Cleric

  • Rajnath meets Muslim clerics, claims there was no political motive 15-04-2014 09:14 AM

    Lucknow: Weeks after Bharatiya Janata Party President Rajnath Singh slammed Congress President Sonia Gandhi for meeting Muslim religious leaders and seeking their support, he met Muslim clerics in Lucknow on Monday. Rajnath, though, played down the meet saying that there was no political motive and the meet was about respecting...
  • BJP chief Rajnath Singh meets Muslim clerics in Lucknow 15-04-2014 08:34 AM

    Attempting to reach out to Muslims, BJP President Rajnath Singh on Monday met some clerics while campaigning in Lucknow. "Had meetings with renowned clerics like Maulana Kalbe Sadiq, Maulana Kahild Rasheed and Maulana Kalbe Jawad in Lko," Singh tweeted along with the picture of his meeting with them. Rajnath Singh...
  • Fatwa can't be forced upon people: Supreme Court 25-02-2014 08:13 PM

    New Delhi: Fatwa issued by Muslim clerics cannot be forced upon people and the state has to protect persons who are harassed for not following such dictates, the Supreme Court on Tuesday said while expressing reservation in interfering with Shariat courts. Holding that it's a matter of choice for the...
  • Rahul's remarks alleging Muslim boys in touch with Pak's ISI most unfortunate: clerics 25-10-2013 11:53 AM

    Muslim clerics on Friday slammed Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi's statement that some Muslim youths from riots-ravaged Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh were in touch with Pakistan's intelligence agency ISI, and said these were "most unfortunate". Maulana Saif Abbas Naqvi, a prominent Shia cleric, said such statements not only painted the...
  • Mulayam Singh Yadav should replace Akhilesh in UP: Shia cleric 22-10-2013 03:09 PM

    Contending that Akhilesh Yadav had squandered his mandate, prominent Shia cleric and scholar Maulana Kalbe Sadiq has called for a change of guard with his father Mulayam Singh Yadav replacing him as Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister. Talking to IANS, Kalbe Sadiq, vice-president of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board,...
  • The Last Word: Is Congress trying to scare Muslims over Modi? 16-10-2013 10:15 PM

    Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Hind chief Mehmood Madani has attacked the Congress accusing it of stoking communal fears in order to gain votes. Madani has said that not just the Congress, but some regional parties too are doing the same. He also said that these parties were spreading fears about Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra...
  • 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...
  • Muzaffarnagar riots: Muslim clerics condemn violence, appeal for peace 08-09-2013 04:54 PM

    Condemning the violence in Muzaffarnagar, Muslim clerics on Sunday cautioned the people against "political conspiracies" aimed at dividing them on religious lines and appealed for peace and harmony in Uttar Pradesh. "The Muzaffarnagar violence in condemnable.... For past few days, there were attempts to create tension in western UP.... The...
  • US imam gets 25 years prison for Taliban support 24-08-2013 02:22 AM

    An elderly Muslim cleric in South Florida has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for funneling tens of thousands of dollars to the Pakistani Taliban. US District Judge Robert Scola imposed the sentence on Friday on 78-year-old Hafiz Khan, who was convicted in March of four terror support-related...
  • Women roaming alone in markets spread vulgarity: Pakistan clerics 20-07-2013 08:19 AM

    Peshawar: Islamic clerics on Friday barred women who are not accompanied by a close male relative from entering markets of Karak area in Pakistan's restive northwest. A committee of "ulema" (clerics) in Karak district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province said only women accompanied by a "mehram" or close male relatives like a...
  • Women cannot be president, says Iranian cleric 17-05-2013 08:13 PM

    Tehran: A member of Iran's constitutional watchdog group insists that women cannot be presidential candidates, a report said Thursday, effectively killing the largely symbolic bids by about 30 women seeking to run in the June 14 election. Even before the comments by Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi, chances for a woman candidate...
  • Pakistan clerics issue 'fatwa' to make voting compulsory 26-04-2013 04:06 AM

    Islamabad: Pakistani religious scholars on Thursday issued a 'fatwa' that declared voting in the country's upcoming general election was "compulsory under Islamic injunctions", a senior religious leader said. Over 300 clerics from different schools of Islamic thought issued the decree in Islamabad nearly two weeks ahead of the May 11...
  • Britain loses bid to deport radical cleric Abu Qatada 27-03-2013 09:15 PM

    London: The British government on Wednesday lost the latest round of its long-running legal battle to deport radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada, who is wanted in his native Jordan after having been convicted of terrorism charges in 1999. Successive British governments have tried for years to get rid of the...
  • Gaza cleric calls violation of Israel truce sinful 26-11-2012 01:27 AM

    Gaza City: A leading Islamic cleric in the Gaza Strip has ruled it a sin to violate the recent cease-fire between Israel and the Hamas militant group that governs the Palestinian territory - according a religious legitimacy to the truce and giving the Gaza government strong backing to enforce it....
  • Rajasthan: Muslim cleric refuses to perform rituals 10-11-2012 09:01 AM

    Jaipur: A wedding in Rajasthan's Barmer town, over 550 km from Jaipur, witnessed high drama Friday when the maulavi (priest) refused to perform the marriage rituals after he saw women from the groom's side dancing in public. The maulavi objected to the dancing as he claimed that women were not...
  • Hyderabad: 3 arrested in contract marriage case 05-11-2012 12:14 PM

    Hyderabad: Police have arrested three people including a bridegroom and a Muslim cleric who used to solemnise marriages following a sting operation on contract marriages by IBN7. The Muslim cleric has been suspended by the Minority Commission and the police are also investigating the role of some others in the...
  • Some Muslim clerics say Sandy is God's punishment 02-11-2012 02:21 AM

    Cairo: Some anti-American Muslim clerics have cast the deadly Superstorm Sandy as divine punishment for a film mocking the Prophet Muhammad or for other perceived ills of American society. The remarks by some on the fringe brought a backlash from other Muslims who said it was wrong to relish the...
  • Abu Hamza to receive new prosthetics in US jail 27-10-2012 11:47 AM

    New York: A radical Islamist cleric facing terrorism charges will be outfitted with new prosthetics after US authorities refused to allow him to wear metal hooks in place of his missing hands when he is outside of his jail cell, his lawyer said on Friday. The Egyptian-born preacher, Abu Hamza...
  • Modi refuses cap offered by Muslim cleric 19-09-2011 04:48 PM

    Ahmedabad: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi refused to put on a 'skull cap' offered by a Muslim cleric during his three-day 'Sadbhavana' fast here. Sayed Imam Shahi Saiyed, a cleric of a small Dargah in Pirana village on the outskirts of the city, had on Sunday gone up to the...
  • Indonesia's cleric on trial for terrorism 14-02-2011 09:12 PM

    Jakarta: Indonesia's best-known radical cleric went on trial on charges of setting up a terror cell accused of plotting high-profile assassinations and attacks on foreigners in the world's most populous Muslim nation. Abu Bakar Bashir, 72, faces a maximum penalty of death if found guilty. "These charges against me are...