World – Religion

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

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

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

Tafheen Sharif first Muslim British Pakistani woman elected Deputy Mayor of England’s Tameside

LONDON – Tafheen Sharif has made history by becoming the first Asian Muslim British Pakistani woman to be elected Deputy Mayor of Tameside, England. Sharif, who hails from Azad Kashmir, will take office on May 23. Speaking on her election,

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

Israel considers direct Haj flights to Saudi Arabia

Israel voiced hope on Wednesday that Saudi authorities would admit direct flights for its Muslim citizens who want to make the Haj pilgrimage, which begins next month, in what would mark another step toward normalizing relations. Saudi Arabia signaled approval

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

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

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

India arms Hindu militias to combat Kashmiri fighters

DHANGRI: Indian government has armed more than 5,000 Kashmiri villagers who have joined all-Hindu militia units armed and trained by Indian forces to fight off Kashmiri fighters. Delhi has more than half a million soldiers permanently stationed in parts of

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

Chinese engineer working at Dasu Dam arrested on blasphemy charges

KOHISTAN: A Chinese engineer working on the Dasu hydropower project, about 350km north of Islamabad, was arrested by the police on blasphemy charges after an angry mob gathered outside his office late Sunday. According to information gathered by MM News,

South African scuba diver finds copy of Holy Quran at the bottom of ocean

Video of a copy of the Holy Quran found by a scuba diver at the bottom of the ocean has been making rounds on the internet. As per details, a South African scuba diver named Ian Haggerty found a copy

Dalai Lama apologizes after caught kissing little boy

The Dalai Lama has apologized after a video emerged showing the spiritual leader kissing a child on the lips and then asking him to “suck my tongue” at an event in northern India. In a statement Monday, the office for

Saudi Arabia and Houthis reach six-month truce in Yemen

RIYADH/SANA’A: Saudi Arabia and Houthi rebels in Yemen have agreed to a six-month truce, according to Yemeni state sources. The announcement comes after Saudi Arabia released more than a dozen Houthi prisoners ahead of a broader prisoner release, as agreed

Saudi officials arrive in Iran to discuss reopening diplomatic missions

DUBAI: Saudi officials have arrived in Iran to discuss procedures for reopening Riyadh’s embassy in Tehran and consulate in Mashhad after China brokered a deal to restore relations between the two regional powers, the Saudi foreign ministry said on Saturday.

Pakistan grants visas to 2,856 Indian Sikh pilgrims for Baisakhi celebrations

NEW DELHI: Pakistan has issued 2,856 visas to Sikh pilgrims from India to participate in the annual Baisakhi celebrations, according to a statement released by the Pakistan Embassy in New Delhi. The visas were issued under the framework of the

Top Iranian, Saudi envoys meet in China to restore diplomatic ties

BEIJING/RIYADH: The foreign ministers of Iran and Saudi Arabia met in Beijing on Thursday for the first formal gathering of their top diplomats in more than seven years, after China brokered a deal to restore relations between the top regional

Israel intercepts rocket fired from Lebanon

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM/BEIRUT: A rocket was fired from Lebanon into Israeli territory on Thursday and was successfully intercepted, the Israeli military said in a statement. إصابة مباشرة على محطة وقود في مغتصبة شلومي — أبو الزهراء (@aldrajy426) April 6, 2023

Israeli forces once again attack worshippers in Al-Aqsa Mosque raid

Israeli police have once again raided the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem that left at least six more Palestinians injured. According to the details, the raids continued into the morning when Israeli forces were once again seen assaulting and pushing Palestinians