Welcome to this week's edition of the roundup.
One of the Mahabba facilitators has been in Lebanon recently and has met an inspirational couple who are running a school for refugee children. They explain how they started the school and state:-
There is also an account of a Muslim lady who started to attend church in Lebanon and came to faith.
I think that is a challenge to us, wherever we live!
A Muslim woman who spent time in a Bosnian refugee camp has been crowned Miss World Australia. Twenty five year old Esma Voloder moved to Australia at five months old. She has a degree in psychology and currently works as a criminal profiler. She has been reported to be using her new found fame to challenge Islamophobia. She will go on to compete at the finals in China at the end of the year. She has stated:-
Women's clothing is also once again in the news. The burkini which was often in the news last summer in France has now reached the the headlines in the Czech Republic. Apparently complaints about wearing the garment aren't abased on religious intolerance rather concerns regarding hygiene. Water parks vary in their response to the burkini- with some banning them, others 'tolerating' them and other locations inspecting swim wear on arrival.
A denim hijab, modelled by a Somali refugee, has also made the headlines. Staying on the hijab theme, a new hijab emoji has been created by a Saudi teenager after being unable to find an emoji that represented her. The design was accepted by Apple on Monday- and now headscarf wearing women around the world will have an emoji to represent them.
And finally a Muslim sex guide for women has been published- entitled The Muslimah Sex Manual: A Halal Guide for Mind Blowing Sex. Written anonymously, the author has received "disgusting messages" as well as praise.
The range of articles referred to today comes from Lebanon, Australia, America, The Czech Republic, and the UK. They are about people in different situations dealing with different issues. I am sure there are other views. But I suggest that this week's media snap shot illustrates some of the diversity of the Muslim world. So how should we respond? I'll leave you with one suggestion:-