Why the air smells of attar in Ramadan

Why the air smells of attar in Ramadan

Srinagar: The traditional ones have grown rarer and dearer, but modern varieties of ‘attar’ are as much in demand during the month of holy Ramadan i n Kashmir. The applying of perfume, of which attar is the traditional kind in Islamic culture, is considered ‘Sunnah’ (Prophetic deed) during Ramadan. Many shopkeepers and attar vendors in […]

Five Mosques in UK’s Birmingham attacked overnight

Five Mosques in UK’s Birmingham attacked overnight

LONDON: Five mosques in Birmingham, the second largest city in United Kingdom, have been attacked overnight, counter-terrorism police said. The police in the West Midlands said it is investigating the attacks. Police responded to reports of a man smashing windows with a sledgehammer at a mosque in Birchfield Road at 2.32am, but when they arrived […]

Voters approve Muslim self-rule in southern Philippines

Voters approve Muslim self-rule in southern Philippines

Manila: Voters have decisively approved a new Muslim-led region in the Philippines’ south, which is hoped will bring a measure of peace after decades of fighting killed thousands and mired the area in poverty. The results, announced on Friday, will begin the process of the Catholic-majority nation’s largest rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, […]

China: Law passed to ‘Sinicize’ Islam

China: Law passed to ‘Sinicize’ Islam

BEIJING: Beijing has passed a law to “implement measures to Sinicize” Islam within the next five years. The move came after Chinese government officials met with representatives from eight Islamic associations, the Global Times reported. “(The officials) agreed to guide Islam to be compatible with socialism and implement measures to Sinicize the religion,” the article […]

Own up to mass Muslim detentions, Amnesty tells China

Own up to mass Muslim detentions, Amnesty tells China

Beijing: China must come clean about the fate of an estimated one million minority Muslims swept up in a “massive crackdown” in far western region of Xinjiang, Amnesty International said in a new report Monday. Beijing has ramped up restrictions on Muslim minorities to combat what it calls Islamic extremism and separatist elements in the […]

The Message of Karbala is Beyond Time and Space

The Message of Karbala is Beyond Time and Space

Zeeshan Rasool Khan The Islamic year, consisting of twelve months, begins with the month of Muharram. Although all these months are significant, holding a special importance but the Quran has declared four months more sacred, which include Zulqadah, Zulhijjah, and Rajab and the first month – Muharram. Even before the advent of Islam, this month […]

Getting an Education is Obligatory in Islam

Getting an Education is Obligatory in Islam

MUBASHIR IQBAL KITABA Islam, the religion of peace, has given great importance to education. Islam insists every believer to start his journey of life with knowledge and light. The high place and respect which Almighty Allah gave to Adam over all the other creatures existing in this universe is (was) because of knowledge and wisdom. […]

Over 2 million pilgrims flock to Mount Arafat

Over 2 million pilgrims flock to Mount Arafat

Makkah: More than two million pilgrims have begun ascending the plains of Mount Arafat shortly after sunrise on Monday to perform the most important ritual of the annual pilgrimage of Hajj. Standing on Mount Arafat until the sunset on the 9th day of Dhul Hijjah is the most important pillar of the Hajj pilgrimage. Pilgrims […]

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