Tag Archives: Islam

Hamas rejects delay of Palestinian elections as ‘coup’

JERUSALEM — The Islamic militant group Hamas has rejected Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ decision to cancel the first elections in 15 years, calling it a “coup” with no popular support. In his announcement early Friday, Abbas cited a dispute with Israel over voting in east Jerusalem, but delaying the elections will likely spare his divided […]

Israeli police arrest dozens in night of chaos in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM — Israeli police said 44 people were arrested and 20 officers were wounded in a night of chaos in Jerusalem, where security forces separately clashed with Palestinians angry about Ramadan restrictions and Jewish extremists who held an anti-Arab march nearby. Tensions have spiked in recent days in Jerusalem, which has long been a flashpoint […]

Protests against PM Modi: Bangladesh cracks down on Islamist hardliners – Times of India

DHAKA: Hundreds of hardline Islamists have been arrested by Bangladesh police over the past week, officials said Sunday, after deadly protests against the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. At least 13 protesters died during the days-long demonstrations in late March over Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The protests across several districts in Bangladesh […]

Muslims mark Ramadan amid virus surge and new restrictions

MECCA, Saudi Arabia — Muslims in many parts of the world marked the start of Ramadan on Tuesday, but a spike in coronavirus cases in several countries has once again put curbs on the holy month’s signature feasts and lengthy prayers in mosques. Still, there were glimmers that Ramadan 2021 could feel less restricted than […]

Muslims navigate restrictions in the second pandemic Ramzan – Times of India

CAIRO: For Ramzan this year, Magdy Hafez has been longing to reclaim a cherished ritual: performing the nighttime group prayers called taraweeh at the mosque once again. Last year, the coronavirus upended the 68-year-old Egyptian’s routine of going to the mosque to perform those prayers, traditional during Islam‘s holiest month. The pandemic had disrupted Islamic […]

Pakistani police: Attackers damage Hindu temple in Pakistan

Pakistani police say a group of assailants damaged a nearly century-old Hindu temple in the garrison city of Rawalpindi before fleeing ByThe Associated Press March 29, 2021, 6:53 AM • 1 min read RAWALPINDI, Pakistan — Assailants in Pakistan damaged a nearly century-old Hindu temple in the garrison city of Rawalpindi before fleeing the scene, […]

Four people killed in Bangladesh during protests against visit of PM Modi: Police official – Times of India

COX’S BAZAR: At least four people were killed in the Bangladeshi city of Chittagong on Friday after police fired rubber bullets at protesters during a demonstration against the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a police official said. “We had to fire teargas and rubber bullets to disperse them as they entered a police station […]

Indian PM calls for cordial relations with Pakistan

Officials say Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sent a letter to his Pakistani counterpart calling for cordial relations with Pakistan in what appears to be a rare peace overture By MUNIR AHMED Associated Press March 23, 2021, 7:08 PM • 2 min read ISLAMABAD — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sent a letter […]

Where IS ruled, pope calls on Christians to forgive, rebuild

QARAQOSH, Iraq — Pope Francis urged Iraq’s Christians on Sunday to forgive the injustices against them by Muslim extremists and to rebuild as he visited the wrecked shells of churches and met ecstatic crowds in the community’s historic heartland, which was nearly erased by the Islamic State group’s horrific reign. At each stop in northern […]

Pope, top Iraq Shiite cleric deliver message of coexistence

PLAINS OF UR, Iraq — Pope Francis walked through a narrow alley in Iraq’s holy city of Najaf for a historic meeting with the country’s top Shiite cleric, and together they delivered a powerful message of peaceful coexistence in a country still reeling from back-to-back conflicts over the past decade. In a gesture both simple […]