India’s ‘blackest day’ returns to haunt 25 years after Babri Mosque demolition

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Exactly 25 years ago, on December 6, 1992, I stood and watched the worst crime ever committed on Indian soil – the demolition of the Babri Masjid, a mosque in Ayodhya, by Hindu extremists in broad daylight. The black deed is watershed in the history of contemporary India and a milestone in my career as a professional journalist. Painful memories of that day still make me shudder. “The 25th anniversary of that fateful day brings a sense of foreboding. The historical and psychological ...

WATCH: Horrific footage shows aftermath of Egypt mosque massacre

Saturday, 25 November 2017

WARNING: GRAPHIC FOOTAGE - Viewer discretion advised Al Arabiya News Channel has aired footage showing the aftermath of the Rawda mosque attack in al-Areesh, Egypt on Friday. During the attack, gunmen opened fire and detonated a bomb at the mosque, located in northern Sinai, during Friday prayers. At least 235 people were killed while more than 109 others were left injured. Eye witness reports say that the militants were dressed in military uniforms and drove four 4x4 vehicles in the ...

Saudi Arabia: Al-Aqsa violations will have global fallout

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Saudi Arabia warned of a further escalation in the Mideast situation with regional and global repercussions if Israel continues with measures to alter the status of Al-Quds and Haram Al-Sharif. Israeli authorities angered Muslims all over the world by installing metal detectors at the entrance to Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. They replaced the metal detectors on Monday after international condemnation and Palestinian protests, but replaced these with CCTV cameras, metal railings and an iron bridge. ...

France rules out terrorism after eight wounded in mosque shooting

Monday, 3 July 2017

Eight people including a girl were lightly wounded late Sunday in a shooting in front of a mosque in the southeast French city of Avignon, the prosecutor's office said, ruling out terrorism.According to initial accounts taken on the spot, at least two men got out of a car around 10:30 pm near the mosque and opened fire, including with a shotgun, the prosecutor's office said.None of the wounded had life-threatening injuries, it said."From what we know this evening, the mosque was not ...

Sri Lanka arrests monk, policeman over hate crimes

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Sri Lankan authorities on Sunday arrested a police officer and a Buddhist monk accused of leading an arson attack against a mosque and a Muslim business amid a wave of religious violence. Deputy Inspector-General Priyantha Jayakody said the policeman, a monk and two others were caught on camera torching the buildings in Panadura just outside the capital Colombo. “They were taken after analyzing CCTV footage which showed them setting fire to a mosque and a Muslim-owned book shop at Panadura ...

Yemeni worshippers oust new preacher imposed by the Houthis

Saturday, 17 June 2017

The worshippers in a mosque in the Shamlan district, north-west of the Yemeni capital Sanaa, stood against Houthi attempts to replace the mosque’s preacher with another one affiliated to them. The video that was circulated by activists, showed the anger of the worshippers and their rejection of the Houthi preacher. They forced him and the gunmen to get out of the mosque. Some Yemeni websites reported that worshippers at the al-Bar Mosque in Shamlan district were surprised when Houthi ...

After 25 years, leaders of India’s Babri mosque demolition await court verdict

Thursday, 1 June 2017

The demolition of Babri Masjid, a disputed mosque, by Hindu extremists in broad daylight in 1992 was a watershed in post-independent India. However, the conspirators used every trick to evade the proverbial long arm of the law for a quarter of a century. Now, at long last, the law seems to have caught up with them to the relief of those who feared that the mosque wreckers would go scot-free in the constitutionally secular but predominantly Hindu nation. The Babri demolition case trial began this ...

‘It’s time for change:’ California mosque led by women opens doors to all

Saturday, 15 April 2017

The second mosque in the United States led solely by women held its inaugural service in California on Friday, but unlike a Los Angeles congregation that opened two years ago, the new female-led Muslim house of worship in Berkeley is open to both genders.The Qal’bu Maryam Women’s Mosque “is a place for women to worship in the sanctuary, to not be hidden away in dank rooms,” said Rabi’a Keeble, founder of the Berkeley mosque, whose name means “heart of ...

Why did this man try to burn the Imam after dawn prayer?

Thursday, 13 April 2017

A 50-year-old man tried to set fire in an Imam in the western area of Nablus in the occupied West Bank, for a very strange reason.Palestinian News agency Maan quoted an official security source who stated that a citizen who works as a guard in a building in the city of Nablus brought a bottle filled with gasoline and threw it at the Imam inside the mosque after dawn prayers and set it on fire in an attempt to burn the imam.”The fire broke out and the worshipers rushed to extinguish it. ...

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