and wisdom.
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