A Reuters investigation of Indonesia‘s banking and finance sector revealed that an increasing number of Muslims employed in that sector are “quitting traditional banks” citing concerns of incompatibility with Islamic law.
Former Minister of European Affairs of Portugal, Bruno Macaes, stated that Islam “is part of European history and culture,” adding that “it’s not a foreign religion, it is a part of ourselves, and can help restore some diversity, vibrancy to Europe.”
The government of Uzbekistan recently recalled around 1,500 Uzbek students pursuing Islamic studies in Egypt – a move that some critics have described as state control over religious freedom.
Two Muslim clerics in the Uttar Pradesh state in northern India were arrested on charges of violating the state’s “Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Act.”
Mohamed Iyaz, Islamic scholar and assistant professor at the Maldives National University, was suspended and criticized by Maldivian colleagues and lawmakers for supporting female genital mutilation.
A Malaysian government task force recently sought to criminalize defaming Islam by “promoting the LGBT lifestyle” on social media.
Wahed Inc., described as one of the world’s leading Islamic fintech companies, announced that it was seeking to expand into the United Kingdom.