Islam

  • Suspected extremists kidnap 100 girls in Nigeria 15-04-2014 11:53 PM

    Maiduguri: Suspected Islamic extremists abducted about 100 female students from a school in northeast Nigeria on Tuesday, but some of the teens managed to escape from the back of an open truck, officials said. The girls were abducted after midnight from a school in Chibok, on the edge of the...
  • Saudi Arabia identifies atheists as terrorists as per new law 02-04-2014 05:29 PM

    "Saudi Arabia has officially identified atheists as terrorists in sweeping new laws that threaten up to 20 years in prison for almost any criticism of the government or Islam," The Daily Mail reported on April 1. According to reports, the regulations place secular citizens who commit thought crimes in the...
  • Pakistan court summons ISI chief in missing person case 24-03-2014 07:20 PM

    The chief of Pakistan's spy agency was on Monday summoned by the Islamabad High Court in connection with a missing person case. Justice Riaz Ahmed Khan summoned ISI chief Lt Gen Zaheerul Islam to appear before the court next week with an affidavit pertaining to the custody of the missing...
  • Negative image of US in Islamic world has been toned down: Rashad Hussain 12-03-2014 05:06 PM

    The 'negative' image of US in the Islamic world has been substantially 'toned down' during the tenure of President Barack Obama, US Special Envoy to the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) Rashad Hussain said on Wednesday. "President Obama had from the very beginning of his tenure tried to put in...
  • Attacks by Islamic extremists kill at least 99 Nigerians 28-01-2014 11:35 AM

    Suspected Islamic extremists used explosives and heavy guns to attack a village and worshipers during a Christian church service in Nigeria's northeast, killing at least 99 people and razing hundreds of homes, officials and witnesses said. The attacks in Borno and Adamawa states resulted in one of the highest death...
  • Russian Islamic video threatens Sochi Winter Olympics 20-01-2014 12:38 PM

    An Islamic militant group in Russia's North Caucasus claimed responsibility for twin suicide bombings in the southern city of Volgograd last month and posted a video threatening to strike the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. There had been no previous claim of responsibility for the bombings, which killed 34 people...
  • 9 killed in blast at religious centre in northwest Pakistan 16-01-2014 10:21 PM

    At least nine persons, including two children, were killed and nearly 70 injured in a major blast at a proselytising centre in Pakistan's restive northwest on Thursday. The explosion ripped through the "Tableeghi Markaz" in Bashirabad area of Peshawar district when worshippers were offering evening prayers, police said. Nine persons,...
  • Israel frees 26 Palestinian prisoners 31-12-2013 12:35 PM

    Israel freed 26 Palestinian prisoners on Wednesday, the second stage of a limited amnesty designed to help US-sponsored peace talks that have been dogged by divisions on both sides. The inmates, convicted of murder in the killing of Israelis before or just after interim accords were signed two decades ago,...
  • 'Wives of disappeared Kashmiri men can remarry after 4 years' 26-12-2013 11:29 PM

    In a significant development, a group of Islamic scholars on Thursday ruled that 'half-widows', or women whose husbands had disappeared during the over 20-year-long conflict in Jammu and Kashmir and whose whereabouts are since unknown, can re-marry after four years of waiting for their spouses. A civil society initiative had...
  • Three-day international Islamic congregation concludes 16-12-2013 08:11 PM

    The 66th Aalmi Tablighi Ijtema, aninternational Islamic congregation, on Monday ended at Eitkheriwith a mass prayer for the well-being of the community andpeace and prosperity of the country and harmony across theglobe. About eleven lakh Muslims from India and abroad attendedthe grand 'Dua' prayer delivered by Hazrat MaulanaZubair-ul-Hasan (Hazrat ji)...
  • Five more suspected SIMI members arrested in Chhattisgarh 18-11-2013 07:46 AM

    Continuing its crackdown on Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), Chhattisgarh police, on Sunday, said five more members of the banned outfit have been arrested from the different locations of the capital in the past two days. These fresh arrests have been made to facilitate ongoing investigations, which have established...
  • Five more suspected SIMI members arrested in Chhattisgarh 17-11-2013 11:59 PM

    Continuing its crackdown on Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), Chhattisgarh police, on Sunday, said five more members of the banned outfit have been arrested from the different locations of the capital in the past two days. These fresh arrests have been made to facilitate ongoing investigations, which have established...
  • Rahul Gandhi must apologise to Muslims for ISI remark: Jairam Ramesh 16-11-2013 10:38 PM

    Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Saturday said Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi should apologise to the Muslim community for his remarks that Muslim youth were in touch with Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence. "His (Rahul Gandhi's) intention was not to malign any community. But it was blown out of proportion...
  • Bangladesh: 5 Senior BNP leaders arrested 09-11-2013 07:25 PM

    Five top BNP leaders were arrested in Bangladesh ahead of a nationwide shutdown to push for the restoration of a neutral caretaker set-up to oversee the next general elections, prompting the opposition to increase the duration of the strike from 72 to 84 hours. Three members of the Bangladesh Nationalist...
  • British minister says Islamic veil should be banned in courts 04-11-2013 05:46 PM

    Muslim women should be banned from wearing a veil when giving evidence in British courts, a cabinet minister in Prime Minister David Cameron's government said on Sunday, arguing it was hard to judge someone's testimony otherwise. In comments likely to stir up an already emotive debate, Ken Clarke, a minister...
  • Bangladesh win 3rd ODI, series 3-0 vs New Zealand 03-11-2013 06:09 PM

    Fatullah: Shamsur Rahman scored 96 and Naeem Islam made 63 to help Bangladesh win the third and final one-day international by four wickets and the series 3-0 against New Zealand on Sunday. Chasing a target of 308 to win, Nasir Hossain added 44 not out as Bangladesh eased to victory...
  • Iran sentences activist actress to 18-month in prison 30-10-2013 07:01 AM

    Tehran: An Iranian court has sentenced an actress known for her reformist political activism to 18 months in prison on security charges, newspapers reported in another sign of the underlying tensions between Iran's hard-liners and calls for greater openness by new President Hassan Rouhani. The reports came on Tuesday, a...
  • 1st ODI: Rubel's six-wicket haul leads Bangladesh to win 29-10-2013 11:03 PM

    Mirpur: Fast bowler Rubel Hossain took a hat-trick and a career-best 6 for 26 to help Bangladesh win the rain-affected first one-day international against New Zealand by 43 runs on Tuesday. New Zealand was 82 for 3 after 20 overs when unexpected rain delayed the match for 105 minutes. Given...
  • Jamia Millia Islamia celebrates 93rd Foundation Day 29-10-2013 10:37 PM

    Jamia Millia Islamia, on Tuesday, celebrated its 93rd foundation day with the announcement of a unique email id for students and teachers of the central university. "Centre for Information Technology at Jamia will soon provide a unique email id to all students enrolled in Jamia. "This channel of communication between...
  • Hasina fails to reach Zia over phone, shutdown looms over Bangladesh 26-10-2013 05:18 PM

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, on Saturday, telephoned her arch-rival Khaleda Zia to invite her for talks to resolve a standoff on holding the next general election but failed to reach her, even as Bangladesh braced for a shutdown called by the main opposition BNP. "The Prime Minister called the opposition...
  • 18 members of Pakistani Hindu family convert to Islam 02-10-2013 10:31 PM

    Lahore: Eighteen members of a Hindu family in Khanpur area of Pakistan's central Punjab province have converted to Islam, local residents said on Wednesday. Seven men and 11 women of the family adopted Islam during a ceremony conducted on Tuesday evening by Mian Ghaus Mohammad, custodian of the Khwaja Ghulam...
  • Bengal IPS officer moves court against Mamata Banerjee 27-09-2013 08:22 PM

    Alleging police inaction, senior IPS officer Nazrul Islam on Friday filed a petition before a city court seeking investigations against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and three government officials on a complaint he filed last month. Islam, an additional director general-rank officer, in his August 17 complaint accused Banerjee,...
  • Peshawar church blast: Death toll rises to 56, over 100 injured 22-09-2013 01:25 PM

    Peshawar: At least 56 people were on Sunday killed and over 100 injured, including women and children, in twin blasts outside a historic church packed with worshippers in Peshawar's Kohati gate district. Commissioner Peshawar Sahibzada Muhammad Anis said the bombers targeted worshippers when they were coming out of one of...
  • Bangladesh's Islamist party leader killed in clash with police 19-09-2013 06:38 PM

    An activist of the Jamaat-e-Islami party was killed and dozens others were injured in a clash between police and the Islamist party supporters in Bangladesh's Meherpur district Thursday, media reported. The Jamaat-e-Islami called a 48-hour countrywide shutdown Wednesday to protest the verdict of the Supreme Court sentencing to death senior...
  • Rahul Gandhi takes a dig at Narendra Modi as BJP woos minorities 17-09-2013 11:14 PM

    New Delhi: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi took a dig at Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on the BJP leader's 64th birthday on Tuesday, saying unlike the opposition which makes tall claims and works for rich, the party always stood by the poor and believes in helping them realise their...
  • Crime Branch gets custody of bomb blasts accused Abdul Sathar 15-09-2013 10:25 PM

    Ahmedabad: The city crime branch has taken custody of 2008 bomb blasts accused Abdul Sathar, an operative of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI). Sathar, a resident of Aluva in Kerala, was lodged in Ernakulam prison in Kerala and his custody was taken from the National Investigation Agency...
  • Court allows NIA to take Yasin Bhatkal, Asadullah Akhtar's DNA samples 10-09-2013 03:13 PM

    Delhi court on Tuesday allowed NIA's plea for taking terror accused Yasin Bhatkal and his associate Asadullah Akhtar'sDNA samples and specimen handwritings for further probe, preservation and comparison with various seized articles. The decision came after the court extended their NIA custody till September 17 based on the agency's claims...
  • Shakeel Afridi to face fresh trial for aiding CIA, Lashkar-e-Islam 29-08-2013 06:38 PM

    The 33-year jail term given to Shakeel Afridi, the Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA track Osama Bin Laden, was overturned by a official who ordered a fresh trial on Thursday. Frontier Crimes Regulation Commissioner Sahibzada Mohammad Anees ruled that a judge in the tribal belt had exceeded his authority...
  • Makkah to host Conference of Islamic Capitals and Cities 28-08-2013 05:50 AM

    The 13th Conference of Islamic Capitals and Cities will be inaugurated in Saudi Arabia's Makkah city on September 1 under the patronage of the custodian of the two holy mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. More than 400 delegates of the 141-member Organisation of Islamic Capitals and Cities (OICC)...
  • Iran's Khamenei blames outsiders for Middle East's woes 27-08-2013 03:12 AM

    Dubai: Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei blamed countries outside the Middle East on Monday for the region's turmoil and the Shi'ite cleric said regional states backing radical Sunni Islamists would be damaged by conflict. Khamenei, the most powerful man in Iran, made the comments in a meeting with Oman's...