Kelentan futsal: Sarong not shorts

September 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Malaysia, News

KUALA LUMPUR, 28 September 2017: A Malaysian man has been reprimanded by Islamic authorities for “indecent dressing” after he was caught wearing shorts in public on the way to a football match, officials and reports said Wednesday.

The case in Kelantan, a state ruled by an influential Islamist party, sparked widespread anger, and is the latest example of what critics describe as creeping conservatism in the mostly Muslim country.

Wan Khairul Hayyee Wali had stopped off to buy a burger from a street-side stall as he drove Monday to play futsal, five-a-side football typically played on an indoor pitch. Read more

Qatar denies blocking flights

August 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

DOHA, Qatar, 22 August 2017: Qatar on Monday denied it had banned Saudi Arabian flights from landing in the emirate to transport Muslim pilgrims to Mecca, after an accusation by authorities in Riyadh.

Saudi Arabian Airlines on Sunday said Qatari authorities had refused to grant a Saudi Arabian Airlines flight, scheduled to transport Qatari hajj pilgrims, permission to land at Hamad International Airport.

The flight is one of a select few that will allow Qataris to land in Saudi Arabia, which last week temporarily opened its borders to pilgrims to the Saudi city of Mecca, the most revered site in Islam, more than two months into a diplomatic crisis that has seen Riyadh cut all ties with Qatar and ban its citizens from entering. Read more

Halal food moves in Cambodia

July 25, 2017 by  
Filed under Cambodia, News

PHNOM PENH, 25 July 2017: Cambodia will cooperate with Thailand and Malaysia to establish halal standards to cater to the rising number of Muslim travellers visiting Cambodia, especially from the Middle East.

Khmer Times quoted Commerce Secretary of State, Mao Thora, saying there were many more Muslim travellers  visiting the country so it was important to introduce a halal standard.

“We will learn from Thailand and Malaysia to bring halal standards to Cambodia soon,” the minister said. Read more

Resinar on being Muslim friendly

June 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News

BANGKOK, 21 June 2017: Travel & tourism to Thailand began with the Americans. Then came the Europeans, followed by the Japanese and Koreans. It is now the era of Chinese, Russians and Indians.

The next wave will be the ASEAN countries and the Islamic world. Read more

Bintan tie up with CresentRating

June 9, 2017 by  
Filed under Indonesia, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 9 June 2017: Bintan Resorts rolls out a series of initiatives in collaboration with CrescentRating and Halaltrip, to increase its appeal to Muslim travellers across the world with a focus on the neighbouring ASEAN region, China and the Middle East.

Indonesia recently climbed one position to take the third spot as the top performing destination in the Mastercard-CrescentRating Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) 2017.

The new initiative includes the Muslim Visitor Guide to Bintan Resorts that will be available in English and subsequently translated to Arabic and Chinese. The guide highlights Muslim friendly resorts, attractions and Halal friendly restaurants, providing visitors with a high level of assurance. Read more

UK suffers another terror attack

June 5, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

LONDON, 5 June 2017: British Prime Minister Theresa May blamed “evil” Islamist ideology Sunday for an attack by three men who smashed a van into pedestrians and attacked revellers with knives in the heart of London, killing seven people.

Saturday night’s rampage by assailants wearing fake suicide vests at the popular nightlife hub of London Bridge was the third deadly terror attack in Britain in three months.

National campaigning for Thursday’s general election was suspended for the day in respect to the victims, including 48 people treated in hospital, but May insisted Thursday’s vote would go ahead. Read more

Bombing continues in Philippines

May 30, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Philippines

MARAWI, THE PHILIPPINES, 30 May 2017: Security forces traded heavy gunfire with Islamist militants inside a southern Philippine city, Monday, as fears grew for up to 2,000 people unable to escape a week of fighting that has left women and children among the dead.

President Rodrigo Duterte imposed martial law across the southern third of the Philippines shortly after the fighting erupted, warning the gunmen were involved in an effort by the Islamic State group to set up a local caliphate.

But street-to-street battles and a relentless military bombing campaign has so far failed to end the crisis in Marawi, one of the biggest Muslim cities in the mainly Catholic Philippines, and authorities expressed alarm about the fate of those trapped. Read more

Philippines battles terror

May 29, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Philippines

MANILA, 29 May 2017: Two thousand fearful civilians were trapped on Sunday inside a southern Philippine city where troops are battling Islamist militants, authorities said, as the death toll from almost a week of fighting neared 100.

The military intensified a bombing campaign on parts of Marawi on Mindanao island, one of the biggest Muslim cities in the mainly Catholic nation, as it accused the gunmen of atrocities including murdering women and a child.

The initial fighting prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law last Tuesday across the southern third of the Philippines to quell what he said was a fast-growing threat from terrorists linked to the Islamic State (IS) group. Read more

Bomb blast in Jakarta bus station

May 26, 2017 by  
Filed under Indonesia, News

JAKARTA, 26 May 2017: Indonesia’s elite anti-terror squad was Thursday investigating a suicide bombing attack near a busy Jakarta bus station that killed three policemen, the latest assault in the Muslim-majority country as it faces a surge in militant plots.

President Joko Widodo appealed for calm after two suicide attackers unleashed carnage outside the terminal late Wednesday, sending huge clouds of black smoke into the sky and panicked people fleeing.

Three policemen were killed, while six other officers and five civilians were injured in an attack that left body parts and shattered glass strewn across the road. The bombers also died. Read more

Malaysia top destination for Muslims

May 5, 2017 by  
Filed under Malaysia, News

BANGKOK, 5 May 2017: Malaysia continues to hold the top spot as the favourite destination for Muslim travellers, seven years in a row, according to the latest Mastercard-Cresent Rating Global Muslim Travel Index 2017.

Overall, Muslim international travel will reach 156 million by 2020 and expenditure is expected to touch USD220 billion, the Index stated in its highlights released to the media Wednesday.

The index covers 130 destinations (48 OIC destinations and 82 non-OIC destinations) providing comprehensive research and insights on the Muslim travel market. Read more

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