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The forgotten princess

Sudhirendar Sharma Avoiding self-pity, the forgotten princess emerges as a woman of courage and conviction as she conducts herself independently for fourteen long years of separation from her husband. One wonders why Valmiki devoted only four lines in Ramayana on Urmila, Sita’s sister and wife to Rama’s devoted brother Lakshman, who was asked to stay back while her husband escorted ... Read More »

50 Muslim countries agree on ‘Declaration for Environmental Protection’

The 6th Islamic conference of Envronment Ministers held in Rabat, Morocco on 8 – 9 October 2015 (the largest convening of Muslim-world Environment Ministers), facilitates agreement amongst Environment Ministers on a number of steps to tackle climate change and challenges facing sustainable development. The conference was organised by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), in conjunction with the Islamic Educational, ... Read More »

Vatican fires senior priest as he comes out as gay

Flanked by his boyfriend, Polish priest Krzysztof Charamsa says he wanted to speak out against church “hypocrisy”. The Vatican has fired a senior priest who publicly came out as gay on the eve of a major meeting of church leaders to discuss the Church’s stance on social issues such as divorce and homosexuality. In a statement on Saturday, a spokesman ... Read More »

41 bodies of Bangladeshi Hajis so far found in Mina

Forty-one dead bodies of Bangladeshi pilgrims have so far been found as they lost their lives in the Mina incident on September 24, according to the updated report received from Bangladesh Consulate General, Jeddah. Of the 41 victims, the identities of 18 pilgrims have been confirmed while the names of 12 found and the remaining 11 are unnamed, said the ... Read More »

First return Hajj flight comes Dhaka 11 hours behind time

The first return Hajj flight arrived in Dhaka nearly 11 hours behind its schedule putting the pilgrims in extreme suffering. Concerned relatives were also eagerly waiting at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport to receive the pilgrims. They expressed their anger over the repeated change in the flight schedule. The BG 6012 of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying 419 pilgrims was scheduled to ... Read More »

Eid being celebrated across Bangladesh on Friday

The holy Eid-ul-Azha, the second largest religious festival of the Muslims, is being celebrated on Friday across the Bangladesh, as elsewhere in neighbouring countries, with due solemnity and religious fervor. The festival began in the morning with offering of Eid prayers by millions of Muslims at mosques and eidgahs throughout the country. They prayed for divine blessings for peace, progress ... Read More »

Hajj stampede: Saudi king orders safety review

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has ordered a safety review for the Hajj pilgrimage after at least 717 people died in a stampede near the holy city of Mecca. Another 863 people were injured in the incident at Mina, which occurred as two million pilgrims were taking part in the Hajj’s last major rite. It is the deadliest incident to occur ... Read More »

People extremely disturbed by extortionists: Charmonai Pir

The Pir Shabeb of Charmonai Mufti Syed Muhammad Rezaul Karim on Tuesday urged the government to restrain its party activists and extortionists and help the people to observe the holy eid peacefully. In a statement issued to the press Mufti Rezaul Karim who is also the Amir of Islami Andolan Bangladesh, said the people have become seriously annoyed at the ... Read More »

KSA permits additional 5000 Hajj pilgrims from Bd

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has given permission to 5,000 more pilgrims in addition to its fixed quota for Bangladesh to perform hajj this time, according to sources of Bangladesh Embassy in Riyadh. The permission came two days after Bangladesh’s Ministry of Religion Affairs sent a letter to Saudi Arabian embassy in Dhaka, requesting to increase the hajjis’ quota by ... Read More »

Mobilising against climate change

Billions of Muslims around the world have been called on to take action against climate change. In an event co-hosted by Islamic Relief Worldwide in Istanbul this week, religious leaders presented The Islamic Declaration on Climate Change and called on Muslims across the world to fulfil their religious duty and help protect the Earth for future generations. It said: Our ... Read More »

Retired bishop says Vatican failed sex abuse victims

The Vatican and one of Australia’s top clerics had failed to properly deal with child sex abuse victims, a retired bishop has said. Bishop Geoffrey Robinson told a national inquiry the Church had failed to speak out strongly about the abuse. The bishop played an important role in developing the Australian church’s response to the issue in the 1990s. Read More »

Tech faults in photo printing waived in issuing Hajj visa

The complication in issuance of e-visa for hajj pilgrims has been resolved giving a sigh of relief to the hajj performers at the Ashkona hajj camp. It was found yesterday that there was no frustration among the hajj pilgrims yesterday as there was no problem with obtaining their visa as they faced on two previous days. The Saudi Embassy in ... Read More »

150 Years – The first war of India’s independence – Ulema role

By M. Burhanuddin Qasmi The First united War of India’s Independence or the Indian Rebellion of 1857, as in the British records, also known as the Sepoy Rebellion, the Indian Mutiny, and the Sepoy Mutiny was a prolonged period of armed uprisings in different parts of India against British occupation. Small precursors of brewing discontent, as was the plan, involving ... Read More »

Hajj pilgrimage flights start

The first hajj flight carrying 418 Bangladeshi pilgrims to Saudi Arabia took off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital on Sunday morning. The flight ‘BG-1011’ of Biman Bangladesh Airlines departed from the airport at 8:55am, said a hajj official. Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon, Religious Affairs Minister Matiur Rahman and high officials of the two ... Read More »

‘Oldest’ Koran fragments found in Birmingham University

By Sean Coughlan What may be the world’s oldest fragments of the Koran have been found by the University of Birmingham. Radiocarbon dating found the manuscript to be at least 1,370 years old, making it among the earliest in existence. The pages of the Muslim holy text had remained unrecognised in the university library for almost a century. Read More »

What Prophet Muhammad gave humanity in 10 points

Dr. Adil bin Ali Ash-Shaddy Arabic calligraphy: Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah Some non-Muslim westerners wonder what Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) offered to humanity. This question is raised particularly after incidents of defamation targeting the Prophet’s honorable character by western media. So, it is our duty to answer these questions and to highlight what our ... Read More »

Eid eelebraded

Despite rainy weather, Eid-ul-Fitr was celebrated across the country with much enthusiasm and religious fervour. Eid prayers were offered at different mosques and eidgahs across the country in the morning. As usual, the largest eid congregation was held at Sholakia Eidgah in Kishoreganj district at 10am with lakhs of Muslims offering prayers seeking divine blessings, peace and progress for the ... Read More »

Eid Saturday

The holy Eid-ul-Fitr, the largest religious festival of Muslims, will be celebrated in Bangladesh on Saturday as the Shawal moon was sighted in the country’s sky on Friday. The National Moon Sighting Committee took the decision at a meeting at the Islamic Foundation’s Baitul Mukarram office in the evening after reviewing the information of the moon sighting. At a post-meeting ... Read More »

Khaleda’s Eid greetings to people

BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Thursday greeted all the Muslims of Bangladesh and elsewhere across the world on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr and wished them Eid Mubarak. In an Eid-ul-Fitr message, Khaleda, also a former Prime Minister said, “The Eid-ul-Fitr has come with a message of ecstatic joy after observing fasting for a month. It’s the biggest festival of the ... Read More »

Hezafat wants Gaffar Chy citizenship scrapped

Hefazat demands stripping Gaffar Chaudhury of citizenship for blasphemous comments on Allah and prophet Amir of Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh Allama Ahmed Shafi in a statement yesterday urged the Government to strip the citizenship of writer- Journalist Abdul Gaffar Chaudhury for what he said, making derogatory, blasphemous remarks against Allah-Rasul undermining the Islam. Read More »

Charmonai Pir for united efforts against attacks on Islam

The Pir Shaheb of Charmonai Mufti Syed Razaul Karim on Sunday called for a united effort of the ulema against what her termed as planned attack against Allah Almighty and the Prophet of Islam by people petronised and protected by the government and said these are not consistent with that is professed by those in the corridors of power that ... Read More »

Bnp blames AL, wants probe of Gaffar words against Allah

BNP on Sunday demanded an investigation into the matter to find out whether he was provoked my any quarter. The party also demanded punishment of Bangladesh’s permanent representative to the UN Dr AK Abdul Momen for presenting Gaffar Chowdhury with a crest after making offensive remarks about Allah. BNP yesterday alleged that government might have instigated the derogatory comments on ... Read More »

Islami parties for cintinued movement till Latif rearrest

Different Islamic parties and organisations including Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh yesterday vowed to continue non-stop movement until sacked minister Abdul Latif Siddique is not arrested and brought to justice for hurting the religious sentiments. Leaders of the Islamic organisations while addressing rallies in the city and elsewhere in the country demanded capital punishment of Latif Siddique and warned that they won’t return ... Read More »

Islami Parties give Govt ultimatum to rearrest Latif

Different Islamic parties and organizations yesterday gave ultimatums to the government to arrest the sacked minister, Abdul Latif Siddique by Thursday otherwise they threatened to tougher movement including enforcing non-stop hartal. Leaders of the organizations made the ultimatums a day after the release of Latif Siddique, who obtained bail in all cases filed against him for hurting religious sentiment. Read More »