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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 …

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 …

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World Cup 2018: Goal Celebrations Spread Joy and Controversy

KALININGRAD – Cross your palms to represent the feathers of the Albanian eagle. That’s how the Swiss duo, Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri, celebrated after scoring 2-1 winning goals against Serbia on June 22, symbolising the Albanian flag. This loss has put Serbia at the risk of an early exit from the tournament, given its …

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.

Swiss Muslim Players Star in Euro 2016

A galaxy of Muslim players in the Swiss squad are challenging Europsceptic and anti-immigrants’ sentiments, in a country where minarets ban raised anti-Muslim emotions for months.

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