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19th Nov 2013

Pakistan: Gujrat University professor shot dead

GUJRAT, (Express Tribune Web Desk/APP/AFP/Reuters): Student services director of the University of Gujrat Professor Syed Shabbir Hussain Shah was killed by unidentified gunmen on Tuesday, Express News reported. The profes­sor was a Shia and had been threat­ened in the past. His driver was also … Continued

17th Nov 2013

Pakistan: Rawalpindi violence kills nine; curfew back on after 4-hour-break

[Photo: Jang] ISLAMABAD (Agencies, Dawn): In order to prevent violent attacks and maintain law and order ahead of the funerals of Friday’s victims today, curfew has been imposed again in Rawalpindi after a four-hour break from 9pm Saturday to 1am … Continued

Iraq attacks target Ashura commemorations, killing dozens
15th Nov 2013

Iraq attacks target Ashura commemorations, killing dozens

Attacks against Shia worshipers, including a suicide bombing that ripped through a religious procession, killed 41 people in Iraq Thursday despite massive security deployed for one of the holiest days of their faith. The bloodshed came as a flood of … Continued

14th Nov 2013

Pakistan: Security forces foil suicide attack on Islamabad Imambargah

ISLAMABAD, (Express Tribune): A suicide bombing attempt was foiled in Islamabad and the alleged suicide bomber and mastermind were arrested, Express News reported on Thursday. According to initial reports, they were planning to attack the Imambargah in Sector G-6, Islamabad on … Continued

Pakistan: Commemmoration of Imam Husayn’s martyrdom: 12 Shi’as injured in Karachi bomb attacks
14th Nov 2013

Pakistan: Commemmoration of Imam Husayn’s martyrdom: 12 Shi’as injured in Karachi bomb attacks

  [The bomb blasts took place outside an imambargah in the city’s North Nazimabad locality where a gathering of mourners had concluded an hour ago. PHOTO: EXPRESS NEWS screenshot] KARACHI, (Express Tribune): At least 12 people including law enforcers and media … Continued

9th Nov 2013

Pakistan: Attacks on Shi’a Muslim religious centres kill three in Gujranwala

[Photo: Jang newspaper]   GUJRANWALA, (Agencies): At least three worshipers were killed early Saturday morning when gunmen opened fire at two different Imambargahs in Gujranwala, sparking protests from mourners and enraged members of the Shia community. According to police reports, … Continued

2nd Nov 2013

Turkey: Turkish deputy demands Ghadir Khumm to be religious holiday

ISTANBUL, (Hürriyet Daily News):  The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Mersin deputy Aytuğ Atıcı issued a bill to the Parliament yesterday for the Alawite’s Ghadir Khumm day to be recognized as a religious holiday, as it will be celebrated in Ankara … Continued

18th Oct 2013

Saudi Arabia: Journey of a lifetime ends successfully

 [HAJ MABROOR: After arriving in Makkah from Mina on Thursday, pilgrims circumambulate the Kaaba  marking the end of Haj. (AN photo by  Khidr Al-Zahrani)] Mina, (Siraj Wahab): The once-in-a-lifetime journey of faith, endurance and determination for hundreds of thousands of … Continued

17th Oct 2013

Saudi Arabia: 5,000 Saudi youths helping pilgrims

[TVTC scouts checking their maps to get acquainted with their stations and guide pilgrims] By Fouzia Khan   Jeddah, (Arab News): Over 5,000 Saudi youth skilled in 25 professions have been helping Haj pilgrims in performing the rituals this season. The … Continued

16th Oct 2013

Saudi Arabia: 16 open-heart surgeries performed on pilgrims

F[FAITHFUL THRONG: Pilgrims move about in the tent city of Mina on Tuesday. (AN photo by Adnan Mahad Ali)]  Mina, (Arab News): Ministry of Health’s facilities in Makkah and Madinah performed 16 open-heart surgeries to pilgrim patients as well as … Continued

15th Oct 2013

Saudi Arabia: Hajj: When tears speak louder than words

  [HIGH P0INT: Jabal Al-Rahma or Mount of Mercy on the plains of Arafat is flooded by Hajis during the peak of the annual pilgrimage on Monday. (AN photos by Abdullah Al-Mohsen)]   By SIRAJ WAHAB   Arafat, (Arab News): … Continued

14th Oct 2013

Saudi Arabia: Hajj: Nearly 2 million pilgrims arrive in Mina

[Pilgrims offer prayer at the historic Masjid Al-Qaif in Mina on Sunday. (AN photo by Khidr Al-Zahrani)]   By SIRAJ WAHAB   MINA: Nearly 2 million pilgrims arrived in Mina on Sunday as part of the first phase of Haj … Continued

11th Oct 2013

Al-Qa’ida’s new orders: Avoid killing Christians and Shi’a Muslims

By Radwan Mortada Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri released a new statement, considered to be orders for the coming phase. The emir of the international organization changed his old tone, and called to avoid killing Shia, Christians, Hindus, and Sufis in … Continued

4th Oct 2013

Germany: Mosques open doors to non-Muslims

The Local: Over a thousand mosques welcomed visitors on Thursday as part of an annual event celebrating the integration of Germany’s four million Muslims into society. Organisers said they expected over a hundred thousand visitors – 80 percent of them … Continued

Saudi Arabia: MERS safety: Pilgrims must wear masks
3rd Oct 2013

Saudi Arabia: MERS safety: Pilgrims must wear masks

[Wearing of masks will be required for pilgrims as they gather in the holy city of Makkah during Haj as a safety measure for everyone.] By Md Rasooldeen Riyadh, (Arab News): The Ministry of Health advised Haj pilgrims on Wednesday … Continued

Pakistan: Attacks on imambargah, mosque claim 4 lives in Karachi, Peshawar
20th Sep 2013

Pakistan: Attacks on imambargah, mosque claim 4 lives in Karachi, Peshawar

KARACHI/PESHAWAR, (The News): Successive attacks on places of worship in two major cities of Pakistan left at least four dead and dozens injured on Thursday night, Geo News reported.   According to details one person died and nine more were … Continued

11th Sep 2013

Egypt cracks down on unlicensed preachers

Egyptian authorities will bar 55,000 unlicensed clerics from preaching in mosques in the latest move against sympathisers of deposed Islamist President Mohammed Mursi, the minister of religious endowments said on Tuesday. Egyptian authorities have been cracking down on Mursi’s Muslim … Continued

6th Sep 2013

Jordan: Sunni-Shia relations key to regional stabilty, says Sheikh Mustafa Ceric

  By Sheikh Mustafa Cerić Amman: Today, it’s undeniable that the Middle East is seeing a period of rising sectarian violence between Sunnis and Shi’as, especially in Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. On 20 August, King Abdullah II of Jordan … Continued

4th Sep 2013

India: Muslim leaders irked with high court order on imams

Kolkata, (Hindustan Times): Muslim leaders expressed unhappiness over the high court order that ruled monthly honorariums for imams and muezzins across the state as ‘unconstitutional’. Terming the court order as unfortunate, many minority groups even threatened to move the Supreme … Continued

Iraq bombing wave kills more than 60, mainly Shi’a Muslims
11th Aug 2013

Iraq bombing wave kills more than 60, mainly Shi’a Muslims

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): More than 60 people were killed and over 200 others wounded in a wave of bombings attacks across Iraq on Saturday, mostly in the capital Baghdad, according to latest data given by officials and local media. A total … Continued

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