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India's Kolkata Gears Up for `Eid

Last Modified:  28 Jul 2014 03:47  GMT


KOLKATA – `Eid is coming, every corner in Kolkata told the same fact with shops being over crowded with last minute shoppers for clothes and jewelry, food stalls preparing for special `Eid sweets and enthusiastic Muslims awaiting the moon sighting to detect the newborn moon. “Every year for 3 or 4 last Ramadan days, I move to an `Eid baz......





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Last Modified:  05 Jul 2014 03:47  GMT

ADDIS ABABA – As Muslims worldwide converged for the first Friday prayer in Ramadan, hundreds of Ethiopian Muslims protested unjustified arrest of 17 of their leaders over claimed terrorism charged a year ago, Agence France Presse (AFP) reported. What the government is doing doesn't solve the problem, rather it will worsen the situation, ......



Last Modified:  05 Jul 2014 03:47  GMT

CAIRO – More than 100 imams from across the UK have posted an open letter on Imams Online website to urge young Muslims not to join the fight in Syria and Iraq. “British Muslim communities [should] continue the generous and tireless effort to support all of those affected by the crisis in Syria and unfolding events in Iraq, but… do so ......



Last Modified:  04 Jul 2014 03:47  GMT

MANDALAY, Burma – Wielding knives, swords and bamboo poles, hundreds of extremist Buddhists have roamed the country’s second largest city of Mandalay, threatening to kill all Muslims after similar violence earlier this week resulted in the death of two people. We're going to kill all the Muslims, some shouted as they rode through the s......



Last Modified:  04 Jul 2014 03:47  GMT

BRASILIA – Surrounded by World Cup festivities everywhere, a small, yet growing, Muslim minority in Brazil have been observing an easy fasting for the holy month of Ramadan with short days and pleasant weather. “In my country, at the moment, it is so, so hot. Here it is very pleasant, and the day is short,” Ibrahim Nashawaty, a refugee......



Last Modified:  04 Jul 2014 03:47  GMT

MANILA – The Philippines government has urged would-bep-ilgrim to delay their journey to the holy lands this year, after the deadly outbreak of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in the Saudi Kingdom. We know it's a religious custom, but it is also our duty to provide health advisories, Lee health department spokesman Lyndon Lee......



Last Modified:  04 Jul 2014 03:47  GMT

XINJIANG — Reviving every year’s nightmare, Chinese authorities have banned Muslim civil servants, students and teachers from fasting during the holy month of Ramadan, a restriction that has been imposed on Uighur Muslims in Muslim majority Turkestan district, known as Xinjiang. The commercial affairs bureau of Turfan City said on its we......



Last Modified:  03 Jul 2014 03:47  GMT

CAIRO – Returning to hero’s welcome in their country, Algeria World Cup football team members have revealed that they intend to donate their bonus money to people in the besieged Gaza strip. As reported in Algeria's daily Echorouk Online, the Desert Foxes' striker Islam Slimani commented on promises of huge bonuses for the team by saying......



Last Modified:  03 Jul 2014 03:47  GMT

ISTANBUL – Turkey’s non-Muslim expats observing Ramadan have been adapting to the traditions of the holy month through fasting, attending iftar with Muslim families and sharing the happiness of the blessed month. “Ramadan to me signifies spirituality, empathy, discipline, sharing and family happiness,” Felister Gesare Orangi, a 23-ye......



Last Modified:  03 Jul 2014 03:47  GMT

DAKAR — Helping diabetics to observe healthy Ramadan, Senegal has launched its first mobile application that assists Muslims to safely manage their illness during the holy fasting month. “Before, we had many diabetics who didn’t know what to do during Ramadan, whether they should fast or not, but now with the program, it helps you know......



Last Modified:  03 Jul 2014 03:47  GMT

ISLAMABAD — For needy Pakistanis, free meals offered every days at sunset for iftar during the holy month of Ramadan is the only way to make ends meet for their families. “Usually there is one bread earner who has to feed a family of say 10 people, Organizer Abdul Razak Bhatti told Voice Of America. So, obviously their basic needs a......



Last Modified:  03 Jul 2014 03:47  GMT

CAIRO – Correcting negative perceptions about Canada Muslims and Islam, a Toronto campaign was launched earlier this week to change stereotypes of Muslims through spreading a message of compassion during the holy month of Ramadan. “We want to show that Islam is not just a religion in a mosque. It’s a way of life,” Dina Kamal, 30, co-......



Last Modified:  03 Jul 2014 03:47  GMT

BAGHDAD – The declaration of a new Islamic “Caliphate” by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has been criticized by wide circles of Syrian and Iraqi Sunni scholars and Islamic groups, saying the terms ......



Last Modified:  03 Jul 2014 03:47  GMT

DEARBORN – Amid increasing debates on Ramadan fasting and Muslim players in different international teams competing for their countries in the ongoing World Cup Brazil 2014, local Muslim players from Dearborn have asserted that fasting helps them to focus more on their games. “It makes you more durable — you can play in any kind of con......



Last Modified:  03 Jul 2014 03:47  GMT

XINJIANG — Reviving every year’s nightmare, Chinese authorities have banned Muslim civil servants, students and teachers from fasting during the holy month of Ramadan, a restriction that has been imposed on Uighur Muslims in Muslim majority Turkestan district, known as Xinjiang. The commercial affairs bureau of Turfan City said on its we......



Last Modified:  02 Jul 2014 03:47  GMT

YANGON – Extremist Buddhist mob have led a new series of attacks on Burma Muslim minority, resulting in damaging a mosque and Muslim-owned shops in the country’s second largest city of Mandalay, leaving at least five injured despite police intervention. “We fired three warning shots to control the crowd,” Lieutenant Colonel Zaw Min O......



Last Modified:  02 Jul 2014 03:47  GMT

JOHANNESBURG – Sharing the festivities of the holy month with the wider community, the Union of Arab Communities of South Africa has organization an interfaith iftar which gathered several religious groups to celebrate special Ramadan night in Johannesburg. We organized the interfaith ifar to create unity between Muslims and other faith g......



Last Modified:  02 Jul 2014 03:47  GMT

CAIRO – A decision by Europe’s top rights court to uphold a French ban on Islamic full-face niqab has been criticized as shocking by rights organization and Muslim women after the court accepted Paris’s argument that it encouraged citizens to live together . The ban has nothing to do with gender equality and everything to do with ris......



Last Modified:  02 Jul 2014 03:47  GMT

LILONGWE – In a desperate attempt to curb expansion of HIV and AIDS in the Malawian society, Muslim traditional leaders have demanded a ban on condom use for unmarried people, arguing it was fueling the spread of the pandemic in the secular, but diverse religious southern African nation. “Islam has always been against use of condoms outs......



Last Modified:  02 Jul 2014 03:47  GMT

CAIRO – Correcting negative perceptions about Canada Muslims and Islam, a Toronto campaign was launched earlier this week to change stereotypes of Muslims through spreading a message of compassion during the holy month of Ramadan. “We want to show that Islam is not just a religion in a mosque. It’s a way of life,” Dina Kamal, 30, co-......



Last Modified:  01 Jul 2014 03:47  GMT

CAIRO – Welcoming the holy fasting month of Ramadan, a group of Chicago Muslim organizations have launched a widespread Ramadan campaign focused on hosting food drives and “Going Green” as part of an annual tradition of enhancing their faith and spirituality. “The Sabeel Food Pantry was established by the Islamic Food and Nutrition C......




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