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24th Jan 2014

Egypt’s Salafis: Inheriting the brotherhood and courting the Regime

By Abdel Rahman Youssef Cairo, (Al-Akhbar): In the midst of its scramble to inherit the Muslim Brotherhood, the Salafi Nour Party of Egypt is dithering between the challenges of maintaining its ideological consistency and expanding its role. The Nour Party … Continued

India: 18 people killed in stampede after Bohra Muslim leader dies in Mumbai
18th Jan 2014

India: 18 people killed in stampede after Bohra Muslim leader dies in Mumbai

  Mumbai, (Hindustan Times): At least 18 people were killed and 56 others injured in a stampede that broke out early on Saturday near the Mumbai residence of the spiritual leader of Dawoodi Bohras Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, who died on … Continued

24th Dec 2013

Syria: ISIS Imposes ‘Shari’a’ on Idlib’s Druze

By Firas Choufi Al-Akhbar: In Syria’s Idlib, it is no longer enough to have Mohammad as a prophet to be considered a Muslim. Though Druze are officially acknowledged as Muslims in Syria, Lebanon, and Saudi Arabia, the Islamic State of … Continued

23rd Dec 2013

Pakistan: 5,000 security men to be deployed for Chehlum in Quetta

QUETTA, (The News):  The security arrangements on the occasion of the Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) have been finalized by the provincial government here, Geo News reported on Monday.   Sources said that the Balochistan home ministry has already … Continued

18th Dec 2013

Saudi Arabia: 211,000 Umrah visas issued for new season

Center of attraction: The government expects 6 million foreign pilgrims this season from 70 countries, with an equal number of local pilgrims. (AN photo)   By NADIM AL-HAMID & IRFAN MOHAMMED   Jeddah, (Arab News): The government has issued 211,000 Umrah … Continued

14th Dec 2013

Malaysia: PAS is Sunni as inscribed in constitution, says president

[PAS President, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang. – Picture by Saw Siow Feng ] By Zurairi AR KUALA LUMPUR, (The Malay Mail): Not a single PAS member can be a Shi’ite as the Islamist party’s constitution clearly subscribes to only the Sunni … Continued

7th Dec 2013

Lebanon: Sectarianism invades USJ Campus

On the one side, Lebanese Forces and Phalangist students repeatedly provoked Shia students with slogans maintaining that USJ was “Bachir Gemayel’s university. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi).   By Ahmad Mohsen Al-Akhbar: Lebanon’s Université Saint-Joseph (USJ), founded by Jesuits over a century … Continued

3rd Dec 2013

Paksitan: Ulema of different schools of thought devise code for harmony

Pakistan Ulema Council Chairman Hafiz Tahir Mehmood Asharfi. — File photo By Khalid Hussain   LAHORE, Dec 2: Ulema of different schools of thought have unanimously agreed on a nine-point code of conduct (COC) to maintain sectarian harmony. They signed … Continued

22nd Nov 2013

Lebanon’s Sheikh Hammoud: “The suicide bombers have no religion”

We have to be level-headed about this as much as possible. There are people, due to their simplicity or a personal affront of some kind, who cannot accept Hezbollah’s involvement in the war in Syria. (Photo: Haitham Moussawi)   In … Continued

19th Nov 2013

Pakistan: Gujrat University professor shot dead

GUJRAT, (Express Tribune Web Desk/APP/AFP/Reuters): Student services director of the University of Gujrat Professor Syed Shabbir Hussain Shah was killed by unidentified gunmen on Tuesday, Express News reported. The profes­sor was a Shia and had been threat­ened in the past. His driver was also … Continued

17th Nov 2013

Pakistan: Rawalpindi violence kills nine; curfew back on after 4-hour-break

[Photo: Jang] ISLAMABAD (Agencies, Dawn): In order to prevent violent attacks and maintain law and order ahead of the funerals of Friday’s victims today, curfew has been imposed again in Rawalpindi after a four-hour break from 9pm Saturday to 1am … Continued

Iraq attacks target Ashura commemorations, killing dozens
15th Nov 2013

Iraq attacks target Ashura commemorations, killing dozens

Attacks against Shia worshipers, including a suicide bombing that ripped through a religious procession, killed 41 people in Iraq Thursday despite massive security deployed for one of the holiest days of their faith. The bloodshed came as a flood of … Continued

14th Nov 2013

Pakistan: Security forces foil suicide attack on Islamabad Imambargah

ISLAMABAD, (Express Tribune): A suicide bombing attempt was foiled in Islamabad and the alleged suicide bomber and mastermind were arrested, Express News reported on Thursday. According to initial reports, they were planning to attack the Imambargah in Sector G-6, Islamabad on … Continued

Pakistan: Commemmoration of Imam Husayn’s martyrdom: 12 Shi’as injured in Karachi bomb attacks
14th Nov 2013

Pakistan: Commemmoration of Imam Husayn’s martyrdom: 12 Shi’as injured in Karachi bomb attacks

  [The bomb blasts took place outside an imambargah in the city’s North Nazimabad locality where a gathering of mourners had concluded an hour ago. PHOTO: EXPRESS NEWS screenshot] KARACHI, (Express Tribune): At least 12 people including law enforcers and media … Continued

9th Nov 2013

Pakistan: Attacks on Shi’a Muslim religious centres kill three in Gujranwala

[Photo: Jang newspaper]   GUJRANWALA, (Agencies): At least three worshipers were killed early Saturday morning when gunmen opened fire at two different Imambargahs in Gujranwala, sparking protests from mourners and enraged members of the Shia community. According to police reports, … Continued

2nd Nov 2013

Turkey: Turkish deputy demands Ghadir Khumm to be religious holiday

ISTANBUL, (Hürriyet Daily News):  The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Mersin deputy Aytuğ Atıcı issued a bill to the Parliament yesterday for the Alawite’s Ghadir Khumm day to be recognized as a religious holiday, as it will be celebrated in Ankara … Continued

18th Oct 2013

Saudi Arabia: Journey of a lifetime ends successfully

 [HAJ MABROOR: After arriving in Makkah from Mina on Thursday, pilgrims circumambulate the Kaaba  marking the end of Haj. (AN photo by  Khidr Al-Zahrani)] Mina, (Siraj Wahab): The once-in-a-lifetime journey of faith, endurance and determination for hundreds of thousands of … Continued

17th Oct 2013

Saudi Arabia: 5,000 Saudi youths helping pilgrims

[TVTC scouts checking their maps to get acquainted with their stations and guide pilgrims] By Fouzia Khan   Jeddah, (Arab News): Over 5,000 Saudi youth skilled in 25 professions have been helping Haj pilgrims in performing the rituals this season. The … Continued

16th Oct 2013

Saudi Arabia: 16 open-heart surgeries performed on pilgrims

F[FAITHFUL THRONG: Pilgrims move about in the tent city of Mina on Tuesday. (AN photo by Adnan Mahad Ali)]  Mina, (Arab News): Ministry of Health’s facilities in Makkah and Madinah performed 16 open-heart surgeries to pilgrim patients as well as … Continued

15th Oct 2013

Saudi Arabia: Hajj: When tears speak louder than words

  [HIGH P0INT: Jabal Al-Rahma or Mount of Mercy on the plains of Arafat is flooded by Hajis during the peak of the annual pilgrimage on Monday. (AN photos by Abdullah Al-Mohsen)]   By SIRAJ WAHAB   Arafat, (Arab News): … Continued

Sectarianism in the Middle East and its rise in the UK, Standpoint, Sahar TV. Interview done on 29 May 2013 and transmitted on 12 June 2013


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