Dad was neutral towards marriage, conversion: Yuvan Shankar Raja

Southern composer Yuvan Shankar Raja says his father Illayaraja was never against his decision to convert to Islam, and subsequently marry a Muslim. He says the music maestro was neutral towards his conversion and marriage.

Amitabh Bachchan wishes support for small budget film 'Dozakh....'
Amitabh Bachchan wishes support for small budget film 'Dozakh....'

In the recent past, several popular film celebrities have lent support to small budget cinematic gems. This time, megastar Amitabh Bachchan has wished good luck to ‘Dozakh - In Search Of Heaven’, which he calls a "sensitive movie".

Italy seeks to blocks regional "anti-mosque law"

The Italian government has moved to block new building regulations for Lombardy which would make it virtually impossible to build any new mosques in the northern region, officials said Friday.

Tipu Sultan's arms and armour to be auctioned in London

A spectacular collection of arms and armour once owned by Tipu Sultan, the erstwhile King of Mysore, will go under the hammer here next month.

`Britain`s white jihadi` a teen from Australia: Report

A westerner pictured alongside Islamic State group fighters and dubbed "Britain`s white jihadi" is in fact an Australian teenager who converted to Islam, a report said Monday.

Facebook atheist risking jail seeks to flee Egypt

Karim al-Banna, who on Monday could hear an appeal court uphold his three-year jail term for "insulting" Islam with his atheism, wishes he could live anywhere but his native Egypt.

UAE to try Kuwaiti ex-MP for 'inciting sedition'

The United Arab Emirates said on Sunday it will try a Kuwaiti Islamist ex-MP in absentia for allegedly "inciting sedition" in remarks he made about Abu Dhabi`s powerful crown prince.

Azerbaijan says six arrested over `terrorist` plot

 Azerbaijan authorities said on Wednesday they had arrested six men accused of being Islamic militants and planning "terrorist acts" in the mainly Shi'ite Muslim country.

Outspoken Indian preacher wins Saudi prize for service to Islam

 An Indian television preacher who has called the 9/11 attacks an "inside job" received one of Saudi Arabia`s most prestigious prizes on Sunday, for "service to Islam."

In Algeria, women `imams` battle Islamist radicalisation

Hundreds of female religious guides have been at the forefront of Algeria`s battle against Islamic radicalisation since the civil war that devastated the North African country in the 1990s.

Five members of family convert to Hinduism

Five members of a family have converted to Hinduism near Wadakkancherry here as part of the 'Ghar Wapsi' initiative of Sangh Parivar, VHP representatives said.

Our uniqueness lies in acceptance of diversity: RSS chief

Stating that accepting diversity has been a unique quality of Indians, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Thursday said, "We came to know that 'puja' (worship) is so important during the Islamic invasion of India."

Austria passes law on Islam, banning foreign funding

Austria's parliament adopted a legislation on Wednesday amending laws on Muslim organisations to ban foreign sources of financing and require imams to be able to speak German.

Offences related to religious conversion domain of states: MHA

The government Tuesday said that offences related to religious conversion were primarily the concern of the state governments and actions are being taken as per the law whenever instances of violations come to light.

Barack Obama calls for unity against violent extremism

US President Barack Obama on Thursday echoed his Wednesday`s call for Muslim communities around the world to resist the notion that the West was at war with Islam in his final speech at the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism.

Osama bin Laden wanted to rebrand al Qaeda: White House
Osama bin Laden wanted to rebrand al Qaeda: White House

Frustrated over al Qaeda's recognition as a global terror outfit, its chief Osama bin Laden wanted to change the name of the group to identify it more closely with Islam before he was killed by US special forces in Pakistan, the White House has said.

Not at war with Islam but with people who perverted the religion: Obama
Not at war with Islam but with people who perverted the religion: Obama

US President Barack Obama urged Western and Muslim leaders Wednesday to unite to defeat the "false promises of extremism" and reject the notion that "terrorist" groups represent Islam. 

First 'anti-Islamisation' march planned in Britain

British supporters of Germany`s PEGIDA movement, which protests against what it calls the "Islamisation" of Europe, are planning their first demonstration on February 28, police said on Friday.

Swedes shaken by assault on child migrant

Video footage of a Moroccan boy begging for mercy as a security guard bangs his head against a brick floor has shocked Sweden as the country grapples with a record influx of child refugees.