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4th Jun 2013

Syria: ‘Qaradawi’s incitement to violence’

By Chandra Muzaffar Any human being who abhors violence and bloodshed would be shocked by remarks made by a leading religious personality, Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi, on June 1. At a rally in Doha, he urged Sunni Muslims in the region … Continued

27th May 2013

France: Hundreds arrested at Paris gay marriage rally

Journalists were attacked, and 350 arrests made in Paris as peaceful protests against gay marriage in Paris on Sunday turned violent. Authorities blamed the trouble on a hard core group of far-right militants. At least 150,000 demonstrators took to the … Continued

21st May 2013

Palestine: Israel bars UN investigators from visiting Jerusalem

Israel on Monday barred a UN commission from visiting Jerusalem to investigate ongoing violations of religious freedom against Muslims and Christians in the Holy Land. “Israel has cancelled the delegation,” which was due to have arrived the same day, a … Continued

11th May 2013

Palestine: Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jews target women activists at Western Wall

Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jewish men tried to violently disrupt landmark prayers by Jewish women activists at the Western Wall plaza in Jerusalem Friday, a religious site that the ultra-Orthodox believe should be strictly gender-segregated and open only to the more … Continued

10th May 2013

Saudi Arabia: Zamzam springs prevent the demolition of Mt. Abu Qubais

A tunnel is passing through the Mt. Abu Qubais. (AN photo)   By Anwar Al Sadat Makkah, (Arab News): Experts participating in the 13th Scientific Forum for Haj and Umrah Research held at Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah stressed that … Continued

7th May 2013

Bangladesh: Fears of violence grows after 41 killed in blasphemy protest

By Naim-Ul-Karim DHAKA, (Xinhua): Anxieties grow across Bangladesh over deadly violence that erupted Sunday afternoon and continued until the evening hours of Monday, leaving at least 41 people dead and hundreds injured. At dinner tables, family gatherings, business meetings and … Continued

4th May 2013

Pakistan: Young lawyer shot dead in ‘sectarian’ attack

KARACHI, (Dawn): A young lawyer was shot dead and his advocate father was wounded in what police described as an attack apparently on sectarian grounds on Friday. The police said that gunmen targeted Shakeel Ahmed Jan Bangash, 30, and his father … Continued

16th Apr 2013

Talk of rift among Bohras over Syedna’s successor

By Mugdha Variyar Mumbai, (Hindustan Times): Mohammad Hasan (name changed), a Dawoodi Bohra from Godhra, has been having serious discussions with some fellow community members over the past six months on joining a newly emerging group within the community. Rumours … Continued

16th Apr 2013

Egypt: Tracing sectarian violence in Egypt

By Mohammed Kheir Cairo, (Al-Akhbar): Al-Akhbar examines how the Egyptian constitution’s sponsoring of Sunni Islam as the official state religion is just one among many of the country’s sectarian benchmarks. “Dozens of female students living on the al-Azhar University campus … Continued

13th Apr 2013

Muslim Brotherhood paves way for Qatar’s ascent

By Layla al-Shoumari Al-Akhbar: In the wake of the Arab uprisings, Qatar is using its vast wealth and media empire to become a regional superpower. Its historic ties with the Muslim Brotherhood will determine the success of Doha’s strategy. It … Continued

12th Apr 2013

Al-Qa’ida in the Levant Awaits its Amir

By Radwan Mortada Al-Akhbar: Syria’s main group, al-Nusra Front, declares its allegiance to al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri and agrees to a merger with the Islamic State in Iraq in a joint effort to revive the caliphate. After much speculation about … Continued

Egypt: Christian-Muslim gunfight kills five
7th Apr 2013

Egypt: Christian-Muslim gunfight kills five

Christian-Muslim violence that erupted north of Cairo killed five people and left six other people wounded, Egyptian sources said on Saturday. “Five people were killed in the clashes, including four Christians. In addition to this, six others were wounded, at … Continued

Pakistan:  Yet another Shi’a trader shot dead
3rd Apr 2013

Pakistan: Yet another Shi’a trader shot dead

PESHAWAR, (Tribune Express): Another Shia’ shopkeeper was gunned down on Tuesday afternoon. Zulqarnain Haider was near his shop in Dora Chowk, Phandu Road when he was killed. Also known as Prince, Haider, a resident of Kachi Mohallah, was at Dora … Continued

Indonesia’s displaced Shi’as languish
3rd Apr 2013

Indonesia’s displaced Shi’as languish

SAMPANG/MADURA, (IRIN): Eights months after dozens of Shi’a Muslims on Indonesia’s Madura Island were driven from their homes by mobs from neighbouring Sunni villages, the displaced remain in poor conditions with no immediate prospect of returning. Almost 170 Shi’as in … Continued

Africa: State of Egypt’s Coptic Church
29th Mar 2013

Africa: State of Egypt’s Coptic Church

By: Abdel Rahman Youssef   A year after the death last March of Pope Shenouda III, the 117th patriarch of the Egyptian Coptic church, Egypt’s Copts face the challenge of adapting to the new reality that has been taking shape … Continued

Pakistan: ‘Sectarian killing’: Govt official gunned down in Gulberg
28th Mar 2013

Pakistan: ‘Sectarian killing’: Govt official gunned down in Gulberg

By Riaz Ahmad PESHAWAR, (Tribune Express): Khawaja Imran Ali, a sub-division officer of Town II, was killed and his son Raza Ali critically injured after unidentified men on a motorcycle opened fire at them in Izzat Khan Chowk, Gulberg on … Continued

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