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Christian clergyman arrested as a "threat" to the Bishwa Ijtema Islamic pilgrimage
Police took into custody Rev Gilbart Biswas in Tongi, where one of the largest Muslim gatherings is held each year, for his “suspicious behaviour,” namely preaching the Gospel and selling booklets. Two million pilgrims from 150 countries attended this year’s event.
Kashmir pastor arrested for baptising seven Muslims
The region’s grand mufti accused Rev Chander Mani Khanna, of All Saints Church, after a video appeared on YouTube. Police beat the seven young converts to get them to accuse the pastor of forced conversions. In early November, the grand mufti summoned Rev Khanna to appear before a Sharia Court.
Dhaka: Catholic chef arrested for possession of alcohol
In reality the manager of the prestigious restaurant in the capital wanted to fire the cook to give his job to a relative. Human rights activists ask for justice and promise legal assistance.
Isfahan: Protestant clergyman tortured for “converting Muslims”
During a visit in prison, the pastor’s wife saw he had signs of torture. He could be executed. An anti-Protestant crackdown is underway in Isfahan. The regime’s fight against proselytising is coupled with fears that Christian gatherings might host its opponents.
18/01/2016 12:37:00 BANGLADESH
Bishwa Ijtema: two million Muslims call for peace and Islamic unity
Indian Mullah Moulana Muhammad Sa'ad led the closing prayer. Participants called for God’s forgiveness and prayed for themselves and their families. The gathering attracted Muslims from 150 countries. A Catholic praised the event’s organization. "We Christians should learn from our Muslim brothers and sisters.” They “don’t have any complain against organizers. They manage their own food and accommodation personally.”
Two million Muslims gather in Bangladesh for the Bishwa Ijtema
The event is the second largest annual Muslim gathering in the world after Hajj. Organised by the Jamaat Tabligi movement, this year's meeting was divided into two phases to avoid safety problems. At least 50,000 participants came from China, United States, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Japan, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Kingdom.
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