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Muslim journalists have a responsibility to defend real Islam: Imam-e-Kaaba

ISLAMABAD: Imam-e-Ka'aba Sheikh Saleh Abdullah bin Humaid has said that the journalists in the Muslim countries have a responsibility to defend the real Islam, which totally rejects terrorism and advocates peace and tolerance.  In a meeting with Charge d Affairs at Pakistan Embassy Lisbon, Fayyaz Ahmed Khan and veteran journalist Azfar Bukhari at the ceremony of 50th Anniversary of Lisbon Islamic Community Centre, Imam-e-Ka'aba said that Saudi Arabia too is promoting moderation and peaceful co-existence because Islam …

Mithi, an oasis of Muslim-Hindu tolerance

MITHI: Cows roam freely in the border city of Mithi, as in neighbouring India. Considered sacred animals among Hindus, they embody the religious tolerance of this community in conservative Muslim Pakistan. Here, "Muslims respect the beliefs of Hindus," said Sham Das, a 72-year-old pensioner. "They do not kill cows, or only in remote places, but not in Hindu neighbourhoods." Unlike in the rest of Pakistan, cattle in Mithi live very well. They eat as they please, often from rubbish bins, and fall asleep on the roads.…

PM Imran urges Muslim unity against blasphemous caricatures

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday took a strong stance on the issue of the blasphemous caricatures in the Netherlands.  In a video message, the prime minister urged for unity to giving a strong message over the issue which has hurt that have hurt sentiments across the Muslim world. He categorically stated that this is not the issue of a few people, but has hurts the feelings of the community of over a billion Muslims across the globe. "The caricatures in Holland is blasphemy in the glory of the…

Afghanistan announces Eid holiday ceasefire with Taliban

KABUL: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday announced a ceasefire with Taliban from Monday to mark the Eid al-Adha holiday, despite the heavy fighting seen over recent days in the central city of Ghazni. “The conditional ceasefire will start tomorrow and it will continue as long as the Taliban preserves and respects it,” he said in an Afghan Independence Day ceremony in Kabul. “We call on the leadership of the Taliban to welcome the wishes of Afghans for a long-lasting and real peace,” he said. A senior official…

‘Allahu Akbar’ prayers for Muslim victims of Italy bridge collapse tragedy

GENOA: Chants of "Allahu akbar" rang out Saturday at a solemn Catholic state funeral in the Italian city of Genoa for the victims of a bridge collapse, who included two Albanian Muslims. They were among at least 38 people to have died in Tuesday's tragedy. An imam was invited to the ceremony, a particularly poignant move in a staunchly Catholic country, where the far-right is now in power and which has seen a rise in the number of attacks against foreigners and Muslims. He led several minutes of silent prayers --…