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Akhtar Ali

Akhtar Ali is an author at Religion News Service.

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In this part of India, Sunnis and Shiites show the world a different way to pray

By Akhtar Ali — September 17, 2016
LUCKNOW, India (RNS) The prayer took place in a Shiite shrine but was led by a Sunni imam as part of an initiative by a volunteer group called Shoulder to Shoulder.

Bangladesh restaurant shooters prayed, ate and awaited their fate as martyrs

By Akhtar Ali — July 6, 2016
(RNS) The militants took time to offer a morning prayer and eat a meal after shooting dead 20 people and then hacking their bodies with machetes.

India’s Muslim women seek to ban ‘triple talaq’ divorce law

By Akhtar Ali — June 21, 2016
NEW DELHI (RNS) A Muslim woman petitioned India's Supreme Court to ban a Muslim practice in which a Muslim man can divorce his wife just by uttering “talaq” three times.

Bangladesh’s deadly attacks terrify its religious minorities

By Akhtar Ali — June 13, 2016
(RNS) Separate targeted attacks on Hindus, Christians, Buddhists and atheists have left the country reeling.

India rejects US religious freedom report

By Akhtar Ali — May 5, 2016
NEW DELHI (RNS) The foreign ministry says the report by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom “fails to show proper understanding of India, its constitution and its society.”

US wants justice for killers of gay Bangladeshi activists

By Akhtar Ali — April 29, 2016
NEW DELHI (RNS) Xulhaz Mannan worked for the U.S. Embassy in the Bangladeshi capital and was editor of Bangladesh's first LGBT magazine.
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