Why interfaith dialogue is the key to restoring harmony and social cohesion?

By Dr. M A Mufazzal Our society, in general, has always been a heterogeneous community since antiquity. The people here are bound together by shared goals and ideals ‘in a way that does not necessitate homogeneity in dress, dietary customs, belief systems, or even outward religious observance. This is essentially an underlying process of dialogue which may potentially enhance the quality of life and contribute to the well being of civil society. Notwithstanding the prevalence of this innate process of dialogue in Indian society, it appears very unlikely that the…

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French interior minister condemns attack on mosque

PARIS France’s interior minister on Sunday condemned the defacing of the walls of a mosque in the western city of Rennes with Islamophobic graffiti, days before the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. “Attacks against Muslims are attacks against the [French] Republic,” said Gerald Darmanin during a visit to the mosque. Noting that President Emmanuel Macron and the government described the attack as “disgusting,” Darmanin said the spray-painted slogans were an insult against Muslims and France. Darmanin said that on April 9, he ordered the governors in the…

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Women protest against fashion show in Kashmir

SRINAGAR, Jammu and Kashmir A group of women held a protest march in the capital of Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday against a fashion show that was organized recently and featured Kashmiri girls as models. The hijab-clad protesters held placards and walked silently along the Boulevard Road in Srinagar, which runs along the famous Dal Lake and is frequented by tourists. A government-owned convocation center, where the fashion show took place, is situated along the road on the banks of the lake. The placards urged women to wear the…

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SC slaps Rs 50K cost on Waseem Rizvi seeking removal of verses from Quran, terms plea ‘frivolous’

New Delhi, Apr 12 : The Supreme Court Monday termed as “absolutely frivolous” a petition filed by former UP Shia Waqf Board chairman Waseem Rizvi seeking removal of 26 verses from holy Quran and dismissed it with a cost of Rs 50,000. A bench of Justices R F Nariman B R Gavai and Hrishikesh Roy rejected the petition in which Rizvi alleged that these 26 verses of Quran promoted terrorism. In his plea, Rizvi has stated that Islam is based on the concepts of equity, equality, forgiveness and tolerance but…

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A model mosque

By Asad Mirza The Muslim community should try to evolve the construction of the mosques, at a lesser cost besides fulfilling both functional and practical needs, and making it a centre of learning and practice. In Islam, a mosque is a humble way for man to create a place where divine presence on earth could be called for. The Arabic word ‘Masjid’ means a ‘place for prostration’. It is obligatory for Muslim men to congregate five times each day, for weekly-Friday/Juma prayers and on Eid Al Fitr and Eid Ad…

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