Pakistan condemns ‘heinous’ terrorist attack in Kandahar mosque

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has condemned in the strongest terms the ‘heinous’ terrorist attack at a mosque in Kandahar on Friday, resulting in the loss of many precious lives and injuries to others. In a statement, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson said

Mosque sanctity case: Saba Qamar, Bilal Saeed to be indicted next week

LAHORE: A court has fixed a date to indict actress Saba Qamar and singer Bilal Saeed for shooting a song at Wazir Khan Mosque. The case was heard by a judicial magistrate as the singer appeared in the court along

New Zealand PM distances herself from film on Christchurch mosque shootings

AUCKLAND: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has distanced herself from a new film about the Christchurch mosque shootings. The Muslim Association of Canterbury has also questioned the timing of the film and whether it is “appropriate right now”, saying

Erdogan inaugurates landmark mosque in Istanbul’s Taksim Square

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan inaugurated an imposing and controversial new mosque in central Taksim Square in Istanbul. The opening fulfilled a long-held ambition by various governments since the 1950s to build a mosque in the square, often thought

First mosque in Athens opens doors to worshipers

ATHENS: The first mosque in the Greek capital, Athens, has finally opened its doors to Muslim worshippers. The mosque’s first prayers were held on Monday evening under physical distancing measures due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Greece.

Mosque opens doors for Shia prayer goers on Chehlum

KARACHI: A mosque set up an example of inter-faith harmony by opening its doors for Shia prayers goers during the Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (R.A.) observed on Thursday. The Masjid-e-Quba located on Numaish Chowrangi is operated by the Deoband

New Zealand mosque shooter sentenced to life without parole

CHRISTCHURCH: A court in New Zealand has sentenced a white supremacist who killed 51 Muslims at two mosques in Christchurch to life imprisonment without parole, the first time such a sentence has been handed down in the country. Brenton Tarrant,

New Zealand mosque shooter spent years preparing for attack

WELLINGTON: An Australian man who killed 51 people at two mosques in New Zealand in 2019 planned his shooting rampage to maximise casualties, a prosecutor said at the start of sentencing hearings on Monday. Brenton Tarrant has pleaded guilty to

Erdogan visits Hagia Sofia after reconversion to mosque

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan paid a surprise visit to Hagia Sofia on Sunday just days before the first Muslim prayers are due to be held at the landmark since it was reconverted to a mosque last week. Erdogan

Mosque conversion in Turkey

Turkey has decided to convert the iconic centuries-old Hagia Sopha landmark into the mosque. From July 24, the Muslim prayers will be held in the historic building for the first time since 1934 when it was converted into a museum.

New Zealand mosque shooter to represent himself at sentencing

WELLINGTON: The gunman behind Christchurch mosque shootings in New Zealand has dismissed his lawyers and opted to represent himself during the sentencing hearing next month. Australian national Brenton Tarrant will be sentenced on 24th August on 51 murder convictions, 40

Erdogan rejects criticism on converting Hagia Sophia to mosque

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has rejected criticism over converting Istanbul’s famed Hagia Sophia landmark into a mosque. “Charges against our country over Hagia Sophia are a direct attack on our right to sovereignty,” Erdogan said. Turkey’s highest administrative

Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem reopens after two months

JERUSALEM: The Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem — the third holiest site in Islam after Makkah and Madinah in Saudi Arabia — reopened on Sunday after being closed for more than two months due to the coronavirus pandemic. Dozens of

Saudi Arabia to gradually reopen Masjid-e-Nabawi from today

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will reopen the Masjid-e-Nabawi – the mosque of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) – in Madinah gradually to the public starting Sunday (today). Mosques across the Kingdom, except for those in Makkah, will open their doors to worshippers

Muslims pray in Berlin church to comply with social distancing rules

BERLIN: A Berlin church hosted Muslims who were unable to fit into their mosque for Friday prayers due to social distancing guidelines. The Dar Assalam mosque in the Neukolln district normally welcomes hundreds of Muslims to its Friday services, but

Coronavirus: Iran to reopen mosques in low-risk areas

TEHRAN: Iran will reopen mosques in areas free of the new coronavirus on Monday as it gradually starts to ease lockdown restrictions imposed to contain the spread of the pandemic. Health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said 47 people died of

New Zealand mosque shooter changes plea to guilty

AUCKLAND: An Australian far-right extremist charged with murdering 51 Muslims during a mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques last year has unexpectedly flipped his plea to guilty. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the Muslim community expressed relief at the

Coronavirus: UAE suspends all prayers for four weeks

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates has suspended all congregational prayers, including those offered on Friday, across all mosques for a period of four weeks. According to Khaleej Times, The General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments (GAIAE) said late on

Modi’s temple plan

The Modi government is moving ahead with its scheme to build a grand temple at the site of the Babri mosque which was razed by Hindu radicals over thirty years ago. This will be a step towards implementing the fascist

Modi plans to construct ‘great’ temple at Babri mosque site

NEW DELHI: The construction of the great Hindu temple at the Holy Place, which was fiercely disputed by the Muslims, took a step closer on Wednesday when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that a trust had been finalized to

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

President, PM condemn mosque blast in Quetta

ISLAMABAD: President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan have condemned the blast that took place inside a mosque in Quetta on Friday.  Both the leaders prayed for the martyrs, and patience for the affected families. The president also prayed

Iran hoists blood-red ‘flag of revenge’ in holy city of Qom

TEHRAN: A blood-red flag, symbolising the call to avenge the dead, has been hoisted atop the Jamkaran Mosque in the Iranian holy city of Qom. The rare sight comes as people mourn Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and other officials killed

Babri Moque verdict

India is bracing itself for the imminent verdict in the Babri Mosque case, razed by Hindu fanatics over two decades ago, to avoid any major fallout in case of an adverse ruling. The case can reignite tensions and the Indian

Pakistan strongly condemns attack on Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office has stated that Pakistan condemned the attack in Afghanistan which claimed a large number of lives. A statement issued by the Foreign Office stated that Pakistan has strongly condemned the attack on a mosque in Afghanistan

At least 62 killed in Afghan mosque blast

KABUL: At least 62 people were killed by a blast inside an mosque during Friday prayers, according to officials, a day after the United Nations said violence in the country had reached “unacceptable” levels. The explosion, which witnesses said collapsed

Blast at Quetta mosque claims five lives

QUETTA: A blast in Kuchlak area has claimed lives of at least five people and injured fifteen others on Friday. According to details, the blast occurred inside a mosque in Kuchlak area of Quetta on Friday afternoon. According to an