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Tens of thousands commemorate Arafat in Hamas-run Gaza

GAZA: Tens of thousands of Palestinians gathered in Gaza on Saturday to commemorate the death of veteran leader Yasser Arafat in the first such memorial in the Hamas-run territory since 2007. The anniversary event was billed as a show of national unity after Hamas struck a reconciliation agreement last month with the rival Fatah movement founded and led by Arafat until his death in 2004. The deal, which is supposed to see Hamas cede civil control of Gaza to the Palestinian Authority led by current Fatah leader Mahmud…

Islam forbids prejudice against anyone, Imam Kaaba says in Hajj sermon

MAKKAH: Islam teaches peace and the peace only be found through religion, said Imam-e-Kaaba in his Hajj sermon while addressing over two million faithful at Arafat from Masjid-e-Nimra. Dr. Shaykh Sa'd bin Nasir al-Shithri called the Muslims to evade all kind of prejudice against any Muslim or non-Muslim. Around one hundred and seventy-nine thousand Pakistanis are among the two million Muslims in Maidan-e- Arafat to perform the Waqoof-e-Arafat, the key ritual of the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Dr. Shaykh Sa'd bin Nasir…

Hajj 2014: Pilgrims head towards Arafat

MAKKAH: Millions of Hajj pilgrims after Fajar prayers are heading towards the ground of Arafat to listen the Hajj sermon and offer Zuhr and Asr prayers at tent city of Arafat.  Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti Shaikh Abdul Aziz Shaikh will give Hajj sermon during Wuqoof-e-Arafat, ARY News reports.

Ninth death anniversary of Arafat, report showed former Palestinian leader was assassinated

As the controversies surround the death of former Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, the Palestinians mark nine years anniversary of Arafat’s death today. A Swiss report published this week said specimens from Arafat's exhumed body contained unexpectedly high levels of the radioactive element, polonium-210. The Palestinian investigators said the report showed Arafat did not die because of old age or ill health, but was the victim of an "assassination". Israel's government has dismissed any suggestion that it was involved.…