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Malaysia: Muslims who Skip Friday Prayers Face Jail Sentence

Malaysia: Muslims who Skip Friday Prayers Face Jail Sentence

A decision by religious authorities in northeast Malay heartland state of Kelantan to imprison men who skip Friday prayers three weeks consecutively without a reason for one year has been… Read more »

15th Makkah Conference to be launched on Sunday

15th Makkah Conference to be launched on Sunday

MAKKAH – Prince Mishal Bin Abdullah, Emir of Makkah region, is scheduled to open the 15th Makkah Conference entitled “Islamic culture .. originality and contemporaneity”, under the aegis of Custodian… Read more »

Saudi Arabia confirms role in strikes in Syria

Saudi Arabia confirms role in strikes in Syria

Saudi Arabia’s air force participated in U.S.-led bombing strikes against ISIL insurgents in Syria, the official Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday. “An official source revealed that Saudi air forces… Read more »

Iran photographer returns €50,000 prize amid censorship charges

Iran photographer returns €50,000 prize amid censorship charges

Iranian photographer Newsha Tavakolian was over the moon when she won a 50,000-euro prize from a French foundation. She never imagined she would lose it to “censorship” by her own… Read more »

Gujarat cleric Maulana Mehdi Hasan arrested for remarks on ‘Navratri’

Gujarat cleric Maulana Mehdi Hasan arrested for remarks on ‘Navratri’

Ahmedabad: A -based cleric Maulana Mehdi Hasan was on Tuesday arrested on charges of hurting religious sentiments of a community, days after he made objectionable comments about ‘Navratri’, the state’s… Read more »

Chinese Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti sentenced to life in prison for separatism

Chinese Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti sentenced to life in prison for separatism

A court in China has found a prominent Uighur scholar guilty of separatism and jailed him for life, his lawyer says. Ilham Tohti, a university academic, has spoken out against… Read more »

Pakistan appoints Lt Gen Rizwan Akhtar as next ISI chief

Pakistan appoints Lt Gen Rizwan Akhtar as next ISI chief

Rawalpindi: Pakistan has promoted Lieutenant General Rizwan Akhtar as the next chief of Director General Inter Service Intelligence (ISI). Considered close to Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Raheel Sharif, Lt… Read more »

Ashraf Ghani named Afghanistan’s president-elect after deal to share power

Ashraf Ghani named Afghanistan’s president-elect after deal to share power

Former finance minister Ashraf Ghani has been named Afghanistan’s president-elect after he signed a deal to share power with his opponent – ending months of turmoil which has destabilized the… Read more »

Saudi set for the inauguration of world’s biggest flag on the tallest flagpole

Saudi set for the inauguration of world’s biggest flag on the tallest flagpole

The pre-launch preparations for the world’s tallest flagpole were conducted for the second time on Friday, Jeddah Mayor Dr. Hani Abu Ras wrote on his Twitter page. The flagpole, which… Read more »

China’s “war on terror” is really a war on Islam

China’s “war on terror” is really a war on Islam

The month of Ramadan should have been a time of fasting, charity and prayer in China’s Muslim west. But here, in many of the towns and villages of southern Xinjiang,… Read more »