religion in the East

Pope considers visit to Kazakhstan

Pope considers visit to Kazakhstan

Pope Francis wants to visit Kazakhstan. He stated this when returning from an apostolic trip to Canada. "I said that I would like to go to Ukraine. Let's see how everything will go on. I would also like to go to …

Iran condemns desecration of Quran in Sweden

Iran condemns desecration of Quran in Sweden

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Sunday that Iran condemns desecration of the Holy Quran in Sweden and expects immediate reaction from the Swedish government, according to IRNA. The Islamic Republic of …

Georgian PM congratulates Jews on Passover holiday

Georgian PM congratulates Jews on Passover holiday

The Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili wished a happy Passover to the Jewish people on Friday, noting the “precious” friendship between the two nations and their communities. In his congratulatory message for the …

Jews preparing to celebrate Passover

Jews preparing to celebrate Passover

Jews around the world celebrate Passover: this is the main holiday in Judaism, dedicated to the events known as the Exodus from Egypt. Russian President Vladimir Putin extended greetings to Russian Jews on Passover. …

Saudi Arabia to allow one million pilgrims

Saudi Arabia to allow one million pilgrims

Saudi Arabia has decided to increase the annual number of Hajj pilgrims to 1 million people, the Saudi Press Agency with reference to the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah reports. Not only about the subjects of the kingdom, but also …

Armenian church revamped in Iran's Bushehr

Armenian church revamped in Iran's Bushehr

The old structure, courtyard, and other premises of the Armenian Bushehr Gregorian Church in Iran have recently been rearranged and cleaned as local authorities plan to reopen the historical place to sightseers in near future. …

Bleacher collapse in Jerusalem leaves 2 dead

Bleacher collapse in Jerusalem leaves 2 dead

At least two people were killed, including a child, and dozens were injured Sunday when a bleacher sitting people for Shavuot prayers collapsed in Jerusalem, authorities said. The incident is not connected with the ongoing fighting …

Turkey declares partial lockdown during Ramadan

Turkey declares partial lockdown during Ramadan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that a two-week partial lockdown will be imposed to help curb a recent rise in coronavirus cases. Speaking to reporters following a cabinet meeting, Erdogan said the new …

UAE to open temple of three religions in Abu Dhabi

UAE to open temple of three religions in Abu Dhabi

A temple of three Abrahamic religions will be erected in the capital city of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, in 2022, UAE ambassador to Russia Mohamed Ahmed bin Sultan Al Jaber said. "In 2022, it is planned to open a …

Hagia Sophia to be guarded by 500 law enforcement officers

Hagia Sophia to be guarded by 500 law enforcement officers

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ordered some 500 law enforcement officers to constantly guard the Hagia Sophia building, which is currently undergoing reconstruction following its conversion to a mosque. "As we …

Saudi Arabia issues coronavirus guidelines for pilgrimage

Saudi Arabia issues coronavirus guidelines for pilgrimage

The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has announced that 70% of this year’s pilgrims for the Hajj - which will take place from July 28 to August 2 - will be expatriate residents while the remaining 30% are Saudis, the Saudi Press Agency …

Iran offers temporary visa wavier to Iraqi nationals

Iran offers temporary visa wavier to Iraqi nationals

Iran's embassy in Baghdad announced that the Iranian government has decided to offer temporary waiver visa fees for Iraqi national for a two month period. "The Iraqi nationals can travel to Iran without requiring a visa …

Holy month of Ramadan begins

Holy month of Ramadan begins

Muslims throughout the world are ready to welcome the holy month of Ramadan, which began on Sunday evening, May 5.  The tradition began in the seventh century and commemorates the month when the Prophet Mohammed retreated to a cave …

Erdogan named world's most influential Muslim

Erdogan named world's most influential Muslim

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ranked first place in the 2019 edition of the World's 500 Most Influential Muslims. Prepared annually by the Jordan-based Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre, the book notes …

Muslims all over the world observe Laylat al-Qadr

Muslims all over the world observe Laylat al-Qadr

Laylat al-Qadr — the 27th night of Ramazan — was observed all over the world Monday night. Laylat al-Qadr, also known as Shab-e-Qadr, Night of Decree, Night of Measures, is in Islamic belief the night when the first verses …

Iranian women take off hijabs in public to protest law (PHOTO)

Iranian women take off hijabs in public to protest law (PHOTO)

Iranian activists protesting the compulsory hijab by taking it off in public have been joined by conservative Muslim women wearing the chador, a garment covering everything but the face. Women wearing the full-length veil have been …