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House remembers former lawmakers

House remembers former lawmakers

Jammu: Members of state legislature on Tuesday paid rich tributes to former lawmakers in the state. Speaking on the Obituary Reference in the Lower House on the first day of the Budget session, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti described the former legislators as men of impeccable record and honesty who all along worked tirelessly for the […]

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26000 foreigners among 12 lakh tourists visited J&K in 2017: Govt

26000 foreigners among 12 lakh tourists visited J&K in 2017: Govt

Srinagar: The state government on Tuesday said that over 1.2 million (12 lakh) tourist, 26000 of them foreigners, visited Jammu and Kashmir last year. “Tourism is the mainstay of our economy. Around 1.2 million tourists, including over 26,000 foreigners, visited the State during 2017, despite unrest in the Valley and less than fair reporting by […]

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Battle is not on streets but to counter ‘deviation’ of youth: Govt

Battle is not on streets but to counter ‘deviation’ of youth: Govt

Srinagar: The ruling PDP-BJP combine in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday said the real battle was not on the streets “but to combat and counter the deviation of the younger generation from the inherited values of our society.” “Government is aware of the growing aspirations of our students, some of whom have secured outstanding achievements […]

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Need to learn from 2016 happenings, regain lost trust: PDP-BJP alliance

Need to learn from 2016 happenings, regain lost trust: PDP-BJP alliance

Srinagar: The ruling PDP-BJP alliance on Tuesday underscored need for learning from happenings in 2016 and need to regain the “lost trust” and negate the “misgivings in certain sections of society” in the state. “We must learn from the happenings in 2016 and focus on issues relating to the interests of the neglected and marginalized […]

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Cold snap continues, deep in south Kashmir

Cold snap continues, deep in south Kashmir

Srinagar: The summer capital of the state experienced another freezing night with temperature hovering below four degrees Celsius even as south Kashmir parts were colder than other parts in the Valley. The night temperature in Srinagar settled at 4.3 degrees Celsius below zero as against minus 4.4 degrees Celsius the previous night, the coldest of […]

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Police arrests 8 persons with 5kg ‘ganja’ in Zakura Srinagar

Police arrests 8 persons with 5kg ‘ganja’ in Zakura Srinagar

Srinagar: Police on Monday arrested eight persons with five kilograms of ‘ganja’ during a ‘naka checking’ party at Zakura in outskirts of Srinagar. Official sources said that the naka was laid by police at Takia Sangrishi in Khimbar area of Zakura and eight persons were arrested on Monday evening. “During their personal search about 5kg […]

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PaK President urges for resolving of Kashmir issue according UN resolution

PaK President urges for resolving of Kashmir issue according UN resolution

Muzaffarabad: Pakistan-administrate Kashmir, President Masood Ahmed Khan has called for resolving the Kashmir issue in line with the resolutions of United Nations and as per wishes of Kashmiris. According to reports, during an interview he said ‘Kashmiris have been struggling to get independence from India and New Delhi is committing human rights violations in the […]

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OIC reacts to Indian position on its resolution on Kashmir issue

OIC reacts to Indian position on its resolution on Kashmir issue

Jeddah: The General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has reacted to the recent press release issued by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs regarding the resolution adopted on Jammu and Kashmir by the 44th session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) held in Abidjan, Republic of Cote d’Ivoire, in July […]

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2 new death cases of MERS reported in Saudi Arabia

2 new death cases of MERS reported in Saudi Arabia

Riyadh: A 58-year-old Saudi man and a 50-year-old male expatriate died Thursday of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS) in Saudi Arabia’s Hail and Khamis Mushayt, respectively, the Health Ministry said Friday. Two new cases, female expatriates aged 38 and 42, were diagnosed with the virus in Dawmat Al-Jandal in Al-Jouf province. Earlier this week, […]

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PaK President asks Kashmiri community in US to maintain close liaison with members of American politicians

PaK President asks Kashmiri community in US to maintain close liaison with members of American politicians

Islamabad: Pakistan administrated Kashmir President Masood Khan has asked the Pakistani and Kashmiri community in the United States to maintain close liaison with members of American politicians. According to reports, he said while talking to a visiting delegation led by leader of Justice and Freedom Party Sardar Imtiaz Gharralvi in Islamabad on Wednesday. PaK President said […]

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‘Entire nation firmly stand with oppressed people of Kashmir’: Pak PM

‘Entire nation firmly stand with oppressed people of Kashmir’: Pak PM

Islamabad: Government of Pakistan and the entire nation firmly stand with oppressed people of Kashmir, Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said. According to reports, he was talking to Pakistan-administrated Kashmir (PaK) Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider in Islamabad on Monday. Pakistan Prime Minister reiterated Pakistan’s resolve to extend moral, political and diplomatic support to […]

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‘Indian army is deliberately targeting civilians along LoC’: Pak Defence Minister

‘Indian army is deliberately targeting civilians along LoC’: Pak Defence Minister

Islamabad: Three hundred and nineteen ceasefire violations have been committed by ‘Indian troops’ since November last year Pakistan National Assembly was informed on Monday. According to reports, responding to a question, during a question hour in the Assembly, Pakistan’s Minister for Defence Khurram Dastgir Khan informed the House that sixty-six civilians were killed and two […]

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Pakistan’s overtures should not be construed as weakness: Khawaja Asif

Pakistan’s overtures should not be construed as weakness: Khawaja Asif

Sialkot: Pakistani Minister for Foreign Affairs Khawaja Muhammad Asif has said Pakistan wants to build good neighbourly relations with India. According to media reports, while talking to media reporters in Sialkot on Sunday, he expressed regret over the cold Indian response to Pakistan’s peace overtures. He said India is continuously violating ceasefire at the Line […]

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Rs 22 billion budget: PaK PM has thanked Pak govt for hundred percent increase in budget

Rs 22 billion budget: PaK PM has thanked Pak govt for hundred percent increase in budget

Islamabad: Prime Minister of Pakistan-administrated Kashmir Raja Farooq Haider Khan has pledged to provide all basic facilities of life to every village of the state in next four years. Talking to different delegations in Islamabad on Sunday, he thanked government of Pakistan for hundred percent increase in development budget of Pakistan-administrated Kashmir, reports said. He […]

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Israeli forces carry out violent hospital raids in a ruthless display of force: Amnesty

Israeli forces carry out violent hospital raids in a ruthless display of force: Amnesty

London: Israeli soldiers and police stormed a Palestinian hospital twice over the past week terrifying staff and patients and in some cases preventing doctors from providing emergency medical care to critically injured patients, said Amnesty International. The raids on an Al-Makassed hospital in east Jerusalem took place as tensions escalated in Jerusalem and across the […]

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Morocco approves Islamic banking service

Morocco approves Islamic banking service

Rabat: The Sharia Committee of the Moroccan government on Tuesday approved the operations of Islamic banks. The permit came in a book issued by Bank Al-Maghrib, the central bank in the country, for the participating banks which want to open Islamic channels within their services. Islamic banking institutions will begin marketing their services to the […]

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Pakistan will not abandon Kashmiris struggle to right to self-determination: PaK PM

Pakistan will not abandon Kashmiris struggle to right to self-determination: PaK PM

Mirpur: Prime Minister of Pakistan-administrated Kashmir (PaK) Raja Farooq Haider Khan has said that indigenous struggle of Kashmiri people for freedom in Kashmir cannot be suppressed through ‘brutal Indian force’, reports said. He was talking to various delegations who called on him in Mirpur on Sunday, reports said. Farooq Haider said that Pakistan will not […]

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Yemen: Cholera medicines held by Houthis in Al Hudaydah exposed to damage

Yemen: Cholera medicines held by Houthis in Al Hudaydah exposed to damage

Al Hudaydah: The Houthi militias have been reportedly holding three vehicles loaded with cholera medications for a fourth day in a row in Al Hudaydah province, west of Yemen. Local sources confirmed to Al Arabiya News that Al Hudaydah customs director, who was appointed by Houthi militias, is holding aid medicines and insists on imposing […]

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Erdogan urges ‘immediate’ end to Al-Aqsa restrictions

Erdogan urges ‘immediate’ end to Al-Aqsa restrictions

Ankara: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday called for an immediate end to Israel’s new restrictions at the compound of Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque, Anadolu Agency reported. “Metal detectors and other restrictions should be immediately lifted and returned to the status quo. Everyone should be guarded against provocations at this sensitive time,” Erdogan said in […]

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3 Palestinians killed in clashes, 3 Israelis stabbed to death

3 Palestinians killed in clashes, 3 Israelis stabbed to death

Jerusalem: At least three Palestinians were killed and several hundred people wounded Friday as worshippers clashed with Israeli security forces outside the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, in violence prompted by the installation of metal detectors at its entry point. Meanwhile, Three Israeli civilians have been stabbed to death in a settlement near Ramallah in the occupied […]

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Palestinian President freezes all contacts with Israel

Palestinian President freezes all contacts with Israel

Ramallah: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Friday he was freezing contacts with Israel over new security measures at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound, after deadly clashes erupted earlier in the day, AFP reported. Abbas said in a speech that the freeze would stay in place until Israel lifted the measures at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound. […]

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Global Times says China tries hard to avoid military clash with India

Global Times says China tries hard to avoid military clash with India

Beijing: According to media reports Global Times a leading Chinese newspaper has said that China tries hard to avoid a military clash with India, but it doesn’t fear going to war to safeguard its sovereignty. In a report on Tuesday, it urged both countries to exercise restraint and avoid the current conflict spiraling out of […]

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Pakistan raising Kashmir issue at int’l fora: Pak FO

Pakistan raising Kashmir issue at int’l fora: Pak FO

Islamabad: Foreign Office Spokesperson of Pakistan, Nafees Zakaria said India wants to ‘suppress voice of Kashmiris by committing human right violations’ in Kashmir, reports said. Addressing a seminar in Islamabad on Tuesday, he said Kashmiri people should be given their right to self-determination according to the United Nations resolutions. He said Pakistan is raising the […]

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China, Turkey extend full support to Pakistan on Kashmir issue: Pak Minister

China, Turkey extend full support to Pakistan on Kashmir issue: Pak Minister

Islamabad: Pakistani politician who is the currently Minister for Kashmir Affairs Chaudhry Barjees Tahir says Kashmir issue has come to forefront due to effective foreign policy of the present government, reports said. He was presiding over a meeting of the PaK cabinet, Parliamentary Party and PML-N central and district wings in Islamabad on Monday. The […]

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Indo-Pak DGMOs make hotline contact

Indo-Pak DGMOs make hotline contact

Islamabad: Pakistan Army has warned of more strong and effective measures in case of any deliberate attempt to target Pakistani side of the line of Control by Indian troops, reports said. The warning came from DGMO Pakistan Major General Sahir Shamshad Mirza, during his weekly hotline contact with his Indian counterpart on Monday. The Director […]

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ISPC condemns ‘state terrorism’ by India in Kashmir

ISPC condemns ‘state terrorism’ by India in Kashmir

Birmingham: International Sufi Peace Conference has termed Indian ‘state terrorism’ a serious threat to international peace, media reports said. The conference held in Birmingham in its declaration says a durable peace in South Asia could not be maintained without resolving longstanding Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UN resolutions, reports said. The Conference strongly condemned […]

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OIC expresses full support to Kashmiris right to self-determination: PaK PM

OIC expresses full support to Kashmiris right to self-determination: PaK PM

Islamabad: Pakistan-administrated Kashmir (PaK) Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan said the Organization of Islamic Cooperation has expressed it full diplomatic, political and moral support to the Kashmiris for their just right to self-determination, according to media reports. Talking to PML-N workers at Islamabad Airport on Sunday, he said the OIC has adopted a resolution […]

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4 Pakistani soldiers drowned in Neelum Valley: Pak ISPR

4 Pakistani soldiers drowned in Neelum Valley: Pak ISPR

Athmuqam (PaK): According to Pakistani media reports ‘Indian troops targeted an Army vehicle moving along Neelum River’ on Line of Control at Athmuqam in Pakistan-administrated Kashmir on Sunday. The vehicle fell into the River and four soldiers drowned, Pakistani ISPR said. Body of one drowned has been recovered and search for remaining three is in […]

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Fatehpuri Shahi Imam back’s Delhi Imam; ‘Indo-Pak should hold dialogue to resolve the Kashmir dispute’

Fatehpuri Shahi Imam back’s Delhi Imam; ‘Indo-Pak should hold dialogue to resolve the Kashmir dispute’

New Delhi: Shahi Imam of Shahi Masjid Fatehpuri Mufti Mukarram Ahmad on Saturday said Kashmir is India’s internal problem and dialogues must be held with pakistan to find a permanent solution to the ongoing strife in the Valley. Shahai Imam Ahmad’s remarks came hours after Imam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid, Syed Ahmed Bukhari, wrote a […]

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J&K CM accuses China of meddling in Kashmir

J&K CM accuses China of meddling in Kashmir

New Delhi: Blaming foreign powers for deteriorating law and order situation in the valley, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today accused China of fomenting trouble in Kashmir. Ms Mufti said that the ‘fight’ in Jammu and Kashmir is not related to law and order problem and insisted that foreign powers are behind the […]

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PaK President urges European, Spanish Parliaments to take notice of ‘HR violations in Kashmir’

PaK President urges European, Spanish Parliaments to take notice of ‘HR violations in Kashmir’

Madrid: PaK President Sardar Masood Khan has urged Spanish and European Parliaments to take notice of ‘human rights violations of Indian forces’ in Kashmir valley. According to reports, he was talking to Secretary International Relations and Spokesman of the Socialist Party of the Spain Senator Oscar Lopez in Madrid. He said that ‘India should be […]

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75% of people do not help when a Muslim being abused in public

75% of people do not help when a Muslim being abused in public

Sydney: A new report finds that 75 percent of people do not help when they see a Muslim being abused in public. “IF you saw a woman being verbally attacked by a man in the street, would you stop to help”? The answer comes in a disturbing new report which revealed that if the woman […]

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Myanmar’s army crackdown leaves Rohingya Muslims on brink of famine: UN

Myanmar’s army crackdown leaves Rohingya Muslims on brink of famine: UN

Yangon: A military crackdown has left more than 220,000 Rohingya Muslims on the brink of starvation in Myanmar’s conflict-torn Rakhine state, according to an assessment by the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), Anadolu Agency reported. Food insecurity has been worsening in already highly vulnerable areas in the northern part of Rakhine state since the […]

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OIC human rights commission elects new members at 44th Session of CFM

OIC human rights commission elects new members at 44th Session of CFM

Abidjan: OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) delegation, led by its Vice-Chairperson Dr. Rashid Al Balushi, participated in the 44th Session of the OIC Conference of Foreign Ministers (CFM) held in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire on July 10-11. In his address, Dr. Al Balushi welcomed the theme of 44th CFM “Youth, Peace and Development in […]

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Indonesia to build International Islamic University in 2018

Indonesia to build International Islamic University in 2018

Jakarta: “Indonesian President Joko Widodo wishes to make Indonesia’s Islam a global significant force,” Mastuki, head of the information center of the Ministry of Religious Affairs, said on Thursday. Mastuki made the remarks when commenting on the government’s plan to start building the campus of Universitas Islam Internasional Indonesia (UIII), or Indonesia International Islamic University […]

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Hebron, Ibrahimi Mosque add to UNESCO’s World Heritage List, Palestinians welcome

Hebron, Ibrahimi Mosque add to UNESCO’s World Heritage List, Palestinians welcome

Ramallah: Palestinians have welcomed the decision of the United Nations’ cultural agency UNESCO’s designation of Hebron’s Old City, including Ibrahimi Mosque, in the occupied West Bank as a World Heritage site. Although UNESCO’s final resolution emphasized the importance of the site to Jews, Christians and Muslims, it was totally rejected by Israel. The World Heritage […]

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Defense minister inspects combat readiness of units on frontline in Azerbaijan

Defense minister inspects combat readiness of units on frontline in Azerbaijan

Baku: The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry officials inspected the level of combat readiness of the military units stationed on the frontline, the Defense Ministry’s press service said on Saturday, Trend News Agency reported. Azerbaijan’s Defense Minister Colonel General Zakir Hasanov visited the military units located on the forefront and inquired about the readiness of military personnel, […]

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US wants end to ‘violence’ in Kashmir: McCain

US wants end to ‘violence’ in Kashmir: McCain

ISLAMABAD: The United States Senator John McCain on Sunday said US wanted end to ‘violence’ in Kashmir, reports said. “The US will continue its policy regarding Kashmir issue and no change has been made in this regard. Kashmir issue should be resolved in peaceful way through negotiation,” he said while talking to Pakistani state television […]

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PaK President urges UK to settle Kashmir dispute

PaK President urges UK to settle Kashmir dispute

Manchester: President of Pakistan-administrated Kashmir (PaK) Sardar Masood Khan has urged the United Kingdom to play its role in resolving the longstanding Kashmir dispute. Addressing a function in Manchester on Saturday, he also asked United Kingdom being a permanent member of the Security Council to help make the role of world body more effective and […]

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Sacrifices of Pakistani nation against terrorism will not go waste: Nawaz

Sacrifices of Pakistani nation against terrorism will not go waste: Nawaz

Islamabad: Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif on Sunday said that sacrifices of Pakistani nation against terrorism and extremism will not go waste. According to reports in a statement, he said the elements engaged in the activities against the solidarity, unity and development of Pakistan will be defeated. The Pakistan Prime Minister said that the […]

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Salahuddin, named global ‘terrorist’ by US

Salahuddin, named global ‘terrorist’ by US

Hours before Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met US President Donald Trump, the United States on Monday declared the leader of terror group Hizbul Mujahideen, Syed Salahuddin, a ‘global terrorist’. India welcomed the move and said it will help for fighting terrorism. “India welcomes this notification. It underlines also quite strongly that both India and the US […]

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King Salman performs Eid prayers at Makkah Haram

King Salman performs Eid prayers at Makkah Haram

Makkah: Muslims from across several Arab and Islamic countries performed Eid al-Fitr prayers Sunday morning. In Saudi Arabia, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman offered Eid al-Fitr prayers in Makkah with the worshippers who crowded the Grand Mosque and its courtyards Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah also witnessed huge presence of worshipers, including citizens, […]

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6.75 million Umrah visas issued this year: Saudi Arabia

6.75 million Umrah visas issued this year: Saudi Arabia

Madinah: A recent report of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah revealed a 6.75 million jump in the number of Umrah pilgrims this year, despite adverse economic and security conditions experienced by some Arab countries. According to the report, Umrah visas issued to pilgrims for the current year reached about , compared with 6.39 million […]

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Canadian PM Justin Trudeau extends best wishes to Muslims celebrating Eid al-Fitr

Ottawa: Canada Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau wishes the Muslim community around the globe joyous Eid al-Fitr that marks the end of fasting month of Ramadan. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on Eid al-Fitr:“Tonight at sunset, Muslims in Canada and around the world will celebrate Eid al-Fitr,also known as the… The […]

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Cholera kills 1,310 Yemenis since April: WHO

Cholera kills 1,310 Yemenis since April:  WHO

Maarib, Yemen: A cholera epidemic has killed a total of 1,310 people in war-torn Yemen since late April, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement on Saturday. WHO’s Yemen office said over 200,000 suspected cases of cholera have been recorded in the country since April 27. On Friday, the UN agency said 1,256 […]

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US police investigate 2 possible hate crimes against mosques

US police investigate 2 possible hate crimes against mosques

California: Authorities in California are investigating two possible hate crimes against Islamic centers in Sacramento and Davis, AP reported. The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department said it is investigating an incident at Masjid Annur Islamic Center in Sacramento. Officials said a deputy was waved down by a citizen Saturday afternoon and was led to a burned […]

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Pork thrown in mosque, elderly cleric shot dead in UP

Pork thrown in mosque, elderly cleric shot dead in UP

Mohammad Younus, 70-yr-old maolvi of mosque, was shot dead by four unidentified persons when he intercepted them after they threw a piece of meat on the premises of the mosque, in Naseerpur village of Mau district (110 km from Varanasi), late on Thursday night. The murder enraged the locals and sparked tension in the village. […]

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Saudi security forces foil terror plot targeting Grand Mosque

Saudi security forces foil terror plot targeting Grand Mosque

Makkah: Saudi Arabia’s security forces on Friday foiled an imminent terrorist plot targeting the Grand Mosque in Makkah, according to the Interior Ministry’s Security Spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki. He said the operation was planned by three terrorist groups, two based in Makkah and the third in Jeddah. The foiled attack targeted worshipers at the […]

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OIC joins world outrage at Grand Mosque terror plot

OIC joins world outrage at Grand Mosque terror plot

Jeddah: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) strongly condemned the terrorist plot that targeted the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Jeddah and Makkah on Friday, Ramadan 28. OIC Secretary General Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen lauded the alertness of the Saudi security men who foiled and countered these terrorist operations. He stated that those who planned and […]

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3 lakh Muslims attend overnight prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque

3 lakh Muslims attend overnight prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque

Jerusalem: Some 300,000 Muslims performed Taraweeh prayers on Wednesday at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on the eve of Laylat al-Qadr, one of Ramadan’s holiest nights, which is most likely falls on 27th night of the month. Prayer on the holy night is said to be better than 1,000 months of prayers, due to the abundance […]