‘To have Tomi Reichental (above)  in the mosque this Friday during Ramadan will not only send out a strong message of peace and dialogue to people of all faiths, but at the same time highlight the essential fundamental principles of Islam.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Ramadan is the month of the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food, drink and other sensual pleasures from break of dawn to sun(...)

The board of directors of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority have banned  all ‘issue-oriented’ advertising after being asked to run a subway ad featuring a cartoon depiction of the Prophet Muhammad. Photograph: Getty Images

The Washington transit system has suspended all “issue-oriented” advertising after being asked to run a subway ad featuring a cartoon depiction of the(...)

People participate in a rally by anti-Islam movement Pegida with Germany flags and flags which were proposed by German resistance fighter Josef Wirmer as a national flag in 1944, in Dresden, Germany. Photograph: Matthias Hiekel/EPA

German authorities said on Wednesday they had arrested four members of a far-right terrorist group on suspicion of plotting to attack Islamic extremis(...)

 Police, fearing that the gunmen’s car might contain an explosive device, dispatched a bomb squad and evacuated the Curtis Culwell Centre in Garland, Texas and nearby businesses. Photograph: Larry Smith/EPA 1:20

Police and FBI have searched the Arizona apartment of one of two gunmen shot dead on Sunday after they allegedly opened fire outside a Texas exhibit o(...)

‘It is important for us at this time of great sadness to stand together and process this horrific incident in a way that is fair and reasonable.’ Above, flowers are left close to the ‘Charlie Hebdo’  offices on a day of mourning following a terrorist attack at the  building in January. Photograph: Marc Piasecki/Getty Images

Every Muslim has been in utter shock since the senseless, appalling and cowardly attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris two months ago. This horrific attack(...)

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas. Photograph: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has ordered an investigation into a cartoon apparently depicting the Prophet Muhammad in an official Palestinian n(...)

 Saudi blogger Raef Badawi has had the second round of his public flogging postponed on medical grounds, Amnesty International said. Photograph: AFP PHOTO/FAMILY HO

Saudi Arabia plans to delay the public flogging of a rights activist on medical grounds for a second time, Amnesty International said, raising the po(...)

A Muslim protester holds a placard reading “Islam” and another one holds one reading “For peace and against terrorism” during a demonstration outside Atocha Station in Madrid against the recent Paris Charlie Hebdo attacks . Photograph: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

Imagine an attempt to ban the veneration of the Prophet Muhammad. Go further and imagine a plan to level his tomb in Medina, the second holiest sit(...)

‘There is the danger that in conceding that freedoms can rightly be limited we turn the discussion into one in which we are considering how much the victim of an attack on freedom of speech like Charlie Hebdo was to blame for its own fate.’ Above, a woman holds a placard   in front of the French embassy in Rome. Photograph:  Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

“Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.” – John Milton, AreopagiticaIt is an uncomfo(...)

Iraqi security forces  take part in an intensive security deployment against Islamic State militants in Ramadi, west of Baghdad, earlier this week. Photograph: Reuters

At least nine people have been killed after militants attacked a police station in an Iraqi village north of Baghdad.The attack started at dawn with a(...)