New Age Islam
Fri May 20 2022, 09:07 AM

Islamic World News ( 17 March 2022, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Comment | Comment

'We Take Such Actions Very Seriously': India Slams Organisation of Islamic Cooperation For Inviting Hurriyat Chief To Pakistan Meet

New Age Islam News Bureau

18 March 2022

 

Chairman of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, delivers a speech in Srinagar on March 15, 2019. (AFP)

-----

• 'We Take Such Actions Very Seriously': India Slams Organisation of Islamic Cooperation For Inviting Hurriyat Chief To Pakistan Meet

• Turkey Calls for Recognition of the Taliban’s Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

• China Launches Investigation Into Official Who Promoted Respect for Islam

• Didsbury Mosque 'Turned A Blind Eye' To Islamist Extremism Before The Manchester Arena Terror Attack

 India

• Hate Peddled Against Kashmiri Muslims Has Made Our Students Vulnerable: Omar Abdullah

• Nana Patekar: Both Hindus and Muslims belong here, divisions not desirable

• Aligarh Mosque Covered Ahead Of Holi & Shab-E-Barat

• Karnataka Mulls Re-Exam For Some Muslim Students Who Could Not Attend Classes Over The Hijab Row

• Several Muslim-Run Establishments Stay Shut To Protest Against The High Court Order On The Hijab Row

-----

Mideast

• Islamic World Observes Laylat Al-Barat, Holy Night Of Forgiveness And Salvation

• Hamas, Islamic Jihad Call for Intensified Resistance in Occupied Territories

• Israeli settlers and police storm Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque on Purim

• When Iran counterstrikes’ Mossad in secret war

• Barbaric hostage diplomacy counterproductive for Iran

• US Navy veteran jailed in Iran sues for $1 billion, alleges torture

• 4 East Jerusalem residents charged with Hamas ties, planning attacks during Ramadan

-----

South Asia

• Islamist Mob Vandalizes ISKCON Temple In Dhaka; 3 Injured

• Russia Has Lost 7,000 Soldiers In Ukraine In 20 Days, More Than America Lost In 20 Years In Afghanistan & Iraq: US

• Afghanistan Officially Bans All Foreign TV Series

• Ukraine crisis: Why silent on civilian deaths in Iraq, Afghanistan, China asks West

• Decoding Afghanistan’s colourful headgear culture

• ‘Flashback’: Ukraine war revives painful memories for Afghans

-----

Europe

• University of Otago Shares Painting Gifted to Christchurch Muslim Community

• UK revokes Russian news channel RT's broadcast license

• Police Storm Hezbollah-Controlled Mosque In Germany

-----

North America

• Council On American-Islamic Relations To Co-Sponsor A Job And Resource Fair Hosted By Dar • Us Salaam And Islamic Relief USA For Newly-Arrived Afghan Families

• Islamic Prenuptial Agreements in American Courts

• ICCC in Parsippany Holds Welcoming Ramadan Ceremony that Attracts over 500 People

-----

Pakistan

• Speakers Call For Wider Outreach Of Islamic Finance And Its Literacy In A Summit Hosted By International Islamic University Islamabad

• 10,000 Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl Volunteers To Protect Islamabad Marchers

• Judges Not In Touch With Science Cannot Produce Jurisprudence, Says SC's Justice Mansoor

• Rs1m fine imposed on lawyer for vilifying LHC chief justice

• Nothing to do with no-trust motion, says ECP

-----

Southeast Asia

• As Possible Marcos Presidency Looms, Muslim Senate Bet Says: Remember Jabidah Massacre

• PM Ismail Sabri: Malaysia filed application to annul Final Award in relation to claims by Sulu Sultan’s heirs

• Buoyed by election victories, Zahid tells grassroots Umno is back from the dead

• Dismissing Pakatan as an imposter, Zahid says Umno is the real reformist

• Guan Eng: Zahid surprised at lack of defections from DAP, comes from the camaraderie within its members

-----

Arab world

• Emirates Red Crescent's Ramadan Programmes Benefit Over 7 Million People In Yemen

• Meta research reveals trends and behaviours of UAE consumers during Ramadan

• Co-operative societies cut food prices in Dubai and Sharjah in Ramadan drive

• Qatar consistently among top 10 in Islamic finance globally

• Bahraini Islamic banking sector to grow driven by public demand

• Kuwaiti Islamic banks post 4th best growth rate in financing operations

-----

Africa

• Child Upbringing In Focus As Institute Graduates More Young Qur’an Memorisers In Ibadan

• Sanusi, Other Experts Dissect Islamic Financial System At The Companion’s ‘National Discourse’

• The refugee trapped between Ukraine war and a Nigerian loan shark

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

URL:   https://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/organisation-islamic-cooperation-hurriyat-pakistan/d/126598

--------

 'We Take Such Actions Very Seriously': India Slams Organisation of Islamic Cooperation For Inviting Hurriyat Chief To Pakistan Meet

 

Chairman of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, delivers a speech in Srinagar on March 15, 2019. (AFP)

-----

Press Trust of India

March 18, 2022

New Delhi: India on Thursday hit out at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) for inviting the chairman of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference to attend its foreign ministerial meeting in Islamabad next week.

External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said New Delhi does not expect the OIC to encourage actors and organisations engaged in terrorism and anti-India activities.

At a media briefing, he said India takes very serious view of such actions which are aimed at subverting the country's unity and violating its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

It is highly unfortunate that the OIC continues to be guided by a single member's political agenda rather than focusing on important development activities, Bagchi said in an indirect reference to Pakistan.

"We have repeatedly called upon the OIC to refrain from allowing vested interests to exploit the platform for comments on India's internal affairs," he said.

Bagchi was replying to a question on reports about the OIC inviting the chairman of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference to attend the meeting of the grouping's Council of Foreign Ministers on 22 and 23 March in Islamabad.

Source: First Post

Please click the following URL to read the text of the original story:

https://www.firstpost.com/india/we-take-such-actions-very-seriously-india-slams-islamic-nations-group-for-inviting-hurriyat-chief-to-pakistan-meet-10469031.html

-----

Turkey Calls for Recognition of the Taliban’s Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan

 

Photo: The Washington Institutute for Near East Policy

-----

by Aaron Y. Zelin

Mar 17, 2022

Since the Taliban took over Kabul last August, the group has sought international recognition for its Islamic Emirate in Afghanistan. When Taliban forces first held the country from 1996 to 2001, only Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates recognized their rule. Today, no government has officially done so.

On March 13, however, Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told the Antalya Diplomacy Forum that humanitarian aid on its own cannot adequately address Afghanistan’s problems, and that countries should offer diplomatic recognition of the Islamic Emirate as well—the first time a foreign political leader has publicly called for this step. The remark was delivered in the context of Turkey and Qatar reportedly nearing a deal with the Taliban to run the international airports in Kabul and other cities.

The Antalya forum also provided the Taliban with opportunities to demonstrate the thawing of its international isolation first-hand. Its foreign minister, Amir Khan Muttaqi, met with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan during the event—the second leader to host him since he visited Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan last November. In addition, the group held side meetings with the foreign ministers of Bahrain, Finland, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Qatar, Somalia, Turkey, Uzbekistan, and Venezuela, along with U.S. special representative for Afghanistan Thomas West.

The developments at Antalya were the culmination of several months’ worth of intensive Taliban diplomacy. As of March 17, the group had publicly announced 135 diplomatic meetings since taking over, with several of them occurring in multilateral settings. Turkey was involved in 22 of those meetings, the most of any country.

Besides Qatar—whose close relations with the Taliban are partly due to Doha’s role in facilitating the U.S. withdrawal agreement—Turkey has been the country most engaged in working with the group. This relationship began in earnest last October, when Cavusoglu invited a Taliban delegation to Ankara for discussions on bilateral relations, trade, humanitarian aid, refugees, and aviation. The visitors also met with the head of Turkey’s Diyanet religious institution, as well as delegations from the ulama (Islamic scholars), the Turkish Red Crescent, and the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority, indicating that religious solidarity would join humanitarian assistance as an important aspect of the budding relationship.

One of the key conduits for deepening these relations has been Turkish ambassador Cihad Erginay, who stated in January, “When everyone left and closed their diplomatic missions, we stayed in Afghanistan to help the Afghans.” Two months later, Turkey expanded its in-country diplomatic corps by opening consular services in Mazar-e Sharif.

Turkey has also delivered the most humanitarian aid to Afghanistan, reaching at least thirteen of the country’s thirty-four provinces. This assistance extends beyond the government level, with several key Turkish NGOs delivering aid as well: Red Crescent, the Humanitarian Relief Fund (IHH), Heyder Helping and Solidarity Association, Besir Association, Hayrat Yardim, International Blue Crescent, and the Turkish Maarif Foundation. Beyond immediate relief, IHH has engaged the Taliban on projects such as strengthening agricultural cooperation and building an orphanage in Ghazni province. Similarly, the Maarif Foundation has opened a few Afghan-Turkish schools and aims to add more soon.

The Turkish government is likewise looking to boost the education sector. Earlier this month, Ambassador Erginay met with the Taliban’s minister of higher education, Abdul Baqi Haqqani; they were joined by the embassy’s advisor for education affairs and the head of the Turkish Education Foundation. During a follow-on meeting with members of the foundation and the president of Kabul University, Haqqani called on Turkey to help standardize religious and modern sciences curricula as the leader of the Islamic umma (nation). Ankara has also promised to help establish a maternity ward at Aliabad Teaching Hospital and an online teaching program at Afghan International University.

On the commercial front, the Taliban has engaged with delegations from the Turkish Independent Industrialists and Businessmen’s Association (MUSIAD) and the Afghan-Turkish Businessmen’s Union. Both organizations have expressed a desire to invest in Afghanistan.

These and other developments indicate that the formal legal step of granting the Taliban de jure recognition is only a matter of time for some countries—at least a few such announcements can be expected in the near to medium term. Unlike the first time the group was in power, it is now far more connected to the international system. Thirty-four countries have shown some level of engagement with Taliban authorities, and de facto recognition—that is, acknowledging a new regime via noncommittal acts, without making it eligible for a seat at the United Nations—has become an accepted reality.

To be sure, Western countries will be more reticent to offer formal recognition anytime soon given the first Islamic Emirate’s hostile track record, which included hosting al-Qaeda and allowing Afghanistan to become a staging ground for the 9/11 attacks and other terrorist operations. Yet transactional humanitarian assistance and diplomatic engagement from the West will likely grow over time.

For the United States, the biggest question is whether the Taliban will fulfill its pledge to prevent any actors inside Afghanistan from launching terrorist attacks abroad. According to the 2022 Annual Threat Assessment issued by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, senior al-Qaeda leaders currently “lack an operational presence in Afghanistan.” Yet Washington should continue tracking this issue closely even if it seems manageable at the moment.

U.S. officials should also stay abreast of Turkey’s leading role in rehabilitating the Taliban’s image and integrating the group into the international system. This entails continued dialogue with Ankara about the progress it is making on this front, so that the U.S. government remains fully informed about the Taliban’s activities as a nascent governing entity.

Source: Washington Institute

Please click the following URL to read the text of the original story:

https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/turkey-calls-recognition-talibans-islamic-emirate

-----

China Launches Investigation Into Official Who Promoted Respect for Islam

 

Wang Zhengwei is a Chinese politician, economist, and expert on Islamic affairs.

-----

By Josh Chin

March 17, 2022

TAIPEI—China’s Communist Party has authorized a corruption inquiry into a senior official who was previously an influential advocate of Muslim culture, according to people familiar with the matter, in a signal of Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s resolve to push ahead with the country’s aggressive ethnic assimilation efforts.

Wang Zhengwei, a member of China’s Muslim Hui minority and currently a vice chairman of China’s top political advisory body, the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Congress, is under investigation by the party’s internal disciplinary watchdogs for abuse of power and corruption, the people said.

Source: Wsj.Com

Please click the following URL to read the text of the original story:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/china-launches-investigation-into-official-who-promoted-respect-for-islam-11647512073

-----

Didsbury Mosque 'Turned A Blind Eye' To Islamist Extremism Before The Manchester Arena Terror Attack

 

Didsbury Mosque (Image: Manchester Evening News)

------

By John Scheerhout

18 MAR 2022

The mosque attended by Manchester Arena suicide bomber Salman Abedi 'preferred to turn a blind eye' to Islamist extremism rather than tackle it head on, families of those who died in the 2017 terror attack have said.

Didsbury Mosque 'buried its head in the sand', sidelined a liberal imam who spoke out against violent jihad and still to this day has not published a condemnation of violence on its website, according to their QC.

Suicide bomber Salman Abedi, who murdered 22 innocents when he detonated a huge improvised device in his backpack at the end of an Ariana Grande concert, and his jailed brother, Hashem Abedi, attended the mosque on Burton Road in west Didsbury as youngsters and their father, Ramadan Abedi, performed the call to prayer.

Ismail Abedi, the elder brother, volunteered in the mosque's Arabic school - and their mother taught there briefly. As the public inquiry into the atrocity drew to a close this week, the mosque was slammed by John Cooper QC, who represents the biggest group of bereaved families.

It has emerged counter terror police tried to engage with mosques in south Manchester in a bid to get imams to discourage young men from travelling to Syria to fight.

But the response of Didsbury Mosque in April 2016 was 'less positive' than the others, the head of Counter Terrorism Policing North West Dominic Scally has told the inquiry. He clarified: "The other mosques responded to police contact in a more positive fashion; in particular, we had more frequent contact with the other mosques and contact with a broader range of more senior members of those mosques."

Source: Manchester Evening News

Please click the following URL to read the text of the original story:

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/didsbury-mosque-turned-blind-eye-23408405

-----

 India

Hate peddled against Kashmiri Muslims has made our students vulnerable: Omar Abdullah

Peerzada Ashiq

MARCH 18, 2022

Former Chief Minister and National Conference (NC) vice president Omar Abdullah on Friday expressed fears that young students from Kashmir may be targeted across the country due to hate peddled against the entire ‘Kashmiri nation’, while making reference to recent Bollywood movie The Kashmir Files.

“If any student is attacked or harmed in any State in India, the Centre and that State government have to take the blame for it. A perception is being created that all Kashmiri Muslims do not stand other faiths. I fear that the hatred propagated may have consequences for young Kashmiri students studying outside, who are just in their 20s and were not even born in 1990. They are being made vulnerable,” Mr. Abdullah said on the death anniversary of senior NC leader Wali Mohammad Itoo, who was assassinated in 1990 by gunmen.

Source: The Hindu

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/hate-peddled-against-kashmiri-muslims-has-made-our-students-vulnerable-omar-abdullah/article65237175.ece

-----

Nana Patekar: Both Hindus and Muslims belong here, divisions not desirable

By - PTI

Mar 18, 2022

Veteran actor Nana Patekar on Thursday said both the Hindus and Muslims belong to India and divisions in society are not desirable. He was replying to reporters' questions about the film 'The Kashmir Files' on the sidelines of an event here.

Source: Times Of India

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/bollywood/news/nana-patekar-both-hindus-and-muslims-belong-here-divisions-not-desirable/articleshow/90305300.cms

-----

Aligarh mosque covered ahead of Holi & Shab-e-Barat

Mar 18, 2022

AGRA: In a bid to prevent any "untoward incidents" on Holi, which is also the day Friday prayers will be offered along with the Shab e-Barat celebrations, the district administration on Wednesday night covered the decades-old Sabji Mandi mosque with a tarpaulin in "communally-sensitive" Aligarh and deployed additional police force in the town.

Authorities said the step was taken as a "precautionary measure". Four years ago, chief minister Yogi Adityanath had directed all district officials to cover religious places in order to "avoid colour being thrown on them". Such incidents in the past had led to tensions between the two communities. Though this particular mosque in Sabji Mandi, which has a mixed population in terms of religion, has been kept covered on Holi since 2019, the administration and police are taking extra precautions this year as Shab-e-Barat and Friday prayers are on the same day.

Source: Times Of India

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/agra/aligarh-mosque-covered-ahead-of-holi-shab-e-barat/articleshow/90301196.cms

-----

Karnataka Mulls Re-Exam For Some Muslim Students Who Could Not Attend Classes Over The Hijab Row

Mar 18, 2022

BENGALURU: The Karnataka government is likely to consider giving those Muslim students who could not attend classes over the hijab row another chance to appear for practical and preparatory exams.

Replying to the request by BJP MLA Raghupathi Bhat to give one more chance for students to write exams, law and parliamentary affairs minister JC Madhuswamy said the government would consider allowing those who boycotted exams before the high court gave its interim order on hijab. "We'll take a call after consulting the CM," he said. He said the government cannot give another chance to those who continued to skip exams after the HC's interim order. "It is like defying the HC order and giving them another opportunity is not possible. This is my opinion," Madhuswamy said.

Source: Times Of India

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/karnataka-mulls-re-exam-for-some-muslim-students/articleshowprint/90301719.cms?val=3728

-----

Several Muslim-Run Establishments Stay Shut To Protest Against The High Court Order On The Hijab Row

Special Correspondent

MARCH 17, 2022

In response to a bandh call by Muslim organisations to protest against the High Court order on the hijab row, shops and commercial establishments run by Muslim proprietors remained closed on Thursday in some parts of Karnataka, including in Mangaluru, Udupi, and Bengaluru. The day passed off peacefully.

Bengaluru Police Commissioner Kamal Pant went on rounds in the Kadugondanahalli, D.J. Halli, J.C. Nagar, and R.T. Nagar police station limits and supervised security arrangements.

Source: The Hindu

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/bangalore/several-muslim-run-establishments-stay-shut/article65234680.ece

-----

 

Mideast

Islamic World Observes Laylat Al-Barat, Holy Night Of Forgiveness And Salvation

BY DAILY SABAH

MAR 17, 2022

Muslims across the globe on Thursday observed Laylat al-Barat, or the "Night of Barat," Islam’s night of forgiveness and salvation.

Although these nights aren’t marked by public holidays in Turkey, the minarets of mosques across the country are illuminated and special prayers are recited for the occasion.

Source: Arab News

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.dailysabah.com/life/religion/islamic-world-observes-barat-holy-night-of-fate-and-forgiveness

-----

Hamas, Islamic Jihad Call for Intensified Resistance in Occupied Territories

2022-March-17

TEHRAN (FNA)- Leaders of resistance movements called on the Palestinian people in the occupied territories to step up their resistance against Israel, as the Tel Aviv regime continues its acts of aggression against Palestinians.

The secretary general of the Islamic Jihad movement and deputy head of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas' political bureau made the appeal during a meeting in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, on Wednesday, where they  discussed the ongoing Israeli aggression against Palestinians, their land and holy sites, presstv reported.

Source: Fars News.

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.farsnews.ir/en/news/14001226000562/Hamas-Islamic-Jihad-Call-fr-Inensified-Resisance-in-Occpied-Terriries

-----

Israeli settlers and police storm Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque on Purim

By MEE staff

17 March 2022

Dozens of Israeli settlers stormed al-Aqsa compound in occupied East Jerusalem on Thursday morning to mark the Jewish holiday of Purim, local media reported.

Online footage from al-Aqsa mosque shows dozens of Israeli settlers, one of them wearing a white monk dress, praying silently in al-Aqsa esplanade while escorted and protected by Israeli police.

Source: Middle East Eye

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-palestine-jerusalem-aqsa-settlers-police-storm-mosque-purim

-----

When Iran counterstrikes Mossad in secret war

By YONAH JEREMY BOB

MARCH 17, 2022

Although the focus in recent years has been a list of allegedly astounding Mossad operational successes against Iran and Hamas weapons scientists, the spy agency is not perfect and is made out of flesh and blood like everyone else.

Tehran claimed that a series of missile strikes killed and injured around a dozen Mossad agents at an alleged facility in Erbil, Iraq, giving specific numbers and details about how the alleged agents were subsequently evacuated.

Source: Ndtv

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.jpost.com/middle-east/article-701649

-----

Barbaric hostage diplomacy counterproductive for Iran

DR. AZEEM IBRAHIM

March 18, 2022

To the delight of all, UK national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has finally been released after six years of detention on the most bogus of charges in Iran. UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss on Wednesday confirmed that London had paid £400 million ($525 million) of “legitimate debt” to Tehran and received assurances that it would only be used for humanitarian purposes. The debt originated in the 1970s, when the shah of Iran paid for 1,500 British tanks but, before he could take delivery, was ousted by the current regime, which subsequently became the biggest exporter of terror around the globe.

The UK government rightly decided that the delivery of cutting-edge military equipment to such a regime was not responsible. But the mullahs never gave up on getting their refund and resorted to their well-practiced policy of hostage diplomacy. Such hostage taking has been part of the Islamic Republic’s “diplomatic” arsenal from its very foundation in 1979, starting with the notorious Iran hostage crisis, which saw the new regime in Tehran hold dozens of American diplomatic personnel for more than a year.

Source: Arab News

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.arabnews.com/node/2044886

-----

US Navy veteran jailed in Iran sues for $1 billion, alleges torture

Mar 18, 2022

A US Navy veteran who was jailed in Iran for nearly two years sued the Iranian government on Thursday for $1 billion, alleging that he was kidnapped, held hostage and tortured.

The federal lawsuit describes in unsparing detail the “prolonged and continuous" abuse that Michael White says he suffered behind bars, including being beaten and punched, whipped on his feet, deprived of food and drink, and pressured to falsely confess that he was a spy for the US government.

Source: Fox News

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/us-navy-veteran-jailed-in-iran-sues-for-1-billion-alleges-torture-101647560987403.html

-----

4 East Jerusalem residents charged with Hamas ties, planning attacks during Ramadan

By EMANUEL FABIAN

18-03-2022

Four residents of East Jerusalem were indicted Friday over alleged ties to Hamas, with police prosecutors charging some to have planned attacks in the coming month after conducting weapons training and meetings with terror group officials in Turkey.

Following a lengthy joint investigation with the Shin Bet security agency, police said three of the suspects — a family from Sur Baher — were detained upon their entry to Israel last month.

A fourth suspect — a resident of Beit Hanina — was also arrested, with 500,000 NIS (approximately $155,000) in cash, vehicles, and other assets seized, as well as the freezing of bank accounts belonging to a charitable organization.

Source: Times Of Israel

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.timesofisrael.com/4-east-jerusalem-residents-charged-with-hamas-ties-planning-attacks-during-ramadan/

-----

 

South Asia

Islamist mob vandalizes ISKCON temple in Dhaka; 3 injured

18th March 2022

A mob of over 200 people attacked devotees and vandalized the ISKCON Radhakanta Temple in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka on Thursday. “Last evening when devotees were preparing for Gaura Purnima celebration, a mob of 200 people entered the premises of Shri Radhakanta Temple in Dhaka and started vandalizing it,” Radharamn Das, Vice-President ISKCON Kolkata told ANI.

“Three of our devotees were injured in the scuffle. Fortunately, they called Police and were able to drive away miscreants from the temple premises,” he said. Das said that the attack is a matter of grave concern and appealed to the Bangladesh government to take stringent action and provide security to Hindu minorities in the country.

Source: Newsx

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.newsx.com/national/islamist-mob-vandalizes-iskcon-temple-in-dhaka-3-injured.html

-----

Russia has lost 7,000 soldiers in Ukraine in 20 days, more than America lost in 20 years in Afghanistan & Iraq: US

Mar 17, 2022

WASHINGTON: Russia has lost more than 7,000 soldiers in 20 days in Ukraine, roughly the same number of United States troops killed in 20 years in Afghanistan and Iraq, according to American intelligence estimates being dished out amid an emerging replay of Washington's proxy war that trapped the former Soviet Union in Afghanistan between 1978 and 1988.

The alleged fatalities, on top an estimated 21,000 wounded casualties, means nearly 20 per cent of the 150,000 invading Russian force is out of commission in a disastrous mission that the US leaders are saying will be further aggravated with accelerated supply of lethal American weapons to Ukraine.

Source: Times Of India

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/russia-has-lost-7000-soldiers-in-ukraine-in-20-days-more-than-america-lost-in-20-years-in-afghanistan-iraq-us-says/articleshowprint/90297683.cms?val=3728

-----

Afghanistan officially bans all foreign TV series

Mar 18, 2022

The Taliban has officially banned the broadcast of all foreign TV series in Afghanistan, Sputnik reported citing a person familiar with the situation.

"The Taliban clearly said to stop showing any foreign TV series translated into Dari or Pashto [official languages of Afghanistan]," a participant of the meeting of Afghan broadcasters, held on Thursday, said, according to the Russian News Agency.

Source: Hindustan Times

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/afghanistan-officially-bans-all-foreign-tv-series-101647591557295-amp.html

-----

Ukraine crisis: Why silent on civilian deaths in Iraq, Afghanistan, China asks West

Ananth Krishnan

MARCH 18, 2022

China has questioned the silence of the West on civilian casualties in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan while defending its stance on the Ukraine issue amid growing concern over civilian casualties as a result of the Russian invasion.

Asked about Beijing declining to explicitly oppose the Russian invasion and whether it agreed with U.S. President Joe Biden’s description of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin as a “war criminal”, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said “the U.S., NATO and some Western media are very hypocritical.”

Source: The Hindu

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/why-silent-on-civilian-deaths-in-iraq-afghanistan-china-asks-west/article65236632.ece

-----

Decoding Afghanistan’s colourful headgear culture

18 Mar 2022

At the crossroads of Central and South Asia, Afghanistan has for centuries been a meeting place for cultures and ethnicities, as evidenced in the striking assortment of headgear worn by its people.

The style of a cap or turban confers status and standing on its wearer, and also signifies what part of the country they come from or which ethnic group they belong to.

Source: Aljazeera

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/3/18/decoding-afghanistans-colourful-headgear-culture

-----

‘Flashback’: Ukraine war revives painful memories for Afghans

By Brian Osgood

17 Mar 2022

Los Angeles, California, US – Since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine last month, the world has been gripped by images of buildings reduced to rubble, millions of civilians fleeing their homes in search of refuge, and acts of defiant resistance.

“Everything with Ukraine is a flashback for us,” Zahra Nawroz, who was six years old and living with her family in Kabul when the Soviets invaded in December 1979, told Al Jazeera in a phone interview.

Source: Aljazeera

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/3/17/ukraine-war-revives-painful-memories-for-afghans

-----

 

Europe

University of Otago Shares Painting Gifted to Christchurch Muslim Community

17 March 2022

The University of Otago, Christchurch, has shared a painting with staff and students – artwork which was gifted by the campus to the local Muslim community at a special March 15 2019 remembrance service held two years ago.

The painting, Ngā Roimata Aroha (Tears of Love), by artist Awhi Puketapu (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Tamaterā) was gifted as a means of expressing the solidarity of campus staff with the Muslim community in the wake of the Christchurch terror attacks.

Source: Otago

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.otago.ac.nz/news/news/releases/otago838690.html

-----

UK revokes Russian news channel RT's broadcast license

Ahmet Gürhan Kartal

18.03.2022

British broadcast regulator Ofcom announced on Friday that it has revoked Russian news channel RT’s license to broadcast in the UK "with immediate effect."

"We have done so on the basis that we do not consider RT’s licensee, ANO TV Novosti, fit and proper to hold a UK broadcast licence," a statement from the watchdog said.

Source: The Guardian

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/europe/uk-revokes-russian-news-channel-rts-broadcast-license/2539091

-----

Police storm Hezbollah-controlled mosque in Germany

Israel National News

18.03.22

Police in the western German city of Münster on Thursday stormed the Hezbollah-controlled Imam-Mahdi mosque and its affiliated center because intelligence determined that the mosque and its center are pursuing violations of the constitution, JPost reported, citing the Bild newspaper.

According to the report, the German authorities raided the apartments of two leaders of the association “Fatime Versammlung,” which is affiliated with the Imam-Mahdi mosque. A search also took place of a location in Delmenhorst, where Hezbollah also has activities.

Source: Israel National News

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/324178

-----

 

North America

Council On American-Islamic Relations To Co-Sponsor A Job And Resource Fair Hosted By Dar Us Salaam And Islamic Relief USA For Newly-Arrived Afghan Families

Ismail Allison

March 17, 2022

(BALTIMORE, MD, 3/17/2022) – On Saturday, March 19, the Maryland office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations will co-sponsor a job and resource fair hosted by Dar Us Salaam and Islamic Relief USA for newly-arrived Afghan families. 

CONTACT: Dar Us Salaam Program Manager Sr. Marnice Williams, marnice.williams@darussalaam.org, 301-982-2061×125 Office, 301-660-5330 Work Mobile; CAIR Office in Maryland Director Zainab Chaudry, zchaudry@cair.com, 410-971-6062

Source: cair

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.cair.com/press_releases/cair-to-co-sponsor-offer-training-at-job-resource-fair-for-md-afghan-families-hosted-by-dar-us-salaam-islamic-relief-usa/

-----

Islamic Prenuptial Agreements in American Courts

EUGENE VOLOKH

3.17.2022

From Parbeen v. Bari, decided yesterday by the Florida Court of Appeal (Fourth District), in an opinion by Judge Alan Forst, joined by Chief Judge Burton Conner and Judge Jeffrey Kuntz:

This case concerns a prenuptial agreement made by the parties on September 14, 2015, and its impact on their subsequent divorce. In lieu of a conventional prenuptial agreement, the parties opted instead to enter a type of traditional Islamic prenuptial contract known as a "Mahr." Although the agreement was entered into in Bangladesh, neither party claims that it should be interpreted under the secular laws of that nation.

Source: Reason

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://reason.com/volokh/2022/03/17/islamic-prenuptial-agreements-in-american-courts/

-----

ICCC in Parsippany Holds Welcoming Ramadan Ceremony that Attracts over 500 People

By TAPINTO STAFF

March 17, 2022

PARSIPPANY, NJ - The Islamic Community Cultural Center in Parsippany had its "Welcoming Ramadan" ceremony on Saturday, March 12th.

Source: Tapinto

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.tapinto.net/towns/parsippany/sections/religions-and-spirituality/articles/iccc-in-parsippany-holds-welcoming-ramadan-ceremony-that-attracts-over-500-people

-----

Pakistan

Speakers Call For Wider Outreach Of Islamic Finance And Its Literacy In A Summit Hosted By International Islamic University Islamabad

By News desk

March 18, 2022

Speakers of an Islamic Financial Literacy summit hosted by International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) here on Thursday, opined that there is a sheer need of promoting the Islamic finance with an increased outreach to a wider segment of society. They recommended that instead of long term finance to the new entrepreneurs and SMEs equity must be promoted.

The summit was organized by Faculty of Management Sciences (FMS) and Iqbal International Institute for Research and dialogue (IRD) at Faisal Masjid campus on “Islamic Financial Literacy summit: A way forward to financial inclusion and sustainable economic development.”

Source: Pak Observer

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://pakobserver.net/speakers-call-for-wider-outreach-of-islamic-finance-and-its-literacy/

-----

10,000 Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl Volunteers To Protect Islamabad Marchers

Bureau Report

March 18, 2022

PESHAWAR: The Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl on Thursday announced that it would send around 10,000 volunteers of its Ansarul Islam force to Islamabad from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to provide security to the participants of the opposition’s march on March 25.

The JUI-F’s provincial council met here on Thursday with Maulana Attaur Rehman in the chair and worked out the plan for the Islamabad march, according to a statement issued by the JUI-F media cell.

Source: Dawn

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.dawn.com/news/1680524/10000-jui-f-volunteers-to-protect-islamabad-marchers

-----

Judges not in touch with science cannot produce jurisprudence, says SC's Justice Mansoor

Nasir Iqbal

March 18, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah of the Supreme Court on Thursday observed that judges not in touch with science cannot produce jurisprudence.

“As a judge, I feel this is a great judgement that has opened the gates of science to walk into our courtrooms,” said Justice Shah while giving a keynote speech at a report launch commemorating the one-year anniversary of Safia Bano judgement, popularly known as schizophrenia verdict on mentally ill death row prisoners.

Source: Dawn

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.dawn.com/news/1680528/judges-not-in-touch-with-science-cannot-produce-jurisprudence-says-scs-justice-mansoor

-----

Rs1m fine imposed on lawyer for vilifying LHC chief justice

Staff Reporter

March 18, 2022

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Thursday imposed a fine of Rs1 million on a lawyer for filing allegations against Chief Justice Muhammad Ameer Bhatti in a petition challenging a decision of a special court of anti-corruption.

Petitioner Advocate Ajmal Mahmood alleged the chief justice used his office to manoeuvre proceedings before the anti-corruption court in a case against women officials of the Punjab Women Development Department.

Source: Dawn

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.dawn.com/news/1680505/rs1m-fine-imposed-on-lawyer-for-vilifying-lhc-chief-justice

-----

Nothing to do with no-trust motion, says ECP

Iftikhar A. Khan

March 18, 2022

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has made it clear that it has nothing to do with the election and no-trust motion against the prime minister.

In a statement issued on Thursday, it also said that its role in disqualifying a member of the National Assembly on the ground of defection started only after it received a reference through the NA speaker.

Source: Dawn

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.dawn.com/news/1680551/nothing-to-do-with-no-trust-motion-says-ecp

-----

 

Southeast Asia

As Possible Marcos Presidency Looms, Muslim Senate Bet Says: Remember Jabidah Massacre

Pia Ranada

MAR 18, 2022

MANILA, Philippines – On the 54th anniversary of the infamous Jabidah massacre, a Marcos return to Malacañang appears likely, based on recent voter preference surveys.

Muslim senatorial candidate Samira Gutoc appealed to Filipino voters to remember that on March 18, 1968, exactly 54 years ago, Muslim recruits were shot dead by the military in Corregidor during the presidency of Ferdinand Marcos.

Source: Rappler

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.rappler.com/nation/elections/samira-gutoc-says-remember-jabidah-massacre-possible-marcos-presidency-looms/

-----

PM Ismail Sabri: Malaysia filed application to annul Final Award in relation to claims by Sulu Sultan’s heirs

18 Mar 2022

KUALA LUMPUR, March 18 ― To protect the sovereignty and interests of Malaysia, the government has filed an application in the Court of Arbitration in Paris to cancel the Final Award in relation to claims by purported descendants of the Sulu Sultan, said Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

The prime minister said the application in the French court was filed on March 3 to ensure that the award could not be enforced and Malaysia need not have to pay the sum of US$14.9 billion (RM62.59 billion) which was claimed.

Source: Malay Mail

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2022/03/18/pm-ismail-sabri-malaysia-filed-application-to-annul-final-award-in-relation/2048130

-----

Buoyed by election victories, Zahid tells grassroots Umno is back from the dead

BY SYED JAYMAL ZAHIID

18 Mar 2022

KUALA LUMPUR, March 18 ― Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi opened his party’s 2021 annual general assembly by declaring Umno as battle-ready and has emerged from the ordeal of 2018’s humiliating defeat stronger, as he urged members to prepare for the general election.

The Umno president asserted that the party’s back-to-back electoral victories were the clearest indicator of a resurgent public support, and that people continue to view the Malay nationalist outfit as the best platform for economic and social progress despite efforts by rivals to paint them as corrupt and obsolete.

Source: Malay Mail

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2022/03/18/buoyed-by-election-victories-zahid-tells-grassroots-umno-is-back-from-the-d/2048084

-----

Dismissing Pakatan as an imposter, Zahid says Umno is the real reformist

BY SHAHRIN AIZAT NOORSHAHRIZAM

18 Mar 2022

KUALA LUMPUR, March 18 — Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today said that Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) promise of bringing reform agenda to the table while the coalition was in the driving seat of the country’s administration, was mere chants and war cry on their way to grab those top positions in the government.

“God willing, when we are back in power, there will be no such thing as political vendetta,” he said during the party’s Umno General Assembly 2021 at World Trade Center (WTC) here today.

Source: Malay Mail

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2022/03/18/dismissing-pakatan-as-an-imposter-zahid-says-umno-is-the-real-reformist/2048091

-----

Guan Eng: Zahid surprised at lack of defections from DAP, comes from the camaraderie within its members

BY ASHMAN ADAM

18 Mar 2022

KUALA LUMPUR, March 18 ― Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi once praised DAP and its members for the lack of defections throughout its political existence, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said.

In an exclusive interview with Malaysiakini on his 18 years as a leader in DAP, Lim shared a story of how Zahid had approached him in Parliament and said “You won 42 seats and now you still have 42. Even Umno cannot do this”, to which he attributed it to the strong sense of companionship within DAP members.

Source: Malay Mail

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2022/03/18/guan-eng-zahid-surprised-at-lack-of-defections-from-dap-comes-from-the-cama/2048081

-----

 

Arab world

Emirates Red Crescent's Ramadan programmes benefit over 7 million people in Yemen

By Wam

18 Mar 2022

Around 7.035 million people have benefited from the Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) Ramadan programmes in six Yemeni governorates, including Shabwa, Hadhramaut, Taiz, Hodeidah, Aden and Socotra, according to an ERC statement.

Some 6.87 million people benefited from the Ramadan Mir and Iftar project, while 165,000 people benefited from the Eid clothing initiatives.

Source: khaleej Times

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.khaleejtimes.com/ramadan/emirates-red-crescents-ramadan-programmes-benefit-over-7-million-people-in-yemen

-----

Meta research reveals trends and behaviours of UAE consumers during Ramadan

Sofia Serrano

Mar. 18, 2022

Ramadan is a global season of reflection and introspection, with almost two billion people observing it globally, fasting daily and connecting with friends and family. Gifting and shopping is a big part of the Ramadan moment. As a result, many discoveries are taking place across borders because of the shifts in people’s openness to exploring new things during Ramadan.

To better understand the behaviours of people who observe Ramadan and who shop for this season, Facebook IQ, Meta’s insights and research division, in partnership with YouGov, a global public opinion and data company, has unveiled findings of a study conducted during Ramadan 2021 titled ‘Ramadan and Eid Study’ with over 13,000 respondents across nine countries including the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

Source: Campaignme

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://campaignme.com/meta-research-reveals-trends-and-behaviours-of-uae-consumers-during-ramadan/

-----

Co-operative societies cut food prices in Dubai and Sharjah in Ramadan drive

Salam Al Amir

Mar 18, 2022

Community-focused retail chains will serve up vital support to shoppers during Ramadan by slashing the cost of tens of thousands of food items by up to 90 per cent.

The Union Co-operative and Sharjah Co-op will cut prices on close to 50,000 household essentials at dozens of branches in Dubai and Sharjah.

Source: The National News

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.thenationalnews.com/uae/2022/03/18/co-operative-societies-cut-food-prices-in-dubai-and-sharjah-in-ramadan-drive/

-----

Qatar consistently among top 10 in Islamic finance globally

By News desk

March 18, 2022

Qatar, which has QR528bn of Islamic finance assets, has been consistently ranked among top 10 of the world’s leading Islamic financial markets over the past 10 years, Minister of Commerce and Industry H E Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Qassim Al Thani said yesterday after inaugurating the 8th Doha Islamic Finance Conference, which was held under the patronage of the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior H E Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani.

Source: Pak Observer

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://pakobserver.net/qatar-consistently-among-top-10-in-islamic-finance-globally/

-----

Bahraini Islamic banking sector to grow driven by public demand

By News desk

March 18, 2022

Bahrain’s Islamic banking sector growth (including Islamic windows) is expected to continue apace in 2022-2023, following strong momentum in 2021, likely driven by the steadily rising public demand for Islamic products and the expected improvement in the operating environment, Fitch Ratings says.

This follows rising oil prices, higher real GDP growth, easing of Covid-19-related restrictions and the expected rises in interest or profit rates.

Source: Pak Observer

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://pakobserver.net/bahraini-islamic-banking-sector-to-grow-driven-by-public-demand/

-----

Kuwaiti Islamic banks post 4th best growth rate in financing operations

By News desk

March 18, 2022

According to the data issued by Moody’s Agency for Investors Services from 2019 to the third quarter of 2021, shows the Kuwaiti Islamic banks have recorded the fourth best growth rate in financing operations in the world better than traditional banks during the Covid-19 pandemic, reports Al-Rai daily.

In a recent report, the agency stated, Kuwait is the fifth largest major market for Islamic finance in the world, while Saudi Arabia still maintain its first position, pointing out that the adoption of the Public Debt Law may enhance the issuance of sovereign sukuk, given the importance of sukuk in the Gulf region.

Source: Pak Observer

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://pakobserver.net/kuwaiti-islamic-banks-post-4th-best-growth-rate-in-financing-operations/

-----

 

Africa

Child Upbringing In Focus As Institute Graduates More Young Qur’an Memorisers In Ibadan

By Saheed Salawu

Mar 18, 2022

THE increasing moral decadence and alarming social vices among the youth are attributable to waning good parenting in many homes.

A cleric and director of the Ali Institute of Qur’an Memorisation (AIQM), Ibadan, Malam Ali Abdussalam, made this assertion at the third haflah (graduation) of the institute held at Oba Akinbiyi Estate, Olunde, Academy-Olomi, Ibadan.

Ali Institute for Qur’an Memorisation started five years ago with students from every region of the country memorising the Qur’an there. The institute has produced 900 Qur’an memorisers to date.

Source: Tribuneon Lineng

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://tribuneonlineng.com/child-upbringing-in-focus-as-institute-graduates-more-young-quran-memorisers-in-ibadan/

-----

Sanusi, Other Experts Dissect Islamic Financial System At The Companion’s ‘National Discourse’

By Saheed Salawu

Mar 18, 2022

The approval of non-interest banking in Nigeria took a lot of efforts and commitment, His Highness, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, has said.

Sanusi spoke recently at the fifth ‘National Discourse’ of The Companion, an association of Muslim men in business and the professions, held at the University of Lagos, Akoka.

Source: Tribuneon Lineng

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://tribuneonlineng.com/sanusi-other-experts-dissect-islamic-financial-system-at-the-companions-national-discourse/

-----

The refugee trapped between Ukraine war and a Nigerian loan shark

By Carol Schaeffer

18 Mar 2022

Warsaw, Poland—Life in a refugee camp in Warsaw has left Vera* (surname withheld) without much to do other than reflect on all the war has cost her after she fled Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital.

After more than three years at a Ukrainian university, she is left with little proof of her hard work and investment in her education but also financial uncertainty back home in her native Nigeria.

Source: Aljazeera

Please click the following URL to read the full text of the original story:

https://www.aljazeera.com/features/2022/3/18/pregnant-nigerian-refugee-facing-war-abroad-loan-shark-at-home

-----

URL:   https://www.newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/organisation-islamic-cooperation-hurriyat-pakistan/d/126598

New Age Islam, Islam Online, Islamic Website, African Muslim News, Arab World News, South Asia News, Indian Muslim News, World Muslim News, Women in Islam, Islamic Feminism, Arab Women, Women In Arab, Islamophobia in America, Muslim Women in West, Islam Women and Feminism

Loading..

Loading..