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Pakistan Hajj Mission deploys over 100 guides to assist pilgrims at Grand Mosque

MAKKAH MUKARMA: The Pakistan Hajj Mission has deployed over 100 well-trained male and female Al Haram guides at every entry and exit point of Masjid Al Haram to assist Pakistani pilgrims in locating their assigned transportation for their return journey

Pakistan develops unique ‘Animal Identification App’

Human biometric verification is not a novel concept. Nowadays, it’s quite simple to find technology that can read and recognize human fingerprints, DNA, eyes, or blood arteries, but the same cannot be true for animals. Such technology is uncommon since

9,000 pilgrims reach Saudi Arabia for Hajj: PIA

LAHORE: As the operation to send Hujjaj on the yearly sacred pilgrimage got under way on Saturday, the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flew 9,000 pilgrims to Saudi Arabia on 33 flights. According to the national airline’s spokesperson, maiden flight PK

Saudi Arabia issues guidelines for Hajj pilgrims before and after arrival in Kingdom

The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has announced a set of rules that Hajj pilgrims must follow both before and after arriving in Saudi Arabia. These stipulations are intended to ensure a smooth pilgrimage, according to the ministry. Pilgrims

In pictures: Exhibition of Ghilaf-e-Kaaba for pilgrims visiting Masjid-e-Nabvi

Pilgrims visiting the Majid-e-Nabvi (PBUH) participated in the process of carving, weaving and embroidering the Ghilaf-e-Kaaba. The Public Presidency Agency responsible for exhibition affairs in Masjid-e-Haram, in collaboration with the Agency for Exhibitions and Museum Affairs, organized an exhibition of

Flight operations continues for Pakistani Hajj pilgrims without interruption

The Hajj flight operation to transport Pakistani pilgrims has been proceeding without any disruptions, and the first Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight under the Road to Makkah project successfully arrived in Madinah Munawwarah on Monday. A total of 1,200 pilgrims

Moon not sighted in Pakistan, first Zilqad to fall on May 22

The moon of the month of Zilqad 1444 AH was not sighted in Pakistan so the month of Shawwal will complete its 30 days on Sunday May 21, while Monday, May 22 will be 1st of Ziqaad. To see the

Pakistan announces schedule of Hajj flights for govt scheme

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony on Tuesday unveiled the eagerly awaited schedule of Hajj flights for the government scheme. Pilgrims participating in the sacred journey were urged to adhere strictly to the given schedule, according to

Egypt astronomers predict date for Eid-ul-Azha

CAIRO: Egypt’s National Institute of Astronomy and Geophysical Research has given the possible date of Eid-ul-Azha according to astronomical calculations. According to the head of the Institute of Astronomy and Geophysical Research, Dr. Jad Al-Qazi, according to the Sun Research

How thousands of carpets are kept clean and fragrant in Haram Sharif?

The Public Presidency for the Affairs of the Haram Sharifeen is responsible for organizing the cleaning and perfuming of the carpets in the Haram Mosque around the clock. This involves disinfecting and perfuming two thousand carpets that are laid in

Islamic Coin launches as first halal cryptocurrency ecosystem for Muslims

Haqq, a blockchain ecosystem that strictly follows Islamic traditions and principles, has launched Islamic Coin ($ISLM), the first cryptocurrency ecosystem for the global Muslim population. The new token will offer a 100% halal cryptocurrency platform, which has already received accreditation

Ashrafi urges political parties to avoid religion use for politics

LAHORE: Special Representative to Prime Minister on Interfaith Harmony and Middle East and Chairman Pakistan Ulema Council Hafiz Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi has urged all parties to avoid use of religion for politics. Addressing a press conference here on Sunday, he

Islamabad mosque sets up free-of-charge marriage hall for needy families

Masjid Rehmat ul Alamin F/8 in Islamabad has established a free-of-charge marriage hall in the federal capital to assist poor families in celebrating their daughters’ marriages with respect and dignity. The management of Islamabad’s F8 neighborhood’s Masjid Rehmat ul Alamin

USCIRF urges US to sanction & blacklist India for religious freedom violations

WASHINGTON: The United States Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has called on the Biden administration to designate India as a “country of particular concern” for engaging in systematic, ongoing, and egregious violations of religious freedom. Also read: US panel

Pakistani Hajj pilgrims to pay Rs1,114 extra for five litre Aab-e-Zam Zam

The Saudi government has announced that people going for Hajj from Pakistan will now have to pay for Aab-e-Zam Zam when they bring it back to their country. People returning from Hajj will be given a five-litre bottle upon their

Hajj operations in limbo as ministry receives fewer applications than quota

ISLAMABAD: In perhaps first-of-its-kind situation, Pakistan’s Ministry of Religious Affairs has failed to decide on the quota of intending Hajj pilgrims, leaving airlines, including Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), in a lurch. According to media reports gathered by MM News, the

Another Iranian cleric stabbed in Qom

An Iranian religious cleric was stabbed on Saturday in the holy city of Qom in what looks to be a case of road rage, state media reported. The incident occurred just a few days after a renowned religious cleric was

E-permit mandatory for post-Ramadan Umrah: Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has said that obtaining an electronic permit continues to be mandatory for Muslims wishing to perform Umrah after Ramadan, which ended on Thursday. The kingdom’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said the permit is issued via the Nusuk

Muslims grieve destruction of 113-year-old library in India

Muslims in India are lamenting the loss of a 113-year-old madressah library that previously held more than 4,500 books, including historic manuscripts and sacred Islamic writings etched in exquisite calligraphy. The library of the Madrassah Azizia, a renowned Islamic school

Indian police arrest Sikh preacher Amritpal Singh after month-long hunt

Indian police have arrested Sikh separatist Amritpal Singh after searching for him for more than a month, a state police official said on Sunday, a move against the revival of an independent homeland in the state of Punjab bordering Pakistan.

India court acquits 69 Hindus of murdering 11 Muslims during 2002 riots

An Indian court on Thursday acquitted 69 Hindus, including a former minister from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), of the murder of 11 Muslims during riots in the western state of Gujarat in 2002. The killings occurred in Ahmedabad

Pakistan celebrates Eidul Fitr with religious zeal and fervor

Pakistan is celebrating Eid-ul Fitr with religious zeal and fervor today, with supplications for the country’s ongoing economic and constitutional crises. The day was marked with Eid prayer shortly after the Fajr prayer, with sermons and large gatherings. The ulema

Blasphemy case: Interpreter suspected of triggering controversy

KOHISTAN: A Chinese national arrested on blasphemy charges in Kohistan has denied uttering blasphemous words that could hurt the religious sentiments of Muslims. The man, identified only as Mr Tian, was taken into custody on Sunday night after a mob

43m worshipers perform prayers at Islam’s holiest sites in first 20 days of Ramadan

With 22m at Grand Mosque and 21m at the Prophet’s Mosque, a total of 43 million Muslims performed prayers at Islam’s two holiest mosques in Saudi Arabia during the first 20 days of Ramadan, according to a Saudi official. Ramadan,

Israel bans non-Muslims from Al-Aqsa Mosque until end of Ramadan

Israel has banned visits by Jews and tourists to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound after a wave of unrest in the holy city of Jerusalem. The holy complex, known to Muslims as the Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary), their third-holiest site, and

All accused in rape, murder of Muslims in Gujarat riots acquitted by Indian court

NEW DELHI: All 26 men accused of gang rape and gruesome killing of more than a dozen Muslims in separate incidents during the 2002 Gujarat riots were acquitted by an Indian court. Indian media reported that a court in the

Watch: Hindu supremacists inciting violence against Indian Muslims and Christians

As more and more Hindu fanatics calling openly for Muslims genocide in India, analysts believe India is rapidly moving towards the dreaded stage of genocide. In the recent past numerous videos have surfaced Muslims being publicly flogged by Hindu. Listen

Hindu Pravin Togadia calls for laws to bar Indian Muslims from public offices

ISLAMABAD: An Indian Hindu nationalist and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s former aide Pravin Togadia continues to spew venom against the Indian Muslims as he recently called for amendments in the Indian constitution to bar Muslims from holding any public

Over 50,000 Muslims in India’s Uttarakhand face threat of becoming homeless

NEW DELHI: More than 50,000  Muslims in the Haldwani, Indian state of Uttarakhand, are faced with imminent danger of becoming homeless following an anti-encroachment drive that is set to demolish their houses built as long as 50 years back. Residents

Al-Qaeda calls on Muslims to boycott India, expel Hindus from Gulf

Al-Qaeda has once again targeted India over Prophet disrespect and called on Muslims to boycott India and expel Hindus from Arab countries, the Hindustan Times reported on Monday. The outfit in its magazine targeted Modi government and called on Muslims