“Your smile is charity” ads in Austria
Taking the Prophet’s ﷺ words as its motto, the Islamic Federation in Vienna’s most recent campaign aims at introducing the values of Islam by way of promoting social harmony, warmth and service for the general benefit.
This initiative, which has been running for the past seven years under different campaigns, is seen in Austria as a call for solidarity and tolerance, as well as a contribution to multiculturalism.
A Saudi father pardoned his son’s killer if he successfully memorized the Holy Quran, a local newspaper reported on Saturday.
Rabi’a al-Dousary, father of the slain young man named Abdullah, promised to pardon the convicted felon, Faisal al-Ameri, if he successfully memorized all of the Holy Quran before leaving prison, al-Yawm Saudi newspaper reported.
Ameri was sentenced to death for killing Dousary during a quarrel that erupted in their neighborhood.
The Higher Committee of Correction in the Eastern Province of the Kingdom has persuaded the father to forgive and pardon Ameri.
The father, who refused to receive any blood money, to teach the Ameri a far more valuable lesson, insisted on one condition: the killer to fully memorize the Quran before his acquittal from prison
Turkey lifts ban on headscarves in schools
“Let’s allow everyone to dress their child as they wish, according to their means,” — Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister of Turkey
Photograph: Kerim Okten/EPA
‘My Jihad’ Bus Ads Debut In Chicago
A new ad campaign debuted this week in Chicago that’s sure to turn some heads.
On Monday, 25 CTA buses began sporting ads from “My Jihad,” a new educational campaign introduced by the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Chicago chapter (CAIR-Chicago).
Founded by Ahmed Rehab, CAIR-Chicago executive director, the campaign was conceived as a response to the anti-Islam ad campaign created by conservative blogger Pamela Geller, who ran a series of controversial “Defeat Jihad” ads on city buses last month.
The goal of the campaign, Rehab explained, is “reclaiming Jihad from the Muslim and anti-Muslim extremists who ironically, but not surprisingly, see eye to eye on Jihad,” according to a CAIR statement.
The literal meaning of Jihad, according to the BBC, is “struggle or effort” — not simply a “holy war” waged on behalf of Islam. It is a central doctrine of the Islamic faith.
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