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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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October 4, 2017


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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September 21, 2017


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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September 13, 2017


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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September 11, 2017


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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September 7, 2017


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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September 5, 2017


#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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September 4, 2017


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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August 25, 2017


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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August 24, 2017


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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August 22, 2017


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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August 21, 2017


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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August 18, 2017


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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August 11, 2017


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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July 27, 2017


Indian Muslim woman ‘raped and murdered in honour killing’ after starting relationship with Arab man

NEWS DESK: An Indian Muslim teenager involved in a relationship with an Arab man was kidnapped, raped and murdered in a suspected ‘honour killing’ in London, a court has heard. The body of Celine Dookhran, 19, was found stuffed in a fridge with her throat slit after a second woman who was also attacked raised…

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July 26, 2017


This Indian woman equated baby’s name to Hitler in open letter to Kareena

NEWS DESK: Anti-Muslim sentiment is on the rise in India. After the numerous lynching incidents, Kareena Kapoor has received hate mail for naming her son ‘Taimour’. The baby is seven months old now. When he was named soon after birth, Saif Ali Khan and Kareena were called out by many Indians for naming their son…

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July 20, 2017


Muslim model who survived acid attack launches petition as she recovers

NEWS DESK: Survivors of acid attacks in the UK have raised a call for tougher laws against perpetrators and demanded stricter measures for the purchasing of corrosive substances after a spate of assaults in recent weeks, reported Al Jazeera. Sulphuric acid in drain cleaners, bleaches and corrosive alkalis in battery fluid can be easily bought…

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July 16, 2017


WATCH: Hindu extremists attack Muslim family

Video of 30 to 35 Hindu extremists attacking Mohammad Shakir and his family with batons while traveling in a train went viral. They also looted valuable items belonging to the family.

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July 15, 2017


My Muslim faith, way of life reflect peace: A.R. Rahman

MUMBAI: As he celebrates 25 years in the music industry, the Oscar and Grammy-winning Indian musician A.R. Rahman says his religious beliefs have helped define and shape his career. Rahman, who converted to Islam in his 20s, is in London with a show called “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”. He told Reuters in an interview on…

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July 9, 2017


Indian police arrest man who allegedly stabbed 17-year-old Muslim

NEW DELHI: The Haryana police arrested Saturday afternoon the man who allegedly stabbed 17-year-old Junaid Khan on a local train near Ballabhgarh a few days before Eid in Maharashtra’s Dhule district, reported Times of India. The accused, 28-year-old Naresh, a daily wager, used to travel to Delhi in search of work. Police said he had…

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July 9, 2017


Muslim man in India puts on burka to avoid getting lynched

AGRA: Given the increasing incidents of lynching, the Muslim minority in India seems to be getting more insecure with each passing day, reported Times of India. Nazmul Hassan, a 42-year-old assistant engineer in Aligarh’s Kasimpur power station was caught at the railway station Sunday afternoon wearing a burka. Alerted by other travellers, GRP men observed…

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July 5, 2017