The new criminal code, based on Sharia law, that includes such punishments as flogging, the dismemberment of limbs and stoning to death, comes into force in Brunei this month. The Sultan of Brunei approved the new code last autumn saying he wanted to introduce a full Sharia system in his country. The Voice of Russia talked to Dr. Zakaryya Abdel-Hady in Doha, an Associate professor of Islamic Thought and culture.
The self-proclaimed mastermind of the September 11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, has released a manifesto claiming that the Koran forbids the use of violence to spread Islam. The document, published Tuesday by The Huffington Post and Britain's Channel 4 News, marks Mohammed's first public communication since 2009, when the US government officially accused him of terrorism.
A German court has ruled that a 13-year-old Muslim schoolgirl should go to mixed-sex swimming lessons, after her family filed a lawsuit saying it ran contrary to Islamic principles of modesty. She was 11 when the case started, media say.
A controversial Florida pastor was arrested Wednesday before he planned to burn almost 3,000 copies of the Koran on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, US media reported.
A London-based group of Muslim women called Inclusive Mosque Initiative (IMI) is struggling to have the so-called “inclusive” Islam with mixed services, with both men and women praying together, and have women leading prayers as well as men.
The dumping of Australia's first woman prime minister Julia Gillard has paved the way for another milestone for the nation's parliament - its first frontbencher of the Muslim faith, sworn in on Monday.
An Egyptian court Saturday sentenced a Christian man to one year in prison on charges of blasphemy and insulting Islam.
A Jordanian military tribunal acquitted five university students of incitement charges on Sunday levelled over accusations they had engaged in "devil worship" and desecrated the Koran, a court official said.
A court in Bruges, Belgium has sentenced a local citizen to four months in prison for having torn a copy of Koran in front of a group of Muslims.
A UK mother convicted of beating her seven-year-old son to death after he failed to memorize passages from the Koran has been jailed for life.
A mob broke into a Pakistani police station and burnt a man accused of desecrating the Koran alive, police said Saturday, in the latest violence focusing attention on the country's blasphemy laws.
The Koran-burning Florida pastor was denied entry to Canada on Thursday. In an exclusive interview with the Voice of Russia pastor Terry Jones spoke about the incident and shared his views on the freedom of speech, Muslims and Islam.
Canadian border guards on Thursday did not allow access to the country for American preacher Terry Jones, notorious for Quran burning actions.
A US film ridiculing the Prophet Mohammed has caused extreme backlash all over the Muslim world including the killing of the US Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens. The largest attack has occurred in Egypt but the backlash from the film is still ongoing. Official Washington does not support the message in film and has closed its missions in Libya.
Disciplinary action has been taken against six US Army servicemen for burning several copies of the Koran in Afghanistan.
Tensions between Pakistan's Muslims and its minority Christian community have increased after a girl was arrested for blasphemy. The 11-year-old girl, who has Down's syndrome, could face the death penalty.
An 11-year old mentally impaired Christian girl has been arrested in Pakistan for desecrating the pages of the Koran.
A U.S. military investigation is recommending that as many as seven U.S. troops face administrative punishment, but not criminal charges, in the burning of Qurans at a U.S. base in Afghanistan in February, USA Today reported on Tuesday quoting the Associated Press.
US military investigators have advised disciplinary punishment for the seven NATO soldiers who burnt the Koran book at their base in Afghanistan four months ago.
Russia’s Republic of Tatarstan has received a remarkable gift – over 100 copies of audio versions of the Holy Quran. They were given to Tatarstan by the World Association of Assistance to Tatar Businessmen on the Islam Acceptance Day celebrated in the Republic in May.