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Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind : “India And Not Arabia Is The Birth Place Of Islam”, India is Our Home No Matter However Dilapidated It Might Be

New Age Islam News Bureau

12 February 2023

  

Islam Oldest Religion, Originated in India: Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind Chief Mahmood Madani © Provided by Zee News

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• Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind : “India And Not Arabia Is The Birth Place Of Islam”, India is Our Home No Matter However Dilapidated It Might Be

• Quran Desecrator’s Murder Unconstitutional, Un-Islamic, Says Pak PM’s Representative For Interfaith Harmony

• Another Minnesota College Censors Art To Prevent 'Non-Consensual Viewing' By Muslim Students

• NAF Super Tucano Kills Scores Of Boko Haram Terrorists In Sambisa Forest

• Malaysia’s ‘Sin Industries’ Such As Gambling And Alcohol Sales Plan For Rising Islamic Conservatism Ahead Of State Polls

 

India

• After Rally Against ‘Love Jihad’, Sakal Hindu Samaj To Hold ‘Land Jihad’ Protest In Mumbai  Today

• Govt, Oppn Have Fiery Exchange In Rajya Sabha Over ‘Plight Of Minorities’

• CPI(M) leader raises hijab issue in Rajya Sabha, points to Yogi Adityanath

• India Exposes Pak Connection Of Terrorists Based In Afghanistan

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Pakistan

• 1 soldier martyred, 14 others injured in North Waziristan terror attack

• PM calls out NAB for ‘double standards’

• Shahbaz Gill to be indicted in mutiny case on Feb 27

• Punjab CTD kills TTP man, arrests 11 others

• Suleman Shahbaz summoned in money laundering case

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North America

•  “Democracy For Iran”:  Protesters Rally In Canada On The Anniversary Of Iran's Islamic Revolution

• Hundreds gather in Chicago for Global Day of Action, calling for liberation in Iran

• Newcastle mosque collects more than a 1,000 boxes of aid for earthquake victims

• Inside Bin Laden's £6.2million eerie abandoned mansion near Disney World

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Africa

• NAF bombs ‘scores of Boko Haram fighters converging’ in Borno

• Army kills seven terrorists, destroys four camps in Sambisa Forest

• Is Islamic banking the next gold mine for Uganda?

• Polls: Okowa Advocates Total Rejection Of Muslim-Muslim Ticket

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Southeast Asia

• Security guard, tahfiz student plead not guilty to causing man’s death in Kota Baru

• Kit Siang calls for parliamentary reform to include days for Opposition to set agenda

• Survey finds seven in 10 Malaysians will pick China over US despite worry about its influence within Asean

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Mideast

• Prominent Iranian Dissidents Unite to Discuss Democracy Movement

• Israeli Military Official Says Iran Might Send Weapons To Syria Under The Guise Of Aid

• Huge Paris Rally Urges EU Terror Listing for Iran Guards

• Iran: What has become of the 'revolution'?

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Arab world

• Costume Festival Visitors Dress Up As Anime, Horror Characters At Boulevard Riyadh City

• KSRelief sends 11 trucks carrying aid to Syria, continues relief operations in Turkiye

• Saudi Coffee Festival in Jazan brews up a cultural carnival

• The Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques Provides Quality Services for Worshippers

• KSRelief distributes 1,150 food parcels in Sudan

• Saudi authorities arrest 17k illegals in one week

• Saudi Arabia’s tourism appeal grows in India after roadshow

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Europe

• European States Must Investigate Potential Involvement In Crimes Against Humanity By Visiting Xinjiang Governor

• Man taken to hospital after disturbance outside Islamic community centre

• White Horse Pub In Potter Street Set To Be Transformed Into Islamic Community Centre

• The riot outside an asylum hotel underscores the urgency of a fair migration system

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South Asia

• Pakistan Skips Moscow's Afghan Meeting 'Under Western Pressure'

• Bangladesh: Ruling Awami League Nominates Ex-Judicial Officer Mohammed Sahabuddin As Presidential Candidate

• Bangladeshi prisoner dies in Chennai hospital

• How long will Bangladesh ignore its maritime area and continental shelf?

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

URL:   https://newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/jamiat-ulama-hind-arabia-india/d/129086

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Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind : “India And Not Arabia Is The Birth Place Of Islam”, India is Our Home No Matter However Dilapidated It Might Be

 

Islam Oldest Religion, Originated in India: Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind Chief Mahmood Madani © Provided by Zee News

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ZIYA US SALAM

February 11, 2023

“India and not Arabia is the birth place of Islam,” stated Maulana Mahmood Madani, stirring a fresh debate at the 34th general session of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind in New Delhi on Saturday. “India is the birthplace of Islam. The first prophet descended here. It is the homeland of Muslims. To consider Islam as a foreign religion is historically incorrect and completely baseless,” the Jamiat president asserted, adding, “India is the best country for Muslims. It is like one’s house is the best place, no matter however dilapidated it might be.”

Making a fervent pitch for equal treatment of all citizens, Mr. Madani said, “India belongs to all of us equally. India is our country. It belongs as much to [PM] Narendra Modi and [RSS chief] Mohan Bhagwat as Mahmood [Madani]. Neither is Mahmood an inch ahead of them, nor are they an inch ahead of Mahmood.”

Source: Ndtv.Com

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Quran Desecrator’s Murder Unconstitutional, Un-Islamic, Says Pak PM’s Representative For Interfaith Harmony

 

Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Interfaith Harmony and Middle East Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi

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February 12, 2023

ISLAMABAD      -    Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Interfaith Harmony and Middle East Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi on Saturday termed the murder of an accused who desecrated the Holy Quran in Warburton Nankana Sahib unconstitutional and un-Islamic. He, in a video message, said as per media reports, desecrator of the Holy Quran who was under police custody of Warburton, Nankana Sahib, had been killed after attacking the police station by a group of unruly mob. Ashrafi who is also the Chairman of Pakistan Ulema Council condemned the brutal incident in the strongest terms and said taking law into one’s hand was not acceptable anyway in the presence of certain laws pertaining to the desecration and blasphemy of Islamic sanctities and values to punish the accused in the country. He said if someone had committed a crime, it was court’s jurisdiction to penalize the accused, it was none of the group, party or individual’s discretion power to announce sentence against anyone. He urged the Punjab government to put culprits involved in this heinous crime behind the bars and proposed that their trials should be conducted in the Anti-Terrorism Court. He said it was a shameful act in the eyes of Ulema and Mashaykh of all schools of thought as it had brought a bad name for the country in the comity of nations.

Source: Times Of India

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https://www.nation.com.pk/12-Feb-2023/ashrafi-terms-quran-desecrator-s-murder-unconstitutional-un-islamic

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Another Minnesota College Censors Art To Prevent 'Non-Consensual Viewing' By Muslim Students

 

(Illustration: Lex Villena, Tartilastock)

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By Greg Piper

February 11, 2023

Two liberal arts schools six minutes from each other in St. Paul, Minn., have explicitly subordinated Islam-related academic and artistic freedom to the feelings of Muslim students in recent months, alarming faculty both nationwide and closer to home.

Macalester College temporarily shut down and then added curtains to an art exhibit depicting partially exposed figures in hijabs and niqabs "to prevent unintentional or non-consensual viewing" after Muslim students complained, the administration said in an email Feb. 6 excerpted by Minnesota immigrant news nonprofit Sahan Journal.

Hamline University reversed its pledge to renew adjunct art history professor Erika Lopez Prater's contract after she showed students Muslim-commissioned depictions of the Prophet Muhammad, saying "respect for the observant Muslim students in that classroom should have superseded academic freedom."

Prater spoke at the Jan. 27 opening of Macalester's "Woman Life Freedom" art exhibit by Portland State University art professor Taravat Talepasand, saying it "responsibly" demonstrates how to deal with supposedly blasphemous subject matter.

While Salem State University also put curtains around an anti-Donald Trump exhibit in 2016, Macalester's rationale appears to be original in the history of campus art censorship, according to the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression.

"It's a comically bad lesson to teach students" that words and images they encounter are "an exercise of their own consent," FIRE Director of Targeted Advocacy Sarah McLaughlin wrote in a blog post Thursday. Its invocation against an exhibit that "protests the violation of women's rights is an added layer of absurdity."

It is "deeply problematic" that both institutions' statements are "trafficking in this language of harm and hurt," history professor Amna Khalid of Minnesota's Carleton College, who helped build support for Prater, told Just the News Friday.

"Should that become the basis of college policies? At some point this turns into a farce," Khalid said, noting she has received similar "questions about my pedagogical strategy or how I present material."

As a Muslim, Khalid worries that colleges are taking the "more conservative brand of Islam" as "representative of all Muslims" and possibly setting the stage for worse Islamophobia.

Two weeks before the Macalester blowup, Khalid moderated a campus panel on "Teaching Islam and Islamic Art in the Age of Inclusion," which she said drew around 250 attendees. While she let the Carleton Muslim Students Association make a statement at the opening, Khalid declined its request to serve on the panel, which featured Carleton, Macalester and University of Minnesota faculty.

The broader threat is the commercialization of diversity, equity and inclusion — "DEI Inc." — which has "unavoidable tensions" with academic freedom that "PR-driven wishful thinking" can't erase, Khalid wrote in The Chronicle of Higher Education Feb. 6.

The two controversies diverge in important ways, likely making Macalester less vulnerable than Prater to reputational and legal fallout.

Macalester didn't portray Muslims as a monolith or make sweeping statements about what Islam forbids. During a "short pause" of Talepasand's exhibit over the weekend, it sought out "multiple perspectives from Muslim communities on campus" before settling on a content warning and curtains, later replaced by purple construction paper and frosted windows.

Hamline called Prater's pedagogical decision, which was previewed in the syllabus and in that day's class, "undeniably ... Islamophobic," and it hosted a "community conversation" where a local Muslim leader compared Prater's lesson to "pedophilia art."

Both are cited in Prater's lawsuit against the school, which she refiled Thursday minus breach-of-contract claims while keeping "religious discrimination, defamation, retaliation, and intentional infliction of emotional distress," her lawyer David Redden told Sahan Journal.

Prater had agreed to Hamline's motion for transfer to federal court so she could voluntarily dismiss and refile in the same state court "where the case belongs" because it was the "faster of the available options," Redden said.

What the disputes share is racial and cultural clashes under the surface of differing interpretations of Islam. The artists have Persian backgrounds, while the Muslim students who led both cancel campaigns are black, and the state's Muslim population is disproportionately Somali-American, including Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar.

"This is NOT a question of support for Iranian Women," petition creator Ikran Noor, who wears a hijab on campus, wrote on Instagram. (The petition cannot be viewed without her approval.)

Noor told the Journal she simply wanted Macalester to remove the more explicit works. Her Instagram post ties the "objectification, fetishization and overt sexualization of Hijabis" to "the rise of sexual assault against Muslim women."

Source: Justthe News

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NAF Super Tucano Kills Scores Of Boko Haram Terrorists In Sambisa Forest

 

Nigerian soldiers.

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by Francis Okoye

12-02-2023

Strikes by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Super Tucano fighter jets have killed scores of  Boko Haram terrorists during their meeting in the Sambisa Forest in Borno State.

The bombardment of the terrorists came on the heels of the inter-rivalry clash between the two groups which left scores of them killed.

Sources in the Lake Chad region confirmed the military exploits against the terrorists saying the latest offensive was carried out on Friday in Gaizuwa in Bama local government area of Borno State.

The sources disclosed that on receiving credible intelligence information that Boko Haram terrorists were converging for a meeting in Gaizuwa on the fringes of the Sambisa Forest, 2  NAF Super Tukano aircraft under Operation Hadin Kai were scrambled to carry out strikes on the targets.

They said on reaching overhead the targets, the pilots observed a gathering of more than 100 terrorists with dozens of them on motorcycles.

Using a mix of bombs and rockets, the aircraft carried out series of strikes and scored devastating hits on the targets, killing scores of them and  leaving some survivors scrambling for their lives.

It was gathered that scores of the  terrorists are currently on the run following the offensive, while some of the surviving fighters and their families who escaped the onslaught were forced to lay down their arms and surrendered to the troops of 21 Amoured Brigade, Bama.

In a related development,  at least six members of the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) have been killed by their rival Boko Haram group in a fresh reprisal clash in Burmari village of Konduga local government.

It was gathered that the Boko Haram terrorists who had been at the receiving end in the long week multiple clashes, ambushed the ISWAP fighters who were determined to decimate them from some of their acclaimed strong holds.

Competent sources disclosed that in the deadly fight that ensued, the Boko Haram overpowered the rival faction, killing six of them and recovering three of their motorcycles while some of them were reportedly  injured.

The ISWAP had earlier attacked the convoy of the Boko Haram’s newly appointed  Amir Jaysh, Alhaji Ali Hajja Fusam, and killed 15 of his fighters including one Abu Zara, a Naqib, and seized a gun truck from him in Gulmari, forcing the Boko Haram to withdraw.

On  Wednesday, the terrorists clashed at  Kuwa Nguro and Ngoldiri villages located in the axis of  Timbuktu  triangle in Damboa, Borno State, leading to the death of scores of fighters.

Source: Leadership.Ng

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Malaysia’s ‘Sin Industries’ Such As Gambling And Alcohol Sales Plan For Rising Islamic Conservatism Ahead Of State Polls

Zunaira Saieed

12-02-2023

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia’s so-called sin industries are making contingency plans to guard their earnings, amid fears that upcoming state elections could shift policies to favour Muslim conservatives, and curtail activities such as gambling and alcohol sales.

Fuelling such concerns are the electoral gains made by Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) in the November general election, in which it won 43 seats and became the largest party in federal Parliament. While the Islamist party, together with its allies in the Perikatan Nasional (PN) coalition, remains in federal opposition, a repeat performance at state elections could see it leading more state governments.

Source: Straits Times

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https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysia-s-sin-industries-plan-for-rising-islamic-conservatism-ahead-of-state-polls

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India

After Rally Against ‘Love Jihad’, Sakal Hindu Samaj To Hold ‘Land Jihad’ Protest In Mumbai  Today

By: Express News Service

February 12, 2023

After a rally against ‘love jihad’ in the city, the Sakal Hindu Samaj, an umbrella body of Hindu right-wing organisations, plans to hold a rally against ‘land jihad’ in Mumbai on Sunday.

The Sakal Hindu Samaj has planned the rally on Sunday at Aarey Colony check-post in Marol in the western suburbs to protest against a burial ground (kabristan) next to a Ram temple.

While exhorting people to participate in the rally in large numbers, a poster of Sakal Hindu Samaj said, “A kabristan next to Ram temple will not be allowed. We have to protest and disallow such a burial ground.”

Source: indian express

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Govt, oppn have fiery exchange in Rajya Sabha over ‘plight of minorities’

Feb 11, 2023

NEW DELHI: The governing BJP and opposition parties had a vehement exchange on the plight of Muslims in the country in the Rajya Sabha on Friday during a debate on a private member’s resolution, calling for implementation of the Sachar Committee recommendations and enactment of a legislation for prevention of atrocities against minorities.

Moving the resolution, Abdul Wahab of the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) demanded the constitution of a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) or a judicial commission headed by a retired Supreme Court judge “to study the evictions that have been carried out as a form of collective and arbitrary punishment” against the Muslim minority and low-income communities.

Source: Times Of India

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India exposes Pak connection of terrorists based in Afghanistan

T. Brajesh

February 11, 2023

NEW DELHI: India has ramped up global cooperation to tackle terror organizations such as Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and ISIL-K in Afghanistan. India has shared documents with the international community to establish that Pakistan continues to be behind JeM and LeT there. National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval’s recent meetings with his counterparts in Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States were part of this campaign which will see a more aggressive push on the part of diplomatic and security officials from India, sources told The Sunday Guardian. During a meeting in Moscow last week, Doval urged the global community to increase cooperation so as to tackle the terror organizations like LeT and JeM that are active in Afghanistan, with the Taliban taking no action against them. Sources said Doval and other officials accompanying him expressed concern over Pakistan’s backing to these organizations. In a clear reference to Pakistan, Doval said at the Moscow meet that no country should be allowed to use Afghan territory to export terrorism and radicalisation. While participating in a multilateral meeting on Afghanistan in the Russian capital, Doval stressed the need for intensified intelligence and security cooperation to tackle these terror outfits. Sources told The Sunday Guardian that Doval had raised these points during his meeting with his counterpart in the US, Jake Sullivan and US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley. Similarly, NSA Doval also discussed the threat of terror from Afghanistan during his brief meeting with his UK counterpart, Tim Barrow and UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

Diplomatic sources said that India would be discussing Afghan-based terror issues during the high-level meetings to be held in March in Delhi. The meetings of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) NSAs, G20 Foreign Ministers and Quad Foreign Ministers would focus on how to deal with the menace of terrorism emanating from Afghanistan apart from other issues. “Pakistan’s support to LeT and JeM, despite the country facing a massive financial crisis, would obviously be discussed during bilateral talks here,” sources said. “We have documents ready with us that prove Pakistan’s support to LeT and JeM which are using Afghan soil for anti-India activities,” sources added.

Source: Sunday Guardian Live

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Pakistan

1 soldier martyred, 14 others injured in North Waziristan terror attack

February 12, 2023

NORTH WAZIRISTAN: One security forces personnel embraced martyrdom and 14 others, including civilians, sustained wounds when a convoy of security forces came under attack in Mir Ali sub-division of the North Waziristan district on Saturday.

Local officials said a convoy of security forces and employees of the Marri Petroleum Comp­any was on its way from North Waziristan to Bannu when a rickshaw struck the forces’ vehicle in the Khajori area of the sub-division.

“This rickshaw was par­ked on the roadside in the middle of parked vehicles when it suddenly appeared and struck a vehicle of the sec­urity forces,” a local off­i­cial said.

Source: Dawn

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PM calls out NAB for ‘double standards’

Zulqernain Tahir

February 12, 2023

LAHORE: Prime Minis­ter Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday took a swipe at the National Accounta­bility Bureau (NAB) over its purported ‘double standards’ and said the accountability watchdog had targeted ‘innocent people’ during the tenure of his predecessor, former premier Imran Khan.

“I wish no one goes to NAB’s dungeon (jail)…not even my enemy,” said the prime minister — who was detained by NAB in a graft case in 2018 — while addressing the ground-breaking ceremony of Bab-i-Pakistan and the infrastructure up-gradation of Walton Road in the provincial capital.

The premier said the accountability watchdog “murdered justice” and “innocent people” were victimised in the name of corruption charges.

Source: Dawn

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Shahbaz Gill to be indicted in mutiny case on Feb 27

Malik Asad

February 12, 2023

ISLAMABAD: A local court of Islamabad on Saturday dismissed the plea of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Shahbaz Gill in a case registered against him for inciting mutiny in the armed forces.

Additional district and sessions judge Tahir Abbas Sipra also decided to indict Gill and director news of a private TV channel Ammad Yousuf on Feb 27. Both Mr Gill and Mr Yousuf appeared before the court.

The counsel for the PTI leader, Shaharyar Tariq, argued on the appeal, seeking his acquittal in the case. He said the case could not have been registered without prior permission of the federal or respective provincial government.

Source: Dawn

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Punjab CTD kills TTP man, arrests 11 others

Staff Reporter

February 12, 2023

LAHORE: The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) claimed on Saturday to have killed a suspected terrorist allegedly belonging to the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in an encounter and arrested 11 other members of banned outfits from different cities during intelligence-based operations (IBOs) across Punjab.

According to a spokesperson, the Punjab CTD conducted 26 IBOs in different districts of the province to counter the menace of terrorism and interrogated 26 suspects.

During these IBOs, one suspected TTP terrorist, Irfan Ullah, was killed and 11 others belonging to the banned organisations were arrested.

Source: Dawn

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Suleman Shahbaz summoned in money laundering case

Wajih Ahmad Sheikh

February 12, 2023

LAHORE: A special judge (central-I) on Saturday summoned Suleman Shahbaz, the younger son of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, and another as accused to face trial in a money laundering case.

Presiding Judge Bakht Fakhar Bahzad observed how the acquittal applications filed by Suleman and Tahir Naqvi could be entertained when they had not been summoned as accused persons in the case.

Taking a bird’s-eye view of the case record, the judge observed that the investigating officer recorded the statements of 113 witnesses who supported the story of the prosecution.

Source: Dawn

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North America

“Democracy For Iran”:  Protesters Rally In Canada On The Anniversary Of Iran's Islamic Revolution

Blair Crawford

Feb 11, 2023

Chanting “Democracy for Iran,” about 300 people rallied in Ottawa on Saturday as part of worldwide demonstrations marking the 44th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution and calling for an end to that country’s repressive regime.

Under fluttering red, white and green Iranian flags, and holding signs commemorating Mahsa Amini, the Iranian woman who died last September after her arrest in Tehran, the protesters denounced the regime and its leader, Ali Khameni.

“The message is that we don’t want the Islamic Republic in Iran,” said Kaveh Shakouri of the Woman Life Freedom group in Ottawa and organizer of Saturday’s demonstration.

Protests against the regime have been steadily growing since Amini’s death after she was arrested by Iran’s morality police for wearing her hijab improperly. Amini, a minority Kurd, was taken to a “re-education centre” where she was allegedly tortured and beaten.

Source: Otta Wasun

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Hundreds gather in Chicago for Global Day of Action, calling for liberation in Iran

BY ASAL REZAEI

FEBRUARY 11, 2023

CHICAGO (CBS) -- Iranians from all over the Midwest came together in Chicago Saturday as part of a Global Day of Action.

Hundreds of people from Indiana, Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota, Kentucky, and Wisconsin gathered at Congress Plaza downtown. Many held signs calling for an end to executions in Iran, while others read, "We stand united."

Source: Cbs News

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Newcastle mosque collects more than a 1,000 boxes of aid for earthquake victims

11 February 2023

Aid for victims of the Turkey Syria earthquake is continuing to be collected in Newcastle.

The Turkish Community Mosque on Grainger Park Road has received enough donations to fill more than 1000 boxes.

Much of the collection will be taken to airports in other parts of the country over the next few days and flown out to Turkey.

People have donated such things as blankets, warm clothes, children's items and food. 

Source: Itv.Com

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Inside Bin Laden's £6.2million eerie abandoned mansion near Disney World

By Liam Buckley

11 FEB 2023

An urban explorer shared a glimpse of what it's like inside an eerie abandoned mansion near Disney World that was once owned by the world's most notorious terrorist.

It has seen multiple owners throughout the years due to its seven-bathrooms and sprawling estate - including the President of Tupperware.

But its most famous owner is the Bin-Ladens - specifically Khalil Bin Laden, the brother of terrorist Osama Bin Laden, who has over 50 siblings.

In 1980 Khalil Bin Laden, the brother of Bin Laden, purchased the $1.6million (£1.3million) mansion for his wife through his company Desert Bear, Mirror reports.

Source: Daily Star

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https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/world-news/inside-bin-ladens-62million-eerie-29191192

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Africa

NAF bombs ‘scores of Boko Haram fighters converging’ in Borno

by Samad Uthman

February 11 2023

Scores of Boko Haram insurgents have been killed after two Super Tucano jets, operated by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) under Operation Hadin Kai, bombed their camps in Borno state.

Zagazola Makama, a counter-insurgency publication focused on the Lake Chad region, said the military had intelligence suggesting that the terrorists were converging for a meeting in Gaizuwa on the fringes of the Sambisa Forest.

Source: The Cable.Ng

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Army kills seven terrorists, destroys four camps in Sambisa Forest

By Njadvara Musa

12 February 2023

Troops of the 21-Armoured Brigade, Bama, Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK), in collaboration with Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), have killed seven Boko Haram terrorists in four communities of Bama local council in Borno State.

The feat came barely 24 hours after the Super Tucano fighter jets of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) killed 27 terrorists in the Sambisa Forest. The insurgents were neutralised on Friday while meeting at two hideout camps.

Yesterday, the joint military operations cleared and destroyed the terrorists’ hideout camps in each of the four villages located on the fringes of Sambisa Forest.

Source: Guardian.Ng

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Polls: Okowa Advocates Total Rejection Of Muslim-Muslim Ticket

By Okorohohi Michael

Feb 11, 2023

WARRI – Vice-Presidential Candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Governor of Delta State, Senator (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, has called for total rejection of Muslim-Muslim ticket in the forthcoming Presidential election to mitigate religious intolerance and ensure unity in the country.

He made the call at the PDP’s Presidential rally on Saturday in Umuahia, and urged the South-East people to stick with the party for Nigeria’s recovery and good governance.

Okowa charged Abia citizens to work hard for the party’s victory, pointing out that Nigerians had embraced PDP “and those in South East cannot afford to be in opposition anymore”.

“We know that the South East has suffered a lot under the APC and that is why Atiku said he would unite Nigerians and ensure that every part of the country is carried along.

Source: Independent.Ng

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Southeast Asia

Security guard, tahfiz student plead not guilty to causing man’s death in Kota Baru

12 Feb 2023

KOTA BARU, Feb 12 — A security guard and a tahfiz student were charged in the Sessions Court here today with causing the death of a man, last month.

Mohamad Sabri Yusoff, 33, and the 17-year-old teenager, pleaded not guilty after the charges against them were read before Judge Mohd Zul Zakiqudin Zulkifli.

According to the charge sheet, both of them were charged with the intention of causing bodily harm to Mohd Syhakahalaf Akram Mohd Zakuwan, 28, at Tok Guru Pulau Melaka Mosque, here, at 6.55 pm on Jan 29.

Source: Malay Mail

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Kit Siang calls for parliamentary reform to include days for Opposition to set agenda

By Syed Jaymal Zahiid

Sunday, 12 Feb 2023

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 12 — DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang today called on the new government to earmark days where the Opposition will decide the order of business to be discussed in the Dewan Rakyat as part of broader parliamentary reform promised by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Ahead of the 15th Parliament term that officially starts tomorrow, the former federal lawmaker suggested two days be set aside for the Opposition to lead the discussion when the Dewan Rakyat has long sittings, and one day for shorter sittings.

“First, there must be Parliamentary reform to enable the Malaysian Parliament to play its full role in the system of government as envisioned in the Malaysian Constitution — the doctrine of separation of powers among the Executive, Parliament and the Judiciary.

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Survey finds seven in 10 Malaysians will pick China over US despite worry about its influence within Asean

By Zarrah Morden

12 Feb 2023

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 12 — Malaysians see China as the strongest economic, political and strategic influence in South-east Asia and are worried about the Asian giant’s growing clout, but would pick it over the United States, according to a regional survey.

The Asean Studies Centre (ASC) at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore found 65.3 per cent of Malaysians identified China as the most influential economic power within the Asean bloc compared to the regional average of 59.9 per cent.

Another 35.5 per cent of Malaysians see China as having the most political and strategic influence in the region, the ASC said in “The State of Southeast Asia 2023 Survey Report” released yesterday.

Source: Malay Mail

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Mideast

Prominent Iranian Dissidents Unite to Discuss Democracy Movement

February 11, 2023

WASHINGTON — Condemnation of the Islamic Republic's violent suppression of freedom drew together eight noted Iranian dissidents who gathered to determine how they could more effectively advance their quest to counter what they see as a brutal government marking 44 years of rule after the 1979 Islamic revolution in the country.

The prominent exiles converged Friday at Georgetown University in Washington for a forum, "The Future of the Iranian Democracy Movement," and each offered a pointed message about how to proceed.

Iran has been shaken by nationwide unrest after the death in September of a young Iranian Kurdish woman, Mahsa Amini, after she was detained by authorities allegedly for failure to follow a stringent Islamic dress code for women.

"The Islamic Republic has survived because of our differences, and we should put our differences aside until we come to the polling booth," Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi said in a video message.

Source: Voa News

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Israeli Military Official Says Iran Might Send Weapons To Syria Under The Guise Of Aid

By Bhagyasree Sengupta

12th February, 2023

An Israeli military official warned Iran against sending weapons to Syria in the guise of earthquake-related aid, making it clear that Israel will be ready to retaliate. Syria was hit by devastating series of earthquakes earlier this week, leading to the death of thousands of people in the country. While Turkey, which was hit the most by the tragedy is getting support from the International communities, the delivery of humanitarian aid to Syria has become difficult, due to the current political climate in the country. In the midst of all the chaos, an Israeli security official expressed his concerns about the fact that Tehran can use this catastrophic event, as an opportunity to militarise Syria, Fox News reported.

The official claim is that Iran can use the earthquake as a guise to funnel arms to the terrorist group Hezbollah. According to Fox News, Tehran has backed the terrorist group since its inception in the early 1980s. "There is information indicating that Iran will take advantage of the tragic situation in Syria and, under the cover of humanitarian aid, will send weapons and equipment to Hezbollah," the Israeli officer who chose to remain anonymous, told the Saudi news outlet, Elaph on Wednesday. “Israel stands ready to strike any equipment or weapons anywhere inside Syrian territory,” he added. 

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Huge Paris Rally Urges EU Terror Listing for Iran Guards

Feb 11, 2023

PARIS — Thousands of Europe-based Iranians — including relatives of victims of repression in the Islamic republic, lawmakers and campaigners — on Saturday urged the European Union at a rally in Paris to list Iran's Revolutionary Guards as a terror group.

Speakers at the rally at Place Vauban in the heart of the French capital insisted that such a listing for the Guards was the biggest contribution EU ministers could make to help the protest movement that erupted in September.

The demonstrators chanted the slogan of the protest movement "Woman. Life. Freedom" and one of its anthems the song "Bella Ciao" as well as slogans against the Islamic republic.

"The main goal is to make EU ministers finally hear the voices of the Iranians," Swedish MP Alireza Akhondi, a prominent voice in the campaign, told AFP on the sidelines of the rally before giving an impassioned speech in Persian.

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Iran: What has become of the 'revolution'?

Shabnam von Hein

12 February, 2023

Everything is under control, Islamic Republic officials insist, in public. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei even decided to pardon tens of thousands of prisoners, including many who were thrown in jail during the anti-government protests.

There is no official information on the number of demonstrators being held in the country's overflowing jails. However, human rights organisations say that by mid-December more than 18,000 people had been arrested for taking part in the protests across the country. More than 500 protesters have been killed, including at least 63 minors. Many, if not most, were shot in the head. The latest wave of demonstrations was sparked by the death in mid-September of 22-year-old Kurdish woman Jina Mahsa Amini in police custody.

Despite the violent suppression of the protests, they continued for at least 100 days, according to a 44-page analysis by the prominent sociologist Saeed Madani. His report was smuggled out of prison last week and published on social networks. Madani, a 61-year-old professor from Tehran University, was arrested in May 2022 for saying, in an interview about protests against inflation and food shortages that were taking place at the time: "These protests are directed against the whole political system, and they are recurrent."

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Arab world

Costume Festival visitors dress up as anime, horror characters at Boulevard Riyadh City

ARAB NEWS

February 11, 2023

RIYADH: Boulevard Riyadh City recently hosted the largest Costume Festival of its kind in the Kingdom, attracting fans of anime, Marvel films and popular series to the venue, dressed up as their favorite characters from the likes of “Squid Game,” “Spiderman,” “Batman,” and “Peaky Blinders.”

The festival featured traveling performances inspired by horror and drama series, as well as booths dedicated to horror and fantasy makeup.

Source: Arab News

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KSRelief sends 11 trucks carrying aid to Syria, continues relief operations in Turkiye

ARAB NEWS

February 12, 2023

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) sent 11 trucks carrying aid to earthquake-hit areas in northern Syria on Saturday.

The trucks, which crossed through Khusn Al-Zaitoun port, carried 104 tons of food and shelter materials to be distributed to the victims of the natural disaster, state agency SPA wrote.

Source: Arab News

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Saudi Coffee Festival in Jazan brews up a cultural carnival

ARAB NEWS

February 11, 2023

JEDDAH: The 10th Saudi Coffee Festival opened in Jazan on Saturday. The 10-day festival has been organized by the Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture.

Saudi Arabia is one of the world’s largest consumers of coffee and achieving self-sufficiency in its production is a goal of Saudi Vision 2030.

The festival is a major marketing outlet for the premium Saudi coffee bean known as Khawlani, which comes from the Jazan region. Coffee is an important tourist attraction for the area, putting the spotlight on one of the Kingdom’s most mountainous regions and its culture and traditions.

Source: Arab News

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The Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques Provides Quality Services for Worshippers

11 Feb, 2023

The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque has been providing several quality services for the comfort of Umrah performers and visitors, it was reported today.

Among the services extended Friday, for example, 2,300 brochures were distributed, digital guidance was provided to 22,000 people, and 123,000 were helped while performing the rituals.

According to a report issued by the Presidency, some 2,550 people benefited from help while circumambulating; on the other hand, 130,000 litres of disinfectant were consumed, 2,560 litres of perfume sprayed, 32,600 litres of carpet sterilisers and 2,550 litres of hand antiseptics were used, robots used 2,800 litres of sterilisers to clean various items, 2,800 litres of biocare were used to sterilise other items, and 32,500 litres of sterilisers were used to clean different surfaces.

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KSRelief distributes 1,150 food parcels in Sudan

ARAB NEWS

February 12, 2023

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) continues with the distribution of food and shelter aid to those affected by floods as well as the neediest families in Sudan.

The Saudi charity distributed on Friday 1,150 food baskets in the Kadugli district of South Kordofan state, benefiting 6,472 people.

Source: Arab News

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Saudi authorities arrest 17k illegals in one week

ARAB NEWS

February 11, 2023

RIYADH: Saudi authorities arrested almost 17,000 people in one week for breaching residency, work and border security regulations, according to an official report.

From Feb. 2 to 8, a total of 10,059 people were arrested for violations of residency rules, while 4,176 were held over illegal border crossing attempts, and a further 2,546 for labor-related issues.

The report showed that among the 542 people arrested for trying to enter the Kingdom illegally, 43 percent were Yemeni, 55 percent Ethiopian, and 2 percent were of other nationalities.

Source: Arab News

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Saudi Arabia’s tourism appeal grows in India after roadshow

SANJAY KUMAR

February 11, 2023

NEW DELHI: A successful India roadshow organized by the Saudi Tourism Authority has boosted the Kingdom’s appeal in the country, with travel industry leaders forecasting it could soon compete with Dubai as a preferred destination for visitors.

Since the beginning of February, the STA has been taking part in a series of travel and trade events across India, including the One World Travel Market in Mumbai and the South Asian Travel and Tourism Exchange, which ran from Thursday to Saturday in Noida, in the Indian capital region.

At the SATTE, Asia’s leading platform for the tourism and hospitality industry, the STA established a huge pavilion promoting not only the traditional religious tourism destinations such as Makkah and Madinah, but also the Kingdom’s ancient sites and futuristic projects.

Source: Arab News

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Europe

European states must investigate potential involvement in crimes against humanity by visiting Xinjiang governor

February 11, 2023

Responding to news that the governor of China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (Xinjiang), Erkin Tuniyaz, is due to meet officials from the UK government, the European Union (EU) and EU member states on a visit in the coming days, Amnesty International’s China Researcher Alkan Akad said:

“As governor of Xinjiang, Erkin Tuniyaz will have a leading role and be intimately aware of the Chinese government’s massive and systematic abuses targeting Uyghurs, Kazakhs and other Muslim communities living in the region. These include torture, persecution and mass imprisonment, which the UN, Amnesty International and others have found may constitute crimes against humanity.

“A visit to Europe, where he will reportedly meet officials from the UK government, the EU and EU member states, will undoubtedly be used for propaganda purposes by the authorities in Beijing who have repeatedly attempted to hide or whitewash the ongoing grave crimes under international law and other human rights violations they have committed in Xinjiang.

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Man taken to hospital after disturbance outside Islamic community centre

By Tara Fitzpatrick

12-02-2023

A man was taken to hospital following a disturbance outside Scotstoun Islamic Community Centre on Friday.

Multiple police vehicles and a police van were called to the scene around 1pm following reports of a disturbance outside the centre on Burnham Road.

The incident resulted in traffic tail backs onto South Street and Dumbarton Road.

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White Horse pub in Potter Street set to be transformed into Islamic Community Centre

12th Feb 2023

A RUN down pub on the edge of Harlow is set to be transformed into a Muslim Community Centre.

The White Horse pub in Potter Street was put up for sale and then bought last year.

YH understands that members of the Bangladeshi community have purchased it as a replacement for their centre in Northbrooks.

Source: Yourhar Low

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The riot outside an asylum hotel underscores the urgency of a fair migration system

12-02-2023

Nothing can justify the thuggish behaviour of a mob outside a hotel housing asylum seekers in Knowsley, Merseyside, on Friday night. Demonstrators who threw missiles at police and set a police van on fire should be dealt with severely if caught, and further disturbances deterred by preventive policing in future.

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South Asia

Pakistan skips Moscow's Afghan meeting 'under Western pressure'

By Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury

Feb 11, 2023

Pakistan may have skipped the national security advisor (NSA) level regional dialogue on Afghanistan convened in Moscow on February 8 under Western pressure, said people familiar with the matter.

The unprecedented absence of Pakistan, a “key player” in Afghanistan, has raised eyebrows as it comes days after its foreign minister Bilawal Bhutto’s Moscow trip aimed at seeking an energy deal with Russia. Pakistan had earlier committed to attend the meeting on Afghanistan but pulled out subseq ..

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Bangladesh: Ruling Awami League nominates ex-judicial officer Mohammed Sahabuddin as presidential candidate

Feb 12, 2023

NEW DELHI: Bangladesh's ruling Awami League nominated former judicial officer Mohammed Sahabuddin as its presidential candidate, party president and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced on Sunday.

Accompanied by an Awami League delegation led by general secretary and minister Obaidul Quader, Md Shahabuddin filed his nomination at the Election Commission.

The nomination process ends at 4pm on Sunday while the election is scheduled to take place on February 19, if any other candidate files nomination.

Source: Times Of India

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Bangladeshi prisoner dies in Chennai hospital

February 11, 2023

A Bangladeshi prisoner, who was arrested for not possessing necessary travel documents last January, died in the Government Stanley Hospital on Saturday.

Sources said Mohammed Alam Sheik, 45, was arrested by the Central Crime Branch of the city police along with other associates for possessing fake passport, cheating, forgery and other offences. They were interned from January 16. Sheik complained of stomach pain on February and was treated at the hospital block of the prison. He was later shifted to the Government Stanley Hospital and became unconscious on Saturday.

Source: The Hindu

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How long will Bangladesh ignore its maritime area and continental shelf?

Dr Abdullah Al Arif

12 February, 2023

During the early 2010s, Bangladesh frequently appeared in the global media thanks to the Bay of Bengal Maritime Boundary Delimitation Cases. Bangladesh litigated against Myanmar at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) and India at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA).

I was doing my second master's at South Asian University, New Delhi, around the same time. Since my major was international law and I chose to write my dissertation on the law of the sea, I closely followed the news and press releases to keep myself updated on those cases. It was only then I realised that despite the global attention Bangladesh was able to attract because of its maritime boundary litigations, there was a lack of engagement with the topic among academe and the civil society in Bangladesh.

About a decade later, in the early 2020s, the Bangladesh Parliament enacted two laws regulating marine fisheries and maritime zones. The 2020 Marine Fisheries Act replaced the former Marine Fisheries Ordinance of 1983, and the 2021 Territorial Waters and Maritime Zones (Amendment) Act revised the provisions of the Territorial Waters and Maritime Zones Act of 1974.

The former laws had become obsolete, and stakeholders urged successive governments to upgrade them. The incumbent finally responded to these calls, took necessary initiatives, and passed the amended laws.

Source: Tbs News

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