Now Noor ul Islam aspires to secure a further promotion to muezzin at the Grand Mosque in the Holy City of Makkah. “I can’t explain these feelings,” he said. “Every Muslim should try to make this bond between him and God.”
The decision to lift restrictions, taken in a meeting between Pakistani President Arif Alvi and religious leaders, comes less than a week before the Holy Month of Ramadan, in which the size of congregations typically increases.
As many as four defendants were charged with managing, organising, and practising gambling in a house, but they denied the charges in court, while their lawyers requested innocence due to the lack of elements of the crime.
The direct road from Damascus to Aleppo is 300 kilometres long and passes largely through countryside and empty, battle-ravaged villages.
Algeria’s Abdelaziz Bouteflika may be gone, but his unfinished Great Mosque of Algiers looms large as a symbol of his 20-year reign and, many say, his megalomania.
Its modernist design contains Arab and North African flourishes to honour Algerian tradition and culture as well as a helicopter landing pad and a library that can house up to 1 million books. The project’s official cost was $898m.