Clerics

  • Shia cleric meets Akhilesh Yadav, seeks fulfilment of six demands 2 hours 0 minutes ago

    Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawwad on Wednesday met UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and gave him 48 hours to fulfil his six demands, including bringing to book policemen who allegedly used force on protesters on July 26 and keeping corrupt persons at bay from the Shia Waqf Board. If the UP...
  • SC ruling on Shariat court draws sharp reaction from Muslim clerics July 7, 2014

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court's verdict on Monday declaring that a Shariat court has no legal sanction drew sharp reaction from Muslim clerics who said that the Constitution allows them the right to work and act according to Muslim personal law. Zafaryab Jilani, member of the Muslim Personal Law Board, said,...
  • Iraq's top cleric wants deal on PM before Tuesday June 27, 2014

    Baghdad: Iraq's top Shiite cleric on Friday called on political blocs to agree on the next prime minister before the newly elected parliament sits next week, stepping up pressure on political leaders to set aside their differences and form an inclusive government in the face of Sunni militants who have...
  • Top Shiite Cleric calls for new government in Iraq June 20, 2014

    Baghdad: The spiritual leader of Iraq's Shiite majority called for a new, "effective" government Friday, increasing pressure on the country's prime minister a day after U.S. President Barack Obama challenged him to create a more inclusive leadership or risk a sectarian civil war. Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani's comments at Friday prayers...
  • Tipu Sultan was a model ruler, says Muslim Cleric May 7, 2014

    A good ruler should be identified "not by the size of his chest" but by his capacity "to deliver" justice, service and love to all sections of the society, a Muslim cleric has said. Tipu Sultan "was a model ruler, because in the dispensation of justice, he never differentiated between different...
  • Muslim cleric to campaign against Modi in Varanasi May 3, 2014

    Ahmedabad: Muslim cleric Imam Mehadi Hasan Baba, who shot to fame after Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi had refused to don the skull cap offered by him in 2011, is among scores of others who will make a beeline for Varanasi to campaign against the BJP's prime ministerial nominee. Among others...
  • Rajnath meets Muslim clerics, claims there was no political motive April 15, 2014

    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 April 15, 2014

    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 has been...
  • Fatwa can't be forced upon people: Supreme Court February 25, 2014

    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 people...
  • Rahul's remarks alleging Muslim boys in touch with Pak's ISI most unfortunate: clerics October 25, 2013

    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 Muslim...
  • Mulayam Singh Yadav should replace Akhilesh in UP: Shia cleric October 22, 2013

    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, said...
  • The Last Word: Is Congress trying to scare Muslims over Modi? October 16, 2013

    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 September 18, 2013

    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 September 8, 2013

    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 violence...
  • US imam gets 25 years prison for Taliban support August 24, 2013

    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 July 20, 2013

    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 brother...
  • Women cannot be president, says Iranian cleric May 17, 2013

    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 April 26, 2013

    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 general...
  • Britain loses bid to deport radical cleric Abu Qatada March 27, 2013

    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 cleric,...
  • 42 killed, over 80 wounded in Syria mosque blast March 22, 2013

    Damascus: At least 42 people were killed, including a senior Muslim cleric, and over 80 wounded in an explosion at a mosque in downtown Damascus on Thursday. A suicide bomber set off an explosive device at the mosque during a religious lesson being given by Sheikh Mohammad Said Ramadan al-Buti, a...
  • Pakistan: Sufi cleric Qadri to boycott general polls March 18, 2013

    Islamabad: Muhammad Tahir-Ul-Qadri the Islamic cleric, who is pushing for electoral reforms in Pakistan, said that his political party would boycott the forthcoming general elections in the country. Qadri said the electoral reforms that were promised to him in January by the then government after his long march to Islamabad...
  • Ahmadinejad under fire for hugging Chavez's mother March 12, 2013

    Tehran: Senior Iranian clerics have criticized President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for consoling Hugo Chavez's mother with a hug - a physical contact considered a sin under the country's strict Islamic codes. The controversy follows a widely published photo showing Ahmadinejad embracing Chavez's mother at the funeral of the late Venezuelan president. Iranian papers...
  • British cardinal apologises for his sexual conduct March 4, 2013

    London: Keith O'Brien, who resigned last week as Britain's most senior Roman Catholic cleric after claims of sexual impropriety, admitted on Sunday that his conduct had "fallen below the standards expected of me". In a statement, O'Brien also apologised "to those I have offended... to the Catholic Church and people of...
  • Saudi royal family intervenes in murder of 5-year-old February 13, 2013

    The royal family has taken up the case of child abuse by a Saudi celebrity cleric who confessed to the beating death of his 5-year-old daughter. The royal family intervened in the case after online activists called for harsher punishments after reports that the cleric received only a light sentence. The...
  • Short jail term for Saudi cleric accused of killing daughter February 3, 2013

    Riyadh: Online activists in Saudi Arabia are calling for harsher punishments for child abuse after reports that a prominent cleric received only a light sentence after confessing to the beating death of his five-year-old daughter. The social media campaign gaining momentum Sunday is the latest attempt to use the Internet to...
  • Pak govt in talks with Qadri as protests continue January 17, 2013

    Islamabad: Pakistan government on Thursday reached out to fiery cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri, who has been camping outside Parliament along with thousands of protesters for the fourth day in a row demanding the government's resignation and dissolution of the national and provincial assemblies. A four-member committee, formed by the government, held talks...
  • Pakistan: Qadri steps up pressure as PM faces arrest January 16, 2013

    Islamabad: Thousands of people in Pakistan are out on the streets supporting pro-army Sufi cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri's call for a crackdown on government corruption and an indefinite delay in elections. Protestors are threatening to stay on streets till their demands are met. Addressing the gathering, Qadri praised the military and judiciary...
  • Pakistan long march: Protesters clash with police January 15, 2013

    Islamabad: Police fired in the air and used teargas to disperse followers of influential cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri who gathered for a protest in the Pakistani capital Islamabad after they clashed with security forces. Footage on television showed policemen in riot gear firing in the air and using batons to push back...
  • Pakistan: Thousands protest along Sufi cleric Qadri January 15, 2013

    Islamabad: Thousands of Pakistanis shouting slogans like "we want change" thronged the streets of Islamabad in support of Sufi cleric Muhammad Tahir-Ul-Qadri's anti-government demonstrations on Monday. Flag-waving citizens braved tear gas shells fired by the police and called for a crackdown on corruption, backing Qadri's call for an indefinite delay...
  • Gaza cleric calls violation of Israel truce sinful November 26, 2012

    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. The...