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Dialogue "We hope these meetings will build a dialogue and better understanding," said Maizar.
Swiss Mosques Open for Non-Muslims Islam & News Agencies Many Swiss non-Muslims welcomed the initiative and flocked to the nearby mosques to get first-hand experience with Muslims.The initiative comes ahead of a controversial vote on whether to ban the construction of minarets in the country.People will vote on November 29 on a referendum spearheaded by the far-right Swiss People’s Party (SVP) to ban the building of new minarets.(Google) CAIRO – Hundreds of people in the US state of Hawaii have celebrated the island’s first Islam Day in recognition of the rich religious, scientific and cultural contribution of the Muslim world. It’s long overdue,” Hakim Ouansafi, president of the Muslim Association of Hawaii, told the Honolulu Advertiser on Friday, September 25.“It's a day of celebrating our commonality, a day of people of faith and no faith to get together and talk story." Hundreds of people packed the Mc Coy Pavilion at Ala Moana Beach Park on Thursday to celebrate Hawaii's Islam Day.(Reuters) GENEVA — Swiss Muslims are opening up mosques across the European country to non-Muslims to enhance dialogue and clear misconceptions ahead of a controversial vote on minarets ban.
"To me it means opening myself up to others, to tell them that we as Muslims open our doors to you.
The BBC's Imogen Foulkes, who visited a mosque in Zurich, says he and many non-Muslims enjoyed the experience.
"Our existence is reality, but we want the reality to be enriching," said the Muslim woman participating in the open day event. c=Article_C&cid=1256909801166&pagename=Zone-English-News/NWELayout Nearly one quarter of world’s population is Muslim, says report Updated: Thursday, October 08, 2009 GMT—AM/EST Washington, 8 October (Washington TV)—The world’s Muslim population stands at 1.57 billion, meaning that nearly one in four people in the world practice Islam, according to a report released on Wednesday.
The SVP claims minarets are a symbol of Shari'ah and are thus incompatible with the Swiss legal system.
The proposed ban has caused an outcry in Switzerland, with the government denouncing it as unconstitutional and discriminatory.
Switzerland is home to some 400,000 Muslims and Islam is the second religion in the country after Christianity.