Sunni Islam - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Sunni Islam


Egypt mourns 305 victims of Sinai mosque attack

Nov 24, 2017 - 8:52 PM

(7th UPDATE) Egyptian air force jets later pursue the terrorists and discover 'several vehicles used in the terrorist attack, killing those inside near the vicinity of the attack,' says an army spokesman

MASSACRE. Egyptians walk past bodies following a gun and bombing attack at the Rawda mosque, west of the North Sinai capital of El-Arish, on November 24, 2017. AFP

Pope and top imam embrace in historic meeting at Vatican

May 23, 2016 - 8:33 PM

The first Vatican meeting between the leader of the world s Catholics and the highest authority in Sunni Islam marks the culmination of an improvement in relations between the two faiths

HISTORIC MEETING. Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran (C) receives Ahmad Al-Tayyib (L), the Grand Imam of the Al-Azhar Mosque, for their meeting with Pope Francis (unseen) at the Vatican, Vatican City, May 23, 2016. Photo by Maurizio Brambatti/EPA

Iran warns Saudi to stop 'adding fuel to fire'

Jan 06, 2016 - 11:47 PM

This trend of creating tension must stop says Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks during a joint press conference with his Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim al-Jafari (not pictured) in Tehran, Iran, January 6, 2016. Photo by EPA

Iran accuses Saudi Arabia of stoking regional tension

Jan 04, 2016 - 2:25 PM

Iran: Saudi Arabia sees not only its interests but also its existence in pursuing crises and confrontations and attempts to resolve its internal problems by exporting them to the outside

STRAINED TIES. Iranian protestors hold posters of late Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr during a demonstration near the Saudi Arabian embassy in Tehran, Iran, January 3, 2016. Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

Saudi severs ties with Iran after embassy attack

Jan 04, 2016 - 7:55 AM

UPDATED The diplomatic fallout comes as Iran s supreme leader said Saudi Arabia would face divine revenge for executing Sheikh Nimr al Nimr and as Western nations voice concern about escalating sectarian tensions

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir speaks during a press conference held at Saudi Foreign Ministry press hall, on January 3, 2016 in Riyadh. Ahmed Farwan/AFP

43 Shiites killed as gunmen attack bus in Pakistan

May 13, 2015 - 4:02 PM

Pakistan is seeing a rising tide of sectarian violence in recent years particularly against Shiites who make up around 20 of the country s predominantly Muslim population

War of words after Bahrain vote, boycotted by opposition

Nov 23, 2014 - 3:42 PM

With the vote counting still underway the focus is on voter turnout which becomes a key marker of the poll s validity after the opposition boycott

Veiled female voters cast their ballots at a voting center on the Muharraq island north of the Bahraini capital Manama, 22 November 2014. Mazen Mahdi/EPA

Shiites mark holy day in defiance of jihadists

Nov 05, 2014 - 12:23 PM

Police and troops are out in force as hundreds of thousands of pilgrims mass in the Iraqi shrine city of Karbala to commemorate Ashura

Iraqi Shiite Muslims gather outside the shrine of Imam Hussein - one of Shiite Islam's most revered figures - during the Ashura commemorations that mark his killing on November 4, 2014 in Karbala, Iraq. Mohammed Sawaf/AFP

Millions fled homes in 2013 due to religious conflict – US

Jul 29, 2014 - 7:54 AM

International Religious Freedom Report: In almost every corner of the globe millions of Christians Muslims Hindus and others representing a range of faiths were forced from their homes on account of their religious beliefs

DISPLACED. Refugees await distribution of food aid at a refugee camp for internally displaced persons at the Airport of Mpoko in Bangui, Central African Republic, 12 February 2014. Legnan Koula/EPA

Kerry hosts Iraq talks with Mideast allies

Jun 26, 2014 - 11:59 PM

Bringing together his counterparts from the largely Sunni nations of Jordan Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates Kerry pressed home that the threat of ISIS is not just to Iraq it s to the region

File photo of John Kerry from EPA.

Leave Iraq, Philippines orders nationals

Jun 19, 2014 - 3:28 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs raises crisis alert level 4 in Iraq which means mandatory repatriation for Filipinos in that country

LATEST FLASHPOINT. Kurdish Peshmerga forces fire missiles during clashes with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria jihadist group in Jalawla in the Diyala province, Iraq, on June 14, 2014. Photo by Rick Findler/AFP