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Muslims in China’s ‘Little Mecca’ fear eradication of Islam

Green-domed mosques still dominate the skyline of China’s “Little Mecca”, but they have undergone a profound change — no longer do boys flit through their stone courtyards en route to classes and prayers. In what locals told AFP they fear is a deliberate move to eradicate Islam, the atheist ruling Communist Party has banned minors…

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Third day of demos in India after rape of 8-year-old girl

Hundreds of protesters rallied in central India for the third straight day on Friday over the brutal rape of an eight-year-old girl now battling for her life in hospital. Crowds holding placards and chanting “death to the rapist” called for the man arrested over the assault to be hanged in several demonstrations across the Mandsaur…

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Indian state cuts internet after three new lynchings

Authorities in northeastern India have cut internet access after crazed mobs beat three people to death in lynchings sparked by rumours spread on smartphones, officials said Friday. They were the latest in a string of more than 25 similar killings in recent months across India, according to press reports that have been ignited by false…

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Muslims celebrate Eidul Fitr in different parts of the world

Muslims in many parts of the world celebrated Eidul Fitr on Friday. Eid is observed a day after the Shawwal moon is sighted, marking the end of the holy month of Ramazan. The Shawwal moon was seen in Saudi Arabia on Thursday. A large number of people offered the Eid namaz at the Grand Mosque…

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How Muslim slaves preserved their religion in Brazil

Hundreds of enslaved and free West African Muslims in Brazil planned a rebellion in the Ramazan of 1835. The rebels gathered in a rented house for sehri, right before Fajr when their plan was to be materialised, says a report published by Yaqeen Institute. State authorities foiled the revolt after discovering the house. While the…

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Sikhs host Iftar dinner for Muslims in Sialkot

The Sikh community hosted an Iftar dinner for Muslims at the historical and ancient Gurudawara Baabey Di Beri in Sialkot. Sardar Jaskaran Singh, the caretaker of Gurudawara said that the aim of hosting an Iftar dinner was to promote inter-faith harmony. He said that minorities in Pakistan were enjoying a complete religious freedom and the…

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Rohingya militants massacred Hindus in last year’s turmoil: Amnesty

Rohingya militants massacred Hindu villagers during last year’s uprising in Myanmar’s Rakhine, Amnesty International said Wednesday in a report that sheds fresh light on the complex ethnic rivalries in the state. The killings took place on August 25, 2017, the report said, the same day that the Rohingya insurgents staged coordinated deadly raids on police…

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Inter-faith harmony: Sikhs treat Muslims to iftar in Peshawar

In an excellent example of inter-faith harmony, Peshawar’s Sikhs treated Muslims to iftar at the Lady Reading Hospital on Monday.  Scores of Muslim patients and their relatives were treated to delicious iftar organised by the Sikhs at the Lady Reading Hospital. “We have arranged iftar for Muslim patients who come to this hospital from all…

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Tens of thousands pray at Al-Aqsa on first Friday of Ramazan

Tens of thousands of Palestinians prayed at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem (held-Al Quds) on first Friday of Ramazan. Around 120,000 people attended the Friday prayers, a spokesman for the religious authority that governs the mosque told AFP. Heavily armed Israeli police stood guard in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City. Al-Aqsa is the…

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Muslims must stop other countries opening Jerusalem embassies: Turkey

ISTANBUL: Turkey called on Muslim countries on Friday to stop other nations from following the United States and moving their embassies in Israel to Jerusalem, as it opened a meeting in Istanbul on Friday. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called the summit of the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) after Israeli forces this week killed…

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Poverty and politics trip up urban refugees in India

When Hujjat Islam heard a fire had razed a Rohingya camp in New Delhi, his first reaction was relief: it could have been him and his family, their belongings burned to ashes, if he had not found a home for them elsewhere in the city. The fire last month gutted the flimsy shacks of plywood…

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Islam taught me the importance of education: Malala

ISLAMABAD: Malala Yousafzai said that Islam had taught her the value of education and said that her message to the world was only of peace.  “The first ayat that was revealed from the Holy Quran is named Iqra, which means read,” she said. Malala was speaking to a foreign news agency in Islamabad where she…

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Watch: Pakistan shows off military might in parade

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan displayed its military strength on Pakistan Day 2018 which is being celebrated on Friday. The South Asian state exhibited its missiles, radar systems, unmanned aerial vehicles and other equipment in the armed forces parade held in Islamabad. The parade of the armed forces is held every year to mark Pakistan Day in which…

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Sri Lanka blocks social media amid riots

Colombo: Sri Lanka on Wednesday blocked access to Facebook and suspended internet services in a troubled central district after police warned that rioters were using social media to spread anti-Muslim sentiment. The government declared an island-wide state of emergency Tuesday and imposed curfews across Kandy after days of rioting claimed at least two lives and left…

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Sri Lanka declares emergency to quell anti-Muslim riots

Colombo – Sri Lanka Tuesday declared a nationwide state of emergency to quell anti-Muslim riots that have killed at least two people and damaged dozens of mosques and homes. “The cabinet of ministers decided on tough measures, including a 10-day nationwide state of emergency,” Minister of City Planning Rauff Hakeem said as police imposed a…

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Muslims save rare species on Tanzania island

Muslim leaders in a Tanzanian island are appealing to the community’s Islamic consciousness to conserve rare species such as octopuses According to a report published in The Atlantic, the octopus population has reduced dramatically. Misali is one of Zanzibar’s islands, lying off the coast of Tanzania. Rare species, including octopuses, inhabit its six-mile coral reef….

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13 dead in Christian-Muslim violence in Nigeria: police

LAGOS: At least 13 people have been killed in clashes between Christian and Muslim youths in central Nigeria, police said on Wednesday, in the latest violence to hit the region. Fighting broke out on Monday in Kasuwan Magani community in Kaduna state, about 45 kilometres (28 miles) by road from the state capital, Kaduna city….

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Very few countries have been as successful as Pakistan in war against terror: COAS

MUNICH: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa said that very few countries have achieved as much success as Pakistan has in the war against terror. Addressing Munich Security Conference, COAS Bajwa said that the country has been instrumental in the disruption and decimation of Al-Qaeda from Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Army Chief…

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U.S. court says Trump travel ban unlawfully discriminates against Muslims

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump’s travel ban targeting people from six Muslim-majority countries violates the U.S. Constitution by discriminating on the basis of religion, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday in another legal setback for the policy, reported Reuters. The Richmond, Virginia-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, on a 9-4 vote, became the second…

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Saudi cleric endorses Valentine’s Day as ‘positive event’

RIYADH: A prominent Saudi cleric on Wednesday endorsed Valentine’s Day, long forbidden in the ultra-conservative kingdom, calling it a “positive social event” that was not linked to religion. The comment from Ahmed Qassim al-Ghamdi, former chief of the religious police in the holy city of Mecca, comes as 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman pursues…

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Complaint filed against Indian internet sensation

HYDERABAD: Young Indian actress Priya Prakash Varrier, who become overnight internet sensation, is in hot waters after a youth group in India filed complaint against her for ‘hurting sentiments of Muslims’. The actress who is awaiting the release of her debut Malayalam movie “Oru Adaar Love” has taken social media by storm, with a clip…

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