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Modi govt ends Hajj subsidy for Muslims

NEW DELHI: In a big move, the Indian government Tuesday announced to withdraw subsidy for Hajj pilgrims, and use the funds for girls’ education and minority women. Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi made this announcement. The minister added that “Hajj subsidy funds will be used for educational empowerment of girls and women of minority…

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Bitcoin is forbidden in Islam, says top cleric of Egypt

LE CAIRE: Egypt’s grand mufti has said that bitcoin is forbidden in Islam, warning the digital currency could be used for criminal purposes. Bitcoin, launched in 2009 and based on a peer-to-peer payment system, poses “high risks to individuals and states,” Shawqi Allam said in a published ruling. It could provide “stable and secure financial…

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Triple talaq bill passed in India’s Lok Sabha

NEWS DESK: Amidst protests from a few political parties, including those close to the BJP, the Lok Sabha on Thursday passed by voice vote the Bill that makes instant triple talaq or talaq-e-biddat a criminal offence, with a jail term of up to three years, reported The Hindu. The proposed law would be applicable to…

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Amir Khan receives death threats after posting picture of Christmas tree

British-Pakistani boxer Amir Khan received death threats and abuses from followers on Instagram after he posted a picture of a Christmas tree that he had set up in his house to surprise his daughter, on Wednesday.  Amir Khan is one celebrity who quite regularly posts on Instagram to let fans have a peek inside his…

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US-led air strikes kill 23 civilians in Syria: monitor

BEIRUT: Air strikes by a US-led coalition killed 23 civilians Wednesday in a village held by the Islamic State group in Syria’s eastern Deir Ezzor province, a monitor said. “At least 23 civilians, among them eight children and six women, were killed Wednesday before dawn by air strikes carried out by the US-led coalition, targeting…

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Imran questions Shehbaz Sharif’s presence at OIC summit

ISLAMABAD: PTI chief Imran Khan on Wednesday questioned why Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif was present at the Organisation of Islamic Summit (OIC) held in Istanbul.  “What is CM Sharif doing at OIC Summit in Turkey? Why were the other Chief Ministers not taken along also?” tweeted Imran before launching his tirade at Prime Minister…

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Tillerson: Jerusalem embassy move probably not for 2 years

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday that the relocation of the US embassy to Jerusalem would probably not take place for at least two years. “This is not something that is going to happen this year or probably not next year, but the president does want us to move in a very…

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Aga Khan IV lands in Islamabad

Children welcome Prince Karim Aga Khan upon his arrival in Islamabad on Thursday. Photo: APP ISLAMABAD: Prince Karim Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, arrived in Islamabad on an official visit to the country on the invitation of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Thursday. Minister for Foreign Affairs Khowaja Mohammad Asif,…

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All you need to know about Trump’s dangerous Jerusalem move

For centuries now, Jerusalem has been at the heart of many conflicts and wars. The city holds special importance and is revered by the three most important religions in the world–Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Which is exactly why Trump’s hasty decision to declare Jerusalem (all of it) as Israel’s capital and his announcement to shift…

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Aga Khan IV scheduled to arrive today

Prince Karim Aga Khan is the 49th imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslims. He arrives in Islamabad today. NEWS DESK: Prince Karim Aga Khan, the 49th imam and spiritual leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, is scheduled to arrive in Islamabad today (Thursday) for an official visit. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had officially invited…

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Three activists who razed Babri Masjid have converted to Islam

AYODHYA: Three Hindu activists who were involved in razing Babri Masjid to the ground in 1992 have converted to Islam. For three persons who once were regarded as heroes in their own villages for razing down Babri Masjid, the act is now a crime that they deeply regret. The guilt-ridden former Kar Sevaks (activists) have…

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This neo-Nazi drove a van into a curry house with aim of ‘killing a Muslim’

NEWS DESK: A Polish-born Britain First supporter who said he wanted to “kill a Muslim” gave a Nazi salute and shouted “white power” before driving at a curry house owner, a court has heard, reported The Independent. Marek Zakrocki, 48, launched his drunken attack outside Spicy Night, a takeaway in Harrow, north-west London, on the…

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Peshawar attack: For how much longer do our children need to bleed?

By Minerwa Tahir KARACHI: Let an attack happen. Blame either of the following: India, Afghanistan, Israel, US, Illuminati. Repeat. We as Pakistanis are more familiar with this pattern than our history. Perhaps this is going to be our history – what other tales will we have to pass on to our children? That is, if…

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This US teacher reported a six-year-old Muslim boy to police for ‘terrorism’

NEWS DESK: A supply teacher’s call to police about a six-year-old Muslim boy with Down’s Syndrome led to his family being investigated for terrorism, reported The Independent. Officers launched the probe after six-year-old Mohammad Suleiman allegedly kept repeating the words “Allah” and “boom” in class. His parents from the Texan city of Pearland, around 20…

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Rishi Kapoor melts hearts by praying on Eid Milad-un-Nabi!

NEWS DESK: Otherwise known for controversies, Bollywood star Rishi Kapoor spread a message of peace and harmony by posting a picture of him attending the Muslim prayers at Jama Masjid in New Delhi on the occasion of Eid Milad-un-Nabi. Along with the picture, he wrote the caption: “Eid Milad-Un-Nabi Mubarak! Prayers offered at Jama Masjid,New…

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McDonald’s ‘refuses to serve woman because she’s wearing a hijab’

NEWS DESK: A Muslim woman in North London has claimed she was refused service in a McDonald’s restaurant because she was wearing a hijab, reported The Independent. The 19-year-old student said she was stopped in a McDonald’s on Seven Sister’s road in Holloway, North London. McDonalds has apologised and said the security guard responsible had…

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Pakistan frees JuD chief Hafiz Saeed

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani court on Wednesday ordered the release of one of the alleged masterminds of the 2008 Mumbai attacks which killed more than 160 people, after months of US pressure on Islamabad over its alleged support for militants. Firebrand cleric Hafiz Saeed, who heads the group Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and has a $10 million US…

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Nusrat Sehar Abbasi condemns ‘Black Friday’ term

KARACHI: PML-F MPA Nusrat Sehar Abbasi said on Monday that using the term ‘Black Friday’ should be condemned since Friday was an auspicious and revered day for Muslims around the globe. The PML-F leader gave a speech on Monday during a session of the provincial assembly during which she denounced the ‘Black Friday’ title. “Why…

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Traffic chaos as protesters besiege Pakistan’s capital

ISLAMABAD: Protesters from a hardline religious group blocked the main highway into Islamabad for the sixth day running Monday, virtually locking down the Pakistani capital and causing commuter fury as authorities hesitated to act. The roughly 2,000 protesters are demanding the resignation of the federal law minister over a hastily-abandoned amendment to the country’s controversial…

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Mother-in-law’s taunts prompt woman to commit suicide with two daughters

FAISALABAD: A woman committed suicide on Saturday along with her two daughters in Faisalabad after her mother-in-law taunted her with harsh statements. According to the police, the woman committed suicide along with her two daughters by drinking poison. Police further disclosed that the woman’s mother-in-law taunted her by stating that she would get her son…

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Gigi Hadid defends hijab by slamming American journalist for racist tweets

American fashion model Gigi Hadid on Thursday slammed an American journalist for posting a series of racist tweets against Muslims following the New York attack. Trust Gigi Hadid to speak her mind and ward off racists on Twitter. The American beauty who is dating musician Zayn Malik, slammed journalist Laura Loomer. “Muslims are out in…

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