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Eid-ul-Adha celebrated in BD amid festivity, enthusiasm

Dhaka, Aug 12 – The holy Eid-ul-Adha, the second biggest religious festival of the Muslims, was celebrated across the country today with due solemnity and religious fervour and amid tight security. On the occasion, the Muslims across the country offered prayers in Eid congregations and sacrificed animals in the name of almighty Allah. Read More »

More than two million Muslims begin hajj pilgrimage

Makkah, Saudi Arabia, Aug 9, 2019 – More than two million Muslims begin the annual hajj on Friday as the Saudi hosts seek to deter politicisation of the pilgrimage against a backdrop of simmering Gulf tensions. The hajj, one of the world’s largest religious gatherings, is one of Islam’s five pillars and must be undertaken by all rich Muslims with ... Read More »

Biman’s outgoing Hajj flights conclude operations

Dhaka, Aug 05 – The hajj flights run by Biman Bangladesh Airlines concluded on Monday operating all 189 flights while the last Hajj flights of Saudi Arabian Airlines will fly on Tuesday with rest of the pilgrims. On the last day of Hajj flight, the Saudi Airlines will carry around 1,100 pilgrims by operating three flights. Read More »

Eid-ul-Azha on Aug 12

Dhaka, Aug 2 (UNB) – Eid-ul-Azha, the second largest religious festival of Muslims, will be celebrated across the country on August 12 as the new moon of the Arabic month of Zilhaj was sighted in Bangladesh sky on Friday. State Minister for Religious Affairs Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah made the announcement after a meeting of the National Moon Sighting Committee at ... Read More »

Imam of mosque ‘missing’ for 19 days in Shariatpur

Shariatpur, July 9 (UNB) – The imam of a local mosque in Zanjira upazila reportedly remained missing for the last 19 days. The victim is Faridul Islam, 45, imam of Moralkandi mosque in the upazila and son of late Ershad Ali of Muktagachha upazila in Mymensingh district. Alleging that her husband might have been killed and abduction in a planned ... Read More »

Vatican to honour Prof Yunus with ‘Lamp of Peace’ award

Bangkok, June 29 (UNB) – Vatican will honour Prof Muhammed Yunus with the ‘Lamp of Peace’, an award exclusively given to honour those who work towards promoting peace and harmony. Pope Francis has invited Nobel Laureate Prof Yunus to the Economic Summit in Spring 2020. Father Enzo Fortunato, Spokesperson and Communication Director of The Holy Convent of Papal Basilica of ... Read More »

Notre Dame of Gaza: Our Mosques, Churches are also burning

By Ramzy Baroud 24 Apr 2019 – As the 300-foot spire of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris tragically came tumbling down on live television, my thoughts ventured to Nuseirat Refugee Camp, my childhood home in the Gaza Strip. Then, also on television, I watched as a small bulldozer hopelessly clawed through the rubble of my neighborhood mosque. I grew ... Read More »

Lack of governance caused moonsighting confusion: BNP

Dhaka, June 5 – BNP on Wednesday slammed the government for creating confusion over the sighting of the moon and said it happened for the lack of good governance. “What happen yesterday (over moon sighting) is I think an outcome of the lack of good governance in the country,” said BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. Talking to reporters ... Read More »

PM greets all on Eid-ul-Fitr

Dhaka, Jun 5 – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, now on a four-day visit to Finland, urged all to pray for Bangladesh’s continued socio-economic development. “I’d like to tell all to pray so that the country’s socioeconomic uplift and its dignity in the international [arena] continue,” she said in a video message. She also extended her Eid-ul-Fitr greetings to the people ... Read More »

Rain dampens Eid celebrations

Dhaka, June 5 — The celebration of Eid-ul-Fitr, the biggest festival of Muslims in Bangladesh, was dampened by incessant rainfall since Wednesday morning. On this day, people usually go out in a festive mood but the downpour forced many to stay indoors. Many areas in the capital have gone under water. The Met Office in a bulletin said parts of ... Read More »

Eid Wednesday says Minister Abdullah in revised decision

Dhaka, June 4 – Holy Eid-ul-Fitr, the largest religious festival of Muslims, will be celebrated in the country on Wednesday as the Shawwal moon was sighted in Bangladesh sky on Tuesday. The decision was taken at the second meeting of the National Moon Sighting Committee on Tuesday night after reassessing the information about the Shawwal moon sighting. State Minister for ... Read More »

Bangladesh PM Hasina performs Umrah

Makkah (Saudi Arabia), Jun 2 (UNB)— Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina performed the holy ‘Umrah’ in the early hours of Sunday. She is now on a three-day official visit to Saudi Arabia at the invitation of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to attend the 14th OIC Summit. Sheikh Hasina first performed ‘tawaf’ around the holy Ka’bah Sharif and later walked ... Read More »

Shab-e-Qadr observed across Bangladesh Saturday night

The holy Lailatul Qadr or Shab-e-Qadr, the holiest and most blessed nights for Muslims, will be observed across the country tonight with due solemnity and religious fervor. Muslim devotees will spend the night seeking divine blessings for peace and progress of the country as well as the Muslim Ummah. According to the holy Quran, this is superior to a thousand ... Read More »

Jumatul Wida observed across Bangladesh

Dhaka, May 31 (UNB) – Muslims across the country observed Jumatul Wida, the last Friday of Ramadan, with due religious zeal and reverence.  A large number of fasting devotees attended the Jum’a prayers at mosques across the country with special munajats seeking divine blessings for peace and progress of the country and the unity of the Muslim Ummah. Jumatul Wida ... Read More »

ঈদে গ্রামমুখো মানুষের নিরাপদে যাতায়াত নিশ্চিত করুন -পীর সাহেব চরমোনাই

পবিত্র ঈদুল ফিতর উপলক্ষে নাড়ীরটানে বাড়িফেরা মানুষের নিরাপদে ও নির্বিগ্নে যাতায়াত নিশ্চিত করার দাবি জানিয়েছেন ইসলামী আন্দোলন বাংলাদেশের আমীর মুফতী সৈয়দ মুহাম্মদ রেজাউল করীম পীর সাহেব চরমোনাই। আজ এক বিবৃতিতে তিনি বলেন, রাজধানীসহ শহরে বসবাসরত অধিকাংশ মানুষ গ্রামমুখি। তাই বিভিন্ন উৎসব উপলক্ষে তারা গ্রামে ফেরে থাকেন। কিন্তু দুই ঈদে গ্রামে ফেরা মানুষের বিভিন্ন সমস্যা দেখা যায় যেমন- পরিবহন সমস্যা, ভাড়া ... Read More »

Bangladesh for Ulema body at OIC to help counter militancy

Dhaka, May 30 – Bangladesh on Thursday proposed a new platform for the Ulema to work together to counter extremism and terrorism at the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) Council of foreign ministers. Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen emphasised that the Muslim nations should be able to resolve their own issues within OIC and proposed the new platform for the ... Read More »

Dhaka proposes new platform for Ulema to counter extremism

Dhaka, May 30 (UNB) – Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Thursday emphasized that the Muslim nations should be able to resolve their own issues within Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and proposed a new platform for the Ulema to work together to counter extremism and terrorism. While speaking on cooperation for faster development, the Foreign Minister stressed the need for ... Read More »

Palestinians vow to battle illegal Israeli confiscations

Palestinians pledge to continue the dream of passing land to their children and grandchildren amid accelerating seizures By Shatha Hammad Tayseer Ataya stands, leaning on his cane and gazing at his plot of land on Risan hill, west of Ramallah. The 65-year-old man has been forbidden from accessing his property for close to a year. In August 2018, Israeli settlers ... Read More »

BNP’s Taka-30 Iftar for political leaders, as Khaleda gets

Dhaka, May 28 – The BNP on Tuesday hosted an iftar mahfil in the honour of political leaders and members of the civil society people with a budget of Tk 30 for each to express honour to party’s jailed chairperson Khaleda Zia. Leaders of different political parties in the folds of Jatiya Oikyafront and 20-party alliance took part in the ... Read More »

BNP invites PM to its Tuesday’s iftar party

Dhaka, May 26 (UNB) – BNP on Sunday invited Awami League (AL) President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her party’s presidium members to its iftar party to be held here on Tuesday. The party will host the iftar party in honour of political leaders at Ladies Club. A three-member BNP delegation, led by its assistant office secretary Taiful Islam ... Read More »

India’s Modi paints image of Hindu ascetic called to power

New Delhi, May 24 (AP/UNB) — The man in the saffron robe sat cross-legged with his eyes closed, back to the wall of a cave framed by the Himalayas. This was India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s latest production, traveling to a remote mountain temple with a preferred TV news crew to show the world India’s leader meditating days before the ... Read More »

Be active against drug addiction, terror: Zafarullah Khan

Moulana Zafarullah Khan, chief of Khelafat Andolan and chairman of United Islami Oikya Jote on Tuesday expressed his concern over the drug menace and militancy at national and international levels and called for united efforts of all to face those. Addressing an iftar mohfil of his party at Purana Paltan he said Islan was totally against drug addiction and killing ... Read More »

Minimum Fitra fixed at Tk 70

Dhaka, May 16 (UNB) – This year’s minimum Fitra has been fixed at Tk 70 per person. The maximum Fitra has been set at Tk 1,980, said Mohammad Nizam Udin, assistant director of Islamic Foundation. The Islamic Foundation fixed the amount on Thursday at a meeting chaired by Hafez Maulana Mohammad Mizanur Rahman, senior Pesh Imam of Baitul Mukarram National ... Read More »

Gunmen attack Catholic church in Burkina Faso; 6 killed

File photo of attack on Burkina Faso hotel

Ouagadougou, May 13 (AP/UNB) — Authorities say gunmen have attacked a Catholic church in Burkina Faso, killing a priest and five worshippers. The attack on Sunday took place in Dablo, about 200 kilometers (124 miles) from the capital, Ouagadougou. Urbain Kabore, a government spokesman for the West African country’s Sahel region, said the gunmen also set fire to a health ... Read More »

Decisive victory for the persecuted Christians in India

Justice done

In 2016, Pastor Balu, his wife, his son, and members of his congregation were violently attacked, later detained by the police and falsely accused of forcing conversions to Christianity. It brings me great joy to announce that, after a long legal battle, Pastor Balu has been acquitted of the charges held against him under India’s anti-conversion laws. All people have ... Read More »

BD minorities say attacks on them went up following election

Dhaka, May 10 — Bangladesh Hindu-Buddhist-Christian Oikya Parishad (BHBCOP) on Friday expressed deep concern over the increased violence and oppression of minorities in the last four months after the national election. The BHBCOP, a non-profit aiming to protect rights of the religious and ethnic minorities, voiced its worries during its extended meeting at Moni Singh-Farhad Trust Bhaban in Dhaka’s Purana ... Read More »