Asia Religion & Spirituality
Rise of violent Buddhist rhetoric in Asia defies stereotypes
All this happened because I embraced Islam: Hadiya after SC restores marriage
Supreme Court upholds Hadiya's marriage, says no love jihad
Johor police forge cooperation with mosques to eradicate crime
J&K: Woman pilgrim dies of cardiac arrest after paying obeisance at Mata Vaishno Devi shrine
Muslim cleric disassociates himself from Ayodhya dispute, awaits SC verdict
Pope Francis hopes for healing, reconciliation on 70th Jeju massacre anniversary
2018-04-02 15:12:44 Pope Francis has delivered a message of healing and reconciliation to South Koreans on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of a bloody massacre on the country's southern island of Jeju. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican's secretary of state, sent a letter to the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Korea (CBCK), delivering the pope's message to an event hosted by the Catholic Diocese of Jeju marking the 70th anniversary of the Jeju April 3 Incident   Read More ...
UNHCR concerned over safety of 56 Rohingya refugees in stormy seas
2018-04-02 13:13:57 DHAKA (Reuters) - The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Monday it was concerned about the safety of 56 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar on a boat bound for Malaysia in stormy seas. Some 700,000 Rohingya Muslims fled from their homes in Myanmar's Rakhine State into Bangladesh after militant attacks in August sparked a military crackdown that the United Nations and Western countries have said constitutes ethnic cleansing   Read More ...
Woman claims Kota Baru officials stopped her from emcee job on Islamic grounds
2018-03-30 07:47:17 PETALING JAYA: A woman claims that the Kota Baru Municipal Council (MPKB) stopped her from doing her master of ceremony (emcee) job for Islamic reasons. completing a five-day job as Muslim women were prohibited from emceeing. Ameera Aida, who is a freelancer, vented her frustrations on Twitter on Friday (March 30)saying that she was emceeing an indoor children's event, while wearing a hijab and loose crew T-shirt, when MPKB officers stopped her   Read More ...
100 extra haj places for Singapore pilgrims this year
2018-03-23 13:00:04 SINGAPORE - The haj quota for pilgrims from Singapore will increase from 800 to 900 places this year, it was announced on Friday (March 23). Minister for Communications and Information and Minister-in-charge of Cyber Security and Minister-In-Charge of Muslim Affairs, Dr Yaacob Ibrahim said he had received the "very good news" from Saudi authorities. Meanwhile he also gave an update on the bus accident involving 27 Singaporeans in Mecca on March 20   Read More ...
Rise of violent Buddhist rhetoric in Asia defies stereotypes, image
2018-03-12 20:26:03 Hardline monks upend the religion’s tolerant image. HONG KONG: Buddhism may be touted in the West as an inherently peaceful philosophy, but a surge in violent rhetoric from small but increasingly influential groups of hardline monks in parts of Asia is upending the religion’s tolerant image. Buddhist mobs in Sri Lanka last week led anti-Muslim riots that left at least three dead and more than 200 Muslim-owned establishments in ruins, just the latest bout of communal violence there stoked by Buddhist nationalists   Read More ...
FIR filed against head of Kerala church for suspect land deals
2018-03-12 13:16:20 Kerala police on Monday registered a case against Syro-Malabar Church head Cardinal George Alencherry and three others on a complaint alleging irregularities in land deals in the Ernakulam-Angamaly Archdiocese. The FIR was registered nearly a week after the Kerala High Court ordered the police to do so against the cardinal, priests Joshy Puthuva and Sebastian Vadakkumpadan, and middleman Saju Varghese on a petition filed by Shine Varghese from Cherthala   Read More ...
Increase in violent rhetoric by hard-line Buddhist monks in Asia defies stereotypes
2018-03-12 13:10:20 HONG KONG – Buddhism may be touted in the West as an inherently peaceful philosophy, but a surge in violent rhetoric from small but increasingly influential groups of hard-line monks in parts of Asia is upending the religion’s tolerant image. Buddhist mobs in Sri Lanka last week led anti-Muslim riots that left at least three dead and more than 200 Muslim-owned establishments in ruins, just the latest bout of communal violence there stoked by Buddhist nationalists   Read More ...
Rise of violent Buddhist rhetoric in Asia defies stereotypes
2018-03-12 12:12:23 Buddhism may be touted in the West as an inherently peaceful philosophy, but a surge in violent rhetoric from small but increasingly influential groups of hardline monks in parts of Asia is upending the religion's tolerant image. Buddhist mobs in Sri Lanka last week led anti-Muslim riots that left at least three dead and more than 200 Muslim-owned establishments in ruins, just the latest bout of communal violence there stoked by Buddhist nationalists   Read More ...
Rise Of Violent Buddhist Rhetoric In Asia Defies Stereotypes
2018-03-12 09:07:23 Hong Kong, China: Buddhism may be touted in the West as an inherently peaceful philosophy, but a surge in violent rhetoric from small but increasingly influential groups of hardline monks in parts of Asia is upending the religion's tolerant image. Buddhist mobs in Sri Lanka last week led anti-Muslim riots that left at least three dead and more than 200 Muslim-owned establishments in ruins, just the latest bout of communal violence there stoked by Buddhist nationalists   Read More ...
Rise of violent Buddhist rhetoric in Asia defies stereotypes
2018-03-12 04:01:38 HONG KONG: Buddhism may be touted in the West as an inherently peaceful philosophy, but a surge in violent rhetoric from small but increasingly influential groups of hardline monks in parts of Asia is upending the religion's tolerant image. Buddhist mobs in Sri Lanka last week led anti-Muslim riots that left at least three dead and more than 200 Muslim-owned establishments in ruins, just the latest bout of communal violence there stoked by Buddhist nationalists   Read More ...
Transcendental Meditation can help you relax ‘It helps the body turn off stress response’ - Nation
2018-03-12 01:02:50 PETALING JAYA: Transcendental Meditation has health benefits, including reducing stress and promoting coherent brain functions, says neuroscientist Dr Fred Travis. He said stress shuts down the prefrontal cortex which is responsible for the attention, planning, organising, impulse control and moral reasoning functions of the brain. “The stress response system is there to allocate resources to ramp up metabolism, (with) breath rate and heart rate going up, so we can deal with a challenging situation   Read More ...
Rajinikanth Visits Jammu As Part Of Spiritual Pilgrimage
2018-03-11 21:35:17 Jammu: Actor Rajinikanth on Sunday reached Jammu as part of his annual 15-day spiritual pilgrimage to Himalayas and paid obeisance at Shivkhori, a famous cave shrine devoted to Lord Shiva, in Reasi district. "It is a spiritual land and I have come here on spiritual pilgrimage," he told reporters shortly after arriving in the winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir. Later, Rajinikanth visited Shivkhori shrine and offered his prayers, officials said   Read More ...
Superstar Rajinikanth reaches Jammu as part of 15-day spiritual pilgrimage to Himalayas
2018-03-11 20:10:09 Superstar Rajinikanth today reached here as part of his annual 15-day spiritual pilgrimage to Himalayas and paid obeisance at Shivkhori, a famous cave shrine devoted to Lord Shiva, in Reasi district. "It is a spiritual land and I have come here on spiritual pilgrimage," he told reporters shortly after arriving in the winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir. Later Rajinikanth visited Shivkhori shrine and offered his prayers, officials said   Read More ...
Call for execution of Church Act
2018-03-11 16:14:06 Speakers at a discussion on Indian legal system and Christian church courts here on Sunday called for the speedy implementation of the proposed Church Act. The ongoing controversy over the land deals by the Syro-Malabar Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly has added weight to the call for the implementation of the Church Act, they said. The Church Act was proposed by the Law Reforms Commission headed by the late V   Read More ...
Woman pilgrim from UP on way to Vaishno Devi shrine killed by shooting stone
2018-03-11 09:05:33 A 23-year-old woman pilgrim from Uttar Pradesh was killed when she was hit by a shooting stone on her way to Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir, the police said today. Ashiki Bidya, a resident of Agra, along with her husband and other family members were trekking from Katra to the shrine when a stone came rolling down a hillock and hit her at Himkoti near the Bhawan yesterday, an official said   Read More ...
Kerala Love jihad case: Hadiya thanks PFI for support, asks what's wrong in converting to another religion
2018-03-11 04:40:15 Kerala-based Hadiya, an alleged victim of love jihad, has expressed happiness at being "free now," days after the Supreme Court set aside a Kerala High Court order annulling her marriage with a Muslim man. "I am happy to be free now," she said after visiting Popular Front of India (PFI) chairman E Aboobacker along with her husband, Shafin Jahan. Speaking to reporters, Hadiya said her marriage became a topic of discussion only because it was accompanied by religious conversion   Read More ...
Syro-Malabar Catholic Church in Kerala shaken by graft row
2018-03-11 04:10:39 The Syro-Malabar Church in Kerala is caught in an unprecedented crisis with the Major Archbishop of the church, Cardinal George Alencherry, facing a possible police investigation in a series of land deals that his critics say have landed the archdiocese in financial difficulties and violated both Canon and civil laws. The turmoil in the Syro-Malabar Church, triggered by open defiance of the Cardinal’s authority by a sizeable section of the clergy over the past few months, might well reach the Pope with the priests submitting a memorandum to the auxiliary bishop demanding that their sentiments be communicated to Rome   Read More ...
All this happened because I embraced Islam: Hadiya after SC restores marriage
2018-03-11 04:09:44 Returning to her home state, Kerala, two days after the Supreme Court upheld the validity of her marriage to a Muslim man, Hadiya Jahan on Saturday blamed the ordeal she experienced on the fact that she had converted to Islam before the wedding. Hadiya, and her husband Shafin Jahan, called on the chairman of the Popular Front of India, E Abubaker, in Kozhikkode, north Kerala, to thank him and his organisation for providing legal help to reunite them   Read More ...
Land deals: KCBC steps in to mediate
2018-03-10 19:17:20 The Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council, the apex body of the Catholic Church in Kerala, has stepped in to douse the controversy in the Syro-Malabar Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly over a series of land deals that have landed the archdiocese in financial trouble. The developments have led a group of laity and priests to demand that the head of the Syro-Malabar Church Major Archbishop Cardinal George Alencherry must step down until the investigations, ordered by the High Court of Kerala last week, cleared his name   Read More ...
Mosque lauded for water-saving measures
2018-03-10 01:45:16 The cleansing ritual practised by Muslims before prayers five times a day is usually done with running water from a tap. About six litres of water flow from a tap every minute, and the amount of water used in the cleansing process usually differs from person to person. In a bid to save water, students from the aLIVE religious programme at the Al-Mawaddah Mosque in Sengkang are being taught how to practise ablutions with just a 0   Read More ...
Former President meets religious leaders in Kandy
2018-03-09 15:02:21 Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today (Mar. 09) met with the religious leaders in Kandy to discuss the prevailing situation in the area. Our correspondent said representatives from Malwathu and Asgiri Chapters as well representatives from other religions attended the discussion. Following the discussion, speaking to the media, the former President said the steps that could be adopted to ease the tension in Kandy was discussed at the meeting   Read More ...
Plans for Muslim prayer room shelved after public backlash
2018-03-09 08:42:57 ISE, Mie Prefecture--Plans to set up a Muslim prayer room near Ise Jingu shrine next year have been scrapped after a flurry of complaints from the public, city officials said March 8. A section of a public tourist information center about 800 meters from the Naiku inner shrine was to be renovated to make a “multipurpose room” containing a marker to indicate the direction of Mecca and wash basins for cleansing before prayers   Read More ...
Supreme Court upholds Hadiya's marriage, says no love jihad
2018-03-08 12:36:25 The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the marriage of Hadiya, a 26-year-old Kerala woman who converted to Islam, to Shafin Jahan, overturning a high court order that annulled the marriage as sham. Pronouncing the landmark decision that upholds a woman’s right to choose her partner, the court said, “Hadiya is at liberty to pursue her life and NIA will carry on investigation as per law.” The order came on a petition by Jahan, who had challenged the Kerala high court’s order that not only invalidated the marriage but also gave Hadiya’s custody to her parents. “In the facts and circumstances of the case, the high court could not have annulled the marriage, “ the top court said   Read More ...
Muslim Personal Law Board spokesman Sajjad Nomani booked for sedition
2018-03-08 09:36:58 LUCKNOW: The Uttar Pradesh Police has booked AIMPLB spokesman Maulana Sajjad Nomani on sedition charges for allegedly hurting religious feelings during a speech in Hyderabad. The Hazratganj police registered a case yesterday against Nomani based on a complaint by Chairman, Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board, Waseem Rizvi. The complainant has alleged that Nomani in his February 9 speech in the general council meeting of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) in Hyderabad had deliberately hurt religious feelings, police said   Read More ...
Negri MB: I'm not behind scheme for pilgrims
2018-03-08 08:48:34 SEREMBAN: Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan has denied claims that he is behind a scheme offering a special package to pilgrims to perform the haj or umrah in Mecca for RM5,000. Mohamad said he had never authorised any individual to organise, accept or raise funds for any purpose. "It has been brought to my attention that some irresponsible individuals are using my name to offer unsuspecting Muslims packages to perform the haj or umrah for RM5,000   Read More ...
Terengganu MB on viral video: Religious leaders did not ‘rush for aid’
2018-03-08 06:48:30 KUALA NERUS: Terengganu Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abd Rahman expressed his shock at a viral video of religious leaders allegedly rushing to get aid after the closing of the recent Expo Terengganu 2018. He said the way the video was framed damaged the image of Islam and it was deeply embarrassing as the one who took the video was also a Muslim   Read More ...
Controversial land deals in Kerala Archdiocese: HC directs criminal case against Cardinal, church group backs him
2018-03-07 22:23:27 Following the Kerala High Court’s direction to the police to register a criminal case against Church head Cardinal George Alencherry and three others over controversial deals involving church-owned land, the permanent Synod of the Church, comprising four bishops, extended support to the cardinal. The Synod has decided to take up conduct of the case from the archdiocese, where Alencherry is ostensibly facing opposition of most priests and others   Read More ...
Orthodox Muslim sect to issue fatwa against Islamic State terror group
2018-03-07 19:21:19 Ahle Hadith, a large Sunni Muslim sect that emulates the ultra-orthodox Salafist brand of Islam, is set to declare “terror tactics” and the Islamic State (IS) as “un-Islamic” through a fatwa or a religious edict at an Islamic conference here on March 9-10, the body’s chief said on Wednesday. In 2007, the influential Darul Uloom seminary in UP’s Deoband had issued a similar anti-terror declaration, but this is the first time that a prominent religiously conservative group closely identified with Salafists will rule against the IS   Read More ...
Mud pot’s liberation
2018-03-06 21:26:13 In the Vaishnava tradition, Saranagati is shown to be not only easier than karma, jnana and bhakti, but also more efficacious. The reason is that surrender at the feet of God is allied to acharya bhakti. The main thrust is on Maha Vishwasa, total faith in the fact that God will never let down the truly faithful, and this is strengthened when the acharya accepts and recommends the seeker’s plea to the Lord, pointed out Gomadam Sri Mukundachariar in a discourse   Read More ...
PPZ-MAIWP, PPIM organise campaign to encourage paying of zakat
2018-03-06 13:02:41 KUALA LUMPUR: The Zakat Collection Centre of the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Council (PPZ-MAIWP) is organising the Business Zakat Payee Support Campaign (SPPZ) 2018 to encourage Muslim traders and companies to pay zakat (tithe). PPZ-MAIWP chairman Datuk Che Mat Che Ali said the three-month campaign ending this May 15, was initiated in collaboration with the Malaysian Muslim Consumers Association (PPIM). " We will go from door to door to meet the traders and business community in order to create awareness of their obligation to fulfil the fourth pillar of Islam   Read More ...
Yogi Adityanath thanks Muslim clerics for shifting namaz timings during Holi
2018-03-05 16:27:06 Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday thanked Muslim clerics for shifting the timing of ‘namaz’ prayers in order to avoid any clash with Holi revellers. “I want to thank the Muslim clerics for changing the time of ‘Jumma Namaz’ for Holi. Jumma comes 52 times in a year and Holi comes once. They (clerics) decided to reschedule the namaz after Holi   Read More ...
Breaking a curse in the Middle East
2018-03-04 12:12:48 Sunny and Salma met during orientation for first-year students at a university in the Middle East. Salma is a local student who grew up in a non-Christian family. The two young women instantly became friends. They shared the same major and lived in the same city neighborhood. “We were glad to have a friend to ride with on the bus everyday,” Sunny said   Read More ...
Johor police forge cooperation with mosques to eradicate crime
2018-03-04 11:00:37 JOHOR BARU: The Johor police have forged cooperation with mosque committees in the state under the "One Mosque One Police"(1M1P) programme in an effort to eliminate crime, including in mosque compounds. Johor police chief Datuk Mohd Khalil Kader Mohd said the programme was also carried out with the cooperation of the Johor Islamic Religious Department. "Under the 1M1P programme, the participating mosque committee can lodge report directly with the policeman or police officer appointed as the mosque liaison officer on crime that happens in the mosque compound or its vicinity   Read More ...
J&K: Woman pilgrim dies of cardiac arrest after paying obeisance at Mata Vaishno Devi shrine
2018-03-04 05:39:49 A 58-year-old woman pilgrim died of cardiac arrest after paying obeisance at the shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir, a police official said on Sunday. Ramakashi Devi, a resident of Rampur in Bihar, complained of chest pain and uneasiness late last night and was taken to a dispensary near the shrine by her family members, he said   Read More ...
Watch: PM Modi pauses victory speech at BJP HQ after hearing Azaan from a nearby mosque
2018-03-03 23:47:32 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday paused his speech midway as soon as Azaan (Muslim prayer) began from a nearby mosque.Prime Minister Modi was addressing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers at party headquarters here. The party cadres had gathered here to celebrate BJP's victory in Left bastion Tripura. Within one minute of Prime Minister's speech, Maghreb Azaan began at a nearby mosque   Read More ...
Church backs St. Joseph’s hospice
2018-03-02 21:20:08 Standing by Fr. R.V. Thomas and St. Joseph’s Hospice, from where inmates were moved out recently, the Catholic Church and the Tamil Nadu Bishops’ Council are planning to protest in the city on Monday. In his message to priests, Rev. Fr. S.J. Anthonysamy, vicar general of the Archdiocese of Madras Mylapore, requested them to inform their parishes during the mass on Sunday about the protest being organised jointly with the Diocese of Chingleput near the State Guest House at Chepauk on Monday   Read More ...
Muslim cleric disassociates himself from Ayodhya dispute, awaits SC verdict
2018-03-02 13:08:00 LUCKNOW: A day after Art of Living (AoL) founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar met Muslim cleric Maulana Salman Nadvi to discuss the Ayodhya dispute, the latter disassociated himself from the issue on Friday. "I disassociate myself from the Ram Mandir issue. We will wait for the judgement of the court," Nadvi told ANI. AIMPLB member on Sunday informed that the committee has decided to remove Moulana Salman Hasni Nadvi's from the board   Read More ...
Govt announces successful Haj applicants under 50pc quota approved by federal cabinet
2018-03-02 00:09:16 A total of 87,813 intending pilgrims were selected through a transparent computerised balloting on Thursday to perform the religious obligation under the government Haj scheme 2018. While a number of petitions pertaining to the Haj operations after being clubbed together on a recent apex court order are pending before the Islamabad High Court, the federal cabinet had on Wednesday decided to hold balloting for the pilgrimage on half of the official quota for applicants   Read More ...
True spirit of India: Muslim cleric in Lucknow shifts timing of Friday namaz prayers to avoid clash with Holi revellers
2018-03-01 18:17:57 True spirit of India: Muslim cleric in Lucknow shifts timing of Friday namaz prayers to avoid clash with Holi revellers In a show of communal harmony, a noted Muslim cleric here has shifted the timing of the Friday namaz prayers by an hour in order to avoid any clash with Holi revellers and also appealed others to do the same. Imam-e-Eidgah Maulana Khalid Rasheed Firangi Mahli, who is also executive committee member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), appealed to the imams of different mosques, especially those in sensitive areas, to shift the timing of the Friday prayers by 30 minutes to an hour and, in the process, send a message of communal amity   Read More ...
Amid Ayodhya Row, Shia Waqf Board chief Wasim Rizvi asks to surrender mosques built over d
2018-03-01 10:16:14 Shia Waqf Board chief has given a statement that has created quite a stir. Amid Ayodhya row, he said that Muslims should surrender all such mosques which are   Read More ...