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French Muslims

Strasbourg's Great Mosque – a tourist magnet

Source : Guardian/UK | 16 Apr 2013

One woman asked why Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting, changes dates every year. Then came a question about how Muslims calculate that the world is entering the year 1434.

The story of Maurice Bucaille’s inspiring conversion to Islam

Maurice Bucaille was born to a French parent and, like his family, he grew up a Christian. After his secondary education, he joined Faculty of Medicine, France University. Later, he became the most renowned and cleverest surgeon ever in modern France, but a story happened to change his life completely.

France Deports Imams to Protect Secularism

Source : OnIslam / 14 Dec 2012

Seeking to preserve its secular nature, the French government has enacted a new policy to deport foreign-born imams and disband faith-based groups if they are found to suffer “religious pathology”.

"The aim is not to combat opinions by force, but to detect and understand when an opinion turns into a potentially violent and criminal excess," Interior Minister Manuel Valls told a press conference cited by Reuters.

French school trains Muslim imams

By Al Arabiya | 12 Dec 2012

About 220 students from across France are learning to recite the Quran deep in the wooded hills of Burgundy.

Aspiring French imams are training students in hopes to minister to the country’s large Muslim population.

The European Institute of Human Sciences de Saint-Leger-de-Fougeret, teaches students to recite the Quran and study Islamic theology and Arabic literature.

“When I came here last year, I did not know how to read, write, or speak Arabic. Now in my second year, I am thankful to god,” said a female student.

French Muslims Sue Anti-Prophet Magazine

Source : OnIslam | 11 Dec 2012

Accusing it of provoking Muslim sensitivities, two Muslim organizations are suing a French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo after it published inflammatory cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

The drawings were “damaging to the honor and reputation of the Prophet Muhammad and the Muslim community” the complain made by the Algerian Democratic Union for Peace and Progress (RDAP) and the Organization of Arab Union was cited by France 24 on Friday, December 7.

French Muslims face job discrimination: Stanford study

By Al Arabiya | 26 Nov 2012

Muslim French citizens face job discrimination compared to their Christian peers who receive two-and-a-half times more opportunities with equal qualifications, concluded a new research conducted by Stanford political science professor David Laitin.

Published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study concluded that a Christian citizen with an African heritage is two-and-a-half times more likely to get called for a job interview than an equally qualified Muslim citizen with the same ethnic background.

Muslims call for protection after French mosque attack

Source : Agencies | 23 Oct 2012

The French Muslim Council (CFCM) urged the government on Monday to ban a far-right group that occupied a mosque on Saturday.

CFCM President Mohammed Moussaoui said the Council also wanted better protection for mosques and Muslim cemeteries against racist attacks, which he said jumped sharply in 2011 and continued to rise this year.

French court agrees permit for Marseille mosque

Source : Al Arabiya | 20 Jun 2012

An appeals court granted permission Tuesday for the building of a multi-million-euro mosque in the city of Marseille that has been touted as a symbol of Islam’s growing place in France.

The court overturned an October ruling by Marseille’s administrative tribunal that cancelled the project’s construction permit for supposed failures to meet urban-planning requirements.

Graves of Muslim soldiers desecrated in France

Source : Al Arabiya | Paris | 02 May 2012

The graves of several Muslim soldiers in a cemetery in southeastern France were desecrated over the weekend, officials said Monday. The French president called the act “a slur” on the country’s history.

France has the largest Muslim population in western Europe -- estimated at more than 5 million -- and has struggled with Islamophobia.

A killing spree by a young Frenchman of Algerian origin this year, which targeted soldiers and Jewish children, has reinvigorated the debate over the integration of Muslims in French society.

French Muslims get call to vote for president

Source : AP | Paris | 30 Apr 2012

They are France's millions-strong minority with a voice that usually falls silent at election time. But this year, there is a special new effort to mobilize French Muslims to speak up at the ballot box in Sunday's presidential race — amid a surge of Islam-bashing among the French right.

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