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Muslim Fined £170 in Switzerland for Saying 'Allahu Akbar' in Public

SCHAFFHAUSEN, Switzerland – A young Muslim man has been fined 210 Swiss francs, or £170, for saying ‘Allahu Akbar’ in public to express shock at seeing his friend, Daily Mail reported. As Orhan E., 22, made the exclamation, police in the city of Schaffhausen stopped and charged him with causing a public nuisance, local newspaper …

Switzerland Catching Up with Demand for Muslim Pastoral Care

ZURICH – As Switzerland’s population becomes ever more diverse, the demand for relevant pastoral care, especially for Muslim citizens, is growing. But the central European country still has some catching up to do to match the availability in other countries, Expatica Switzerland reported on October 18. “Because of the many life situations in which psychological support …

Muslim Activist Promises to Pay Fines for Swiss Niqabi Women

ST. GALLEN – Paying thousands of euros as a fine for Muslim women donning niqab, French-Algerian businessman Rachid Nekkaz has promised to assist the concerned Muslim women in St Gallen, a Swiss canton which voted for the ban of the outfit last week. Nekkaz arrived in St Gallen’s capital city on Wednesday, accompanied by a …

Swiss Canton Voters Back Burqa Ban

ST. GALLEN – The canton of St Gallen in northeastern Switzerland has become the second in the European country to vote in favor of banning burqa in public in a referendum held on Sunday, September 23. Sixty-seven percent of the electorates in the German-speaking canton supported a law that allows police to fine anyone covering …

Swiss Imam, Rabbi Awarded First Dialogue Prize

VIENNA – Imam Muris Begovic and Rabbi Noam Hertig have been honored for their commitment to the religious exchange between Jewish and Muslim communities in Switzerland. Given to recognize people’s contributions to social cohesion, the prize is awarded by the Swiss Federation of Jewish Communities (SIG) and the Platform of Liberal Jews in Switzerland (PLJS), …

Swiss Muslims Vow to Set Private Schools

Members of the Swiss Muslim community are rallying to create their own private schools a few days after Europe’s rights court ruling made mixed-gender swimming classes compulsory.

Court Forces Swiss Muslim Girls to Swim with Boys

Muslim parents will be forced to send their girls to mixed swimming classes with boys after Europe’s rights top court ruled against a Turkish-Swiss couple who argued the classes violated their beliefs.

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