Tag - islam



Pilgrims circle Kaaba as they perform Tawaf at the Grand Mosque, ahead of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on June 11.
WORLD / Society
Jun 12, 2024
Gaza war hangs over Hajj as pilgrims flock to Mecca
Saudi Arabia's minister in charge of religious pilgrimages warned last week that "no political activity" will be tolerated.
Mourners gather in Tehran's Valiasr Square on Monday to honor President Ebrahim Raisi and others who died in a helicopter crash a day earlier.
May 21, 2024
Iranian President Raisi's failed experiment in ideological purity
Yet totalitarian regimes such as Iran don’t need their populations to be content, so long as they have security forces willing to kill to suppress dissent.
Ziya Us Salam (left), an associate editor of The Hindu, an English-language newspaper, prays at home with Shan Mohammad, a hafiz who teaches the Quran to one of his daughters, in Noida, India, just outside Delhi, on Aug. 27, 2023.
WORLD / Society
May 20, 2024
Strangers in their own land: Being Muslim in Modi’s India
The premier's rise to national power in 2014 swept a decades-old Hindu nationalist movement from the margins of Indian politics firmly to the center.
As the entire world is fixated on Gaza, the Iranian government has been arresting girls who go out in the street without headscarves and executing people.
May 10, 2024
Don't let Gaza help Iran cloak its own repression
As the entire world is fixated on Gaza, the Iranian government has been arresting girls who go out in the street without headscarves and executing people.
Supporters of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the city of Ayodhya, in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, on Sunday.
WORLD / Politics
May 7, 2024
In election videos, India's BJP depicts opposition favoring Muslim minority
The videos reflect a shift in BJP campaign focus, accusing Congress of plans to redistribute Hindu wealth among "infiltrators" who have "more children."
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's campaign tactics have escalated, including anti-Muslim rhetoric and fearmongering, reflecting his ruling party's desperation.
May 5, 2024
Is Modi’s party heading for a stunning election loss?
Modi's campaign tactics have escalated, including anti-Muslim rhetoric and fearmongering, reflecting the ruling party's desperation.
A prayer space for Muslims set up at a commercial complex in Tokyo. The Japan Tourism Agency is set to provide subsidies for the establishment of such prayer spaces.
May 2, 2024
Japan aims to attract more vegetarian and Muslim visitors
Pictograms showing what ingredients are included in restaurant food and souvenirs will be promoted.
A rickshaw driver drinks water as he rests during ongoing heat-wave in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Tuesday.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
May 1, 2024
Islamic charitable giving may offer Bangladesh a route to climate adaptation
Global faith-based finance could support poor countries whose needs for funds are 10 to 18 times greater than the financing they currently receive.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's use of divisive language himself raised alarm that it could inflame right-wing vigilantes who target Muslims, and brought up questions about what had prompted his shift in communication style.
Apr 23, 2024
Modi calls Muslims ‘infiltrators’ who would take India’s wealth
The language was unusually direct for a leader who normally lets others do the dirtiest work of polarizing Hindus against Muslims.
A worker inspects solar panels that provide electrical power to Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia, in December 2023. High-ranking scholars and clergy have issued fatwas, or edicts, on how to rein in climate change. On a smaller scale, Muslim activists are telling their friends, family and neighbors that their duty to save the environment is embedded in the Quran.
ENVIRONMENT / Climate change
Apr 17, 2024
What can ‘Green Islam’ achieve in the world’s largest Muslim country?
Proponents of the movement say educating 200 million Muslims on environmental awareness could drive much needed change.
People attend a vigil in memory of the victims of a shooting attack at the Crocus City Hall concert venue outside Moscow, in Donetsk, Russian-controlled Ukraine, on Saturday.
WORLD / Politics
Apr 2, 2024
Russian conflicts with Islamists key to Moscow attack, analysts say
Russia's conflicts with Islamist forces over half a century are key to understanding the likely motives behind concert hall attack.
Beijing's repression of its Muslim citizens, including Uyghurs in Xinjiang Province, could make it the target of Islamic State attacks.
Mar 28, 2024
After Russia, is China the Islamic State's next target?
As Russia mourns the victims of the Moscow attack, China should be on guard. Its repression of Uyghurs has provoked the Islamic State group before.
 A cow is prepared for slaughter at a facility in Corbas, France.
Mar 20, 2024
Does religious freedom trump animal welfare?
The European Court of Human Rights found that protecting the welfare of animals is part of the legitimate government objective of protecting public morals.
Rahul Gandhi, a senior leader of India's main opposition Indian National Congress Party, waves to supporters earlier this month as he takes part in 66-day long political tour across the country. Opposition parties have accused the Modi government of using federal law enforcement agencies to target them.
Mar 15, 2024
Indian democracy’s moment of truth
After a decade of Prime Minister Narendra Modi holding power, the country’s democratic culture and institutions have been substantially eroded.
Protesters spell out "No CAA" using candles during a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act in New Delhi on Dec. 29, 2019. The law grants Indian nationality to people who fled to India due to religious persecution from neighboring Muslim-majority countries before Dec. 31, 2014.
WORLD / Politics
Mar 12, 2024
India implements citizenship law opposed by Muslims before election
Rights groups say the law could discriminate against the 200 million Muslims in the Hindu-majority South Asian country.
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves to his supporters as he arrives at a rally in Guwahati, India, on Feb. 4.
WORLD / Politics
Feb 12, 2024
Modi flexes global muscle with Abu Dhabi visit and temple opening
While Islam is the UAE’s state religion, Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party has long had a strained relationship with India’s Muslim population.
Hindu devotees gather in a procession on the eve of the opening of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, India, on Sunday.
Jan 22, 2024
The slow death of India’s brief secular democracy
The opening of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, India, presided over by Prime Minister Modi culminates Hindu nationalism's ascent over secularism in Indian politics.
A cut out of Lord Ram on a street ahead of the grand opening of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, India, on Friday.
Jan 20, 2024
A Hindu temple embodies the rise of Modi and India's deep divisions
With national elections a few months away, the inauguration of a controversial temple is symbolic of a changing India and marks the capstone of Modi’s 10 years in power.
People gather at the scene of explosions during a ceremony held to mark the death of late Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, in Kerman, Iran, on Wednesday.
WORLD / Politics
Jan 5, 2024
Islamic State claims responsibility for deadly Iran attack
The militant Sunni Muslim group said two IS members had detonated explosive belts in the crowd in Kerman on Wednesday.
A view of the city of Ayodhya, India
Dec 18, 2023
Temple promised by BJP transforming Indian city but some miss out
Laborers are finalizing a $6 billion infrastructure facelift in Ayodhya that is igniting an economic boom and driving up land prices.


Father's Day is said to have come to Japan around 1950, shortly after the establishment of Mother's Day.
The evolving nature of fatherhood in Japan