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Ayodhya, CAA and beyond: India's Muslims caught between compromised identity and cuts in citizenship rights​
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Ayodhya, CAA and beyond: India's Muslims caught between compromised identity and cuts in citizenship rights​

Presently Muslims don't feel represented, which makes their insecurities graver. They feel that they have been struggling for 'respect' and 'acceptance' all the while, but now their struggle is reduced to mere survival.

Poor and desperate, Pakistan's dwindling population of Hindus accepts Islam to get by
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Poor and desperate, Pakistan's dwindling population of Hindus accepts Islam to get by

Forced conversions of Hindu girls and women to Islam through kidnapping and coerced marriages occur throughout Pakistan. But Hindu rights groups are also troubled by seemingly voluntary conversions, saying they take place under economic duress

Scaled-down Hajj begins with social distancing measures; pilgrims tested for COVID-19, given special attire
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Scaled-down Hajj begins with social distancing measures; pilgrims tested for COVID-19, given special attire

The 1,000 pilgrims selected for Hajj this year were seen standing apart and moving in small groups of 20

After outcry, BS Yediyurappa govt puts on hold syllabus that dropped Tipu Sultan from Class 7 textbooks
India

After outcry, BS Yediyurappa govt puts on hold syllabus that dropped Tipu Sultan from Class 7 textbooks

Chapters that deal with the advent of Christianity and Islam in India are among the ones have been dropped from the state board's syllabus.

Mandatory masks and social distancing: Saudi Arabia's hajj health measures for domestic pilgrims
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Mandatory masks and social distancing: Saudi Arabia's hajj health measures for domestic pilgrims

Saudi Arabia in June decided to limit the number of domestic pilgrims attending the hajj to 1,000 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus

Eid in lockdown: Eight Indian photographers document quiet celebrations during coronavirus crisis
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Eid in lockdown: Eight Indian photographers document quiet celebrations during coronavirus crisis

Capping a sombre Ramzan, this Eid was unlike any other in recent memory. But in homes across India, families managed to keep the ethos of the festival alive.

Coronavirus Outbreak: Hatred unleashed by debate around Tablighi Jamaat could prove pandemic’s most toxic legacy
India

Coronavirus Outbreak: Hatred unleashed by debate around Tablighi Jamaat could prove pandemic’s most toxic legacy

The host of the religious congregation that has proved the largest single source of coronavirus infections in India, the Tablighi Jamaat, is being cast by propagandists as the vanguard of an Islamic conspiracy to inflict mass death

Coronavirus Outbreak: Scrap dealers, zealots, arts students; Assam's hunt for Tablighi Jamaat participants spares few
India

Coronavirus Outbreak: Scrap dealers, zealots, arts students; Assam's hunt for Tablighi Jamaat participants spares few

The first obvious reaction was of suspicion and fear and a sense of tiredness and submission as they must have already received a huge number of calls by then.

Saudi Arabia bans travel to Muslim holy site Mecca amid coronavirus fear; no time frame indicated for resumption of pilgrimage
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Saudi Arabia bans travel to Muslim holy site Mecca amid coronavirus fear; no time frame indicated for resumption of pilgrimage

Saudi Arabia has banned citizens and residents from performing the Muslim pilgrimage in Mecca over fears about new virus

Kerala should use wisdom of progressive Muslim like Arif Mohammad Khan to battle IS-influenced radicalism rather than snub him
Politics

Kerala should use wisdom of progressive Muslim like Arif Mohammad Khan to battle IS-influenced radicalism rather than snub him

Rather than be shunned, Arif Mohammad Khan should have been made the progressive face of change in a state which has seen the maximum number of Islamic State recruits.

Alleging police inaction in death of 17 in Coimbatore wall collapse, over 2,000 Dalits threaten to convert to Islam as mark of protest
India

Alleging police inaction in death of 17 in Coimbatore wall collapse, over 2,000 Dalits threaten to convert to Islam as mark of protest

The Dalits have declared that they would convert to Islam on 5 January and they are members of the Tamil Puligal Katchi and residents of Nadur village as well

Leadership vaccuum, economic oppression, demonisation pushed Indian Muslim into corner, ex-RS MP Mohammed Adeeb tells Firstpost
India

Leadership vaccuum, economic oppression, demonisation pushed Indian Muslim into corner, ex-RS MP Mohammed Adeeb tells Firstpost

Over the course of this conversation with Firstpost, former Rajya Sabha MP Mohammed Adeeb explains how Uttar Pradesh turned into a communal battleground and why the Muslim community has little to no political representation in the state

Lacking powerful leaders and worldly-wise elders, today's young Muslims have had to teach selves secularism, political savvy
India

Lacking powerful leaders and worldly-wise elders, today's young Muslims have had to teach selves secularism, political savvy

The 1980s-born Muslims, like me, had seen their childhood go through the trauma of the Babri Masjid demolition and subsequent riots. They grew up with fear, care, and patience

Madrasas in India: How 1857, British crackdown on Muslims led to founding of pioneering Darul Uloom Deoband
Life

Madrasas in India: How 1857, British crackdown on Muslims led to founding of pioneering Darul Uloom Deoband

Through bonafide stories of products of madrasas, the authors of a new book narrate the decline of the madrasas from being centres of excellence to institutions of restricted learning with dark clouds of stigma surrounding them.

Citizenship Amendment Bill: Senior Urdu journalist Shirin Dalvi returns her State Sahitya Akademi Award in protest
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Citizenship Amendment Bill: Senior Urdu journalist Shirin Dalvi returns her State Sahitya Akademi Award in protest

With this bill, it seems access to Indian citizenship is reserved for all communities barring Muslims, Shirin Dalvi says in an interview to Firstpost.

Badruddin Ajmal writes to Union home ministry seeking ban on book allegedly demeaning Islam; author denies the claim
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Badruddin Ajmal writes to Union home ministry seeking ban on book allegedly demeaning Islam; author denies the claim

Badruddin Ajmal, who leads the All India United Democratic Front, claims in the letter that the book has severely affected the emotions and hurt religious sentiments of Muslims.

Kamlesh Tiwari murder case: UP Police tracks two absconding suspects to Bareilly after Gujarat, Maharashtra ATS arrest six in joint operation
India

Kamlesh Tiwari murder case: UP Police tracks two absconding suspects to Bareilly after Gujarat, Maharashtra ATS arrest six in joint operation

Two of the suspects in the murder of former Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha leader Kamlesh Tiwari, who are still absconding, have been traced to Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh, reports said on Sunday.

Five detained in Kamlesh Tiwari murder case; sweets brought by accused proved key link, helped traced three back to Surat, say cops
India

Five detained in Kamlesh Tiwari murder case; sweets brought by accused proved key link, helped traced three back to Surat, say cops

Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) has nabbed five persons, three of them from Surat, in connection with the killing of a former Hindu Mahasabha leader Kamlesh Tiwari in Lucknow, officials said on Saturday

Kamlesh Tiwari murder: FIR against three after wife of of ex-Hindu Mahasabha leader blames Maulanas; police call it 'personal enmity'
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Kamlesh Tiwari murder: FIR against three after wife of of ex-Hindu Mahasabha leader blames Maulanas; police call it 'personal enmity'

An eyewitness, Saurashtra Singh, told reporters that the police constable deployed at Tiwari's house was sleeping while the gunner attached to him was not coming for the past a couple of days.