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Allahabad High Court allows azaan recitation, says it does not violate lockdown rules

Allahabad High Court, however, refuses to allow use of loudspeakers for the recitation, saying that cannot be considered an integral part of Islam.
Former Maharashtra MLA Waris Pathan

Waris Pathan didn’t threaten police to open mosque amid lockdown, viral video is 4 years old

In the longer original video from 2016, former Maharashtra MLA Waris Pathan is seen arguing with a police official over the use of loudspeakers at a mosque.
Jama Masjid

Call off Friday prayers, cut duration — how mosques plan to tackle COVID-19

Two mosques in Kerala called off Friday prayers, while in Karnataka, mosques have been asked to cut time of prayers. Delhi’s Jama Masjid said it will go ahead with prayers.
One of the 15 mosques in Dhannipur near Ayodhya. | Photo: Prashant Srivastava | ThePrint

Dhannipur near Ayodhya already has 15 mosques, local Muslims want hospital and college too

Residents of Dhannipur, where UP govt has allotted 5 acres of land as mandated by SC to build a mosque, say village needs development projects more.
A view of the mosque in Hedon Bet village in Punjab's Ludhiana. | Photo: Chitleen K. Sethi/ThePrint

Muslims left this Punjab village after Partition, Sikhs and Hindus look after their mosque

In Hedon Bet village near Ludhiana, religion is not something that divides the residents. A 54-year-old Sikh says ‘blessed to take care’ of the century-old mosque.
Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid, Mecca Masjid — why Twitter is flooded with images of India’s stunning mosques

Images of mosques from around India took over Twitter timelines a week after the Supreme Court’s Ayodhya verdict.
A woman in New Delhi | Representational image | PTI

Muslim women enjoyed greater freedom during Delhi Sultanate and Mughal rule than now

Many royal women were known to have built imperial mosques; many mosques, from Delhi to Bengal, had sections reserved for women to come and pray.
Women pray at the Jama Masjid in New Delhi | Representational image | Keith Bedford/Bloomberg News

In echo of Sabarimala dissent, SC junks plea seeking entry of Muslim women in mosques

Supreme Court’s emphasis on the ‘standing’ of petitioner Hindu Mahasabha is reminiscent of Justice Indu Malhotra’s dissent in Sabarimala judgment.
A gathering of Muslim women offering prayers

Indian liberals want to support everything Muslim, but that’s not the way to equal rights

Equal rights for Muslim or Hindu women cannot be earned from within the ambit of religion, it requires one to move out of the structure of organised religion.
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SC invokes Sabarimala in plea seeking entry of women into mosques

SC issues notices to minority affairs ministry, Muslim law board and NCW on a petition filed by a Muslim couple challenging ban on entry of women in mosques.

On Camera

Vir Das incident proves rogue sneezing and coughing are the new guns during Covid-19

Comedian Vir Das’s Twitter post showing a neighbour threatening to sneeze on him points to a growing global trend of people using sneezes & coughs as threats.

Yogi vs Uddhav vs Piyush Goyal: Will politics over migrant workers hurt economic revival?

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray’s accusation that the Railways is not running enough trains to ferry migrant workers sparked a Twitter war with Railway minister Piyush Goyal.


Indian Army

Ladakh stand-off, Kashmir, ammunition & training — agenda for Army commanders’ meet tomorrow

The biannual event is attended by the top Army leadership to brainstorm on new security and administrative issues, and plan a roadmap.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

PM, CM, DM: India’s 3 big power centres have been exposed by one disaster

The prime minister, chief minister and district magistrate are the three engines of India’s governance, but their handling of the coronavirus pandemic is going awry.