» 11/07/2011, 00.00
INDIA – ISLAM
Deoband seminary issues fatwa against birthdays
The leading centre for Islamic studies in India, and one of the most famous in the world, slams the practice of celebrating birthdays, a “tradition of Western countries” that is contrary to Sharia.
For Muslim clerics conversion to Islam to remarry is unacceptable
Mullahs speak out after Haryana Chief Minister converts to marry again. The practice is widespread as people try to escape legal complications by converting to Islam.
Varanasi: Fatwa against those who attack holy places of all faiths
After last week's terrorist attacks, the leading Madrassah school in Lucknow condemned "those who kill innocent people and strike places of worship, whichever religion they belong to."
India: fatwa against national song celebrating motherland
The country's imams banned Muslims from singing the Vande Mataram song that describes India as a "god to adore", because this offends "Allah, the one god".
Aceh, Islamic terrorist killed in police raid
Enceng Kurnia topped the list of Indonesia’s most wanted. He was mentor to Imam Samudra, one of the Bali bombers, and has been linked to an extremist involved in the 2004 Australian Embassy attack in Jakarta. Ten terrorists have died so far in the latest anti-terror unit operation. Indonesian authorities beef up securities measures ahead of Barack Obama’s official visit.
12 terrorists plotting attacks on neighbouring countries arrested in Sabah
The 12 are members of a new group called Darul Islam, which may be linked to the Indonesian Jemaah Islamiyah and the Filipinos of Abu Sayyaf. One of them studied in Syria.
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