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Canada’s Quebec province to ban niqab in public sector

QUEBEC CITY, Quebec: Quebec will ban face coverings for people giving or receiving provincial government services under a law passed on Wednesday that rights groups have criticized as marginalizing Muslim women in the mainly French-speaking Canadian province, reported Reuters. While the law, which takes effect by July 1, 2018, does not specify which face coverings…

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Will this Hindu-Muslim marriage be annulled by India’s Supreme Court?

NEWS DESK: The decision by an Indian court in May to annul the marriage of a Hindu woman who converted to Islam and married a Muslim man has grabbed headlines in the country, with many referring to it as a strike against “love jihad”, reported BBC. The term was popularised by radical Hindu fringe groups,…

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Indian police ‘snatch’ 51 cows of Muslim family

ALWAR/JAIPUR: Fifty-one cows of a Muslim family in Alwar district have been snatched, allegedly by the police, on a complaint by some Hindu activists, and handed over to a village gaushala, reported Times of India. For the past 10 days, the family has been struggling to get back its flock. Police said it had no…

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This Muslim model won the legal right to ditch the bikini

NEWS DESK: A Muslim woman has won the right not to pose in a bikini in the Miss Universe GB competition, reported The Telegraph. Muna Juma, 27, from London, will stand on stage among her fellow finalists wearing a kaftan instead of the traditional bikini. Juma, who co-founded Cloudless Research, a startup which aims to…

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Shiv Sena beat Muslim man black and blue for being with Hindu woman

NEWS DESK: A hotel owner said Shiv Sena men dragged a Muslim man out of his hotel and assaulted him for being with a Hindu woman in Barmer district’s Balotra area on Thursday, reported The Indian Express. “The Muslim man and the Hindu Rajput woman had checked into a hotel in Balotra, but soon after,…

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Rohingya mother says Burmese soldiers threw her baby into fire, gang-raped her later

NEWS DESK: ​Hundreds of women stood in the river, held at gunpoint, ordered not to move. A pack of soldiers stepped toward a petite young woman with light brown eyes and delicate cheekbones. Her name was Rajuma, and she was standing chest-high in the water, clutching her baby son, while her village in Burma burned…

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Why did Vikings have ‘Allah’ and ‘Ali’ embroidered into funeral clothes?

NEWS DESK: Researchers in Sweden have found Arabic characters woven into burial costumes from Viking boat graves. The discovery raises new questions about the influence of Islam in Scandinavia, writes journalist Tharik Hussain, reported BBC. They were kept in storage for more than 100 years, dismissed as typical examples of Viking Age funeral clothes. But…

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Aid groups seek $434 million for Rohingya crisis for next six months

COX‘S BAZAR, Bangladesh: Humanitarian organizations helping Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh said on Wednesday they need $434 million over the next six months to help up to 1.2 million people, many of them children, who need life-saving help, reported Reuters. There are an estimated 809,000 Rohingya sheltering in Bangladesh after fleeing violence and persecution in…

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Muhammad replaces William in the top 10 boys’ names in England, Wales

NEWS DESK: Muhammad has replaced William in the top 10 most popular boys’ names in England and Wales, reported The Independent. The name has risen 35 places in the past decade, and now sits in eighth spot, with 3,908 boys born last year being given it. But if different spellings of the moniker are accounted for –…

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Singapore has elected Halimah Yacob as its first woman president

SINGAPORE: Halimah Yacob, a former speaker of parliament, was declared elected as Singapore’s first woman president on Wednesday, after the returning officer announced she was the sole candidate to qualify for the contest, reported Reuters. Aiming to strengthen a sense of inclusivity in the multicultural city-state, Singapore had decreed the presidency, a largely ceremonial post,…

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Woman gets racist with Sikh politician who she thought was Muslim. His response is brilliant!

NEWS DESK: It is hard to respond to hate with love and tolerance. But when a woman in Canada let off a racist rant after mistaking a Sikh politician for a Muslim, he responded with remarkable kindness, reported The Independent. Canadian politician Jagmeet Singh had barely started his meet and greet when a woman accosted…

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This heart touching video from Hajj is going viral

Video edited by: Haris Khan MAKKAH: A small boy ran around during the Hajj, sprinkling water on Saudi security men as a gesture of thanks for keeping the pilgrims cool. The video is going viral in Saudi Arabia, where during the annual Hajj pilgrimage, Saudi security men sprinkle water on pilgrims to keep them cool….

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Muslim dominated Tajikistan bans veils for women

  Dushanbe: The Tajikistan government has banned its women from wearing veils and has introduced a legislation, wherein it has asked the women to “stick to traditional national clothes and culture”. Interestingly, 98 percent of the population of Tajikistan is Muslim. But, Tajikistan considers itself a secular state with a Constitution providing for freedom of…

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#RohingyaMuslims and Burma become top trends

By Minerwa Tahir NEWS DESK: The Rohingya people in Myanmar are facing perhaps the most heartrending form of persecution in recent times. Meanwhile, everyone has an opinion on the ongoing crisis. While the general perception about Myanmar’s Rohingya conflict is that it is a religious issue, some people see the crisis as more politically and…

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After anti-Muslim attack, Brazilians shower victim with love

RIO DE JANEIRO: When video went viral of a racist attack on a Muslim street food vendor in Rio de Janeiro, Brazilians wondered gloomily: had their country also been swept up in a global wave of xenophobia? The answer — a flood of love transforming the humble vendor into a folk hero and, on Thursday,…

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No Durga idol immersion on Ashura to avoid communal clashes, says West Bengal CM

KOLKATA: With Ashura scheduled a day after Dussera this year, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asked on Wednesday the people to cooperate with each other and not to fall prey to provocation leading to communal problems, reported Times of India. “Some quarters may try to instigate people to flare up communal tension and there…

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India’s top court suspends triple talaq law

NEW DELHI: India’s Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked the use of a controversial Muslim divorce law until the government frames new legislation, a partial victory for Muslim women who had long argued that the law violated their right to equality. “This is a sensitive case where sentiments are involved. We are directing the Union of…

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UK restaurant refuses to serve Pakistani actress Nadia Jamil, father

LONDON: An Italian restaurant in Cambridge, United Kingdom, has been accused of racism and Islamophobia after allegedly refusing to serve famous Pakistani actress and philanthropist Nadia Jamil and her father. Nadia Jamil took to the micro-blogging website Twitter to narrate the shocking incident on Monday. A picture shared by Nadia Jamil saw the restaurant’s staff…

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Indian Muslim woman confesses she threw baby in river as she ‘didn’t want girl child’

PUNE: A woman from Dapodi, who had registered a police complaint on Wednesday that her 10-day-old female child had been kidnapped, confessed a day later that she had thrown the baby into the Mula River at Bopodi, reported Times of India. The 26-year-old woman, Reshma Shaikh, has been arrested under Sections 302 (murder) and 201…

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Rabbani urges congenial atmosphere among state institutions

ISLAMABAD: Senate Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani Friday reiterated that system could not sustain confrontation between trichotomy of power as he stressed a way out for congenial atmosphere among the state organs. In continuation of his assertions of the previous day during Senate session, the Chairman once again underlined the need for intra-institutional dialogue among three…

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Palestinians to resume prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque

NEWS DESK: Palestinians will return to pray at a sensitive Jerusalem holy site Thursday after Israeli authorities removed controversial security measures there, potentially ending a nearly two-week crisis that sparked deadly unrest, reported AFP. Muslim authorities announced a boycott of the Haram al-Sharif compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, was to end Thursday…

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