Pork-free vaccine wins cheers from Hajj pilgrims

(RNS) The nearly 3 million Muslims who will make next week’s annual hajj pilgrimage to the sacred Saudi Arabian city of Mecca are required to be vaccinated against meningitis. Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis claims to have developed, in 2010, the first anti-meningitis vaccine without pork, which Muslims are forbidden to consume under Islamic law. Many […]

Read more | Comments Off on Pork-free vaccine wins cheers from Hajj pilgrims

Shariah or not, Muslim divorces can get tricky

(RNS) Islamic marriages typically include a basic marriage contract — but when it comes time to divorce, some judges see the dowry as a simple contract, others as a prenuptial agreement, and others as a strictly religious matter in which they don’t want to get involved. By Omar Sacirbey.

Read more | Comments Off on Shariah or not, Muslim divorces can get tricky

Survey: Syrian rebels seek Islamic democracy

(RNS) Members of the Syrian opposition generally want a democratic government that protects the rights of minorities, though many also want a constitution based on Islam, according to a recent survey. By Oren Dorell.

Read more | Comments Off on Survey: Syrian rebels seek Islamic democracy

Oregon mosque under FBI scrutiny says it’s being pushed to adopt Americanized Islam

PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS) The largest mosque in Oregon stands out for its traditional focus and charismatic imam. The imam has been at the center of a mysterious FBI probe, and he's suing over being placed on a no-fly list. Many at the mosque suspect the government is trying to harass people into a more westernized Islam. By Helen Jung.

Read more | Comments Off on Oregon mosque under FBI scrutiny says it’s being pushed to adopt Americanized Islam

Kansas bans Shariah, Muslims eye legal fight

(RNS) Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a bill preventing judges from considering foreign law in their deliberations, a move that Muslim groups say is a direct and unnecessary assault on Shariah, or Islamic law. By Lauren Markoe.

Read more | Comments Off on Kansas bans Shariah, Muslims eye legal fight

Study says U.S. Muslims don’t want Shariah either

Omar Sacirbey |

 (RNS) When asked whether they thought American courts should apply Shariah to non-Muslims in the legal system, all of the respondents answered no. Just three of the 41 imams said they wanted parallel Shariah tribunals where Muslims could handle civil issues like marriage, divorce, and inheritance. By Omar Sacirbey.

Read more | Comments Off on Study says U.S. Muslims don’t want Shariah either