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India imposes Governor’s Rule in occupied Kashmir

The Indian government has imposed Governor’s rule in occupied Kashmir with immediate Kashmir. Ram Nath Kovind, the Indian president has approved the imposition of Governor’s rule in occupied Kashmir, a day after Modi’s BJP pulled out of its alliance with Mehbooba Mufti’s PDP. The state’s chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, who hails from the PDP, tendered…

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American woman makes crescent-shaped trees to celebrate Ramazan

It’s a Christmas tree. Oh, wait, it’s a crescent-shaped Ramazan tree! Samar Baydoun Bazzi is a 29-year-old Muslim who lives in Dearborn, Michigan. She noticed the lack of decorations in Ramazan as she grew up in the US. To make Ramazan more festive, she now puts up trees shaped like crescents with a moon dangling…

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Kamila Shamsie wins UK’s most prominent literary award

Kamila Shamsie won the international Women’s Prize for Fiction for her 2017 book Home Fire. The award holds a £30,000 prize. According to The Guardian, the judges described her book as “the story of our times”. It tells the story of a British Muslim family’s connection to the Islamic State. *Drumroll please* We’re thrilled to…

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First Muslim elected to US Congress wants to join legal battle against Trump

Democratic Representative Keith Ellison is the first Muslim elected to the US Congress. He filed for the office of Minnesota attorney-general on Tuesday to join the legal fight against US President Donald Trump, reported Associated Press. Ellison is regarded as among the most liberal members of Congress. “It was attorneys general who led the fight…

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Dera Ismail Khan ‘buries’ Hindu, Christian, Muslim differences

When you walk into Cha Syed Munawar Shah graveyard in Dera Ismail Khan you are met with an unusual sight: a Peepal tree and an olive tree. The Peepal tree was planted here as the Hindus believe that the goddess Lakshmi comes to dwell in it each week. The olive tree came because it is…

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Sadqa-e-Fitr fixed at Rs 100 per head

The minimum amount of Sadqa-e-Fitr has been set Rs100 rupees per person this year, said Chairman Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman. Mufti Muneeb advised the people to pay the amount to the poor before Eid ul Fitr so that they could also celebrate the festival. Sadqa-e-Fitr is an amount of charity in the form of staple…

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Marvel plans to introduce first Muslim superhero

Marvel president Kevin Feige has said that his studio is planning to introduce a Muslim superhero Ms Marvel in upcoming movies. In an interview with the BBC, Feige said the studio has plans for the character whose real name is Kamala Khan. “Ms Marvel, which is another character in the comic books, the Muslim hero…

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Muslim nomads see rape as new sign of hostility in India

The Muslim nomads who lead their goats, cows and horses up and down the Kashmir hills have never felt at ease in modern India and the gruesome rape and murder of a girl from the impoverished community has heightened their fears, reported AFP. Many of the Bakarwals speeded up their annual migration out of the…

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Priya Varrier speaks out on complaint against her viral song

NEWS DESK: There can be no denying that the Manikya Malaraya Poovi number from Oru Adaar Love has made young actor Priya Varrier an overnight sensation. The young star became the ‘national crush’ of India and was equally admired in neighboring countries such as Pakistan. While she has her admirers – some of whom have…

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Malaysia bans Bollywood film over negative portrayal of Muslim ruler

avat KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia has barred controversial Bollywood film “Padmaavat” from being screened in theatres, the home ministry said on Friday, citing the movie’s negative portrayal of a Muslim ruler. The film has already attracted protests in India, after groups critical of the project accused its director, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, of distorting history by…

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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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Video: Muslim school student violently attacked in US

A 14-year old Muslim school student was violently beaten down by her school mates. Many others made videos of the attack on the female student while no other came to the victim’s aid.

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Video: Muslim teenage girl assaulted in Florida park

A video clip of a Muslim teenage girl in Florida being assaulted by three other girls went viral over the internet on Saturday.  The video clearly shows how the girl, who is reportedly Muslim and was subjected to the hate crime, being dragged to the ground by her hair by another girl who repeatedly hits…

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This Muslim woman became the first hijab-wearing contestant in Miss Maine pageant

“I want to inspire other girls to feel beautiful, confident and follow their dreams no matter where they’re from,” said Hamdia Ahmed. PHOTO: INSTAGRAM NEWS DESK: An aspiring model has become the first Miss Maine pageant contestant to wear a hijab on stage, reported The Independent. Hamdia Ahmed was born in Somalia and raised in…

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Israel arrests brave Palestinian girl known for confronting soldiers

BETHLEHEM: Ahed Tamimi, a prominent 16-year-old Palestinian activist, has been detained during a pre-dawn raid on her home by the Israeli army and border police in the occupied West Bank, reported Al Jazeera. Ahed’s mother, Nariman, was also arrested on Tuesday afternoon during a visit to Ahed at an Israeli police station. According to Ahed’s…

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After U.S. veto, U.N. General Assembly to meet on Jerusalem status

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley vetos an Egyptian-drafted resolution regarding recent decisions concerning the status of Jerusalem, during the United Nations Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including Palestine, at U.N. Headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., December 18, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid UNITED NATIONS: The 193-member…

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US blaming Pakistan for failures in Afghanistan: Janjua

ISLAMABAD: National Security Adviser (NSA) Nasir Janjua has said that United States is blaming Pakistan for its failures in Afghanistan, Samaa reported. He made the statement while addressing a seminar here on Monday. Janjua said that Pakistan paid a heavy price in the war against terrorism. He once again added that the international community has recognized…

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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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Muslim labourer hacked, burned alive in India

Indian police on Thursday arrested a Hindu man over the murder of a Muslim labourer after identifying him from a video of the brutal killing that went viral and has sparked widespread outrage. The footage shows a man hitting labourer Afrazul Khan with a pickaxe and a machete before pouring kerosene over his body and…

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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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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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