• Musliim women 2018/10/13

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    Muslim women reclaiming their narrative

    TEHRAN - What is the status of women in Islam? Does Islam give equal rights to women? Are women in the Islamic republics subjugated and oppressed? What actually does Holy Quran say about women’s rights and women’s empowerment?

  • Rohingya 2018/10/10

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    Global media and Muslims: Selective coverage, selective outrage

    TEHRAN -“If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? William Shakespeare’s lines in The Merchant of Venice hold true today.

  • Rohingya 2018-10-07 08:28

    India’s decision to deport Rohingya men slammed by rights groups

    TEHRAN - Indian government’s controversial decision to deport seven Rohingya men, backed by the country’s apex court, has drawn sharp and widespread criticism from rights groups and activists.

  • Guterres 2018-10-03 18:07

    UN chief urges India to put pressure on Myanmar to resolve Rohingya crisis

    TEHRAN - Voicing serious concern over the plight of Rohingya refugees living in the ramshackle camps in Bangladesh under appalling conditions, United Nations chief Antonio Guterres has urged India to put pressure on Myanmar and support Bangladesh.

  • Sheikh Azhar Nasser 2018-09-26 23:42

    By: Syed Zafar Mehdi

    ‘Impart Islamic knowledge in a way that is relatable, enlightening and entertaining’

    TEHRAN - Sheikh Azhar Nasser is a Canada-based, globally-renowned Islamic scholar, lecturer, orator and a social media sensation. He is the founder and head instructor of Tasneem Institute, which offers on-site, weekend crash courses on Islamic sciences to Muslim communities worldwide. He also serves as the religious director of CBE Academy, which specializes in the production of short spiritually uplifting videos.

  • Indonesia election 2018-09-23 09:58

    Campaigning kicks off for Indonesia election

    TEHRAN - Ahead of next year’s election, major political parties in Indonesia have kicked off their election campaign. President Joko Widodo, who is looking to retain his chair, launched his campaign on Friday, looking to win over big chunk of millennial and Muslim votes.

  • Muharram 2018-09-17 21:48

    Syed Zafar Mehdi

    Ban on Muharram procession in Kashmir mockery of religious freedom

    TEHRAN - Muharram is the month of bereavement and remembrance. Every year, around this time, massive processions are taken out across the world to pay glowing tribute to the martyrs of Karbala. Reciting soul-stirring elegies and hymns, mourners wear black dresses and beat their chests in a spirit of devotion. They carry replicas of Imam Husain’s mausoleum in Karbala and parade the streets.

  • the 16th international conference of paying homage to Pirgholaman and servants of Imam Hossein 2018-09-09 17:13

    By Faranak Bakhtiari

    Imam Hossein’s sacrifice, a true example of righteousness

    TEHRAN — Imam Hossein (AS), a name that has inspired billions of Muslims all over the world is bound to never fade or get past its glory. A sacrifice, one so big, so grave, that the world, till date, speaks of Imam Hossein with the mightiest of vocal chords, deep from the heart.

  • Rohingya 2018-09-09 06:45

    Myanmar welcomes repatriation plan of Rohingya

    TEHRAN - After facing blistering criticism and outrage from across the world, Myanmar has welcomed the Bangladeshi government’s plan to begin the long-delayed process of repatriating Rohingya refugees back to their homeland.

  • Rohingya 2018-09-04 10:46

    Bangladesh PM blasts Myanmar military for anti-Rohingya propaganda

    TEHRAN - Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has blasted the Myanmar regime for spreading disinformation about Rohingya Muslims presently stationed in Bangladesh’s refugee camps.

  • A faithful Muslim answers God’s calling 2018-09-02 15:19

    A faithful Muslim answers God’s calling

    Imam Reza (PBUH), known also as innocent and migrant, was not attached to “land”.

  • Rohingya 2018-09-02 10:35

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    ‘It’s been a horrendous year for Rohingya refugees, met with international inaction’

    TEHRAN - It has been one year since Rohingya Muslims were forced to leave Myanmar following brutal crackdown by Myanmar military with tacit support from the government. As per conservative estimates, there are around 905,000 Rohingya refugees presently in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar, although some human rights bodies have put the figure higher.

  • ISIS 2018/08/21

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    Muslim unity key to defeating forces of Takfirism

    TEHRAN - For Muslims, the staggering fall from grace can largely be attributed to fragmentation in their ranks, exacerbated by the scourge of sectarianism fanned by divisive forces. The condition of Muslims today, in both the realms of spiritual and temporal, is appallingly poor.

  • Imran Khan 2018/07/29

    Syed Zafar Mehdi

    Imran Khan has the charisma and leadership traits. But will he deliver?

    As expected, cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek Insaaf (PTI) had the last laugh in the bitterly-contested, violence-marred general election in Pakistan, enjoying success across the country. In results announced on Friday, PTI had won 114 seats, while its closest rival Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) had clinched 63 and Pakistan People’s Party 43 respectively.

  • Nawaz Sharif 2018/07/15

    By Syed Zafar Mehdi

    Is Sharif’s arrest a blessing in disguise for PML-N ahead of Pakistan elections?

    TEHRAN - A week after being sentenced to 11- year prison term by an accountability court in the Avenfield properties case, the deposed Pakistani premier Nawaz Sharif and daughter Maryam Nawaz were arrested upon their arrival in Lahore on Friday night.

  • Pakistan election 2018-07-12 13:07

    Pakistan army to deploy 371,000 troops to ensure free and secure election

    TEHTAN - To ensure free and secure upcoming general election, Pakistan army has said that it will deploy about 371,000 troops across the country, while rejecting reports that it was planning to rig the polls in favor of Pakistan Tehreek Insaaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan.

  • India 2018/07/10

    By: Syed Zafar Mehdi

    The difficulty of being a Muslim in BJP-ruled India today

    When the ruling party organizes an event to felicitate a group of criminals convicted in a lynching case and a senior union minister goes to meet and garland them, you should understand that something is terribly wrong.

  • Rohingya 2018-07-08 11:52

    Syed Zafar Mehdi

    Global response to Rohingya crisis astonishingly slow

    In the crammed and dingy refugee camps of Cox’s Bazar, where almost a million Rohingya refugees are currently languishing in impoverished conditions, women who were gang-raped by Burmese security forces nearly 10 months ago are now giving birth to babies.

  • Muslim 2018-06-28 12:28

    By: Syed Zafar Mehdi

    “Hindu nationalists in India use hate politics to scapegoat religious minorities like Muslims”

    Prof. Dibyesh Anand is an Indian analyst, author and academic, based in the UK. He teaches at the University of Westminster, London. He is the author of book ‘Hindu Nationalism in India and the Politics of Fear’.

  • People visit the Shah Cheragh shrine in Shiraz, southern Iran. 2018-05-19 19:09

    Ramadan tips for foreign travelers

    TEHRAN - For many foreigners, traveling to Iran or other Muslim-majority countries are not complete without wandering around downtown streets and labyrinthine bazaars with savoring local street food.

  •  An interior view of the Shafei Jameh Mosque 2018-05-15 09:57

    A peek into Shafei Jameh Mosque

    Graced with intricate faience and stucco carvings

    TEHRAN – Graced with eye-catching architecture, the Shafei Jameh Mosque stands tall in the ancient city of Kermanshah in western Iran.

  • Trump 2018-01-17 02:25

    By Ahmad Mohammad Bagher

    Trump, the controversial president in 2017

    A year into his presidency, U.S. President Donald Trump has made overwhelmingly controversial decisions and has taken stances that affected the world one way or another.

  • Iran 2018-01-16 04:45

    By Abu Yahya Al Hassani

    What happening in Persia

    The latest unrest in Iran was not by no means worse than what happened to the country during the Shah time and later during Saddam Hussein’s ruling in Iraq.

  • CHTHO Deputy Director Mohammad Moheb-Khodai 2017-10-11 20:43

    Iran set to tap into Halal tourism

    TEHRAN – An Iranian tourism official says special attention should be paid to Halal tourism as an emerging economic powerhouse to materialize the goal of attracting 20 million tourists annually by 2025.

  • al-Aqsa mosque 2017-09-02 10:07

    Muslims offer Eid al-Adha prayers

    Muslims around the world celebrated the Eid al-Adha holiday on Friday, one of the holiest celebrations of the Islamic calendar. Palestinians flocked to al-Aqsa mosque for prayers. Muslims mark the holiday by slaughtering animals such as sheep and goats. The meat is shared among family and friends and also donated to the poor.

  • Myannmar 2017-07-17 09:07

    Congress shouldn’t let Burma backslide on democratic reforms

    As a political prisoner, Aung San Suu Kyi relied on the exiled television station Democratic Voice of Burma and magazine Irrawaddy to tell her story.

  • Trump 2017-06-28 04:09

    The travel ban at the Supreme Court

    Trump cares a lot about winning, or at least the appearance of it.

  • ISIRI Director Nayyereh Pirouzbakht in an undated photo 2017-06-18 10:17

    ISIRI plans to set standards to uphold halal tourism

    TEHRAN – The Institute of Standards and Industrial Research of Iran (ISIRI) plans to establish a set of standards to promote Halal tourism in the country.

  • Turkey 2017-06-12 05:43

    Fehim Tastekin

    After rushing to Qatar's aid, Turkey may have to rethink its Mideast ties

    The only firm opposition to the “Let's Teach Qatar a Lesson” operation currently underway in the Middle East is coming from Turkey.

  • Trump 2017-06-08 09:52

    By Eugene Robinson

    Trump is out of control

    The statements President Trump issued on Twitter in recent days lead to a chilling conclusion: The man is out of control.