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Boko Haram Jihadis Carry Out Bloody Massacre Of 33 ISIS Brides In Brutal Revenge Attack

New Age Islam News Bureau

11 December 2022

 

Abubakar Shekau, is believed to have left behind 83 concubines (Image: AFP)

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• Boko Haram Jihadis Carry Out Bloody Massacre Of 33 ISIS Brides In Brutal Revenge Attack

• 100 Christians Faced Faith Conversion, Child Marriage In Three Years in Pakistan: Report Titled “Conversion without Consent”

• “Neo-Ottomanism”: Turkey Has Imposed Islamic Rule On Both Its Domestic And Foreign Policies

• Grammy Award-Winner DJ Khaled Breaks Down In Tears Of Joy At Mecca during Umrah

• Mauritanian Terrorist Charged with Death of American Citizen and with Providing Material Support to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and Al-Murabitoun

 Africa

• We’ll Lose Nigeria Unless We Come Together And Reform It —Sheikh Khalid, Former Chief Imam Of Apo Legislative Quarters Juma’at Mosque

• Boko Haram in control of  two Borno LGAs, Speaker cries out

• 2023: Islamic body urges Nigerians not to vote on sentiments

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Pakistan

• PM Shehbaz’s Son Suleman Returns To Pakistan After Four Years

• ‘Faysal Bank Limited Likely To Get Islamic Banking Licence This Month’

• Minister Wants Juvenile Prisoners Facilitated In Becoming Doctors

• Judicial Commission’s Decisions Cannot Be Challenged Before High Courts, Holds SC

• Over 1,000 attacks made on educational institutions in three years: Justice Isa

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Mideast

• Iran’s troubled currency slides to new low amid unrest, isolation

• FM Reasserts Iran’s Sovereignty over Persian Gulf Trio Islands

• Iran Again Summons UK, German Envoys Over Anti-Hijab Protests

• Iran’s months-long protest movement, explained

• Iran condemns Australia’s sanctions as interference in internal affairs

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Europe

• Stockholm Mosque Condemns Desecration Of Quran In Latest Anti-Muslim Attack

• Jersey Explosion: Rescuers Continue Search After 'Ferocious' Explosion At St Helier Block Of Flats Kills At Least Three

• Teacher sacked for disrupting Muslim students’ prayers

• Islam has historical roots in Russia: Raisi

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North America

• Florida Teacher Fired After Allegedly Accusing Praying Muslim Students Of Performing 'Magic'

• Islamic group distributing winter kits to P.E.I. families in need

• Mauritanian Terrorist Charged with Death of American Citizen and with Providing Material

• 4 Islamic Centres In N.J. Say They Were Targeted In Anti-Muslim Incidents

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India

• Muslim Residents of Gujarat Village That Saw Public Flogging Boycotted Polls

• ‘Love Is Love, There Is No Jihad’: Himanta Biswa Sarma Should Understand This Says Asaduddin Owaisi

• Muslim Graveyard In Andheri To Build Borewells To Conserve Water

• ‘Muslims Need To Think…’: Mayawati On Mainpuri, Rampur Bypoll Results

• Islamic Invaders Ravaged Institutions, Britishers Ruined Social Fabric: RSS Joint Gen Secy Kumar

• Samajwadi Party MLA slams govt for spreading fear with statements on ‘love jihad’

• ‘Govt punishing poor Muslims’: Asad on discontinuation of Azad fellowship

• Congress Sees Red As CPI(M) Starts Sending Feelers To Kerala Muslim League

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South Asia

• India Engaging With Taliban For Tackling Humanitarian Crisis And Restoring Normalcy

• Expansion of Afghan Refugee Sponsorship Program; A Pathway to Canada

• IMF all praise for Bangladesh

• Railway Transport, a Promising Export-Import Trade Route in Afghanistan

• Kabir Bin Anwar new cabinet secretary

• Money laundering case: casino 'kingpin' Samrat’s bail extended till Jan 30

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Arab world

• How A British Explorer’s Search For An Ancient Lost Arabian City Uncovered A Traveller, Carrying Fragments Of Celestial Bodies, From The Stars Instead

• Minister of Endowments and Islamic Affairs: National Day is station for consolidating values, renewing loyalty

• Islamic Development Bank and ALECSO sign an agreement to develop a common reference framework for Arabic language

• Minister of Islamic Affairs meets with the President of Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs in Bahrain

• Saudi Arabia arrests 14,253 illegals in one week

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Southeast Asia

• Malaysian Prime Minister Hails Cartoonist Lat, Wants Youth To Read Works Of World’s Greatest Thinkers

• Sarawak DAP chief says no govt posts, no problem as long as there’s good governance

• Annuar Musa claims PAS courting him but too soon to join after ‘divorce’ from Umno

• How this Singaporean designer went from making stationery to modern Islamic calligraphic art

• Kenyans complete clean sweep as Penang Bridge International Marathon returns after two-year hiatus

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Boko Haram Jihadis Carry Out Bloody Massacre Of 33 ISIS Brides In Brutal Revenge Attack

 

Abubakar Shekau, is believed to have left behind 83 concubines (Image: AFP)

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By John Varga

Dec 10, 2022

Islamist militants massacred 33 women married to fighters from the so-called Islamic State in a bloody revenge attack. The slaughter was carried out by fighters belonging to Boko Haram, a militant Islamic terror group based in northeast Nigeria. The terror organisation launched a jihadist insurgency back in 2009 with the aim of toppling the Nigerian government and replacing it with an Islamic regime.

Ali Ngulde, the leader of the Nigerian militants, sent his men to attack a camp belonging to the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP).

The attack was reportedly in revenge for the killing of the Boko Haram commander Abubakar Shekau and at least twelve other members by ISWAP soldiers, after peace talks between the two groups broke down - according to security analyst Zagazola Makama.

It came to world prominence in 2014, when the militants kidnapped hundreds of school girls in Chibok, while they were sitting an exam.

The group is believed to be responsible for an estimated 40,000 deaths and its terror campaigns have extended into neighbouring Chad, Niger and Cameroon.

Retired Brigadier General Abdullahi Ishaq, a special security adviser to the Borno state governor in northeastern Nigeria, told reporters on Saturday about Shekau's many female companions.

Commenting on a reconciliation process with former Boko Haram militants, he said: "We started this non-kinetic approach 16 months ago.

"The model started shortly after the death of Abubakar Shekau and the state government didn’t want Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) to continue using the Shekau’s fighters.

"We know it would be deadly. So, the first of fighters that I received in Bama told me that Shekau had 83 concubines, just imagine he left behind 83 concubines.

It comes as a Reuters investigation alleges that the Nigerian Army has run an illegal abortion campaign in the country since at least 2013.

According to Reuters, at least 10,000 pregnancies among women and girls, many of whom had been kidnapped and raped by Islamist militants, were terminated.

Source: Express.Co.Uk

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100 Christians Faced Faith Conversion, Child Marriage In Three Years in Pakistan: Report Titled “Conversion without Consent”

 

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Staff Reporter

December 11, 2022

LAHORE: As many as 100 cases of abduction, forced faith conversion, forced and child marriage of girls and women belonging to the Christian community have been reported since January 2019 to October 2022 in Pakistan, says a report titled “Conversion without Consent” released by Voice for Justice (VFJ) and Jubilee Campaign.

According to the report released on Saturday, as many as 27 cases were recorded in 2019, 12 in 2020, 42 in 2021 and 19 till October 2022. The data showed that the highest number of cases - 86 - were reported in Punjab, followed by 11 in Sindh, two in Islamabad and one in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, whereas no case was reported in Balochistan.

The report also includes the renowned cases of underage girls particularly Zarvia Parvaiz, Saba Nadeem, Chashman Kanwal and Sunaina James who became victims of forced faith conversions.

Zarvia Parvaiz told the court that she was heavily drugged, raped, beaten with a stick, burnt with cigarettes, and electrocuted by her abductors.

Saba Nadeem testified that “she was abducted and raped, and the perpetrator took her thumb impression on the certificate of marriage and conversion against her free will and consent, and threatened her with dire consequences if she revealed the assault to anyone.”

The report shows that 61 per cent of girls were targeted before reaching 16 years of age, 18pc became victims between the age of 16 and 18 years and 14pc became victims above 18 years of age and the ages of seven victims were not ascertained.

The data reveals that 67pc of the cases were reported in the five districts alone - Lahore, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, and Sheikhupura from Punjab and Karachi from Sindh - which exhibit a high rate of cases of underage minorities girls.

The report reveals that the majority of the girl victims of forced faith conversions and child marriage are minors, however, the fabricated age of all victims is deliberately altered to 18 years or above by perpetrators on certificates of marriage to avoid criminal conviction under the Child Marriage Restraint Act 1929 according to which marriage to an underage child is illegal and punishable by imprisonment.

All minor girls are presented as adults and economically independent and their marriages are executed in the absence of a lawyer or consent of a legal guardian (parents).

The report concludes that child brides have a greater likelihood of school dropout, health-related complications, lower labour force participation and earnings, and little decision-making power within the family.

The abduction of schoolgirls hinders their access to opportunities such as education, skill development, and employment, all of which are essential for leading a dignified and self-sufficient life.

The report recommends that an affirmative action must be taken for the protection, promotion, and fulfillment of minority rights, particularly in the context of reforming the existing civil and criminal justice system to render it more sensitive to the needs of victims of forced conversions and their families.

Moreover, the authorities must ensure that the observance of a state religion neither impairs the enjoyment of any human rights or any minority religion, nor results in discrimination in law, policy, and jurisprudence against those who profess a faith or set of beliefs contrary to the majority religion.

Source: Dawn

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“Neo-Ottomanism”: Turkey Has Imposed Islamic Rule On Both Its Domestic And Foreign Policies

 

People Gather at a memorial in Istanbul to the victims of last month’s deadly blast at Gezi Park.

(Photo credit: Dilara Senkaya/Reuters)

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By Robert Ellis

December 11, 2022

Both the Biden administration and the GOP might be lulled into believing that Turkey under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan could be the honest broker they need to act as go-between between the United States and Russia. But this is not the case.

By now it must be apparent that Turkey has joined forces with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Iran’s Ebrahim Raisi, China’s Xi Jinping and Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman.

When the Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to power in 2002, it presented itself as moderate, Westward-looking and neoliberal, and the US and the European Union were taken in. As then-secretary of state Condoleezza Rice gushed, the AKP was “a government dedicated to pulling Turkey West toward Europe.”

The AKP made use of EU conditionality to obtain economic benefits, but with the show trials against secular opponents from 2008 to 2013 and the crackdown on Istanbul’s Gezi Park protests, it showed its real face.

The same year, the head of the AKP’s Istanbul branch made it clear that “the new Turkey” the party was building would not feature a future that its liberal supporters could accept or desire.

It has become clear that Turkey has imposed Islamic rule not only in domestic policy (including the economy) but also in foreign policy. In 2001, Turkish Prof. Ahmet Davutoglu – who became Erdogan’s chief adviser, foreign minister and prime minister – posited in his key work Strategic Depth that Turkey’s foreign policy should be based on engagement with countries with which it shared a common past and geography. This policy came to be dubbed “neo-Ottomanism.”

Davutoglu considered the century of republican rule “a parenthesis” and aimed to restore Turkey’s hegemony over the Balkans, Caucasus and Middle East. In an address at an AKP conference, he spoke of the birth of a global power and the mission to create a new world order (nizam-i âlem), an Ottoman concept synonymous with Islamic rule.

Davutoglu, however, flew too close to the Sun and was toppled in an AKP plot. In October 2012, Islamic scholar Ibrahim Kalin, who is now Erdogan’s chief adviser and spokesperson, gave a keynote speech at the Istanbul Forum, where he spoke of a new geopolitical framework that rejects the Western-centric political and economic order.

He also rejected the European model of secular democracy, politics and pluralism. This is in keeping with the views expressed by Putin at a plenary session of the Valdai Club in October.

AT THE Qatar Forum in March, Kalin repeated his call for a new global security architecture. Political scientist Nuray Mert has dismissed neo-Ottomanism as irredentist nationalism. Indeed, Erdogan has talked of revoking the 1923 Lausanne Treaty, which defined Turkey’s present borders, in favor of the National Pact (Misak-i Milli), a decision by the last Ottoman Parliament in 1920 to include parts of Syria, Greece and Iraq.

Four years ago, Erdogan’s head of international relations, Ayse Sözen Usluer, stated that Turkey for the last 10-15 years had felt no need to choose between the West and the East, or between the US and Russia. She emphasized Turkey’s strategic importance and maintained there was no axis shift.

Now there is. Against a backdrop of estrangement from the US and the EU, Erdogan in September on his return from a Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Samarkand declared it was his intention to join. Membership of “Rogue NATO” will undoubtedly put a strain on Turkey’s relations with NATO, which are already tenuous because of Turkey’s strengthened economic ties with Russia and Putin’s plan to make Turkey a hub for the transporting of Russian gas to Europe.

At the same time, Erdogan cites “security concerns” to force Sweden to hand over political refugees in return for Turkey’s approval of that country’s NATO membership. The Istanbul bombing has given Erdogan a pretext to play the national security card and justify airstrikes on Kurdish positions in Iraq and northeastern Syria.

He is also planning a fourth incursion into Syria to boost the president’s approval ratings ahead of next year’s elections. US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez has condemned these airstrikes as not the actions of an ally.

In connection with the Biden administration’s plan to conclude an F-16 deal with Turkey, Menendez has warned, “I think the administration has to stop seeing from the aspirational part of what we would like Turkey to be, and realize that Turkey is under Erdogan.”

In October, Turkey’s Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu, a hard-liner and contender for the post as president, delivered a speech that was indicative of the government’s mindset.

“Allah will grant us this,” he said. “We will design the new world order. We caught this opportunity now. Turkey is no longer the old Turkey. Our alliance [between the AKP and the Nationalist Movement Party] is on the path to Allah.

“After 2023 [when the next presidential and parliamentary elections will be held], we will move so fast that they [the West] will have to eat our dust. Are you ready to teach those [Western] ambassadors [in Turkey], the plotting US and Europe, a lesson? Are you ready to make the 21st century Turkey’s century?”

Last year, Putin signed a law paving the way for two more terms as president, and in China, Xi Jinping has secured a third term as president. In Turkey, there is the possibility that Erdogan will secure a further term as president. With the talk of a new constitution, “the new Turkey” could also become an Islamic republic.

As he demonstrated in his July meeting in Tehran with Putin and Raisi, Erdogan is well on his way to becoming a permanent member of the despots club.

Source: Jpost

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Grammy Award-winner DJ Khaled Breaks Down In Tears Of Joy At Mecca during Umrah

DJ Khaled breaks down in tears of joy at Mecca(Pic Credit: Instagram)

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10 DEC 2022

Grammy Award-winner DJ Khaled visited Mecca for Umrah and said that the moment he walked into Mecca, his eyes welled up.

Khaled, who is known for tracks such as 'I'm the one', 'Wild thoughts' and 'Higher', shared a string of pictures and videos from his visit of the Ka'aba.

He wrote: "The second I walked in Mecca, tears came down my eyes. Tears of joy. I wanted to go to Mecca to pray and to give gratitude to Allah my whole life. I prayed for the world for more love, for more life, more peace, more joy, more health and protection for all of us. GOD IS THE GREATEST!!!!! It so beautiful we all ONE LOVE here & GOD DID !!!!!!!

DJ Khaled, is an American DJ, record executive, record producer and rapper. Khaled first gained recognition as a radio host in the 1990s, and translated his popularity by working with hip hop collective Terror Squad as a DJ for their live performances.

After gaining production credits on the group's material, Khaled released his debut studio album 'Listennn... the Album' in 2006, which earned gold certification. He followed it with 'We the Best' (2007), which contained the top 20 single 'I'm So Hood'. His other two releases 'We Global' (2008) and 'Victory' (2010) charted in the top ten on the U.S. Billboard 200, with the latter containing the single 'All I Do Is Win', which was eventually certified triple platinum.

Source: Out Look India

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Mauritanian Terrorist Charged with Death of American Citizen and with Providing Material Support to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and Al-Murabitoun

December 10, 2022

Fawaz Ould Ahmed Ould Ahemeid, aka Ibrahim Idress,  aka Ibrahim Dix, 44, of Mauritania, was arraigned earlier today in federal court in the Eastern District of New York on a six-count indictment charging him with multiple terrorism offenses, including for his roles in the March 7, 2015 attack on the La Terrasse restaurant in Bamako, Mali, in which five people were killed; the Aug. 7, 2015 attack on the Hotel Byblos in Sevare, Mali, in which 13 individuals – including five United Nations workers – were killed; and the Nov. 20, 2015 attack on the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, Mali, in which 20 victims were killed, including U.S. citizen Anita Ashok Datar. The defendant, who was transferred to U.S. custody in Mali, arrived at John F. Kennedy Airport in Queens, New York, on Dec. 9, 2022, and appeared today before U.S. Magistrate Judge James R. Cho, who entered a permanent order of detention pending trial.

“Ahemeid planned and executed deadly attacks targeting westerners, including Americans, and will now be brought to justice,” said Assistant Attorney General Matthew G. Olsen of the Justice Department’s National Security Division. “Let this be a reminder to any who would use violence against our people: no matter how far you run or how long you hide, we will not relent in our efforts to hold you accountable.”

“Today, we have once again made clear that we are, and will remain, steadfast in our commitment to working with our law enforcement partners here and abroad to bring to justice those who commit violent acts of terrorism targeting innocent American civilians, wherever they may be found,” said U.S. Attorney Breon Peace for the Eastern District of New York.

"Bringing Ahemeid to the United States to face the charges against him is an important step in achieving justice for those harmed by acts of terrorism, including the American citizen killed in the Radisson Blu Hotel attack," said Assistant Director Robert R. Wells of the FBI's Counterterrorism Division. "The FBI will not be deterred by the passage of time or geographical distance as we work with our partners to hold those who commit acts of terrorism accountable."

As detailed in the indictment, the previously filed criminal complaint and other publicly filed documents, Ahemeid joined AQIM in or around 2007. Subsequently, Ahemeid planned and committed at least three significant terrorist attacks against Western targets in Mali. On March 7, 2015, Ahemeid, armed with two AK-47 assault rifles, a pistol, and grenades, committed an attack on the La Terrasse restaurant in Bamako, Mali, killing five people. That same day, al-Murabitoun issued a public statement claiming responsibility for the attack.

Following the La Terrasse attack, Ahemeid helped plan and execute the Aug. 7, 2015 attack on the Hotel Byblos in Sevare, Mali, including by conducting surveillance of the hotel prior to the attack. During this attack, a lone gunman armed with an AK-47 assault rifle and equipped with a suicide vest entered the Hotel Byblos and opened fire. The attack resulted in the deaths of 13 individuals, including five United Nations workers. The gunman was killed in the attack. Al-Murabitoun subsequently issued a public statement claiming responsibility for the attack.

Finally, Ahemeid, along with others, planned and oversaw the Nov. 20, 2015 terrorist attack on the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, Mali. Beginning in the morning of Nov. 20, 2015, two men attacked the Radisson Blu, a hotel frequented by Western visitors. The attackers, wearing Western clothing and armed with AK-47 assault rifles and hand grenades, moved from floor to floor of the hotel, shooting innocent victims as they progressed. Security forces responded to the scene and both attackers were ultimately killed.

The attack resulted in the deaths of 20 victims, including U.S. citizen Anita Ashok Datar. Datar, a guest at the Radisson Blu, was shot multiple times and died at the scene as a result of the gunshot wounds. Datar was a 41-year-old public health expert from Takoma Park, Maryland, who was in Mali working for an international development firm assisting the United States Agency for International Development. In addition to the 20 deaths, the attack also wounded at least seven people.

Following the attack, AQIM issued a public statement claiming responsibility for the attacks on behalf of AQIM and al-Murabitoun, stating “Two heroes infiltrating the Radisson Hotel in Mali, may God accept them. #Al-Qa’ida_in_West_Africa #Ansar_al_din #Al_Murabitun.”  The tweet included photographs of the two attackers holding AK-47s and each attacker’s nom de guerre.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Algor and Michael Keilty is in charge of the prosecution, with assistance provided by Trial Attorney Katie Sweeten of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section.

The indictment charges the defendant with (1) the murder of Anita Ashok Datar; (2) the unlawful use of firearms in connection with a crime of violence; (3) causing the death of Anita Ashok Datar through the use of a firearm; (4) conspiracy to provide material support to the designated foreign terrorist organizations al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and al-Murabitoun; (5) provision and attempted provision of material support to AQIM and al-Murabitoun; and (6) unlawful use of explosives. If convicted, he faces a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Source: Justice.Gov

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Africa

We’ll Lose Nigeria Unless We Come Together And Reform It —Sheikh Khalid, Former Chief Imam Of Apo Legislative Quarters Juma’at Mosque

By TAOFEEK LAWAL

Dec 10, 2022

I give glory to the Almighty making me what I am today and for showing me the light to see the truth and abide by it. I have been saying that things are wrong in Nigeria since the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan. But I wasn’t popular then because I was speaking to my people (northerners) who were totally against Jonathan’s administration. But I wasn’t speaking for Jonathan’s sake or because Jonathan was not from the north or because he was not a Muslim; I was speaking up for Nigeria. At the beginning of the current (Buhari’s) administration, I maintained my position that whenever there is an attack against Nigerians, I will condemn it and call the attention of the leaders to the need to do the right thing. Unfortunately, the northern people and particularly those in power did not take kindly to my submissions. They started criticising me for speaking the truth.

Now Nigerians have realised that it is not about where power belongs or what geographical location the president comes from. It is a matter of our country. Things are not going well. We are supposed to come together, put all hands on deck and reform Nigeria or we risk losing the country.

Our security is in danger, our economy is declining and our unity is diminishing. If you have to bring together the presidential candidates to sign a peace accord, it shows that the country and its democracy are at risk. Under normal circumstances, the presidential candidates ought to have the maturity to understand that it is Nigeria first and therefore not to do anything that could put the country and its democracy in danger – if really they want to serve the country. If they really love Nigeria, there is no need to sign any peace accord or agreement because they are the ones who should be role models and peace ambassadors for the country.

Source: Tribune On Lineng

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Boko Haram in control of  two Borno LGAs, Speaker cries out

By Ndahi Marama

December 11, 2022

Contrary to claims that no Local Government Area, LGA, in Borno State is under the control of Boko Haram insurgents, Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Abdulkarim Lawan, has said that two LGAs are being controlled by the terrorists.

The lawmaker, who represents Guzamala, made this call while briefing newsmen on the state’s 2023 budget presentation by Governor Babagana Zulum.

“I have consistently pleaded with the federal government to deploy security there so that the civil population can return. This situation is not restricted to my local government alone. The situation applies to Kukawa Local Government Area as well.

Source: Vanguardngr

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2023: Islamic body urges Nigerians not to vote on sentiments

By Haruna Salami

December 11, 2022

An Islamic organisation, Centre for the Promotion of Shari’ah has called on Nigerians to elect leaders not based on sentiments, but on the candidate’s ability to build bridges of consensus across the country.

Aminu Inuwa Muhammad, National Coordinator of the Centre stated this on Saturday in Abuja at a Consultative meeting of Stakeholders of the Muslim Constituency in Northern Nigeria, which the Centre organised.

Muhammad said the Centre, which is a non-governmental Think Tank with members from different parts of the country was established in 2000 and has consistently remained committed to the advancement of Shari’ah in particular and Islam in general, adding “it has conducted several research-training and sensitization activities in the last two decades”.

Source: News Diary Online

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Pakistan

PM Shehbaz’s son Suleman returns to Pakistan after four years

Dawn.com

December 11, 2022

Suleman Shehbaz, the absconding son of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, returned to Pakistan in the early hours of Sunday after four years of self-exile in London, according to the PML-N.

His return comes days after the Islamabad High Court barred the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and NAB from arresting him in an assets-beyond-means reference, while hearing his petition for protective bail that would enable him to surrender before a trial court.

Suleman had been in London with his family since 2018 when the National Accountability Bureau (FIA) registered multiple cases against him ahead of the general election and he left Pakistan after appearing in a few hearings.

Source: Dawn

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‘Faysal Bank Limited Likely To Get Islamic Banking Licence This Month’

By Erum Zaidi

December 11, 2022

KARACHI: The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) would likely grant Faysal Bank Limited (FBL) a new license this month, allowing it to operate as the country’s second-largest Islamic bank, its official said.

“The conversion of FBL’s operations to Islamic banking is nearly complete. Ninety percent of the bank’s assets, deposits, and balance sheet have been converted to Islamic finance. There is only one conventional branch remaining out of our total of 650 branches, and it will be converted to Islamic as early as next week,” Syed Majid Ali, chief financial officer at FBL said in an interview with The News.

According to our plans and discussions with SBP, “we may give up our current license after we convert 85–90 percent of our conventional branches to Islamic”, he said. “We submitted an application for a license to function as a bank that applies the interest-free principles of Islamic finance in all its operations,” Ali added.

Source: The News.Com

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Minister wants juvenile prisoners facilitated in becoming doctors

Ikram Junaidi

December 11, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Minister for National Health Services (NHS) Abdul Qadir Patel in an unprecedented step has directed the Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) and other stakeholders to make arrangements to provide an opportunity to child prisoners to become doctors, nurses and study allied health sciences.

He said children confined in jails across the country should have been allowed to take admission to the medical colleges for Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), nursing colleges and allied health sciences.

NHS ministry spokesperson Sajid Shah while talking to Dawn said: “All public sector universities will be made bound to ensure that prison child and prisoners would be able to sit the admission tests of medical and dental colleges and attend classes.”

Source: Dawn

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Judicial commission’s decisions cannot be challenged before high courts, holds SC

Nasir Iqbal

December 11, 2022

ISLAMABAD: The Judicial Commission of Pakistan’s (JCP) decisions regarding elevation of judges to the superior courts cannot be challenged through petitions before high courts under the Constitution, the Supreme Court held on Saturday.

“By no stretch of imagination can it be assumed that framers of 18th and 19th amendments envisaged that decisions of JCP would be made amendable to judicial review by way of constitutional petitions filed under Article 199 of the Constitution,” Justice Ijazul Ahsan noted while deciding an appeal of a judge regarding his challenge to JCP decision.

Justice Ijaz was heading a two-member SC bench that had taken up the appeal of former additional judge of the Islamabad High Court and district and sessions judge Mohammad Azim Khan Afridi, who had challenged the Oct 22, 2012 decision of the JCP against his confirmation as an IHC judge.

Source: Dawn

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Over 1,000 attacks made on educational institutions in three years: Justice Isa

Ikram Junaidi

December 11, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Justice Qazi Faez Isa of the Supreme Court on Saturday said though human rights were recognised as fundamental rights in the Constitution and Article 25 gave the right of education to both boys and girls, over 1,000 attacks were made on educational institutions in the country in three years.

He was speaking at a national seminar held at the International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) female campus in collaboration with the Parliamentarians Commission for Human Rights (PCHR) in connection with International Human Rights Day.

“The holy Quran says men are protectors of women. Islam is the best example of giving dignity, freedom and justice to the humanity, irrespective of their caste, creed and colour,” he said.

Source: Dawn

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Mideast

Iran’s troubled currency slides to new low amid unrest, isolation

11 December ,2022

Iran’s troubled currency fell to a new low against the US dollar on Saturday amid continued unrest and the country’s increasing isolation in the face of Western criticism of its security crackdown and ties to Russia.

The dollar was selling for as much as 370,200 rials on the unofficial market on Saturday, up from 367,300 on Friday, according to the foreign exchange site Bonbast.com.

The rial has lost 13.8 percent of its value since nationwide protests erupted after the death in police custody of a 22-year-old Kurdish Iranian woman, Mahsa Amini, on September 16.

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FM Reasserts Iran’s Sovereignty over Persian Gulf Trio Islands

December, 11, 2022

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian described the three islands in the Persian Gulf as inseparable and eternal parts of Iran, stressing that Tehran will by no means compromise on its territorial integrity.

"The islands of Abu Musa, the Greater Tunb and the Lesser Tunb in the Persian Gulf are inseparable parts of the pure land of Iran and belong to this motherland forever," Amirabdollahian said in a post on his Twitter account on Saturday.

He emphasized that Iran would never compromise with any country on the importance of respecting the Islamic Republic's territorial integrity, Press TV reported.

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Iran Again Summons UK, German Envoys Over Anti-Hijab Protests

December 10, 2022

Tehran: Iran on Saturday again called in the British ambassador, marking the 15th time in less than three months a foreign envoy has been summoned, as protests shake the country.

The foreign ministry called in British ambassador Simon Shercliff, a day after his German counterpart, Hans-Udo Muzel, had to appear, state news agency IRNA said.

This brings to at least 15 times in about 10 weeks that Iran has summoned foreign envoys, almost all of them from Western countries.

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Iran’s months-long protest movement, explained

By Ellen Ioanes 

Dec 10, 2022

Ellen Ioanes covers breaking and general assignment news as the weekend reporter at Vox. She previously worked at Business Insider covering the military and global conflicts.

For nearly three months, protests have gripped Iran — protests that have not only been surprisingly durable, but also led primarily by women.

On Thursday, the Islamic Republic, headed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, executed 23-year-old Mohsen Shekari for the crime of “waging war against God,” or moharebeh in Farsi.

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Iran condemns Australia’s sanctions as interference in internal affairs

By Newsroom

Dec 11, 2022

Tehran: Iran has condemned Australia’s sanctions on Iranian individuals and institutions, saying they represent the country’s interference in Iran’s internal affairs.

The Australian government “has for years been violating the basic rights of indigenous Australians, prisoners and refugees,” said Nasser Kanaani, the Foreign Ministry Spokesman, in a Ministry statement on Saturday.

Earlier in the day, the Australian government announced sanctions on six Iranians and Iran’s morality police and Basij volunteer force over what it calls “human rights violations and abuses”.

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Europe

Stockholm Mosque Condemns Desecration Of Quran In Latest Anti-Muslim Attack

11-12-2022

A Stockholm mosque has condemned the latest attack on its facility after a damaged copy of the Quran was left chained up and hanging outside the mosque’s entrance.

Images released by the Stockholm Central Mosque of the attack last Friday show the damaged Holy book of the Muslims chained up and hanging from an iron railing outside the mosque.

Tying a destroyed Quran and hanging it to the garden bars next to the mosque door is humiliating for Muslims, the mosque wrote on Facebook.

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Jersey explosion: Rescuers continue search after 'ferocious' explosion at St Helier block of flats kills at least three

By Siba Jackson

11 December 2022

Emergency services have been working through the night after a "devastating" explosion at a three-storey tower block in Jersey left three people dead and "around a dozen" more missing.

The Jersey government tweeted a video of firefighters and specialist rescue teams, including a dog, on the scene in the Channel Island's capital in St Helier on Saturday night.

The footage captured some of the devastation and debris behind the cordon - including piles of rubble, crushed cars and a blown out window in the neighbouring building.

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Teacher sacked for disrupting Muslim students’ prayers

Gabriella Ferlita

10 December 2022

In a video that recently went viral, the Floridian practitioner appeared to interrupt those engaging in prayer time and allegedly called it ‘magic’.

The footage appeared to see the unidentified member of staff at Franklin Academy in Pembroke Pines, Broward County, stepping on the hands of teenagers while they prayed on mats.

Three teenage schoolchildren could be seen in the video reciting Islamic prayer while calm music was on in the background before a member of staff stormed into what looked like a PE room.

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Islam has historical roots in Russia: Raisi

December 10, 2022

President Raisi sent a message to the Summit of the Muslims of Russia on the occasion of commemorating the 1,100th year of the presence of Islam in Russia. The message was read out by Haj Abolghasem Doulabi, Raisi’s representative to the summit, according to the official website of the Iranian presidency.

In the message, Ayatollah Raisi called Russia one of the first foci of the presence of Islam in distant lands and stated, "We Muslim Iranians are proud of ourselves that the historical city of Derbent, which is the center of fusion and intersection of Russian, Iranian and Islamic culture, is the first passage and the focal point of the presence of Muslims in this vast land".

The religion of Islam appeared at a time in the history of this world when the blackness and darkness of ignorance, corruption and crookedness in the field of life had narrowed the human race and the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) made this distortion of spirituality and morality, the deposit of peace and security in the sphere of justice for humanity.

Source: Tehran Times

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North America

Florida teacher fired after allegedly accusing praying Muslim students of performing 'magic'

By Adam Schrader

DEC. 10, 2022

A teacher at a charter school in Florida has been fired after she allegedly accused praying Muslim students of performing "magic," school officials said.

The teacher, who was not identified, was caught on a video reviewed by UPI that went viral on TikTok disrupting three praying students as one of them recited "Surah At-Tin" from the Quran.

The incident occurred at Franklin Academy, which has locations in Broward and Palm Beach counties, and was first reported by NBC News.

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Islamic group distributing winter kits to P.E.I. families in need

Dec 10, 2022

About 80 winter care kits will be distributed across P.E.I., thanks to Islamic Relief Canada volunteers.

The kits will be handled by the Muslim Society of P.E.I. They consist of 17 items, including gloves, socks, blankets, hygiene products, energy bars and gift cards to local grocery stores.

It distributes winter survival kits to people in need each year. This year, it's hoping to deliver over 4,300 kits in 19 cities across Canada.

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Mauritanian Terrorist Charged with Death of American Citizen and with Providing Material Support to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and Al-Murabitoun

December 10, 2022

Fawaz Ould Ahmed Ould Ahemeid, aka Ibrahim Idress,  aka Ibrahim Dix, 44, of Mauritania, was arraigned earlier today in federal court in the Eastern District of New York on a six-count indictment charging him with multiple terrorism offenses, including for his roles in the March 7, 2015 attack on the La Terrasse restaurant in Bamako, Mali, in which five people were killed; the Aug. 7, 2015 attack on the Hotel Byblos in Sevare, Mali, in which 13 individuals – including five United Nations workers – were killed; and the Nov. 20, 2015 attack on the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, Mali, in which 20 victims were killed, including U.S. citizen Anita Ashok Datar. The defendant, who was transferred to U.S. custody in Mali, arrived at John F. Kennedy Airport in Queens, New York, on Dec. 9, 2022, and appeared today before U.S. Magistrate Judge James R. Cho, who entered a permanent order of detention pending trial.

“Ahemeid planned and executed deadly attacks targeting westerners, including Americans, and will now be brought to justice,” said Assistant Attorney General Matthew G. Olsen of the Justice Department’s National Security Division. “Let this be a reminder to any who would use violence against our people: no matter how far you run or how long you hide, we will not relent in our efforts to hold you accountable.”

“Today, we have once again made clear that we are, and will remain, steadfast in our commitment to working with our law enforcement partners here and abroad to bring to justice those who commit violent acts of terrorism targeting innocent American civilians, wherever they may be found,” said U.S. Attorney Breon Peace for the Eastern District of New York.

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4 Islamic centers in N.J. say they were targeted in anti-Muslim incidents

By Jackie Roman

Dec. 10, 2022

Community leaders in New Jersey’s Muslim community and law enforcement are holding an interfaith solidarity rally on Sunday at Muslim Center of Middlesex County in response to a series of anti-Muslim incidents.

Four Islamic centers in Middlesex County were targeted on Nov. 26 when a truck displaying a digital billboard with anti-Muslim messages and photos from 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai drove through the premises, according to security footage provided by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ).

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India

Muslim Residents of Gujarat Village That Saw Public Flogging Boycotted Polls

Tarushi Aswani

11-12-2022

Undhela (Gujarat): Malik Shahid is 24 years old, a devout Muslim and a young engineer who dreams of a future in Canada. On October 3, he was picked up from his home in Kheda’s Undhela village and taken to Matar Police Station by at least 20 policemen late at night. What happened the next day has paused his dreams and his life.

It had been an exciting day for Shahid, he had it in Ahmedabad, buying decorations, sweets and gifts for children, to celebrate the upcoming Eid-e-Milad.

But late on October 3, he and 42 others arrested along with him were taken to the Special Operation Group (SOG) office at Dabhan, 13 kilometres away from Undhela. They were arrested based on a complaint lodged by village Sarpanch, Indravadan Manibhai Patel, who accused them of pelting stones at a Garba event held as part of Navratri celebrations in the village.

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‘Love Is Love, There Is No Jihad’: Himanta Biswa Sarma Should Understand This Says Asaduddin Owaisi

Dec 10, 2022

“Himanta should understand this; he is a chief minister. Love is love, there is no jihad. The term love jihad is completely obnoxious. Why is he bringing the law against it? He is trying to create hatred in Assam,” Asaduddin Owaisi said at Agenda AajTak.

All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Saturday hit out at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, including Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, for giving the bone-chilling Shraddha Walkar murder case a "religious angle" and said that the incident is not about “love jihad”.

“Himanta should understand this; he is a chief minister. Love is love, there is no jihad. The term love jihad is completely obnoxious. Why is he bringing the law against it? He is trying to create hatred in Assam,” Owaisi said at Agenda AajTak.

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Muslim Graveyard In Andheri To Build Borewells To Conserve Water

Dec 11, 2022

MUMBAI: A large Muslim graveyard with 1,600 burial units in Andheri is paving the path for water conservation. The Andheri Muslim Qabristan Masjid at Four Bungalows is taking the initiative to reduce its consumption of BMC water by installing borewells in its premises.

During the 2016 water crisis in the city, TOI had reported how the trustees had put up large banners advising people to temporarily avoid watering graves, a common practice in Islamic burial grounds. Well-known personalities like poet Kaifi Azmi, composer Khayyam, actors Farooque Shaikh and Shaukat Kaifi and cinematographer Ishan Arya are laid to rest at Four Bungalows Qabristan.

Trustee Babar Atik Kashmiri said, "Mosques which are attached to graveyards typically require thousands of litres of water every day. Scores of Namazis, who arrive for worship five times a day, perform 'wuzoo' (ablutions) before prayer. Hundreds of mourners who accompany the deceased for burial, as well as people who visit the graves on a routine basis, perform 'Wuzu' before entering the ground and after they leave. The plants and shrubs upon the graves are also watered by visitors."

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‘Muslims Need To Think…’: Mayawati On Mainpuri, Rampur Bypoll Results

Dec 11, 2022

By HT News Desk

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati on Sunday wondered whether Samajwadi Party's win in the Mainpuri Lok Sabha bypoll and defeat in the Rampur assembly bypoll was a result of “internal collusion" with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Mayawati said the Muslim community needs to think a lot so they can be “saved from being cheated” in the upcoming elections.

In the recently held bypoll in Mainpuri, SP's Dimple Yadav defeated her nearest rival BJP’s Raghuraj Singh Shakya by a margin of 2.88 lakh votes. The by-election was necessitated due to the death of Samajwadi Party founder-leader Mulayam Singh Yadav, who was also Dimple Yadav’s father-in-law.

The BJP, however, breached Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan's stronghold Rampur Sadar assembly seat for the first time. BJP's Akash Saxena defeated Azam's nominee Asim Raza in a close battle by a margin of over 34,000 votes.

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Islamic invaders ravaged institutions, Britishers ruined social fabric: RSS joint gen secy Kumar

by Deeptiman Tiwary

December 11, 2022

Islamic invaders destroyed India’s social institutions such as temples and universities, Britishers not only ravaged India’s economy but also tried to erase its social fabric and values, RSS joint general secretary Arun Kumar said on Saturday. He also said that those Indians who came out of English education and established influence in India’s institutions post 1911, reduced the idea of freedom struggle to just self-rule and ended up accepting India’s Partition.

Source: Indian Express

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Samajwadi Party MLA slams govt for spreading fear with statements on ‘love jihad’

By: Express News Service

December 11, 2022

Samajwadi Party MLA Rais Shaikh on Saturday slammed the state government for spreading fear in the minds of citizens by making statements, which imply the state will have a law against ‘love jihad’.

Source: Indian Express

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‘Govt punishing poor Muslims’: Asad on discontinuation of Azad fellowship

MD NIZAMUDDIN

Dec 11, 2022

Hyderabad: Alleging that the Union government was punishing poor Muslims, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Saturday questioned the recent decision of the Centre to discontinue of the Maulana Azad National Fellowship (MANF).

Pointing out that ‘government data’ had clearly indicated that poverty had prevented Muslims from giving their children an education, Owaisi challenged the decision that was announced in Parliament last week.

“Maulana Azad Fellowship for minorities has been discontinued. This is @narendramodi’s sabka saath, vikas. Govt’s data shows that Muslims want to educate their children but extreme poverty prevents them. This is punishing Muslims for their poverty (sic),” he posted on Twitter.

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Congress Sees Red As CPI(M) Starts Sending Feelers To Kerala Muslim League

PTI

DEC 10 2022

A day after describing Muslim League a non-communal party, CPI(M) on Saturday started sending feelers to the key UDF constituent in Kerala, saying that its doors were always opened for those parties accepting the politics of the Left after correcting...

Apparently shaken by the CPI(M) state secretary M V Govindan's political overtures aimed at Muslim League, the Congress today said his moves would not succeed as the party controlled by Panakkad Thangal family was an inseparable part of the UDF.

Sensing the real intention behind the moves by the CPI(M), Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) supremo Panakkad Sadik Ali Shihab Thangal said what Govindan stated about his party was just a political reality and there was no need to see it as a politi...

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South Asia

 

India engaging with Taliban for tackling humanitarian crisis and restoring normalcy

By Khaama Press

December 10, 2022

Indian Embassy in Kabul resumed its functionality in June 2022. Afghanistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomed the decision and expressed hope for fruitful ties. Since then India has taken several initiatives to resuscitate Afghanistan’s development and help the country in tackling its humanitarian crisis. Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Abdul Qahar Balkhi said,” IEA (Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan) welcomes decision by India to return diplomats and technical team to their embassy in Kabul to continue their relations with the Afghan people and their humanitarian assistance.” 

Meanwhile, in a recent interview on the side-lines of a conference of anti-Taliban Afghan leaders with the US and EU representatives, the former Afghanistan Intelligence Chief Rahmatullah Nabil, warned that Pakistani terror groups targeting India such as Jaish-e-Mohammad and Lashkar-e-Taiba have shifted their bases to Afghanistan with help from the Taliban. He warned that while engaging the Taliban was necessary for India in its “own interests”, New Delhi should keep channels open with Afghanistan’s former leaders as well, even though they are now out of power. He added that “we are not in a position now to advise India, and they know their national interest better. But they should not live in any illusion that the Taliban has changed.”

This raises new concerns about safe havens to terror modules in the neighbourhood of India. Nabil also asserted that these terror outfits, once they get safe havens, would have more access to technology and territory. India is willing to help restore normalcy in Afghanistan, but it is, unlike other countries, is not interested in taking any side with the political stakeholders. India has always pursued a policy of non-interference in the internal affairs of any country and this is true for Afghanistan as well. It is reflected in India’s willingness to engage with the Afghan Taliban for tackling the humanitarian crisis in the country and restore the scuttled development projects for resuscitating economic growth of the country. India’s priority is promoting peace and development in Afghanistan with which it has long historical, cultural and economic ties.

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Expansion of Afghan Refugee Sponsorship Program; A Pathway to Canada

By Nizamuddin Rezahi

December 10, 2022

The Canadian government and people have been extremely generous to the people of Afghanistan. Their unconditional support has continued for the people of Afghanistan over the past two decades across different domains. Even after the Taliban’s takeover, they moved thousands of vulnerable Afghan families to Canada through a so-called emergency program.

Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada introduced a temporary federal program dedicated to Afghan nationals less than two months ago, waiving the need for official refugee status, as long as the refugees meet the Canadian government’s criteria to be privately sponsored.

However, the demand was so high that the program reached its cap of 3,000 applications within the initial 20 or 30 minutes, leaving many sponsors frustrated, who raised funds and took full preparation to fill out an application.

Source: khaama Press

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IMF all praise for Bangladesh

Staff Correspondent

Sun Dec 11, 2022

Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal yesterday said the International Monetary Fund had praised Bangladesh's economic progress as "outstanding".

"The IMF opened its heart and described Bangladesh's achievements as outstanding," he said at an award-giving ceremony for the top VAT payers at the InterContinental Dhaka.

When the Awami League government came to power in 2009, Bangladesh's GDP was $100 billion. This has increased almost four and a half times and now stands at $465 billion. The per capita income increased from $686 to $2,866.

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Railway Transport, a Promising Export-Import Trade Route in Afghanistan

By Nizamuddin Rezahi

December 11, 2022

According to the Afghanistan Railway Authority (ARA), the country’s railway transport reached a total of 109,808 tons of import and export items over the past week. These commercial goods have been transported by the railway via Hairatan, Aqina and Torghundi trail trucks. 10,830 tons were the import, and,1,498 tons of export goods, respectively.

As a landlocked country, Afghanistan has had critical challenges in transporting commercial goods to and from the regional and international markets. Normally, it took weeks and even months for the goods to reach overseas markets. However, with the establishment of new railways linking to the Central Asian countries, the problems have been mitigated to some extent. Besides, the commercial items can reach destinations in a timely manner, it is quite cost-effective.

Source: khaama Press

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Kabir Bin Anwar new cabinet secretary

Star Digital Report

Dec 11, 2022

Kabir Bin Anwar, senior secretary at the water resources ministry, has been appointed as the cabinet secretary.

The Ministry of Public Administration issued a gazette notification in this regard today.

Kabir joined the civil service on 15 February in 1988 as an assistant commissioner.

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Money laundering case: casino 'kingpin' Samrat’s bail extended till Jan 30

Star Digital Report

Sun Dec 11, 2022

A Dhaka court today extended the bail of expelled Jubo League leader Ismail Hossain Chowdhury Samrat till January 30 next year in a Tk 222-crore laundering case.

Judge Al Asad Md Asifuzzaman of the Special Judge's Court-6 passed the order after Samrat's lawyer Afroza Shahanaj Parvin Hira submitted an application seeking extension of bail in the case.

Source: The Daily Star

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Arab world

How A British Explorer’s Search For An Ancient Lost Arabian City Uncovered A Traveller, Carrying Fragments Of Celestial Bodies, From The Stars Instead

Jonathan Gornall

December 11, 2022

LONDON: It was, in the words of a 1998 report published in Scientific American, “the day the sands caught fire.”

The sands in question were at an isolated spot deep in Saudi Arabia’s Rub Al-Khali, or Empty Quarter. The fire, which melted half a square kilometre of desert and transformed it into black glass, fell from the sky in one of the most dramatic meteorite strikes the planet has ever experienced.

Geologists continue to debate exactly when the so-called Wabar meteorite fell to Earth — the theories range from 450 to 6,400 years ago. However, we can be almost certain that this ancient traveller, carrying fragments of celestial bodies that formed in the earliest days of our solar system, originated in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

Source: Arab News

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Minister of Endowments and Islamic Affairs: National Day is station for consolidating values, renewing loyalty

DECEMBER 11, 2022

HE Minister of Endowments and Islamic Affairs Ghanem bin Shaheen Al Ghanem affirmed that Qatar National Day is an occasion that is renewed every year, to recognise what the ancestors planned for the sake of achieving the horizons of glory, and a station for the coexistence of the values of loyalty and belonging to the homeland among all citizens, and to consolidate the foundations of the values and principles established by the founder, and the efforts made by the ancestors to raise the flag of Qatar high, as it is an occasion to renew loyalty to the leader of the nations march, His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.

In a statement to Qatar News Agency (QNA) on the occasion of the National Day, His Excellency said that Qatar celebrates its National Day this year under the slogan "Our Unity Source of Our Strength", to be proud of the glories of the past and the achievements of the present, filled with hope for a bright future and a future full of success, achievement and peace.

He added that the State of Qatar is proceeding on the path of development and construction, and is proceeding at a firm pace for the sake of the nation's elevation, and preparing the Qataris to be able in the future to give and achieve, to build and protect the dear country, and to preserve its entity, interests, rights and capabilities, by acquiring knowledge and arming ourselves with religion and values, and dedication and sincerity in its endeavours.

Source: Gulf-Times

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Islamic Development Bank and ALECSO sign an agreement to develop a common reference framework for Arabic language

10 Dec, 2022

The Islamic Development Bank and the Arab Organization for Education, Culture and Science (ALECSO) have signed a technical assistance grant agreement on “Developing a Common Reference Framework for the Arabic Language: Teaching, Learning and Assessment”, in the presence of the Bank’s President Dr. Mohamed Suleiman Al-Jasser, and ALECSO's Director General Dr. Mohamed Ould Amar.

According to the agreement the Islamic Development Bank will contribute $288,000 to the project, provided that ALECSO be the executing body of the project.

Source: Al Riyadh Daily.

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Minister of Islamic Affairs meets with the President of Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs in Bahrain

10 Dec, 2022

Minister of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance, Sheikh Dr. Abdullatif bin Abdulaziz Al Al-Sheikh, has held a meeting with Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Khalifa, Chairman of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs in Bahrain, attended by the Minister of Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments, Nawaf bin Mohammed Al-Maawda, and several members of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, within the framework of his current visit to Bahrain to sign the executive program for cooperation in Islamic fields between the two countries.

Sheikh Abdul Rahman bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Khalifa appreciated the pivotal Saudi role under the leadership of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and HRH the Crown Prince in defending the nation, its entity, its values and constants, and its exceptional role in serving the Two Holy Mosques, and the holy sites, and caring for pilgrims, Umrah performers and visitors.

Source: Al Riyadh Daily.

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Saudi Arabia arrests 14,253 illegals in one week

SPA

December 11, 2022

RIYADH: Saudi authorities arrested 14,253 people in one week for breaching residency, work and border security regulations, according to an official report.

From Dec. 1 to 7, a total of 8,610 people were arrested for violations of residency rules, while 3,451 were held over illegal border crossing attempts, and a further 2,192 for labor-related issues.

The report showed that among the 438 people arrested for trying to enter the Kingdom illegally, 43 percent were Yemeni, 48 percent Ethiopian, and 9 percent were of other nationalities.

Source: Arab News

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Southeast Asia

Malaysian Prime Minister Hails Cartoonist Lat, Wants Youth To Read Works Of World’s Greatest Thinkers

11 Dec 2022

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim wants youth to study great works, including those of world thinkers.

He also thanked famous Malaysian cartoonist, Datuk Mohammad Nor Khalid or better known as Lat, who depicted in his book a scene of employees from various races reading books of philosophers in the office of 'Anwar Ibrahim'.

Source: Malay Mail

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Sarawak DAP chief says no govt posts, no problem as long as there’s good governance

By Sulok Tawie

11 Dec 2022

KUCHING, Dec 11 — Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen today thanked supporters for propping up Pakatan Harapan and enabling it to lead the grand coalition federal government under Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

“We strongly believe that with Pakatan Harapan as the backbone of the unity government, the main principles of good governance, transparency and accountability will continue to be the main agenda as we make tangible efforts to move away from the old days of corruption, cronyism and lack of accountability,” he told reporters here.

Source: Malay Mail

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Annuar Musa claims PAS courting him but too soon to join after ‘divorce’ from Umno

By Keertan Ayamany

11 Dec 2022

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 — Sacked from Umno, Tan Sri Annuar Musa claims he is being courted by its ally-turned-rival PAS.

However, the former Keterah MP said he is hesitant to accept the Islamist party’s invitation, including speaking at PAS events, as it is too soon since his “divorce” from Umno.

“Tonight, I was invited to speak at a PAS rally, but I answered plainly. I’ve just been divorced for three days and they’re already proposing.

Source: Malay Mail

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How this Singaporean designer went from making stationery to modern Islamic calligraphic art

11 Dec 2022

Suffian Sumamaili prefers to be known by a name that is not his own. He goes by Abu Salwa which translates to “Father of Salwa”. Born and raised in Singapore, the 42-year-old practices a unique craft. His business, ArtSalwa, is well known in the Malay-Muslim community for affordable, originally designed Islamic art and art frames.

Source: Cnalife Style

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Kenyans complete clean sweep as Penang Bridge International Marathon returns after two-year hiatus

11 Dec 2022

GEORGE TOWN, Dec 11 — The Penang Bridge International Marathon (PBIM) made a grand return this year with nearly 26,000 participants from 60 countries competing in the various categories today.

Penang State Tourism and Creative Economy Committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin said about 5,500 participants ran the full marathon (42 kilometres), more than 10,000 contested the half-marathon (21km) and over 9,000 competed in the 10km run.

“We received an overwhelming response this year, with runners from more than 60 countries, such as Canada, Africa and the United States, taking part in the PBIM 2022,” he told the reporters at the prize-giving ceremony here today.

Yeoh said that the PBIM 2022 event was held not only to promote the marathon but also to revive the state’s economy and boost the tourism sector,” he said.

Source: Malay Mail

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