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Celebration and significance of Durga Puja in Bangladesh

Dhaka, Oct 4 (UNB) – Sharadiya Durga Puja, the iconic celebration of the Hindu community both in Bangladesh and West Bengal, has its roots deep within the cultural heritage. No other festival of the Hindu religion is observed as widely as the celebration of the victory of the goddess Durga over the demon king Mahishasura. Read More »

Common ground

by Hans Dembowski In politics, there are two different ways to refer to religion. One is to pretend to be exerting God’s will; the other is to spell out the ethics of one’s faith. Read More »

Holy Ashura in Bangladesh on Sept 10

Dhaka, Aug 31 (UNB) – Holy Ashura, commemorating the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA), will be observed in the country on September 10 as the Muharram moon was sighted in Bangladesh sky on Saturday. The decision was taken at a meeting of the National Moon Sighting Committee held at the conference room of Islamic Foundation’s Baitul Mukarram office with ... Read More »

Zakir Naik apologises, says he isn’t racist

Dhaka, Aug 20 (UNB) – Fugitive preacher Dr Zakir Naik apologised today for causing any “misunderstanding” after being questioned twice by the police for his alleged racial and religious remarks during a recent lecture in Kelantan, reports Malay Mail. The India-born man wanted in his home country for allegedly funding terror activities also said racism is “evil” and denies he ... Read More »

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 »