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A Shia will hesitate to go to a mosque maintained by Sunnis - nor will he be welcomed there. Not only that, the clergy would ... The militants regard bombing the shrines and killing the pilgrims who visit these places as a religious duty. Not ...
Pakistan's founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah, an Ismaili Shia by birth, proudly proclaimed, just prior to Pakistan's independence, that the country he founded on the basis of religion would not discriminate against any of its citizens on the basis of ...

Saudi money pouring into Pakistan led to the emergence and strengthening of Wahhabi-oriented armed extremists in Pakistan and Afghanistan, which not only challenged the Soviets, but also targeted the Shia and Sufi-oriented groups, including the ...
Karbala is home to the shrines of the third Shiite Imam Hussein bin Ali and his half brother Abbas. The citizens of Karbala are mostly Shiites, and each year the city hosts millions of pilgrims who visit the shrines of the two imams. A parliamentary ...
Jeddah - A Saudi minister held talks with an Iranian delegation about the possibility of Iranian pilgrims rejoining the annual Hajj despite ruptured ties between the two countries, state media reported late Thursday.
A Saudi minister held talks with an Iranian delegation about the possibility of Iranian pilgrims rejoining the annual Hajj despite ruptured ties between the two countries, state media has reported.

Karbala is home to the shrines of the third Shiite Imam Hussein bin Ali and his half brother Abbas. The citizens of Karbala are mostly Shiites, and each year the city hosts millions of pilgrims who visit the shrines of the two imams. A parliamentary ...
Identity politics at play: The CNN describes ISIS as a third generation al-Qaeda which in 2006 rebranded to the Islamic State in Iraq, and adding Syria, as evidenced by the moniker ISIS, the Sunni-Shia rivalry drives the Sunnis to strive to establish a ...
In Massachusetts, leaders of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, descendants of the Native Americans who first encountered the Pilgrims nearly four centuries ago, have been echoing similar sentiments to Trump officials as they seek approval of reservation ...
What's more, those forces have repeatedly broken ceasefire agreements and have made concerted efforts to relocate entire populations along sectarian lines, as part of an apparent effort to make large swaths of Syria into part of a "Shiite crescent" led ...
IRBIL, Iraq - A car bomb exploded in a crowded Shiite Muslim neighborhood in Baghdad late Thursday afternoon, the latest terror attack in the capital claimed by the Islamic State group, security officials reported.
Firstpost will chronicle his travels in a multi-part series. The following is the fourth part of this series titled 'Travels of a political pilgrim'. ... It has separate departments for Shia and Sunni theology. Between them, about two dozen staff ...
Iran has had no diplomatic relations with regional kingpin Saudi Arabia since January last year when protesters stormed the kingdom's missions in Tehran and Mashhad following the execution of a Saudi Shiite Muslim cleric. Ties were already strained ...
In a recent hearing of a petition questioning discriminatory treatment meted out to Shia pilgrims by the ministry in Haj process, Lahore Haj Director Saeed Ahmad Malik stated before the court, "New Haj policy will be issued shortly and the requirement ...
A lawmaker said the establishment of a joint legal committee by Iran and Saudi Arabia would be the best way to secure payment of compensation to Iranian pilgrims and their families affected by the September 2015 Hajj stampede and a separate crane crash ...
In a recent hearing of a petition questioning discriminatory treatment meted out to Shia pilgrims by the ministry in Haj process, Lahore Haj Director Saeed Ahmad Malik stated before the court, "New Haj policy will be issued shortly and the requirement ...

The pilgrim said: "As I was circling the Kaaba at around 11.40pm on Monday, I saw a man pouring gasoline from a bottle on Kaaba and uttering takfiri expressions.
The Soviet Union was the major arms supplier and adviser of the Syrian Arab armed forces, while the number of Shia shrine sites in Syria (in Damascus and Raqqa in particular), and the need for a logistics hub for Hizballah, saw Iranian money and ...
This article is part of the Mic series "Enabling Empathy Through Travel." See the previous post here. Despite Islam being one of the world's largest religions, most Americans say they know little to nothing about it, and 43 percent of Americans have ...
It is probably a long track, but regional peace and stability require all involved parties to cooperate," the source said, adding that this does not mean embassies are going to open again immediately, nor that Iran is necessarily going to send pilgrims ...
It is perceptible in every corner of this old city, dotted with 36,000 temples and 86-odd ghats along the Ganges that draw lakhs of pilgrims every year. "We depend on tourists and pilgrims, but the footfall has dropped since the note bandi.... Sales ...
2010: A female suicide bomber detonates her explosives inside a way station for Shiite pilgrims in Iraq, killing 54 people and rattling security officials who are struggling against a possible rise in violence before key elections next month.
He expressed surprise over law enforcement agencies in Pakistan interrogating pilgrims who recently came back from Sayyidah Zaynab, the mosque which contains the grave of Zaynab, the granddaughter of Prophet Muhammad.
Ten years ago: U.S.-backed Iraqi troops attacked insurgents allegedly plotting to kill pilgrims at a major Shiite Muslim religious festival; Iraqi officials estimated some 300 militants died in the daylong battle near Najaf.
Ten years ago: U.S.-backed Iraqi troops attacked insurgents allegedly plotting to kill pilgrims at a major Shiite Muslim religious festival; Iraqi officials estimated some 300 militants died in the daylong battle near Najaf.
Each year it hosts millions of pilgrims visiting the shrine to Imam Reza. Three decades after the 1979 Islamic revolution, ... In it, he recites a prayer from Mafatih al-Janan, a revered Shia Muslim prayer book. Another song on the album contains ...
Riyadh cut off ties with Tehran in January 2016 following protests in front of its diplomatic premises in the cities of Tehran and Mashhad against the execution of a top Saudi Shia cleric. The relations had already been strained due to a deadly human ...
The attack came after a series of diplomatic tensions between the two countries over incidents such as the 2015 Hajj stampede in Mecca that killed more than 450 pilgrims and Saudi Arabia's execution of dissident Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr on Jan. 2, 2016.
Sheikh Abdul Mahdi al-Karbalai (C), the representative of Iraq's Shiite spiritual leader Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani who is in charge of the Imam Hussein Holy Shrine, and Sami al-Araji (C-R), head of Iraq's National Investment Commission, lay the ...
After a stampede in Mecca killed hundreds of mostly Iranian Hajj pilgrims in 2015, Iran said that the Saudi Arabians were incompetent and boycotted the Hajj to Saudi Arabia that year.
The group also claimed many sectarian attacks including bomb blasts and attacks on Shia pilgrims' buses in the country's Balochistan province over the last few years.
Iran blamed the disaster on the organizers' incompetence and did not send pilgrims to last year's Hajj due to safety concerns.
On Nov. 25, IS claimed responsibility for the attack carried out by a suicide bomber known as Abu Fahd, who blew up a water tank at a gas station on the Diwaniyah-Babil road in the south, killing roughly 200 Shiite Iraqis and pilgrims from Iran and ...
Relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia was strained after thousands of people, many of them Iranians, died in a stampede at the 2015 Haj rituals, when two large masses of pilgrims converged at a crossroads during the symbolic ceremony of the stoning ...
Instead, he started to read various other Islamic texts on his own, including Sufi and Shia ones, and eventually founded the Liberal Islam Network (JIL) in 2001.
Serious questions were raised about the competence of Saudi authorities to manage the Hajj rituals in the wake of the incidents, and, facing Saudi intransigence to cooperate and refusal to guarantee the safety of Iranian pilgrims, officials in the ...
Ten years ago: U.S.-backed Iraqi troops attacked insurgents allegedly plotting to kill pilgrims at a major Shiite Muslim religious festival; Iraqi officials estimated some 300 militants died in the daylong battle near Najaf.
The ruling Sunni al-Khalifa royal family has coped since February 2011 with a popular uprising led by Iranian-inspired and manipulated Shiite political movements fed by decades of political and social discrimination. ... Some Iranian media accused ...
Iranian pilgrims were not able to perform Haj last year. The wars have created major humanitarian crises, producing famine, poverty and millions of refugees with nowhere to go.
The explosion, which was claimed by Daesh, killed up to 100 civilians, among them nationals from Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The picture shows the wreckage of a truck following a bombing that targeted Shia pilgrims in the Iraqi village of Shomali ...
Iran stopped sending pilgrims to the annual ritual after the haj stampede in Mina in September 2015, during which 464 Iranian pilgrims lost their lives and dozens more wounded, what came to be the deadliest disaster to befall the annual pilgrimage in ...
Tehran (AFP) - Iran said Tuesday it had finally received an official invitation from Saudi Arabia for its pilgrims to attend this year's Hajj, two weeks after Riyadh announced it.
Tehran - Iran said Tuesday it had finally received an official invitation from Saudi Arabia for its pilgrims to attend this year's Hajj, two weeks after Riyadh announced it.
"He is the guardian for a shrine that is the destination of millions of Shia pilgrims every year and I think that is extremely important," Rassam said.
He wears a black turban, indicating he is a seyed - a descendant of the Prophet Muhammad, in Shia Islam. Mohsen Kadivar, who has taught at Qom seminary, Iran's most prominent Shia religious hub, said this fact alone increases his chances of gaining the ...
Yet another act of terrorism took place the following month in Khuzdar district of Balochistan at Sufi Shrine of Shah Norani, where more than 50 pilgrims were killed. Again, ISIS claimed responsibility. This marked the third major attack carried out by ...
People inspect the wreckage of a vehicle following a suicide bombing that targeted Shiite pilgrims on November 24, 2016 in Shomali, southeast of Baghdad.
A total of 108 Iranian Shia pilgrims were staying at the hotel but many of them were out when the fire erupted on Saturday evening, a senior official said.
This was the same reporter I had come across after a series of bombs exploded among the pilgrims to the Shia Muslim Karbala shrine more than a decade earlier.


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