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Muslim televangelist who urged to replace chess with praying acquitted in Istanbul

Muslim televangelist who urged to replace chess with praying acquitted in Istanbul

The Istanbul Public Prosecutor’s Office ruled against trying a Muslim televangelist who said “playing chess is more sinful than gambling,” Anadolu Agency reported. Plaintiff Mücahit Bayraktar had applied to the …

Russia’s Supreme Court bans Jehovah’s Witnesses as extremist organization

Russia’s Supreme Court bans Jehovah’s Witnesses as extremist organization

Russia’s Supreme Court has declared Jehovah’s Witnesses as an extremist organization and outlawed its activity in the whole territory of Russia, thereby sustaining the Justice Ministry’s demands, TASS reports. The …

Nazarbayev congratulates Kazakhstan on Easter

Nazarbayev congratulates Kazakhstan on Easter

President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev congratulated citizens of the country on Easter, wishing them health, success and well-being. He stressed that Easter is an important holiday for all residents of …

Putin sends Easter greetings to Patriarch Kirill

Putin sends Easter greetings to Patriarch Kirill

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin greeted Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia on the Easter Sunday, the Kremlin’s press service said, TASS reports. "The great holiday of Easter awakens the kindest …

Patriarch Kirill congratulates all believers on Easter

Patriarch Kirill congratulates all believers on Easter

Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill has congratulated all believers on the upcoming Easter holiday. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is "the main content of Christian message to the world" and all …

Azad Rahimov: Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku to unite entire Islamic world

Azad Rahimov: Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku to unite entire Islamic world

Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku to unite entire Islamic world, Azerbaijan’s Youth and Sports Minister and Chief Executive Officer of the Baku 2017 Islamic Solidarity Games Operations Committee, Azad Rahimov, said at the …

Saudi Prince thanks Ilham Aliyev and Mehriban Aliyeva for great preparation of Islamic Solidarity Games

Saudi Prince thanks Ilham Aliyev and Mehriban Aliyeva for great preparation of Islamic Solidarity Games

Saudi Prince, President of the Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation (ISSF) and President of Saudi Arabia`s National Olympic Committee, Abdullah bin Mosaad bin Abdulaziz al Saud, speaking at the opening of the Journey from the …

Dagestan#039s Hajj a revealed

Dagestan's Hajj quota revealed

6 thousand residents of Dagestan will be able to travel for Hajj this year, region's committee on religious affairs reported. "This is the same quota as last year," the report said. …

European court allows headscarf constraints at workplace

European court allows headscarf constraints at workplace

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) gave a joined judgment in the cases of two women, in France and Belgium, who were dismissed for refusing to remove headscarves. "An internal rule of an undertaking which prohibits the …

Jews all over the world celebrate Purim

Jews all over the world celebrate Purim

This night Jews begin to celebrate Purim - the most fun-filled, action-packed day of the Jewish year.  The jolly festival of Purim is celebrated every year on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar (late …

Kadyrov: religious clothing ban hurts society

Kadyrov: religious clothing ban hurts society

The ban on wearing Muslim head scarves or using any other religious attributes in schools hurts religious feelings of people of Russia and has a negative impact on society, head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov said. …

 Iran and Saudi Arabia discuss Hajj

Iran and Saudi Arabia discuss Hajj

A Saudi minister held talks with an Iranian delegation in the city of Jeddah about the possibility of Iranian pilgrims rejoining the annual Hajj. The kingdom’s minister in charge of pilgrimages, Mohammed …

Construction begins for mosque to be built in Istanbul#039s Taksim Square

Construction begins for mosque to be built in Istanbul's Taksim Square

The construction of a mosque that is set to be built in Istanbul’s Taksim Square began on Feb. 17 with an official ceremony attended by the city’s mayor, Kadir Topbaş, Hurriyet reports. Speaking at the …

Crimean cathedral mosque to open in 2019

Crimean cathedral mosque to open in 2019

Cathedral mosque will open in Crimea in April 21 of 2019 - five years after Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the decree on rehabilitation of repressed peoples of the republic, State Duma deputy from the region Ruslan Balbec …

Trump: I am against terrorists, not Muslims

Trump: I am against terrorists, not Muslims

US President Donald Trump said the new US immigration ban is not directed against Muslims. "To be clear, this is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting. This is not about religion - this is …

Kremlin avoids discussion on wearing hijabs at schools

Kremlin avoids discussion on wearing hijabs at schools

The Kremlin would like to refrain from becoming a party of discussion on wearing hijabs at schools, the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. "There have been really different approaches to the issue. You know that there have been …

Christmas in Krapivniki

Christmas in Krapivniki

Yesterday Russia celebrated Christmas, one of the two main religious holidays along with Easter. …

Putin: new year will be better than previous one

Putin: new year will be better than previous one

Russian President Vladimir Putin took part in Orthodox Christmas service at St. George’s (Yuriev) Monastery in Russia’s Veliky Novgorod. After Christmas liturgy he said that 2017 will be much better than the past …

Georgia celebrates Orthodox Christmas

Georgia celebrates Orthodox Christmas

Adherents of the Georgian Orthodox Church, together with other members of the Orthodox world, are celebrating Christmas today according to the Julian calendar, Agenda.ge reports. The special liturgy commenced at Tbilisi's Holy …

Russia celebrates Christmas

Russia celebrates Christmas

Today Russia celebrates Christmas, which is one of two most important religious holidays along with Easter. Patriarch Kirill congratulated Orthodox Christians after a midnight service at the Cathedral …

Three people hurt in shooting near Zurich Islamic center

Three people hurt in shooting near Zurich Islamic center

Three people were wounded in a shooting near an Islamic center in central Zurich on Monday, police said. Swiss media said a suspect was on the run after the incident near the main train station in Switzerland's financial …

Russian patriarch blesses new Paris church

Russian patriarch blesses new Paris church

The patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church is consecrating a new church near the Eiffel Tower, FOX News reported. Patriarch Kirill is presiding over a blessing ceremony Sunday in the Saint Trinity Church on the …

Georgian Muslims receive 20 more mosques

Georgian Muslims receive 20 more mosques

Georgia's Muslim community received 20 more mosques at its disposal, most of which are located in western Georgia. Such decision was taken by the State Agency for Religious Affairs at the meeting of the recommendation …

Karachay-Cherkessia to hold 3rd Quran-reading contest

Karachay-Cherkessia to hold 3rd Quran-reading contest

Karachay-Cherkessia will hold the third “Best reader of the Holy Quran” contest on November 20, organized by the Muslim Administration of Karachay-Cherkessia and supported by the government of the republic. This time …

Ilia II to visit Russia

Ilia II to visit Russia

Georgian Patriarch Ilia II plans to visit Moscow on November 18. Catholicos will visit Russia at the invitation of Russian Patriarch Kirill. The meetings with representatives of the …

We must build spiritual barriers to stop terrorism

We must build spiritual barriers to stop terrorism

Astana proposes to use humanistic ideas of religion itself and widespread influence of religious and spiritual leaders to do this

 Moscow calls for global fight against terrorism

Moscow calls for global fight against terrorism

Representatives of different religions and secular society must constantly engage in dialogue, the purpose of which is opposition to destructive activities of terrorist organizations, because now international terrorism has become a truly …

 Ilyas Umakhanov: games of the West in fight against terrorism are alarming

Ilyas Umakhanov: games of the West in fight against terrorism are alarming

Russia's religious organizations have always consolidated to deal with common challenges during the most difficult for the country periods, and now we can also see this process, when there is a common threat of terrorism, the Deputy …

 Wolfgang Schaueble supports German Muslims

Wolfgang Schaueble supports German Muslims

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaueble urged Muslims in Germany on Sunday to develop a "German Islam" based on liberalism and tolerance, saying the influx of people seeking refuge, many of them Muslims, is a …

Visit of peace: Pope Francis arrives in Azerbaijan for the first time

Visit of peace: Pope Francis arrives in Azerbaijan for the first time

Pope Francis paid a one-day visit under the slogan 'We are all brothers' to Baku on October 2. Pope Francis was welcomed by the Azerbaijani First Deputy Prime Minister, Yaqub Eyyubov, and the …