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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

PM Shehbaz Sharif to leave for Turkey this evening

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will leave for Turkey this evening. According to sources, PM Shehbaz Sharif will visit Turkey at the invitation of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, during which he will also attend the swearing-in ceremony of Erdoğan. Spokesperson of

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

Govt likely to return more money to Hujjaj besides Rs 55,000

Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Senator Talha Mehmood said on Saturday that Rs55,000 for Eidul Azha sacrifice have been returned to Hujjaj before they leave for Hajj, adding that the Ministry of Religious Affairs is trying to return more money

Govt to refund Rs.55,000 to each Hajj pilgrim as ‘Qurbani amount’

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony on Friday announced that it was refunding Rs 55,000 as ‘Qurbani amount’ to both regular and sponsorship scheme pilgrims before their departure to Saudi Arabia for Hajj. This decision was made

Missing Hindu woman, six children embrace Islam in Karachi

KARACHI: A Hindu woman and her six children, including two adolescent daughters, ‘converted’ to Islam on the day they were reported missing to the police by the woman’s husband. Radha (36), her daughters Mira (16), Pira (15) and Piya (14)

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

Tourist visa-holders not allowed to perform Hajj, announces Saudi Arabia

The Saudi authorities have announced that tourist visa-holders are not allowed to perform Hajj or to perform Umrah during the Hajj season. Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said the 90-day tourist visa allows its holders to only perform

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

Islamabad administration allows three-day Tablighi Ijtema at Jama Masjid Qasim

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Capital administration has given permission for a three-day Tablighi Ijtema at Jama Masjid Qasim, starting from May 12 to 14. The Deputy Commissioner of Islamabad has directed the administration and other law enforcement agencies to make arrangements

Prominent Imam of Masjid al-Nabawi Qari Khalil passes away

JEDDAH: The Islamic world is mourning the loss of Al-Sheikh Qari Muhammad Khalil, an eminent Imam at Masjid al-Nabawi, who passed away. The news of his demise has sent shock waves across the community, with his followers expressing grief and

How did an Albanian family embrace Islam after finding tiniest Quran?

BUTRINT, ALBANIA: The ritual is always the same. After thoroughly washing his hands and face, Mario Prushi kisses him and places one of the tiniest Qurans on his forehead. The postage stamp-sized book has been passed down through his family

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

State Department opposes weaponization of blasphemy laws in Pakistan

WASHINGTON: The US State Department has made it clear that it firmly opposes the weaponization of blasphemy laws in Pakistan. Also read: US panel urges removal of Pakistan’s religious freedom waivers State Department spokesperson Vedant Patel, while addressing a media

US panel urges removal of Pakistan’s religious freedom waivers

WASHINGTON: A panel of the US government has called for India to be blacklisted over concerns about religious freedom violations, and for the removal of waivers that enable Pakistan to avoid consequences for similar violations. The panel’s call for action

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

Religious Affairs Minister says not satisfied with Hajj’s arrangements

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Senator Talha Mahmood has said one hundred and eighty thousand pilgrims will perform the obligation of Hajj this year, and the first Hajj flight will depart on 20 or 21 May. Addressing a press

Islamabad mosque offers free marriage hall to assist poor families

ISLAMABAD: The Masjid Rehmat ul Alamin F/8 in Islamabad has established a free-of-charge marriage hall to help deserving families celebrate their daughters’ weddings with respect and dignity. This compassionate initiative aims to make the special day of deserving families even

First Hajj flight from Pakistan to take off on May 20

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Senator Muhammad Talha Mahmood on Wednesday was briefed that the first Hajj flight would take off on May 20, from Pakistan. Secretary Religious Affairs Aftab Akbar Durrani while briefing the minister, informed

Juma-tul-Wida observed with religious zeal across Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The last Friday of Ramazan, also known as Juma-tul-Wida, was observed with great religious zeal and enthusiasm across Pakistan today. Muslims across the country gathered in mosques to offer Juma-tul-Wida, seeking blessings and forgiveness from Allah Almighty. A large

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

Meet the Pakistani man who’s been serving Zamzam water at Grand Mosque for 18 years

A Pakistani man sees his work of serving the sacred Zamzam water to the worshippers at the Grand Mosque, Islam’s holiest site in the Saudi city of Makkah, as a privilege. Qamar Ali Khan has been working for 18 years

Faisalabad woman arrested for claiming to be a Prophet

FAISALABAD: A woman has been arrested by local police on charges of blasphemy after allegedly claiming to be an Islamic prophet. The woman, identified as Sanaullah, was taken into custody from her home shortly after a mob had gathered outside

How does the world’s largest cooling station in Masjid-e- Nabawi work?

Masjid-e- Nabawi has an advanced air conditioning system. The system has a central station covering an area of 70,000 square meters and includes the world’s largest water-cooling condenser. This main station is seven kilometers from the mosque. This system is

Rahat Fateh Ali releases beautiful Naat this Ramadan

Famous classical singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has recently released an extremely beautiful Naat this Ramazan. The Naat has been produced and directed by Main Yousuf Salahuddin who is also the Naat writer and composer. Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has recited

Concert in Ramzan? can’t even imagine: Falak Shabir

Falak Shabir who usually does a lot of concerts in colleges, weddings, and functions nationally and internationally, has revealed his opinion on doing concerts in Ramzan. Falak Shabir conducted a ‘Question & Answer’ session on his Instagram where he replied