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Islamic scholars meeting urges ‘extremists’ to repent PDF Print

Posted: 2 April 2010

Region: International

It is often claimed in the West that religious scholars and intellectuals among Muslim communities do not condemn terrorism, extremism and violence committed on the name of Islam.

The fact is that there have been many public statements, condemnations and religious decrees against suicide bombings and terrorism but unfortunately, the Western media often is either unaware of such efforts or choose not to cover them.

The latest example is the meeting which took place in Medina, Saudi Arabia, from 29 March - 1 April 2010, where 500 top religious scholars from Muslim countries participated in a four-day Islamic conference and condemned all acts of terrorism wherever they take place and whoever is behind them. Scholars also criticized the harm inflicted on unarmed civilians and civilian facilities under the pretext of combating terrorism.

For a full report from on the conference, by the Daily Times Pakistani newspaper click here

An MDI trainee’s impressions of London expressed on her blog PDF Print

Posted on: March 16, 2010

Location: Worldwide

Follow the link below to read - in Arabic only - an impression from one of MDI's journalist trainees during her study visit to London during the last week of February 2010.  Dalia El-Akkad is a young Egyptian journalist from El-Shorouk daily independent newspaper in Egypt. She was invited by MDI to London after writing a distinguished article about the suffering of people with leprosy and their families in Egypt.

Anti-terrorism fatwa launched in London PDF Print

Date: 2 March 2010

Country: UK

A comprehensive fatwa prohibiting terrorism and suicide bombing was issued by Shaikh Dr Tahir ul-Qadri, the founder of the international Minhaj-ul-Quran movement, on 2 March 2010, at a press conference in London, organised by the Quilliam Foundation. Minhaj-ul-Quran is a major grass-roots organisation with hundreds of thousands of followers in South Asia and the UK.

The 600-page fatwa is arguably the most comprehensive theological refutation of Islamist terrorism to date. For more details, please contact Shahid Mursaleen from Minhaj-ul-Quran at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or (+44) (0)7786 312 089.

Film on Palestinian’s and Israeli’s working together receives international acclaim PDF Print

Posted on: 23 December, 2009

Location: Dubai

Last week, the Just Vision team presented their new feature documentary film, Budrus, at the Dubai International Film Festival. The documentary debut had a great success and a great impact on the audience.

Budrus Director - Julia Bacha, participated in an illustrious panel alongside acclaimed Hollywood executive Mike Medavoy.

Fight against discrimination – TV Spot PDF Print

Posted on: 18 December 2009

Region: Worldwide

A new television appeal highlighting the fight against discrimination is now available in five languages (English, French, German, Italian, Russian). The 30 second film, produced in the framework of the 'Speak Out Against Discrimination' campaign, underlines the view that discrimination occurs regardless of skin colour, gender or age and that it is in everyone's interest to challenge prejudice directly. The TV spot will be translated into most European languages and distributed across the 47 Council of Europe’s member states.

Call for articles: the role which informal education plays in shaping Israeli and Palestinian perspectives PDF Print

Deadline: 22 December, 2009

Region: worldwide

Common Ground News Service Middle East, is compiling a series of opinion pieces to critically and constructively examine the effect of informal education on Israeli and Palestinian perspectives. With a special emphasis on all forms of mass media - television, films, radio, printed materials, the internet in general and social media in particular (facebook, twitter etc) - we encourage writers to discuss the role informal education plays in shaping Israeli and Palestinian views of their lives and their future.

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