Taliban replaces women's ministry with ministry of virtue and vice
The Taliban have shut down the women's affairs ministry and replaced it with a department that once enforced strict religious doctrines. The sign at the ministry was removed, and a sign for the ministry of virtue and vice put in its place. Videos on social media showed women employees outside the offices, urging the Taliban to let them return to work.
Diwali with a difference under Covid-19
Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights. It is also celebrated by Sikhs and Jains around the world. BBC World Service Global Religion reporter Sodaba Haidare has spoken with Hindu women in India, South Africa and the UK about the significance of Diwali to the Hindu community, and about how they are marking the festival differently this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
How has the pandemic affected Eid celebrations?
Muslims around the world are preparing to mark the end of Ramadan. They traditionally celebrate Eid by visiting friends and family and exchanging gifts. But social distancing restrictions put in place because of the coronavirus means this year it is going to be very different.
Halima Aden; The first hijab-wearing model speaks about leaving the fashion industry - BBC News
Halima Aden meets industry leader, fashion designer, Tommy Hilfiger, to talk about the need for change within the fashion industry. Halima Aden made history when she became the world's first hijab-wearing supermodel and went on to feature in campaigns for some of the biggest names in the fashion industry. But over time, she felt the industry was clashing with her Muslim faith and in November 2020, she announced on Instagram that she was quitting. Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog #BBCNews
Zoroastrians in India: 'Dating my way out of extinction' - BBC News
In India, an ancient religion known as Zoroastrianism is under threat. There are fewer than 60,000 believers in the country and their numbers are projected to fall further. The UN says this is alarming and warns of an "extinction in the not too distant future". Could matchmaking Zoroastrian couples and having more children help keep this 3000-year-old religion alive in India? Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog #BBCNews #Zoroastrianism #India
Diwali with a difference under Covid-19 - BBC News
Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights. It is also celebrated by Sikhs and Jains around the world. BBC World Service Global Religion reporter Sodaba Haidare has spoken with Hindu women in India, South Africa and the UK about the significance of Diwali to the Hindu community, and about how they are marking the festival differently this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Please subscribe HERE http://bit.ly/1rbfUog
Ramadan and Coronavirus: Breaking my fast on Zoom
Many Muslims around the world are fasting for the holy month of Ramadan during the Coronavirus lockdown. It's a time of reflection but also togetherness and community. For many, being in a tight-knit network is what keeps them going during a difficult, long fast. But coronavirus has forced mosques to shut down and many are spending Ramadan apart to avoid the spread of the virus. BBC's Sodaba Haidare shares her experience of Ramadan and talks to others about what it's like fasting in lockdown.
Jamal Khashoggi 's sons forgive his killers - Sodaba Haidare reports.
The son of the murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi says the family has forgiven his killers. Salah Khashoggi made the statement in what is the muslim holy month of ramadan. He was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018.