JNN 30 Sept 2013 Istanbul : Senior Turkish Shia cleric, Selahattin Ozgunduz criticized illegal questioning of the youth who were going to holy city of Mashhad – Iran from Igdir and accusing them of being spies and he asked for questioning of those who were responsible of this action. Continue reading
JNN 30 Sept 2013 Damascus : Al-Qaeda-linked terrorists operating inside Syria have reportedly given the terrorist Free Syrian Army 48 hours to disarm, as rift among the extremist groups in the country continues to widen. Continue reading
JNN 30 Sept 2013 Manama : Thousands of Bahrianis came out on the Roads to register their Protest in the west of the country’s capital, Manama, over the arrest of a prominent opposition figure, just hours after another rally ended with clashes with police. Continue reading
JNN 28 Sept 2013 Istanbul : A 1,200 year-old handwritten Quran has been found in the basement of a mosque in the Aegean resort town of Bodrum ,Turkey Continue reading
JNN 28 Sept 2103 President Barack Obama announced Friday that he had spoken by telephone with Iran’s president Hasan Rouhani — the first direct conversation between leaders of both countries since Iran’s Islamic revolution in 1979. Continue reading
JNN 27 Sept 2013 Peshawar : Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan wants the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan to open their office so that peace talks can progress, Media reported on Wednesday. Continue reading
JNN 27 Sept 2013 Melbourne : Combining fashion and modesty, an Australian exhibition will feature stylish Muslim women couture that applies to the needs of pious women needs, filling a void in the growing market of Islamic fashion. Continue reading
JNN 26 Sept 2013 Cairo : An Egyptian court on Monday banned the Salafi Muslim Brotherhood from carrying out any activities in the country and ordered the seizure of the group’s funds, widening a campaign to debilitate the Islamist movement of deposed President Mohamed Morsi. Continue reading
JNN 26 Sept 2013 TEHRAN – An Israeli army commander has said that the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah is the eighth greatest missile power in the world and Israel will definitely be unable to withstand the rain of missiles from Hezbollah in any potential war with the group in the future, the Al-Alam network reported on Saturday. Continue reading
JNN 25 Sept 2013 New York : Approximately 130,000 non-Syrian armed militia belonging to 49 nationalities have come to Syria to fight against the Syrian government. Continue reading
JNN 25 Sept 2013 Quetta : A powerful 7.7-magnitude earthquake hit southwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing hundreds in Balochistan, besides creating a new island off the Gwadar coastline in its wake, Express News reported.
Tremors were felt as far as the Indian capital New Delhi.
The Deputy Speaker Balochistan Assembly stated that at least 150 people had died from the disaster in the province.
The quake struck at 4:29 pm local time (1129 GMT) around 100 kilometres (60 miles) southwest of the city of Khuzdar in Balochistan province, at a depth of 15 kilometres.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) measured the earthquake at magnitude 7.7, recording its duration as eight seconds.
The area most affected by the quake were Awaran and Khuzdar, with over 90% of the villages/communities in Awaran were destroyed.
Pakistan Army started an emergency rescue operation immediately.
Director General ISPR, Major General Asim Bajwa tweeted that 300 soldiers are already in the area, with the number expected to rise to 1000 by tomorrow morning. Khuzdar would be used as base for the rescue effort.
Island Occurrence Near Gwadar
On the Gwadar coastline, the quake created a small island about half a mile into the sea near an area called ‘Jhanda’, according to Express News.
The newly appearing island is said to have a mountainous terrain rising up to a hundred feet. A large crowd was seen gathering at the site to see the new island.
The area of the epicentre is sparsely populated, but the USGS issued a red alert for the quake, which left aftershocks of up to 5.9 magnitude, according to the meteorological department.
Minor tremors were felt as far away as New Delhi, while office workers in the city of Ahmedabad near the border with Pakistan ran out of buildings and into the street.
Mumtaz Baluch, senior local administration official in Awaran district, 350 kilometres southwest of Quetta, told AFP: “There are reports of houses being collapsed in the district due to earthquake.”
“We have dispatched our teams to the affected area to ascertain the losses.”
In April a 7.8-magnitude quake centred in southeast Iran, close to the border with Baluchistan, killed 41 people and affected more than 12,000 on the Pakistan side of the border.
People working in offices Karachi rushed out of their building and sat on the footpaths along the roads or stood away from the buildings.
“My work table jerked a bit and again and I impulsively rushed outside,” Noor Jabeen, a 28-year woman working for an insurance company said while breathing heavily.
“It was not so intense but it was terrible,” said Owais Khan, who works for a provincial government office.
“Whenever I feel jolts it reminds me of the 2005 earthquake in Kashmir,” said Amjad Ali, 45, IT official standing on the road said.
Rescue Doctors attacked
Paramedical staff dispatched to remote areas of Awaran for providing medical aid to those injured due to the earthquake came under attack.
Our correspondent reported that the doctors came under attack from unknown assailants near Awaran. However, there were no reports of any loss of life.
Meanwhile, the Balochistan government spokesperson Jan Muhammad Buledi told a press conference in Quetta on Tuesday that they had started relief and rescue work in the earthquake affected zones.
Buledi said that the earthquake had affected six districts in the province including Awaran, Kech, Khuzdar, Panjgur, Chaghi, Gwadar.
“On the instructions of the Chief Minister, we are providing immediate relief goods and medical attention.”
In this regards, Buledi said that all other NGOs including Edhi and international organisations and local welfare organisations are being facilitated as much as possible including on the issue of law and order
He said that the death toll stood at 33, though he added that the death toll was feared to rise.
JNN 25 Sept 2013 Peshawar : Pakistani-Taliban linked group Jundullah has claimed the Sunday deadly attack in Pakistan which killed 75 Pakistani Christians in Peshawar, the main town in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province. Continue reading
JNN 25 Sept 2013 Kenya : Atleast three young American men and a British woman Samantha Lewthwaite, 29 were among the group of 15 Terrorist who have stormed a Nairobi mall, Kenya’s top diplomat says. Continue reading
JNN 23 Sept 2013 Kabul : Taliban Terrorist fighting Afghan government and NATO-led forces to regain power in the militancy- plagued Afghanistan, contrary to the past, have been enormously using the Photographic Images and videos Posted on the internet in the propaganda war, a change in their So called Islamic Jurisprudence 12 years ago. Continue reading
JNN 23 Sept 2013 Baghdad : At least 96 people have been killed and scores of others injured in a day of violence throughout Iraq. Continue reading
JNN 22 Sept 2013 Lagos : Nigerian Muslim community has been buzzing with excitement after a young student was named Muslimah Miss World 2013, a global beauty pageant designed for Muslim women as a counterweight to the criticized though popular Miss World beauty pageant.
“We congratulate Sister [Obabiyi] Aishah Ajibola of the University of Lagos for emerging the winner of the world Muslimah contest,” Prof Ishaq Lakin Akintola, who teaches Islamic studies at the Lagos State University, told onIslam.net.
“We align with the contest in view of the fact that the criteria were not indecent exposure and provocative postures. The contestants were tested in the areas of recitation of the Glorious Qur’an, Islamic historiography, Islamic jurisprudence and Islamic current affairs.
In a contest held in Jakarta last Wednesday, 21-year-old Aishah emerged winner of the Muslimah World 2013.
Miss Aishah, a student at the prestigious University of Lagos, beat 19 other challengers from across the world to emerge Muslimah Queen 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia, at a competition that tested not just the Islamic appearance of the ladies but their understanding of the Qur’an and issues facing the Muslim world.
Aishah won $2,200 (N356, 000), hajj journey to Makkah and a visit to India.
Prof Akintola, who hosts an influential Islamic television program and gives comparative lecture about Islam and Christianity across Nigeria and beyond, added that Muslimah World competition offered a relief from the “immorality” of the Miss World contest.
“We equally congratulate the organizers of the contest as they used the global event to create great awareness for the rest of the world to show that Muslims have their own values and norms concerning beauty and intelligence,” the scholar said.
The scholar, who also heads the vocal non-profit organization, Muslim Right Concern (MURIC), added that the Jakarta event is a peaceful and commendable way of expressing Muslims’ outrage at the Miss World beauty pageant which he insists violates the chastity of women.
The feat has excited many Nigerian Muslims, especially young ladies who described the competition as charting a different course away from the well-known Miss World beauty pageant which is criticized across the Muslim world.
“Seeing a woman in such beautiful hijab and Islamic dress being honoured before the world is a pride for me as a Muslim woman,” Fatimah Adesokan, a 20-year-old lady nursing student, said.
Adesokan stressed that reports about Aishah’s victory excited her and confirmed her belief that hijab is a pride of the Muslim woman.
“I don’t see anything bad in it. It is a welcome development, more so that the contestants are not exposing their bodies or doing anything that is haram,” she said.
“This is a contest that tests their intellect and knowledge of Islam. Is there anything bad in our women exhibiting the beauty of hijab? I view it as a way of promoting Hijab which is our pride.”
Ruqayyah Bamigbade, 25, journalist, said she was glad Aishah has brought honor and not disgrace to the country, especially the Muslims.
“We have had instances of Muslims being accused of wanting to bomb innocent people. we have seen fellow citizens being nabbed for drug trafficking,” Bamigbade said.
“Here is a young woman who has placed the Nigerian Muslim woman on the global map of not exhibiting her nakedness but of expressing a dress sense in the Islamic way and of giving lie to the tale about Muslim women being second fiddle and who are not educated. Aishah’s intellect contradicts all that.”
JNN 22 Sept 2013 Washington : The US Air Force inadvertently dropped an atomic bomb over North Carolina in 1961. If a simple safety switch had not prevented the explosive from detonating, millions of lives across the northeast would have been at risk, a new document has revealed. Continue reading
JNN 23 Sept 2013 Tehran : A young Polish citizen converted to Islam at the holy shrine of Imam Reza (AS) in Mashhad – Iran. Continue reading
JNN 22 Sept 2013 Madrid : Housing the remnants of Spain’s last Muslim communities, a string of tiny villages surrounded by snow-capped mountains in Alpujarras constitutes Granada’s last Muslim stronghold, where halal food attracts a growing number of tourists. Continue reading
JNN 22 Sept 2013 Washington : Bahrain has been called on to take its commitments to political reform seriously following the arrest of an opposition leader, the U.S. State Department said. Continue reading
JNN 22 Sept 2013 NAIROBI, Kenya — Terrified shoppers huddled in back hallways and prayed the militant gunmen lobbing grenades and firing assault rifles inside Nairobi’s top mall Saturday would not find them. When the coast was thought to be clear, crying mothers clutching small children and blood-splattered men sprinted out of the four-story mall. Continue reading
JNN 21 Sept 2013 ISLAMABAD: Russia is ready to execute the Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline project, ignoring the U.S. sanctions on Iran, a Russian minister has revealed in a meeting with Pakistan’s petroleum minister in Islamabad. Continue reading
JNN 21 Sept 2013 Tunis : Tunisian women who under the Influence of Wahabi / Salafi Jihadist have traveled to Syria to wage “ Jihad al Nikah” or ‘sexual jihad’, which is performing sexual intercourse with dozens of Islamist fighters are returning home pregnant, Tunisia’s Interior Minister Lotfi ben Jeddou told MPs. Continue reading
JNN 20 Sept 2013 KARACHI: At least one person was Martyred and more than a dozen others were wounded in a Hand Grenade attack on Imambargah Sajjadia situated at Majeed Colony , Karachi’s Landhi neighbourhood on Thursday night. Continue reading
JNN 20 Sept 2013 Beirut : Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement has urged Bahraini government to immediately end public crackdown. Continue reading
JNN 19 Sept 2013 LAHORE : Islami Jamiat Talba, the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami, is harbouring militants in the Punjab University hostels and had sheltered the Al-Qaeda operative arrested from the varsity hostel last Saturday. Dr Mujahid Kamran, the university’s vice chancellor, said on Tuesday. Continue reading
JNN 19 Sept 2013 Manila : Muslim Rebels fighting against government forces in the southern Philippines appear to be losing ground, as the clashes in the city of Zamboanga entered its 10th day. Continue reading
JNN 19 Sept 2013 London : The UK’s official religion is dwindling at a record speed, with the decline of the Church “approaching rock bottom,” experts warn. While Christian congregations age, most British mosques are bringing more and more young people on board. Continue reading
JNN 18 Sept 2013 Dhaka : Bangladesh’s top court has sentenced a senior opposition leader of Jamaat e Islami to death for mass murder during the country’s 1971 liberation war against Pakistan. Continue reading
JNN 18 Sept 2013 Manama : As a new wave of protests has erupted in Bahrain, the authorities have filed a lawsuit to close a Shia Muslim clerics’ council, accusing it of operating illegally and being involved in politics, the justice ministry said on Monday. Continue reading
JNN 17 Sept 2013 LONDON: The issue of divorce among Sunni Muslim women has taken a dangerous turn because clerics are out to exploit them in the name of Halala. Continue reading
JNN 17 Sept 2013 Washington , D.C : At least 13 people died Monday during a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, officials said. One gunman died in the shooting, and police are seeking another possible shooter. Continue reading
JNN 16 Sept 2103 PESHAWAR: Roadside bomb attacks and a Taliban ambush on Sunday killed seven soldiers or policemen including two senior army officers in Pakistan’s troubled northwest, the military said.While the banned militant outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have claimed responsibility for the Upper Dir blast. Continue reading
JNN 16 Sept 2013 Damascus : In the country’s first response to the U.S.-Russia deal on Syria, a Syrian minister has declared the agreement a “victory” for his country and thanked Russia for orchestrating a chemical weapons deal to avert U.S. military action, Russia’s state-run news agency RIA Novosti reported. Continue reading
JNN 16 Sept 2013 Colarado : More than 500 people remained unaccounted for Sunday across Colorado after deadly, historic flooding left weary residents reeling amid the dark forecast of more rain to come, The Associated Press reported. Continue reading
JNN 15 Sept 2013 Beijing : A Chinese man Majin Fu has amassed a fine collection of rare Quran manuscripts. Continue reading
JNN 14th Sept. 2013 WASHINGTON, — U.S. space agency NASA said Thursday that its Voyager 1 spacecraft has become the first human- made object to venture into interstellar space. Continue reading
JNN 14th Sept 2013 Cairo : The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has given warfare and military equipment to the Egypt’s army to be used against supporters of the ousted president Mohamed Morsi, a former top official says. Continue reading
JNN 14th Sept 2013 Karachi : Victim of Islamic Muzarbaat Scam have scheduled a Protest outside Jamia Binoria Al Alamia , SITE on Sunday. Continue reading
JNN 14th Sept 2013 CHICAGO, — Gold futures on the COMEX division of the New York Mercantile Exchange Thursday fell sharply to the lowest level since Aug. 13 on massive selling orders. Continue reading
JNN 14 Sept 2013 Kabul : car bomb explosion in front of the US consulate in the western Afghan province of Herat has left at least six dead and a second blast happened in the parking lot of the consulate a short time after the original explosion. Continue reading
JNN 14th Sept.2013 MOSCOW — Syria will not fulfill agreement on chemical weapons control until the U.S. stops threatening it, President Bashar al-Assad said Thursday. Continue reading
JNN 14 Sept 2013 New York : Two new iPhones in an array of colors and a redesigned operating system to run them were among the major announcements from Apple on Tuesday. Continue reading
JNN 14 Sept 2013 Istanbul : Clashes have erupted once again between Turkish riot police and anti-government protesters who were on the streets for the fourth consecutive day to condemn the recent killing of a young fellow demonstrator in a tense border region with Syria appears more complex, sectarian and volatile. Continue reading
JNN 13 Sept 2013 Barcelona : Hundreds of thousands of Catalans held hands in a 400-km (250-mile) human chain across their region on Wednesday to press the Spanish government to let them vote on breaking away and forming their own country. Continue reading
JNN 12 Sept 2013 Baghdad : A bombing against a mosque used by Shia worshippers when they were streaming out was the deadliest of attacks across Iraq that left 35 dead on Wednesday, part of a surge in violence. Continue reading