Saturday , 24 March 2018

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South-East Asia

Grand Mufti urges Muslims to forge unity, shun evil deeds


Saudi Arabia: Mufti Azam Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bin Abdullah delivered Hajj sermons in Masjid-e-Nimra at Mount Arafat, urging Muslims to shun evil, forge unity and staunchly practice teachings of Islam, SAMAA reported. “Islam is a complete code of life, it’s a perfect and definite religion of Allah, it teaches brotherhood among Muslims and provides spiritual, moral and social ... Read More »

Two million Muslims begin Haj today


Over two million Muslims, including 136,000 Indians, will begin Haj when they assemble in the valley of Mina as Saudi authorities said preparations have been completed for the world’s largest annual gathering after the city underwent a multi-billion overhaul. Mecca governor Prince Mishaal bin Abdullah said preparations were complete for Haj which begins on Thursday. “The plan for welcoming pilgrims ... 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 »

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 »

Asia will gain from India finally taking foreign policy seriously


AT THEIR nearest points, India and Indonesia are barely 160 kilometres (100 miles) apart across the Malacca Strait. Yet almost nobody thinks of these two big countries as neighbours. One reason has been India’s historic isolation. Distracted by Pakistan, India long fretted over its western border. Under Nehru, its leader after independence, a principled policy of non-alignment led to moralising ... Read More »

Sterling work against lure of terror


The Religious Rehabilitation Group (RRG) was befittingly honoured recently with the Berita Harian Achiever of the Year Award, the first organisation to win an accolade that had hitherto been given only to individuals. It was a timely reminder of the great service that the voluntary group has done to Singapore by using the credibility of Muslim religious leaders to counter ... Read More »

PandaBed’s new matching service allows travelers of the same age, race, and religion to bunk up


On August 12 in Singapore, PandaBed announced its newest feature, PeerMatch. The latest add-on allows homeowners and travelers to get a better understanding of each other before they meet in person for a potentially awkward, contentious, or otherwise undesirable lodging experience. In theory, with PandaBed’s PeerMatch, Muslims can stay with Muslims, Christians can bunk with Christians, bookworms can keep each ... Read More »

Muslim savings and loans co-ops becoming popular


Worawit Baru, a former senator from Pattani, heads the Southern Thailand Islamic Co-operatives Network (Sticon), an association of faith-based credit unions. During his days in parliament, many businessmen in Bangkok were unaware of the popularity of the Islamic co-operative business model in the Deep South, Worawit said. “I’ve been chairman of Sticon for more than five years. Many co-ops in ... Read More »

Ramadan and Aidilfitri in Southeast Asia

The festival of Ramadan (Ramadhan, or Bulan Puasa in Malay) is an important event in the Muslim calendar, a time of personal reflection and bonding with one’s family. Muslims throughout Southeast Asia commemorate Ramadan by fasting throughout the daylight hours. Fasting is required of all capable Muslims, who must refrain from indulging base needs like eating and smoking while the ... Read More »

Asian Muslims start Ramadan; World Cup fever undiminished

Muslims in much of Asia began celebrating the holy month of Ramadan Sunday but in Indonesia even threats by hardliners to raid “sinful” bars could not stop football fans heading to nightspots to watch the World Cup. Across the Muslim world, the faithful fast from dawn to dusk and strive to be more pious during the holy month, which ends ... Read More »