NYC Hindu leaders upset over not including Diwali as holiday

Hindu community leaders in the US have expressed their disappointment over a decision by the city administration here of excluding Diwali from its list of school holidays.

'Respect for Muslims': New York schools to close for Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha
'Respect for Muslims': New York schools to close for Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha

New York schools' calendars will now be adding two Muslim holidays Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha as official off days, sparing the Muslim students a dilemma of choosing between their “school and religion”, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced.

Egypt writer to face trial for 'insulting Islam'

Egypt`s prosecutor has referred a female writer to trial for allegedly insulting Islam by criticising the slaughter of animals during a major religious festival, a judicial official said on Saturday.

NY Times reporter allowed back into Afghanistan

A correspondent for The New York Times who was expelled from Afghanistan over a story he wrote about that country's recent presidential election can return after its newly inaugurated president ordered the previous administration's decision reversed.

Egypt celebrates Eid al-Adha despite terror attack threats

Streets across Egypt were on Saturday thronged by Muslims celebrating the first day of Eid al-Adha holiday despite fears of attacks by Sinai-based militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (ABM).

Ebola casts pall over Eid holiday in West Africa

The raging Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 3,400 people in West Africa cast a pall today over celebrations in the region of Eid al-Adha, one of Islam's most important holidays.

Two million Muslims stone 'devil' at Haj, feast begins

Two million Muslims, including Indians, ritually stoned the devil on Saturday in the last major ritual of this year's Haj in Saudi Arabia, while fellow believers around the world celebrated Eid al-Adha.

Syria`s Assad makes rare public appearance at Eid prayers

Syria`s President Bashar al-Assad made a rare public appearance on Saturday, attending prayers on the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday at a mosque in Damascus, state media said.

Obama greets Muslims on the occasion of Eid al-Adha

US President Barack Obama on Saturday sent best wishes to Muslims around the world, who are celebrating Eid al-Adha and those performing the Hajj pilgrimage this year.

Two Indian centenarians to perform Haj this year

A 109-year-old Indian man is among the two centenarians from the country in Saudi Arabia, who will perform Haj this year.

Attack mounted on foreign convoy near compound in Kabul

An attack involving a car bomb followed by gunfire was launched by Taliban fighters on a convoy of vehicles near an international compound in eastern Kabul on Friday evening, security sources said.

Pakistan observes Eid al-Adha today

Pakistan is observing Eid al-Adha, which is all about the spirit of sacrifice, with religious fervour.

Goats snatched in Delhi on Eid eve

A goat trader, who bought three goats for Rs 30,000 from Uttar Pradesh, was robbed of the animals at knife point in east Delhi on Eid eve, police said Wednesday.

Muslims across world mark Eid al-Adha holiday

In the biggest holiday of the Islamic calendar, Muslims around the world are gathering at mosques for dawn prayers on the second day of the four-day Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.

Muslims in Kerala celebrate Eid

Muslims across Kerala on Wednesday celebrated Eid-ul-Azha, also called Bakr Eid, with reverence and exuberance.

Muslims celebrate Id-ul-Zuha with gaiety across India

Id-ul-Zuha is being celebrated across the country on Wednesday with great enthusiasm and devotion.

Syria crisis: Clerics allow starving Syrians to eat cats, dogs

The religious clerics in the war-torn country’s capital, Damascus, have issued a ruling (fatwa) on the occasion of Eid al-Adha permitting the Syrians to eat cats, dogs and donkeys which is otherwise considered unfit for human consumption in Islam.

Hamas, Fatah leaders in Eid phone call

Leaders of rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas spoke via telephone on the eve of the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, stressing the need for reconciliation, a Hamas official said on Tuesday.

Syria`s Assad prays at Damascus mosque for Eid al-Adha

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad prayed at a Damascus mosque Tuesday early morning as Muslims marked the Eid al-Adha holiday, state media said.

Vice President Ansari greets nation on Id-ul-Zuha

Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari has greeted citizens on the auspicious occasion of Id-ul-Zuha, which is being celebrated on Wednesday.