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'Shah Rukh Khan Not A Muslim, Go And Kill Him': Raza Academy Cleric Khalil-Ur-Rehman Over Pathaan Row

New Age Islam News Bureau

29 January 2023

'Shah Rukh  Dipeeka Padukon

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• 'Shah Rukh Khan Not A Muslim, Go And Kill Him': Raza Academy Cleric Khalil-Ur-Rehman Over Pathaan Row

• Pakistan leader says Islamic societies face ‘duty’ to protect religious freedom

• Iranian Cleric Calls for World's Cooperation With Islamic Emirate

• Islamic Emirate: Daesh Hideouts Have Been Destroyed in Afghanistan

• Saudi Arabia condemns ‘provocative’ Qur’an burning in Denmark

• 'How hip-hop led me to convert to Islam'

• Muslim-Muslim Ticket Tensions: PFN is trying not to cause religious crisis

• In depth look at Islamic banking and finance

• Charity chiefs team up with Aberdeen mosque to hand out food in Granite City

 India

• 'You Must Call Me a Hindu...': Kerala GuvArif Khan Quotes Muslim Reformer

• Amid Pathaan's success Kangana Ranaut says India is biased towards Khans and Muslim actors; Twitter users school her

• Muslims in India have more religious freedom: Sunni leader

• Haryana: 'Killed by Cow Vigilantes,' Say Family of Muslim Man Who Cops Claim Died in Accident

• Hindu Jan Aakrosh Morcha: Rally in city today to protest ‘love jihad’

• Rashtriya Muslim Manch welcomes renaming of Mughal Garden, Oppn mocks

• 'Forcibly Removed by Rampur Admin to Make Way for Hindu Vendors,' Say Muslim Street Sellers

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Pakistan

• 41 dead as passenger coach falls into ravine in Balochistan’sLasbela: official

• PTI vows to ensure Imran’s security amid arrest fears

• Contempt power not a tool to execute decrees: SC

• Imran Khan, Khawaja Asif fined for wasting court’s time

• Blood reports awaited as health officials suspect measles behind Keamari deaths

• Abbasi blames economic instability on military’s interference in politics

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Mideast

• No Islamic state must dare to normalize ties with Zionists

• In absence of deterrents, Iran terror plots on Western soil will continue: analysts

• Iran, Turkey can strengthen unity among Muslim countries: MP

• Hamas, Islamic Jihad condemn Turkey, UAE reaction to Quds op.

• Iran says embassy attack should not affect Azerbaijan relations

• Iran defense ministry’s ammunition depot hit by blast: Report

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South Asia

• In Afghanistan, China’s double-dealing is coming back to bite it

• Pompeo criticises ex-Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in his book, calls him ‘a total fraud’ who hampered peace talks with Taliban

• Corruption still biggest barrier to business in Bangladesh: CPD study

• After 5 years in no man’s land, last group of Rohingya enters Bangladesh

• Why 1971 Bangladesh genocide is not recognised by UN

• Bangladesh publisher's book fair ban sparks free-speech outcry

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Arab world

• Riyadh Governor Crowns Winners of Two Cups of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and Saudi Cavalry's Trainees

• Repercussions of European governments support to abuse Islam will reflect their security & stability

• Muslim Council of Elders hosts 4th seminar at Cairo International Book Fair 2023

• Al Azhar Grand Imam condoles with the Kingdom of Bahrain

• Arab-Islamic Conference In Support of Iran’s Revolution and Resistance

• Saudi Arabia, France discuss peaceful atomic energy cooperation

• Cairo book fair pavilion showcases Saudi efforts

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Europe

• Sweden tells citizens to avoid crowds in Türkiye after Koran burning

• Eight projects the Issa brothers are building in Lancashire including Starbucks, mansions and mosque

• Stranger at the Gate – He planned to bomb a mosque but that’s not how it ends

• Flybe: What has happened to the airline, how to rebook flights or get a refund

• Tory chairman sacked by Rishi Sunak over tax row amid calls for him to quit Parliament

• Muslims in London protest Quran burning

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Africa

• Mufti Mubajje’s new term starts on shaky note as Muslims wrangle continue to bite

• UNCTAD, Islamic Development Bank unite over sustainable investment

• Muslim elected mayor in Johannesburg

• Ogun Muslim leaders angry as Abiodun shuns parley

• 2023: It’s Disrespectful, Ogun Imams Slam Abiodun For Snubbing ‘Debate’

• Africa great cultural-economic opportunity in Muslim world

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Southeast Asia

• PM Anwar leads tributes to veteran lawyer Gopal Sri Ram

• Sacking, suspension of Umno members valid, says information chief

• Decision on Negri Sembilan exco post to be known soon, says MB

• ‘Tallest flagpole’ project symbolises Sarawak’s loss, not pride, says PBK president

• Hajiji to helm Gagasan Rakyat, ending his party-less status as Sabah’s CM

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North America

• Ceremony to mark 6th anniversary of murders of six Muslim men at Quebec City mosque

• 6 years later, public invited inside Quebec City mosque for 1st time since 2017 attack

• ‘The Impassioned God’ Of God-Loving Jews And Muslims

• Explosions reported at Isfahan military site; Iran says thwarted drone strike

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

URL:  https://newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/shah-rukh-raza-academy-cleric-pathaan/d/128984

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'Shah Rukh Khan Not A Muslim, Go And Kill Him': Raza Academy Cleric Khalil-Ur-Rehman Over Pathaan Row

By Oneindia Desk

January 28, 2023

'Shah Rukh  Dipeeka Padukon

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New Delhi, Jan 28: Amid controversy over Shah Rukh Khan starrer PathaanBesharam Rang song, a Muslim cleric from Mumbai's Raza Academy stirred controversy by calling on the protesting groups to kill the actor as he is not a Muslim.

Speaking to Times Now, Raza Academy cleric Khalil-Ur-Rehman said the film has nothing to do with Muslims, and neither Bollywood is Muslim.

His outburst comes after the Hindu outfits like Bajrang Dal and Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) reportedly raised some objectionable slogans against Prophet Mohammed during a protest by right-wing activists against 'Pathaan' movie near a cinema hall in the city.

"You do whatever you want to do with Shah Rukh Khan, but if you utter objectionable words against our Prophet Muhammad, then we will not tolerate it," the Raza Acadamy cleric reportedly told Times Now.

Following these protests, many Islamists had gathered outside the Badwali Chowki and the Khajrana Police Station in Indore and raised the contentious Islamist slogan 'Sar Tan Se Juda'.

The Sar Tan Se Juda is a violent call to behead non-Muslims who have disrespected Islam. On June 28, a Hindu talior, Kanhaiya Lal was brutally murdered in Rajasthan by Mohammad Riaz and Ghaus Mohammad for allegedly speaking up in support of suspended BJP spokesperson, Nupur Sharma.

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A similar incident had taken place in Maharashtra's Amaravati. Umesh Kolhe was brutally murdered by a group of radical Islamists for supporting Sharma.

Raza Academy, to which the cleric who called for the Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan's death belongs, is a hardline Muslim organisation that has led several protests, which often led to violence, injuries and deaths.

According to reports, in 2012, Raza Academy was indulged in the violent riots at Azad Maidan in Mumbai and, attacked police officials and had broken the war memorial honouring fallen Indian soldiers.

In July 2020, Raza Academy forced the Uddhav Thackeray government to write to the Centre, seeking a ban on the online streaming of the Iranian movie 'Muhammad: The Messenger of God.'

Source: Oneindia.Com

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Pakistan leader says Islamic societies face ‘duty’ to protect religious freedom

By Nirmala Carvalho

Jan 29, 2023

Christians attend a Christmas mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral, in Lahore, Pakistan, on Saturday, Dec. 25, 2021. (Credit: K.M. Chaudary/AP.)

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MUMBAI – Pledging respect for religious freedom, the president of the world’s second-largest Muslim nation has asserted that it is the “duty” of Islamic societies to safeguard the “honor, dignity, life and property” of followers of other religions.

President ArifAlvi of Pakistan made the remarks during a Jan. 25 interfaith conference in Islamabad, the Pakistani capital, in which a number of Catholic figures participated, including Andrea Riccardi, founder of the Community of Sant’Egidio, as well as Archbishop Christophe Zakhia El-Kassis, papal ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, and Archbishop Joseph Arshad of Islamabad.

“People learn from what they see, and friendship between religious leaders teaches us to live together,” Alvi said, insisting that “political, social, cultural, legal and religious freedoms” should be ensured “for the followers of all religions.”

At the same time, Alvi also condemned the recent burning of a Quran during a protest in Stockholm in front of the Turkish embassy to Sweden, which had been organized by a right-wing anti-immigrant politician. Calling the act “hate speech,” Alvi urged the international community to take steps to prevent such gestures in the future.

On the one hand, the constitution guarantees that “every citizen shall have the right to profess, practice, and propagate his religion.” On the other, critics say that enforcement of the country’s notorious blasphemy laws, under which an act such as that in Stockholm would be considered a crime, often works to punish and marginalize religious minorities.

Alvi’s criticism of the Quran burning was echoed by Dominican Father James Channan, director of a Dominican-sponsored Peace Center in Lahore.

Channan demanded that the government of Sweden to bring the culprit to justice, saying that the act caused “pain and anger” among Muslims around the globe, and expressing his solidarity with Muslims.

Yet Channan also called upon Pakistan’s government to step up its own efforts at promoting tolerance, such as including materials on interfaith dialogue and peace in the mandatory school curriculum so that “students open their vision and  have positive attitude towards believers of all religions.”

Riccardi described annual inter-faith gatherings organized by Sant’Egidio ever since St. John Paul first hosted a summit of religious leaders in Assisi in 1986 as a model.

“Our meetings of prayer, friendship, dialogue are a challenge to hate and war. A movement that has broken down walls and united in dialogue,” he said. “Over the years, the conviction has matured that peace is always possible!”

“Religions are sometimes fuel on the fire of violence,” Riccardi said. “They are incendiary, because they are unfaithful to culture of their history. But religions can be water that puts out the fire of war and hatred. Our history, dear friends, shows that every true believer must have the courage for peace.”

Riccardi also said that minorities had a right to their identity as it strengthened the foundations of a nation. He said dialogue should be promoted at all levels of society, different religions should promote the common good and welfare of humanity, and that war is the mother of poverty. The religions, Riccardi said, can help reduce wars, conflicts, and hatred.

Channan expressed his gratitude to Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of  Al-Azhar, Ahmed el-Tayeb, for signing a “Human Fraternity” document, which, Channon said, needs to studied and acted upon by religious leaders and scholars. The text was signed by Francis and el-Tayeb during the pontiff’s February 2019 trip to the United Arab Emirates.

Maulana Abdul Khabeer Azad, a leading Muslim religious scholar in Pakistan, called for international laws against hate speech, and also defended Pakistan’s track record in combatting terrorism and religious extremism.

Among other things, Khabeer noted that Pakistani religious scholars had issued a unanimous religious decree against suicide attacks, terrorism and extremism.

“Now is the time that religious scholars and civil authorities need come together to solve the problem in which religion is used to settle personal scores,” he told Crux. “We still see people discriminating and persecuting others in the name of religion, depriving others of their basic human rights on account of their religious affiliation.”

“Interfaith dialogue gatherings help to defuse the tensions and build trust, respect others and solve issues peacefully through dialogue,” he said, adding that the Islamabad conference promoted “building relations on strong foundations while respecting the religious affiliations of every human person.”

Source: Cruxnow.Com

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Iranian Cleric Calls for World's Cooperation With Islamic Emirate

By Mohammad Farshad Daryosh

28-01-2023

Mawlawi Abdul Hamid, a religious scholar from Iran, asked the international community to establish diplomatic relations with the current Afghan government in order to improve the lives of the people of Afghanistan.

Speaking during the Friday prayer, this religious scholar emphasized the importance of the right to work and education for women and girls.

"If these diplomatic ties are established, it will be better for negotiations. The Islamic scholars may have influence in Afghanistan,” Abdul Hamid said.

Mawlawi Abdul Hamid asked the Islamic Emirate to address the problem of human rights, particularly the right of women to employment and education.

"We hope that the issues of human rights and the issue of women's rights, women's and girls' education, and the employment of women, can be solved,” he added.

The Islamic Emirate also welcomed Mawlawi Abdul Hamid’s request to establish diplomatic relations with the Islamic Emirate and said that efforts are underway to resolve the problems that have arisen.

"We are attempting to solve the complaints and worries that exist in this direction as much as possible,” said Zabiullah Mujahid, spokesman of the Islamic Emirate.

The former US special envoy for Afghanistan's reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, US special envoy for women, girls and human rights in Afghanistan, Rina Amiri, have called for the provision of women's and girls' rights.

Khalilzad asked the Islamic Emirate's leadership to take heed to Mawlawi Abdul Hamid's remarks about the rights of women and girls.

“I appreciate Mavlavi Abdul Hamid's Friday sermon today where he advocated for the reinstatement of women and girls in education and for humanitarian assistance for Afghanistan b/c of the extreme cold weather. Talib leaders should heed his message,” Khalilzad tweeted.

According to a number of analysts, it would be beneficial for both sides if the current Afghan government and the international community established diplomatic relations.

"The government of the Islamic Emirate should reopen universities and schools as soon as possible in order to avoid confronting the people of Afghanistan, preventing harm to the Afghan people, and also avoiding confronting the international community,” said Fazal HadiWazeen, a member of the International Islamic Scholars Union.

"We thought the school closings would be resolved in weeks or a few months, but it's been more than a year and a half and the regulations have been rising day by day," said SudabaNazhand, a women's rights activist.

The Islamic Emirate's recent decrees regarding the suspension of women's work and education have sparked worldwide reactions. Most recently, the UN Security Council held a meeting behind closed doors to discuss the state of women and girls in Afghanistan.

Source: Tolo News

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Islamic Emirate: Daesh Hideouts Have Been Destroyed in Afghanistan

By Fatema Adeeb

29-01-2023

The Islamic Emirate says that many attacks of Daesh have been prevented and strongholds have been destroyed.

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The Islamic Emirate's spokesperson, Zabiullah Mujahid, added that efforts are being made to suppress this group in various parts of the country.

“Their extremely significant nests were destroyed in Kabul and other cities of the country. The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is determined to eradicate all Daesh nests and dry out the roots that strengthen them,” Mujahid said.

This comes as Bilal al-Sudani, the leader of the Daesh branch in Africa, was recently killed in an airstrike by American forces, according to the US.

The White House has announced that Al-Sudani was responsible for financing Daesh affiliates around the world, including the Daesh branch in Afghanistan.

“The US military conducted a successful over the horizon counter-terrorism operation in northern Somalia that resulted in the death of Bilal Al-Sudani, a leader and enabler who for ISIS global network as well as well as approximately ten additional ISIS operatives. Sudani’s activities provided funding to sustain deadly capability of ISIS affiliates globally including ISIS Khorasan branch in Afghanistan one of ISIS's most lethal branches,” said Karine Jean-Pierre, White House Press Secretary.

"Daesh's activity and presence in Afghanistan are not without danger to the security of surrounding nations and the region, particularly those vulnerable countries, but the true danger and threat from this group is towards the people of Afghanistan,” said Asadullah Nadim, a military expert.

Source: Tolo News

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Saudi Arabia condemns ‘provocative’ Qur’an burning in Denmark

ARAB NEWS

January 29, 2023

Danish police surround Rasmus Paludan ahead of his burning of a copy of the Qur’an in Copenhagen, Jan. 27, 2023. (Ritzau Scanpix/Reuters)

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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Saturday strongly condemned the burning of copies of the Qur’an by extremists in the Danish capital, Copenhagen, “in a new provocative step to the sentiment of millions of Muslims around the world.”

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterated the Kingdom’s position, which “strongly rejects all these blatant acts that have unfortunately been repeated in several European capitals recently, under the pretext of freedom of expression, without a clear reaction toward stopping these practices.”

The Kingdom called on all European governments in which these extremist violations occurred, to urgently address all these practices that contribute to fueling hatred and conflict between followers of religions, the ministry said in a statement.

Rasmus Paludan, a far-right activist who holds both Danish and Swedish citizenship, already infuriated the Muslim world by staging a Qur’an-burning protest in Sweden on January 21. On Friday, Paludan replicated the stunt in front of a mosque as well as the Turkish Embassy in Copenhagen and vowed to continue every Friday until Sweden is admitted into NATO.

Several regional and international organizations, including the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Muslim World League, Arab Parliament and Gulf Cooperation Council, also issued statements strongly denouncing the incident, along with Pakistan, Jordan, Turkiye and Oman.

Source: Arab News

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'How hip-hop led me to convert to Islam'

By Tim Stokes

29-01-2023

While many people will tell you about music which moves them, for Ismael Lea South it fundamentally changed his way of life.

Born in Willesden, north-west London, in May 1973, the youth work consultant was introduced to hip-hop music from a young age while studying at South Kilburn High School.

"Our school had a large African and Afro-Caribbean heritage. We used to listen to people like Big Daddy Kane, A Tribe Called Quest, Public Enemy, Eric B & Rakim," he tells BBC Radio 4's Sunday programme.

While he admits initially he would simply be "nodding your head to the beat", Ismael soon began noticing more about what his favourite artists were saying.

"This was a time when a lot of the rappers were using Arabic phrases, and they weren't necessarily Muslims, so they would say things like 'Inshallah' [meaning God-willing]."

"There would be some rappers who would rap about how they started looking at life a bit deeper and they'd rap about spirituality," Ismael explains.

An example he gives is 1987's hip-hop classic Paid In Full by Eric B & Rakim, in which Rakim "was saying he used to be a bit of a naughty boy but then he learned that was not the way to live and now he wants to get a nine-to-five".

"I used to think 'what made him change from being like that to be getting a nine-to-five' and he used to mention Islamic phrases, so that caused me to think," he says.

The next big moment for Ishmael was when he was invited by a friend to visit Speaker's Corner in central London where rap group Cash Crew were performing while on tour.

"So we went to Hyde Park Corner not knowing what Hyde Park Corner was and I was fascinated. I saw Christians, Muslims, Jews, socialists, agnostics, debating each other and I thought 'oh gosh this place is brilliant'."

"He was of the same heritage as me, Afro-Caribbean, he was dressed in Islamic African attire and, when he was speaking and debating, no-one could compete with him.

Six months later, Ismael had a call from his friend who suggested they visit a mosque. While there, he again came across Muhammad Khaja.

"He said, 'Hi there, do you remember me? I want to speak to you more about Islam', and then from there I started to learn and study."

While initially being sceptical about becoming a Muslim, "as I want to have some fun while I'm young", he eventually decided he was ready to convert.

But while hip-hop had helped him become a Muslim, it would still take a while for his family, who were Christians, to accept this new life.

"When I embraced Islam I stopped drinking, I stopped eating pork, I stopped going out partying - my family thought I was going crazy," he says.

"But when I told my mum I want to settle down and get married, when my mum heard that she said, 'oh, OK'.

Source: Bbc.Com

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Muslim-Muslim Ticket Tensions: PFN is trying not to cause religious crisis

January 29, 2023

By  DicksonOmobola

Let’s look at the state of the nation. Elections are coming, just in a few weeks’ time. Ahead of the elections, we have issues of insecurity such as kidnapping, and banditry across the country.

To those who are close to me, I have always said that these things will take place. I have always said we will come to a state like this. When the first set of kidnappings took place, especially the kidnapping of white oil workers in those days in the Niger Delta, I said this thing would turn into an industry.

I said we had seen nothing yet. I said this thing will happen and young people will form their own government. So, I am not surprised at all.

I expected it because when you have six children and you don’t give them any values, morals, education, or parenting, you provide nothing for them and then they grow up in the street, what happens to them? They become vagabonds, isn’t it? I see the President of a nation, governors and local government chairmen as the parents of a nation who should treat every child like their own children and provide them with the kind of quality things that they would give to their children.

When these things are not provided, then what is happening will certainly happen. If changes don’t take place, I tell you the worst is yet to come. So, I am not surprised.

It’s like pastors are now being targeted by kidnappers. We saw what happened in Niger where a pastor was burnt and many pastors have been victims of kidnapping. What do you think?

Generally, let me speak for the whole nation. I don’t see it as Christian leaders being targeted by kidnappers. Some of them, like the Methodist Prelate who was kidnapped many months ago, were not specifically targeted, they were travelling and then kidnapped like others.

There are other cases of pastors or men of God being kidnapped before the kidnappers find out their true identity. But there is a particular case in Kaduna State which is unique and different. It is like there are two types of bandits there.

Those who kidnap and harass everybody and those who harass the Christian community, pastors and people like that. The type that operates in Katsina State also operates in Kaduna.

But I don’t want us to bring religious colour into this. It is an ethnoreligious problem that has been in Kaduna since. So, kidnapping came, and they converted the ethnoreligious problems into kidnapping. We also see some pockets of people being kidnapped perhaps in some parts of the Northeast because they are men of God and their churches can bring money.

These things happening so close to the elections have given rise to worries that it may affect elections scheduled to hold next month. Do you share that fear?

The problem in the Northeast, particularly Borno, has always been there. The problem in Kaduna has always been there, but what really disturbs me most is that of the South-East. For me, the greatest threat to the elections is from that part of the country because of the agitation for independence and the breakdown of law and order all over the country, not only South-East. Whichever way it is, if the crisis will affect 5% of the population, the remaining 95% should go ahead and vote. So, it is a problem.

But for me, a government that thinks will know what to do about it. There are some places where elections won’t be held, like in Sambisa Forest. They are already excluded permanently. So, in the coming elections, there are areas within the six geopolitical zones that are like Sambisa, those areas, whatever happens, there should not affect the whole elections. What I mean is that if 5% of the people do not vote because of one thing or the other, the remaining 95% should not be stopped from casting their votes. For me, that is still a democracy. But, if a huge number of the population will be affected, then it becomes an issue, but I know it won’t get to that.

The trial of Nnamdi Kanu is one of the issues generating tension in the South East. Last week, Governor Soludo asked for the release of the IPoB leader, saying it will bring peace to the region. But some people say he is playing politics…

For me, that was wise of Soludo. He has suffered a lot of tragedies visited on his government. Imagine an Assembly member being beheaded and the husband of Dora Akunyili being murdered before he came into office. All these things, he has seen the reality and the reality is that whether you like it or not, Kanu has supporters. So, Soludo wants a political solution to this problem. Personally, that is what I want.

During the Niger Delta uprising, the Obasanjo regime came up with a political solution. First of all, they used the stick onAsariDokubo, and later, the carrot. A combination of stick and carrot worked there. If not, the Niger Delta would have boiled. If the spirit that is in the Independent People of Biafra, IPoB, boys were in those Niger Delta boys at that time, this country would have gone nowhere. Let this government use the stick and carrot.

They have used sticks enough, let them use carrots. That carrot is negotiation because they cannot kill an idea that has turned into a pregnancy in many people. They are ready to die. For me, negotiate to get him freed. Tensions will go down and he will go back to the United Kingdom where he was based. Whether he continues from there or not will be another matter. Let the tension be doused. When I saw him brought back in chains from Kenya, I asked how an Igbo man would feel about it. Won’t he feel like he is the one being chained? People’s feelings should be brought into consideration. He can be freed and asked not to step back in the country for a number of years.

Even if a political settlement is brought into place, there will still be problems. Some other groups will want to come up and turn it into an industry. Apart from that, there is still the general unemployment of the typical Nigerian youth, which is still also very prevalent in the South-East.

That is also another problem of its own. So, the South-East insecurity problem is not only as a result of the Kanu people who are angry due to the lack of non-hearty inclusion of Igbo people at the highest level of governance. There are also other groups who want to be prominent like Kanu, but I tell you, in this country, it is sad. In Nigeria, people who are prone to violence, want to use violence to achieve their means, for them, there is an unwritten knowledge that violence pays.

When Obasanjo was President, and he was about to end his second term, some people said he should not hand over to a northerner, saying the South should retain power. At that time, Chief Tony Anenih was still alive. I went to his house and dropped a letter for him that stated that the presidency had to go back to the North. I said it had to go back to the North and let there be a rotational presidency.

It will bring peace and a sense of ownership that would hold this nation together. Look at how Switzerland is governed, you will say it is not democratic, but what is democracy if it doesn’t bring peace? I am not saying that Peter Obi should be President, but all I am saying is let there be a rotational presidency in the Constitution and then it goes around the six geopolitical zones in the country. Whoever comes in as President of this country, if that person brings such a proposal, I think he will earn the support of a huge section of the country.

Ordinarily, if we had developed politically since 1960, we should not be talking about such issues now. But we have not developed politically. The primordial ties are there because we have not grown, we are not sensitive to other people’s feelings.

A mature person is someone who is sensitive to the feelings of another person. We have leaders who are not mature. Muslim-Muslim ticket, we ought to have outgrown it, but we have not.

I feel that whether you are Muslim or not, you can bring development to a nation. Whether you are a Christian or not, you can. It depends on your agenda for the nation. Look at the Emir of Dubai, he is a Muslim who opened his country for development. So, I don’t really care, I am interested in who will bring development to this nation.

Where do you stand on the position of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, and Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, on the Muslim-Muslim ticket?

I belong to CAN and PFN. If you have been taking notes, you will see that PFN is trying as much as possible not to cause a religious problem by making too much of a fight on the Muslim-Muslim ticket. You see that there is tension over the ticket and the situation is being managed in a manner that won’t add to the tension. Initially, everybody was angry, but as of now, no one wants to do that out of anger, they want to see how things can go on well.

So, if it works and it repeats itself again, then at that time, we might do something about it. Let us assume that in the course of our political development, Muslim-Muslim tickets took place in Abiola’s time and Tinubu’s time, so we will say “let this possibly be the last”. I think even in Ghana, they try to balance the ticket; despite how few Muslims are, they take them into consideration. Let us mature the way Ghana has matured politically.

My advice is like what the bishop at Ibadan said: “Let your children have the character of whom you vote”. The character of who we vote for would determine the character of the nation. We should vote out of conviction. By the way, why are political parties formed? They are formed by a group who believe that this particular idea should be used for the development of a nation.

They have this idea of how this institution can be developed, they now team up with you and say: “No, I have a better idea”, which could be a communist idea, social welfarist idea or fascist idea. They now meet and form a party. Then ask for votes. When they get into power, they use that idea to develop the nation.

But in Nigeria, parties have not formed that way, which is why this institution can never be developed. They are formed with the mind of how do we get power, what is in this for me? As they are going to fight to support a person in the election, they are going to fight for interest, the juice waiting for them. Any nation where parties are formed this way doesn’t develop because they go there with different ideas.

If you read ‘Why Nations Fail,’ written by two Havard-trained people, you will know that Nigeria can never develop if we continue this way. There is another: ‘From Third World to First World’ where one of the ministers Lee Kuan Yew says “when I became a minister, and I went on the road, I saw schoolchildren which made my heart skip, asking myself a question: ‘How shall we provide jobs for these ones’”.

But look at our leaders. All over the streets, there are millions of people. We as a church are not political parties, but we are trying to see how we can use the church as an instrument for development.

Bishop Wale Oke, I knew him before he became the PFN President. I see him as somebody who wants to see how the Body of Christ can contribute more to the growth of the nation – politically, economically, and educationally.

I am one of those who belong to that school of thought, that you can’t just wake up, rent a place, put up a building, put up a sign board and start a church. The spiritual health of a nation is very important. The mental aspect is important. You see the state regulating education on how to set up schools and how to get things done. So, for me, the spiritual aspect should not be left to anybody to run.

I am of this view and it has been my heart cry from the beginning. There are five groups that make up CAN, PFN is one. African churches like Celestial make up another group, Catholic is one group. My suggestion has been that let any group that wants to practice their Christianity the way Aladuras do or the way that PFN does, before you put up a church, you have to get a license from PFN to do so; it’s just like medical doctors who get license to practice.

To practise as a journalist you have to be under the Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ; to practice as a medical doctor, you have to be under the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA. The body gives you a license to operate which is backed up by the government.

If you want to set up a church, then PFN has to give you the license. They have to ascertain your background and all before giving you the license to operate. When you misuse it, it can be withdrawn. This is in case of any misbehaviour, the people can report you to the disciplinary committee in each of the groups and CAN generally.

Just like there is a law that enables the NMA to regulate itself. I have been advocating and propagating this because it will give us a sense of credibility. The spiritual health of religion is too important to be allowed to be a free-for-all.

Superintendent of the Holy Spirit Mission (aka Happy Family Center) located in Shasha, Akowonjo area of Lagos. In this interview, Ighele speaks on the state of the nation including issues surrounding the controversial Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the tension in the trial of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPoB), is generating in the South-East.

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In depth look at Islamic banking and finance

January 29, 2023

Azlan Othman

Universiti Islam Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) through the Faculty of Islamic Economics and Finance (FEKIm) in collaboration with the Brunei Institute of Leadership and Islamic Finance (BILIF) organised a public lecture on Islamic banking and finance at the Institute for Leadership, Innovation and Advancement (ILIA) Lecture Theatre, Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) campus recently.

The lecture was a platform to share knowledge, experience, and up-to-date information on the development of the current Islamic banking and finance arena at international level from experts, scholars and practitioners with extensive experience in the industry.

The collaborative effort between FEKIm, UNISSA and BILIF was part of the initiative of the two institutions to revive the memorandum of understanding signed on November 14, 2022.

The speaker, Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad (BIMB) Group Chief Financial Officer and Deputy President, Islamic Financial Syariah Advisory Association, Malaysia MohdNazriChik, was featured as a renowned expert in Islamic banking and finance.

BILIF Acting Researcher and Head of Centre for Economics and Finance Research (CEFiR) Mohammad Ashri bin Sharbini moderated the lecture.

The lecture ‘The Role of Banking in Social Finance’, shared Malaysia’s experience, especially BIMB, in developing social finance through micro-financing in the form of “blended financing”, Sadaqa House, MyWakaf, waqaf land development financing and trust shares with waqaf characteristics.

Social finance initiatives based on traditional instruments, such as waqaf, zakat or sedekah alone or integrated into the mainstream Islamic financial system, which will help the achievement of Maqasid al-Syariah in sustainable and competitive economic management with Islamic flair were also discussed.

A sharing session on BILIF’s signature Islamic finance programmes – Leadership for Islamic Finance and Economics (LIFE) and Fiqh Mu’amalat Professional Programme (FMPP), was also delivered by BILIF Learning and Programme Development (LPD) Officer Muhammad Habibullah bin Haji Adanan.

The event saw the participation of 100 students as well as UNISSA’s FEKIm academic personnel, officials from BILIF, invited participants comprising UBD academic personnel, officials from Brunei Darussalam Central Bank (BDCB), Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD), Tabung Amanah Islam Brunei (TAIB), and Bank Usahawan.

Also present in the series of talks were Dean of FEKIm, UNISSA Dr Abdul Nasir bin Haji Abdul Rani and BILIF Chief Executive Officer HajahSufinah binti Haji Sahat.

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Charity chiefs team up with Aberdeen mosque to hand out food in Granite City

By Jon Hebditch

29 JAN 2023

A charity handed out food packages and supermarket vouchers in Aberdeen as the cost of living crisis pushes more to seek emergency help.

A new report by the resolution foundation finds that there are large increases in people unable to afford essentials compared to the pre-pandemic period.

In November 2022, 28 per cent (up from 9 per cent pre-pandemic) of adults say that they could not afford to eat balanced meals, and 11 per cent or 6 million adults (up from 5 per cent pre-pandemic) reported being hungry in the past month but they didn’t eat as they lacked enough money to buy food.

Tufail Hussain, Director of Islamic Relief UK said: “Food banks are not a sustainable or dignified way to help people who are struggling to survive because they do not have a sufficient or reliable income. We will continue to support the most vulnerable through our programmes, but food banks should not exist in one of the wealthiest countries in the world.”

“The current cost of living crisis has revealed just how much the UK’s benefits system is failing to support those on the lowest incomes. Only long-term structural change will give people the best chance of escaping poverty and living with dignity.

“The UK government must do more to deal with the immediate impacts of the cost of living crisis, but also undertake a fundamental review of the UK’s social security system with a view to ensuring benefits provide people with an adequate income to cover their essential needs.”

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India

'You Must Call Me a Hindu...': Kerala GuvArif Khan Quotes Muslim Reformer

By: Revathi Hariharan

JANUARY 29, 2023

Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan reportedly said on Sunday that the word Hindu is a geographic term rather than a religious one, urging people to  call him “a Hindu."

The Kerala Governor was quoting the words of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, the founder of the Aligarh Muslim University at the inauguration ceremony of the ‘Hindu conclave’, organised by Malayalee Hindus settled in North America in Kerala’s Thiruvananthapuram, according to PTI.

Addressing the event, Governor Khan reportedly said “Anybody who is born in India, anybody who lives on the food which is produced in India, anybody who drinks water from the rivers of India is entitled to call themselves a Hindu and so “you must call me a Hindu", Khan also said quoting the Aligarh University founder’s words.

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Amid Pathaan's success Kangana Ranaut says India is biased towards Khans and Muslim actors; Twitter users school her

Jan 29, 2023

Kangana Ranaut has been tweeting about Shah Rukh Khan's Pathaan for the last couple of days. Shah Rukh Khan's film has broken many box office records and emerged as the fastest Hindi film to enter the ₹200 crore club in just four days of release. Now, Kangana has tweeted about the film's box office success, saying that the country is biased towards ‘Khans and Muslim actresses’. Recently, she had warned Bollywood to not bring politics into the success of Pathaan and simply enjoy the film's success. (Also read: After Pathaan, Kangana Ranaut warns Bollywood to stay away from politics: 'Agar mainephir triumph over hate suna to...')

On Saturday, Kangana Ranaut, who recently marked her return to Twitter after her account was banned in 2020 for violating the social media platform's rule, retweeted a post made by another user, who had analysed why Pathaan emerged as a box office success. Reacting to the tweet, Kangana wrote: "Very good analysis… this country has only and only loved all Khans and at times only and only Khans… And obsessed over Muslim actresses, so it’s very unfair to accuse India of hate and fascism … there is no country like Bharat (Indian flag emoticon) in the whole world (heart eyes, joined hands emojis)."

The original tweet, to which the actor had reacted had shared that Pathaan was a success because Hindu and Muslims love Shah Rukh equally, and there are no ‘Boycott tendencies' can harm Bollywood films instead they help them. Many users reacted to Kangana's latest tweet and said that the actor was desperately seeking attention by tweeting about Pathaan.

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Muslims in India have more religious freedom: Sunni leader

29th January 2023

By Express News Service

KOZHIKODE: Religious freedom enjoyed by Muslims in India cannot be experienced in any Muslim country, including Saudi Arabia, said Ponmala Abdul Qadir Musaliyar, leader of the Kanthapuram faction of the Sunnis.

Speaking at the Golden Fifty programme of the Sunni Students Federation (SSF) in Kozhikode on Saturday, he said there is no Arab country where “we can carry out organisational activities like in India.”

“There is no hindrance for our organisation’s activities at all levels in the country. But that is not the case in countries like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait or Bahrain,” said Musaliyar, who is secretary of the Samastha faction of the Samastha Kerala Jem-Iyyathul Ulama. Citing his experience in the UAE, he said there are restrictions for religious activities in those countries.

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Haryana: 'Killed by Cow Vigilantes,' Say Family of Muslim Man Who Cops Claim Died in Accident

The Wire Staff

29-01-2023

New Delhi: A 22-year-old has died due to what his family has claimed is a beating by cow vigilantes who suspected that he was smuggling cattle, in Haryana’s Nuh district. Police have offered a different account, saying that he died after his car collided with a tempo.

Journalist Zakir Ali Tyagi is among those who have tweeted on the incident, noting that the victim, Waris, was beaten up by Bajrang Dal workers. Ali Tyagi’s tweet said that Waris’s family had said, “The police are calling the killing an accident so as to save the people of Bajrang Dal.”

In a video that the journalist posted alongside the tweet, a videographer is heard asking three visibly injured men what their names are. One of the men who identifies himself as Nafis is manhandled on video. One of the three identifies himself as Waris.

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Hindu Jan Aakrosh Morcha: Rally in city today to protest ‘love jihad’

by Eeshanpriya MS

January 29, 2023

The Sakal Hindu Samaj, an umbrella body of Hindu right-wing organisations, will on Sunday organise a rally under the banner of ‘Hindu Jan Aakrosh Morcha’ in Mumbai against alleged rise in cases of “love jihad”.

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Rashtriya Muslim Manch welcomes renaming of Mughal Garden, Oppn mocks

29 January, 2023

Pragati Singh

Muslim wing, stated that 'Amrit' denotes power that is immortal or is associated with the gods. As a result, the 'Udyan' is given enormous importance and breadth.

Welcoming President DroupadiMurmu’s decision to rename all of Rashtrapati Bhavan’s gardens, including the Mughal Garden, as ‘Amrit Udyan,’ Muslim Rashtriya Manch, a Muslim wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), said on Saturday that the new name represents ‘VasudhaivaKutumbakam’.

Shahid Saeed, the National Media Incharge of the RSS’ Muslim wing, stated that ‘Amrit’ denotes power that is immortal or is associated with the gods. As a result, the ‘Udyan’ is given enormous importance and breadth.

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'Forcibly Removed by Rampur Admin to Make Way for Hindu Vendors,' Say Muslim Street Sellers

Yaqut Ali

29-01-2023

Rampur (Uttar Pradesh): Muslim street vendors who have been setting up shop at the Jwalanagar area of Uttar Pradesh’s Rampur city for nearly three decades have claimed they were removed by administration to make way for Hindu businesses. The local MLA has denied this.

Rashid said that he and other street vendors like him who plied their trade from the Ram-Rahim Setu area received a notice from the municipality to fold up their shops on January 13. They had two days. Sellers like Rashid sell household items, toys and clothes.

After two days, he says, some had left in compliance with the notice. But on January 15, 12 officials from the municipal corporation and eight policemen arrived and destroyed the shops that were left, say Rashid and other vendors.

Rashid says that this sudden action took place even though he and others who had set up shop in the area had paid fees to the Municipal Corporation to run the street stalls.

Source: The Wire

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Pakistan

41 dead as passenger coach falls into ravine in Balochistan’sLasbela: official

Ismail Sasoli

January 29, 2023

At least 41 people were killed after a passenger coach fell into a ravine in Balochistan’sLasbela on Sunday morning, according to officials.

Lasbela Assistant Commissioner Hamza Anjum, while confirming the incident, told Dawn.com that the vehicle, with nearly 48 passengers on board, was travelling from Quetta to Karachi.

“Due to speeding, the coach crashed into the pillar of a bridge while taking a U-turn near Lasbela. The vehicle subsequently careened into a ravine and then caught fire,” he said.

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PTI vows to ensure Imran’s security amid arrest fears

Staff Reporter

January 29, 2023

LAHORE: PTI leaders in Lahore have vowed to protect party chief Imran Khan at any cost amid fears of his arrest, insisting that he was their red line.

In a meeting chaired by PTI Secre­tary General Asad Umar, party representatives in the city decided to ensure Mr Khan’s security and duties were assigned to leaders in this regard.

Earlier on Wednesday, scores of supporters gathered outside Imran Khan’s Zaman Park residence to resist a pot­e­n­tial bid to arrest him. Top party lea­der Fawad Chaudhry has been arre­sted since then on sedition charges.

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Contempt power not a tool to execute decrees: SC

Nasir Iqbal

January 29, 2023

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has held that the power to initiate contempt jurisdiction, vested with the superior judiciary, is not a substitute to execute or implement decrees passed by the courts earlier.

“It is undesirable,” noted Justice Amin-ud-Din Khan on Saturday while deciding an appeal by the National Highway Authority (NHA) against the Jan 26, 2017 and March 30, 2015 judgments of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on several intra court appeals.

Justice Amin-ud-Din Khan was part of the three-judge bench that also comprised Justice Sardar Tariq Masood and Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhel.

The dispute surfaced when the NHA acquired land — measuring 204 kanals and six marlas through June 30, 1996 award No 5 — for the construction of PindiBhattian Interchange on Islamabad-Lahore Motorway at the rate of Rs2,000 per marla. The award was accepted by the land owners but it transpired later that only 39 kanals and seven marlas of land were acquired and it escaped mention in the notification on the award.

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Imran Khan, Khawaja Asif fined for wasting court’s time

Malik Asad

January 29, 2023

ISLAMABAD: A local court has imposed Rs10,000 fine each on former premier Imran Khan and incumbent Defence Minister Khawaja Asif for delaying the proceeding of Rs10 billion damages suit moved by the PTI chief against the latter for hurling allegations against financial affairs of Shaukat Khanam Memorial Trust.

Mr Khan was scheduled to join the court proceeding through a video link on Saturday when the defence counsel was supposed to conclude his cross-examination.

Additional district and sessions judge Umeed Ali Baloch when resumed the proceeding, the counsel for the defence minister Haider Rasool was not present in the courtroom.

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Blood reports awaited as health officials suspect measles behind Keamari deaths

Staff Reporter

January 29, 2023

KARACHI: The Sindh health authorities hinted on Saturday that they could not “exclude measles virus as a risk factor of outbreak” that killed several people including children, over the past few days after inhaling toxic gases emitting from nearby factories in Ali Mohammad Goth of Keamari district, but remained cautious to jumping to conclusions before “confirmation of blood sample” reports.

In a fresh report sharing initial findings of the investigation into the incident, the authorities mentioned the objective of the exercise as to identify cases, determine magnitude, find out associated risk factors of the cases and deaths and its source.

“All were unvaccinated against routine [immunisations] and measles. During active search in the community team observed cases of suspected measles. Some chance of infected person cannot be excluded due to incubation period. So on the basis of above-findings we cannot exclude the measles virus as a risk factor of outbreak until the confirmation of blood samples,” the report stated.

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Abbasi blames economic instability on military’s interference in politics

Umer Farooq

January 29, 2023

PESHAWAR: Former prime minister and PML-N central leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Saturday said the military’s interference in national politics was to blame for the current economic and political instability in the country as well as the failure of the prevailing system of governance to deliver the goods.

“Problems occur when the [military] establishment crosses its Constitutional limits. Parliament stands paralysed and we all are responsible for it,” Mr Abbasi told a presser at the Peshawar Press Club.

Accompanied by former Pakistan Peoples Party leader Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar, former senator Lashkari Raisani and former MNA Khwaja Mohammad Khan Hoti, the PML-N leader said political and financial uncertainty of the current scale was unseen in national history.

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Mideast

No Islamic state must dare to normalize ties with Zionists

Jan 29, 2023

Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, who's on a trip to Algeria to attend the OIC meeting, met with his Algerian counterpart Ibrahim Boughali on Sunday.

In this meeting, Ghalibaf said that both Iranian people and officials have a positive attitude towards the Algerian nation and government.

He also expressed hope that boosting ties between the Iranian and Algerian governments and parliaments will lead to the expansion of relations in the economic and cultural areas, as well as the unity of the Islamic world, the fight against the Zionist regime, and the defense of the oppressed Palestinian people.

Source: En.Mehr News

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In absence of deterrents, Iran terror plots on Western soil will continue: analysts

EPHREM KOSSAIFY

January 28, 2023

NEW YORK: The US Justice Department’s announcement on Friday of the arrest of three East European men with ties to Tehran in the plot to kill Iranian-American journalist and human rights activist Masih Alinejad has hardly surprised experts and analysts.

The news has recalled many deja-vus of such Iranian activities on American soil, including the 2011 plot to kill then-Saudi Ambassador to the US Adel Al-Jubeir.

Analysts lament the absence of deterrents for Iran, and warn that if stronger actions are not taken, such plots will continue to unfold on US territory.

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Iran, Turkey can strengthen unity among Muslim countries: MP

January 28, 2023

Najafzadeh, who is the head of the Iran-Turkey Parliamentary Friendship Association, met in Ankara with Orhan Atalay, the head of the Turkish delegation at the Parliamentary Union of the OIC Member States (PUIC).

“Geographical, religious and cultural commonality is an effective factor in the synergy of bilateral cooperation and this capacity should be used the most for the benefit of the two nations,” the Iranian lawmaker said in the meeting, according to ICANA.

“Today, the unity and solidarity of Muslims lead to the lasting peace of Islamic countries and the failure of the enemies of Islam. The Islamic Republic of Iran and Turkey can play an important role in strengthening the unity among Islamic countries,” Najafzadeh said.

Source: Tehran Times

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Hamas, Islamic Jihad condemn Turkey, UAE reaction to Quds op.

Jan 28, 2023

Hamas spokesperson, Hazem Qassem, said in a statement it is saddening that the foreign ministries of the UAE and Turkey describe the heroic operation of Quds as "terrorist", because this is the same description used by the occupying colonialist regime [of Israel] and the United States.

"The real terrorist is the occupying regime that occupies the Palestinian land and massacres our people on a daily basis. Our people have the right to resist the occupation and respond to its crimes, and this is a legitimate issue in international law," the Hamas spokesman said.

Prior to this, Daoud Shahab, the director of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Movement's media office, said in an interview with the Russia Today Arabic language on Saturday morning that Turkey and the UAE's stances in condemning the Quds martyrdom-seeking operation are a betrayal of the Palestinian people.

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Iran says embassy attack should not affect Azerbaijan relations

By MaziarMotamedi

29 Jan 2023

Tehran, Iran – Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi has told his Azerbaijani counterpart that bilateral relations should not be affected after an attack on Baku’s embassy in Tehran that left one person dead.

The attack took place on Friday when a man rushed the embassy with an assault rifle and opened fire, killing the head of the security staff and injuring two other guards.

Raisi and President Ilham Aliyev had a phone call on Saturday to discuss the issue, during which the Iranian president expressed his condolences and said an investigation is under way.

Source: Aljazeera

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Iran defense ministry’s ammunition depot hit by blast: Report

Jan 29, 2023

A “heavy explosion” was heard at an ammunition depot belonging to Iran’s Defense Ministry in the central Isfahan Province, state TV reported early Sunday.

No fatalities were reported in the blast, the cause of which remains under investigation, a provincial official said on national television. A video published by state-run IRNA news agency showed police cars and a fire truck at the entrance of the facility.

Iran has in recent years reported a string of incidents and explosions near sensitive defense and nuclear sites in the province.

Source: Hindustan Times

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South Asia

In Afghanistan, China’s double-dealing is coming back to bite it

Srikanth Kondapalli

JAN 29 2023

Last month’s attack on Chinese nationals at a hotel in Kabul has rattled Beijing. For it had hoped to overcome the “graveyard of empires” and reap the benefits of its resources as well as fill the geopolitical vacuum in Afghanistan.

The December 12 attack by the Islamic State of Khorasan Province (ISKP) on Longan Hotel, which housed scores of Chinese nationals, left five Chinese national seriously injured and four militants dead. This followed a series of attacks on Pakistani an...

It took more than a month for the new Chinese foreign minister Qin Gang to call his Taliban counterpart Amir Khan Muttaqi to urge “strong measures” to protect “Chinese personnel, institutions, and projects” in the country.

Source: Deccan Herald

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Pompeo criticises ex-Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in his book, calls him ‘a total fraud’ who hampered peace talks with Taliban

January 29, 2023

Ashraf Ghani, the former Afghanistan President who fled the country when the Taliban seized power in Kabul, was “a total fraud” solely focused on his own desire to stay in power and a big hurdle in any peace talks, former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has alleged.

Source: The Hindu

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Corruption still biggest barrier to business in Bangladesh: CPD study

29 Jan 2023

Businesses in Bangladesh still point to corruption as the biggest barrier to their activities, according to a study by the Centre for Policy Dialogue, a think-tank.

However, a number of new factors, such as inadequate infrastructure, inflation and foreign currency instability, global factors, and lack of sufficient long-term planning have also emerged as concerns, according to the survey of entrepreneurs on the state of business competitiveness whose results were released on Sunday.

Corruption remained the most problematic factor, with 64.6 percent of respondents complaining about its high level. The second biggest issue was inadequate infrastructure, cited by 44.6 percent of respondents, and issues of limited access to financing and inefficient government bureaucracy tied for third at 43.1 percent.

Source: Bd News24

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After 5 years in no man’s land, last group of Rohingya enters Bangladesh

SHEHAB SUMON

January 28, 2023

DHAKA: Bangladeshi authorities on Saturday began registering thousands of Rohingya refugees who entered the country after spending the past five years in no man’s land.

Although Bangladesh is not a signatory to the 1951 UN Refugee Convention, it has hosted and provided humanitarian support to 1.2 million Rohingya Muslims, most of whom fled neighboring Myanmar during a military crackdown in 2017.

A majority of the refugees live in squalid camps in Cox’s Bazar district, a coastal region in the country’s southeast and the world’s largest refugee settlement. But one group settled in no man’s land near the hilly Bandarban district neighboring Myanmar.

Source: Arab News

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Why 1971 Bangladesh genocide is not recognised by UN

29th January 2023

By Tarana Halim

As a child of liberation who was just five when my countrymen won freedom from an oppressive Pakistan military junta over an 'ocean of blood', I feel strongly about why the UN has so far not recognised the 1971 East Pakistan genocide as one. 

I consider this to be the biggest failure of the global body 75 years after the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide came into force.

On December 9, 1948, the international community formally adopted a definition of genocide within the 1948 convention – essentially enshrining the message of "never again" in international law.

Rachel Burns points to the many genocides that have occurred since the 1948 convention and its ratification in 1951, and only three of which have been legally recognised – and led to trials – under the convention: Rwanda in 1994, Bosnia (and the 1995 Srebrenica massacre), and Cambodia under the 1975-79 Pol Pot regime.

Source: New Indian Express

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Bangladesh publisher's book fair ban sparks free-speech outcry

FAISAL MAHMUD

January 29, 2023

DHAKA -- Bangladesh's largest book fair is poised to bar a prominent publisher known for releasing works by dissident writers, in what critics say is the latest sign of intensifying pressure on opponents of the government.

Source: Asia.Nikkei

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Arab world

Riyadh Governor Crowns Winners of Two Cups of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and Saudi Cavalry's Trainees

28-01-2023

Under the patronage of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz, Governor of Riyadh region, today crowned the winners of the two cups of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and the trainees of Saudi cavalry.

Upon his arrival, the Governor of Riyadh was received by Prince Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz; Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Abdulaziz, Advisor to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, and Prince Bandar bin Khalid Al-Faisal, Chairman of the Equestrian Commission and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Equestrian Club.

At the beginning of the ceremony, the royal anthem was played, then the race began for the 10th round of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cup for Production (Category 1 Local), and the first place was achieved by the horse (Mastwalli) owned by the sons of Haif Al-Qahtani, as the Governor of Riyadh crowned the winners of the cup.

Source: Alriyadh Daily

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Repercussions of European governments support to abuse Islam will reflect their security & stability

28/January/2023

SANA'A January 28. 2023 (Saba) - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned the continued ignorance of European governments of the abuse of terrorist extremists in all countries of the world by allowing them to commit hate crimes by burning copies of the Holy Quran.

In a statement to Saba on Friday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned allowing of the Danish authorities to the leader of the right -wing Danish "hardline" party, Rasmus Paludan, to burn a copy of the Book of God, in the Danish capital, Copenhagen, under security guard.

It considered the support of European governments for terrorist extremists who offend the Islamic religion and its symbols, as a result of the continued spread of populist discourse in Europe based on the basis of belief, race or religion.

Source: Saba.Ye

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Muslim Council of Elders hosts 4th seminar at Cairo International Book Fair 2023

28-01-2023

CAIRO, 28th January, 2023 (WAM) -- The Muslim Council of Elders has hosted the fourth seminar at its stand at the Cairo International Book Fair 2023.

Titled “A step towards promoting Human Fraternity”, the seminar was presented by Dr. Nahla Al Saidi, Advisor to the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar for International Student Affairs, who discussed ways to promote coexistence and human fraternity.

During the seminar, Al Saidi said, “Achieving human fraternity entails working to create societies free of wars and conflicts as well as having peaceful individuals who live in harmony with one another. It also involves recognising that the only way to bring about global peace and human fraternity is to uphold the lofty ideals of Islam and its divine law, which call for mercy and interdependence. I call for Humanity to unite to disseminate those ideals and values among people, and to aid those attempting to doing so.”

Source: Wam.Ae

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Al Azhar Grand Imam condoles with the Kingdom of Bahrain

28 Jan 2023

Manama, Jan.28(BNA): Royal Humanitarian Foundation (RHF) Secretary General Dr. Mustafa Al Sayyed conveyed condolences from the Grand Imam Sheikh of Al Azhar  His Eminence Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb to His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa on the passing of Shaikh Khalid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa.

Dr. Al Sayyed also conveyed condolences from Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb to the Government and people of Bahrain and to the deceased’s family.

Dr. Al Sayyed held a meeting with Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayeb at Al Azhar Al Sharif to discuss the programmes and achievements of the Egyptian House of Zakat and Charities.

Source: Bna.Bh

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Arab-Islamic Conference In Support of Iran’s Revolution and Resistance

by Shamsi Saadati

28th January 2023

As part of its solidarity with the Iranian people’s resistance and uprising, the “Committee of Arab Islamic Solidarity with the Iranian Resistance” (CAISIR) hosted a conference in Brussels on January 27.

The conference was attended by prominent personalities from Jordan, Syria, Tunisia, Algeria, Yemen, Iraq, Sudan, and Mauritania.

Other interlocutors in the Arab-Islamic Conference in Belgium included Mr. Mustafa Allouch, Secretary of the National Council of Lebanon; Mr. Hatem Al Sir Ali, former Minister of Commerce and Transportation from Sudan; Dr. Mohammad Jomeih, Yemen’s Ambassador to UNESCO; Mr. AbdulWahabMouawadha, MP and chair of the Human Rights Committee in the Parliament of Yemen, Mr. AbdolsalamHormeh, MP from the Parliament of Mauritania and head of the Sawab Faction, Mr. Ramzi Farj, former MP from Tunisia, Dr. Waleed Al Rawi, a political-military researcher and analyst from Iraq, and Ms. Hanan AbdulLatif, head of the European Branch of Rafidayn Human Rights, Iraq.

Source: Ncr-Iran.Org

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Saudi Arabia, France discuss peaceful atomic energy cooperation

ARAB NEWS

January 29, 2023

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Energy Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman held a meeting on Saturday with French Minister of Economy, Finance, and Industrial and Digital Sovereignty Bruno Le Maire in the capital, Riyadh, the state-run SPA news agency reported.

The two ministers praised the relations between their two countries and discussed prospects for cooperation in the peaceful uses of atomic energy.

Source: Arab News

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Cairo book fair pavilion showcases Saudi efforts

ARAB NEWS

January 28, 2023

RIYADH: A Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance pavilion at the 54th Cairo International Book Fair has recorded a huge turnout of visitors from around the world.

The fair is being held at the Egypt International Exhibition Center and will run until Feb. 6. It brings together more than 1,000 publishers and people from about 50 countries. More than 500 cultural events will be held on the sidelines of the event.

Visitors have praised the Kingdom’s pavilion, praising the efforts of the Saudi Arabian government in the service of Islam. The pavilion aims to showcase the Kingdom’s care for Muslims around the world.

Source: Arab News

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Europe

Sweden tells citizens to avoid crowds in Türkiye after Koran burning

29-Jan-2023

Sweden's foreign ministry on Saturday warned Swedes in Türkiye to avoid crowds and demonstrations following protests there over the burning of the Koran by a far-right politician in Stockholm last week.

Last week Türkiye suspended talks with Sweden and Finland on their applications to join NATO after the protest at which Rasmus Paludan, leader of the Danish far-right political party Hard Line, burned a copy of the Koran outside the Turkish embassy in Stockholm.

"Swedes in Türkiye are asked to stay updated on the development of events and to avoid large gatherings and demonstrations," the foreign ministry said on its advice page for Swedes abroad.

Source: Newseu.Cgtn

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Eight projects the Issa brothers are building in Lancashire including Starbucks, mansions and mosque

By Amy Fenton

28 JAN 2023

In just over two decades Mohsin and Zuber Issa have gone from the humble beginnings of a terraced house in Blackburn to self-made billionaires.

The brothers, who both attended Witton Park High School, were brought up by Indian-born Vali and Zubeda who came to the UK from Gujarat in the 1960s to work in Lancashire's textile industry. Their parents later ran a petrol pump which no doubt sparked the inspiration behind the creation of Euro Garages by Mohsin and Zuber in 2001.

After buying their first petrol station in Bury the two brothers embarked on an ambitious empire-building journey that would see them become two of the most successful businessmen from Blackburn. Aside from their majority ownership of Asda, completed in 2020, annual sales from Euro Garages exceeded €20 billion in 2021.

Source: Lancs.Live

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Stranger at the Gate – He planned to bomb a mosque but that’s not how it ends

29-01-2023

I didn’t know what to expect when I sat down to watch Joshua Seftel’s Oscar-shortlisted documentary Stranger at the Gate, but even if I’d had any expectations, they would certainly have been blown out of the water by the shocking story it tells. Stranger at the Gate documents the extraordinary personal journey of former US marine, Richard ‘Mac’ McKinney, a journey which is engaging, unexpected, and moving. 

As I begin to watch the film, I feel sure that the story which is about to be told will be a tragic one, a cautionary tale about what can happen if PTSD is left untreated, if loneliness, fear, and dislocation are allowed to fester in a person’s psyche. I feel uneasy. I feel a sense of foreboding. There is a sense that the people in this film are looking back on some horrific event and trying to piece together how it could have occurred. I feel sure that this story is leading somewhere dark. Somewhere bad.

As Richard McKinney talks through his mindset post-marine career, recounting the way in which he has been encouraged to see all muslims as targets, as faceless enemies, rather than human beings with thoughts and feelings of their own, we as an audience can feel the palpable anger and irrational hatred bleeding through the screen. It is shocking to see this mindset revealed so openly. How can someone feel such hatred for a person they have never interacted with based simply on their race or religion? How can someone truly believe that a muslim child is a ‘future terrorist’, believe it so wholeheartedly that they are driven to tears at the thought of their own child sitting across from them in school?

Source: Flux Magazine

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Flybe: What has happened to the airline, how to rebook flights or get a refund

By Sally Guyoncourt

January 28, 2023

British airline Flybe has cancelled all its flights to and from the UK after going into administration.

A notice on the firm’s website revealed the High Court had appointed administrators on Saturday.

It read: “On 28 January 2023, the High Court appointed David Pike and Mike Pink as Joint Administrators of Flybe Limited (“Flybe”).

Source: Inews.Co.Uk

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Tory chairman sacked by Rishi Sunak over tax row amid calls for him to quit Parliament

29-01-2023

Rishi Sunak has sacked Nadhim Zahawi after his ethics adviser found the Tory chairman committed a "serious breach of the Ministerial Code" over his taxes.

Mr Zahawi, who was dismissed as Tory Party chairman on Sunday morning, had come under fire after it emerged he settled an estimated £4.8 million bill with HMRC during his time as chancellor last summer.

His tax affairs were the subject of an investigation by Sir Laurie Magnus, the Government's new ethics adviser, which was ordered by the Prime Minister earlier this week

Source: Telegraph

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Muslims in London protest Quran burning

Burak Bir 

28.01.2023

A group of Muslims on Saturday gathered outside Sweden’s Embassy in London to protest the provocative burning of a copy of the Quran by a far-right Swedish-Danish figure.

Dozens of people from different communities in Birmingham, Manchester, and London also performed prayer and recited verses from the Quran, Islam’s holy book, in the area.

On Friday, Swedish-Danish politician Rasmus Paludan, the leader of the far-right StramKurs (Hard Line) Party, burned a copy of the Quran in front of a mosque in Denmark.

Source: Aa.Com.Tr

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Africa

Mufti Mubajje’s new term starts on shaky note as Muslims wrangle continue to bite

By Derrick Kiyonga

January 29, 2023

History. For 23 years, mufti Mubajje has superintended over the old Kampala Muslim faction recognised by the central government. Mubajje’s group has been accused of being an offshoot of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) is embarking on a controversial term amid court battles and wrangles with former allies.

It’s not unusual for religious wrangles to find their way to the courts but there   is always something dramatic when Muslim wrangles go for adjudication in the court room.  It’s now 12 years ever since Hassan Basajjabalaba was hounded out as the chairperson of Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMS) – that’s dubbed as the mother organisation and governing body of all Muslims in Uganda. Basajjabalaba had been the right-hand man of Sheikh Shaban Mubajje, the mufti who is recognised by the central government. But in an indicator of how volatile Muslim wrangles can turn out to be, it was Mubajje’s group that orchestrated a plan to oust him on grounds that he had corruptly sold off Muslim property. 

Source: Monitor.Co.Ug

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UNCTAD, Islamic Development Bank unite over sustainable investment

By Guardian Editor

29 January 2023

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has released a set of 11 guiding principles for investment policies alongside the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and the Islamic Corporation for the Insurance of Investment and Export Credit.

IsDB is a multilateral development bank working to bolster comprehensive progress in 57 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe and South America, as well as Muslim communities worldwide.

The principles will help guide policymaking and leverage investment as a driving force for inclusive growth and sustainable development in IsDB member nations.

Source: Guardian.Ng

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Muslim elected mayor in Johannesburg

By News desk

January 29, 2023

A councillor from a small Muslim party was elected mayor of Johannesburg on Friday after months of political manoeuvring and legal battles for control of South Africa’s business capital.

Thapelo Amad, of the Al Jama-ah party, was voted in by the city council to replace mayor Mpho Phalatse, a member of South Africa s largest opposition party, the Democratic Alliance. Amad, 41, said he was “humbled” and “overwhelmed” at being the first Muslim to helm the country’s biggest metropolis.

Source: Pakobserver.Net

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Ogun Muslim leaders angry as Abiodun shuns parley

28th January 2023

By Daud Olatunji

The Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, seems to have invited the wrath of the Muslim community following his absence at the recently-concluded three-day interactive session.

The programme held between Tuesday and Thursday in Abeokuta by the Directorate of Leadership and Good Governance of the League of Imams and Alfas in the state .

Lamenting on the failure of Abiodun, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the state, the chairman planning committee of the event, Quassim Sanusi, said the Ummah was not happy with the governor over his absence.

Source: Punchng.Com

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2023: It’s Disrespectful, Ogun Imams Slam Abiodun For Snubbing ‘Debate’

By Peter Moses

28 Jan 2023

The programme which was held between Tuesday and Thursday in Abeokuta, was put together by the Directorate of Leadership and Good Governance of the League of Imams and Alfas in the state .

The chairman planning committee, Quassim Sanusi, described the governor’s absence and his inability to send a representative as disrespectful to the Muslim ummah.

Our correspondent reports that the Wednesday’s schedule clashed with the presidential rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abeokuta, but the body rescheduled Abiodun’s appearance for the next day, which he failed to honour.

Source: Daily Trust

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Africa great cultural-economic opportunity in Muslim world

Jan 28, 2023

Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf left Tehran for Algeria to attend the OIC meeting on Saturday afternoon, Parliament Speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf said that there are more than 20 speakers of parliament coming to the meeting with a focus on the Islamic world's modernization, and development.

Given the desecration of the Islamic sanctities and ongoing Islamophobia against the Islamic Ummah in Western countries, besides the intense situation in occupied Palestine, he underlined that holding an OIC meeting in this situation is of great importance.

The Islamic Republic of Iran will raise an innovative issue in this meeting under the title of the Islamic World, Solidarity for Peace and Sustainable Development, he further noted.

Source: En.Mehrnews

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Southeast Asia

PM Anwar leads tributes to veteran lawyer Gopal Sri Ram

By Soo Wern Jun

29 Jan 2023

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 29 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has offered his condolences to the family of former Federal Court judge Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram who died this afternoon.

Anwar in a Twitter post wrote, “Condolences to the family of the late Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram on his passing. May his family affairs be made easier, and the family stay strong and resilient in the face of this sad news.”

Takziahkepadakeluargamendiang Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram ataspemergianmendiang. Semogaurusankeluargadipermudah dan keluargakuatsertacekalberdepan khabar dukaini. https://t.co/GeyUX98zy2

Source: Malay Mail

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Sacking, suspension of Umno members valid, says information chief

29 Jan 2023

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 29 — The sacking and suspension of several Umno members on Friday is valid, party information chief Isham Jalil said.

He said Umno lawyers, citing the party constitution, have said that the sacking and suspension of party members need only be referred to the Supreme Council.

Isham, who is a party Supreme Council member, said other processes involving the Disciplinary Board and so on were actually only internal management practices.

Source: Malay Mail

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Decision on Negri Sembilan exco post to be known soon, says MB

29 Jan 2023

SEREMBAN, Jan 29 — The decision on whether to fill the Negri Sembilan Human Resources, Plantation and Non-Islamic Affairs Committee chairman post, which is currently vacant, will be known soon.

Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun, said that he will first discuss the matter with state DAP chairman, Anthony Loke, and then seek an audience with the Yang di-PertuanBesar of Negeri Sembilan, TuankuMuhrizTuankuMunawir, before any announcement is made.

“We will discuss this with the state DAP chairman (Loke). There may be someone taking over (the position) or there may be a new one,” he told reporters after officiating the state-level Children's Card launch ceremony here today.

Source: Malay Mail

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‘Tallest flagpole’ project symbolises Sarawak’s loss, not pride, says PBK president

By Sulok Tawie

29 Jan 2023

KUCHING, Jan 29 — PartiBumiKenyalang (PBK) president Voon Lee Shan today said there is nothing for the people to be proud and happy about with the proposed construction of the “tallest” flagpole at the vicinity of historical Fort Margherita in Petra Jaya, although the RM30 million is to come from the private sector.

He said although its aim is to commemorate Sarawak’s 60th anniversary as a party to the formation of Malaysia, it will remind the people of their tears, sadness and sorrow over the loss of oil and gas resources to Petronas and the state’s rights to the federal government.

“In a year, it is speculated Sarawak lost about RM110 billion of its oil resources as pumped by Petronas but what Sarawak got in return as annual development fund is always less than RM5 billion,” Voon said in a statement.

Source: Malay Mail

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North America

Ceremony to mark 6th anniversary of murders of six Muslim men at Quebec City mosque

By The Canadian Press

Jan. 29, 2023

QUEBEC - A ceremony will be held this evening to mark the sixth anniversary of Quebec City’s deadly mosque shooting.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, several senior federal cabinet ministers and Quebec Premier François Legault are among those expected to attend.

For the first time, the ceremony is being held inside the mosque’s prayer room, the very place where the rampage took place.

Source: The Star

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6 years later, public invited inside Quebec City mosque for 1st time since 2017 attack

Rachel Watts

Jan 29, 2023

Six years after the deadly mosque attack in Quebec City, the Muslim community will gather in the same room where six men were killed and 19 injured on Jan. 29, 2017.

Mamadou Tanou Barry, Ibrahima Barry, Khaled Belkacemi, AbdelkrimHassane, Azzeddine Soufiane and AboubakerThabti were killed shortly after evening prayers when a gunman opened fire just before 8 p.m. in the Islamic Cultural Centre in the Sainte-Foy neighbourhood.

The attack that left 17 children fatherless and a community forever scarred will be commemorated as organizers also point to the importance of continuing to reflect on Islamophobia — particularly as hate and far-right extremism continues across Canada.

Source: Cbc.Ca

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‘The Impassioned God’ Of God-Loving Jews And Muslims

By Rabbi Allen S. Maller

January 29, 2023

In 1956, ShelomoDovGoitein (1900-1985), an Israeli scholar of both Jewish and Arabic studies, wrote that the name special name of YHVH derives partly from the Arabic root h.w.y(هوى), and the word hawaya (هوايا), which means “love, affection, passion, desire.” Goitein pointed to the passage in Exodus 34, which forbids Israel to worship other gods (Exodus 34:14) “For you must not worship any other god, because YHWH, whose name is Impassioned, is an impassioned God.”

Goitein thought that “YHWH whose name is Impassioned ” refers to the deity’s personal name YHWH, which means “the Impassioned One,” and that this name derives from a proto- Arabic Hebraic term for passion. This reflects the idea that YHWH’s bond with his worshipers is one of interactive passionate love, and thus YHWH is very upset if some of his worshipers “cheat” by worshipping idols or other gods.

For monotheists the word God is not a name of the one God like Allah or YHVH. It is the generic term for any and every deity, similar to the West Semitic root word EL as it is found in Sumerian and Akkadian Ellil-Enlil, and Hittite and Hurrian Ellel, and Hebrew El-Elohim.

Source: Eurasiare View

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Explosions reported at Isfahan military site; Iran says thwarted drone strike

January 29, 2023

Iran thwarted a drone attack on a military facility in the city of Isfahan, Iranian state media reported on Sunday.

“One of (the drones) was hit by the … air defense and the other two were caught in defense traps and blew up. Fortunately, this unsuccessful attack did not cause any loss of life and caused minor damage to the workshop’s roof,” the Iranian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

Iranian news agencies reported a loud blast at the factory, said to be a munitions plant, while video footage showed a flash of light, as well as emergency vehicles and fire trucks at the scene.

Source: Jns.Org

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