Society - Religion
  • US: Religious leaders discuss strategies for preventing atrocity
    21 september 2016 06:05:03
    New York, US (PANA) - Religious leaders from different faiths met at the United Nations in New York on Tuesday at an event where Special Adviser of the UN Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, Mr. Adama Dieng, said that manipulation of religion – which feeds on people’s fears and can eclipse human reason – fuels religious conflict. Full text...

  • US: US-based NGO laments use of religion to destabilise societies
    12 august 2016 15:43:03
    New York, US (PANA) - An American non-governmental organization (NGO), which monitors religious activities worldwide, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), on Friday said religious freedom is under attack in many nations around the world, harming individuals and threatening the stability of societies worldwide. Full text...

  • US: US agency says more than 30 countries violate religious freedom
    02 may 2016 16:24:22
    New York, US (PANA) - The US Commission on International Religious Freedom Full text...

  • US: US Commission welcomes designation of Eritrea, Sudan, others as countries of concerns
    20 april 2016 22:07:42
    New York, US (PANA) - The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) Full text...

  • Switzerland: Freedoms of religion, expression ‘twin rights’ in fighting intolerance – Report
    10 march 2016 09:05:34
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The freedoms of religion and of expression are not contradictory but complementary, as both rights are the twin tools in combating incitement to hatred, an independent United Nations human rights expert said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Senegal: President Sall condemns Jeune Afrique caricature of Sheikh Bamba
    03 february 2016 17:49:17
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - President Macky Sall of Senegal has condemned in Dakar the caricature ‎of Cheikh Ahmadou Bamba, founder of the Mouride Brotherhood, by the weekly Jeune Afrique on its ‎website. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan preacher Deya embroiled in another scam
    25 january 2016 15:39:55
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - UK-based controversial Kenyan preacher, Gilbert Deya, whose extradition Kenya sought unsuccessfully over the alleged 'miracle baby' is back in the headlines with a new ‘miracle.’ Full text...

  • Nigeria: Buhari greets Muslims at Eid-el-Maulud
    23 december 2015 23:31:57
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with the Islamic community in the country as they celebrate the birthday of Prophet Muhammad, the presidency said in a statement issued here Wednesday. Full text...

  • US: US Commission on Religious Freedom condemns Sudan over indictment of 25 muslims
    22 december 2015 14:36:46
    New York, US (PANA) - The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) on Tuesday condemned the Sudanese government for charging 25 Muslims with apostasy Full text...

  • US: US Commission welcomes release of International Religious Freedom Report
    22 october 2015 13:58:44
    New York, US (PANA) - The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) Full text...

  • Senegal: Gambia to mark feast of Ashura Saturday
    21 october 2015 18:05:45
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Muslims in Gambia will mark the day of Ashura on Saturday, according to a statement obtained here Wednesday by PANA from the Gambia Supreme Islamic Council (GSIC). Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pres. Buhari orders commission to account for all Nigerian pilgrims in Saudi Arabia
    28 september 2015 12:42:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari Monday ordered the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) and the Nigerian Embassy in Saudi Arabia to urgently account for all Nigerian pilgrims in the aftermath of last Thursday's disaster at Mina. Full text...

  • Nigeria: President, ruling party greet Muslims at Eid-el-Kabir
    23 september 2015 14:36:38
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari and his ruling party have felicitated with the country's Muslims on the occasion of the Feast of Sacrifice, known as Eid-el-Kabir, which will be celebrated here Thursday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: '1,177 Mauritian pilgrims in Mecca'
    17 september 2015 12:51:25
    Plaisance, Mauritius (PANA) - A total of 1,177 Mauritian pilgrims have gone for the annual Hajj to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, this year, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Guinea: Guinea Muslim to celebrate Eid El Fitr on Friday
    16 july 2015 21:25:55
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) – Eid El Fitr, or the Ramadan feast, marking the end of the Muslim fasting, will be celebrated on Friday in Guinea, the Secretariat for Religious Affairs said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Togo: Togolese Muslims to start Ramadan fast on 18 June
    17 june 2015 20:29:55
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - Togolese Muslims will on Thursday begin their month-long Ramadan fast, PANA learned from sources close to Togo Muslim Union (UMT) on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN chief tasks religious leaders on fight against intolerance
    10 june 2015 15:51:44
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Wednesday said religious leaders Full text...

  • Congo: Govt. bans Muslims from wearing veil
    28 april 2015 10:16:30
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Muslims in Congo have been banned from wearing veil while foreigners have been barred from spending the night in mosques across the country, as part of efforts to fight terrorism in the central African nation. Full text...

  • Senegal: New Archbishop of Dakar assumes office
    22 february 2015 08:54:27
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The new head of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dakar Mgr Benjamin Ndiaye assumed office Saturday in the Senegalese capital in the presence of Apostolic Nuncio Louis Mariano Montemayor who represented Pope Francis, Mayor Khalifa Sall, government representatives and several hundreds of people. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Pres. Jonathan urges prayers for successful polls
    18 february 2015 20:09:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has called on all political leaders in the country, Christians and non-Christians alike, to rededicate themselves to the commitment they have made to peaceful, non-violent campaigns and elections. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Religious heads in Mauritius asked to keep free from election campaigns
    12 november 2014 17:51:45
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Religious leaders in Mauritius have been cautioned not to get involved in the ongoing campaigns for legislative polls due to be held in the island on 10 December. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Muslims in Nigeria celebrate Eid El Kabir
    04 october 2014 16:20:14
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian Muslims joined their counterparts from across the world Saturday to observe this year’s Eid El Kabir, otherwise known as the festival of sacrifice, with Islamic clerics calling on the political leaders to promote good governance, justice, fairness and equity. Full text...

  • Togo: Muslims to celebrate Eïd El Kébir in Togo Saturday
    03 october 2014 09:20:02
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Muslims in Togo will celebrate Eïd El Kabir or the Tabaski festival on Saturday, according to a statement issued here Friday by the Muslim Union of Togo (MT). Full text...

  • Togo: Imam rises against Boko Haram at Eid prayers in Lomé
    28 july 2014 17:41:32
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – Actions of Nigerian rebel group 'Boko Haram' are ''contrary to Islam'', according to the deputy imam of the Central Mosque of Lomé, El hadj Zahary Agoro. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritians celebrate Eid ul Fitr Tuesday
    28 july 2014 16:18:56
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Islamic religious festival Eid-ul-Fitr that marks the end of Ramadan will be celebrated Tuesday in Mauritius, PANA has reported from here. Full text...

  • Togo: Eid-el-fitr to be celebrated Monday in Togo
    26 july 2014 14:01:15
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – The Eid al-fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, the month of Muslim fasting, will be celebrated Monday, 28 July, in Togo, sources from the Togolese Muslim Union told PANA on Saturday. Full text...

  • Benin: Govt. donates 99,998.375 CFAF to Muslim community
    16 july 2014 16:04:12
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - The Benin government has donated 99,998.375 CFAF to its Muslim community as a way of supporting them this Ramadan month, PANA learnt Wednesday from official sources in Cotonou. Full text...

  • Benin: 4,000 Beninese to perform 2014 Hadj
    29 may 2014 18:49:32
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) – Some 4,000 Beninese are expected to perform this year's pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, representing a 25% increase in the number (3,200) of pilgrims who were in Saudi Arabia last year, official sources said here Thursday. Full text...

  • Guinea: Competition to be organised to recruit imams for training in Morocco
    22 may 2014 08:03:20
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - Guinea's Islamic League is to organise a competition to select 500 prospective imams to be trained in Morocco under a scholarship scheme by the north African nation for that purpose, League's General Secretary Abdoulaye Diassi has announced. Full text...

  • Togo: Togo's first archbishop, Robert Casimir Dosseh-Anyron, dies in France
    15 april 2014 18:53:32
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – His Eminence Robert Casimir Dosseh-Anyron, Togo's first catholic archbishop, died Tuesday at the age of 89 in Lille, France, where he went for medical care, according to the Togolese Catholic church here. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Religious structures built in Mauritian Prisons
    06 march 2014 17:31:17
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritius Prison Service has built four places of worship in the yard of the new prison at Melrose, in the centre of the island, to allow detainees practice their religions, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Authorities release blogger jailed for mocking Islam
    05 march 2014 18:44:31
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisian blogger, Jaber Mejri, imprisoned for more than two years for publishing online caricatures deemed "blasphemous" and "offensive" to the Prophet Muhammad, was released Tuesday evening, PANA learnt from his lawyer, Bochra Belhaj Hamida. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Desecration of the Quran condemned in Mauritania
    05 march 2014 17:28:48
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Several Mauritanian political parties and organisations Wednesday condemned the desecration of the Quran at the weekend in a mosque in the outskirts of Nouakchott, the capital. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Protest against desecration of Koran kills one
    04 march 2014 11:48:58
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - A young student was killed here Monday during a protest against the reported desecration of the Koran in a mosque. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Thousands demonstrate against desecration of the Koran
    03 march 2014 15:24:18
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Thousands of Muslim faithfuls took the streets of Nouakchott Monday, to protest against ''a desecration'' of the Koran, the Muslim Holy Book, after finding some pages torn and scattered in a mosque here Sunday evening. Full text...

  • UN: Official says CAR faces division along religious lines
    07 january 2014 16:10:59
    New York, US (PANA) - Mr. Jeffrey Feltman, the UN Under Secretary-General for Political Affairs, says Central African Republic (CAR) is facing the long-term danger of being polarized along religious lines, warning that the situation may spill beyond the country’s borders and further destabilize the whole region. Full text...

  • 1.5 million pilgrims to perform 2013 Haj from Sunday
    12 october 2013 13:30:30
    Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (PANA) – At least 1.5 million pilgrims from across the world will, on Sunday, 13 October, perform the Muslim pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, one of the five pillars of Islam, sources told PANA here Saturday. Full text...

  • Muslims in Côte d’Ivoire to celebrate Eid al Adha on 15 October
    09 october 2013 21:44:15
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The Muslim community in Côte d’Ivoire will on 15 October celebrate Eid al Adha, the festival of the sacrifice. Full text...

  • US agency says Boko Haram attacks "religiously-motivated"
    20 august 2013 16:43:15
    New York, US (PANA) - The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) on Tuesday said Boko Haram had become the primary perpetrator of religiously-related violence and gross religious freedom violations in Nigeria. Full text...

  • Nigerian muslims celebrate Eid-el-Fitr
    08 august 2013 19:58:15
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Millions of Nigerian Muslims across the country, celebrating the Eid-el-Fitr, on Thursday gathered at the various praying grounds as clerics called on them to let the lessons of self denial, sharing, affection and love learnt continue to radiate in their lives beyond the Ramadan month. Full text...

  • Senegalese Muslims celebrate Ramadan Friday
    08 august 2013 15:17:54
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Eid El-Fitr, the feast marking the end of the month of Ramadan, is to be officially celebrated Friday in Senegal, according to the country's National Commission for the Observation of the Lunar Crescent (CONACOCC). Full text...

  • Mahama celebrates eid, calls for peace after election petition verdict
    08 august 2013 14:54:37
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama on Thursday joined Muslims in the country to celebrate Eid-el-Fitr with a call for peace even after the Supreme Court would have delivered judgement on a petition by the opposition New Patriotic party (NPP) against his electoral victory in December last year. Full text...

  • Benin’s Muslims celebrate Eid-el-Fitr
    08 august 2013 12:54:03
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - Muslims in Benin turned out in beautiful attires on Thursday as they headed to the mosques to perform the Eid-el-Fitr prayer marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan Full text...

  • Guinea's Muslim community celebrates Eid-el-Fitr
    08 august 2013 12:38:23
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - Guinea's Muslim faithful, representing over 90 percent of the country's population, were Thursday celebrating Eid-el-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan. Full text...

  • Muslims in Côte d'Ivoire to celebrate Eid-el-Fitr Thursday
    07 august 2013 13:35:16
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - Muslim faithful in Côte d’Ivoire will on Thursday celebrate the Eid-el- Fitr marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Full text...

  • Saudi airline to fly Malian pilgrims to Mecca
    11 july 2013 20:44:33
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Malian government has contracted a Saudi airline, NASAIR, to fly pilgrims and their luggage to the Holy places of Islam for this year's pilgrimage, official sources told PANA on Thursday. Full text...

  • Top religious leader urges Libyans to shun tribalism
    10 july 2013 15:15:11
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Urging Libyans to shun tribalism, the President of the High Council of Al-Ifaa, Libya’s highest religious authority, Al-Sadek al-Gharyani, said fanatical tribalism was one of the greatest dangers threatening the country. Full text...

  • President Aziz to flood Mauritanian markets with basic foodstuff during Ramadan
    10 july 2013 14:40:17
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – Determined to stop the usual hike in basic foodstuff during Ramadan, the Mauritanian government says it will flood the markets with the necessary foodstuff to avoid speculation. Full text...

  • Nigerian Prophet T.B. Joshua’s church service brings Accra traffic to standstill
    07 may 2013 19:10:24
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Tens of thousands of people on Tuesday swarmed the church of a Nigerian prophet in Accra, Ghana, causing a huge traffic jam on an important road linking east of the capital. Full text...

  • US agency identifies Egypt, Nigeria, Sudan, others as religious freedom violators
    30 april 2013 16:43:09
    New York, US (PANA) - A new report by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), released Tuesday in Washington DC, has identified governments across the globe that are most egregious violators of religious freedom. Full text...

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