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Mysuru, Jan 30: For the first time in its history a remote village in the South Indian state of Karnataka witnessed a rare sea of humanity that created an atmosphere of serenity and devotion with prayers and self-introspection — without any slogans. And the event was the three day All India Mushavarathi Ijtema hosted by Tablighi Jamaat from Saturday to Monday at Adakanahalli Industrial Area near...

In a curious development, a prominent leader of the Alternative for Germany (AfD), a political party known for its racist and islamophobic tendencies, has converted to Islam and resigned from his position with the party. Arthur Wagner, a leading member of the far-right party in Germany's eastern German state of Brandenburg, stepped down for "personal reasons", a party spokesperson confirmed...

Pope Francis has used the Christmas Eve Mass to call on the world not to ignore the plight of millions of refugees who are “driven from their land.” Leading a ceremony on Sunday for about 10,000 people in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican City, the head of the Roman Catholic Church compared refugees to Mary and Joseph, who had to travel from the Biblical city of Nazareth to Bethlehem but found...

Mangaluru, Dec 25: Christians across the Rome of the East, as this port city of Mangaluru is referred to, thronged the churches of their respective parishes Monday morning to offer special prayers as part of Christmas celebrations. Bishop of Mangaluru Dr Aloysius Paul D'Souza was the main celebrant of the Christmas Mass at Rosario Cathedral. He briefed the gathering about the significance of the...

Lucknow, Dec 19: The Uttar Pradesh Police today directed all district police chiefs to ensure that Christmas festivities go smoothly without any untoward incident, two days after the Hindu Jagran Manch warned Aligarh schools against celebrating the festival. ADG (Law and Order) Anand Kumar also directed all district police chiefs of the state to ensure the freedom of practising one's religion is...

India’s most-wanted gangster Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar is reported to be suffering from depression as his 31-year-old son Moin Nawaz D Kaskar has started following Islamic teachings that prohibits him from illegal activities. According to reliable sources, Moin, the third child and only son of don, has completely turned his back on the "family business" and has become a devout Muslim, who follows...

Udupi, Nov 24: The three-day Dharma Sansad organized by Vishwa Hindu Parishad was inaugurated on Friday morning in the presence of hundreds of seers and sages from across India. Pejavar mutt seer Sri Vishwesha Thirtha Swami formally inaugurated the event by lighting a lamp. A Shobha Yatra of sants and sadhus from Rajangana in Sri Krishna Mutt to the convention venue at the Royal Garden near...

Udupi, Nov 16: Vishwesha Tirtha Swami of Paryaya Pejawar Mutt has called upon all Hindus to take part in the upcoming Dharma Sansad and the Hindu Samajotsava in large numbers. “Hindus should be proud of their religion. All members of the Hindu religion, including Dalits, should participate in the Dharma Sansad and the Hindu Samajotsava,” he said. He was speaking after flagging off the Sudharma...

Nov 10: Qatar has appointed 28 new members to one of its most important consultative bodies, including four women, a royal decree announced. The women will sit on the 45-strong Shura Council, which is responsible for discussing draft laws, general government policy and the state's draft budget, state media said on Thursday. "Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani issued an emiri decree...

Riyadh, Nov 6: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) recently called on member countries for urgent action and appropriate ways of protecting the remaining Islamic cultural heritage against loss and neglect. OIC Secretary-General Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen made the call during an international conference on “Islamic Action for the Protection of Cultural Heritage” held in Istanbul...