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Durham University plans new centre of Islamic finance 

Country/Region: United Kingdom, Europe  
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Durham University is planning to open a new doctoral training centre for Islamic finance and business.

The launch of the Durham Centre of Islamic Economics and Finance will build on the popularity of the Durham Islamic Finance Summer School, which began this month, and will increase the prominence of Islamic studies at the University.

 
Country/Region: Australia  
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Western Muslims urged to join Middle Eastern uprising

Muslims in Australia and Britain are being urged to join the uprisings that have toppled regimes across the Middle East, renounce moderate forms of the religion and to reject democracy, at conferences sponsored by an Islamist organisation.

 
Country/Region: United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, France, Netherlands, United States  
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Operation Nehemiah: News and Prayer Update #28

Dutch MP cleared of "hate speech" charges for comments on Islam;
US high school censors Christian testimony in graduation speech;
One in four UK state schools failing to teach RE to over-14s;
Delta Air Lines accused of discriminatory business deal;
Export crisis prompts calls for halal training centre in Australia;
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Country/Region: Australia  
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Export crisis prompts calls for halal training centre in Australia

Australia's leading Muslim body calls for government funded halal training centre after suspended live exports to Indonesia due to concerns over halal slaughter method.

 
Country/Region: United States, Saudi Arabia  
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Delta Air Lines accused of discriminatory business deal

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) has demanded that Delta Air Lines ends its partnership with Saudi Arabian Airlines after claiming that the latter has discriminatory policies.

 
Country/Region: United Kingdom, Europe  
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Staffordshire schools ban Gideon Bibles

Religious Education is at risk of disappearing from many schools, with one in four failing to teach it to children aged between 14 and 16.

 
Country/Region: United States  
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US high school censors Christian testimony in graduation speech

A high-school graduate was forbidden by his school from delivering nearly half his graduation speech, in which he explained how Jesus had changed his life.

 
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    • Churches in Christian-majority Burundi are facing the unfamiliar situation of political restriction by their own government because of a new law passed in August that requires each church to have at least 500 members and a proper building. Congregations have a year in which to comply with the new regulations. Although intended to reduce some scandalous practices, the law is strangely reminiscent of the strict regimes of Central Asia. Pray that religious liberty will be maintained in Burundi, both for Christians and for the small minorities who follow other religions. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed 12 hours ago

    • Pray for eight Cameroonian missionaries who have been harshly reminded of the cost of sharing the Gospel in their country during a training seminar to equip them for ministry. Barnabas had helped to fund a series of seminars, and on the final day of the last seminar they heard that Jean-Marcel Kesvere, another Cameroonian missionary, who had been planning to attend the seminar with his wife, had been kidnapped by Boko Haram and that his body had been found earlier that day. Give thanks for the response of the missionaries, who expressed their willingness to suffer similarly for Christ, and pray that their work will bear much fruit (John 12:24). Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Thu, Oct 2014 00:00

    • Please pray for Christians in northern Cameroon, where Boko Haram is terrorising people, especially Christians and security forces, just as in neighbouring Nigeria. The Islamist militants openly declare themselves to be Boko Haram, and issue threats by letter, including to pastors telling them they must leave. Two pastors were killed in the village of Assigashia on the night of 25-26 August, hich has caused great distress and consternation. The Cameroonian Christians ask for prayer that God will bring peace and security, that the kidnapped will be released, that believers will stand firm despite being targeted, that God will comfort the traumatised, and that church leaders will know how to prepare their people for persecution. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Wed, Oct 2014 00:00

    • “The cathedral in Damaturu now has only about 40 members instead of 450 members. The church in Potiskum now has only about 15 members instead of 500 members… the southern part of [Yobe state] is still very dangerous and most of the churches here have closed down.” A senior church leader in Nigeria wrote to Barnabas Fund in August about the impact on the Church of Boko Haram’s violence. Nevertheless Christians were still holding worship services every Sunday, discipling the young people and even commissioning pastors. Praise God for such perseverance, and pray that a Christian presence and witness may remain in north-east Nigeria. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Tue, Oct 2014 00:00

    • Heavenly Father, we pray to You for our Christian brothers and sisters in north-eastern Nigeria, who are so vulnerable in the face of attacks by Boko Haram militants. We remember especially those who used to live in Madagali, in Adamawa state, until their town was seized by Boko Haram two months ago. We think of those who were betrayed into the hands of Boko Haram by their neighbours pointing out Christian homes or places where Christians had hidden. We bring before You those who saw their menfolk beheaded, and women forcibly converted to Islam. We cry out to You to intervene and bring an end to the murderous attacks by Boko Haram. We pray for all the thousands of Nigerian Christians who have suffered in similar attacks that they will not lose hope or faith in You, but will know Your peace which passes understanding. Subscribe to the prayer points rss feed Mon, Oct 2014 00:00

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