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Hardline cleric Raisi sworn in as Iranian president

TEHRAN: Hardline Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi took the oath of office before parliament with the Islamic Republic’s clerical rulers facing growing crises at home and abroad. The mid-ranking cleric formally started his four-year term on Tuesday when supreme leader Ayatollah

‘Using Facebook emoji totally haram’: Bangladeshi cleric issues fatwa

A famous Bangladeshi cleric has issued a fatwa against people using Facebook’s ‘haha’ emoji. Ahmadullah has a huge online following, he has more than three million followers on Facebook and YouTube. However, earlier this week, he posted a three-minute video

Cleric Aziz-ur-Rehman confesses to sexually abusing student

LAHORE: Cleric Mufti Azizur Rehman has confessed to sexually abusing a student and threatening him after a video of the incident went viral. The seminary teacher was arrested along with his son from Mianwali after a case was registered against

Cleric Aziz-ur-Rehman arrested in Mianwali

LAHORE: Police have reportedly arrested cleric Mufti Aziz-ur-Rehman from Mianwali after a case was registered for sexually assaulting a seminary student. Punjab Inspector General (IGP) Inam Ghani has confirmed the arrest. “We will take it as a test case, interrogate

Abuse in seminaries

There have been numerous cases of sexual abuse and sodomy in seminaries. However, the case of Mufti Aziz-ur-Rehman is rather different as the cleric was filmed committing the indecent act. Yet, the failure to arrest him and the deafening silence

Lahore cleric accused of sexually assaulting seminary student

LAHORE: A local cleric Mufti Aziz-ur-Rehman has been accused of sexually assaulting a seminary student after a video of the incident went viral. Mufti Azizur Rehman, who is affiliated with Lahore’s Jamia Manzoor-ul-Islam, has come forward and explained the incident.

Cleric thrashes minor boy in Bangladesh, sparks outrage on social media

DHAKA: A cleric has repeatedly hit an 8-year-old boy in the Hathazari of Bangladesh’s Chittagong region. A video of the heinous act surfaced on the internet where the boy is seen screaming and crying for help. A video taken by

Pope Francis holds historic meeting with Iraq’s top Shia cleric

NAJAF: Pope Francis held a historic meeting with Iraq’s top Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani on Saturday, in a powerful appeal for coexistence in a country torn by sectarianism and violence. The meeting in the holy city of Najaf,

Cleric arrested for molesting girl at seminary in Rahim Yar Khan

RAHIM YAR KHAN: A cleric has been arrested for sexually abusing a girl at his seminary for the past several months. Station House Officer (SHO) Abadpur police station received a complaint and launched a raid arresting Hafiz Ayub Ansari. The

SC indicts cleric on contempt charges for insulting judiciary

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday indicted cleric Mirza Iftikharuddin on contempt charges for using derogatory video against the judiciary and senior judges in a viral video. A two-member bench of the apex court, comprising Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed and

Cleric arrested for molesting minor girl in mosque

RAWALPINDI: Police have arrested a cleric for sexually abusing a ten-year-old girl inside a seminary located within a mosque. A case had been lodged at the Kalar Syedan police station by the minor’s girl mother. According to the petitioner, the