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Pakistani Christians protest against the child marriage and forced conversion, in Karachi, Pakistan, Nov. 8, 2020. Rights groups say each year in Pakistan, as many as 1,000 girls are forcibly converted to Islam, often after being abducted or tricked. Most are then married off, frequently to older men. Activists say the practice has accelerated during lockdowns against the coronavirus, when girls are out of school and more visible, bride traffickers are more active on the Internet and families are more in debt. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)(AP)

Each year 1,000 Pakistani girls forcibly converted to Islam

By Associated Press | Posted by Arpan Rai | Karachi, Pakistan
PUBLISHED ON DEC 28, 2020 04:02 PM IST
The US State Department this month declared Pakistan “a country of particular concern” for violations of religious freedoms — a designation the Pakistani government rejects.
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the law includes a provision to void a marriage if it is solemnised primarily to convert a woman’s faith. The burden of proof is on the person who converted, and those who performed the conversion.(PTI)
the law includes a provision to void a marriage if it is solemnised primarily to convert a woman’s faith. The burden of proof is on the person who converted, and those who performed the conversion.(PTI)

‘Love jihad’ law goes against freedom of choice: Lokur

By Abraham Thomas | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 01, 2020 05:48 AM IST
Delivering a public lecture on Sunday, Lokur said that laws punishing interfaith marriages violated jurisprudence developed by the Supreme Court protecting freedom of choice and human dignity.
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(Representative Image/HT)

14 dead, three critical after consuming spurious liquor in Panipat, Sonepat

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times/Karnal, Rohtak, Karnal/rohtak
UPDATED ON NOV 06, 2020 12:26 AM IST
With seven more people dying after allegedly consuming spurious liquor in Sonepat, the death toll in the tragedy that has been unfolding for the last four days rose to 34
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Schoolchildren observe a minute of silence for slain history teacher Samuel Paty, Monday Nov.2, 2020 in Strasbourg, eastern France (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)(AP)
Schoolchildren observe a minute of silence for slain history teacher Samuel Paty, Monday Nov.2, 2020 in Strasbourg, eastern France (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)(AP)

Samuel Paty beheading: French schools reopen with minute of silence

By Associated Press | Posted by Karan Manral | Paris
UPDATED ON NOV 02, 2020 04:03 PM IST
Samuel Paty, a teacher, was killed on October 16 at the beginning of a two-week French school holiday. Paty was beheaded by an 18-year-old refugee of Chechen origin as a ‘punishment’ for showing the caricatures published by the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.
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Macron has been cracking down on some of the extremist breeding grounds that produce such terrorists, Erdogan seized on this reaction to pretend that Macron, France and implicitly all Europe are enemies of Islam(AFP)
Macron has been cracking down on some of the extremist breeding grounds that produce such terrorists, Erdogan seized on this reaction to pretend that Macron, France and implicitly all Europe are enemies of Islam(AFP)

Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s assault on Emmanuel Macron is the height of cynicism

By Bloomberg Opinion | Posted by Ayshee Bhaduri
PUBLISHED ON OCT 31, 2020 07:18 PM IST
Erdogan is picking this fight, like so many other unnecessary conflicts, only to distract Turks from his failure to govern, so that he can keep posing as the restorer of Turkish greatness, defined in opposition to the West
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Nurmagomedov harshly criticises Macron over anti-Islam remarks(Instagram/khabib_nurmagomedov)
Nurmagomedov harshly criticises Macron over anti-Islam remarks(Instagram/khabib_nurmagomedov)

‘May the Almighty disfigure the face of this creature’: UFC star Khabib Nurmagomedov harshly criticises French President Emmanuel Macron over anti-Islam remarks

By Zarafshan Shiraz | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2020 12:37 PM IST
Legendary MMA fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov posts a picture of a boot print on French President Emmanuel Macron’s face, issues strongly-worded statement after the latter’s defence on the cartoons of Prophet Muhammad as well as his anti-Islam comments
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PM Modi tweeted his greetings on the occasion of Milad-un-Nabi(PTI photo)
PM Modi tweeted his greetings on the occasion of Milad-un-Nabi(PTI photo)

PM Modi hopes for compassion, brotherhood in Milad-un-Nabi greetings

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Prashasti Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 30, 2020 07:42 PM IST
Practitioners of Islam all over the world observe prophet Muhammad’s birthday on Milad-un-Nabi. The day is also known as Mawlid or Nabid.
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The French President said that Islam was a religion in “crisis” (File Photo: REUTERS)
The French President said that Islam was a religion in “crisis” (File Photo: REUTERS)

India ‘strongly deplores’ attacks on Macron for tough stance on radical Islam

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh | New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2020 04:11 PM IST
Emmanuel Macron has come under severe criticism from various Muslim-majority countries for his comments on Islam in the wake of beheading of a teacher in Paris. The teacher had shown caricatures of Prophet Muhammad to his students and was beheaded for it.
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Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan(Reuters file)
Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan(Reuters file)

Imran Khan drags India into his letter to Facebook opposing Islamophobia

By Imtiaz Ahmad | Hindustan Times, Islamabad
UPDATED ON OCT 26, 2020 07:33 PM IST
Marginalisation of any community leads to extremism, said the Pakistani PM, adding this is “something the world does not need.”
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India Date, significance and celebration of Eid-e-Milad 2020(Twitter/SawtAlHikma_EN)
India Date, significance and celebration of Eid-e-Milad 2020(Twitter/SawtAlHikma_EN)

Eid-e-Milad 2020 or Rabi ul Awwal 1442: Know history, significance and celebration of the date of birth of Prophet Muhammad

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Zarafshan Shiraz | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2020 01:02 PM IST
Eid-e-Milad 2020 or Rabi ul Awwal 1442: Here’s the date of Eid Milad-un-Nabi 2020 in Saudi Arabia, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, history behind date of birth of Prophet Muhammad and sacred festivities attached to Mawlid or Mawlid al-Nabi al-Sharif
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The euphoria over the normalisation of Israel’s ties with its neighbours should not take the focus away from the need for Israel to end its policies of dispossessing Palestinians. This is the only way to ensure a durable peace in the region(REUTERS)
The euphoria over the normalisation of Israel’s ties with its neighbours should not take the focus away from the need for Israel to end its policies of dispossessing Palestinians. This is the only way to ensure a durable peace in the region(REUTERS)

The history of Jewish-Arab harmony

By Sameer Arshad Khatlani
UPDATED ON OCT 10, 2020 05:29 PM IST
The recent thaw in Arab-Israel relations is a culmination of years of behind-the-scenes work that Arab leaders have been hinting at.
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Swarms of locust in the walled city of Jaipur, Rajasthan, on Monday.(PTI Photo)
Swarms of locust in the walled city of Jaipur, Rajasthan, on Monday.(PTI Photo)

Locusts are halal in Islam and other interesting facts about the migratory pests

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 26, 2020 01:54 PM IST
These warms have infested 23 countries across East Africa, the Middle East and South Asia in 2020, the biggest outbreak in 70 years, the World Bank said.
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During Ramadan, Muslims the world over join their families to break the fast at sunset and go to mosques to pray. But the pandemic has changed priorities, with curbs on large gatherings for prayers and public iftars, or meals to break the fast.(Unsplash)
During Ramadan, Muslims the world over join their families to break the fast at sunset and go to mosques to pray. But the pandemic has changed priorities, with curbs on large gatherings for prayers and public iftars, or meals to break the fast.(Unsplash)

Ramazan 2020: Islam’s holiest sites emptied by coronavirus crisis

By Reuters | Reuters
UPDATED ON APR 24, 2020 06:49 PM IST
The holy month of Ramadan began on Friday with Islam’s holiest sites in Saudi Arabia and Jerusalem largely empty of worshippers as the coronavirus crisis forced authorities to impose unprecedented restrictions.
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Majid Al Futtaim CEO Alain Bejjani, center left, and store manager Arnaud Bouf, center, walk through heavy shopping traffic during the coronavirus pandemic in the world's busiest Carrefour supermarket, at the Mall of the Emirates in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.(AP)
Majid Al Futtaim CEO Alain Bejjani, center left, and store manager Arnaud Bouf, center, walk through heavy shopping traffic during the coronavirus pandemic in the world's busiest Carrefour supermarket, at the Mall of the Emirates in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.(AP)

Dinner on a doorstep: Reaching the Middle East’s vulnerable in lockdown Ramadan

By Reuters | Amman
UPDATED ON APR 23, 2020 01:12 PM IST
It’s a time of year when homeless and isolated people in the Middle East can count on hot meals and friendly conversations with strangers.
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Ramadan is a time for introspection and fasting and takes place every year.(Unsplash)
Ramadan is a time for introspection and fasting and takes place every year.(Unsplash)

Ramadan 2020: History, significance and when does Ramadan begin

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON APR 24, 2020 08:28 AM IST
During the period of Ramadan, millions of Muslims fast for a month every year. It is one of the most important festivals of the Islamic calendar.
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Shielding Mecca from a pandemic that’s overwhelmed countries like Italy and the United States is crucial for Saudi Arabia. That’s partly because of the city’s significance to the world’s Muslims, but also because the royal family grounds its rule in guardianship of the birthplace of Islam.(AP)
Shielding Mecca from a pandemic that’s overwhelmed countries like Italy and the United States is crucial for Saudi Arabia. That’s partly because of the city’s significance to the world’s Muslims, but also because the royal family grounds its rule in guardianship of the birthplace of Islam.(AP)

Saudi Arabia races to contain coronavirus in Islam’s holiest city

By Bloomberg
UPDATED ON APR 14, 2020 01:48 PM IST
The total number of coronavirus cases reported in Mecca, home to 2 million people, reached 1,050 on Monday compared to 1,422 in the capital of Riyadh, a city more than three times the size.
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Muhammad Ali Jinnah with MK Gandhi in 1946.(Universal Images Group via Getty)
Muhammad Ali Jinnah with MK Gandhi in 1946.(Universal Images Group via Getty)

Review: Gandhi’s Hinduism: The Struggle Against Jinnah’s Islam by MJ Akbar

By K Natwar Singh | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON FEB 07, 2020 07:54 PM IST
According to MJ Akbar’s new book, Jinnah was both overestimated and underestimated by Gandhi, Nehru, and Patel
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Protestors, amid tear-smoke clash with the police during their march against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, in Guwahati, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019.(Photo: PTI)
Protestors, amid tear-smoke clash with the police during their march against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, in Guwahati, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019.(Photo: PTI)

Two killed in north-east firing as citizens protest citizenship law

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Guwahati
UPDATED ON DEC 13, 2019 05:32 AM IST
CAB, cleared by the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, paves the way for immigrants of faiths others than Islam from three neighbouring countries to gain Indian citizenship.
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Iran’s periodic public protests are no longer middle-class students asking for freedom. They are increasingly led by unemployed working and lower-middle class youth, once the social base of the Islamic revolution(AFP)
Iran’s periodic public protests are no longer middle-class students asking for freedom. They are increasingly led by unemployed working and lower-middle class youth, once the social base of the Islamic revolution(AFP)

Iran must address the emerging discontent | HT editorial

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2019 07:49 PM IST
The regime faces no danger, but it needs to review its domestic and foreign policy
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Allow Pak Sikhs to visit Dera Baba Nanak: Takht jathedar

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Chandigarh, Kartarpur
UPDATED ON NOV 09, 2019 10:18 PM IST
The jathedar said Islam and Sikhism have many similarities and both preach worship of a single God
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So far, the Ayodhya dispute has been a dialogue of the deaf, a shouting-match between Hindu and Muslim leaders, making no effort to understand each others’ positions(HT)
So far, the Ayodhya dispute has been a dialogue of the deaf, a shouting-match between Hindu and Muslim leaders, making no effort to understand each others’ positions(HT)

Avoid triumphalism and resentment on Ayodhya

By Mark Tully
UPDATED ON OCT 05, 2019 04:53 PM IST
If Hindu and Muslim leaders involved in the Ayodhya dispute could only have a dialogue, discussing the application of this principle to their reactions to the court’s judgment, whatever it may be, the dispute could be laid to rest
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For Gandhi, character was the key criterion for public service(Photo: National Gandhi Museum)
For Gandhi, character was the key criterion for public service(Photo: National Gandhi Museum)

The Mahatma’s legacy for the world, writes Venkaiah Naidu

By M Venkaiah Naidu
UPDATED ON OCT 02, 2019 07:26 PM IST
His views on public service, development, rural empowerment, and social evils are relevant today
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The woman’s father alleged that the accused blackmailed his daughter and forced her to convert to Islam.(PTI FILE PHOTO)
The woman’s father alleged that the accused blackmailed his daughter and forced her to convert to Islam.(PTI FILE PHOTO)

Kerala man says his teenage daughter sexually assaulted, forcibly converted

By HT Correspondent | HindustanTimes, Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2019 09:39 PM IST
The woman’s father has alleged that the Kerala Police have been dragging their feet in the case and have not arrested the accused despite his complaint.
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The Chinese Islamic, Buddhist, and Daoist associations also held prayer meetings for the country. (Image used for representation).(Reuters Photo.)
The Chinese Islamic, Buddhist, and Daoist associations also held prayer meetings for the country. (Image used for representation).(Reuters Photo.)

Chinese flag raised in churches, prayer meetings in religious places ahead of National Day

By Sutirtho Patranobis | Hindusan Times, Beijing
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2019 03:52 PM IST
Beijing has been aggressively – and officially—pursuing the “sinicisation” of religions in China which could be broadly defined as an effort to mould religions practised in the country in line with the CPC’s objectives and the culture of the majority Han community.
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Saudi human resources professional Mashael al-Jaloud, 33, walks in western clothes past women wearing niqab, an Islamic dress-code for women, at a commercial area in the Saudi capital Riyadh on September 3, 2019. (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)(AFP)
Saudi human resources professional Mashael al-Jaloud, 33, walks in western clothes past women wearing niqab, an Islamic dress-code for women, at a commercial area in the Saudi capital Riyadh on September 3, 2019. (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE / AFP)(AFP)

Saudi woman turns heads as she struts in mall without abaya

By Agence France-Presse | Riyadh
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2019 11:18 AM IST
Last year, de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman hinted during an interview with CBS that the dress code may be relaxed, saying the robe was not mandatory in Islam.
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There have been cases of Hindu girls, some under the age of 18, allegedly being abducted and converted to Islam before being married to Muslim men in Pakistan.(AP /Photo used for representational purpose only)
There have been cases of Hindu girls, some under the age of 18, allegedly being abducted and converted to Islam before being married to Muslim men in Pakistan.(AP /Photo used for representational purpose only)

Hindu girl allegedly abducted, converted to Islam in Pakistan’s Sindh

By Press Trust of India | Karachi
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2019 10:49 AM IST
The girl, identified as Renuka Kumari, was abducted from the Institute of Business Administration in Sukkur on August 29 and has been missing since then.
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Dalbir Kaur’s brother Sarabjit Singh died in Lahore in 2013 following a brutal attack on him by fellow prisoners in Pakistan’s Kot Lakhpat Jail.(HT PHOTO.)
Dalbir Kaur’s brother Sarabjit Singh died in Lahore in 2013 following a brutal attack on him by fellow prisoners in Pakistan’s Kot Lakhpat Jail.(HT PHOTO.)

Sarabjit’s sister questions Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s silence over conversion of Sikh teen

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 01, 2019 05:25 PM IST
Dalbir Kaur’s brother Sarabjit Singh died in Lahore in 2013 following a brutal attack on him by fellow prisoners in Pakistan’s Kot Lakhpat Jail.
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The Supreme Court has been hearing the Ayodhya dispute on a daily basis.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
The Supreme Court has been hearing the Ayodhya dispute on a daily basis.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

‘Maybe Babur’s mansion, not a mosque’, Supreme Court told in Ayodhya dispute

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 29, 2019 10:22 PM IST
The bench, led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, posed the questions to senior advocate PN Mishra, the advocate of the Ram Mandir Revitalisation Committee – whether the existence of a mosque can be negated.
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Islamic New Year 2019: Dates also differ because certain Islamic organisations refer to local moon sightings to decide on the new month.(Unsplash)
Islamic New Year 2019: Dates also differ because certain Islamic organisations refer to local moon sightings to decide on the new month.(Unsplash)

Islamic New Year 2019: Date, time and significance

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2019 10:38 AM IST
Islamic New Year 2019: It is since 622 A.D. that the New Year has been observed.
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