MUSLIM CLERIC

  • At least 120 dead in mosque suicide attack in Nigeria's Kano November 29, 2014

    Kano (Nigeria): At least 120 people were killed and 270 others wounded on Saturday when two suicide bombers blew themselves up and gunmen opened fire during weekly prayers at the mosque of one of Nigeria's top Islamic leaders. The attack at the Grand Mosque in Kano, the biggest city in...
  • Jammu and Kashmir polls: Muslim cleric joins BJP October 31, 2014

    Jammu: A Muslim cleric joined the state unit of BJP among others ahead of the assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir. Muslim cleric from Nowshera-Lam area, Imaam Ikhlaq Ahmed Nakshabani joined BJP at a function here which was attended by senior party leader and MLA Ashok Khajuria. "It is after...
  • Congress calls RSS chief's comments an attempt to polarise society August 18, 2014

    New Delhi: Rashtriya Sayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat has sparked off another controversy by saying that India is a Hindu nation and Hindutva is its identity. The Congress party hit out at Bhagwat saying there has been a constant attempt to polarise the society. Senior Congress leader Manish Tewari said, "There...
  • 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,...
  • 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 riotsravaged 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...
  • The Last Word: Is Congress trying to scare Muslims over Modi? October 16, 2013

    JamiateUlemaeHind 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Rajasthan: Muslim cleric refuses to perform rituals November 10, 2012

    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 November 5, 2012

    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 November 2, 2012

    Cairo: Some antiAmerican 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 suffering...
  • Pak blasphemy row: Bail for Christian girl September 7, 2012

    New Delhi: The Pakistani Christian girl, who was arrested on charges of blasphemy, was on Friday released against a bond of Rs 5 lakh. Rimsha Masih, a patient of Down's Syndrome, was accused by the cleric of a mosque in Islamabad of tearing the pages of the Quran. The court of...
  • Muslim clerics join Hindu seers to save Ganga September 2, 2012

    Lucknow: Muslim religious leaders have now come forward to extend a helping hand to sadhus and seers who are campaigning for conservation of River Ganga. Maulana Saeedur Rehman, principal of Centre of Islamic studies, said that it is well known that Ganga is associated with the faith of Hindus but it...
  • SP leader's ultimatum to Mulayam over Kalyan issue March 18, 2009

    Lucknow: Annoyed Samajwadi party leader Mohammad Azam Khan has given a week's ultimatum to party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav to take back his words saying that former BJP leader Kalyan Singh was innocent in the demolition of Babri Masjid. Khan, who has revolted against the party leadership...
  • Terror has no religion, do not go soft: Muslim cleric December 1, 2008

    Lucknow: Going soft on terror will not make Muslims happy as the perpetrators of such acts do not segregate their targets by religion, the cleric who heads Lucknow's oldest Islamic seminary has said after the daring Mumbai attack. "If the politicians of this country think that by shying away from taking...
  • Muslim clerics in India back Mush's action July 13, 2007

    New Delhi: Pakistan President Gen Pervez Musharraf's Operation Silence at Lal Masjid has found unlikely supporters among the Muslim clerics in India, who have said the use of the mosque for militant activities was condemnable. "It tarnished the image of Islam worldwide," they say. The Muslim leaders in India have, however,...
  • Muslim clerics blast Shabana Azmi October 29, 2006

    Lucknow: Even as the veil controversy in Britain refuses to die down, Muslim clerics here have sharply reacted to veteran Bollywood actress Shabana Azmi's statement that Quran does not make it mandatory for a woman to cover her face. "It has become a fashion of sorts for some Indian Muslims to...
  • Aussie cleric banned for meaty remark October 27, 2006

    New Delhi: Australia's top Muslim cleric, Sheikh Taj elDin alHilali, has been barred from preaching for up to three months for comparing immodestly dressed women to 'uncovered meat'. Sheikh alHilali's comments, suggesting that women who did not wear a headscarf attracted sexual assault, have caused a storm of protest. Sydney's...
  • Clerics accept Pope's apology October 14, 2006

    Hamburg: In an open letter to Pope Benedict XVI, 38 top Muslim clerics from around the world have accepted his words of regret for his controversial remarks last month about Islam but pointed out "errors" in his understanding of the Koran. Though the letter, signed mainly by Sunni ulema or scholars,...
  • UP cleric fatwa illegal, says seminary September 5, 2006

    Muzaffarnagar: Two days after a Muslim cleric sparked a controversy with a fatwa that said all persons who had joined funeral prayers led by his rival had become 'kafirs', the Darululoom Waqf Deoband seminary on Tuesday said his ruling was illegal and not maintainable. "Muslims should not follow the fatwa (issued...