Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African Muslims will be barred from attending Hajj in Saudi Arabia this year. For the second consecutive year, the kingdom has issued limitations on attendees to the annual pilgrimage. The Saudi government said this year's prayers will be limited to residents and citizens from [...]
©- - 24 june 2021 - 12:59:59 - thread Society (136 words)

Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - The Muslim Community of Burundi (COMIBU) has publicly disowned one of its leading members for his angry remarks following a warning by the Minister of Interior, Gervais Ndirakobuca, against the excessive sound of the calls to prayer, disturbing the sleep of the residents. In Burundi, 60% of [...]
©- - 10 june 2021 - 18:22:10 - thread Society (409 words)

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South Africa’s Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng says he is defending his constitutional rights of freedom of religion and freedom of expression by appealing a ruling by the Judicial Conduct Committee (JCC) against him. The committee found Mogoeng guilty and ordered him to apologise unconditionally for [...]
©- - 04 april 2021 - 09:18:38 - thread Society (320 words)

Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Several hundred Muslims Wednesday expressed their displeasure at the recent remarks of French President Emmanuel Macron that cartoons of the Prophet Mohamed (PSH) of Islam would not stop in his country and asked for an apology from him. After the assassination of a professor of history-geography in [...]
©- - 29 october 2020 - 18:48:52 - thread Society (394 words)

Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - Morocco has strongly condemned the continued publication of "outrageous cartoons" against Islam and Prophet Mohammed. In a statement issued on Sunday by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans living abroad,  Morocco denounced these acts saying they "reflect the immaturity of their perpetrators". "Freedom of expression [...]
©- - 26 october 2020 - 11:19:27 - thread Society (271 words)

Cotonou, Benin (PANA) – Benin’s Episcopal conference (CEB) has expressed deep concern with "the hideous promotion" of homosexuality through the conditions attached to international aid. In a communiqué issued at the end of its first ordinary session for the 2020-2021 pastoral year, the Conference said: "Benin’s Episcopal Conference is very concerned [...]
©- - 25 october 2020 - 16:39:36 - thread Society (145 words)

Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Christian and Muslim worshippers will be praying in their churches and mosques from Friday, 17 July, following the partial and experimental opening, an official source told PANA here Sunday. The Ministry in charge of Territorial Administration, Decentralization, in charge of local authorities, in a press release here [...]
©- - 12 july 2020 - 13:22:53 - thread Society (258 words)

Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's grand Mufti Sheikh Salim Hitimana on Wednesday announced that no one among members of Rwandan Muslim community will perform the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement comes after Saudi Arabia halted the entry of Muslim pilgrims seeking to [...]
©- - 24 june 2020 - 15:22:33 - thread Society (249 words)

Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA)- Bishop Gervais Banshimiyubusa of Bujumbura Diocese on  Sunday called the Barundi people to the sacred union on the fifth day of national mourning of the death of President Pierre Nkurunziza. "Transcend your differences, console each other, help each other, and keep confidence in God who gives and takes [...]
©- - 14 june 2020 - 13:41:13 - thread Society (184 words)

Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The Eid el Fitr, commemorating the end of Ramadan, month of fasting for Muslims, will be celebrated Sunday in Libya, an official source told PANA here Friday. The Libyan presidential council announced this after the moon crescent marking the new month of Chawal failed to appear Friday. In [...]
©- - 22 may 2020 - 23:32:13 - thread Society (549 words)

Paris, France (PANA) - The High Committee for Human Fraternity has called religious leaders and believers around the world to a day of fasting, prayer, and charity on 14 May, to implore God to help humanity to end the COVID-19 pandemic. "The call invites the people of the world to put [...]
©- - 12 may 2020 - 15:20:26 - thread Society (334 words)

Tripoli, Libya (PANA)  - Libyans on Friday begin the Ramadan, month of fasting for Muslims, in exceptionally trying times marked by the progression of the coronavirus epidemic.  The fasting is being observed amid persisting insecurity with the continuation of the military escalation and the suffering of the people obliged to fulfill [...]
©- - 23 april 2020 - 22:34:47 - thread Society (1576 words)

Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Mufti of the Republic of Tunisia, Othman Batikh, announced on Wednesday evening that the first day of Ramadan this year will be Friday, 24 April, 2020. The holy month of Ramadan has a special place in the lives of Tunisians like other Muslim countries in terms [...]
©- - 23 april 2020 - 17:45:52 - thread Society (269 words)

Tunis Tunisia (PANA) - The president of the association "el-Ghriba", organizer of the annual Jewish pilgrimage to the island of Djerba in Tunisia, Perez Trabelsi, announced on Tuesday the cancellation of this year's pilgrimage, scheduled for May 6 to 13. This cancellation is due to the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic [...]
©- - 22 april 2020 - 17:40:43 - thread Society (217 words)

Lomé, Togo (PANA) - The National Hajj Commission of Togo (CNH) has suspended preparations for the pilgrimage of Muslims to the Holy Places of Islam in Saudi Arabia until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic.   According to Togolese Minister of Territorial Administration, Payadowa Boukpessi, also president of the Hajj Commission, [...]
©- - 16 april 2020 - 13:46:30 - thread Society (107 words)

Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - Cardinal Jean-Pierre Kutwa of Cote d'Ivoire said by mail on Wednesday that a march, called "Let's go to peace", will take place on February 15, 2020, in Abidjan. This initiative comes in a political context marked by an outcry by supporters of the Abidjan regime following [...]
©- - 23 january 2020 - 18:21:23 - thread Society (182 words)

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Some 8,143 Burkinabe pilgrims will perform the pilgrimage to the Holy Places of Islam in 2020, the same number as in 2019, the Burkinabe government announced on Thursday. The pilgrimage to Mecca in 2019 was subsidized by government to the tune of 1,100,000,000 CFA francs which [...]
©- - 09 january 2020 - 17:41:25 - thread Society (103 words)

Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Tunisian Post  on Wednesday issued three stamps to commemorate three Popes of African and Tunisian origin, namely Pope Victor, Pope Miltiades and Pope Gelasius.   According to the Tunisian postal institution, the publication embodies the principles and values ​​of tolerance, openness and interfaith dialogue that Tunisia has [...]
©- - 25 december 2019 - 15:51:35 - thread Society (189 words)

Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - The situation in the main markets visited Tuesday in Bujumbura, the economic capital of Burundi, was hard to believe, especially on the eve of the nativity festival. For the over 70 percent of Burundians, who are Christians, Christmas is one of the opportunities to improve their daily [...]
©- - 24 december 2019 - 18:10:59 - thread Society (641 words)

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Government has slammed the United States of America (USA) for including it in the list of countries that have engaged in or tolerated severe violations of religious freedom. In a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, [...]
©- - 22 december 2019 - 18:22:19 - thread Society (531 words)

Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The US administration has removed the Sudan from its list of countries violating religious freedom to a lesser evil list, placing it under special supervision, an official source said here Friday. American Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, in a statement issued here Friday said that on [...]
©- - 20 december 2019 - 23:46:55 - thread Society (444 words)

Tunis, Tunisia (PANA)  -  Participants at a symposium here Thursday agreed that the fight against terrorism and extremism required a progressive religious discourse allowing for the establishment of the values ​​of love, peace, openness and balance away from hatred, violence and confinement. The participants arrived at this decision at the Second [...]
©- - 28 november 2019 - 21:21:34 - thread Society (212 words)

Bamako, Mali (PANA) - A total of 80 people were injured following a stampede on Saturday at the 26 March stadium in Bamako, during the celebration of the Maouloud, organized by the Guide des Ançardines, the President of the High Islamic Council of Mali (HCIM), Chérif Ousmane Madani Haïdara, told [...]
©- - 17 november 2019 - 15:12:28 - thread Society (185 words)

Tripoli, Libya (PANA)   -  Festivities marking the anniversary of the birth of Prophet Mohamet (Peace Upon Him) began here Friday with a parade of the Zawiya troops in the streets of the old Medina bound for the Tripoli city-center. The troops attracted crowds behind them at the rhythm of the songs [...]
©- - 08 november 2019 - 22:36:52 - thread Society (354 words)

Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Preparations for the celebration of the Mauloud, or anniversary of the birth of Prophet Mohammed on 9 November, are continuing intensively in Tunisia, particularly in the religious city of Kairouan, where hundreds of thousands of Tunisian and foreign worshippers converge every year to take part in [...]
©- - 04 november 2019 - 18:20:52 - thread Society (200 words)

Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's newly adopted law to restore order in religious affairs has determined the organisation and functioning of faith-based group, but is insufficient to cut the problem at its roots, experts have said. Among changes to the new draft law on faith-based organisations, which was adopted by Parliament [...]
©- - 30 october 2019 - 12:29:51 - thread Society (683 words)

Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Senegalese President, Macky Sall, on Monday urged his compatriots to pray for a good agricultural campaign and for the unity, peace and stability of the country. "Together we must humbly solicit the favors of Allah for a rainy winter, a good agricultural campaign and a united [...]
©- - 12 august 2019 - 14:54:02 - thread Society (190 words)

Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The latest group of Nigerien pilgrims for the 2019 Hajj arrived in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, Hajj commissioner Djibrilla Boukary, told reporters.   They are more than 13,000 pilgrims, including 8,700 transported by charter flights and the rest by scheduled flights that first landed in the holy city [...]
©- - 07 august 2019 - 14:04:24 - thread Society (144 words)

Ziguinchor, Senegal (PANA)   -   Less than a week from the celebration of Eid-El-Kebir, commonly known as Tabaski, the biggest festival of Muslims, there is a huge deficit of sheep in the markets of Casamance in southern Senegal. Unlike previous years, almost all the pens are empty as are the major arteries [...]
©- - 06 august 2019 - 21:31:49 - thread Society (496 words)

Niamey, Niger (PANA) - With just a few days to the feast of tabaski, prices of sheep have skyrocketed on the markets and from street vendors in the Nigerien capital, Niamey, PANA reported.   Despite the fact that Niger is a major livestock producer, sheep are inaccessible due to the prices that [...]
©- - 06 august 2019 - 17:58:29 - thread Society (425 words)

Tripoli, Libya (PANA)   -   In defiance of a deleterious atmosphere marked by the continuation of armed fighting near southern Tripoli, with its attendant noise of automatic weapons and other shell explosions and intermittent air raids, Tripoli citizens, like other inhabitants of Libyan cities, are preparing to celebrate the Aid el-Adha, [...]
©- - 05 august 2019 - 22:46:48 - thread Society (1327 words)

Tripoli, Libya (PANA)   -   Water supply to Tripoli and its nearby zones was restored Sunday after an interruption of more than 48 hours, the organ for the implementation and management of the artificial river project in Libya announced here. The breakdown followed a breakdown of the electricity network that affected the [...]
©- - 04 august 2019 - 15:20:11 - thread Society (249 words)

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, has declared that the Islamic Movement of Nigeria led by Sheik Ibraheem Zakzaky has been proscribed by the government and all protests by the movement banned. Mr Adamu also said that anyone associated with the IMN or furthering their [...]
©- - 31 july 2019 - 06:16:13 - thread Society (633 words)

Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA)    -    Mauritius obtained 500 extra visas in addition to the 1,500 already granted by the Saudi authorities to Mauritians who will go to Mecca on pilgrimage this year, Showkutally Soodhun, government official in charge of the hajj, told PANA here Thursday. “I just returned from Saudi Arabia where [...]
©- - 11 july 2019 - 20:33:10 - thread Society (222 words)

Tripoli, Libya (PANA)    -   The Presidential Council of the Government of National Unity decided on Wednesday to pay a bonus of 2,680 dinars (about USD 1,930) to each pilgrim, according to a statement issued by the Government's Communication and Information Office. The state will cover the Hajj's expenses of "the families [...]
©- - 19 june 2019 - 22:48:57 - thread Society (191 words)

Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Togolese Muslim Union (UMT) president El Hadj Inoussa Bouraïma has called on his fellow believers  to stand up against terrorism, in his message to government officials and the Muslims during the celebration of Eid el Fitr, PANA reported on Wednesday from  Lomé. The commemoration of the festival took [...]
©- - 05 june 2019 - 13:19:18 - thread Society (265 words)

Kigali, Rwanda (PANA)- Rwandan President Paul Kagame, on Tuesday congratulated Muslims on the Eid al-Fitr holiday, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.   The Eid al-Fitr celebrates the conclusion of the dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan.   "Wishing joyous Eid al-Fitr celebrations to all our muslim brothers [...]
©- - 04 june 2019 - 19:55:12 - thread Society (142 words)

Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The Muslim community of Niger on Tuesday celebrated the festival of Aid El Fitr under security threats. The festival of Aid El Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, a month of abstinence, devotion and adoration of Allah for the faithful. But the day before the festival, at least [...]
©- - 04 june 2019 - 15:30:25 - thread Society (392 words)

Lomé, Togo (PANA) - The Eid el Fitr feast, which marks the end of the month of Muslims' fasting, will be celebrated on Wednesday in Togo, said a communiqué sent by the Muslim Union to PANA in Lomé on Tuesday. Mass prayer sessions are planned with  officials in Lomé at a [...]
©- - 04 june 2019 - 13:52:29 - thread Society (118 words)

Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Muslims in  Burundi celebrated Eid el-Fitr on Tuesday  marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. Between 2 and 3 percent of the Burundi population are Muslims, 60 percent are Catholics and 15 percent are Protestants. The first Vice President in charge of political, security and administrative [...]
©- - 04 june 2019 - 13:17:18 - thread Society (194 words)

Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA)  -  Muslims in Côte d'Ivoire will Tuesday celebrate Eid El Fitr to mark the end of the Ramadan fast, following the sighting of the lunar crescent on Monday evening, religious sources told PANA here. According to a joint statement by the Sunni Imams Council (CODIS) and the [...]
©- - 03 june 2019 - 21:35:49 - thread Society (204 words)

Tunis, Tunisia (PANA)    -    Prime Minister Youssef Chahed said here Wednesday Tunisia was one of the leading countries in the consecration of cultural diversity and civilizational pluralism, an official source reaching PANA said. These, he said, were incentives and positive means for exchanges within the framework of respect for cultural and [...]
©- - 23 may 2019 - 23:18:39 - thread Society (302 words)

Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - About 1,500 Jewish worshippers and visitors arrived Sunday at Djerba airport and another 1,000 at Tunis-Carthage airport to participate in the annual pilgrimage to the Ghriba synagogue on the island of Djerba (500 km southeast of Tunis), the Tunisian Minister of Tourism and Handicraft, Roni Trablesi, [...]
©- - 20 may 2019 - 19:36:34 - thread Society (230 words)

Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The  Seventh-day Adventist World Church President, Dr. Ted N.C Wilson, has condemned systematic religious liberty abuse by the government in Burundi by imprisoning, beating, and intimidating his church leaders and  members, in a statement obtained Tuesday by PANA in Kigali.   "I am calling on Adventists and others [...]
©- - 14 may 2019 - 20:08:20 - thread Society (309 words)

Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA)   -   Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz on the first day of Ramadan on Monday called on his compatriots for "increased thanksgiving in order to preserve cohesion and harmony" at the national level and among all Muslims. The Mauritanian president's call was equally addressed to "ulemas, doctors, opinion [...]
©- - 06 may 2019 - 21:22:33 - thread Society (112 words)

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Sultan of Sokoto and head of Muslims in Nigeria, Sa’ad Abubakar, on Sunday night announced Monday 6 May 2019 as the first day of the month of Ramadan which marks the beginning of the Ramadan fast. The Sultan says the moon had been sighted in many cities [...]
©- - 06 may 2019 - 04:32:31 - thread Society (105 words)

Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Several Arab and Muslims countries have announced the beginning of Ramadan for Monday 6 May. Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Yemen, Iraq, Lebanon and Libya will observe Sunday as their first day of Chaaban, after observing the absence of the moon crescent on Saturday evening. The United Arab Emirates [...]
©- - 05 may 2019 - 14:22:27 - thread Society (183 words)

Bamako, Mali (PANA)  -  The guide of the Ançardine association and president of the Group of Muslim Spiritual Leaders of Mali (GLSM), Ousmane Chérif Madani Haïdara, was elected Sunday as the new president of the High Islamic Council of Mali (HCIM) for a renewable five-year term at the end of [...]
©- - 22 april 2019 - 18:27:39 - thread Society (264 words)

Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Between 7,000 and 8,000 Jewish pilgrims are expected for the annual pilgrimage to the synagogue of Ghriba on Djerba Island in southeast Tunisia from 22-23 May, according to Tunisian Minister of Tourism and Crafts, René Trablesi.   Visiting the island on Tuesday, he said the number of pilgrims [...]
©- - 17 april 2019 - 11:51:00 - thread Society (206 words)

Niamey, Niger (PANA) - A programme of action on cultural and religious tolerance was launched on Thursday in Niamey, Niger, with the aim of extending to neighbouring Nigeria in order to foster grassroots harmony between the two countries. "It is in line with the Niger government's efforts to bring peace to [...]
©- - 24 january 2019 - 14:04:43 - thread Society (161 words)