1. Thousands of Muslims in China protest against government's decision to demolish a huge new mosque “they had paid to build”
Thousands of Muslims have been gathering at a mosque in north-west China to protest its planned demolition in a rare public pushback.
A large crowd of Hui people, a Muslim ethnic minority, began congregating at the towering Grand Mosque in the town of Weizhou, Ningxia on Thursday, before the Friday deadline of the demolition.
Construction of the mosque was just completed last year cost one million yuan (£114,000), which was entirely paid by local Hui residents, according to sources.
Chinese Muslim protest halts plan to demolish new mosque
2. Suicide bomber tries to attack a Coptic Christian church in Egypt only to blow himself to pieces when security guards approach
A suicide attack against a Coptic Christian church north of Cairo failed today when the bomber blew himself up when security guards approached him.
The man had been walking among churchgoers, while wearing an explosives belt, and tried to enter the building in the Mostorod district in Qaliubiya province.
But heightened security around the church prevented him from reaching his intended target, state media and security sources said.
Egypt: Police thwart suicide bomber near Coptic Church
Police thwarted suicide attacker outside of Coptic Christian church in Qalyubiyah, a governorate north of Cairo on Saturday.
SOT, Owner of kiosk close to attack site (Arabic): 'My Kiosk is directly opposite to the bridge where the explosion took place, we [my customers and I] were sitting here and suddenly we have heard a loud explosion. We checked out the explosion site and we found a corpse on the ground, then the security men came and collected the remains and limbs of the corpse, then they cordoned off the place, and they dispersed the crowd until the Security Director and the governor arrived.
3. Thousands of conservative Muslims protest Tunisia gender equality report
Thousands of conservative Muslims marched from Tunisia's capital of Tunis to Bardo on Saturday, as part of a protest against a government report on gender equality.
The report by the Commission of Individual Liberties and Equality proposes, among other things, the legalisation of homosexuality and making the sexes equal in inheritance matters.
The commission was put in place a year ago by President Beji Caid Essebsi.
The protest - organised by the National Coordination for the Defence of the Quran - remained largely calm and without incident, despite the high passions felt by Tunisia's religious right over the issues.
4. France: French police hunt driver who rammed mosque
LILLE, France (Reuters) - French police on Sunday searched for a driver who rammed his car through the front doors of a mosque in a suburb of Lille in northern France, a police source said.
No one was injured in the incident which occurred at about midnight. [...]
“The car broke through the doors of the Al Wifaq mosque,” the police source told Reuters.
An official in the local prefecture told regional newspaper Voix Du Nord that the incident did not appear to be “racially” motivated.
5. LEVY: Masked anti-hate demonstrators show no love at Toronto rally
They claimed to be protesting at Nathan Phillips Square on a sizzling Saturday afternoon to “stop the hate” of anti-Islamic groups.
But as it became clear to the unruly, ill-mannered protesters that the target of their anger was not showing up, they turned their hate towards the police and the media, most particularly the Toronto Sun.
The few hundred Antifa-like demonstrators — many wearing red and black bandannas over their faces to hide their identities — had come well-prepared on the first anniversary of the Charlottesville riots to engage in a counter protest against the Calgary-based Worldwide Coalition Against Islam (WCAI) organization.
VIDEO: Toronto Against Racism Rally Not So Peaceful
6. Bishop calls for burka ban: Pakistani-born Church of England cleric voices support for outlawing veil in public
A senior Church of England bishop last night called for a near-total ban on the wearing of burkas in public.
The former Bishop of Rochester, Michael Nazir-Ali, said burkas and niqabs should be outlawed in a wide range of situations where people interact, including in hospitals, GP surgeries, universities and schools.
The cleric said a ban should also extend to areas where there were legitimate security and safety concerns, such as at airports or while driving a car. However, he said it was acceptable for women to wear face veils at home, while in the street and at prayer.
7. CBC: NCCM Rep. discusses CRA revocation of Ottawa mosque's charitable status
August 10, 2018 | NCCM Executive Director Ihsaan Gardee discussed the CRA's revocation of an Ottawa-area mosque's charitable status.
(Spoiler Alert: The Mosque intends to appeal the CRA’s decision)
8. Paul Sperry calls out “sharia compliant” mugshots of alleged terrorist training camp co-conspirators
WTH? Why did the Taos County Sheriff's Office let the female alleged co-conspirators of Siraj Ibn Wahhaj keep their hijabs on for their criminal mugshots? Obscuring hair, other physical ID a problem for security, BOLOS, etc. Since when have arrest bookings been sharia-compliant? pic.twitter.com/3jIagKH9WZ— Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) August 10, 2018
9. US considering permanent cutbacks at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey
Friction between the United States and Turkey may be scaling back the U.S. footprint at the strategically important Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey.
The U.S. military has curbed combat operations flying out of Incirlik and permanent cutbacks could be in the works, the Wall Street Journal has reported.
Although the base has been a critical launching pad for the air campaign against the Islamic State, the opposing objectives of the U.S. government and that of Turkish President Recep Erdogan have driven the two NATO allies apart.
Erdogan has focused his efforts away from ISIS’ remaining strongholds and towards the Kurdish enclave in Afrin, Syria, against the wishes of U.S. officials. The enclave houses Kurdish militias that Turkey views as allies of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, a separatist group within Turkey. [...]
While Turkey didn’t impose any formal restrictions on the use of the base, American officials told the Wall Street Journal that flying out of there has become difficult, as the base is constantly held as a leverage point by Turkish authorities.
For example, two American officials said Turkey has at times requested the U.S. suspend operations on the runway, sometimes halting sorties for more than a day, according to the Wall Street Journal.
10. Imam Siraj Wahaj: “Muslims ought to get involved in politics to bring about our collective agenda”
The New York Imam who was “baffled by his sons arrest in New Mexico child abuse case”, speaks at an event in Kansas City in 1990 called “The Call of Islam in America and the Perception of America to it.” (Full video of event can be seen HERE)
A collection of videos including others featuring Imam Siraj Wahaj: