- Grand Shia Cleric “Ayatollah Ali Sistani” Severely Condemned Quran Burning Plan
Iraq’s top Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has condemned plans by a US pastor to burn copies of Islam’s holy book of Quran.
- Qur’an burning off, pastor’s son says
A Florida minister who had been considering burning copies of the Qur’an to mark the anniversary of 9/11 will not go ahead with the plan on Saturday, his son said.
- Over 80% state Muslims backward: Officials
KOLKATA: Over 80% of the Muslim population in Bengal is being identified as backward and eligible for OBC certificates. This may even reach 85%, officials hinted on Friday.
- In Bengal, ‘Eid bonus’ for Muslims
For the first time since 1985, Muslim employees of the state government will get puja bonus — or festival bonus as a section of the employees would like to call it — before Eid, which is on Saturday.
- AI warns of rising tide of Islamophobia
Amnesty International (AI) USA has warned about “fear, discrimination and persecution against Muslims” in the United States amid a rising tide of crimes committed against Muslims.
- 50 injured in pipeline blast in NE Iran
A section of an Iranian gas pipeline has exploded near the northeastern city of Mashhad, Khorasan Razavi province, injuring over 50 people.
- Amnesty Intl. censures Bahrain
Amnesty International has criticized Bahrain over its decision to suspend the board of one of the country’s human rights organizations.
- Iran cleric objects to false econ reports
“Officials report every day that inflation has dropped but this is contrary to what people are witnessing,” ILNA quoted Grand Ayatollah Nasser Makarem-Shirazi as saying on Friday.
- Qaeda men escape US-run Baghdad jail
Four senior members of al-Qaeda have reportedly managed to escape from the US-controlled section of an Iraqi prison in the capital city of Baghdad.
- US trying to curb Iraqi premier authority
The United States is reportedly trying to convince Iraqi officials to accept a power-sharing deal which could alter the structure of Iraq’s government.