SHARIA

  • Iran hangs woman convicted of killing her alleged rapist October 25, 2014

    Dubai: A 26-year-old Iranian woman convicted of murdering a man she accused of trying to rape her as a teenager was hanged on Saturday, the official news agency IRNA said, despite international pleas for her life to be spared. Reyhaneh Jabbari walked to the gallows at dawn on Saturday in Tehran's...
  • Indonesia's Aceh introduces whipping as punishment for gay sex September 27, 2014

    Banda Aceh: The Indonesian province of Aceh on Saturday approved an anti-homosexuality law that can punish anyone caught having gay sex with 100 lashes, a lawmaker said. After a three-decade-old separatist movement, a peace agreement signed in 2005 granted special autonomy to Aceh, at the northern tip of Sumatra, on condition...
  • France wants Libyan jihadists on UN blacklist September 26, 2014

    United Nations: France wants the UN Security Council to add Libyan Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia to its terror list, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said declaring Libya a "terrorist powderkeg." Active in Libya's second city Benghazi, Ansar al-Sharia is already on the US terror list and the Libyan parliament has also labelled...
  • India @ 9 with Bhupendra Chaubey July 7, 2014

    Catch the day's top stories with Bhupendra Chaubey on India @ 9. ...
  • News 360: Centre says price checks in place; Opposition stages walk out July 7, 2014

    Prices of food items are under control and there is no need for panic, the government declared on Monday in the Rajya Sabha which took up an impromptu discussion on inflation on the opening day of the Budget session after the opposition pressed for it. ...
  • SC ruling on Sharia courts: Will this affect religious diktats? July 7, 2014

    The Supreme Court has ruled that Sharia courts have no legal sanctity. In a landmark judgement on Monday, the apex court said that fatwas cannot be issued against individuals if it affects his or her rights. The court was hearing a petition challenging the functioning of parallel courts in India. ...
  • Welcome the judgement on Sharia courts: Shahid Siddiqui July 7, 2014

    Former Rajya Sabha member Shahid Siddiqui said he welcomed the judgement on Sharia courts. He said, "Neither did these courts have legal sanctity previously nor do they have any now. They only act as a medium to approach by two parties when there is an issue." ...
  • Sharia courts not legal, fatwas can't be issued against people's rights: SC July 7, 2014

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court has ruled that Sharia courts have no legal sanctity. In a landmark judgement on Monday, the apex court said that fatwas cannot be issued against individuals if it affects his or her rights. The court was hearing a petition challenging the functioning of parallel courts...
  • Katju kicks off debate, says Muslims should support Uniform Civil Code June 1, 2014

    New Delhi: Press Council Chairperson Justice Markandey Katju has kicked off a debate saying Muslims should support the demand for a Uniform Civil Code. He claimed that one of the reasons for the backwardness of Muslims is that there has been no modernisation of their personal law. Katju said, "There should...
  • Death toll from Libya fighting rises to 43 May 17, 2014

    Benghazi: The death toll from clashes in Benghazi has risen to 43 with more than 100 people wounded, a Health Ministry official said on Saturday, as a renegade retired general vowed to continue to fight Islamist militants in the eastern Libyan port. Friday's violence prompted Libya's prime minister to order the...
  • 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...
  • Pakistan's sharia court gets first female judge in 33 years December 31, 2013

    For the first time in its history, a 56yearold female judge was swornin at Pakistan's national sharia court on Tuesday, which hears cases under the Islamic legislation. Ashraf Jehan, who was serving as an additional judge at the Sindh High Court, took oath, becoming the first female judge to be appointed...
  • Girl band must abide by sharia: DukhtaraneMillat leader February 5, 2013

    Srinagar: While the Jammu and Kashmir Police filed an FIR against those issuing threats to the valley's first girl rock band Pragaash, the leader of DukhtaraneMillat (Daughters of the Nation), Asiya Andrabi backed the fatwa issued by the Grand Mufti against the band. Andrabi said there was nothing wrong in...
  • Holy Quran allows polygamy, not encourages it: Court January 1, 2013

    New Delhi: A Maulvi, accused of performing a girl's marriage forcibly with a married man, has been denied anticipatory bail by a Delhi court which said the Sharia Law allowed polygamy but only under special circumstances. The court denied the relief to Maulvi Mustafa Raja of Delhi dismissing his arguments...
  • Protests erupt as Haji Ali bans entry of women November 6, 2012

    Mumbai: In a surprising and controversial move, Mumbais Sufi shrine Haji Ali Dargah Trust has barred women from entering the sanctum sanctorum that houses the tomb of the 15th century Sufi saint Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari. The trust management also declared that the decision is irrevocable. The decision has evoked...
  • Mali extremists compile list of unwed mothers October 13, 2012

    Washington: Radical Islamists in the West African nation of Mali are compiling a list of unmarried mothers, which has raised fears of cruel punishments such as stoning, amputations and executions, CNN reported. Ivan Simonovic, the UN assistant secretarygeneral for human rights, said Islamists controlling most of the northern part of...
  • Libyans storm Islamist militia base in Benghazi September 22, 2012

    Benghazi: Progovernment demonstrators stormed the headquarters of the Islamist Ansar alSharia group in Benghazi on Friday and evicted fighters from the site in a sweep of militia bases in the Libyan city, witnesses said. Militia fighters made a stand at another heavily fortified compound across the eastern city, firing on demonstrators...
  • Sudan: Young woman sentenced to death by stoning June 1, 2012

    Khartoum: A Sudanese woman, believed to be around 20, has been sentenced to be stoned to death for adultery, and is being held near Khartoum, shackled in prison with her baby son, rights groups and lawyers said on Thursday. Campaigners condemned the ruling, saying it violated international standards and raised concerns...
  • Canada bans burqa at citizenship swearing in December 13, 2011

    Toronto: New Canadian citizens must remove any face coverings, such as the Islamic niqab or burqa, while they take the oath of citizenship, the country's immigration minister said on Monday. Jason Kenney said most Canadians have misgivings about Islamic face coverings and said new Canadians should take the oath in view...
  • Govt to appeal for condemned Indians in UAE April 7, 2010

    At last, there is hope for the 17 indians on death row in Sharjah. The Indian government is likely to file an appeal on their behalf on Wednesday. It has appointed a lawyer Mohammad Salman for them promising all legal help. Union Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur...
  • 'Indians on death row in UAE were tortured' April 2, 2010

    Jalandhar: Arvinder Singh cannot forget the dreadful night in January last year when police in Sharjah swooped on him and 49 other Indian youths while they were sleeping and brutally tortured them in custody without saying what wrong they had committed. Singh, 21, was lucky as he was among the 33...
  • Pak becoming more Islamist, antiUS: Think tank January 12, 2010

    London: Pakistan is likely to become a more Islamist state and increasingly antiAmerican in the coming years, complicating US efforts to win its support against Islamist militants, a report released on Tuesday said. The report, which looks at Pakistan over a onetothree year time horizon, rules out the possibility of a...
  • Taliban now wants a return to Swat peace deal May 27, 2009

    Islamabad: The Pakistani Taliban under pressure in fighting with the military said on Tuesday it wants to return to a peace deal that recently collapsed. The fighting in the Swat Valley region has forced thousands of civilians to abandon their homes. That collapse sparked the ongoing massive military operation, a Taliban...
  • Taliban continue offensive, hold entire town hostage May 1, 2009

    Islamabad: Almost a week after they began the offensive, the battle for Buner in Pakistan continues. The Pakistani army says the Taliban is holding an entire town hostage making their task difficult. ...
  • Stop lecturing, help us, Pakistan tells West April 26, 2009

    New York: Pakistan's ambassador to the US Hussain Haqqani has urged the international community to help Pakistan in its efforts to prevent the Talibanisation of the country's Swat and Buner regions instead of giving lectures, the Online news agency reported. "We have shared our concerns with the US and do...
  • Sharia for Swat challenged in Pakistan Supreme Court April 21, 2009

    Islamabad: The Sharia laws imposed in Swat and other parts of Pakistan's restive northwest have been challenged in the Supreme Court on the ground they are out of sync with the country's existing statutes. The petition said that the NizameAdl Regulation that parliament had approved for enforcing the Sharia laws was...
  • 'Forbidden love' irks Taliban ethics, shoots couple dead April 18, 2009

    The couples crime, the Taliban claim, were in an illicit relationship. ...
  • Taliban execute couple for 'illicit relationship' April 18, 2009

    Islamabad: Taliban militants executed a man and a woman in public on charges of having illicit relations. The couple was shot with Kalashnikovs in front of their relatives, in Hangu district of troubled North West Pakistan. The shocking footage of the shooting incident which took place a few days back near...
  • Obama aide predicts doomsday for Pakistan April 15, 2009

    New Delhi: Three months from now the first signs of state collapse in Pakistan will become evident. That is the doomsday scenario sketched by a consultant to no less than President Obama. The consultant David Kilcullen has warned that if collapse happens "It will dwarf anything we've seen so far....