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Mosques & Markets
Germany: Munich Airport opens Muslim Prayer Room in Terminal 1
Thursday, 26 May 2011 20:18
Munich Airport has officially opened a newly completed Muslim prayer room in Terminal 1. Last year alone, routes to the Near East accounted for some 870,000 arriving and departing passengers at Munich Airport, and the traffic continues to increase.
Serving as a gateway to the Middle East is Module C in Terminal 1, where airlines such as Emirates, Etihad Airways and Oman Air offer flights to major centers in the region.
In addition to signage in German, English and Arabic, the food services in departure area feature halal menu selections. The prayer room now completes the facilities.
Reflections on positive contributions of Muslims to pressing local issues.
Sunday, 29 August 2010 14:48
Solutions to urban problems?
by Yasin Alder
In major western cities, divergent social and economic forces are leading to the breakup of community cohesion. With a change in attitude, Muslim communities could have something to offer.
A typical Mosque & Market scene
Two years ago, the largest mosque in Germany at that time was opened in Duisburg. The building in Duisburg-Marxloh received considerable attention, not only because of its size, but also because its construction was relatively conflict-free. What impact could the construction of mosques have on western cities and what does the Muslim population have to offer in these areas?
Contest for the most beautiful Minarets in Europe
Monday, 15 February 2010 20:46
The Swiss referendum, which banned the minarets, not only questions the presence of the Muslim minorities in the society but in reality is a severe blow to the Judeo-Christian traditions of tolerance and goodwill. The advocates of the ban disregarded the fact that Muslim communities have always participated actively and contributed in all areas of progress and development of the society.
The minarets as an integral part of the mosques have been very visible in the European landscape for centuries, going back to the times of Moors in Spain, Ottomans in the Balkans and more recently due to the arrival of migrants and refugees from Muslim countries.
Fifth Islamic Festival in Mértola, Portugal
Sunday, 07 June 2009 00:00
For the fifth time in the last ten years the municipality of the Portuguese town of Mértola held the "Islamic Festival" on 21, 22, 23 and 24 May, in cooperation with the Islamic Community in Spain, one of the founding members of the European Muslim Union.
This festival, which takes place every two years represents a wonderful opportunity to make Islam better known and understood to the Portuguese people.
Market and Exhibition in Norwich, Norfolk, UK
Tuesday, 19 May 2009 20:20
The month of May saw a colourful event take place in the city of Norwich, in the East of England. One of the members of the EMU, the Islamic Community of Norwich, in conjunction with the Open Trade Network, a Norwich-based organisation, which aims to promote an alternative model of trade by actively supporting local and independent producers and businesses, organised a two-day market in the city centre. The event was organised on the principle of a free market: stallholders were not charged a fee for space.
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