Religion

An open letter to Cardinal Baselios Cleemis President of CBCI

The author asks some very pertinent and disturbing questions to the President of Catholic Bishop's Conference of India, the top body of Indian Catholics...

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Sikh devotees gather in Patna to participate in 351st birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Govind Singh

While devotees are immersed in birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Govind Singh, the 10th Guru of Sikhs, special trains to Patna Sahib in Bihar from various Punjab and Haryana railway stations have been flagged off. Patna, the capital city of Bihar is the birthplace of Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji and host city for 351st-anniversary celebrations...

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Faith excels everything: Kumbh Mela inscribed on the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

There’s not a single person in India who does not know about Kumbh Mela. The name itself instantly evokes an image of divinity, holiness. The power of faith attracts lakhs of pilgrims in one of the largest congregation of the world, Kumbh Mela. Now, UNESCO has inscribed on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity...

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Assam Christian Forum supports Gujarat Archbishop Macwan

The Assam Christian Forum (ACF) has come out openly in support of the Archbishop of Gandhinagar Archdiocese Thomas Macwan and appealed to all the people to pray for the defeat of “nationalist forces” in Gujarat elections...

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MRM celebrates Eid-e-Milad with traditional fervor

he activists of Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM) celebrated the birthday of Prophet Mohammad – Eid-e-Miladunnabi with religious and traditional fervor at various places in the country...

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The ‘unholy’ game plan of the ‘holy’ father

The Archbishop of Gandhinagar Thomas Macwan had issued a letter to voters directing them to vote against the ‘nationalist forces’ and ensure victory of those who ‘remain faithful to Indian Constitution and respect every human being without any sort of discrimination’...

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Racket Busted: Hyderabad Police arrest Mohammed Siddique for trapping into Islamic Conversion

In a shocking way, Hyderabad police busted a racket of Islamic conversion. Hyderabad Police arrested Mohammad Siddique who was working as forest officer and also as the head of Peace Orphan Home Society, for luring children from poor families & converting them to Islam without changing their Hindu names. Total 9 people arrested so far. 3 of them were Hindus who had converted to Islam. During the raid, the police rescued 10 boys and 7 girls...

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Centre sets up ministerial panel to draft law to end instant triple talaq

The Narendra Modi government is weighing an idea of bringing legislation in the winter session of the Parliament to put an effective end to the instant triple talaq. This inhuman practice is in vogue until recently in the Muslim community to divorce spouse...

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All equal before God: No devotee will get ‘close-up’ darshan on monetary terms in Tamil Nadu

As we all are equal before God, no devotee will be offered ‘close-up’ darshan of the deity after paying money, ruled the Madras High Court.The Madras HC has ruled that while those willing to pay more can be allowed to cut the queue to get darshan faster, they cannot be taken closer to the deity. The court ordered that irrespective of paid or unpaid darshan, all devotees must witness and pray to the deity from the same spot...

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Now only 50 thousand people can do Vaishno Devi Darshan in a day

While passing the new direction, the National Green Tribunal has fixed the number of those who visited Vaishno Devi. The NGT has said that Vaishno Devi will not have any new construction near it...

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One of the largest Cattle fair in Asia,the month-long Sonepur mela starts in Bihar

The pride of Northern Bihar , Sonepur Cattle fair has started from Thursday. One of the prominent events of Bihar, the month-long cattle fair has been inaugurated by Bihar deputy minister Sushil Modi. This fair is one of the largest cattle fairs in Asia and famous for its rustic charm and cattle trade...

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International conference on Ramayana Circuit and Mithila- Awadh relations inaugurated.

Under the Ramayana Circuit Scheme, a program for connecting the cultural heritage of Mithila and Awadh is being started by inauguration of a two day international conference in Janakpur of Nepal, today. The conference is organised by NGO Mithila Awadh Cultural Preservation Council. Experts of India and Nepal have participated in this international conference..

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Kerala Islamic scholars hail Saudi King’s move to scrutinize Hadiths

Islamic scholars in Kerala have hailed the initiative by Saudi Arabia to set up a panel of scholars to study and scrutinize Hadiths or Hadis “with a view to preventing their use to justify violence or terrorism in the name of Islam”...

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Global Christian bodies frown at Nepal’s anti-conversion law

Nepal joined India and Pakistan in banning religious conversions and as expected the Christian organisations worldwide came out openly displaying their displeasure over this new law...

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Devotees drowned in the Chhath Puja celebration; President, PM convey their greetings

On the occasion of auspicious Chhath Puja, the Hindu festival dedicated to the Sun, devotees in Bihar have gathered in various Sun temples in Aurangabad, Nalanda and Paliganj to observe the festival. President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have conveyed their wish to the devotees. The festival is dedicated to Suryadev and thanks him for rewarding earth with life...

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Festival of worshiping the Sun: Chhhath Puja celebration starts across country

Continuing the month-long festive season of Dushera, Diwali, the celebration of Chhath Puja has started in Bihar. Though manly Bihar celebrates this ancient Hindu festival spectacularly, many other states like Jharkhand, Uttarapradesh and India capital Delhi also celebrate the festival. Dedicated to Surjya (the Sun), the eve is to seek the blessings of the Sun God Surya to live a long and healthy life. Starting from 24th October this year’s Chhath Puja will continue till 27th October...

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Nearly 1,70,000 pilgrims from India to perform Haj this year

Nearly one lakh 70 thousand pilgrims from India are performing Haj in Saudi Arabia this year with a hope that Allah will forgive their sins, and to have a new start with their God. Till now, at least two million Muslims from all around the world has gathered in Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj this year...

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AIMPLB treads cautiously over SC verdict on triple talaq

Adopting a safe posture on triple talaq, All India Muslim Personal Law Board said that it will figure out the future line of action in the working committee meeting scheduled on September 10 in Bhopal. Speaking to the media, a senior member of the Board's working committee Zafaryab Jilani said it will not be appropriate to comment on the Supreme Court's decision without studying it in detail...

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Harvard teaching 'The Great Epics' Ramayana and Mahabharata

These great Sanskrit epics will be focus of the graduate level “Indian Religions Through Their Narrative Literatures: The Epics” class taught by Professor Anne E. Monius of Harvard Divinity School starting August 30...

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Thirteen die in Islamic terror attack in Spain

At least 13 persons were killed in a terrorist attack allegedly carried out by the Islamic State (IS) on Thursday in the heart of this Spanish city. The police have arrested two persons in this connection...

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Break Sharia Law and get 'Public Caning' in a Malaysian state

Taking a strict action for the crimes against sharia law, a state of Malaysia has amended its laws to allow public canings. The amendment was passed by the assembly of Kelantan. Kelantan a state of Malaysia is governed by a conservative Islamic party...

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Muslim Rashtriya Manch holds Iftar party at Ayodhya, tells Muslim to shun beef

Ayodhya, June 15: In an attempt to sensitise the Muslim community about the significance of cow in the holy month of Ramzan, Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM) setting up the new president today hosted an Iftar party in Ayodhya, where Muslims broke their fast..

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Fatwa issued against Ajmer Shrine chief for denouncing beef, triple talaq

Syed Zainul Anedin, spiritual head of famous Ajmer Dargah, finds himself in a trouble as a ‘fatwa’ has been issued against him for denouncing beef consumption and criticizing instant triple talaq...

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Kerala Archbishop rules out support to BJP

KCBC president Archbishop Soosa Pakiam of Thiruvananthapuram said the bishops’ meeting with Shah last week was cordial...

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Central office of MRM’s ‘Gau Sewa Sadbhavana Padayatra’ inaugurated

The central office of the historic Gau Seva Sadbhavana padayatra' to be undertaken by Muslim Rashtriya Manch Gau Seva Prakoshth national convener Mohd Faiz Khan was inaugurated at Sangat Bhavan, in New Delhi on Wednesday...

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MRM holds Iftar party in Jamia Milia Islamia, serves cow milk to ‘Rojedars’

The Muslim Rashtriya Macnh (MRM) organised a Roja Iftar party at Delhi's prestigious Jamia Milia Islamia on Monday. The participating ‘Rojedars’ were served cow milk to break their fast (Roja)...

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Holy month, unholy blasts

Ramadan is a holy month for Islam which we all must respect. More so, when it’s observed with the rigorous austerity, renouncing the material indulgences, dedicating this to the Almighty who is “common” to all and one...

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Indresh Kumar dubs Kerala cow killers as murderers of humanity

Describing those indulging in organising beef parties and creating tension in the countyr as 'satans, senior RSS functionary Indresh Kumar said that these people were murderers of humanity...

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Muslims celebrate ‘Cow Milk Parties’ during Ramjan under MRM patronage

The Muslim Rashtriya Manch has appealed to all the Indian Muslims to break the Roja during the holy month of Ramjan with cow’s milk...

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US Secretary of State Tillerson declines to host Ramazan reception

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has declined to host a Ramazan reception, apparently breaking a nearly two-decade long bipartisan tradition...

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Masked gunmen kill 23 in gun attack on Christians in Egypt

A group of masked gunmen attacked a group of Coptic Christians when they were driving to a monastery located south of Cairo on Friday and killed 26 of them while injuring 26 others, Reuters reported quoting the Governor of Egypt’s Minya Province Essam al-Bedaiwy...

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Anyhow God listens! India’s 1st Mosque in Kerala to offer Friday ‘Namaaz’ in sign language

Worshipping God in India takes you to different cultures and roots. Every individual who prays to God differs in the means he uses, the way he prays but ‘Faith’ remains constant universally. In a very unique way, the mosque in Malappuram in Kerala will render the sermons and speeches offered during the Friday ‘Namaaz’ in sign language for the benefit of the hearing-impaired believers...

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Muslim Personal Law Board promises to issue advisory on triple talaq

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) Monday submitted before the Supreme Court that it will issue an advisory on the triple talaq issue and the Qazis will be asked to advise the bridegroom and bride during the nikah not to use triple talaq for annulling the marriage as it is undesirable in the Sharia law...

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Govt may step in if triple talaq practice not changed: Venkaiah Naidu

Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu did not rule out the possibility of central government stepping in to make a legislation to ban the practice of triple talaq if the Muslim community failed to change it...

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SC reserves verdict on ‘Constitutional’ validity of practicing #TripleTalaq

Today while hearing on ‘Triple Talaq’ the Supreme Court reserved its verdict which challenged the ‘fundamentalism’ of practicing ‘Triple Talaq’ amongst Muslim women. The five-judge bench earlier had made it clear that it would examine whether the practice of ‘Triple Talaq’ among Muslims is fundamental to their religion...

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AIMPLB says #TripleTalaq part of Islam; SC squashes saying religious texts call it 'Sinful'

Today the Supreme Court while hearing on Triple Talaq, asked Centre “whether women can be given option of saying no to Triple Talaq”. While Muslim bodies asserted saying that ‘Triple Talaq’ is ‘Fundamental’ and ‘Part of religion’, SC squashed this saying that how the practice can be "fundamental" to Islam when the religious and scholarly texts themselves call it "worst" and "sinful"...

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Varanasi Muslim women invoke Lord Hanuman to end triple talaq

The novel initiative was organised by the Muslim Mahila Foundation (MMF), a NGO of Muslim Women in this holy city at Patalpuri Mutt in the city...

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Don't politicize triple talaq, PM tells Muslim leaders

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday appealed the Muslim community and its leaders not to politicise the delicate and sensitive issue of triple talaq and shoulder the responsibility of initiating reform in this regard...

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Don't politicize triple talaq, PM tells Muslim leaders

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday appealed the Muslim community and its leaders not to politicise the delicate and sensitive issue of triple talaq and shoulder the responsibility of initiating reform in this regard...

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AIMPLB misleading Muslims on triple talaq issue: Prof Md. Shabbir

Former Vice-Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) and former Dean of the Law Faculty Prof Mohammad Shabbir lambasted at All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) for ‘misleading the society’ on the sensitive issue of triple talaq...

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Pope on a visit to Egypt to accelerate peace initiatives

Pope Francis, the highest spiritual mentor of Catholics worldwide, will be arriving today in Egypt by a special Alitalia plane on a peace mission and to boost the peace initiatives in that strife-torn Islamic country...

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Talaq-hit Muslim woman seeks help from PM, CM

The woman complained that her husband Arif Ali who she married in June 2014, gave her triple talaq through the speed post. ..

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Indian Muslims: Loss and Gains

The author argues about the Loss and Gains of the Muslims in India tracing their history of the past hundred years...

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Indian Muslims: Loss and Gains

The author argues about the Loss and Gains of the Muslims in India tracing their history of the past hundred years...

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"Triple talaq is crime against Muslim women, needs to be scrapped"

Triple talaq is crime and excess against Muslim women. This should be abolished as early as possible, said Indresh Kumar here on Monday...

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Triple talaq not in vogue in any Islamic country: Moulana Suhaib Qasmi

A custom like triple talaq is not in vogue in any of the Islamic countries in the world, said Jamaat-e-Ulema-e-Hind President Moulana Suhaib Qasmi here on Sunday...

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Triple Talaq a social virus that infects the future of Muslim women

The need of the hour is to deliver justice to a hapless lot of Muslim women whose future is blackened by the social virus called instant triple talaq. They are looking with great hope in their eyes to Prime Minster Narendra Modi and UP Chief Minister Yogi Aadityanath with a firm belief that they will free them from this inhuman practice and restore their honour and respect in the society. With this hope, they defied the diktats of their menfolk and voted for the BJP in Uttar Pradesh assembly elections...

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Sonu Nigam expresses his outrage over “enforced religiousness”

Sonu Nigam, a prominent singer in the Indian film industry, experienced similar kind of distress when yesterday he was woken up early in the morning due to the deafening noises of azan...

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Honour each other's religions, Indresh Kumar exhorts Christian leaders

Senior RSS leader and patron of Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM) Indresh Kumar interacted with the participants on various national and social issues...

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Honour each other's religions, Indresh Kumar exhorts Christian leaders

Senior RSS leader and patron of Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM) Indresh Kumar interacted with the participants on various national and social issues...

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 WCC condemns terror attacks on Egypt churches

The World Council of Churches (WCC) condemned the vicious attacks on innocent worshippers in St George (Mar Girgis) Coptic Church in Tanta and in front of St Mark´s church in Alexandria, Egypt, an official release said...

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Vice-President's wife Salma slams Triple Talaq practice

Vice-President Mohd Hamid Ansari’s wife Salma Ansari asked the Muslim women not to listen to the Maulanas and other clergy on Triple Talaq issue...

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"Yoga good for body and mind, not necessary for experiencing the divine"

The Indian Catholic Church believes that yoga is not needed to experience the supreme bliss or divine spirit. It is only a way to keep your body in perfect health condition, the Church believes...

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Shia Personal Law Board favours ban on Triple Talaq, cow slaughter

The Shia Personal Law Board has come out strongly in favour of the ban on Triple Talaq and cow slaughter, the issues dear to Narendra Modi government...

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“Will never give up on singing” says Nahid Afrin after ‘Fatwa’ gets issued against her

When a talent sprouts Ofcourse its wings fly high to achieve more success and blessings. But often there comes the time that many become the reason for cutting down those wings of hopes. Top Indian Idol contestant Nahid Afrin, a 16 year old, who has already secured her wings in Bollywood when she did a playback for Akira film, faced terrible obstruction...

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Brazil’s ex-president Dilma Rousseff visits Ecumenical Center

Former President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff was given a warm reception and welcome at the Ecumenical Centre of the World Council of Churches (WCC), on Friday...

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German High School bans Muslim students from praying

A high school in the Germany’s Western Wuppertal city has banned the Muslim students from praying within the premises...

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‘It’s better to be an atheist’ than a hypocritical Catholic!

Pope Francis..

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Turkey lifts ban on female officers wearing Islamic headscarves

Turkey’s Defense Ministry has lifted the ban on female officers wearing Islamic headscarves. After the announcement was made on Wednesday Turkey will allow female military officers and cadets to wear headscarves with their uniforms...

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Triple Talaq highlights inequality towards Muslim women: Swamy

The existence of evil practices like ‘triple talaq’ only highlighted the most unacceptable inequality between men and women prevailing in the Muslim society in India, said senior BJP leader Dr Subramanian Swamy...

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Donald Trump, the visa ban and India

The recent decision of US President Donald Trump has come under severe criticism at home. The author analyses the decision vis-a-vis situation in India...

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Rijiju reacts to Congress’ accusation, says Hindus never convert people

In response to the accusation hurled by the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee against Narendra Modi government of trying to convert Arunachal Pradesh into a ‘Hindu State’, the Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju Monday said that Hindu population was reducing as they (Hindus) “never convert people”...

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Education must for progress of Muslim community: Indresh Kumar

Senior RSS leader and Patron of Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM) Indresh Kumar emphasised that education was must for the progress of the Muslim community. ..

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Muslim Rashtriya Manch launches ‘Insaniyat Jagao’ campaign

The Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM) launched its 10-day ‘Insaniyay Jagao Abhiyan’ (Arouse Humanity campaign) in a simple yet attractive ceremony held at various places in the country, informed Girish Juyal, National Convener (Organisation)...

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Three prominent Christian Cardinals meet PM

A three-member delegation of Catholic Cardinals called on the Prime Minister on Wednesday to discuss regarding the visit of the Pope to India and kidnapping of Father Tom...

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Citing security concerns, Morocco bans sale of burqas

Citing security concerns, Morocco has banned the burqa, a whole body veil used by the Muslim women, according to some local media reports, the New York Times said...

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Saudi Arab increases India’s annual Haj quota by 34,500; biggest hike in 30 years

Saudi Arab and India on Wednesday signed the bilateral Haj agreement. According to this agreement, India's annual Haj quota is increased by 34,500 which is the biggest hike in nearly three decades. The Indian delegation led by Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and the Saudi delegation led by Umrah Minister Dr. Mohammad Saleh bin Taher Benten inked an agreement in this regard in Jeddah, increasing the size of India's Haj quota from 1,36,020 to 1,70,520...

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"RSS is not anti-Muslim" — Krishna Gopal

The author writes about his first hand impressions about RSS after participating in the meeting of Muslim intellectuals organised by Muslim Rashtriya Manch on November 3 last year...

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Pakistani cops arrest 110 imams for celebrating ‘murder’ of a governor

The police in Lahore arrested as many as 110 imams on Thursday while they were celebrating the murder of Salman Taseer, Governor of Pakistan’s Punjab province. ..

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Hindraf dares Malaysian government on PR status to Zakir Naik

The Hindraf Chairman P Waytha Moorthy has sought to know from the Malaysian Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi whether the government has granted PR to the Zakir Naik?..

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MRM to launch national signature drive against triple talaq

The Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM) has announced a signature campaign against 'triple talaq'. This announcement was made during the two-day national executive meeting of the MRM which concluded here on December 20, 2016...

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Indresh Kumar: Let there be a common national law on talaq

MRM Patron and senior RSS functionary Indresh Kumar suggested to having a common national law for all the citizens of the country...

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Catholic Bishop’s report on Dalit Christians “eyewash”: PCLM

The report on Dalit Christians recently promulgated by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) is far from reality and merely public relations exercise, alleged the Poor Christian Liberation Movement (PCLM)...

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Islamic Scholar severes 40-year-old association with AIMPLB over ‘Triple Talaq’ issue

Former Dean of Law Department of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Prof Mohammad Shabbir revolted against the All India Muslim Personal Board on the issue of Triple Talaq severing his association with the Board...

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Indresh Kumar, others welcome HC order on triple talaq

Muslim Rashtriya Manch, Indresh Kumar, Journalist Tufail Ahmad and VHP have welcomed the Allahabad High Court decision on Triple Talaq...

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Nagaland church seeks repeal of good governance day on Dec 25

Church organisations in Northeast India opposed NDA government’s decision of holding good governance day on December 25...

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MRM to launch campaign for National Law

The Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM) will launch a nationwide campaign for one national law for all citizens of the country irrespective of their religions or castes...

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Company Law Tribunal dismantles CSI Board of Directors for corruption

The National Company Law Tribunal has removed all the directors and office-bearers managing the country’s largest protestant group – The Church of South India (CSI) -and installed retired judge K Sampath ..

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Slovakia bans Islam from being registered as religion

Slovakia, a former Communist state has passed a legislation banning Islam from being registered as a religion...

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Confusion about radical and moderate Islam

Radical and Moderate Islam are the two facets of the same ideology which are complementary to each other, the author argues...

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Don’t force Muslim children to sing national anthem, says Hizb ut-Tahrir in Australia

Controversial Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir (HuT) has announced that Muslim children should not be forced to sing the national anthem. The Australian chapter of this international pan-Islamic political organisation hosted a conference titled “A Community Criminalised: Innocent Until Proven Muslim?”. This resembles the same victim card which many organisations play in India too...

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'Ulema' meet vows to expel terrorism, hatred, violence from India

Writing a new script for peaceful co-existence, progress, brotherhood, harmony and non-violence the 1500 Mulsim clerics drawn from 25 states here on the eve of the 74th anniversary of “Quit India” movement, gave a clarion call to the countrymen to expel violence, injustice, terrorism and riots from the country forever...

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A historic, path-breaking event

The much talked about Saturday (July 4) iftar party hosted by Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM) for the diplomats and ambassadors of Islamic countries in India can best be described as the most historic and path-breaking event of the year...

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British ambassador sparks off religious conversion row in Nepal

British ambassador sparks off religious conversion row in Nepal..

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Don't be 'part-time' Christians: Pope

Addressing three million Christians in Brazil Pope Francis in his first ever outside trip after his pontification urged the Christians to lead a 'full and meaningful' life...

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Saudi govt wants all citizens to follow Ramadan strictly

The Saudi Kingdom will punish all those who fail to comply with the rules of Ramadan, the month-long sunrise to sunset fast observed by Muslims. The dictate applies to everyone, regardless of religious belief, or lack thereof. ..

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Zayed Foundation donates $500,000 to Islamic Centre in Montenegro

The Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan Charitable and Humanitarian foundation has donated $ 500,000 for completing the Islamic Centre building and School in the capital of Montenegro...

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Khalifa foundation to build mosque in China

The Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation has announced its support for building the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in the China's Wuzhong city...

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Abu Dhabi policewomen to train in Britain

The Abu Dhabi Police has sent a delegation of women officers to Britain to attend a leadership development programme...

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AISSF accuses ex-DGP of converting Sikh children to Islam

All INdia Sikh Students' Federation (AISSF) sumbitted a memorandum to Akal Takth Jatthedar seeking his intervention into the alleged conversion of Sikh children into Islam by former DGP Mohammad Izhar Alam...

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A ‘Twit Fatwa’ that called it ‘Haram’ to go to Dubai!

False fatwas spread on Twitter are causing much unease in Arab world. In a recent instance a ‘Twit Fatwa’ originated from Saudi Arebia went as far as declaring ‘going to Dubai is Haram’...

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Pak's first sect-free mosque calls for end to discrimination

The newly-built mosque in Islamabad’s Margalla foothills is calling upon its followers to stop discriminating along sectarian lines and to start praying together – in whichever way they like – under the same roof. ..

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WCC expresses solidarity with Buddhists over Mahabodhi blasts

The World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary, Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, has expressed “heartfelt sorrow and solidarity” with the Buddhist community over the recent bomb blasts at the Mahabodhi temple complex in Bodh Gaya, in the north Indian state of Bihar. ..

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Naxal-affected Jagdalpur diocese gets new Bishop

Pope Francis has appointed Fr. Joseph Kollamparampil as the new bishop of Jagdalpur diocese that covers the Naxalites-infested Bastar area of Chhattisgarh state in Central India. ..

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Egyptian Brotherhood not to take part in politics

The Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, will not take part in Egyptian political process after the military ousted its president, a party advisor said. ..

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A break with tradition, Pizza, burgers shape up Roza Aftaar menu

Breaking the ritualistic fast in the holy month of Ramadan would also mark a break with tradition in the one-time city of nawabs here. After the prayers, devout Muslims could eat pizzas, burgers, or even pancakes!..

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Kerala Muslims plan Ramadan namaz to pledge against terrorism, alcoholism

Kerala's Malappuram district is gearing up to host India's largest Ramadan prayer congregation August 4 where believers would take a pledge against terrorism and alcoholism...

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UAE's PM launches Ramadan campaign to clothe 1 million kids

The UAE's Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has launched a Ramadan campaign which aims to provide clothes for 1,000,000 deprived children around the world...

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Morsi's fall may create uneasiness for Islamic forces in Arab nations

The Muslim Brotherhood's aborted political term in Egypt may create uneasiness for Islamic forces in other Arab states, political experts have said. ..

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Turmoil poisons joy of Ramadan in Egypt

As the Islamic holy month of Ramadan begins in Egypt, Ayah Alaa, in her 20s, hardly feels any joy. She constantly thinks of the death of two of her neighbours in recent clashes between supporters and opponents of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. ..

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Pope issues new law criminalising sexual abuse of kids

Pope Francis has issued new legislation criminalising the sexual or physical abuse of children in the Vatican. ..

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Shame Vatican: UN panel sets deadline for Vatican to confess on child sex abuse cases

Vatican is facing a huge embarrassment and shame as the Human Rights panel of the United Nations has posed a list of tough questions to the Vatican about child abuse by Catholic priests. This is seen as a potential embarrassment for Pope Francis a few months into his papacy...

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Growing ‘Satan worship’ cult sends shockwaves among Naga Christian leaders

There are some interesting developments in north east India’s Christian communities that are converted from tribals. Virag Pachpore looks at the weird but interesting things…..

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Goa govt, Church agree on inviting pope

The BJP leadership has asked the Goa diocese to route the invitation through the central government. ..

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Bats posing survival threats to ancient churches in UK

Medieval churches in United Kingdom which survived the “ravages” of the reformation, might now have to be abandoned because European law is allowing them to be overrun with bats, the Church of England has warned. ..

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Minority Commission’s endorsement to Conversion activity and violence

The Minority Commission’s decision to felicitate Kandhamal violence culprit Father Ajay Singh with Minority Man Award has attracted heavy criticism. R.L. Francis looks at the matter… ..

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Pope Francis clears sainthood for John Paul II, John XXIII

Late pope John Paul II is set to become a saint later this year as Pope Francis has approved his second miracle. ..

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Vatican reports 2.2 mn euro profit amid drop in donations

The Vatican posted a budget surplus of 2.2 million euros for the 2012 fiscal year, although its charitable offerings fell, the Holy See said. ..

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Wahabi ideology a threat to India’s security: AIUMB

The Wahabi/Salafi fire that has engulfed Afghanistan and Pakistan will not be allowed to burn India, said Maulana Syed Mohammad Ashraf Kichhowchhvi addressing eighth annual meeting of All India Ulama and Mashaikh Board (AIUMB) held recently at Rudauli, reports TCN News. ..

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European nations feel heat of Islamic intolerance

Some major European countries like Belgium, Sweden, United Kingdom, France, and Germany are feeling the heat of Islamic fundamentalism and extreme intolerance associated with it in their respective countries. ..

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Pope John Paul II closer to sainthood after 2nd miracle confirmed

All that former Pope John Paul needs is the Pope Francis’ sign-off to become a saint later this year after doctors and the commission of theologians okayed the second miracle performed by John Paul II, the commission of theologians has also given its approval...

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Community status lapses on conversion, rules High Court

The Madras High Court has ruled that a person professing a particular religion and belonging to a backward or most backward or scheduled caste community will lose the community status on converting to another religion. ..

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Iran not to allow foreigners to decide for Syria

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi has said that his country will not allow any foreign nation to decide for the Syrian people, after a "Friends of Syria" meeting in Doha pledged to arm the Syrian rebels. ..

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Dubai to build Holy Quran Park

Dubai authorities are all set to construct a unique public park -- Holy Quran Park. Spread over 60-hectare area, this special park will have all available plants as mentioned in the holy Quran. ..

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Egyptian artists rally against 'Islamisation' of culture

For days now, dozens of Egyptian artists and intellectuals have been occupying the headquarters of the Ministry of Culture in Cairo to demand the resignation of the new culture minister, whom the protesters accuse of “Islamising” the sector. ..

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Over 530,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon

The UN Higher Council for Refugees said Sunday that the number of Syrians who have fled their war-torn country to Lebanon has exceeded 530,000. ..

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Egypt snaps diplomatic ties with Syria amidst growing unrest, backs Syrian opposition

Amidst growing unrest and fierce civil war between Shias and Sunnis in Syria, Egypt has snapped all diplomatic ties with Syria with immediate effect. Egypt is a politically important Arab country in Middle East, but it has no major oil mines. Egypt has declared its support for the Syrian opposition calling the current regime of Assad as 'having no place in Syrian Future.'..

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Syrian kids honoured for memorising Quran

The UAE-Jordan camp for Syrian refugees organised a ceremony to honour Syrian children who memorised parts of the Holy Quran. ..

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Pope Francis targets Catholics living together without marriage

Pope Francis has decried the number of Catholics now cohabiting and said he would order a study to tackle the question. ..

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Italy says Turkey unrest 'not Arab spring'

Italy’s foreign minister has rejected comparisons between the current anti-government protests in Turkey and the Arab Spring uprisings that toppled governments in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya. ..

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Exorcist claims holy water cures nightmares

An exorcist from the Vatican told Filipinos during a visit to Manila over the weekend that sprinkling holy water over themselves before going to bed would fight nightmares. ..

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Pope confesses homosexual lobby, corruption exists in his government

Already having a maligned image world-over due to pedophiles and sex-maniac church clerics, the Pope Francis has created more trouble for Roman Catholic Church order by his confession that there exists a ‘homosexual lobby’ within his government in Vatican, along with corruption. ..

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ASI, church lock horns over dress code in Goa

The church administrators are opposed to worshipers coming to church in bikinis—a sight rare in other churches of the world. The ASI, however, says it cannot ban the bikini. ..

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didn't want to be pope: Pope Francis

Through an interesting revelation, Pope Francis has said that he never wanted to be pope and that he's living in the Vatican hotel for his "psychiatric" health...

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Pope backs Syria peace conference bid

Pope Francis has voiced support for international attempts to convene a peace conference to be attended by Syria's government and opposition. ..

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PIL against Muslim clerics to stop the practice issuing Talaq certificates

In an interesting development, a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Madras High Court by Badar Sayeed, the first woman to head the Wakf Board and the Tamil aNadu Minorities Commission to stop the practice of Muslim clerics issuing talaq (divorce) certificates...

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Pope's spontaneous remarks leave Vatican in a spin

Of the various innovations that Pope Francis has already introduced into the way a pontiff lives and works, one of the most significant is his celebration of weekday morning Masses with invited guests. ..

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Dalit Christians accuse Church of failing them

Dalit Christians who constitute 75 per cent in Tamil Nadu have accused the Church of failing to make use of the legal and Constitutional provisions to safeguard their interests. ..

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Over 7 Mln Egyptians Sign Anti-Morsi Petition, Millions to march to Presidential Palace to oust Muslim Brotherhood rule

More than 7 million signatures have been gathered under a petition to oust Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, anti-Morsi movement spokesman Mahmud Badr said Wednesday. The movement aims to collect 15 million signatures by June 30 to demand early presidential elections. ..

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Pope's comment on redemption for atheists sparks debate

American atheists welcomed Pope Francis’ comments that God redeems nonbelievers, saying that the new pontiff's historic outreach is helping to topple longstanding barriers. ..

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Human trafficking disgrace to civilized society: Pope

Civilized society would not tolerate such abuse, Francis tells Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travelers. ..

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Tourists at Bom Jesus Basilica asked to dress properly

The church authorities have started providing shawls to visitors who are dressed inappropriately. ..

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Goa Church backs local taxi drivers

The reaction came after Russian ambassador to India had supported his countrymen driving taxis in the state. ..

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New CRI secretary calls to sink all differences

The stress on identity as members of particular congregation or other group may hinder the mission, he said. ..

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Maharashtra Muslims demand job quota

Over 10,000 Muslims from all over Maharashtra Monday vowed to continue their struggle for getting 20 percent job and academic reservations, at a gathering here. ..

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Mumbai police cancel permit for Muslim rally

In a surprise move, Mumbai police has refused to allow a 300-km long Muslim reservation march from entering Azad Maidan Monday, the organisers said here Saturday. ..

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Buddhist-Christian encounter to explore new mode of dialogue

In collaboration with the Christian Conference of Asia and organized by the WCC unit on Inter-religious Dialogue and Cooperation an "interface" of 25 Buddhists and Christians will take place 27 to 31 May in Bangkok, Thailand, and center on themes of life, justice and peace, central elements in the WCC 10th Assembly theme. ..

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India's diocesan priests revisit Vatican Council

Sixty five diocesan priests from all over the country have gathered for the two-day meeting with the theme “Revisiting II Vatican Council: Ministry and Life of Priests in the Light of the Aggiornamento of Vatican II”. ..

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Chinese Church leaders resent Beijing's grip on bishop polls

Church observers in China have reacted strongly to a revision of the regulations surrounding the election of bishops, which they say grants the government-backed Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China (BCCCC) overarching control over who can become a bishop. ..

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Church has no room for power struggles, says pope

While acknowledging that power struggles have existed in the Church since it began, Pope Francis said Jesus’ teaching on power leaves no room for them..

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About 300 artists to paint Biblical Noah’s Ark in Kerala

The mural painting would be spread over an area of 3000 sq.ft. and is likely to fetch the world record for being prepared by a large number of artists hailing from various countries within a single day, said K.A. Francis, Akademi chairman. ..

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Pope hopes China's Catholics can pray without fear

Pope Francis hopes Chinese Catholics would be able to practise their faith freely and without fear, inviting them to stay loyal to the Vatican, whose authority is challenged by China's Communist rulers...

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CSI to celebrate bicentenary of missioners' arrival

The Madhya Kerala diocese of the Church of South India will organize history-related seminars in various parts of the state as part of the double centenary celebrations of the arrival of Church Mission Society Missionaries in the state. ..

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Muslim rioters run biggest violence in Swedish capital, Indians affected

More than 40 Indian families in densely populated Stockholm suburbs are affected by the Muslim riots, biggest in the Swedish history. The Indian community is worried over explosive riots in the past week, which one Indian immigrant described as ‘unusually fearsome’. ..

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Raha Moharrak becomes first Saudi woman summits Mount Everest

Breaking all barricades of orthodox religious beliefs in ultra-conservative country, Raha Moharrak crated a history after she become Saudi Arabia’s first woman to conquer Mount Everest...

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There is a mini-Pakistan growing in Delhi: Tarek Fatah

Yasser Arafat died years ago but his name can still generate controversy, as Canadian author and broadcaster of Pakistani origin Tarek Fatah found out in New Delhi during hisw recent visit to the Indian capital. ..

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Saudi Arabia Punishes two Christians for converting coworker

A Saudi Arabian court has sentenced a Lebanese Christian, as well as a Saudi Christian, to prison time and lashings as punishment for encouraging the conversion of a younger, female Saudi coworker. ..

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Mar Thoma Church to abandon Chinese coffins

The Church found the "Swarga Petti" (heavenly box) an unfriendly product as it takes long to decay in the soil. ..

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Kerala Jacobite Church to help war-hit Syrian Christians

Over 70,000 Christians have died and over a million forced to flee to neighboring countries since the beginning of civil war in Syria. ..

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Islam could be dominant UK religion in 10 years

One in 10 people under 25 are Muslim, while Christianity is in decline, the 2011 UK census reveals. An explosion in the Muslim population and an aging Christian demographic could mean Islam will be the dominant religion in the UK in 10 years. ..

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Descendants of Goans to revisit state under youth programme

Descendants of Goans, who fled their villages centuries ago to escape religious inquisition during the Portuguese regime, will be brought to Goa as part of a youth programme, a minister said Wednesday...

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Pope Francis canonizes 800 martyrs

Pope Francis has canonised more than 800 15th-century martyrs who were killed after refusing to convert to Islam – a delicate and arguably unwelcome ecclesiastical move he inherited from his predecessor Benedict. ..

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Muslim lawyers see red over Christian prayer to Allah

An evangelical church group’s Facebook message calling Christians to pray for “Allah’s blessings” on the country has riled up a group of Muslim lawyers who are demanding state Islamic bodies act against what they have branded a “criminal” offence against their creed. ..

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Supernatural 'signs' in the conclave led to pope's election

Cardinal Christoph Schnborn, the Archbishop of Vienna, who was himself widely tipped as a possible successor to Pope Benedict, said he had personally had two “strong signs” that Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was “the chosen one” in the run up to vote. ..

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NGO trains future priests for social awareness

A non-governmental agency in Dimapur organized a 15-day course for theology students of various churches to help the future priests to connect with social issues affecting the tribal dominated Nagaland region. ..

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Youth program to bring back Goan descendants

Descendants of Goans, who fled their villages centuries ago to escape religious inquisition during the Portuguese regime, will be brought to Goa as part of a youth program, a prominent Congress politician said on Wednesday. ..

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Conservationists demand restoration of Dara Shikoh's library

Conservationists here have demanded the restoration and reopening of Dara Shikoh' library that is lying in shambles in the heart of the Taj city. "People may have forgotten about its existence but during (Mughal emperor) Shah Jahan's reign, it was a centre of scholarship and excellence," said historian Raj Kishore Raje. "Sufi saints and scholars regularly met and discussed mysticism and theology with Dara Shikoh himself initiating the discussions," he added. ..

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Scholar and thinker Asghar Ali Engineer dead

Renowned Islamic scholar, progressive thinker, author and Dawoodi Bohra reformist leader Asghar Ali Engineer passed away here Tuesday after a prolonged illness, family members said. He was 74. ..

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BSP MP insults National Song, walks out of LS while Vande Mataram being played

New Delhi, May 8 : A Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) member of parliament walked out of the Lok Sabha when the national song was being played, drawing a reprimand from Speaker Meira Kumar. Shafiqur Rahman Barq, a BSP member from Sambhal in Uttar Pradesh, was s..

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Goa Church demands beef from BJP government

The Church in Goa wants the state government to put beef on the dinner tables in the thousands of Christian and Muslim homes, even as the high court last week tried to streamline slaughtering laws in the state...

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Church of Scotland: Jews don't have right to the land of Israel

A new church report challenging Jewish historic claims and criticizing Zionism has drawn anger and harsh condemnation from the local Jewish community. ..

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Sri Lankan Buddhist groups blamed for growing religious violence

More than 300 demonstrators gathered on Sunday in Colombo to protest against a wave of attacks on Muslim and other religious minority businesses in recent months...

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Calm down, says Vatican as reform rumors swirl

Amid widespread speculation about a complete and quick reorganization of Vatican departments and rumors in the Italian media that Pope Francis was going to close the Vatican bank, a top Vatican official told everyone to calm down. ..

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Muslims worldwide favor sharia as official law: Pew survey

An overwhelming majority of Muslims around the globe expressed a strong desire for sharia—their traditional Islamic law—to be recognized as the official law of the land of their country, revealed the recent survey conducted by Pew Research Centre...

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Mumbai mosque opens its main hall to women for first time

Masjid-e-Iranian, a 153-year-old Iranian mosque in Bhendi Bazar, Mumbai opened, for the first time, its main hall to women recently...

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Benedict to move into retirement home inside Vatican

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI is expected to take up residence inside a renovated ex-monastery inside the Vatican, according to sources within the Holy See. ..

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Why are Ahmadi Muslims so controversial?

The Ahmadi hold many beliefs far outside mainstream Islam, including the idea that the messiah has arrived. They're also convinced Jesus died in Kashmir, in the Himalayas. Ahmadi have become known as assertive proselytizers. They are a small religious sect in Canada. ..

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Global Muslim survey finds support for Sharia, but also religious pluralism

A majority of Muslims around the world believe sharia - or traditional Islamic law - should prevail in the countries in which they live, but at the same time most say they favor religious freedom for people of other faiths, according to a new survey...

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Church leader blame social media for fall in attendance

The head of the bishop’s conference youth commission has said that the distracting influence of the internet, sites like Facebook and too much television are to blame for declining church attendances in the Philippines..

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Britain's Sharia Courts: You can't go against Islam

A new documentary secretly filmed inside several of the 85 Islamic Sharia Law courts operating in Britain has exposed the systematic discrimination that many women are suffering at the hands of Muslim jurists. ..

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Pope Francis has six mn followers on Twitter

Six million people are now tracking Pope Francis on his Twitter account..

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Ahmadiyah sect under siege in Indonesia

The targeting of Ahmadis fits with a wider pattern of rising attacks in recent years against religious minorities in the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation, where most are Sunnis. ..

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Saudi Arabia deports three men for being too handsome

If you are handsome, think twice before visiting or shifting to Saudi Arebia. Because Saudis cannot stand `handsome’ men. Just last week, Saudi Arabia deported three Emiratis men for being “too handsome”!..

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At the eye of the storm — again

JMI agreed to my talk, but merely hours before the event on April 11, the university sent out a cryptic press release stating: “An interactive session with Mr. Tarek Fatah, a Canadian writer and broadcaster and a secular Muslim activist has been CANCELLED due to some unavoidable reasons.” ..

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Shabnam Hashmi’s ANHAD is majorly Church funded

Among the other organizations that made donations to Hashmi’s ANHAD are IMRC (Indian Muslim Relief and Charities), headquartered in Palo Alto, California and Church Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA). ..

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Indira govt. acted tough against Catholic bodies: WikiLeaks

India imposed strict conditions on appointment of bishops in the country after they opposed the mass sterilization drive...

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I am an Indian born in Pakistan-Tarek Fatah

Tarek Fatah has demolished the concept of a nation-state exclusively for the Muslims...

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Pak drops 'un-Islamic' kite-flying festivities

Many analysts say the Pakistan Muslim League-N government banned Basant & cracked down on people making and selling kites due to pressure from hardline religious and extremist groups like the jamat ud dawah, which claimed the festival had "Hindu origins" and was "un-Islamic". ..

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Jesuit pope should look East

He may have the chance to fulfill his Oriental yearnings. ..

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The average US home has 4.4 Bibles but they don't get read

A survey says that Americans give great importance but don't pay much attention to the Bible. ..

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Kerala Church does not see greater role for women

No claim is made on the possibility of women assuming a greater role as heads of parishes or dioceses. ..

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CNI to focus on development of tribal Christians in Gujarat

The tribal-dominated areas in south Gujarat, including Dang, Tapi and Surat, have witnessed communal unrest against Christians in 1998 ..

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Fear stalks Yangon's Muslims after Buddhist-led killings

An ultra-nationalist Buddhist creed is becoming more visible in Myanmar's commercial capital, Yangon, after monks from the apartheid-like movement helped stoke a wave of anti-Muslim violence in the central heartlands. ..

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Islamists in B'desh attack, abuse female scribes

The Hifazat-e-Islam not only barred women from entering its rally in the capital of Dhaka on Saturday, but also harassed physically and mentally several female journalists performing their professional duties there. ..

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BBC documentary: Sharia courts putting women at risk

A BBC documentary with undercover footage inside Britain's Islamic courts reveals the shocking discrimination some women are suffering. ..

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Bangladesh doesn't need blasphemy law: Hasina

Bangladeshi PM Sheikh Hasina has firmly rejected demands by Islamists for a new anti-blasphemy law to punish those who defame Islam and Prophet Muhammad. ..

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Church's Paranoia

In his controversial address the Pope asked cardinals to have “courage” in “persever[ing] and search[ing] for new ways to evangelise”: ..

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Catholic nun ends life in Coimbtore

Angeline Nirmala Reena took the extreme step on March 30 and informed the fellow nuns that she had consumed pesticide and fell unconscious while having breakfast. The relatives of the deceased refused to accept her body after postmortem, alleging that she was tortured by church authorities. ..

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Ban Peter Youngren show, demand Hindu bodies

Adhivakta Parishad (Lawyers’ Council) and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Monday demanded cancellation of permission to the public ‘healing and prayer’ show of the Canadian Christian Missionary Peter Youngren. ..

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Arab spring: Rise in sexual assaults in Egypt sets off clash over blame

The increase in sexual assaults over the last two years has set off a new battle over who is to blame, and the debate has become a stark and painful illustration of the convulsions racking Egypt as it tries to reinvent itself...

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Girls Islamic Organisation under scanner of Mumbai Police Intel

All police stations in Mumbai have been asked to monitor the activities of Girls Islamic Organization (GIO). The group has been put under scanner because it is “motivating girls towards radical Islam and Jihad"..

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Jihadis' exploitation of Muslim girls

If anyone is really insulting Islam, it is the Muslim fundamentalists and jihadis who show no respect for Muslim girls and treat them as sex slaves. ..

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Changing equations in ethnic Europe

Praising Islam for promoting modesty and respect for God, the Rabbi’s statement comes amid growing concerns over the rapidly-rising number of Muslims in Europe. ..

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European Pagans worshipped rising Sun on Ester

'When Christians attempted to convert pagans from their traditional beliefs, the native people of Europe were initially resistant to discarding the beliefs and values that had guided them successfully for thousands of years. Realizing that it was difficult to get people to give up their relation to nature and the recollection of their past, the Christian conversion effort adopted and modified the pagan traditions, while replacing cyclical nature with an invisible, inert god and a personal, linear ..

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Church has betrayed faith of converted Christians

PCLM President R.L. Francis, says that Dalit Christians have left far behind than Hindu Dalits. ..

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Pak: Hindu girl forcibly converted, Hindus stage protest

There is report of forcible conversion of Hindu girl in southern Singh province. Hindu girl was reportedly abducted and married to a Muslim man...

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Afghan businesswomen fear going jobless after troops withdraw

Women who pursue careers in Afghanistan often face opposition from their ultra-conservative society, and despite women winning back many rights since the Taliban were toppled by US-backed Afghan forces in 2001, their situation remains precarious. ..

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UN report details Iranian persecution of non-Muslims

The March report provides a rare, detailed view into the shocking treatment of Christians in Iran, where American Pastor Saeed Abedini is serving an eight-year sentence for his alleged work with Christians. ..

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Pope Francis refuses to live in papal apartment

Pope Francis has opted to stay at a modest two-room residence instead of moving to a grand papal apartment on the top floor of the Vatican's Apostolic Palace, his spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi said...

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Pope Francis refuses to live in papal apartment

Pope Francis has opted to stay at a modest two-room residence instead of moving to a grand papal apartment on the top floor of the Vatican's Apostolic Palace, his spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi said..

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