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Hajj: A Season for Doing Good and Forbidding Evil


People come from all over the world to Al-Masjid Al-Haram during the Hajj. They visit the House of Allah The Almighty with hearts throbbing with yearning and longing. However, anyone who observes these pilgrims would find that many of them commit grave violations of the rules of Shari`ah (Islamic law). We are sure that these pilgrims commit such violations out ... Read More »

History of the Hajj


Hajj literally means ‘to set out for a place’. Islamicly, however, it refers to the annual pilgrimage that Muslims make to Makkah with the intention of performing certain religious rites in accordance with the method prescribed by the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him). Hajj and its rites were first ordained by God in the time of the ... Read More »

Pre-Hajj departure operation begins


KARACHI: The pre-Hajj departure of intended pilgrims from Jinnah International Airport, Karachi started from Thursday, and will continue for about a month, that is, till September 28, 2014. The first Hajj flight No. PK-201, a PIA Boeing 772, departed at 0700 hours. Besides PIA, Shaheen Air Fly, NAS and Saudi Airlines will also air lift intended pilgrims. Special arrangements for ... Read More »

Airfare Monopoly Hurdles Bangladeshi Hajj

Restrictions Cut Bengali Pilgrims Number

Bangladeshi would-be pilgrims have been complaining of increasing security restrictions imposed by the government on hajj visas and travel, seeing the government’s monopoly of hajj airfare as shattering the dreams of many aspiring pilgrims. “We have filed a case in court to open the third carrier for Hajj pilgrims,” Ibrahim Bahar, president of Hajj Agencies Association of Bangladesh (HAAB), told ... Read More »

Bangladesh and India


THE river delta that is Bangladesh has plenty of sand but few stones. As the country’s cities are yet to accommodate the majority of its 160m people, this is no small problem. The capital Dhaka, one of the world’s ten largest cities, has begun to rid itself of its one-buffalo town infrastructure. An estimated 35,000 people move to urban areas ... Read More »

Southeast Asia awaits jihadist ripples from Syria and Iraq

The founder of Islam once advised a companion to fight in the area that makes up modern-day Syria and predicted that Allah would send an “army of mujahedeen” to the region, Ahmad said. He said he’s there to avenge Muslims tortured and killed by President Bashar Assad’s regime. “We are portrayed as terrorists but I don’t care as this affair ... Read More »

ISIS Goes to Asia

There is a clear precedent for this scenario. During the 1980s, many young Muslims from Southeast Asia went to Pakistan to support the Afghan mujahideen’s so-called jihad against Soviet occupation. Many of these recruits subsequently stayed in the region, mingling with like-minded Muslims from all around and gaining exposure to al Qaeda’s militant ideology. Many eventually returned to Southeast Asia ... Read More »

Muslim leaders planning to support Shiv Sena or BJP in Maharashtra


In a major jolt to Congress and NCP, leaders of the Muslim community are planning to support Shiv Sena or BJP in return for an assurance that the basic problems of the community would be addressed. And adding to NCP’s discomfiture, Muslims in that party led by its minority cell chief Habib Fakih have left the party angry over Muslims ... Read More »

Indian Muslims will live, die for India, says PM Narendra Modi


Indian Muslims will live and die for India, and the al-Qaeda is “delusional” if it thinks they will dance to their tune, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said in an interview ahead of his US visit. “My understanding is that they are doing injustice to the Muslims of our country. If anyone thinks Indian Muslims will dance to their tune, ... Read More »

ISIS in Southeast Asia


ISIS is attracting followers from Muslim communities across the Asia-Pacific. In Indonesia, radical groups have declared support for the Islamic State in Jakarta, Surakarta and other cities. In Malaysia, police say they have arrested 19 ISIS-inspired militants planning attacks against pubs, discos and a Carlsberg CARL-A.KO -0.60% brewery in and around Kuala Lumpur. Australia estimates that 150 of its citizens ... Read More »