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14th Oct 2013

Saudi Arabia: Hajj: Nearly 2 million pilgrims arrive in Mina

[Pilgrims offer prayer at the historic Masjid Al-Qaif in Mina on Sunday. (AN photo by Khidr Al-Zahrani)]   By SIRAJ WAHAB   MINA: Nearly 2 million pilgrims arrived in Mina on Sunday as part of the first phase of Haj … Continued

11th Oct 2013

Al-Qa’ida’s new orders: Avoid killing Christians and Shi’a Muslims

By Radwan Mortada Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri released a new statement, considered to be orders for the coming phase. The emir of the international organization changed his old tone, and called to avoid killing Shia, Christians, Hindus, and Sufis in … Continued

4th Oct 2013

Germany: Mosques open doors to non-Muslims

The Local: Over a thousand mosques welcomed visitors on Thursday as part of an annual event celebrating the integration of Germany’s four million Muslims into society. Organisers said they expected over a hundred thousand visitors – 80 percent of them … Continued

Saudi Arabia: MERS safety: Pilgrims must wear masks
3rd Oct 2013

Saudi Arabia: MERS safety: Pilgrims must wear masks

[Wearing of masks will be required for pilgrims as they gather in the holy city of Makkah during Haj as a safety measure for everyone.] By Md Rasooldeen Riyadh, (Arab News): The Ministry of Health advised Haj pilgrims on Wednesday … Continued

Pakistan: Attacks on imambargah, mosque claim 4 lives in Karachi, Peshawar
20th Sep 2013

Pakistan: Attacks on imambargah, mosque claim 4 lives in Karachi, Peshawar

KARACHI/PESHAWAR, (The News): Successive attacks on places of worship in two major cities of Pakistan left at least four dead and dozens injured on Thursday night, Geo News reported.   According to details one person died and nine more were … Continued

11th Sep 2013

Egypt cracks down on unlicensed preachers

Egyptian authorities will bar 55,000 unlicensed clerics from preaching in mosques in the latest move against sympathisers of deposed Islamist President Mohammed Mursi, the minister of religious endowments said on Tuesday. Egyptian authorities have been cracking down on Mursi’s Muslim … Continued

6th Sep 2013

Jordan: Sunni-Shia relations key to regional stabilty, says Sheikh Mustafa Ceric

  By Sheikh Mustafa Cerić Amman: Today, it’s undeniable that the Middle East is seeing a period of rising sectarian violence between Sunnis and Shi’as, especially in Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. On 20 August, King Abdullah II of Jordan … Continued

4th Sep 2013

India: Muslim leaders irked with high court order on imams

Kolkata, (Hindustan Times): Muslim leaders expressed unhappiness over the high court order that ruled monthly honorariums for imams and muezzins across the state as ‘unconstitutional’. Terming the court order as unfortunate, many minority groups even threatened to move the Supreme … Continued

Iraq bombing wave kills more than 60, mainly Shi’a Muslims
11th Aug 2013

Iraq bombing wave kills more than 60, mainly Shi’a Muslims

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): More than 60 people were killed and over 200 others wounded in a wave of bombings attacks across Iraq on Saturday, mostly in the capital Baghdad, according to latest data given by officials and local media. A total … Continued

6th Aug 2013

Pakistan: Gunmen kill 13 passengers in Pakistan’s Balochistan

ISLAMABAD, (Xinhua): Unidentified terrorists shot dead 13 passengers in Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province in an apparent ethnic-motivated attack early Tuesday, police said. The passengers were heading to eastern Punjab province from Balochistan for “Eid” festival when gunmen stopped two buses … Continued

3rd Aug 2013

Pakistan: Shi’a Muslim leader, son, killed in Rahim Yar Khan

By Kashif Zafar BAHAWALPUR, (The Express Tribune): The Shia Council’s Divisional President Sheikh Manzoor Hussain and his younger son Haider Ali were killed as a result of  firing in Rahim Yar Khan on Friday. Hussain was leaving his house in Umar … Continued

3rd Aug 2013

Malaysia: Two enactments adopted to curb Shi’a Muslim teachings

KUALA LUMPUR: Those spreading the Shia ideology in the country can be prosecuted under the Control and Restriction of the Propagation of Non-Islamic Religions Enactment and the Syariah Criminal Offences Enactment on Contravening Fatwa. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department … Continued

30th Jul 2013

Indonesia: Parties’ pandering hurts Shi’a Muslims, Ahmadiyah

By Margareth S Aritonang Jakarta, (The Jakarta Post): Political pragmatism by major political parties, that have long pandered to majority Sunni voters, has prevented the parties from protecting the rights of minority Muslim groups such as the Ahmadiyah and Shia. … Continued

29th Jul 2013

Saudi Arabia: Grand Mufti: I’tikaf need not be confined to Grand Mosque

                     [Abdul Aziz Al-Sheikh] JEDDAH: ARAB NEWS Monday 29 July 2013 Last Update 29 July 2013 3:39 am Jeddah, Arab(News): Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Sheikh said the worshipping act of “i’tikaf” (meditative seclusion) can be observed at any mosque and … Continued

25th Jul 2013

Saudi Arabia will send imams to Pakistan

[President of the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais.] By Syed Rashid Hussain RIYADH, (Dawn): Saudi Arabia would send imams, one each from Masjidul Haram in Makkah and Masjid-i-Nabawi in Madina, to Pakistan every year. Talking to … Continued

16th Jul 2013

Pakistan: Strike observed in Quetta on killings of Shi’as

QUETTA, (Dawn): A shutter-down strike was being observed in Quetta on Tuesday as a sign of protest against yesterday’s killings of four Hazara men on the call of the Hazara Democratic Party, DawnNews reported. Four men of the Hazara Shia … Continued

Pakistan: Quetta shuts down to mourn attack of 30 Shi’a Muslims
1st Jul 2013

Pakistan: Quetta shuts down to mourn attack of 30 Shi’a Muslims

By Syed Ali Shah   QUETTA, (Dawn): The death toll in the Quetta suicide bombing reached 30 on Monday morning as two of the injured persons succumbed to their injuries in the Combined Military Hospital. Earlier on Sunday night, at … Continued

Myanmar: UN agency alarmed by deaths of displaced persons in Myanmar’s Rakhine state
29th Jun 2013

Myanmar: UN agency alarmed by deaths of displaced persons in Myanmar’s Rakhine state

[A displaced mother and her two children in Rakhine state. They originally came from the Pauktaw area. Photo: UNHCR/P. Behan]   The United Nations refugee agency Friday voiced concern about a violent incident in western Myanmar’s Rakhine state that killed two … Continued

27th Jun 2013

Shi’a Muslims under attack across the globe

  By Murtaza Haider   Dawn: From Cairo to Peshawar, Shias are under attack by Sunni militants. The sectarian warfare targeting Shias has left thousands dead. The rest of the world watches silently as Muslims self-destruct in sectarian wars. Earlier … Continued

26th Jun 2013

Egypt: Eight arrested over brutal Shi’a Muslim killings

Security forces have arrested eight people in connection with the brutal killing of four Egyptian Shias in a village south of Cairo, officials said on Tuesday, as criticism of the ruling Muslim Brotherhood and Salafi groups surged. “Security efforts have … 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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