With India moving to erase the constitutional provision that prohibited outsiders from buying property in Jammu and Kashmir state, Indians from the rest of the country can now purchase real estate and apply for government jobs there. Some fear this may lead to a demographic and cultural change in the Muslim-majority region. … [Read more...] about India Eases Restrictions in Kashmir for Islamic Festival
What is the significance of Hajj in Islam? Hajj is considered to be the ultimate form of worship to Allah as it involves both physical and financial sacrifice. … [Read more...] about When is Hajj 2018, what date does it start and end and what’s the reason for the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca?
What do the different dates of Diwali mean? DAY ONE: Dhanteras 'Dhan' means wealth - and this day is dedicated to celebrating prosperity. On this day, images of goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of fortune, are worshipped. Fortune does not just mean wealth, it refers to general well-being and prosperity as well as money and material valuables. On this day, homes and businesses are thoroughly cleaned, and small clay oil lamps are dotted around the home to mark the beginning of the festival. DAY TWO: Naraka Chaturdasi or Chhoti Diwali Known as 'small Diwali', this day marks the slaying of demon Narakasura by Lord Krishna, who then rescused 16,000 captive princesses. The day and its rituals are interpreted as ways to liberate any souls from their suffering in "Naraka", or hell, as well as a reminder of spiritual auspiciousness. In parts of India, the day is also called 'Kali Chaudas', and idols of the goddess Kali are worshipped. DAY THREE: Diwali and Laksmi Puja The … [Read more...] about Diwali 2018 – Here’s why Hindus celebrate the festival of lights and the origins of the day
The act of fasting is said to cleanse the soul by freeing it from worldly activities, in addition to abolition of past sins. … [Read more...] about When is Ramadan 2018, what are the start and end dates and why do Muslims fast during the month?
The act of fasting is said to cleanse the soul by freeing it from worldly activities, in addition to abolition of past sins. … [Read more...] about When does Ramadan start in 2018, what’s the end date and why do Muslims fast during the month?