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Ya Hussain (p): Tears, Majalis mark Muharram crescent
BRUSSELS, Belgium: With the emergence of crescent of Muharram-ul-Haram, mourners of holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (S)’s grandson Hazrat Imam Hussain bin Ali Ibn-e-Abi Talib (S) across the globe wore black mourning dresses, spread mourning carpets in Imambargahs, Imambaras, Ashour-Khanas, Aza-Khanas, Hussainiyaat and Islamic centers, and decorated relics paying rich homage to the great matchless sacrifices of Hazrat Imam Hussain (S) and his 72 companions presented in Karbala.
Hajj pilgrims leaving for Prophet (p) Shrine, Al-Baqee visit
HOLY CITY OF MAKKAH, Saudi Arabia: The Jeddah international airport of Saudi Arabia sees everyday the departure of around 60,000 hajj pilgrims for their home countries, while at least 90,000 pilgrims are known to have left for a visit to the holy city of Medina, also known as the ‘City of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him & his pure progeny)’.
Ruins of prosperous Islamic city discovered in Kerman
TEHRAN, Iran: The director of the archaeological team working on the Halil-Rud riverbank announced that archaeologists recently discovered the ruins of a once prosperous Islamic city near the town of Anbarabad in southern Kerman Province of Iran.
British MPs condemn report on Islamic schools
LONDON, Britain: British Parliamentarians have censured a report by chairman of the Schools Supervisory Committee David Bell in which he claimed that Islamic schools do not teach their students tolerance and coexistence with other cultures.
Iranians perform Arafah Day rites
TEHRAN, Iran: Thousands of Iranians observed on 9th Zolhej the rites of “Doa-i-Yaum-i-Arafah,” or the Arafah Day supplication, with due fervor.
Labbayk Allahumma… two million Muslims assemble at Mt. Arafat
MOUNT ARAFAT, Saudi Arabia: Some two million pilgrims from around the world on Wednesday crammed Mount Arafat near the holy city of Mecca at the climax of the annual hajj.
Feast of Al-Ghadir celebrations in holy Najaf
HOLY NAJAF, Iraq: Eid Al-Ghadir, or the Feast of Al-Ghadir, named after the place where holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his pure progeny) declared his cousin and son-in-law Al- Imam Ali (peace be upon him) his successor on the orders of Allah by raising his hand in front of more than 120,000 hajj pilgrims, was celebrated on Saturday 18 Zol-hijja across Iraq with deep enthusiasm.
US-led forces damaged ancient Babylon: British Report
LONDON, Britain: A damning report by the British Museum revealed on Saturday that US-led forces in Iraq have caused irreparable damage to the site of the ancient city of Babylon, contaminating the soil and artifacts dating back thousands of years, and destroying precious archaeological evidence.
Fury over watchdog alert on Muslim schools growth
LONDON, Britain: British Muslim bodies reacted angrily after the Scots-born Chief Inspector of Schools in England said the growth of Muslim faith schools must not be allowed to undermine the coherence of British society.
Muslims warn tsunami aid groups not to proselytize
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia: Indonesian clerics on Friday warned of a widespread Muslim reaction if international aid groups involved in relief efforts in tsunami-hit Aceh province begin proselytizing and adopting children orphaned from the December 26 disaster.
Tsunami: ‘Yadullah’ saved Indonesia’s mosques
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia: Indonesia's mosques defied colossal forces of worst tsunami under ‘God's invisible hand’.
Ceremonial washing of Ka'aba held ahead of Hajj
HOLY MAKKAH, Saudi Arabia: The venerated Ka'aba was ceremonially washed on Monday morning with the Governor of Holy Makkah Region, ambassadors from Islamic countries, a number of high-ranking Saudi officials and others took part in the ceremony.
Biennial Islamic world fair attracts masses
TEHRAN, Iran: First Islamic World Poster Biennial exhibition being held in the Iranian capital city of Tehran is drawing large number of visitors from all walks of life.
First UN Islamophobia seminar flays violence in name of Islam
UNITED NATIONS: United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Tuesday opened the first UN seminar on confronting Islamophobia with a plea not to judge Muslims by the acts of extremists who deliberately target and kill civilians.
Danish Muslims protest film broadcast
COPENHAGEN, Denmark: Muslims in Denmark have filed complaints against Denmark's two state-run TV stations for having repeatedly shown excerpts of Theo van Gogh's film “Submission” after his slaying last month.
Switzerland: Muslims effort to make their voice heard
ZURICH, Switzerland: Muslims in Switzerland have formed a new organization in Zurich to make their voice heard.
Quran studies to be introduced in Denmark state schools
COPENHAGEN, Denmark: The Danish Government has declared to introduce the teaching of some aspects of the Holy Quran in its secondary schools, beginning from the next academic year of 2005.
Baqee Demolition Day programs demand shrines reconstruction, regret media silence
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Youm-e-Inhidam-e-Jannatul Baqee, or the Day of Demolition of Cemetery of Baqee, was observed throughout Pakistan like other global parts in line with the announcement made by chief of the Tehreek Nafaz Fiqh-e-Jafariya Syed Hamid Moosavi on Shawwal 8 with due religious spirit, fervor and devotion. Marking the occasion, protest mourning processions were held in all big cities and towns.
Electric train for Prophet (p)'s Shrine visitors in Holy Medina
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia: Within few minutes, the visitors of the holy Shrine of Prophet Muhammad bin Abdellah (p) in the holy city of Medina, Saudi Arabia, would be able to move easily to the shrine and among the regions of the holy sanctuary, Qobaa and Shohadaa.
Tens of thousands of pilgrims impeded to visit Karbala, martyred
BAGHDAD, Iraq: Iraqi government reports show that hundreds of pilgrims to the holy sites of the holy cities of Najaf and Karbala were martyred during past few months while crossing Al-Latifiyah city, Karbala news reported Tuesday.
Exhibition of rare photos of Holy Mecca held in Holland
LIEDEN, Holland: An exhibition of rare photos of the holy city of Mecca was held by the famous Lieden University here to mark the holy month of Ramadan.
First floating mosque Malaysia’s newest landmark
KUAALA LAMPUR, Malaysia: Malaysia’s first mosque at sea at Penang’s popular Tanjung Bungah is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year.
Germany struggles to better integrate Muslims after fears
BERLIN, Germany: German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has called on Muslims to better integrate themselves in German society saying Muslims “must clearly and without misunderstanding demonstrate that they accept our legal order and democratic rules”.
Prophet Mohammed (p) movie screened in US, Canada on Eid
WASHINGTON: The first animated movie of Prophet Mohammed (p) will finally be screened in North America after being delayed by the September 11 tragedy, which sparked off unprecedented anti-Muslim sentiment, its distributor said.
Italian Muslims demand legal recognition for Islam
ROME, Italy: The government of Italy has been asked by the country’s Muslims to give legal recognition to Islam as one of the religions in the country and to the Muslims as a minority community as is done with other religious denominations, urging to accelerate matters in this regard.
Islam in Sicily exhibition culminates in UAE
ABU DHABI, UAE: An exhibition titled “Islam in Sicily”, hosted by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), was concluded here on Tuesday November 9.
'Save China's oldest hand-written copy of Quran'
BEIJING, China: Chinese experts on Islamic studies and ancient book protection have called for immediate measures to prevent the country's oldest hand-written copy of the holy Quran from further damage.
Believers observe worldwide mourning and layali Al-Qadr
MUNICH, Germany: A’maal of the first of three layali Al-Qadr, or the Nights of Glory, (Ramazan 19, 21, 23) were held on 19 Ramazan night in all parts of the world with spirituality and devotion, while huge mourning programs marking the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Ali ibn-e-Abi Talib (as) are being in continuation.
Tahaddamat Wallahi… Imam Ali (p) martyrdom programs begin
ROTTERDAM, The Netherlands: In connection with the martyrdom anniversary of Amir-ul-Mo’mineen (Master of the Believers), Naser-e-Rasul (Helper of the holy Prophet, peace be upon him and his pure progeny), Abul A’immah (Father of the infallible imams from the progeny of holy Prophet, peace be upon them), Al-Imam Ali ibn-e-Abi Talib (peace be upon him), big mourning programs kicked off across the globe.
Ramadan atmosphere and displays in Holy Karbala
HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: The holy month of Ramadan possesses special sacredness and distinguished rituals and the people’s life style in this month changes totally, while the atmosphere of the fasting month becomes more spiritual in the religious cities.
Number of Russians adopting Islam swelling
MOSCOW, Russia: The number of people adopting Islam – religion of love and peace which abhors every kind of biases and terrorism - in Russia is increasing from day to day, reports said.
Biggest scientific edifice ‘Imam Sadeq (p) Varsity’ planned
HOLY KAZEMIYAH, Iraq: Head of Shiite endowment council Sayyed Hussein Ash-Shami said the endowment after the fall of tyrant Saddam regime stood for its administrative and financial reorganization, pointing that the endowment was the victim of successive regimes and subject to an intended premeditation of seizure of its savings and treasures.
Holy Karbala hosts annual Quran contest
HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: Marking the reception of holy month of Ramadan, the 22nd holy Quran competition concluded in the holy city of Karbala, home to the holy shrines of Al-Imam Al-Hussein bin Ali bin Abi Talib (p) and Hazrat Al-Abbas bin Ali bin Abi Talib (p).
World leaders say Islam abhors terror, in Ramadan speeches
JACKSONVILLE, United States: AS the holy month of Ramadan began in some parts of the world on Thursday, in some other on Friday while in others on Saturday depending on crescent sighting, world leaders issued messages marking the occasion to greet Muslims.
South Africa conference slams violence in name of Islam
CAPE TOWN, South Africa: Muslim leaders from different countries at the close of a three-day conference, which circled around the war on terrorism and its implications for Muslims, here condemned violence being carried out in the name of Islam in Iraq besides criticizing the military occupation.
Teaching of Islam in British schools supported
LONDON, Britain: A new drive to teach British schoolchildren about the true meaning of Islam is set to be launched.
Fasting month of Ramadan starts with prayers
MOSCOW, Russia: Thursday October 14 marked the first day of the fasting period of Ramadan in some countries while the Arabian Peninsula, some European and Asian countries start the holy month on Friday.
China leans brutally on Muslim Uighur
KASHGAR, China: Chinese government under the guise of a “war on terrorism” has launched such an implacable campaign of repression on its Muslim Uighur minority that it's stopped cold nearly all violent attacks.
Int’l confab on Imam Mehdi (p) Justice & Globalization held
LONDON, Britain: Marking the auspicious occasion of Birth Anniversary of Savior of Humanity Hazrat Imam Mehdi (may Allah hasten his reappearance), the last successor of holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (peace be on him & his pure progeny), an international conference was held in London.
Zaynab Al-Kobra (a.s.) Association marks Imam Al-Mehdi (p) b-day
HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: Marking the auspicious occasion of birth anniversary of Savior of Humanity and Last Proof of Allah on Earth Al-Imam Al-Mehdi (atf), Zaynab Al-Kobra (a.s.) Women Association organized a festive gathering in the holy city of Karbala, Iraq.
Kaabah Washing: Shia partakes first time in Aal-e-Saud era
HOLY CITY OF MECCA, Saudi Arabia: Presence of a Shia scholar in Holy Kaabah Washing ceremony in the holy city of Mecca sparked anger in radicals, Saudi Arabia’s rasid news reported.
Federation of Muslim countries Parliaments meets in Beirut
BEIRUT, Lebanon: The Federation of Parliaments of Muslim countries is scheduled to hold its Executive Council meeting in the Lebanese capital city of Beirut in the current month of October.
15 Shaban A’maal, festivals in Karbala
HOLY CITY OF KARBALA, Iraq: Atmosphere in the holy city of Karbala is filled with further spirituality, bliss and happiness as festivals and a’maal marking fifteenth Shaban (night between 14-15 Shaban) began at the holy Shrine of Al-Imam Al-Hussein b Ali bin Abi Talib (pbuh) on Wednesday.
Worldwide preparations marking 15 Shaban on climax
ROME, Italy: As 15th of the holy month of Shaban draws near, preparations to celebrate the auspicious occasion have touched their heights across the world.
Switzerland hosts annual Muslim conference
ZURICH, Switzerland: Switzerland's Muslim League held its annul conference in the Zurich canton attended by as many as one thousand people.