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Remove Mosque from Court Premises : HC

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Remove Mosque from Court Premises : HC

Lucknow: Allahabad High Court has directed the removal of a  58 year old mosque called ‘Waqf Masjid High Court’ from its premises within three months for encroachment and asked the state government to delete the words “high court” from the name in all documents. The court directed its registrar-general to ensure that in future, no […]

Over two lakh refugees flood Bangladesh

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Over two lakh refugees flood Bangladesh

Bangladesh is reeling under a flood of refugees.  Some 2,70,000 Rohingya Muslims have sought shelter in Bangladesh since violence erupted in Burma (Myanmar) two weeks ago, the UN says. A spokeswoman said the jump – up from 1,64,000 on Thursday – was because new pockets of people had been found. She called the figure “so […]

‘Will Graves swallow up space for the living?’ asks Court

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‘Will Graves swallow up space for the living?’ asks Court

New Delhi :The way graveyards are expanding in the national capital, there would be no place to live, the Delhi High Court observed (July 4). Asking the authorities to find out about the burial practices prevailing elsewhere in the world, a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar said as […]

‘Triple Talaq’: Supreme Court will decide very soon!

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‘Triple Talaq’: Supreme Court will decide very soon!

New Delhi,:  The Supreme Court said it was keeping open for adjudication in the future the issues of polygamy and ‘nikah halala’ among Muslims as the Centre insisted that deliberations on these aspects be held as well. (May 15) The observation was made when Attorney General (AG) Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the Centre, said the […]

‘Send pilgrims to Mecca via Sea Route’ : possibility in 2018

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‘Send pilgrims to Mecca via Sea Route’ : possibility in 2018

New Delhi: In order to cut down expenses on the annual Haj subsidies for pilgrims to Mecca, the government is considering reviving the older sea route from Bombay port. After a gap of nearly a quarter-century, chanting of ‘Talbiyah’, a prayer Muslims invoke before they set off for or during the annual Haj pilgrimage may […]

Thousands chant ‘I am a Muslim’ in New York

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Thousands chant ‘I am a Muslim’ in New York

New York:  Over a thousand people from various faiths declared ‘I am a Muslim too’ as they assembled at the iconic Times Square to protest against US President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. and express solidarity with the US Muslim communities.  The rally was co-organised by the Foundation For Ethnic Understanding and the Nusantara Foundation in […]

Maulvi’s ‘divorce certificate’ is not valid in India

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Maulvi’s ‘divorce certificate’ is not valid in India

New Delhi: Muslim clerics have no authority to issue divorce certificates, a High Court in India has ruled, invalidating such decrees already issued by a top cleric in Tamil Nadu state in southern India (Jan 13). This is in line with, a 1997 Supreme Court judgment ruled that church court rulings on marriage will have […]

Anti-conversion law passed in Sindh, Pakistan!

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Anti-conversion law passed in Sindh, Pakistan!

KARACHI  – Sindh province has passed a law against forced conversions, much to the relief of Hindus and Christians in this Pakistani province. A Pakistan province on Thursday (Nov 24) passed a law making “forced conversions” punishable with a life sentence and forbidding minors from changing their religion, a bid to protect minorities in the […]

Burma Refugees flood Bangladesh

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Burma Refugees flood Bangladesh

DHAKA : Beleaguered Bangladesh has a refugee problem now – Hundreds of Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh after fleeing violence in neighbouring Burma, many with horrific tales of troops killing civilians and burning villages. Bangladesh says it has prevented hundreds more from crossing into the country, despite pleas from the United Nations to open its […]

Francis opposed the Crusades, strove for Peace!

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Francis opposed the Crusades, strove for Peace!

Is Francis of Assisi relevant today? St. Francis was a strong voice in the nonviolent struggle for racial harmony and reconciliation. Francis lived in the political turmoil of the 13th Century “Holy Roman Empire,” locked in a culture of war as the empire united in a series of Crusades against Muslims, Jews and others labelled […]

Seventy Thousand Muslim women demand reworking of ‘personal laws’

Seventy Thousand Muslim women demand reworking of ‘personal laws’

New Delhi: Some 70,000 Muslim women have banded together to address oppression faced within the framework of ‘personal law’. Some 30 years after a Congress government passed a law to overturn the Supreme court’s landmark Shah Bano verdict that had granted Muslim women lifelong alimony rights with conditions, the Supreme Court has proposed that a […]

Tripura: no problem if Muslims head Durga Puja Samitis

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Tripura: no problem if Muslims head Durga Puja Samitis

AGARTALA (Tripura): While divisive forces in certain parts of India attempt to cause rifts between Hindus and Muslims, in Tripura one saw several places where the Durga puja in Tripura were organised by the Muslim community. And this is not new, but very ordinary.  The big budget puja of the ‘Blood Drop’ club in the […]