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Bangladesh Militant Group Publishes Global Hit List of Bloggers, Activists and Writers

 

Muslim pilgrims pray on the plains of Arafat during the annual Haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Makkah on Friday. Muslim pilgrims pray on the plains of Arafat during the annual Haj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Makkah on Friday. Reuters

 

South Asia

Bangladesh Militant Group Publishes Global Hit List of Bloggers, Activists and Writers

MoI Rejects Reports of Afghan Police Involvement in ‘Bacha Baazi’

38 Militants Killed In Security Operations in Afghanistan

Mullah Omar’s Son Was Forced to Accept Mullah Mansoor as New Taliban Leader

NATO soldier killed in militants attack in the vicinity of Bagram Airfield

Bangladesh's PM rejects claims of repression: 'I do politics for the people'

Bangladesh court indicts 13 in beating death of teenager shown in online video

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Pakistan

Senior Politician: ISIL Seeking to Spread to Pakistan Using Religious Schools

Pakistani Forces Detain 40 Afghan Refugees In Quetta

Pak arrests Afghan national for air base attack

Kashmir issue main cause of India-Pakistan tension: Sharif

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Arab World

Millions of Muslims Throng Mount Arafat As Haj Reaches Climax

Yemeni Missiles Destroy Several Saudi Military Bases in Jizan

ISIS in Syria: Kobani stood up to the jihadists and won - but it's still a city under siege

Army Kills Tens of Terrorists in Aleppo Countryside

Yemeni Forces Kill Six Saudi Troops in Jizan

Two Saudi soldiers under Houthi captivity

Pakistani pilgrim delivers baby boy in Mina

Saudi families send domestic workers to Haj as reward

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North America

Pakistan Is A Serious Problem, Us Presidential Candidate Donald Trump Says

Immigrants Make a Good Fit in US, Study Finds"

"Guarding a Pope who enjoys slipping the leash"

Muslim Americans welcome first NY Eid school holiday

U.S. envoy for anti-Islamic State coalition Allen to step down

Meet Ahmed, the world's most high-visibility schoolboy

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Mideast

One More Palestinian Falls to Israeli Bullet

Iranian Leader Blames US, Allies for Pains of Nations in Middle-East, Africa

13 Turkish soldiers hurt in bomb attack

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India

Muslim Man Launches Petition Demanding Ban on Vegetables

Beef Ban Means Eid Worries For Indian Muslims

Three Pakistan boys held in Jaisalmer, to be sent back home

Pakistan wants India to send back teenager languishing in Gujarat jail

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Europe

Hoping For Unity In Crisis European Union Instead Lays Bare its Divisions

European Union Approves Plan to Distribute Migrants

Hungarian Muslims open doors for refugees

Assad receives new warplanes from Russia

Refugee crisis: EU ministers agree quotas - as UN says even its best offer is not enough

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Southeast Asia

Liars, Graft Make Hudud Impossible Here, Says Muslim

Muslimarket.com aims to provide the complete Islamic package

Weak rupiah hits pilgrimage plans of thousands of Indonesians

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Africa

Million fewer tourists visit Tunisia after terror attacks

UN envoy presents final peace deal to Libyan rivals

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Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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 South Asia

Bangladesh Militant group publishes global hitlist of bloggers, activists and writers

Wednesday 23 September 2015 05

An Islamic militant group in Bangladesh has issued a hitlist of secular bloggers, writers and activists around the world, saying they will be killed if its demands are not met.

The list will raise fears that Islamic militant violence within the unstable south Asian country could take on an international dimension.

The targets in the list include nine bloggers based in the UK, seven in Germany, two in the US, one in Canada and one in Sweden. Some are Bangladeshi citizens living overseas. Others are dual nationals or citizens of the western nations.

The list was issued in a statement on the internet by the Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT), a group that has been blamed for a series of murders of bloggers and activists in Bangladesh over the last 18 months. All those killed have been prominent critics of extremist religious doctrines, especially in Islam.

The acting leader of the ABT and two close associates were arrested earlier this month in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, for their involvement in the murder of a secular blogger earlier this year.

Individuals on the new list have told the Guardian they intend to keep writing and blogging.

“Our weapon is [the] pen, and we can use it without hurting anybody. We just want to make people conscious about their rights. So that nobody can use them to fulfill bad intentions,” said Ananya Azad, a Bangladeshi blogger who has been forced into exile in Europe and is on the list.

There has been no previous indication that the ABT was targeting bloggers overseas and the list will worry security authorities in Europe and the US.

Bangladesh police escort ABT head Abul Bashar (left), Zafran Hassan (centre) and Julhas Bishas (second right). Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

British-based bloggers of Bangladeshi origin named on the list have approached police in London and elsewhere following its publication. They say authorities have have advised them to take precautions to minimise the risk of attack.

It is unclear if the ABT has the capability to carry out their threats, but its call for action may prompt individuals to mount “lone wolf” attacks.

Police have charged an ABT organiser and four supporters with the murder of a 27-year-old blogger, Washiqur Rahman, in Dhaka in March.

Rahman’s death came just weeks after a Bangladesh-born American atheist blogger was murdered in Dhaka by machete-wielding attackers.

The murder in February of Bangladeshi-born US citizen Avijit Roy, a science writer and blog moderator, prompted outrage around the world. His US-based widow is among those named on the new list the group appear to have issued.

Officials believe the ABT is close to the Ansar ul-Islam organisation, which is part of al-Qaida in south Asiaand launched by the extremist organisation about a year ago.

The statement featured a logo comprising a black flag carrying the seal of the prophet Muhammad, often favoured by extremist groups, and the phrase: “We do not forget, we do not forgive” in English.

The new list is accompanied by an incoherent demand to strip bloggers of their citizenship. It appears to be addressed to the government of Bangladesh’s prime minister Sheikh Hasina, though many of those on the hitlist have dual nationality or are citizens of Britain, the US or European nations.

“Cancel the Bangladeshi citizenship of enemies of Islam and [Muslim religious] education, atheists, apostates, unbelievers, anti-Islamic ... bloggers, agents of India ... otherwise they will be killed wherever they can be found in the Almighty’s world,” said the statement.

The origin of the list is unclear, and some have doubted it is an official statement from the ABT in Bangladesh, but instead compiled or published from the UK or elsewhere in the west.

More than 150 writers, including Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie, Yann Martel and Colm Tóibín, signed a letter condemning the series of fatal attacks and calling on the government of Bangladesh “to ensure that the tragic events … are not repeated”.

Authorities in Dhaka have been previously criticised for requesting local bloggers and activists to avoid provocative statements on sensitive religious issues.

Bangladeshi social activists in protest at the killing of Avijit Roy in Dhaka on 27 February. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

A spokesperson for Human Rights Watch, the international campaigning group, last month called for the government “to recall that its duty is to uphold the constitution and protect people’s lives, as well as their religious freedom”.

“It’s shocking that Bangladesh authorities not only failed to protect the bloggers despite complaints to the police about threats against them, but instead are proposing self-censorship,” said the spokesperson.

Repeated efforts to contact senior Bangladeshi officials for comment this week were unsuccessful.

Bangladesh is an officially secular country, but more than 90% of its 160 million people are Muslim. It gained its independence from Pakistan after a brutal civil war in 1971, which left deep scars. In recent years a new surge of extremism has exacerbated long standing tensions between conservatives and secular liberals.

Those on the list say they are aware of the dangers of their activism. “I can’t give you assurance that I can’t be hurt here also. Fundamentalists have threatened that they will come and kill me,” said blogger Azad.

“I can’t say that I am fully safe, as the fundamentalists know where I am residing. I can’t say what will happen in future, but I can give you this assurance that I will write until the end of my life.”

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/23/militant-group-publishes-hit-list-of-bloggers-activists-and-writers

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MoI rejects reports of Afghan police involvement in ‘Bacha Baazi’

Sep 23 2015

Afghan police bacha baaziThe Ministry of Interior (MoI) rejected reports suggesting the involvement of Afghan police forces in sexual abuse of children ‘Bacha Baazi’.

A statement by MoI said the report has no basis comparing the current situation since the interview is based on the memories of an American soldier while he was serving in the country in 2011 and includes old information provided to media and the interview being informal.

The statement further added that MoI strongly rejects the report that sexual abuse of children ‘Bacha Baazi’ is a tradition in Afghanistan and the security officials ignored the abuse of children.

MoI said sexual abuse of children is an obscene and indecent act with the Afghan laws recognizing it as a criminal offense and the perpetrators will face severe punishment as per the applicable laws.

Reports regarding the alleged sexual abuse of children by Afghan police emerged yesterday where the former American service members were quoted describing their experience while serving in Afghanistan with boys screaming in the night as Afghan police officers attacked them.

Three or four Afghan men found lying on the floor of a room at a military base with children between them, presumably for sex play.

According to an account in the New York Times by Joseph Goldstein, the American service members were ordered by their superiors to ignore abusive behavior by their Afghan allies and “to look the other way because it’s their culture.”

In the meantime, the commander of the NATO-led Resolute Support (RS) mission in Afghanistan also rejected the reports saying “I personally have served multiple tours of duty in Afghanistan and am absolutely confident that no such theater policy has ever existed here, and certainly, no such policy has existed throughout my tenure as commander.”

Gen. Campbell further added “Consistent with clear U.S. Department of Defense policy on the issue of sexual assault, trafficking of persons, and similar matters, I expect all personnel to treat others with respect and dignity. I further expect that any suspicions of sexual abuse will be immediately reported to the chain of command, regardless of who the alleged perpetrators or victims are.”

“The chain of command will take appropriate action under applicable law, as well as DoD and service regulations,” he said, adding that “If the abuse involves Afghans, a report shall be forwarded to me through operations channels, copied to the Staff Judge Advocate, so that the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan can be advised and requested to take action.”

Gen. Campbell also added that he has personally spoken with President Ghani on this issue and he made it clear that the Afghan government will not tolerate the abuse of its children, or any of its people, and will thoroughly investigate all allegations and administer justice appropriately.

He also insisted that any sexual abuse or similar mistreatment of others, no matter the alleged perpetrator or victim, is completely unacceptable, and reprehensible.

http://www.khaama.com/moi-rejects-reports-of-afghan-police-involvement-in-bacha-baazi-1550

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38 militants killed in newest security operations

Sep 23 2015,

38 militants have been killed in newest security operations in eight provinces, the Ministry of Interior announced on Wednesday.

A statement issued by the ministry states that the operations were jointly conducted  by Afghan National Police (ANP), Afghan National Army (ANA) and National Directorate of Security (NDS) in, Kunduz, Badakhshan, Sar-e-Pul, Kandahar, Ghazni, Herat and Helmand provinces in past 24 hours.

The statement adds that 38 militants were killed and eight others wounded in these operations.

Ministry of Interior urges all citizens to report any suspicious activities they experience to security forces by dialing 119 from their cell phones.

http://www.khaama.com/38-militants-killed-in-news-security-operations-3941

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Mullah Omar’s son was forced to accept Mullah Mansoor as new Taliban leader

Sep 22 2015

Mullah-Omar11The family members of Mullah Mohammad Omar particularly his son Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob were forced to accept Mullah Akhtar Mansoor as the new leader of the Taliban group, it has been claimed.

The Afghanistan Islamic Movement Fidai Mahaz, a splinter group of the Taliban group, has claimed that there has been no breakthrough to resolve issues among the Taliban leadership despite forcing Mullah Yaqoob to accept Mullah Akhtar Mansoor as new Taliban group leader.

The Taliban group claimed a week ago that the family members of Mullah Mohammad Omar – the group’s founder and former supreme leader, have pledged allegiance to the newly appointed Taliban group chief Mullah Akhtar Mansoor.

Full Report at:

http://www.khaama.com/mullah-omars-son-was-forced-to-accept-mullah-mansoor-as-new-taliban-leader-1548

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NATO soldier killed in militants attack in the vicinity of Bagram Airfield

Sep 23 2015

A service member of the NATO-led Resolute Support (RS) mission was killed in an attack in the vicinity of Bagram Airfield in northern Parwan province of Afghanistan.

A statement by the alliance said “We can confirm a Resolute Support service member died as a result of an enemy attack in the vicinity of Bagram Airfield, September 22.”

No further details were given regarding the nationality of the deceased service member.

Full Report at:

http://www.khaama.com/nato-soldier-killed-in-militants-attack-in-the-vicinity-of-bagram-airfield-1549

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Bangladesh's PM rejects claims of repression: 'I do politics for the people'

SEPTEMBER 23, 2015

Bangladesh’s prime minister has dismissed accusations that democracy and rule of law are being undermined by her increasingly authoritarian behaviour and by extensive human rights abuses by the police and security forces.

In a wide-ranging interview in Dhaka, Sheikh Hasina Wazed, Bangladesh’s formidable, long-serving head of government rejected claims that extra-judicial killings, numerous so-called “enforced disappearances”, mass arrests of opposition activists and Islamists, and new restrictions on media and internet freedoms were turning the world’s third most populous Muslim nation into a repressive, de facto one-party state.

“My job is to assist the common people,” Hasina said. “I do politics for the people, not for me ... People are enjoying democracy now. What people want is their basic needs. So I’m trying to help people ensure their basic need, that means food security, healthcare, education, and job opportunity and a better life.

“By 2021 Bangladesh will be a middle-income country and by 2041 Bangladesh will be a developed country ... All the democratic institutions are working and people are satisfied and people are enjoying it. So the way you say I am dominating, I am not dominating. I am serving people.”

Full Report at:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/21/bangladesh-prime-minister-rejects-accusations-of-authoritarian-rule

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Bangladesh court indicts 13 in beating death of teenager shown in online video

September 22, 2015

DHAKA, Bangladesh –  A court in northeastern Bangladesh indicted 13 people on Tuesday in the beating death of a 13-year-old boy that shocked a nation used to violent crime because a video of him being tortured was posted online.

Metropolitan Sessions Judge Akbar Hossain Mridha said the trial of the 13, including the main suspect who fled to Saudi Arabia, will begin Oct. 1.

Full Report at:

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/09/22/bangladesh-court-indicts-13-in-beating-death-teenager-shown-in-online-video/

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Pakistan

 

Senior Politician: ISIL Seeking to Spread to Pakistan Using Religious Schools

Wed Sep 23, 2015

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Pakistani politician warned of the danger posed by the ISIL against his country's future, and said the terrorist group is misusing extremist religious schools to infiltrate its thoughts and ideology in Pakistan.

"The ISIL is a major danger threatening Pakistan's future and it can create many problems for the country in the future," Amir Fida Paracha, a senior member of Pakistan People Party, told FNA on Wednesday.

Full Report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940701000667

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Pakistani forces detain 40 Afghan refugees in Quetta

Sep 23 2015

forces have detained Afghan refugees in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province.

Police have detained these Afghans from the surrounding areas of a Pakistan Air Force base called ‘Khalid Air Base’.

Full Report at:

http://www.khaama.com/pakistani-forces-detain-40-afghans-in-quetta-3940

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Pak arrests Afghan national for air base attack

September 22, 2015         

An Afghan national has been arrested by police in Pakistan for his alleged involvement in the attack on an air force base last week that left 42 people dead, as authorities said the mastermind of the deadly assult was from Afghanistan.

Police raided a house in Pladherai village of Charsadda district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and arrested the man from a rented house, a police official said.

"He has been shifted to a secret location for questioning," he said.

Full Report at:

http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/pak-arrests-afghan-national-for-air-base-attack-115092201074_1.html

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Kashmir issue main cause of India-Pakistan tension: Sharif

Sep 23, 2015

SLAMABAD: Terming the Kashmir dispute as the main reason of tension with India, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has urged New Delhi to hold talks on all issues, including Kashmir.

The issue should also be raised at other platforms besides bilateral talks between the two neighbouring countries; Geo TV quoted Sharif as saying on Tuesday.

"Sooner the issue is resolved, the better it will be for both the countries," he said, adding Pakistan will continue playing its due role for peace and stability in the region.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Kashmir-issue-main-cause-of-India-Pakistan-tension-Sharif/articleshow/49069889.cms

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Arab World

 

Millions of Muslims throng Mount Arafat as Haj reaches climax

Sep 23, 2015

MOUNT ARAFAT: Over two million pilgrims, including more than 1.5 lakh Indians, today started moving from the tent-city of Mina to Mount Arafat and its surrounding ground for prayers, marking the climax of the annual Haj.

Pilgrims of all age groups clad in white seamless cloth began moving to Arafat, where Prophet Mohammad delivered the last Haj sermon nearly 1400 years ago, early this morning from Mina where they spent the night in prayer and supplication.

During Haj, men pilgrims wear a seamless two-piece white garment, symbolising a state of purity. Women also generally wear white, covering full body except their faces and hands.

Emotional scenes were witnessed in Arafat as on arrival many pilgrims could not control tears and many continued to thank Allah for making it possible for them to perform Haj.

Hundreds of pilgrims crowded onto the hill and the massive plain surrounding it to pray until sunset.

Full Report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Millions-of-Muslims-throng-Mount-Arafat-as-Haj-reaches-climax/articleshow/49071598.cms

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Yemeni Missiles Destroy Several Saudi Military Bases in Jizan

Wed Sep 23, 2015

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Yemeni army and the popular forces destroyed several strategic military bases in the province of Jizan in Southwestern Saudi Arabia with missiles and mortar shells.

The army and Ansarullah forces in retaliatory attacks fired over 70 missiles and mortar shells at al-Qarn, Mohata al-Bayza, al-Mashih and al-Radif military bases in Jizan province, destroying them to a large degree.

The Yemeni sources announced that all of the four Saudi military bases caught fire after they were pounded.

Full Report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940701000777

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ISIS in Syria: Kobani stood up to the jihadists and won - but it's still a city under siege

Sep 23, 2015

KOBANI: Syrian Kurdish fighters won the greatest victory in Kurdish history in January when they defeated Isis - "Islamic State" - in the battle for the city of Kobani on the Syrian-Turkish border. One thousand YPG (People's Protection Unit) militiamen and several times that number of Isis militants were killed in the four-and-a-half month siege. Some 70 per cent of Kobani city was destroyed, mostly by US air strikes that turned buildings held by Isis into fragments of pulverised concrete.

Full Report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/ISIS-in-Syria-Kobani-stood-up-to-the-jihadists-and-won-but-its-still-a-city-under-siege/articleshow/49072154.cms

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Army Kills Tens of Terrorists in Aleppo Countryside

Sep 23, 2015

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army pounded the positions of the Takfiri terrorists in the countryside of Aleppo, killing tens of militants and injuring dozens more over the past 24 hours.

At least 50 ISIL terrorists were killed in the army's counter-attacks in different parts of Aleppo countryside.

The vehicles and military equipment of the ISIL terrorists were also destroyed during the Syrian troops' raids on the militants' hideouts in Aleppo.

Full Report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940701000696

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Yemeni Forces Kill Six Saudi Troops in Jizan

Wed Sep 23, 2015

TEHRAN (FNA)- Yemen's army and Ansarullah fighters killed at least six Saudi troops in a mortar attack in the Persian Gulf kingdom's Southwestern border region of Jizan.

Six military vehicles were also destroyed in the retaliatory attack on Tuesday, according to the Yemeni Defense Ministry.

On Monday, a United Arab Emirates officer died of injuries sustained in the Yemeni Province of Ma'rib.

The UAE officer died along with several Saudi troops during clashes with Yemeni forces, al-Masirah reported on Monday.

Full Report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940701000286

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Two Saudi soldiers under Houthi captivity

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

RIYADH — Two Saudi soldiers who lost their way inside Yemen are presumed to be in the hands of Houthi militia, according to Brig. Gen. Ahmad Al-Asiri, spokesman of the coalition forces and adviser at the office of the minister of defense.

“Two soldiers from the Saudi forces are missing after they lost their way inside Yemeni territory and the evidence points to them being alive and detained by the Houthi militias,” Asiri said in a statement, carried by the Saudi Press Agency.

Full Report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20150923257497

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Pakistani pilgrim delivers baby boy in Mina

September 23, 2015

MINA – A Pakistani pilgrim gave birth to a baby boy in Mina on Tuesday, the first day of the annual pilgrimage of Haj. Dr. Muhammad Malaibari, director of Mina Al-Wadi Hospital, said that the delivery was normal and the mother and infant are in good health. This is the first birth at the holy sites after pilgrims moved to the tent city. The baby was named Muhammad Ali. The nursing director at the hospital said that the mother is a diabetic and hence she has been given special medical care. Meanwhile, father of the baby said that his wife experienced labor pain when they arrived in Mina, and immediately they reached Mina Al-Wadi where she delivered the baby. Expressing delight over the delivery of his wife at the holy site, he thanked the hospital staff for their support.

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20150923257529

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Saudi families send domestic workers to Haj as reward

September 23, 2015

RIYADH — A lot of Muslim migrant workers, especially domestic labor, are keen on being employed in the Kingdom, to live near the holy cities and get a chance to perform Haj. Female domestic workers especially seize the opportunity of being in close proximity to Makkah and Madinah as well as having the financial means to support their journey.

Good doers in our society treat their  domestic workers with compassion and generosity. Perhaps the best reward any employer can give to a domestic worker is to financially sponsor her Haj or at least cover a large portion of the expenses.

When employers facilitate this obligatory deed Muslims have to fulfill, plenty of humanitarian stories mark this major holy event, Al-Riyadh daily said. 

Financial circumstances

Full Report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20150923257494

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North America

 

Pakistan is a serious problem, US Presidential Candidate Donald Trump says

By GHANIZADA - Wed Sep 23 2015

The Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has said Pakistan is a serious problem while pointing towards the nuclear weapons of the country amid concerns it could become unstable in the future.

Trump made the remarks during his appearance on the radio talk show hosted by Hugh Hewitt on Monday.

In response to Pakistan’s huge stockpile of nuclear warheads amid fragile security situation due to the presence of militant groups that could led to instability, Trump said India should be involved if Pakistan goes unstable.

Full Report at:

http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-is-a-serious-problem-us-presidential-candidate-donald-trump-says-1552

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U.S. Immigrants Get Supersized

 May 12, 2011

Immigrants to the United States may be packing on the pounds, in part, because of a desire to fit in with the citizens of their new country, a new study suggests.

Immigrants and their children are known to put on weight after moving to the United States, with some approaching levels of obesity within 15 years.

While the abundance of junk food in the American diet no doubt plays a role in their weight gain, immigrants and their families  may choose typical American dishes as a way to show that they belong and to prove themselves as Americans, the new study finds.

"People who feel like they need to prove they belong in a culture will change their habits in an attempt to fit in,” says researcher Sapna Cheryan, a psychologist at the University of Washington.

Full Report at:

http://www.livescience.com/14143-supersized-immigrants.html

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Muslim Americans welcome first NY Eid school holiday

September 23, 2015

NEW YORK: New York marks a milestone in the fight for equality Thursday when 1.1 million children in America’s largest school district will take the day off to mark Eid al-Adha.

It is a small but hard-won victory at a time when American Muslims complain of growing Islamophobia and worsening anti-Muslim rhetoric following the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

For the first time, more than 1,800 public schools in New York will close for the Muslim feast of sacrifice, a day after also closing for Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar.

Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled the new policy in March, announcing that New York public schools would get two days off for Eid al-Fitr, which falls during the summer, and Eid al-Adha, in addition to major Christian and Jewish holidays.

Since then, city hall has added a further day off — February 8, 2016 — for Lunar New Year, celebrated by Asian-Americans.

Full Report at:

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/world/2015/09/23/muslim-americans-welcome-first-ny-eid-school-holiday/

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U.S. envoy for anti-Islamic State coalition Allen to step down

23/09 00:54

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. special envoy for countering the Islamic State militant group, retired General John Allen, plans to step down for personal reasons, a U.S. official said on Tuesday.

Allen, a retired U.S. Marine four star general and a former commander of NATO and U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, had originally agreed to serve in the job for six months and has done it for a year, said the official who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Full Report at:

http://www.euronews.com/newswires/3072822-us-envoy-for-anti-islamic-state-coalition-allen-to-step-down/

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Meet Ahmed, the world's most high-visibility schoolboy

Sep 23, 2015

When American teen Ahmed Mohamed woke up to go to school last Monday, little did the tech-savvy 14-year-old know that he would go from being arrested to becoming a social media hero within the span of one week. Police officials detained and handcuffed Ahmed, after his school teachers mistook the clock he made for a bomb and called him a terrorist. His arrest raised pertinent questions on America's views on Islam, race and ethnicity.

Full Report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Meet-Ahmed-the-worlds-most-high-visibility-schoolboy/articleshow/49073337.cms

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Mideast

 

One more Palestinian falls to Israeli bullet

September 23, 2015

Relatives mourn over the body of 21-year-old Palestinian Dia Al-Talahmeh, at a hospital in the West Ban city of Hebron on Tuesday. — AFP

Hebron, Palestine — A Palestinian died during an Israeli army operation in the southern West Bank before dawn on Tuesday, while troops shot a woman.

Both incidents occurred in the Hebron area with tensions running high ahead of the Yom Kippur and Eid Al-Adha holidays and after three days of clashes rocked occupied Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound last week.

Palestinian security officials said Dia Al-Talahmeh, 21, was shot dead by Israeli troops in the village of Dura near Hebron.

Full Report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20150923257439

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Iranian Leader Blames US, Allies for Pains of Nations in Middle-East, Africa

Wed Sep 23, 2015

TEHRAN (FNA)- Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei in a message to this year's hajj pilgrims called on them to understand the real plights of the Muslims, and took the US and its allies responsible for the ongoing painful events in the Middle-East, Africa and Asia.

"Today, the evil policies of the US in this region which have resulted in war, bloodshed, destruction and displacement as well as poverty, backwardness and sectarian and religious rifts, on one hand, and the Zionist regime's crimes whose usurper attitude has reached the utmost degree of cruelty and filth and its repeated insult to the sanctuary of al-Aqsa mosque and trampling the lives and properties of the oppressed Palestinians, on the other hand, are the first problems of all of you the Muslims about which you should think and understand your divine responsibility," Ayatollah Khamenei said in his message on Wednesday.

Full Report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13940701000561

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13 Turkish soldiers hurt in bomb attack

Wed Sep 23, 2015

ISTANBUL — Turkey’s state-run news agency says 13 soldiers have been wounded by a bomb attack in the eastern province of Van. The Anadolu Agency reported Tuesday that the improvised bomb was remotely detonated by rebels from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, as a military convoy was driving down the highway late Monday. The attack follows airstrikes which the Turkish military says killed five Kurdish rebels in the neighboring province of Hakkari. Violence between the PKK and Turkey’s military reignited this summer after the collapse of peace talks between the two sides.

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20150923257444

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India

 

Muslim man launches petition demanding ban on vegetables

Sep 23, 2015

Faisal said that vegetarians can easily ‘starve’ for a day as Muslims observe fast during the month of Ramzan. . (Source:Express photo by Pavan Khengre)

A Muslim standup comedian from Bangalore launched a petition on Change.org demanding a ban on vegetables this Bakr-Eid.

Falah Faisal, the man behind the petition, wrote that with the meat ban being imposed by various state governments on the occasion of the Jain fesvtival ‘Paryushana Parva’, vegetables should be banned as they have “feelings” too.

“The Prophet was willing to sacrifice his own son. I hope we all can give up eating vegetables for a day,” said Faisal.

Faisal said that vegetarians can easily ‘starve’ for a day as Muslims observe fast during the month of Ramzan. In this sarcasm-laced petition, Faisal offers an alternative if his demand for vegetable ban is not met.

“My alternative demand is that everyone in the country, irrespective of their religious belief, partakes in the consumption of mutton (biryani) on that day (Bakr-Eid),” said Faisal.

The petition has so far received just over 500 backers and is still 490 supporters away from achieving its goal.

http://indianexpress.com/article/trending/muslim-man-launches-petition-demanding-ban-on-vegetables/#sthash.7k4mYLvI.dpuf

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Beef ban means Eid worries for Indian Muslims

Sep 23, 2015

Khalil Ansari, a 40-year-old small textile trader in the dusty Indian town of Malegaon, says the approach of the Muslim festival Eid-ul-Adha has filled him with worry.

The festival, which marks the climax of the Hajj pilgrimage performed by millions, sees Muslims perform a sacrificial slaughter -- which in India, is usually of cows -- but new laws have changed the ritual for Ansari and other Muslims.

“For the first time in my life, I can’t sacrifice bulls,” he tells Anadolu Agency before the Muslim festival, being celebrated in India on Friday.

The western state of Maharashtra banned the slaughter of bulls earlier this year when the right-wing nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power in October 2014.

A ban on killing cows already existed but had exempted bulls; the BJP expanded the ban and decided to enforce it more strictly, making this coming Eid festival the first time in Maharashtra's history that Muslims will not sacrifice cows.

Still exempted are water buffalo and Ansari says he will have to reluctuantly turn to that option because of the beef ban, which affects the 11.5 percent of Maharashtra's population that are Muslim.

“The prices of goats are all-time high because of the beef ban in the state,” Ansari says, complaining that the government should not dictate what people eat. “India is a secular democracy and the constitution guarantees personal liberty, which includes freedom to choose diet.”

The beef ban has not just angered Muslims but also Dalits, who suffer from a lower status in the old caste system, other minorities and poor Hindu farmers who breed cattle.

Muslim politicians have called for a relaxation of the law but without success and the Bombay High Court, the state's top court, rejected petitions this week to ease the law for Eid.

“No such temporary relief is possible under the beef ban legislation,” Afroze Siddiqui, a lawyer involved in petitioning the high court, tells Anadolu Agency. “There is no provision of temporary relaxation of the ban in the legislation.”

“Some politicians are trying to mislead Muslims,” Siddiqui says, adding that bulls can only be sacrificed if the high court or India's Supreme Court declare the legislation unconstitutional.

He notes that it will take time for the courts to settle on the sensitive issue.

“Some petitioners are merely challenging the legislation on the basis of what they call the ‘right to eat by choice’,” Siddiqui says, adding that others contest the constitutionality of the entire legislation.

There is no federal law forbidding cow-slaughter in India, but most Indian states have state laws prohibiting the practice. Some religious Hindus, for whom cows are sacred, are opposed to the slaughter of the animals.

Neighbouring Goa state has refused to impose the ban and some other parts of India have eased the restriction for Eid. The most controversial imposition has been in Jammu & Kashmir, the disputed region that is the only Muslim-majority state in India, which was this month given a high court order to strictly enforce an existing ban.

Malegaon, 100 miles north of Mumbai, has a population of about 700,000, of which at least 70 percent are Muslim.

The textile town, where 100 bulls used to be slaughtered every day before the ban, is coming to terms with the new reality. The most obvious alternative is water buffalo, which make a quarter of meat sold as beef in the state, but its meat is not popular.

“We don’t have any other choice except to sell the buffaloes,” Saleem Shaikh, a seasonal cattle trader in Malegaon, told Anadolu Agency.

“Not many would be willing to opt for goats because of the price,” he said. “I used to sell 400 bulls every year on Eid. This time, I am expecting to sell only 50 buffaloes.”

http://www.worldbulletin.net/news/164535/beef-ban-means-eid-worries-for-indian-muslims

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Three Pakistan boys held in Jaisalmer, to be sent back home

23 Sep, 2015

JAISALMER: Three Pakistani boys, who were held by BSF near the border here in Rajasthan after they crossed into the Indian Territory, will be sent back to their country by tomorrow, an official said today.

"Pakistan rangers have been informed about the matter and they (boys) would be sent back today or tomorrow depending upon the meeting with them," BSF IG B R Meghwal told PTI today.

The boys identified themselves as Salim, Sajan and Saaval and said they trespassed the border.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/49074408.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

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Pakistan wants India to send back teenager languishing in Gujarat jail

Sep 23, 2015,

NEW DELHI: While it is still not clear if there will be any formal meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif at the United Nations general assembly next week, Islamabad is awaiting a "positive signal" from India with regards to repatriation of a 13-year-old son of a Pakistani fisherman languishing in a Gujarat jail.

Pakistan has officially confirmed the nationality of Ghulam Hussain Cheero, described by Islamabad as a teenager fisherman whose father was released from an Indian jail a few months ago.

Pakistan has sought from MEA immediate repatriation of Ghulam Hussain.

"PM Modi in response to the release of 163 Indian fishermen had promised that India will release Pakistani fishermen before Eid-ul-Fitr. Now it's Eid-ul-Adha. Our fishermen are rotting in the Indian jails despite assurances from the highest office of India," said a Pakistani official.

Reports from New York said on Tuesday that the two prime ministers could have a "handshake meeting", staying as they are in the same hotel. MEA sources said it wasn't possible to confirm or rule out anything at this stage.

Sharif will address the general debate of the general assembly on September 30. "He will articulate the government's vision of a peaceful neighbourhood and economic development, and share with the world community, Pakistan's position and priorities on key international and regional issues," said Pakistan in a statement.

Sharif ‎‎will also participate in a high-level roundtable on South-South Cooperation, and the global leaders' meeting on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment, being hosted by President Xi Jinping of China.

While Pakistan said Sharif will also hold bilateral meetings with several world leaders on the margins of the session, sources said there was still no proposal for a meeting with PM Modi.‎‎

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pakistan-wants-India-to-send-back-teenager-languishing-in-Gujarat-jail/articleshow/49064839.cms

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Europe

 

EU ministers approve plan to redistribute migrants

SEPTEMBER 23, 2015

By James Kanter NEW YORK TIMES 

BRUSSELS — European Union ministers approved a plan Tuesday that would compel member countries to take in 120,000 migrants seeking refuge on the Continent — but only after overruling four countries in Central Europe.

The plan to apportion the migrants, still only a small fraction of those flowing into Europe, was approved by home affairs and interior ministers of the member countries after a vigorous debate.

In a departure from normal procedures that emphasize consensus, particularly on questions of national sovereignty, the ministers took a formal vote. The Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia voted no. Finland abstained.

The plan will be discussed further Wednesday by leaders from across the 28-member bloc, who will gather here for an emergency summit meeting. It is not clear whether the dissenting countries, which have vigorously opposed mandatory quotas, will comply.

Full Report at:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/world/2015/09/22/ministers-approve-plan-distribute-refugees/vLmNpxVc26pqebYy2YGpwL/story.html

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Hungarian Muslims open doors for refugees

23 September 2015

Reflecting less than 1 percent of the population of Hungary being Muslim, the hostility towards minorities has flared in the wake of recent refugee arrivals, streaming in escaping war from the Middle East and Africa, according to a report in the The Washington Post.

And with the  Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, openingly declaring that he refused to accept newcomers by ordering the army to construct a fence because “we do not want a large number of Muslims in our country.” has made a difficult situation even more so impossible.

Full Report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/news/164531/hungarian-muslims-open-doors-for-refugees

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Assad receives new warplanes from Russia

Wed Sep 23, 2015

Damascus — Damascus has received new warplanes and reconnaissance aircraft from Moscow, a Syrian military source said on Tuesday.

Our air force has taken delivery of at least five fighter planes from Moscow as well as reconnaissance aircraft which allow us to identify targets with great accuracy,” the senior official said on condition of anonymity.

Full Report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20150923257443

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Refugee crisis: EU ministers agree quotas - as UN says even its best offer is not enough

Sep 23, 2015,

EU ministers have forced through a resolution setting out where refugees will be rehomed across the bloc, amid UN criticism that even its best offer is not enough.

Europe has committed in principle to redistributing 120,000 people across the 28-nation bloc - but fallen down when it comes to working out the practical details.

Interior ministers from each country met in Brussels to try and reach a consensus on a quota system.

But those efforts appear to have failed, leaving EU member states to force through a majority vote against the wishes of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia, while Finland abstained.

Full Report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/Refugee-crisis-EU-ministers-agree-quotas-as-UN-says-even-its-best-offer-is-not-enough/articleshow/49070101.cms

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Southeast Asia

 

Liars, graft make Hudud impossible here, says Muslim

BY ELIZABETH ZACHARIAH

23 September 2015

Malaysia is not ready for the implementation of hudud law, an international activist said, as the country has not achieved the level of “righteousness” needed to practise it.

International Human Rights Committee (HRC) chairman Sir Dr Iftikhar Ahmad Ayaz said after a forum last night that Malaysia’s common practice of “rampant corruption” and “practice of falsehood” showed that Hudud, or the Islamic penal code, would not be implemented properly if it was made law in the country.

Malaysia is not ready as the society does not comply with the conditions set in the Quran. Malaysia is rampant on corruption and falsehood is a common practice.

Iftikhar, who is an Ahmadiyya Muslim, said Shariah-based hudud law could only be implemented in Malaysia if the Muslims built up their society.

Full Report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/liars-graft-make-hudud-impossible-here-says-muslim-activist#sthash.zSQmD6yy.dpuf

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Muslimarket.com aims to provide the complete Islamic package

SEPTEMBER 23, 2015

THE online retail space in Indonesia has certainly seen its share of new players in the past few years, and Muslimarket.com is no exception – except, perhaps, in a lot of the details, including its intention to comply with Sharia or Islamic law.

The online marketplace was founded by former finance professional Riel Tasmaya in June this year, ahead of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadhan and the festive season of Eid Mubarak (or Hari Raya Puasa in Malaysia).

Full Report at:

https://www.digitalnewsasia.com/startups/muslimarketcom-aims-to-provide-the-complete-islamic-package

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Weak rupiah hits pilgrimage plans of thousands of Indonesians

23 Sep 2015

JAKARTA: It's the time of year when Jakarta's international airport is packed with Muslim pilgrims waiting for flights to the holy city of Mecca.

The bustle belies something different about the Haj pilgrimage this year from Indonesia, which has more than 200 million Muslims, the world's biggest community.

Indonesia gets the largest annual Haj quota from Saudi Arabia - 168,000 places - and stiff competition guarantees all will be filled. But this year, about 3,500 Indonesians relinquished places and postponed their trip, chiefly because of the rupiah's dive to 17-year lows against the dollar.

Full Report at:

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/weak-rupiah-hits-pilgrima/2145146.html

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Africa

Million fewer tourists visit Tunisia after terror attacks

Wed Sep 23, 2015

TUNIS — The number of foreign tourists visiting Tunisia dropped by about a million in the first eight months of the year to four million after two Islamist militant attacks, the tourism minister said on Monday.

Thirty-eight people were killed by a gunman at a hotel in Sousse on the Mediterranean coast in June; three months after 21 tourists were killed by gunmen attacking the Bardo National Museum in the capital Tunis.

The Daesh militant group claimed the two worst attacks in the North African country’s history.

Full Report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20150923257442

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UN envoy presents final peace deal to Libyan rivals

Wed Sep 23, 2015

SKHIRAT, Morocco — The UN envoy to Libya has presented the country’s warring factions a final draft of a peace deal and urged all parties to accept it.

After emerging from talks late Monday in Morocco, Bernardino Leon told reporters that “we finished our work. ... Now it is up to the parties, up to the participants in this dialogue to react to this text.”

The participants are expected to resume talks after Eid Al-Adha to discuss who could be prime minister for a unity government, and decide whether to sign on to the accord.

Libya is divided between an Islamist-backed government in Tripoli and an internationally recognized leadership based in the east. Leon has led several rounds of peace talks aimed at ending the country’s chaos.

Full Report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20150923257440

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