1. Pak clerics’ refusal to issue ‘fatwas’ against terror raise sinister conspiracy theories
    With fatwas (legal pronouncements in Islam) playing an important role in Muslim countries, it is questionable why most prominent clerics and muftis in Pakistan refuse to issue them against terrorist organisations and suicide bombings, which are responsible for killings of over thousands of innocent Muslims.
  2. SIT may grill Narendra Modi again
    Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi’s electoral fortunes may continue to soar but he is still not out of woods yet for his alleged role in the 2002 anti-Muslim riots. He may be called for questioning again by the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT), which had earlier grilled him for nine hours in March, sources in the SIT have said.
  3. Saudi beggars rush to Makkah for Hajj
    Hajj, the great pilgrimage to Islam’s holiest sites, is expected to fall between 14 and 18 November this year. “Professional” beggars are setting off from all over Saudi Arabia to come to Makkah for the occasion to get the best spots outside and near the Grand Mosque.
  4. Young Muslims demonstrate on the streets of Melilla
    Young Muslims have been demonstrating against unemployment in the Spanish North African enclave of Melilla.
  5. India to Ask Central Bank to Learn More on Islamic Finance From Malaysia
    India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said he will ask the central bank to learn more about Islamic finance from Malaysia, which has the world’s biggest market for Shariah-compliant debt, or sukuk.
  6. Chinese officials visiting Malaysia to discuss Islamic Finance
    The Islamic Banking and Finance Institute of Malaysia (IBFIM), which has helped the noprtheastern Chinese city of Shenyang set up an Islamic finance centre, expects some positive development next week when the mayor of Shenyang and governor of Shenhe wisit Malaysia on Nov 8.
  7. Wikifiqh to Be Established
    Iran’s Islamic Ideology Dissemination Organization (IIDO) intends to establish wikifiqh in the near future.
  8. Three members of terrorist Jundullah group arrested
    Security forces have arrested three members of the terrorist Jundullah group, who were connected with the terrorist attack carried out in the southeastern city of Zahedan on July 15, a local intelligence official said on Tuesday.
  9. Mideast banks eye $500-bn opportunity, unveil women-only branches to cash in Financial institutions in the conservative
    Gulf Arab region, where many women are reluctant to mix with men outside their families, are tapping into the niche, with women-only bank branches and investment funds mushrooming.
  10. Indonesia tsunami toll hits 311, with 379 missing
    The death toll from a tsunami which struck western Indonesia rose to 311 with another 379 still listed as missing more than two days after the disaster, an official said.