Religion

ISIS mocks burning of Notre Dame Cathedral, calling it 'retribution'

The statement is the latest sign of ISIS's disregard for cultural heritage and its spurious interpretation of Islam.

Praying behind Taliban member not justified in Sharia, says Afghan scholar

Afghan opposition politicians meeting with Taliban representatives in Moscow were seen praying behind a member of the Taliban in a hotel lobby.

Al-Qaeda calls for the destruction of ISIS and its 'deviant' caliph al-Baghdadi

Al-Qaeda says ISIS members are unable to understand Islamic texts and are bent on carrying out treason and treachery wherever they have influence. The same however could be said of al-Qaeda.

Taliban's war 'prohibited by Allah', ulema say in Saudi Arabia

More than 100 ulema from 57 countries issued a statement supporting the Afghan government's continuing peace efforts and denouncing the Taliban's ongoing campaign of violence.

Rare silk Koran helps preserve Afghanistan's cultural heritage

The Koran took 2 years to complete and is 'priceless' from a religious and artistic perspective, according to the master calligraphers who worked on it.

Religious scholars gather in Kandahar, call on Taliban to make peace

Participants of the meeting, which included government officials and members of the Afghan High Peace Council, declared the Taliban illegitimate in the eyes of Islam.

More than 1,800 Pakistani scholars declare suicide bombing haram

Suicide bombers, as well as those who support and train them, are traitors against Islam, according to a newly issued fatwa.

Afghan civilians take up arms to protect mosques during Muharram

The Afghan government has armed and trained more than 500 local residents to assist police and security forces at mosques and other Shia religious sites.

Islam prohibits extremism and violence, says Imam-e-Kaaba

The imam of the holiest mosque in the world is urging Muslims to embrace their faith's message of peace and love.

Afghans condemn Ashura attacks in Kabul, Balkh

Militants killed more than 30 worshippers in two attacks, according to officials. The 'Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant' (ISIL) claimed responsibility for one of the attacks.