Ali Selim

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“It wasn’t a training camp. It was an opportunity to walk in an open space where you could talk about anything and no one was listening”

A number of Islamic radicals, including the recently captured Irish passport holder Alexandr Bekmirzaev, discussed their dream of living under Sharia (...)

Alexandr  Bekmirzaev, who became a naturalised Irish citizen in 2010, is believed to have left for Syria in 2013.

The man who is believed to have converted Alexandr Bekmirzaev to radical Islamic views was a regular attender at the mosque in Clonskeagh, Dublin, acc(...)

 Alexandr Ruzmatovich Bekmirzaev

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has adopted a “too moderate” tone following the capture of an Irish citizen alleged to have been fighting there with Islamic St(...)

The National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The National Maternity Hospital has issued invitations to a Catholic Mass to mark the inauguration of its new Master, Prof Shane Higgins, on January 1(...)

Dr Ali Selim: “The Eighth Amendment protects pregnant women against taking a hasty decision.”

Repeal of the Eighth Amendment “is not compassionate. It is cruel. It gives licence for murder,” Dr Ali Selim of the Islamic Cultural Centre in Dublin(...)

The Presbyterian Church is in favour of retaining the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Frank Miller / THE IRISH TIMES

The Presbyterian Church in Ireland has called for retention of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, which recognises the equal right to life of m(...)

Dr Ali Selim of the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Ali Selim regrets the controversy that followed his comments on female genital mutilation (FGM). But, he says, the furore was not all of his own creat(...)

 Dr Ali Selim of the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland. The Muslim population is small but growing rapidly, from 49,000 to 63,000 between 2011 and 2016. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

In May 2008, the then minister of state for integration, Conor Lenihan, launched a document with the catchy title Migration Nation. It was, as he(...)

Dr Ali Selim, a member of the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland, lectures in an evening language course in Arabic at Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Trinity College Dublin is to provide an alternative Arabic language teacher for students who do not want to be taught by a controversial academic who (...)

Ifrah Ahmed, Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri and Dr Chris Fitzpatrick at the Al-Mustafa Islamic Centre  in Dublin., Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A fatwa against female genital mutilation (FGM) “in all its forms” has been issued by Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri, head imam of the Islamic Centre of Ire(...)

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