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25th Jun 2013

Egypt: Egyptian grand mufti condemns mob Shi’a Muslim killings

(Photo: Ahram)   Ahram Online: Egypt’s Grand Mufti Shawqi Allam strongly condemned the mob killing of four Shia Muslims in a Giza village on Sunday, an incident which has heighted fears of worsening sectarian frictions in Egypt. Four Egyptian Shias were … Continued

23rd Jun 2013

Egypt: Angry mob kills at least 4 Shias in Giza village including leader

[Angry Mob Beating A Shiite in Zawya Abu Muslam village "Source:Hazem Barakat"] By Zeinab El Gundy,   Eyewitnesses say that Salafist sheikhs in Giza village led a mob attack on Shia families, accusing them of being infidels and spreading debauchery, … Continued

21st Jun 2013

Pakistan: Suicide attack at Shi’a Musilm madrasa kills 15 in Peshawar

By Riaz Ahmad PESHAWAR, (Express Tribune): A suicide bomber blew himself up in Gulshan Colony, Peshawar, killing 15 and leaving 22 injured, Express News reported on Friday. The Hussaini Madrassa in the area was the target of the blast. The interior of … Continued

19th Jun 2013

Iraq: 32 killed in twin suicide bombings in Baghdad Shi’a Muslim mosque

BAGHDAD, (Xinhua): Up to 32 people were killed and 57 wounded in a twin suicide bomb attacks at a Shiite mosque in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Tuesday, an Interior Ministry source said. “The toll rose to 32 killed … Continued

17th Jun 2013

Egypt’s court sentences Muslim preacher to jail over blasphemy

CAIRO, (Xinhua): An Egyptian misdemeanor court sentenced on Sunday a Muslim preacher and his son to jail over charges of insulting religion and tearing up the Bible, state-run MENA news agency reported. The ultra-conservative Salafist cleric Ahmed Abdullah, known as … Continued

Saudi Arabia: Pilgrims told postpone Hajj if you can
16th Jun 2013

Saudi Arabia: Pilgrims told postpone Hajj if you can

  [Photo: With expansion work going on at the mataf in Makkah, the number of pilgrims in this year's Haj season has to be reduced.] By P K Abdul Ghafour     Jeddah, (Arab News): In an unprecedented move aimed … Continued

13th Jun 2013

Syria: Sunni insurgents kill 60 Shi’a Muslims in eastern Syria

DAMASCUS, (Xinhua): After their abject defeat on the hands of the Syrian army and the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah in the central strategic city of al-Qussair near the Lebanese border, the radical Sunni rebels on Wednesday stormed a Shiite village in … Continued

8th Jun 2013

Egypt: Egypt turns away German Imam

  The Local: Egypt turned back a hardline German Islamist on Friday after he arrived at Cairo airport, according to an airport official and media reports. The official said Sven Lau was turned back at the airport after arriving onboard … Continued

8th Jun 2013

Iraq: Car bomb kills 10, injured 30 Iranian Muslim pilgrims

A car bomb in a restive town north of Iraq’s capital killed 10 Iranian Muslim pilgrims Friday, officials said, the latest in a spike in violence that has sparked fears of all-out war. Another 30 pilgrims were wounded in the … Continued

4th Jun 2013

Syria: ‘Qaradawi’s incitement to violence’

By Chandra Muzaffar Any human being who abhors violence and bloodshed would be shocked by remarks made by a leading religious personality, Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi, on June 1. At a rally in Doha, he urged Sunni Muslims in the region … Continued

27th May 2013

France: Hundreds arrested at Paris gay marriage rally

Journalists were attacked, and 350 arrests made in Paris as peaceful protests against gay marriage in Paris on Sunday turned violent. Authorities blamed the trouble on a hard core group of far-right militants. At least 150,000 demonstrators took to the … Continued

21st May 2013

Palestine: Israel bars UN investigators from visiting Jerusalem

Israel on Monday barred a UN commission from visiting Jerusalem to investigate ongoing violations of religious freedom against Muslims and Christians in the Holy Land. “Israel has cancelled the delegation,” which was due to have arrived the same day, a … Continued

11th May 2013

Palestine: Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jews target women activists at Western Wall

Hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jewish men tried to violently disrupt landmark prayers by Jewish women activists at the Western Wall plaza in Jerusalem Friday, a religious site that the ultra-Orthodox believe should be strictly gender-segregated and open only to the more … Continued

10th May 2013

Saudi Arabia: Zamzam springs prevent the demolition of Mt. Abu Qubais

A tunnel is passing through the Mt. Abu Qubais. (AN photo)   By Anwar Al Sadat Makkah, (Arab News): Experts participating in the 13th Scientific Forum for Haj and Umrah Research held at Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah stressed that … Continued

7th May 2013

Bangladesh: Fears of violence grows after 41 killed in blasphemy protest

By Naim-Ul-Karim DHAKA, (Xinhua): Anxieties grow across Bangladesh over deadly violence that erupted Sunday afternoon and continued until the evening hours of Monday, leaving at least 41 people dead and hundreds injured. At dinner tables, family gatherings, business meetings and … Continued

4th May 2013

Pakistan: Young lawyer shot dead in ‘sectarian’ attack

KARACHI, (Dawn): A young lawyer was shot dead and his advocate father was wounded in what police described as an attack apparently on sectarian grounds on Friday. The police said that gunmen targeted Shakeel Ahmed Jan Bangash, 30, and his father … Continued

16th Apr 2013

Talk of rift among Bohras over Syedna’s successor

By Mugdha Variyar Mumbai, (Hindustan Times): Mohammad Hasan (name changed), a Dawoodi Bohra from Godhra, has been having serious discussions with some fellow community members over the past six months on joining a newly emerging group within the community. Rumours … Continued

16th Apr 2013

Egypt: Tracing sectarian violence in Egypt

By Mohammed Kheir Cairo, (Al-Akhbar): Al-Akhbar examines how the Egyptian constitution’s sponsoring of Sunni Islam as the official state religion is just one among many of the country’s sectarian benchmarks. “Dozens of female students living on the al-Azhar University campus … Continued

13th Apr 2013

Muslim Brotherhood paves way for Qatar’s ascent

By Layla al-Shoumari Al-Akhbar: In the wake of the Arab uprisings, Qatar is using its vast wealth and media empire to become a regional superpower. Its historic ties with the Muslim Brotherhood will determine the success of Doha’s strategy. It … Continued

12th Apr 2013

Al-Qa’ida in the Levant Awaits its Amir

By Radwan Mortada Al-Akhbar: Syria’s main group, al-Nusra Front, declares its allegiance to al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri and agrees to a merger with the Islamic State in Iraq in a joint effort to revive the caliphate. After much speculation about … Continued

Sectarianism in the Middle East and its rise in the UK, Standpoint, Sahar TV. Interview done on 29 May 2013 and transmitted on 12 June 2013

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