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Monthly Archives: April 2017

Jammu & Kashmir: Stone-throwing Kashmiri girls defy Indian armed forces

SRINAGAR, Jammu and Kashmir, India. (AA): She is 20 years old and ever since she threw stones at the Indian armed forces last week, she says she feels a sense of liberation. As if a weight had been lifted from her chest. “How much brutality can you quietly witness? How many stories and images and videos of killings and torture ... Read More »

Austrian President calls on all women to wear headscarves in solidarity with Muslims to fight ‘rampant Islamophobia

The President of Austria has called for all women to wear headscarves in solidarity with Muslims to fight “rampant Islamophobia”. Alexander Van der Bellen, the left-wing former Green Party leader who narrowly beat a far-right candidate to take office in January, said freedom of expression was a fundamental right. “It is every woman’s right to always dress how she wants, ... Read More »

Sharapova storms into Stuttgart semis

Maria Sharapova eased into the semi-finals of Stuttgart’s WTA tournament after seeing off qualifier Anett Kontaveit on Friday for her third-straight win on her comeback after a 15-month doping ban. The 30-year-old five-time Grand Slam winner has yet to drop a set in Stuttgart and powered past Estonia’s Kontaveit, ranked 73rd, for a 6-3, 6-4 quarter-final win in one hour, ... Read More »

World’s 1st portable ‘amber mosque’ in Dubai

The Dubai-based Amber Palm Group has unveiled worth $1 million (Dhs3.37 million) “portable amber stone mosque” at the iconic Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai. The awesome works of art enthralled an exclusive VIP audience at the elite Burj Al Arab. The focus of the display was the breathtaking portable mosque – the world’s first ever! Portraits of the Rulers ... Read More »

Islamic-compliant insurance from FNB

FNB Islamic Banking has launched Takaful, an Islamic-compliant alternative to conventional short-term insurance. The Takaful product offering caters for commercial, vehicle, personal, body corporate and household cover. In time, the offering will extend to other forms of Islamic-compliant insurance. Amman Muhammad, the chief executive of FNB Islamic Banking, says: “Takaful is the perfect complement to the range of financial services ... Read More »

Narendra Modi asks Muslims to ensure that the triple talaq issue is not ‘politicised’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday urged the Muslim community to ensure that the triple talaq issue was not “politicised”, and hoped that intellectuals from the community would come forward to fight the practice. Addressing an event marking the birth anniversary of Kannada philosopher Basaveshwar in New Delhi, Modi voiced the hope that Muslims in India would “show the path ... Read More »

Hyderabad’s Nizam was a visionary, says President

President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday described the last Nizam of Hyderabad State Mir Osman Ali Khan as a visionary, who founded Osmania University 100 years ago. Inaugurating the centenary celebrations of the university, the President said the Nizam had a dream of establishing a world standard institution of higher learning in Hyderabad. “Hundred years ago on this day, a visionary ... Read More »

China bans Islamic baby names in Muslim majority Xinjiang province

Chinese government authorities in the northwestern Muslim-majority region of Xinjiang have banned parents from giving their children dozens of ‘extreme’ Islamic names, as part of an ongoing crackdown on alleged ‘extremism’ in the area. An official list of banned names had previously been circulated in Hotan, south Xinjiang, as early as 2015, sources told Radio Free Asia. Published by the ... Read More »

Surya namaskar similar to ‘namaz’, those opposing yogic exercise want to divide society: Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday said ‘surya namaskar’ was similar to ‘namaz’ (prayers) offered by Muslims. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday said ‘surya namaskar’ was similar to ‘namaz’ (prayers) offered by Muslims and those opposing the yogic exercise wanted to divide the society on religious lines. Aditynath, who had in the past lashed out at a ... Read More »

What impact would Madrassa make by teaching lessons on patriotism – WATCH

Madhya Pradesh government has taken a decision to include chapters on patriotism for Madrassa students. Madhya Pradesh government has taken a decision to include chapters on patriotism for Madrassa students. By this decision, Madrassa students will get to learn lessons on patriotism as well. Now, the big debate is ‘What impact would Madrassa make by teaching lessons on patriotism’. Read More »