Islam

  • Christians flee jihadist ultimatum in Iraq's Mosul July 19, 2014

    Kirkuk (Iraq): Hundreds of Christian families abandoned homes in Mosul to jihadist gunmen on Saturday as they fled an ultimatum threatening their community's centuries-old presence in the northern Iraqi city. An AFP correspondent in Mosul, the main Iraqi hub of the Islamic State (IS) group's proclaimed "caliphate", said Christians were squeezing...
  • Bodies found north of Baghdad as Sunni insurgents turn on each other July 14, 2014

    Baghdad: Residents of a town north of Baghdad found 12 corpses with execution-style bullet wounds on Monday, after fighting between rival Sunni insurgent groups that could eventually unravel the coalition that seized much of the north and west of the country. The incident points to an intensification of infighting between the...
  • Iraq says footage purporting to show Islamic State leader is false July 6, 2014

    Baghdad: The Iraqi government said on Saturday that a video posted online purporting to show the reclusive leader of the militant group Islamic State praying in the northern city of Mosul was falsified. Interior Ministry spokesman Brigadier General Saad Maan said that the footage posted on the Internet on Saturday allegedly...
  • Syria-Iraq 'caliph' incites Muslims to holy war July 2, 2014

    Dubai: The leader of the al Qaeda offshoot now calling itself the Islamic State has called on Muslims worldwide to take up arms and flock to the "caliphate" it has declared on captured Syrian and Iraqi soil. Proclaiming a "new era" in which Muslims will ultimately triumph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi issued...
  • World Cup 2014: Don't want this dream to end, says Algeria's Slimani June 28, 2014

    Algerian striker Islam Slimani gushed over his team's advance to the FIFA World Cup Round of 16, saying "it was a dream come true" and hopes that the journey of the 'Desert Warriors' does not end at this stage of the tournament. Algeria will take on three-time champions Germany in Porto...
  • Years after triple murder allegations, TMC MLA untouched by police June 28, 2014

    Birbhum: Four years after he was allegedly involved in a triple murder case, Trinamool Congress MLA from Birbhum, Manirul Islam remains untouched by the Bengal Police, while the victims' families continue living in constant fear. Eighty-year-old Zarina Bibi, a refugee in her own village, keeps shifting homes to escape the wrath...
  • World Cup 2014: Algeria hold Russia to 1-1 draw, enter last 16 June 27, 2014

    Curitiba: Algeria have qualified for the World Cup knockout stages for the first time, with Islam Slimani's headed equaliser giving his team a 1-1 draw against Russia on Thursday and enough competition points to reach the second round. Algeria placed second in Group H behind Belgium with four points, meaning they...
  • Iraq insurgents seize oilfields, hit air base as US advisers arrive June 26, 2014

    Baghdad: Militants attacked one of Iraq's largest air bases and seized control of several small oilfields on Wednesday as US special forces troops and intelligence analysts arrived to help Iraqi security forces counter a mounting Sunni insurgency. Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, who is fighting for his job and is under...
  • Malaysia's top court rejects Christians' bid to use 'Allah' June 23, 2014

    Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia's highest court today rejected a challenge to the ban on Christians using the word "Allah" to refer to God, ending the years-long highly divisive legal case in the Muslim-majority nation. The case was brought by the Catholic Church, which was seeking to overturn a government ban on it...
  • World Cup 2014: Algeria register record 4-2 win over South Korea June 23, 2014

    Porto Alegre: First half strikes by Islam Slimani and Rafik Halliche helped Algeria to beat South Korea 4-2 on Sunday and become the first African team to score four goals in a World Cup match. Algeria led 3-0 at half-time, but withstood a stronger South Korean second half performance to claim...
  • Militants seize Iraq border post, kill 30 troops June 21, 2014

    Baghdad: Sunni militants have seized an Iraqi crossing on the border with Syria after a daylong battle in which they killed some 30 Iraqi troops, security officials said on Saturday. The capture of the Qaim border crossing deals a further blow to prime minister Nouri al-Maliki's government, which has struggled to...
  • Iraq: ISIS possibly the most dangerous, rich terrorist group June 18, 2014

    ISIS militants are closing in on the capital city of Baghdad in Iraq. Gun battles are on in Baquba which is less than 40 miles north of Baghdad. Some say that the ISIS that is the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is the most dangerous terrorist group in the...
  • Islamic bodies refuse to return seized Bibles in Malaysia June 14, 2014

    Kuala Lumpur: Two Islamic bodies in Muslim majority Malaysia have refused to return Malay and Iban language Bibles seized from a Christian group earlier this year over the use of the word "Allah". Islamic Religious Council (Mais) in a statement today said the Selangor State Government did not have...
  • Modi will not discriminate against anyone, says head of Muslim institution May 23, 2014

    New Delhi: The head of a prominent Muslim institution has welcomed Narendra Modi as the next Prime Minister of India and feels that the BJP leader will provide better administration and government and "take everybody with him". Sirajuddin Qureshi, president of the India Islamic Cutural Centre, also feels that Modi after...
  • Congress President Sonia Gandhi leading in Rae Bareli May 16, 2014

    Congress President Sonia Gandhi is leading by 1,293 votes over her nearest rival Ajay Agarwal of BJP in Rae Bareli. Dimple Yadav, wife of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav is leading by over 1,000 votes over her nearest BJP rival Subrat Pathak in Kannauj, as per initial trends. Santosh Gangwar (BJP)...
  • Nigeria refused help to search for kidnapped girls May 12, 2014

    The president of Nigeria for weeks refused international help to search for more than 300 girls abducted from a school by Islamic extremists, one in a series of missteps that have led to growing international outrage against the government. The United Kingdom, Nigeria's former colonizer, first said it was ready to...
  • Brunei's sharia mixed news for countries with Muslim communities May 2, 2014

    After years of creeping fundamentalism, Brunei's Sultan has decided to say it like it is: the country has opted for the Islamic sharia legal code in full. At a time when the Uniform Civil Code is in the news here, Brunei's decision has little immediate impact considering the limited application...
  • Brunei adopts sharia law, punishment includes whipping, amputation May 2, 2014

    Kuala Lumpur: The sultanate of Brunei this week becomes the first East Asian country to introduce Islamic criminal law, the latest example of a deepening religious conservatism that has also taken root in parts of neighboring Malaysia and Indonesia. Brunei, a tiny former British protectorate of about 400,000 nestled between two...
  • EC rap for Assam minister, MP for hate speech April 23, 2014

    New Delhi: The Election Commission has expressed "displeasure" over hate speech made by an Assam Cabinet minister and inflammatory statement made by a sitting MP while campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections. The poll panel also served a show cause notice to another Assam minister for an alleged hate speech. Expressing...
  • Suspected extremists kidnap 100 girls in Nigeria April 15, 2014

    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 Sambisa...
  • Saudi Arabia identifies atheists as terrorists as per new law April 2, 2014

    "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 March 24, 2014

    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 person. The...
  • Negative image of US in Islamic world has been toned down: Rashad Hussain March 12, 2014

    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 place...
  • Attacks by Islamic extremists kill at least 99 Nigerians January 28, 2014

    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 tolls...
  • Russian Islamic video threatens Sochi Winter Olympics January 20, 2014

    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 and...
  • 9 killed in blast at religious centre in northwest Pakistan January 16, 2014

    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, including two...
  • Israel frees 26 Palestinian prisoners December 31, 2013

    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, were...
  • 'Wives of disappeared Kashmiri men can remarry after 4 years' December 26, 2013

    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 organized...
  • Three-day international Islamic congregation concludes December 16, 2013

    The 66th Aalmi Tablighi Ijtema, an international Islamic congregation, on Monday ended at Eitkheri with a mass prayer for the well-being of the community and peace and prosperity of the country and harmony across the globe. About eleven lakh Muslims from India and abroad attended the grand 'Dua' prayer delivered by Hazrat Maulana Zubair-ul-Hasan (Hazrat ji) of...