• Delhi’s Nizamuddin Emerges As COVID-19 Hotspot After 7 Die, 24 Test
Positive, 860 Quarantined; Mosque Sealed
• Pakistan Ulema Council Issues Fatwa Against Hoarding of Basic
Food Items, Profiteering
• Islamic Finance to Expand In 2020 As Demand for
Shariah-Compliant Products Grows
• Egyptians Feel Demoralized By Empty Churches, Mosques
• Three Muslim Doctors Become First Physicians in UK To Die of
• Gazans Attend Anti-Occupation Land Day Rally Despite Pandemic
• Sultan of Sokoto Knocks Islamic Clerics For Misleading Muslim
Followers Over The Outbreak Of The Deadly Coronavirus
• COVID-19: Indonesia’s Muhammadiyah Advises Muslims To Not
Perform ‘Tarawih’, Idul Fitri Prayers
• Delhi’s Nizamuddin Emerges As COVID-19 Hotspot After 7 Die, 24
Test Positive, 860 Quarantined; Mosque Sealed
• Aligarh Muslim University To Donate 1 Day Salary To PM CARES
• India’s internet curbs in held Kashmir hamper coronavirus fight
• Coronavirus India: 24 More Test Positive For Coronavirus After
Delhi Mosque Event, 7 Deaths
• India Cracks Down On Muslim Missionary Group Linked To
• Coronavirus Delhi: AAP MLA's "Google Maps" Barb at
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• Punjab Govt Approves Malaria Drug For Critically-Ill Covid-19
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Nizamuddin Emerges As COVID-19 Hotspot After 7 Die, 24 Test Positive, 860
Quarantined; Mosque Sealed
in Delhi has been identified as a hotspot now by the Delhi government after
several people in the area showed symptoms of being infected with the novel
Coronavirus following a religious prayer meeting in the locality earlier this
people from the area tested positive and nearly 200 others showed symptoms of
the disease on Monday when officials began evacuating the six-storey building
of some 1,400 people who are believed to have been exposed to the virus.
the help of the Health Department around 860 people have been shifted from
Markaz building, in Nizamuddin to hospitals. Around 300 more people are yet to
be evacuated, Delhi Police sources told ANI on Tuesday.
2,000 delegates, including from Indonesia and Malaysia, attended the
Tabligh-e-Jamaat congregation in Nizamuddin West from March 13-15, officials
said as the south Delhi neighbourhood was virtually sealed following fears that
some people may have contracted COVID-19.
people from Telangana and one person from Srinagar who attended the religious
congregation have died due to the novel Coronavirus, forcing the government to
take people in the area to different hospitals for checkup.
gathering held in Markaz had reportedly violated lockdown conditions and the
police has said that the religious congregation was organised without
permission from authorities.
Delhi Police on Monday night cordoned off the area as several people showed
symptoms of being infected with the virus.
300-400 people had attended a religious gathering at Markaz and 163 people from
Nizamuddin, have been admitted to Lok Nayak Hospital Delhi for tests.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has reportedly ordered the registration of an
FIR against a ‘maulana’ for leading the congregation in West Nizamuddin.
18 districts in Uttar Pradesh have been put on high alert after reports that
people from these districts attended the Tablighi Jamaat.
on Monday witnessed one of the sharpest spike in the number of novel
Coronavirus as 227 people tested positive in 24 hours, taking the country’s
total to 1,251 with 32 deaths. Delhi has recorded 87 confirmed cases of
Ulema Council issues fatwa against hoarding of basic food items, profiteering
The Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC) on Monday issued a fatwa against hoarding of
basic food items and profiteering, urging the government to take strict action
against those found guilty of the offence as several cities in the country
undergo a lock down due to the coronavirus scare.
said that profiteering and hoarding basic food items are haram (impermissible)
in Islam. The PUC said that under the current circumstances, hoarding basic
good items made life difficult for the people and was prohibited according to
PUC called on traders to ensure basic food items were available for people and
urged the government to take strict action against hoarders and profiteers.
statement, the PUC called on the government to seize hoarded food items and
provide them to the people. The council said that at a time when society was in
need of God's mercy, such acts would invite His wrath only.
PUC asked the government to crack down on the perpetrators of the malpractices
and hand them exemplary punishments.
fatwa came at a time when the coronavirus has caused lockdowns in almost all
cities of the country and sparked fears that the supply of basic food items
will be disrupted.
Imran, in his address to the nation on Monday, warned hoarders and profiteers
that the state will hand them exemplary punishments if they did not desist from
finance to expand in 2020 as demand for Shariah-compliant products grows
finance is poised to expand in 2020 and beyond, helped by growing use of
Shariah-compliant products in the GCC region and Malaysia, according to a new
report from Moody’s Investors Service.
expect sukuk issuance to remain stable at around $180 billion (Dh661bn) this
year, and the takaful insurance market will see steady growth as insurance
premiums pick up in newly-penetrated markets," said Nitish Bhojnagarwala,
a vice president and senior credit officer at Moody's.
downside risks are rising because of the coronavirus outbreak, as prolonged
market disruption could dissuade issuers from coming to market," he added.
will be continued focus on the sukuk industry and increased issuance by the
governments of the core Islamic finance markets. The deficit financing needs of
some GCC sovereigns, amid weaker oil prices and higher sukuk refinancing ,will
also provide support,” Moody’s said.
between Islamic and conventional banks in the GCC will drive one-off increases
in assets, as they did in 2019, it added.
Kuwait, the merger between Kuwait Finance House and Bahrain-based Ahli United
Bank once completed, is likely to create the world's largest Islamic bank, surpassing
Saudi Arabia-based Al Rajhi Bank.
Arabia will remain the world's largest Islamic banking market, while the sector
will continue to expand rapidly in Malaysia, according to the report. Islamic
Financing assets in the kingdom rose to $309bn as of September 2019 from $296bn
in December 2018, according to the report.
expect Islamic finance penetration in Saudi Arabia to increase to 80 per cent
of system-wide loans (including both conventional and Islamic financing assets)
over the next 12-18 months, from 77 per cent in 2018, driven by increased
demand from both corporate and retail clients."
banking penetration in the core Islamic financial markets of the Gulf
Cooperation Council, Malaysia, Indonesia and Turkey, increased to 31.2 per cent
in September 2019, from 25.5 per cent in 2013, while annual global sukuk
issuance increased to $179bn from $131bn, it said.
the GCC, Oman remains the fastest-growing Islamic banking market at a rate of
10 per cent in the first nine months of 2019.
has two standalone Islamic banks and six Islamic windows at conventional banks
offering Islamic services and the sector's market share has risen from zero to
around 15 per cent of banking system financing assets as of September 2019,
with potential for further growth, it said.
Turkey and Indonesia, the penetration of Islamic banking remains relatively low
at 5 per cent and 10 per cent, respectively.
report also said demand for Islamic asset management is rising due to large
Muslim populations, supportive legislation and growing investor demand for
expect Islamic assets to grow by a moderate 3 per cent to 4 per cent per annum
in the short to medium term, constrained by weak economic growth prospects and
geopolitical tensions in the Middle East, the largest Islamic region in the
feel demoralized by empty churches, mosques
55-year-old Coptic housewife Magda Mounir, knowing she can no longer pray at
her local church is worse than all the precautions she has had to endure to
prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus in Egypt.
church is our haven; it is where we go to find moral support,” Mounir told
Al-Monitor a few days after Egypt closed all places of worship, including
mosques and churches.
Ministry of Religious Endowments, more often referred to as the Awqaf Ministry,
and Egypt's Orthodox Christian Church both released statements March 21
announcing they would temporarily halt communal prayers.
Coptic Orthodox Church, to which the majority of Egypt's Christians belong,
said it would lock down churches and suspend masses for at least two weeks.
multicultural and multifaith Egypt, Christians make up roughly 10% of the
country's 100 million-plus population, with the vast majority of Christians in
Egypt belonging to the Coptic Orthodox Church.
holy week is coming, and we used to spend these days in the church. It seems
this year we will not be able to do so for the first time in our lives,"
Mounir said tearfully, referring to the Easter holiday on April 19.
Emad, a 27-year-old engineer, supports the ministry's decision. “I support the
decision [to close places of worship], and I can't understand the anger of some
people,” she told Al-Monitor. “We can't kill ourselves and our families and say
God will rescue us. God gave us brains to use and protect ourselves from any
harm. This is what he ordered us to do," Emad said.
decision is considered the most difficult decision the church has made in
decades,” admitted Bishop Boules Boutros of St. Michael Church in the district
of Heliopolis in Cairo. “However, it is necessary for slowing down the rapid
spread of the coronavirus. God does not only exist in churches; we all have him
in our hearts and can pray to him to heal the whole world,” Boutros said.
said he was not sure just how long the churches would remain closed, but it was
unlikely they would be opened in time for Easter mass.
Awqaf Ministry decided to suspend congressional Friday prayers in all mosques
nationwide until further notice. The suspension came after controversy erupted
over Muslim worshippers insisting on flocking to mosques for Friday's noon
prayers despite a religious edict allowing people to pray at home due to the
it was necessary to shut mosques because of the crowd, why not close down the
underground, which carries thousands every day?" Mohamed Abdel Monem, a
45-year-old Arabic teacher, said to Al-Monitor. “Now is the time most people
need to resort to God and pray. Praying to God is our only way out of this
ordeal,” he added.
not everyone shares his views. Hassan Khaled, a 28-year-old graphic designer,
agreed with the decision to shutter holy places. “Given that people insisted on
going to the mosques despite the call to stay home, it is a wise decision to
close down mosques,” he said. “If only one person is carrying the virus,
thousands will be infected, and then they go home to infect their families,”
said while it is difficult to be deprived of places of worship during times
like these, he also understands it is necessary for public health. “I imagine
people will resort to praying in open areas if [prayers in mosques] continue to
be banned," he said.
plays a major role in Egyptian society, so statements by religious authorities
carry major weight on keeping people at home. Dar al-Ifta, Egypt’s body
responsible for issuing religious edicts, issued March 24 a brief statement
warning that “any call for people to gather in the streets in any pretext or
under a slogan" would be sinful as it would jeopardize public health.
statement stressed it is a “duty” under Sharia law to comply with official
decisions to “protect people from epidemics and diseases.”
Awqaf Ministry also modified the adhan — the Muslim call to prayer — to include
warnings to stay at home and take precautions on preventing the spread of the
coronavirus. The new adhan, broadcast on radio and television a day after
religious sites were closed, urges believers to take “the utmost caution in
adhering to preventive and precautionary" measures.
scholars say the special adhan was previously used during natural disasters and
pandemics as well as in earlier times in Islam's history when people were
instructed to perform prayers at home.
Minister of Endowments Muhammad Mukhtar Juma suspended on March 22 an imam and
a preacher in Beni Suef governorate, south of Cairo, for violating the
ministry’s order to close mosques. The two men were banned from giving sermons
from the pulpit for a period of three months.
life is a main aspect of Islam, and the faithful should comply with preventive
measures taken by the government," Sheikh Mohammed Mehana of Al-Azhar
University told Al-Monitor.
images of empty mosques would break any Muslim's heart, but the priority now is
to save people's lives. This is what Allah asked us to do, and the rest is his
will,” said Mehana, adding he hoped the crisis would end before the Islamic
holy month of Ramadan, which starts on April 24 and goes until May 23, and that
everybody would reunite for Taraweeh, the additional prayers carried out at
night during Ramadan.
p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew has been imposed countrywide as part of strict measures
to limit the spread of the coronavirus, Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouly said
Muslim doctors become first physicians in UK to die of coronavirus
Muslim doctors in the UK have died of the novel coronavirus in the space of a
week, amid reports that National Health Service staff are being denied basic
protective equipment to carry out their duties.
ear, nose and throat specialist Dr Amged El Hawrani died in Leicester in
central England, after he had tested positive for the Covid-19 illness.
55-year-old had been on life support for nearly two weeks.
Tayar, 63, previously worked in Sudan and Saudi Arabia, before returning to
help the NHS cope with the coronavirus pandemic.
was typical of my cousin Adil, always willing to help, always with a willing
smile. It had taken just 12 days for Adil to go from a seemingly fit and
capable doctor working in a busy hospital to lying in a hospital morgue."
were paid for the three doctors, with many pointing out that their efforts run
contrary to the often negative portrayals of Muslims and immigrants in the
next time any of you think about or say 'bloody foreigners' or 'bloody Muslims'
remember this. RIP. The names of the first three Doctors who died protecting
British people from the Covid-19 Amged el-Hawrani Adel el-Tayar Habib
Zaidi," wrote one Twitter user.
NHS doctors have passed away due to Covid: Adil El-Tayar, Amged El-Hawrani and
Habib Zaidi. Don't want to hear Muslims being lectured on 'British values'
again," wrote another.
bosses and doctors on Thursday warned of being swamped by a "tsunami"
of Covid-19 patients in London, as the UK braces for a peak in cases and the
government faced calls to urgently provide specialist kit and tests for
frontline health workers.
though, have warned that thousands of new ventilators may arrive in the UK too
late, while the government said it failed to join a European scheme to boost
capacity due to a communications "mix up".
we belong to Allah & to Him we will (all) return (Qur'an
UK initially adopted a light-touch approach to the outbreak, but has since
imposed tougher measures, including a three-week lockdown, as confirmed cases
and deaths climbed.
chief executive of NHS Providers, which represents the heads of hospital trusts
in the state-run healthcare providers, said there had been an "explosion
of demand" in the capital.
Hopson told BBC radio that hospital bosses said there had been "wave after
wave after wave" of admissions of seriously ill patients, with a surge in
numbers predicted in the coming weeks.
statistics are thought to represent just a fraction of the real number of
infections across the UK, as only those taken to hospital with severe symptoms
of Covid-19 are tested.
show of appreciation for health staff, the country took part in a collective
round of applause at 8pm, with social media videos capturing cheers echoing
across the nation's cities, towns and villages.
healthcare workers say a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) as well as
insufficient testing of staff for Covid-19 is putting them and patients at
hospitals are to survive this, we urgently need adequate protective clothing.
Otherwise we are lambs to the slaughter," one doctor wrote in The Daily Mail
government says it has shipped 7.5 million pieces of PPE in the last 24 hours
but Hopson said "unprecedented" staff absences of up to 50 percent
were exacerbating the crisis in London.
NHS has access to some 8,000 ventilators and the government has ordered 8,000
more. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's spokesman said they were expected to
arrive in the coming weeks and months.
Imperial College epidemiology Professor Neil Ferguson, a government scientific
advisor, has said most would be needed "in approximately two to three
weeks" time as demand peaked.
attend anti-occupation Land Day rally despite pandemic
Monday rally was held in the besieged enclave on the anniversary of the
Palestinian Land Day, which is marked on March 30 every year.
March 30, 2018 onward, Palestinians in Gaza have held weekly “Great March of
Return” protest rallies against the Israeli occupation of their lands,
demanding the return of those driven out of their homeland by Israeli
aggression during the past decades.
to the Palestinian Information center, Israeli forces have killed some 350
protesters during the weekly demonstrations. Nearly 31,000 others have been
injured in the rallies.
year, Palestinian groups first called for holding mass rallies along the border
with the Israeli regime to mark the second anniversary of the "Great March
of Return", but on Saturday they announced that the planned rallies were
cancelled over the pandemic.
Humanitarian Coordinator for the Palestinian Territories Jamie McGoldrick has
warned that the densely populated and impoverished enclave’s healthcare system does
“not have the capacity to deal with the large number of cases in case of an
absence of enough ventilators is particularly worrisome. There are only 60
ventilators in the Gaza Strip for all medical emergencies for the population of
two million, McGoldrick said. That means some already are in use for reasons
not related to the coronavirus. There is also a lack of testing kits,
protective gear and intensive-care equipment for patients on ventilators.
of Israeli siege and occupation “has taken its toll on the economy and public
services including health,” McGoldrick told Jerusalem Post.
were nine coronavirus cases in Gaza and 97 in the West Bank at last count. But
testing has been limited primarily to those with symptoms who had been outside
the two regions.
of Sokoto Knocks Islamic Clerics For Misleading Muslim Followers Over The
Outbreak Of The Deadly Coronavirus
Sultan of Sokoto and President General, Jama’atu Nasril Islam, Alhaji Sa’ad
Abubakar lll, expressed anger over the attitude of some Muslim clerics for
misleading their followers over the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus in the
sultan, who is also the spiritual leader of Muslims in Nigeria, was
particularly sad that some Muslim clerics were going against measures put in
place to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 across the land.
condemned the attitudes of the clerics, warning that the coronavirus was real
and that adequate precautionary measures must be adhered to.
leader of Izalatu Islamic sect in Plateau State, Sheikh Sani Yahaya Jingir, had
in a preaching told his followers that there was nothing like the deadly
coronavirus ravaging the world.
had said it was a western conspiracy to stop Muslims from performing their
religious rites, noting that the virus was a lie.
from that, two Islamic clerics were caught while conducting the Friday congregational
prayers in Malali and Ungwan Kanawa areas, all in the Kaduna North Local
Government of the state.
noted that it was sheer ignorance for any Islamic cleric to claim there was
nothing like coronavirus currently ravaging the entire world.
who spoke through the JNI Secretary General, Dr Abubakar Khalid-Aliyu, in a
statement, also warned that the Muslim ummah (community) must never allow a
repeat of what happened in Italy in Nigeria.
statement read in part, “Jama’atu Nasril Islam under the leadership of His
Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto and
President-General, JNI, is once again saddened with the recent unfortunate
developments of misleading the Muslim Ummah (Community) by some sections of
‘Ulama (preachers) over the coronavirus prevalence.
must as an Ummah avoid a repeat of the current trend in Italy, which was partly
due to non-adherence to expert advice over the pandemic. Allah, the most wise
says “…So ask those who know if you know not” Q16:43. Therefore, we should all
bear in mind that knowledge is an amanah (trust) and must be safeguarded and
delivered as such, thus the need for this statement.
may not be wrong to conclude that the action of some of the ‘Ulama clearly
depicts sheer whims and caprices of their myopic worldview, stark ignorance of
reality based on genuine knowledge and medical scholarship.
is, however, regrettable that as the negative actions of such preachers incite
innocent Muslims, who are unaware of the serious health implications of
adhering to such empty dispositions that invariably endanger humanity.
Nonetheless, it should be noted that the issue of plague and/or pandemic is not
new throughout human history, either at various times or places, the Muslim
is thus sheer monumental ignorance to falsely claim that the pandemic of the
coronavirus does not exist and that it is a lie and a shadow of a ghost. Such
lamentable utterances leave much to be desired by any scholar that is worth
being called a scholar. Moreover, the matter is a documented fact whose medical
precedents have been set in curbing its tide in human history.
the current position of government is not a new standpoint to curtail the
spread of the infection. Rather, new methods of mitigating it and nipping it in
the bud emerged in this contemporary world we live in, as a result of scholarly
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to UN: Unilateral Syria sanctions must be lifted amid pandemic
has called for the complete and immediate lifting of unilateral sanctions
against Syria, saying the “coercive measures” will hamper the war-ravaged
country’s efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
a video-teleconferencing meeting of the UN Security Council on the situation in
Syria on Monday, Zhang Jun, China’s new ambassador to the UN, voiced grave
concerns “about the negative impact of unilateral sanctions on countries’
capacity to respond to the pandemic, especially for vulnerable countries like
call for complete and immediate lifting of unilateral coercive measures,” said
Zhang, adding that “civilians and innocent people are suffering severely from
blasts “inhuman sanctions” imposed by the United States against a number of
countries, raising the alarm that the restrictive measures were hampering
global efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
expressed Beijing’s support for a call by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres
for the removal of sanctions that are hindering the global fight against the
position is explained in detail in the recent joint letter to the
secretary-general, together with Russia, among others. We hope the Office for
the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs joins the voice of the
secretary-general and high commissioner for human rights in this regard,” said
Health Ministry on Sunday confirmed the country’s first death resulting from
the COVID-19 pandemic as the country’s fragile health system reels from nine
years of foreign-backed war and sanctions.
is scrambling to counter the spread of the coronavirus outbreak by adopting
numerous measures such as postponing parliamentary elections and suspending the
work of certain public institutions and services.
than 786,000 people worldwide have so far been infected with the novel
coronavirus, COVID-19, and some 37,832 have died, according to a running count
the onset of the Syria crisis in 2011, the US, the European Union and some Arab
states — which have been supporting militant groups in their fight against the
Syrian government — have imposed
draconian sanctions against the Arab country over what they claim to be
sponsoring terror and attacking civilians.
in his remarks, the Chinese envoy hailed a recent ceasefire agreement between
Russia and Turkey to halt an escalation in northern Syria, saying the deal had
significantly improved the security situation in the region.
March 5, Russia and Turkey, which support opposite sides in the Syrian
conflict, came to an agreement on a ceasefire regime in Idlib, where Turkish
aggression against the Syrian government had risked starting a war.
says its military personnel will keep presence in Idlib Province despite a
ceasefire deal with Russia, claiming that any withdrawal from the embattled
Syrian region is "out of the question."
ceasefire came a few months after the Syrian army launched an anti-terror
operation against foreign-sponsored militants after they failed to honor a
de-escalation agreement between Ankara and Moscow.
Chinese diplomat further reiterated his country’s support for a “political
solution to the conflict in Syria,” saying “the future of the country must be
decided by the Syrian people, without foreign interference.”
praised “the painstaking efforts” of Geir Pedersen, UN Special Envoy for Syria
“encourage him to continue facilitating dialogue between the Syrian parties,
toward an inclusive Syrian-led and Syrian-owned political process” in line with
Indonesia’s Muhammadiyah Advises Muslims To Not Perform ‘Tarawih’, Idul Fitri
second largest Muslim organization, Muhammadiyah, has issued a circular
advising Muslims to perform tarawih (a night prayer during the fasting month of
Ramadan) at home should the COVID-19 pandemic show no sign of improving in the
organization had also suggested that the Idul Fitri prayers, usually performed
in congregations at mosques or in open fields to mark the end of Ramadan,
should not be held during the health crisis.
highlighted in the letter that such prayers were not obligatory, but rather
sunnah (a voluntary act of worship).
the COVID-19 situation remains [until the end of Ramadan], the string of events
marking the Idul Fitri festivity shall not be organized, including the mudik
[exodus],” according to the circular signed by members of the Muhammadiyah
central executive board’s lawmaking and reform councils on March 21.
suggestion came a week after President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo called on
all Indonesians to engage in social distancing, also known as physical
distancing, by working, studying and worshipping at home to curb the spread of
Islamic organization reiterated that daily prayers should be done by Muslims at
home rather than at mosques. “The Friday prayer can also be replaced with
dzuhur [midday prayer] at home.”
Ulama (NU), the largest Muslim organization in Indonesia, had also suggested
Muslims living in COVID-19 red zones to temporarily stop engaging in mass
prayers at mosques to flatten the infection curve.
government has marked most areas across Java Island as COVID-19 red zones after
than 50 positive cases were recorded. Jakarta is the hardest-hit region with
747 cases recorded as of Tuesday.
Muslim University To Donate 1 Day Salary To PM CARES Fund
Delhi: The teaching and the non-teaching staff of Aligarh Muslim University
(AMU) will donate one-day salary to the Prime Minister's COVID-19 Relief fund,
PM CARES Fund, as a humble contribution to the unprecedented crisis that
country faces, said an official statement.
decision came after a consultative meeting of the AMU Teachers Association representatives,
elected members of the Executive Council and representatives of the
non-teaching staff under the chairmanship of the Vice Chancellor, Professor
Tariq Mansoor, said Omar Peerzada, Public Relations Officer, AMU.
hope that the nation will soon overcome this crisis and there will be a new
dawn of full activity, progress and development," said the representatives
at the meeting.
PM Cares Fund or the Prime Minister's Citizen Assistance and Relief in
Emergency Situations Fund was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on
Saturday to combat the coronavirus crisis and similar situations arising in the
internet curbs in held Kashmir hamper coronavirus fight
India’s health ministry on Monday invited doctors in occupied Kashmir to an
online training session on managing ventilators, critical equipment for
patients with Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.
however, were unable to attend because of long-running curbs on the internet
that have prevented those living in Kashmir from accessing information about
the coronavirus, which has infected more than a thousand people in India,
detained thousands and introduced one of the world’s longest-running internet
shutdowns, only restoring limited 2G mobile internet service in January.
pleas from several rights groups to completely ease restrictions, the
government has refused. Most people in the region lack broadband connections.
Suhail Naik, president of the main doctors’ association in India-occupied
Kashmir, said education drives seen elsewhere in India about the symptoms of
the virus are impossible to run in the region.
want to educate people through videos, which is not possible at 2G speed. We
are handicapped in the absence of high-speed internet,” he said.
letter to officials, human rights group the Internet Freedom Foundation said
internet speeds in Kashmir were “woefully insufficient” to spread the message
around combating the coronavirus threat.
Var, president of the All Private Schools Association in held Kashmir, said the
organisation had prepared online classes for the 650,000 children studying in
their schools but had been unable to introduce them.
are unable to connect with the students due to internet connectivity. It is 2G
and they are unable to download study material,” he said. “I fail to understand
why they aren’t restoring high-speed internet. Earlier, they had an excuse of
law and order problems, but now there is curfew and fear of coronavirus and no
one would dare to come out.”
Gupta, a spokeswoman for India’s federal interior ministry, which is
responsible for policy in Kashmir, declined to comment.
anyone wants tips on surviving quarantine or a lockdown, I have months of
experience at my disposal,” former chief minister Omar Abdullah said in a
tweet, after being released from eight months of detention without trial on
India: 24 More Test Positive For Coronavirus After Delhi Mosque Event, 7 Deaths
A religious gathering at a mosque in Delhi has been linked to seven coronavirus
deaths and more than 300 people with symptoms linked to COVID-19 are being
tested. Early this morning, the Markaz Nizamuddin - the Delhi headquarters of
the Tablighi Jamaat -- was sealed and 800 people moved out in buses are
quarantined in different parts of the city.
far 24 people staying there have been found to be coronavirus positive,"
said Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal yesterday ordered a police case against the
mosque administration over negligence that has endangered hundreds of lives.
all social distancing rules to avoid the deadly coronavirus, hundreds had been
staying in the 100-year-old mosque complex, which has a six-floor dormitory,
since a two-day gathering of the Tablighi Jamaat from March 13 to 15. Tablighi
Jamaat is an Islamic missionary movement set up in 1926, with members across
gathering, which featured sermons, was attended by Tablighi members from
Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Nepal, Myanmar, Kyrgyzstan and Saudi Arabia.
Members had also come from Afghanistan, Algeria, Djibouti, Sri Lanka,
Bangladesh, England, Fiji, France and Kuwait.
of those who attended then travelled to other parts of the country. The
Indonesians, for instance, went to southern states like Telangana.
Srinagar preacher who died last week had visited the Deoband seminary in Uttar
Pradesh and on his return to Kashmir, held multiple gatherings.
tracing from the mosque gathering, which has been identified as a virus
hotspot, has been given high priority by the home ministry, according to
have been doing contact tracing of everyone who visited this masjid but it's a
humungous task," a senior functionary of the government discloses.
members reportedly told the police about the congregation on March 24. At the
time, there were around 1,200 people inside the mosque complex. A day later,
they were taken to the airport by the police.
on March 26, two days into the national lockdown ordered by Prime Minister
Narendra Modi, people started gathering again. There were close 2,000 by the
time the police found out. They were asked to stay put and not go anywhere as
all transport had been cancelled.
statement, Markaz Nizamuddin defended itself saying the event was cancelled
when PM Modi announced the "Janata Curfew" for March 22.
"However, due to sudden cancelation of rail services across the country on
March 21, a large group of visitors who had to depart by way of railways got
stuck in the Markaz premises," the statement claimed. After that, it said,
lockdowns ordered first by the Delhi government and then by the PM made it
"impossible" for the stranded visitors to stay anywhere but in the
officials point out that long before the lockdowns, the Delhi government had
called for suspending all gatherings, religious, cultural or social.
cracks down on Muslim missionary group linked to coronavirus cases
DELHI (REUTERS) - Indian authorities sealed off the headquarters of a Muslim
missionary group on Tuesday (March 31) and ordered an investigation into
accusations that it held religious meetings that officials fear may have
infected dozens of people with the coronavirus.
has registered 1,251 cases of the coronavirus, of whom 32 have died, the health
ministry said. The numbers are small compared with the United States, Italy and
China but health officials say India faces a huge surge that could overwhelm
its weak public health system.
of the coronavirus hot spots that the government of the capital New Delhi has
flagged is a Muslim quarter where the 100-year-old Tablighi Jamaat group is
based, after dozens of people tested positive for the virus and at least seven
said people kept visiting the Tablighi centre, in a five-storey building in a
neighbourhood of narrow, winding lanes, from other parts of the country, and it
held prayer meetings, despite government orders on social distancing.
of people were crammed into the group's building until the weekend when
authorities began taking them out for testing.
looks like social distancing and quarantine protocols were not practised
here," the city administration said in a statement.
administrators violated these conditions and several cases of corona positive
patients have been found ... By this gross act of negligence many lives have
been endangered ... this is nothing but a criminal act."
Musharraf Ali, one of the administrators of the Tablighi centre in Delhi, said
the group had been seeking help from police and the city administration to deal
with people streaming in. But the lockdown had made things more difficult.
such compelling circumstances there was no option ... but to accommodate the
stranded visitors with prescribed medical precautions until such time that the
situation becomes conducive for their movement or arrangements are made by the
authorities,"the Tablighi said in a statement.
Tablighi, one of the world's largest missionary movements, hosted a gathering
last month at a mosque complex on the outskirts of Malaysia's capital Kuala
Lumpur that has emerged as a source of hundreds of coronavirus infections
across South-east Asia.
Pakistan, the group called off a congregation on the outskirts of the city of
Lahore last month, but there were still 1,100 people staying on a group
premises. At least 27 have tested positive for the virus, the health minister
of Pakistan's Punjab province, Yasmin Rashid, told Geo TV this week.
govt approves malaria drug for critically-ill Covid-19 patients
The Punjab government has allowed treatment of critically ill patients of
Covid-19 with chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine besides expanding the capacity
of beds across the province.
Hospital had earlier started using the drug on critical patients of Covid-19.
China had also treated its critical patients suffering from the virus and the US
has also allowed its use.
decision was taken by the government after the Food and Drug Authority (FDA) of
the US granted approval to using hydroxychloroquine, which is originally used
to treat malaria.
physicians have started medication of the seriously ill patients of coronavirus
at the Mayo Hospital and initial reports suggest that the drug is yielding
positive results,” unveiled Mayo Hospital Lahore Chief Executive Prof Dr Asad
to Dawn, he said the Mayo physicians were suggesting treatment of Covid-19
patients through chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, which had been provided in
sufficient quantity by the Punjab government.
the government planned to rent two three-star hotels in the city to use their
rooms to isolate suspected patients of coronavirus.
has also given permission to start outdoor services for suspected patients of
coronavirus at the Mayo Hospital and the field hospital at Expo Centre. The
decision was taken following a surge in the number of Covid-19 cases across the
1,000-bed Expo Centre Hospital has also been completed for patient management
and will start functioning soon after the recruitment of 1,900 doctors, nurses
Monday, Dr Khan said, Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid reviewed final
arrangements at the Expo Centre and addressed the staff, including doctors, to
motivate them for this daunting task. Dr Khan has also been appointed as
administrator of the Expo Centre Hospital.
portions will be used to isolate mild and severe patients of the disease
separately. The third potion will be used for seriously ill patients, he said,
adding that a 50-bed high dependency unit had also been made fully functional
have deputed highly trained medics and other staff for triage site at the Expo
Centre, while Rescue 1122 has been hired to shift patients to this facility
from all over the province,” he added.
further said that Fatima Jinnah Medical University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr
Aamir Zeman Khan was conducting interviews to recruit 1,900 doctors, nurses and
paramedics for the Expo Centre Hospital.
the first time, we are going to start OPD service for suspected coronavirus
patients only [at Mayo and Expo Centre hospitals],” said Dr Khan.
said the Mayo Hospital OPD has become the largest set-up for coronavirus in
Punjab with 500 more beds added to the isolation and quarantine wards here. The
patients testing positive at the OPD here would be shifted to the Expo Centre
Hospital, he added.
among Gulf migrant workers fearing virus limbo
Millions of migrant workers across the Gulf face uncertainty as host countries
announce lockdowns, employers withhold wages or mull redundancies, and strict
coronavirus containment measures lead to deportations and confinement.
been in lockdown for the last eight to 10 days, we don’t know when it will
end,” said a 27-year-old Pakistani engineer in Qatar beginning a second week
under mandatory quarantine.
basic issue we are facing now is groceries. The government is providing us with
food but only after some days — and little things only.” He is among tens of
thousands of workers strictly confined to Doha’s Industrial Area after dozens
in the blue-collar district tested positive for Covid-19.
groups, including Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty, warn that cramped
accommodation and inadequate sanitation endanger migrant workers across the
Gulf, who may not have access to healthcare.
also face salaries going unpaid and arbitrary dismissal or deportation — an
outcome that could spell disaster for families at home dependent on their
workers in the Gulf are already disadvantaged (under) a labour governance
system that gives employers excessive powers over migrant workers and drives
their abuse and exploitation,” HRW’s Gulf researcher Hiba Zayadin told AFP.
countries should go above and beyond in introducing measures to prevent the
spread of the virus in migrant accommodations and migrant detention centres.”
With the region so far reporting 3,200 cases of the disease, Amnesty said that
workers “trapped in camps” are particularly vulnerable, enduring conditions
that make social distancing impossible.
workers in the oil-rich Gulf region, predominantly from Bangladesh, India,
Nepal and Pakistan, account for around 10 per cent of all migrants worldwide.
labourers in Saudi Arabia, home to 10 million expat workers, complained that
they were required by bosses to work while Saudis were permitted paid
workers in the private sector are suffering due to the closure of most sectors,
as many owners force the workers to sit in their homes without a salary,” an
Arab diplomat based in Riyadh told AFP.
despite the kingdom’s compensation to the private sector, the owners use it to
cover their losses due to the closure without caring for the workers.” After
Saudi Arabia, the UAE hosts the Gulf’s second largest migrant labour force with
8.7 million, followed by Kuwait with 2.8 million.
Kuwait, Um Sabrine, an Egyptian beauty salon manager, said she would not be
paid because of the government’s closure of non-essential businesses.
she plans to sue her employer, many in the region are reluctant to speak out
for fear of reprisals. Others believe the health situation is worse in their
Qatar’s record on migrant labour has been under the spotlight since it won the
right to host the 2022 World Cup, with seven new football stadiums as well as
towering skyscrapers to be built by an army of foreign workers.
per cent of Qatar’s 2.75 million people are expats. Many are from developing
countries and working on projects linked to the tournament — stadium
construction has continued even as other businesses have shuttered.
groups have previously criticised labour practices in Qatar, which has
responded with initiatives to enhance worker welfare. But the lockdown of the
densely populated Industrial Area has drawn scrutiny.
they have done it if it had been somewhere in the Pearl? I don’t know,” she
added, referring to an artificial island popular with wealthy expatriates.
officials insisted last week’s sealing of the area, now ringed by police, was
essential to save lives. They also say they have flooded the area with medical
resources and pledged to pay missed salaries.
International Labour Organisation’s Doha office said several employers had
transferred staff to more spacious lodgings over fears cramped conditions could
incubate the virus, while others have improved hygiene.
Lankan supermarket worker, 23, said his communal villa was sanitised and
cleaned in response to Covid-19, but anxiety persisted.
least 20 Nepalese migrant labourers were deported by Qatar for ignoring
containment rules, Nepalese officials told AFP, even though Kathmandu has
sought to block returnees.
ILO questioned how long companies could continue paying workers as the crisis
continues, chilling Gulf economies which have been blindsided by the plunge in
redundancies, avoided so far, would do huge economic damage to countries
sending labour to the region, said the head of the ILO’s Qatar office, Houtan
orders withdrawal of FIRs filed against imams for violating code
Chief Minister (CM) Syed Murad Ali Shah has directed police to withdraw all the
FIRs registered against the imams of mosques and others for violating the code
of conduct devised for the Friday prayers.
after consultations with leading doctors and ulemas of different schools of
thought, had decided that due to the threat of coronavirus, only the prayer
leader, the moazen, Khadim and two others would offer the Friday prayer. But
unfortunately, some people violated this code of con¬duct; as a result, the law
took its course.” Murad said that since the ulemas had raised the issue of
registration of cases against them, therefore right now, “I am directing the
inspector general of police (IGP) to withdraw the FIRs registered against imams
and other people all over Sindh with the request [to ulemas] to keep their
Friday congregation limited to five people as had been agreed earlier.”
he said while presiding over a meeting of religious schol¬ars of different
schools of thought here at the CM House on Monday.
meeting was attended by provincial ministers Syed Nasir Hussain Shah, Murtaza
Wahab, Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah, Sind IGP Mushtaq Maher, ACS Home Usman
Chachar, Profes¬sor Dr Abdul Bari and religious scholars, including Mufti Taqi
Us¬mani, Mufti Imran Usmani, Mufti Zubair Usmani, Dr Adil, Maulana Imdadullah,
Dr Saeed Sikan¬dar, Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman, Mufti Rehman Amjad, Mufti Abid
Mubarak, Mufti Rafi-ur-Rehman, Allama Shahensha Hussain Rizvi, Mufti Yousuf
Kashmiri, Maulana Abdul Waheed and Mufti Abdur Rehman.
the outset of the meeting, the chief minister said that the first case of
Covid-19 was detected in Sindh on February 26, and on the same day he held an
emergency meeting and decided to order clo¬sure of the schools. “The situation
kept aggravating, and we kept an eye on it as was later reflected in our
decisions,” he said, and added that he had sent government ser¬vants on a
15-day leave, ordered the closure of restaurants, then shopping centers and
finally de¬cided to declare complete lock¬down because the number of
coronavirus cases were increas¬ing. “Today, we have 508 cases in the province,
including 171 cases of local transmission. This is why I am requesting each and
every one to maintain social distancing and avoid gatherings and
congre-gations,” he appealed.
chief minister said that the decision to limit the number of people offering
prayers together was taken after thorough debate and discussions with all the
stake¬holders. “The objective is to save our people from this disease and with
the cooperation and support of religious scholars, this has be¬come possible,”
the CM said.
our mosques are open, azan is given there five times a day and a limited number
of people also offer prayers to¬gether– this is what is required,” Murad said,
and assured, “Let the threat is over, everything would become normal.”
chief minister once again appealed to the religious scholars to keep urging the
faithful to pre¬fer offering prayers at home.
Cases Spiral As Mullahs Defy Army, Imran
are as usual at Mosques across Pakistan. All the Arab countries including Saudi
Arabia closed mosques to avoid the spread of Corona. Mullahs defy powerful Army
and the puppet Imran Khan government to go ahead with their daily, weekly
prayers and religious congregations….. writes Dr Sakariya Kareem
is heading for a major crisis since its creation as the civilian government in
Islamabad and its masters at Rawalpindi are struggling to impose measures to
tackle the Corona outbreak. The powerful Mullahas in the country are defying
all the orders to conduct their religious congregations and leading prayers.
They are not even paying attention to the religious decrees issued by Al Azhar
and Saudi Arabia.
far 24 people were dead in Pakistan because of Corona. The cases spiralled to
1870 on March 31. The state has not taken any major initiative to control the
outbreak. Prime Minister Imran Khan is trying to save the economy and rejected
calls from health care workers to enforce a total lockdown.
other countries like Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt, Pakistan has not banned
congregational prayers that pose a clear threat to public health,” said TRT
World, the government controlled media in Turkey.
Arif Naqvi wrote to Egypt’s Al-Azhar to issue a Fatwa (edict) permitting
suspension of Friday prayers to control the spread of deadly coronavirus in the
country. Al Azha granted one in favour of the President. But Mullahs rejected
that. Prominent members of the civil
society and the government are trying to convince the Ulema of Pakistan to
agree on temporarily halting congregational prayers but they are not willing to
Army is saying that they are helpless. They are seem to be in support of
clerics like Mufti Taqi Usmani who says this is the time to seek Allah’s
Pakistani Army which is actually controlling the government is trying to put
the blame on Imran Khan for the coronavirus crisis. They deployed units at key
points but they are unwilling to close the mosques across the country fearing
backlash from the fundamentalist clerics. The fact remains that the
fundamentalist clerics are crucial for Pakistan’s proxy wars in Afghanistan and
India, especially Jammu and Kashmir.
Imran Khan-led government is unable to take any step as fundamentalist clerics
have the support of the Pakistan Army. The current scenario gives rise to a
major concern as the mosques nationwide remain open for Friday Namaz as well as
daily prayers. So it’s a vicious circle in Pakistan.
Journalist Nasim Jehra tweeted, “There is NO NO NO reason why Pakistan
government should not suspend congregational prayers in Pakistan given that
Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Turkey, UAE, Jordan etc. have already stopped
week, Gaza reported two confirmed cases of coronavirus. When Palestinian
authorities investigated the matter, it was found that both men had recently
returned from Pakistan where they attended a mass religious gathering that
ended on March 12. They were among the 250,000 people that gathered in the
outskirts of Lahore to participate in the ‘Tableeghi Ijtema’ an Islamic event
organized by the Tablighi Jamaat.
people who have been found to be coronavirus positive had attended the Tablighi
Jamaat programme in Lahore. Four people living in Sindh have been admitted to a
hospital in Pakistan, who attended the programme. Similarly, five Maulana of
Kyrgyzstan country has also been found to be coronavirus positive who had
participated in the programme and have been admitted to a hospital in
using Covid-19 relief fund for political agenda, alleges PML-N
The PML-N has alleged that the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf government is using the
Corona Relief Fund for its political agenda, therefore a parliamentary
monitoring committee must be formed to ensure oversight and transparency.
over a meeting of senior party leaders and lawmakers through a video link here
on Monday, Opposition Leader in National Assembly Shahbaz Sharif said not only
has Imran Khan Niazi failed as a prime minister but also as the federal health
minister. “Imran Khan has established himself as the minister of coronavirus spread
and personal enrichment. Therefore, it is demanded that a parliamentary
monitoring committee should also be responsible to know the details of the
import process of all items being procured from abroad.”
meeting said the government was [allegedly] using foreign aid for coronavirus
for its political activities. It stressed that the National Assembly speaker
should summon a meeting of the standing committee with immediate effect.
Sharif said the rapidly-increasing number of coronavirus patients in Punjab was
an alarming situation. “A serious notice of this must be taken immediately,” he
said and warned that hiding [actual] data and deaths was a criminal act which
should be avoided at all costs. He said the government was refraining from conducting
the required testing and screening especially in Punjab that might cause an
PML-N president lauded the decision of the court to revive the Pakistan Medical
and Dental Council (PMDC) as his party had been demanding this for a long time.
meeting said Imran Niazi had completely failed as the federal health minister
and had proven to be the minister for ‘spread of coronavirus’ and his task
force was destroying the healthcare system. It condemned the act of not
allowing the PMDC registrar from entering the building.
meeting also pointed out that the new notice from the health ministry regarding
revival of PMDC was a ‘cunning’ act and instead of the so-called Tiger Force,
local governments needed to be reinstated.
stressed the need for providing preventive gear to the doctors as ensuring
their well-being was the key to ensuring the well-being of the nation. The
meeting took notice of the numerous complaints of terrible state of affairs at
hospitals, while the government was busy doing politics in the name of relief
funds. It criticised the [alleged] distribution of money to favourites through
PTI MPAs and MNAs.
mankind has not known a bigger sacrifice than to save lives imperiling your
own. Stand with pride, because you are the best amongst us. Our heartfelt
gratitude & homage to our heroes in white armour, our doctors, nurses,
paramedics the healers & humanitarian leaders of our times,” she said in a
closes ALL of its stores for a month as the coronavirus pandemic wreaks havoc
on Australia's most popular retailers
store Mecca has closed its doors for at least four weeks as coronavirus
restrictions wreak havoc on the Australian economy.
makeup brand said the challenges in adhering to the increasingly stringent
social distancing measures made it difficult to stay open.
precautionary measure, the retailer announced it has shut all of its 92 stores
across the country from now until the end of April.
are difficult and disorienting times we find ourselves in. We've tried to keep
our doors open, operating with rigorous health and safety measures to protect
our customers and our team,' Mecca said in a statement.
anticipate being closed for four weeks, but we will keep you up to date with
changes. We want to thank our amazing teams for all their incredible efforts to
support our customers and each other during these challenging times.'
its store closure, the online store will remain open with free shipping, daily
beauty updates, 24/7 broadcasting program and live chat available for shoppers.
makeup brand said the challenges in adhering to the increasingly stringent
social distancing measures made it difficult to keep its doors open +4
of our "font of all knowledge" in-store hosts will call you on
FaceTime and will talk you through and demonstrate everything you would
typically see in store. It's free. It's fun. We think it's pretty fabulous and
we'd love you to be a part of it.'
ensure all of its customers are safe in the midst of the outbreak, the brand
will take extra measures with home deliveries.
and safety is the order of the day, and we are taking extra measures to protect
you at this time. Deliveries can be dropped at your door, requiring no
signatory and a no-touch drop off,' it said.
added: 'Stay tuned, stay healthy and let's all look after each other and do
what we can to help stop the spread of COVID-19.'
Dhabi Islamic Bank shareholder approves lifting foreign ownership cap
Dhabi Islamic Bank secured shareholders’ approval to raise its foreign
ownership limit to 40 per cent, up from the current 25 per cent, as the lender
looks to expand its investor base.
also approved a dividend of 27.38 fils per share for 2019 at its annual general
meeting, the bank said in a statement on Sunday.
marked another successful year for ADIB with a healthy increase of profit and
revenues across key businesses,” Mazin Manna, ADIB group chief executive, said.
has been complemented by our discipline in managing costs across the bank by
implementing a number of optimisation initiatives, resulting in a flat expense
base. In addition, our investment into digital transformation has proven
successful, enabling us to maintain a seamless service to customers at a time
when we are all trying to limit our movement.”
profit for the 12-month period ending December 31 reached Dh2.6 billion.
Operating profit increased 4.4 per cent to Dh3.26bn, boosted by a 30.7 per cent
increase in investment income. A 23.6 per cent rise in foreign exchange income
also contributed to a rise in annual operating profit.
move to increase its foreign ownership limit is in line with other financial
institutions that are raising ownership caps on their stocks to attract more
global investors, after the UAE eased restrictions last year.
bin Zayed, Grand Imam of Al Azhar review global fight against corona
DHABI, 30th March, 2020 (WAM) -- His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al
Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed
Forces, discussed with the Grand Imam of Al Azhar Dr Ahmed Al Tayeb the
prospects of promoting the values of tolerance and moderation amid the menacing
threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
came over a phone call wherein Sheikh Mohamed underlined the significant role
played by men of religions and influential religious institutions all over the
world, primarily Al Azhar in fighting extremism and dogmatism.
conversation covered the importance of translating the values inherent in the
Human Fraternity Document into action under this critical period the humanity
at large is going through. Sheikh Mohamed addressed the same topic in an
earlier conversation with Pope Francis, Head of the Catholic Church.
Mohamed said the UAE is cooperating with Egypt in addressing the coronavirus
crisis and containing its impact, underlining the solid relations between the
two sisterly countries.
Grand Imam of Al Azhar commended the support provided by the UAE for all world
countries and communities in face of the pandemic, saying this approach
reflects the civilizational and humanitarian approach adopted by the UAE at the
regional and international levels
Sheikh Mohamed tells Grand Imam of Al Azhar the UAE is ready to help
Mohamed bin Zayed told the Grand Imam of Al Azhar, on Monday, that the UAE is
ready to help anyone affected by coronavirus.
Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces said
Dr Ahmed Al Tayeb's words of solidarity during the global outbreak were
message of the Grand Imam of Al Azhar about efforts to control Covid-19 and his
call for solidarity and co-operation is comforting. I assured him during a
phone call that the UAE is ready to help and work with everyone to tackle the
virus and reduce its harm,” Sheikh Mohamed tweeted.
Sunday, Sheikh Mohamed discussed the importance of international solidarity
during the outbreak, with Pope Francis, head of the Catholic Church.
Mohamed said international unity was more important now than ever as the world
circles and Al-Azhar Grand Imam mourned the death of Egyptian doctor who died
Health Ministry, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmed El-Tayyeb, and the Doctors'
Syndicate mourned the death of Ahmed El-Lawah who hailed from Port Said,
northeast of Cairo.
57, a laboratory physician at Al-Azhar University, died on Monday. He was
hospitalised for two days after he had tested positive for coronavirus.
provincial General Health Care Authority in Port Said said on Monday that
El-Lawah was admitted to the local Tadamon hospital in a “very critical
condition” before he was sent to an isolation hospital in the port city of
patient entered an “emergency room equipped with a mechanical ventilator and a
CPAP mask as a medical team consisting of the hospital director, the intensive
care physician, the emergency doctor, and a nursing staff trained on dealing
with coronavirus cases were waiting for him," health ministry spokesman
Khaled Megahed stated.
condition noticeably improved on Sunday before a “sudden deterioration” led to
his death in the early hours of Monday, the statement added.
death sparked grief online as social media users shared a post he wrote last
week in which he urged people to “stay home” to protect themselves from the
to a tracking investigation carried out by a local health department in Port
Said, the doctor was one of the direct contacts with a coronavirus case, and he
was self-isolating at his home before he entered the hospital, according to the
General Health Care Authority in Port Said.
of the Two Holy Mosques orders free treatment from Coronavirus for all
citizens, residents, and violators of residency regulation in all health
March 30,2020, SPA -- The Minister of Health, Dr. Tawfiq bin Fawzan AlRabiah,
has announced the issuance of the order of the Custodian of the Two Holy
Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to provide free treatment to all
citizens, residents, and violators of the residency regulation in all
government and private health facilities relating to all matters for treatment
of the Coronavirus.
Minister affirmed that this royal order emanates from the keenness of the
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques who put the health of citizens and residents
as a top priority to ensure the safety of all.
came in a press conference held by the Minister of Health at the headquarters
of Saudi Food and Drug Authority in Riyadh today.
largest Muslim youth organisation launches coronavirus relief effort
the coronavirus pandemic continues, with the UK expecting a significant period
under lockdown, the Muslim community is among those determined to see no one
UK's largest and oldest Muslim youth organisation AMYA, which has a membership exceeding
8,000, has introduced new initiatives to support people in need during the
Hadi, from London, is one of Britain's youngest Imams and said the
organisation's aim is to contribute to society "at all levels".
told the Standard: "Our key objective is to serve and contribute to
society at all levels through active integration and engagement."
AMYA's motto 'Love for All Hatred for None', our purpose is to engender the
spirit of discipline, love and service to the wider community irrespective of
people's beliefs, race or gender.
also believe a nation cannot be reformed without reformation of its youth - so
we have introduced structured activities for young people to keep them
aged between 16 and 40 are working in 24 regions across the UK to serve local
community members in need.
of those who have signed up are offering daily videos featuring life hacks,
mental health tips, spiritual development reminders, and ideas for ways to
occupy yourself at home.
Hadi added: "Some of our more sporty members and Imams have dedicated
their time to create daily online content to help people at home stay fit
during this period - with six workout sessions a week, and three targeted at
those aged under 15.
live videos, so people can interact with one another, it's a pretty fun way to
get fit, all in the safety of your home. We also have challenges and kahoot
quizes to take part in and leaderboards which you can climb."
are also offering a hotline service for people in need of help. Before the
lockdown, in line with social distancing advice, members assisted with running
errands such as buying groceries, collecting prescriptions and medication,
donating to food banks or providing meals to people in their homes.
Hadi said: "So far we have helped dozens of people this way, and the
response has been very good. The numbers are increasing every day."
to Mr Hadi, AMYA members have long been giving back to the community by
participating in activities such as blood donations, visiting senior citizens
and planting more than 50,000 trees to date across the UK.
sole purpose and reason for why we are doing this is to act upon the teachings
of Islam, which state that to help and alleviate the hardship and suffering of
others is a great virtue, an act of faith and a means of seeking nearness to
Leading Activist In Britain’s Muslim Community Has Died Of The Coronavirus
Nahdi, a prominent British Muslim journalist and activist who published an
influential Muslim-focused magazine and was a key voice in Britain’s Muslim
community, died on March 21 after being infected by what his family later
learned was the novel coronavirus, his son said.
62, who had other health issues stemming from diabetes and cancer, fell ill and
“spiraled really fast,” his son, Nadir Nahdi, told BuzzFeed News.
family called an ambulance, and Nahdi was taken from his home in Wembley, an
area of northwest London. He remained in the hospital for about a day and a
half before he died; his coronavirus test came back positive two days after his
death, his son said.
and family remembered Nahdi’s charismatic personality, his talent for
networking and mentoring, and his important role in shaping contemporary
British Muslim identity.
Nahdi was a powerful force to be reckoned with, inside the Muslim community,
but more generally in British civil society, as well as more broadly in
international Muslim circles,” Dr. H.A. Hellyer, a friend of Nahdi’s and senior
associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute in London and the
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC, said in an email.
“He was fiercely independent, and deeply committed to the normative tradition
of Sunni Islam that informed his sense of justice and spirituality.”
in Tanzania in 1957, Nahdi grew up in Mombasa, Kenya, and went to the
University of Nairobi. He moved to the United Kingdom in 1983 after winning a
scholarship to attend SOAS University of London. In the UK, he met Humera Khan,
and the couple married in 1989. They had two children together: Nadir, 30,
founder of online platform Beni, and Ilyeh, 25, a speech and language
therapist. Khan, 60, is also an activist in her own right as the cofounder of
An-Nisa Society, a group focused on Muslim women.
as a person and Q-News as a publication could be summed up in four ways: as
progressive, cosmopolitan, attentive to context, and respectful but never
deferential let alone obsequious towards religious and political authority,”
Yahya Birt, a University of Leeds professor and another friend of Nahdi’s,
wrote in a Medium post remembering him. Through Q-News, Nahdi mentored a
generation of young Muslim activists and journalists.
think every single person that wrote there, Fuad had something to do with their
careers,” said Dr. Nabila Munawar, project manager of the Inclusive Curriculum
program at the London School of Economics and longtime friend of Nahdi’s, who
wrote for and served as an editor at Q-News.
described how Nahdi was an attentive but sometimes challenging mentor. She
recalled how, after she was getting ready to submit her master’s thesis about
responses to 9/11 in the Muslim community, she asked Nahdi to look it over.
called me back and said it was bullshit,” Munawar recalled with a laugh. “You
could always just trust him to [say], ‘You’re not gonna like this, but this is
what I think about this.’ ... He wanted it to be good.” Munawar said Nahdi was
influential in shaping her thinking in her academic work on Muslim identity;
“He really brought out that idea that you don't impose identity on people, but
it should come from them.”
was all about providing an alternative narrative that was positive and
uplifting,” Nadir Nahdi said. “That alternative channel was so formative for an
emerging young British Muslim identity to take shape because it wasn't rooted
in the kind of heaviness, the tropes of what the politicized environment was
trying to bottle us in.”
made inroads into the British establishment and encouraged interfaith
cooperation, becoming the first Muslim to address the General Synod, the Church
of England’s legislative body. And during a fraught era in which discourse
around Islam and Muslims in the West was often imbued with anti-Muslim
prejudice and focused on extremism and the war on terror, Nahdi worked to
influence policymakers and in 2005 launched an organization, Radical Middle
Way, that was focused on promoting a more positive vision of Islam.
Radical Middle Way is based on the premise that most of the discussion about
Islam is held in a context of extremism on both sides,” Nahdi said in an
interview in 2007. “So actually to be moderate, to be in the middle, is radical
because it's different from the perceived notion around us.”
recalled once tagging along during one of Nahdi’s visits to Parliament; as they
sat in the café having tea, Nahdi spotted former prime minister Margaret
Thatcher nearby and cheekily dared Munawar to go speak with her.
impish sense of humor endeared him to many. “There was laughter everywhere that
he went,” his son, Nadir, said. “Dad was literally the soul of a party.”
normal circumstances, the family home would have been inundated with visitors
in the wake of his death, Nadir said. But because of the coronavirus lockdown
in Britain, the family have been grieving alone and were only permitted to have
20 people attend Nahdi’s funeral last week.
there was “a sense of obligation that it wasn't only us grieving, but it was
the whole Muslim world almost because Dad was quite a prominent figure in
Muslim relations and conversations over a long period of time,” Nadir said.
the family decided to livestream his funeral so Nahdi’s friends and associates
around the world could be there at least virtually. A virtual memorial service
was also held for Nahdi over Zoom and Facebook on Thursday night.
statement on worshippers gathering at Small Heath mosque 'during lockdown'
have said that videos being circulated of people allegedly attending a mosque
during the lockdown were taken before the measures were introduced.
Midlands Police launched an investigation after a video began circulating on
Facebook showing the alleged breach of the coronavirus social distancing rules.
on Monday (March 30), police said they had investigated the video and claims
made by onlookers and had concluded no rules had been broken.
spokesman for West Midlands Police said: "We're aware of a video
circulating that appears to show a group of people leaving a mosque in Small
Heath during the lockdown.
we can confirm the footage was filmed in Small Heath, our officers have
conducted enquiries and are satisfied that the mosque is currently closed.
neighbourhood team have spoken to many residents living on the street, who all
confirmed that the mosque has not been open since the restrictions were
announced last Monday (23 March)."
video shows a residential street in Small Heath where large numbers of men are
seen leaving a terraced house. All are
in Muslim dress and get into separate cars and drive away.
is no date on the footage, but the people circulating it claim the gathering
took place after the social distancing rules were introduced. This bans groups of more than two people
the lockdown announced by the Government over a week ago, people are banned
from meeting in groups of more than two people.
are also restricted to only leaving their houses for essential shopping, such
as food and medicine; caring responsibilities and one hour's exercise a day.
Al Jannah mosque makes pizza donations to Wexham Park Hospital
from the Masjid Al Jannah mosque delivered stacks of pizzas to frontline NHS
staff at Wexham Park Hospital.
president Hamjath Aneef, vice-president Nazeer Marzook and treasurer Akram
Azeez dropped their donations off on Thursday (March 26).
Marikkar, volunteer at the Stoke Road mosque, said: “This humanitarian act is
to show the solidarity that the Sri Lankan Muslim community in Slough have for
the hard-working NHS staff who are working tirelessly putting their own lives
at risk and working 24/7.
man tried to report a mosque to the police for being open during lockdown but
it went very wrong
in a pandemic, some people will stop at nothing to try a spread bigotry and shame
others only to have it come back and slap them in the face.
lockdown measures currently in place across the country, everything that is not
classified as 'essential' has been forced to temporarily close until the spread
of the virus subsides.
includes all places of worship, from faiths across the entire religious
spectrum. Nothing should be open but that isn't what one man from Shrewsbury
March, a Twitter user claimed to have spoken to his mosque in Shrewsbury who
told him that they were still open, despite the lockdown rues. He then tagged
Shropshire police and demanded that the mosque be closed as they could become
their reply, Shropshire police told him that there is only a Muslim prayer
centre in the town and they have been abiding by the lockdown rules since they
were imposed earlier this month.
the Shrewsbury Muslim Centre confirmed on the website on March 19 that they
would cease holding Friday prayers until further notice.
Shropshire police's response to the false accusation soon became something of a
viral hit and people applauded them for such a pointed response.
UK government has imposed lockdown measures for at least two weeks to try and
stop the spread of Covid-19 but could be extended upon review.
State militants escape during riot at prison in Syria
aircraft were assisting Syrian forces putting down “uprising” at a detention
facility holding Islamic State group fighters, during which some of the
prisoners escaped, officials said late Sunday.
Syrian Democratic Forces sent anti-terrorist forces and other troops to the
prison in Hassakeh, in northeastern Syria, said Mustafa Bali, a spokesman for
the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.
terrorists managed to take over the first floor in Hasakah prison removing
internal walls & doors,” Bali said on Twitter. “Some of them managed to
escape and our forces are searching to capture them.”
U.S.-led Operation Inherent Resolve was assisting with aerial surveillance at
the facility, said Army Col. Myles B. Caggins III, the anti-ISIS coalition’s
military spokesman, also on Twitter.
break started when inmates broke security cameras, minutes after holding up
blankets with messages scrawled on them to the U.S.-led coalition and human
rights organizations, the independent media organization said on Twitter,
citing an official statement.
state of emergency will continue until tomorrow until we have determined where
they have gone,” the information center said, quoting a statement.
prisoners were still in control of the facility’s first floor and planning
further escapes, balaclava-wearing SDF officials said at a press conference
later outside the prison, the media organization said in a post that included
video of the camouflage-clad officials.
fact that the rioters wrote messages to human rights organizations suggested
the unrest may have been linked to concerns over prison conditions and fears of
the coronavirus pandemic, the center said. The prison is located in an area of
northern Syria where Turkish-backed militias are accused of cutting off the
water supply to more than 450,000 people for more than a week.
coalition does not staff the detention facilities, which have struggled to
detain the ISIS-linked captives. Observers have warned of the Kurdish forces’
limitations in holding the about 10,000 prisoners, who they don’t have the
capacity to investigate and put through trials. Media reports have described
cells crammed with men.
many European countries have been reluctant to take back their citizens who
joined ISIS and fought for the hardline group’s territorial ambitions. About
2,000 of the prisoners are foreign fighters, U.S. officials have estimated.
longer ISIS prisoners are held in SDF prisons, the greater the potential for
them to organize breakouts,” the Lead Inspector General for Operation Inherent
Resolve said in a January report, citing Pentagon officials.
addition to the prisoners, camps in northern Syria also hold tens of thousands
of women and children who lived under the terrorist group’s “caliphate,” which
lost its final territorial stronghold a little more than a year ago in the town
Turkey invaded northern Syria last fall, the Kurds warned that they would not
have the capacity to both defend themselves and secure the prisons.
October, more than 100 prisoners with alleged links to ISIS broke out of the
prisons during the Turkish incursion, U.S. officials told the Washington Post.
group’s ranks have been filled by fighters freed in prison breaks stretching
back more than a half-decade, the Post reported.
break on Sunday came as the U.S. pulled out of a third Iraqi base this month,
citing successes in battling the terrorist group as allowing the withdrawal.
quarantine extended for 3,000 post-Mecca Turks
MARCH 30 - Quarantine has been extended for an additional week for the 3,135
Turkish nationals that returned to the country after taking part in the Muslim
holy Umrah pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. The group had re-entered Turkey
on March 15 and was placed in isolation in dorms in Ankara. Some that later
tested positive for the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, were transferred to
hospital. The Turkish scientific committee for the fight against COVID-19 has
thus decided to extend the quarantine for those still in the dorms, which was
to have ended on Sunday.
official slams UN envoy remarks after missile fired at Riyadh
before, the UN envoy is in the habit of adopting double standards by condemning
the victim and exonerating the executioner and inverting reality,” Ibrahim
Mohammad al-Dailami tweeted.
on Sunday released a statement, saying he was “gravely dismayed and
disappointed” after the Yemeni army staged drone and missile attacks over
Riyadh and another Saudi city in retaliation.
state media reported that at least one ballistic missile and a rocket had been
intercepted over Riyadh and the southwestern city of Jazan. However, a
spokesperson for Saudi Arabia’s Civil Defense said two people were wounded in
the strikes. The contradictory accounts were not explained by Saudi
Armed Forces say they targeted strategic and sensitive sites in Saudi Arabia’s
capital Riyadh and elsewhere in the kingdom by a squadron of domestically-manufactured
combat drones and ballistic missiles.
latest missile retaliation was the first against the kingdom since September
when the Yemeni army hit Saudi oil installations with ballistic missiles.
called the retaliatory strikes unlawful, but Dailami turned the tables on the
UN envoy, saying he was “ignoring all axioms of international law”.
ambassador pointed to a proposal last Monday by UN chief Antonio Guterres who
called for “an immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world” and
welcomed by the Houthis.
Ansarullah movement welcomes a request by the UN chief for a global ceasefire
to help the world better focus on the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
said if Griffiths really insists on implementing the proposal, he should ask
the UN Security Council to issue a “clear resolution” ordering the cessation of
the conflict in Yemen and the removal of a Saudi blockade on the impoverished
Yemeni army and its allies in the Houthi Ansarullah movement have been putting
up a strong resistance against Saudi-led invaders and their mercenaries.
violation: Kaduna Imams arraigned, granted bail
Kaduna Chief Magistrate Court has granted bail to two Islamic clerics and 10 of
their followers for violating the curfew order put in place to curtail the
spread of coronavirus in the state.
two Muslim clerics were arrested while conducting the Friday congregational
prayers in Malali and Ungwan Kanawa in Kaduna North Local Government of Kaduna
state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan,
had earlier at a press conference on Saturday given the names of the clerics as
Mallam Aminu Usman and Mallam Umar Shangel, from Malali and Unguwan Kanawa,
Monday, the two clerics and 10 of their followers were
arraigned separately before the Magistrate Court at Ungwan Kanawa and Court 16
before being granted bail to the sum of
the defendants were to produce sureties who must be senior government officials
with proof of landed property in Kaduna State, failure of which they would be
remanded at the Kaduna Correctional Centre.
Kaduna State Director of Public Prosecution, Dari Bayero, had said the
defendants’ alleged violation of the law had the potency of spreading the
coronavirus in the state.
Inspo Muslim Reads to Make It Through Quarantine
quarantine, lockdown, whatever anyone calls it, days couped up in the house can
be draining. Limited socializing, lack of access to faith spaces and concern
about the well being of family, friends and community takes a spiritual toll.
there are plenty of inspirational (inspo) books by Muslim authors sharing their
experiences through an array of memoirs and biographies, which offer authors a
chance to share their lives and motivate readers drawn to their stories.
asked our followers to list books written by Muslims they found moving and
motivating. Check out a list of memoirs recommended by NbA Muslim readers, who
attested to their potential to lift the spirits, which is sorely needed during
these times of uncertainty.
Growing up in New Jersey as the only African American Muslim at school, Ibtihaj
Muhammad always had to find her own way. When she discovered fencing, a sport
traditionally reserved for the wealthy, she had to defy expectations and make a
place for herself in a sport she grew to love.
winning state championships to three-time All-America selections at Duke
University, Ibtihaj was poised for success, but the fencing community wasn’t
ready to welcome her with open arms just yet. As the only woman of color and
the only religious minority on Team USA’s saber fencing squad, Ibtihaj had to
chart her own path to success and Olympic glory.
This enthralling story of the making of an American is a timely meditation on
being Muslim in America today. Threading My Prayer Rug is a richly textured
reflection. It is also the luminous story of many journeys: from Pakistan to
the United States in an arranged marriage that becomes a love match lasting
forty-five years; from secular Muslim in an Islamic society to devout Muslim in
a society ignorant of Islam, and from liberal to conservative to American
Muslim; from bride to mother; and from an immigrant intending to stay two years
to an American citizen, business executive, grandmother, and tireless advocate
for interfaith understanding.
with a sweetly funny, moving account of her arranged marriage, the author
undercuts stereotypes and offers the refreshing view of an American life
through Muslim eyes. Sabeeha was doing interfaith work for Imam Feisal A. Rauf,
the driving force behind the Muslim community center near Ground Zero, when the
backlash began. She recounts what that experience revealed about American
society and in a new preface discusses Islam in America in the time of Trump.
They said they could backbite her in public because she was “misbehaving in
public.” They said her mental illness was a “Western invention.” They said all
her problems were because she’s an American convert who couldn’t get her life
this groundbreaking book about living with mental illness as an American
Muslim, internationally acclaimed author Umm Zakiyyah shares the true story of
Sakinah “The Muslim Hippie” who thought she’d found a faith family and loving
community after converting to Islam. However, as she lived for years with
undiagnosed bipolar disorder, her manic-depressive states led her to be
ostracized, confused, and ultimately rejected and alone.
in the voice of Sakinah herself, this story gives a glimpse into the life of
one Muslim woman as she finds her way from the darkness of uncertainty to
become a passionate mental health advocate, whose blogs regularly appear on
patheos.com and whose insightful perspective has been shared in The Mighty and
“Go back to your country! You do not belong here in the United States because
you’re a terrorist!” Harsh statements like these have been echoed towards Julde
(Jul-DAY), a former United States Army brat, but these statements transpired
after Julde began wearing the hijab in 2014. Just like many other American
families, Julde’s family suffered the aftermath of the 9/11 attack, especially
because her dad joined a continual war for six-months out of every year.
people do not view Muslims as equally threatened by the 9/11 attacks provided
that the “War on Terror” is illustrated as a war against the entire Muslim
faith; however, this is not true because during the late 1990s Julde joined
other Muslim military families on the base to pray, eat Iftar dinner, and
attend Jummah services. The women in Julde’s family openly wore their hijab,
but, soon, they slowly detach from wearing their hijab, to later become
untraditional Muslim women. And it appeared at that moment, being Muslim at
heart was good enough. Julde acquired some of her basic knowledge of Islam
through military spouses who taught her to read in Arabic, explained various
narratives of the Quran, and offered her valuable words of advice.
in as a child was difficult being that Julde evidently did not celebrate
Christmas, Kwanza, Easter, nor other prevalent holidays at school. After
classmates questioned Julde’s participation in holiday celebrations, they grasp
an unexpected discovery that she is Muslim. This often led Julde to feel lonely
as a U.S. Army Brat; as if Military brats do not have enough obstacles to face
like continually changing their neighborhood, public schools and friends every
few years. Now as an adult, Julde Ball wears her hijab to complete her Islamic
faith and she undergoes a difference in how people treat her. Despite being
cursed out, pushed, kicked, or ignored, Julde maintains wearing her hijab. The
United States is Julde’s country and as well as many other American Muslims who
look like her. Julde wishes that her story can bring about future change for
Michael Muhammad Knight embarks on a quest for an indigenous American Islam in
a series of interstate odysseys. Traveling 20,000 miles by Greyhound in sixty
days, he squats in run-down mosques, pursues Muslim romance, is detained at the
U.S.-Canadian border with a trunkload of Shia literature, crashes Islamic
Society of North America conventions, stink-palms Cat Stevens, and limps across
Chicago to find the grave of Noble Drew Ali, filling dozens of notebooks along
the way. The result is this semi-autobiographical book, with multiple histories
of Fard and the landscape of American Islam woven into Knight’s own story.
the course of his adventures, Knight sorts out his own relationship to Islam as
he journeys from punk provocateur to a recognized voice in the community, and
watches first-hand the collapse of a liberal Islamic dream. The book’s
extensive cast of characters includes anarchist Sufi heretics, vegan kungfu
punks, tattoo-sleeved converts in hard-core bands, spiritual drug dealers,
Islamic feminists, slick media entrepreneurs, sages of the street, the
grandsons of Elijah Muhammad and Malcolm X, and a group called Muslims for
Born to Persian parents at the height of the Islamic Revolution and raised amid
a vibrant, loving, and gossipy Iranian diaspora in the American heartland,
Melody Moezzi was bound for a bipolar life. At 18, she began battling a severe
physical illness, and her community stepped up, filling her hospital rooms with
roses, lilies and hyacinths.
when she attempted suicide and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, there were
no flowers. Despite several stays in psychiatric hospitals, bombarded with
tranquilizers, mood-stabilizers, and antipsychotics, she was encouraged to keep
her illness a secret—by both her family and an increasingly callous and
indifferent medical establishment. Refusing to be ashamed or silenced, Moezzi
became an outspoken advocate, determined to fight the stigma surrounding mental
illness and reclaim her life along the way.
an irreverent memoir and a rousing call to action, Haldol and Hyacinths is the
moving story of a woman who refused to become a victim. Moezzi reports from the
frontlines of an invisible world, as seen through a unique and fascinating cultural
lens. A powerful, funny, and moving narrative, Haldol and Hyacinths is a
tribute to the healing power of hope and humor.
Drenched in pain, I had limped so far on the Road of Loss that I had lost my
way back home. With bleak hope left on my trail, I finally approached the point
of no return, awaiting to be consumed by my lingering darkness. However, upon
setting my last step on the fall’s edge, I was thundered by yet another
torment–my biggest trial to date, of losing my mother, the center of my
universe. Finding myself trapped in the most turbulent flight for the next
twenty-four hours, I was taxed by a tremendous choice, not between action and
non-action, or belief and unbelief, but rather between choice and none at all.
Would I resist or submit to my tribulation?
replace loss, God birthed gain. The expedition from loss to gain is the journey
of every human, a chosen one, to be free. The path that exists in between needs
to be traversed, not by choice but by surrendering choice to it. Can trauma
change to bliss? Can trial turn into triumph? There is only one way to find
this book I, Huma Zuellah Ahmed, retrace my own path attempting to traverse the
road from the wilderness of loss back to the safe haven of home. Alternatively
put, this is a personal transformation book about a girl’s journey of losing
her mother to cancer and how to not just cope but gain from loss. My story–a
tribute–will resonate with every human being reaching for that Universal Shade
that is waiting to wrap them in its transformational truth and turn their
tragedy into treasure.
The plight of immigrant refugees fleeing atrocities committed by despotic
regimes such as the Khmer Rouge has been well-chronicled in books and movies,
such as the Academy Award-winning film, The Killing Fields. In Resilience:
Killing Fields to Boardroom, Dr. Emad Rahim shares candidly from his life, but
not with the intent to evoke pity.
Rather, he recounts his story as a backdrop for exploring the
indomitable magnificence of the human spirit; present in its humblest
beginnings, and often, merely awaiting the right moment to emerge. Dr. Rahim, a
genocide survivor and refugee of the Khmer Rouge Killing Fields of Cambodia,
developed the S.A.L.T. model of Surviving, Adapting, Loving and Transforming as
a means of helping him overcome the struggles of his youth, including
prejudice, abuse, childhood violence, and dyslexia.
uses his life story as a framework for an approach to developing a mindset for
business success, which he names the S.A.L.T. (Surviving, Adapting, Loving and
Transforming) Effect. Rahim describes the pitfalls and triumphs in his life and
how they served as catalysts for a self-reflective process culminating into an
outline for internal growth and external achievement.
2009, Kaighla—a young, single mother from the Midwest, and a fresh convert to
Islam—married the Egyptian sheikh of a mosque in Brooklyn. Unbeknownst to her,
he hadn’t divorced his wife back home and was about to be deported. Two years
later, she moved with him, her son, and their baby girl to his hometown in
rural Egypt, where she was abused and neglected—along with his first wife—for
the next four years.
story about what happens when Muslim women are broken by Muslim men and find
the courage to heal themselves through the real Islam, Things That Shatter aims
to shed light on abuse and healing within the Muslim community and to help
vulnerable women protect themselves from men like him.
than anything, this story is a Muslim convert’s re-declaration of faith that
there is no God but God, and it serves as a reminder that women have an
intrinsic worth in God’s eyes, beyond and outside of their relationships to the
men in their lives.
A candid, heartfelt love story set in contemporary California that challenges
the idea of what it means to be American, liberated, and in loveWhen Huda meets
Hadi, the boy she will ultimately marry, she is six years old. Both are the
American-born children of Iraqi immigrants, who grew up on opposite ends of California.
Hadi considers Huda his childhood sweetheart, the first and only girl he’s ever
loved, but Huda needs proof that she is more than just the girl Hadi’s mother
has chosen for her son. She wants what many other American girls have–the
entertainment culture’s almost singular tale of chance meetings, defying the
odds, and falling in love. She wants stolen kisses, romantic dates, and a
long as she has a grand love story, Huda believes no one will question if her
marriage has been arranged. But when Huda and Hadi’s conservative Muslim
families forbid them to go out alone before their wedding, Huda must navigate
her way through the despair of unmet expectations and dashed happily-ever-after
ideals. Eventually, she comes to understand the toll of straddling two cultures
in a marriage and the importance of reconciling what you dreamed of with the
life you eventually live. Tender, honest and irresistibly compelling, First
Comes Marriage is the first Muslim-American memoir dedicated to the themes of
love and sexuality. Huda and Hadi’s story brilliantly circles around a series
of firsts, chronicling two virgins moving through their first everything: first
hand-holding, first kiss, and first sexual encounter. First Comes Marriage is
an almost unbearably humanizing tale that tucks into our hearts and lingers in
our imagination, while also challenging long-standing taboos within the Muslim
community and the romantic stereotypes we unknowingly carry within us that
sabotage some of our best chances for finding true love.
bomb attack kills governor in Somalia
governor in Somalia’s Puntland has been killed in a bomb attack by militants
from the Takfiri al-Shabab group.
Abdisalan Hassan Hersi of the Nugaal region died of the wounds he sustained in
the bombing on Sunday shortly after arriving at a hospital, police and hospital
sources said on Monday.
was in a critical condition when he was admitted to hospital,” a medic
anonymously told AFP. “He was badly wounded in the blast and he had little
chance of surviving such serious injuries.”
al-Shabab militants were driven out of the capital city, Mogadishu, with the
help of international African Union forces in 2011.
militant group has since lost power in most of its former strongholds; however,
it still wields significant influence in vast swathes of the countryside, from
where it recruits, coordinates, and launches attacks against government,
military, and civilian targets in Somalia and neighboring countries.
this year, the terrorist group launched an attack against a military base used
by US and Kenyan forces in neighboring Kenya.
of Afghan forces killed in two Taliban attacks: Kabul
The Taliban have killed about two dozen Afghan police and pro-government
fighters, officials said Monday, in two attacks that come as the foes are
supposed to be preparing for peace talks.
one of the incidents late Sunday, the insurgents killed at least six soldiers
and 13 police and pro-government militiamen at several outposts near a police
headquarters building in northeastern Takhar province, provincial police
spokesman Khalil Assir told AFP.
Azam Afzali, a member of Takhar’s provincial council, gave a slightly lower
toll, saying 17 police and pro-government militiamen were killed in the
fighting that lasted at least seven hours.
a Taliban attack on an army outpost in southern Zabul province on Sunday night
left at least six soldiers dead, the defence ministry said in a statement.
people were also wounded when a sticky bomb attached to a small truck went off
in Kabul city on Monday morning, the interior ministry said.
insurgents had agreed to speak to the government under a deal with the United
States signed in Doha last month, but the dialogue has been derailed by a
dispute over a prisoner exchange and the Taliban are also grumbling about the
composition of Kabul’s negotiating team.
political turmoil and the rivalry between Ghani and Abdullah have impeded each
step toward talks with the Taliban negotiations that were supposed to come next
under a peace deal that Washington signed with the insurgents last month.
deal calls for the eventual withdrawal of all 13,000 US soldiers from
Afghanistan in exchange for guarantees from the Taliban that they would fight
other militant groups, including the militant Islamic State group.
insurgents had agreed to speak to the government under a deal with the United
States signed in Doha last month, but the dialogue has been derailed by a dispute
over a prisoner exchange and the Taliban are also grumbling about the
composition of Kabul’s negotiating team.
Ghani and Abdullah, who also declared himself president in a parallel
inauguration ceremony earlier this month, have been locked in a power struggle
that has prompted Washington to say it would cut $1 billion in assistance to
Afghanistan if the two couldn’t get their act together.
Taliban are to send 10 representatives to the US-led coalition base in Bagram,
north of Kabul, to oversee the release of their prisoners
forces stop heavy rockets barrage on Kunar province
Afghan forces stopped rocket barrage on eastern Kunar province by confiscating
a BM-12 rocket launcher during a special military operation.
201st Silab Corps in a statement said the Special Forces of the National
Directorate of Security, the Afghan Intelligence, seized the rocket launcher
during a special raid in Sarkano district.
statement further added the enemies were looking to carry out missile attacks
on certain parts of Kunar using the BM-12 rocket launcher.
anti-government armed militants including Taliban have not commented in this
regard so far.
is among the relatively volatile provinces in East of Afghanistan where the
anti-government armed militants including Taliban, Al-Qaeda affiliates and ISIS
Khurasan terrorists have active presence in some of its restive districts.
closes mosques, churches and temples across Asia
-- Every Friday, Adrian Putra would go early to worship at the crowded Istiqlal
Mosque in central Jakarta to get himself a place inside and avoid praying in
the baking noontime heat.
he hasn't been for two weeks because the expansive white domed sanctuary,
Southeast Asia's largest mosque, has canceled Friday prayers that are mandatory
for Muslim men. This is to prevent close contact between people as the new
coronavirus rips through the world's fourth-most populous nation.
the 33-year old says it's for the best: "People shouldn't be stupid by
insisting on praying and getting the disease afterward... [Religious leaders]
have assured us it is OK [to miss Friday prayers], and this is all happening
under God's will."
worshippers at Istiqlal are among millions of people in Southeast Asia,
including Christians, Buddhists, Hindus and those of other faiths who have seen
the outbreak wreak havoc on their spiritual lives.
Sunday, the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations had
recorded 7,150 cases and 208 deaths, according to the World Health
Organization. Many countries in the sprawling region with a population of some
650 million people lack adequate health infrastructure, including hospital
beds, making social distancing a priority over attending prayers and services.
devout religious beliefs often clash with scientific advice, they are unable to
ignore the severity of the outbreak, with many now resigned to religious
gatherings being curbed.
normal times, the Istiqlal Mosque blasts out a call to prayer just before noon
on Friday, the Islamic holy day, drawing worshippers to its massive,
rectangular prayer hall.
after President Joko Widodo called on Indonesians to "work from home,
study from home and pray from home," it has been empty the past two
Fridays. On March 20, the only worshippers were construction workers renovating
there is no nationwide lockdown in Indonesia, the country's top Islamic body,
has issued a fatwa -- nonbinding legal opinions on points of Islamic law --
saying that if a Muslim person was in an area with high potential for COVID-19
transmission, mandatory Friday prayers at mosques could be replaced by praying
need for social distancing among the pious became an urgent priority after a
gathering of 16,000 Muslims at a sprawling mosque complex on the outskirts of
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, late last month. Much like in South Korea, where a
major outbreak stemmed from a gathering of a Christian-based religious sect,
hundreds of people became infected, leading to a spike in cases in Malaysia. It
is now Southeast Asia's most infected nation.
where the official religion is Islam, has been under lockdown since March 18,
restricting movements of citizens in the country and closing its borders. It
has also banned Muslims from going to mosques to pray.
public address on March 16, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin told Muslims
nationwide to stay home and perform prayers at sermons streamed from mosques.
Hindu temples have also been instructed to postpone annual prayers and stop
of the gathering that triggered the mass outbreak in Malaysia, which also saw
infections among participants from other countries including Cambodia and
Vietnam, had planned a similar event in Indonesia's South Sulawesi province.
But they called it off under pressure from authorities.
Juliandi, a professor of biology at Bogor Agricultural University in Indonesia,
said that religions can be quite flexible during difficult times, often by
drawing on their own deep well of tradition, scholarship and experience.
groups of believers tend to believe religion as it is, without questioning what
the purpose is or under what, circumstances it can be bent, but so many
references in religion are actually tolerant toward special
circumstances," said Juliandi, a member of the Young Scientist Forum,
which has issued recommendations to the government on tackling the outbreak.
example, in Islam, cleansing the body with water before praying could be
substituted with dust if there is no water available," he said.
Prayers are indeed mandatory, but the Prophet has also given leeway if there is
a disaster and an outbreak, [when prayer] cannot be done," he said,
referring to Muhammad, Islam's founder. "We are forbidden to plunge into
destruction. Men who do not pray on Friday can multiply other worship and pray.
God is all-knowing and all-knowing of our condition."
separated by tape attend Mass at a Catholic church in Eastern Samar Province,
Philippines on March 15. © AFP/Jiji
the Philippines, where 80% of the population are Catholic, President Rodrigo
Duterte placed the whole of Luzon island, home to Manila and 57 million people,
on lockdown in mid-March. The order forced churches to cancel masses, and many
archdioceses decided to broadcast services on Facebook.
"enhanced community quarantine" bans people from leaving their homes,
except for buying food or medicine, and will last until Easter Sunday on April
Caluza, a 22-year-old training officer at a logistics company, had never missed
a Sunday mass since he became an altar boy at the age of eight. This changed on
March 15 when Metro Manila was locked down.
[coronavirus] strengthens my faith. Some people who were not used to attending
Sunday masses are tuning in to the livestreaming now," he said. "With
food supplies depleting because of the lockdown, we're just holding on to our
Bishop Manny Carlos of Victory, a major evangelical church in Manila, said the
worship experience "is not the same" with online services.
Thailand, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha enacted a state of emergency on
Thursday, which included bans covering concerts, exhibitions, and sports
events, as well as religious gatherings.
Pringraska, a 60-year-old Thai Buddhist, used to think the risk of getting the
virus was trivial compared to shows of devoutness. "If I have to die, I
can die from anything, not only this virus," she said.
I am more alert. I try to avoid going to crowded places," Pringraksa said.
"I am praying more at home, making a wish to everyone in the world to be
Singapore, one COVID-19 cluster has been linked to the Grace Assembly of God
Church, with another tied to the Life Church and Missions Singapore. Places of
worship in the city-state may remain open only for private prayers and
essential rites, provided that groups of more than 10 people do not gather.
fill the Istiqlal mosque in Jakarta on March 13 for the last Friday prayers
before a temporary ban on public worship was imposed in Indonesia. © AP
the outbreak spread outside China, one famous Muslim cleric in Indonesia called
the virus "an army" sent by Allah to the Chinese to protect Uighur
Muslims, who human rights groups and foreign governments say have been forced
along with members of other Muslim minority groups in China into massive
detention camps. China denies any persecution.
comments by figures such as the cleric are being discerned by some as nothing
more than seeking to take advantage of the spread of the virus to advance their
own politicized religious views.
is sad because people would think Islam isn't sensitive to the medical
field," Wulandari said. "It's not right to relate this pandemic with
religion when you should see it from the medical or scientific point of
bazaars will be held with better management - Annuar Musa
March 31 -- The management of Ramadan bazaars in the Federal territories will
be modified from this year to prevent congestion at the stalls, said Federal
Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa.
because Singapore or other parties have announced that there will be no bazaars
this year does not mean we will say the same thing,” he told the media before
viewing the disinfection works carried out at shops in Presint 15 here today.
said the Ramadan bazaars will not be cancelled but will be adjusted as they
were needed by the people, especially those living in the cities.
want this matter to be looked at as previous Ramadhan bazaars were usually big
and spread out, and we probably cannot do the same (this year),” he said.
added that the Ramadan bazaars this year could be held with up to 50 stalls in
any one place, maybe even only 10 stalls which are spaced out and opened in many places.
the Movement Control Order (MCO) is continued or not, we will not carry on with
the old way which could cause health problems,”.
have to improve our lifestyle, not just exercise self-discipline during the
MCO, there are many things we can learn and continue to practise post-MCO,” he
Passover, Easter and Ramadan services are cancelled amid COVID-19, preachers
wonder: Where is God in all this?
spreading novel coronavirus has forced us to dispatch with one ritual after
another: school, the National Hockey League season, changing from our
month, three of the world’s biggest religions will cancel services celebrating
Passover, Easter and Ramadan, all of it unprecedented in modern times. Even
Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre, regarded as the site of Jesus’s tomb,
has closed doors this week for the first time since the Black Plague in 1349.
is not a Jewish thing to go off by yourself or to find God on a mountain top
all alone," Rabbi Daniel Moskovitz says. "Religion feels a lot better
when you are not doing it in isolation. It makes you feel like you are part of
something bigger than yourself.”
is nothing natural about “preaching into a cellphone,” Rev. Anna Greenwood-Lee
says with a heavy sigh. The Calgary priest feels as lost in front of the camera
as she did 20 years ago, when she was first learning to deliver sermons. “I was
terrible at it.”
St. Laurence Anglican Church, Ms. Greenwood-Lee often sees people when the rug gets
pulled out from under them – when they’ve lost a job, or a loved one. Right
now, she says, the rug has been pulled out from under all of us, all at once,
and we are all feeling off-balance. “It feels like being on a dark country
road. We can’t see where we’re going.”
the most recent video, she urges people to shut off the news and try cooking a
new dish, painting, writing, creating. “It’s a chance to wrestle our confusion,
our anger, our anxiety into something beautiful.”
the most digitally savvy preachers are feeling unmoored. “I’m a hugger,” says
Mr. Moskovitz, who has been posting his sermons to YouTube for seven years,
since moving to Vancouver from Los Angeles. “I want to hug people right now.”
day the pandemic forced the closing of his synagogue, he broke down in his car
and wept. Like so many of us, the Vancouver rabbi wakes to “thoughts only of
exponential numbers, of my family sleeping peacefully, an unseen threat looming
like the angel of death on surfaces. Did I touch my eyes, my nose, my mouth,
did I wash my hands enough? Did they?”
Shalom is running morning minyans, shabbat services and addictions recovery
programs on Zoom, a conferencing app. But it’s not the same, Mr. Moskovitz
experience hasn’t been all bad, the warm, funny San Francisco native adds. He
thinks that more Jews observed shabbat last Friday than in any other time in
modern history. “It was like the Messiah did come,” he says with a laugh.
Catholics and Anglicans, the communion, during which bread and wine are
received, is a central part of their faith. That is now clearly impossible.
“Our sacrament is now in the eucharistic fast rather than the eucharistic
feast,” Ms. Greenwood-Lee says.
Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, Rev. Barry Morris is not able to shutter his
church: Too many rely on the Longhouse Council of Native Ministry for its
washroom and phone. The neighbourhood is now grappling with two deadly
epidemics: the virus and opioids.
the time being, he is allowing recovering addicts to meet at lunchtime in the
church. The park where they used to gather for meetings is closed. They have
nowhere else to go. He worries the coronavirus will hit the vulnerable, the
poor and the marginalized the hardest. He will stay open for them.
three preachers told The Globe and Mail they have been grappling with questions
that have dogged saints and theologians for millennia: Where is God in all of
this? How can a benevolent God inflict such suffering? And as the death toll
rises from the resulting COVID-19 disease, and doctors are forced to leave some
to die, why?
virus is a “natural evil,” like earthquakes, hurricanes and tornadoes, Mr.
Moskovitz says. Human evils “we know what to do with; we can explain them as
the corruption of free will. Hitler came from us, not God. Gun violence is our
fault, not God’s. But what is the meaning of a virus?”
Ms. Greenwood-Lee, part of the answer can be found in Psalm 23. (“Yea, though I
walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou
art with me.”)
“God who pulls all the strings is not the God I believe in,” she says. “God
never promised to shield us from the shadow of death. God’s promise is that
when we do find ourselves in that valley, he will be there with us.”
also present opportunities, says Mr. Morris – to reconsider who we are, to
become more self-aware, to be more loving, more compassionate. To him, the
meaning of all this is that we must learn to pull together.
ask: Where was God in Auschwitz? God was in the acts of kindness, of compassion
that in spite of everything and all attempts to destroy our humanity still
virus is a test – not of God but of us,” Mr. Moskovitz says. “Can we pull
together to fight this and subdue it, or will we tear each other apart?”
of Michigan roller hockey mecca leaves players, employees heartbroken
of that mattered to most anybody who stepped inside the landmark of North
American roller hockey, though, and after 25 years, the sudden shutting of its
doors leaves many yearning for that blended stench of hot air, sweaty hockey
pads and fresh popcorn just one more time.
was a heartbreaking feeling,” said Grand Rapids Griffins forward and Clinton
Township native Tyler Spezia, who played roller hockey at the Shelby Township
sports and entertainment facility for 14 years.
Dumars is where I learned to play hockey. It’s where I took my first strides as
a hockey player. It’s where I scored my first goal.”
fieldhouse is another victim in the nationwide effort to slow the spread of the
COVID-19 pandemic. After Michigan Gov. Whitmer’s mandated shutdown of all
entertainment facilities, bars and restaurants went into effect last week,
rumors began to spread on social media that the fieldhouse might be closing its
doors for good.
was posted on the fieldhouse’s Facebook page last week: “Because it is hard for
us to say whether we will be able to open again after this mandated and
extended closure, we wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to each
and every one of you for your continuous support over all of these years.”
a delicate way of stating the inevitable, a harsh reality of a financial
situation that was never great to begin with, even before complications caused
by the novel coronavirus arose.
was getting rich there, as people are starting to understand,” said Matt
Koleski, who runs the fieldhouse’s Little Caesars Roller Hockey League.
the Detroit location of the Joe Dumars fieldhouse has been converted to a
drive-thru testing site for people possibly infected with coronavirus.
addition to two inline hockey rinks, the Shelby Township fieldhouse was home to
13 basketball courts, six indoor volleyball courts and three outdoor volleyball
sand courts. There was a full bar and restaurant, a mini bowling alley and a
bayou-themed arcade center complete with whirlyball, high-ropes courses, arcade
games, putt-putt, fowling and a rock-climbing wall. In other words, it was a
lot to lose.
when the stay-home order is lifted, people will still have places to play
basketball. There are other arcades to visit. A volleyball game can be started
up pretty much anywhere. And eventually, folks will be able to eat at
hockey, though? There will be no replacing what Joe Dumars Fieldhouse meant to
that community. At its peak, it was somewhat of a mecca of roller hockey,
fielding an estimated 13,000 teams through its doors between leagues and the
tournaments during its lifespan.
Red Wings forwards Dylan Larkin and Sam Gagner were just a couple of the future
NHL players to play on the sport-court tiles of Rinks A and B.
few people have said to me, roller hockey will never be the same in Detroit
without the fieldhouse,” Koleski said. “You lost a leader in the industry, you
know? After Detroit, I would say California is probably the only place that’s
thriving with roller hockey right now.”
yet, the number of games played, or the tournaments that will need a new venue,
seem minimal in counting the overall impact of its closing. The fieldhouse was
like a second home to countless families over the years.
grew up there … I was a ‘rink rat,’ as you call it. I knew everybody, I watched
a lot of games, I knew all the refs, I knew all the people in the arcade,”
Spezia said. “It was like a kid’s playground in there for me.”
are hundreds that could relay a sentiment identical to Spezia’s. Not all of
them went on to play pro hockey, but this place, while fielding some very
competitive roller hockey contests, was always more about the lighter sides of
meet lifelong best friends through that place. Every person that’s going to
stand up in my wedding some day, I’ve met at the fieldhouse,” said Tyler True,
another Dumars staple who spent “seven days a week” playing and officiating
games for much of his teens and early 20s.
coaches, the mentors, the trainers, the pro athletes, I think that looking up
to them is a huge thing,” True said. “It was a huge thing for me. My dad passed
away at a young age, and Matt Koleski filled that spot in my life.”
any given Saturday, you’d be hard pressed to come through the front door and
walk 30 feet to Rink A without having to dodge a stinky 9-year-old in roller
skates. There’s not a table in the restaurant that wasn’t bumped into during a
game of high-speed tag on wheels.
will be my best memories, watching kids just tool around the lobby, 100 miles
per hour, running into parents and stuff like that,” Koleski said. “It’s fun to
see those friendships, those relationships. … That’s what I’m going to miss the
most, is just seeing the friendly faces.”
returning to the area and joining the fieldhouse as a referee in 2000, Koleski,
along with manager Joe Hawkins, founders of the roller hockey operation, Kevin
and Ken Houle, and countless others, helped the fieldhouse grow into a juggernaut
within the industry.
were intent on letting the kids be kids. Koleski often opened up the rinks for
free when there weren’t games being played, and did whatever he could to make
sure that there was always a team for someone to play on, no matter the
think that’s what I’m proud of, is that we were able to, no matter how many
teams there were, how successful things were at that given time, that everyone
was comfortable that walked through those doors,” Koleski said.
ACTION ALERT: U.S. Muslims Encouraged to Fill Out Census Forms Online
DC., 3/30/20) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s
largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, is encouraging American
Muslims to participate in the 2020 U.S. Census – which is happening now.
Muslims can fill out the census form online using their computer, phone, or
tablet. Community members may also respond by phone or by mail.
participation in the census ensures that American Muslims will be better
represented in Congress and that their communities receive an equal share in
state and federal programs.
and its national network of chapters are working with local Islamic centers to
ensure a community-wide awareness about the 2020 Census and more accurate
counts of the diverse racial, ethnic and ancestry characteristics that make up
the American Muslim community.
2020 Census, conducted by the Census Bureau, counts every person living inside
the United States and five U.S. territories once every 10 years. Information
from Census Bureau data affects congressional representation and school
data also helps determine how more than $675 billion in federal funding is
distributed to states and communities in the form of public assistance like the
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), health, education,
transportation, disaster recovery, and much more. Faith-based organizations and
institutions can also use census data to apply for grants.
notes that the Census Bureau will never ask for your: Social Security number,
bank account or credit card numbers, or money or donations.
year, CAIR welcomed the Trump administration’s decision to print 2020 census
forms without a citizenship question following the U.S. Supreme Court’s
decision to block the question.
Article 1, Section 2, the U.S. Constitution mandates a decennial census, Title
13 of the U.S. Code protects Americans against any dissemination of personal
information gathered through the census. The Census Bureau does however publish
anonymized census statistics about specific demographic groups and their
is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its
mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote
justice, and empower American Muslims.
Kiwi Muslims go vegetarian as lockdown rules see halal butchers close
comes as Race Relations Commissioner Meng Foon called on the Government to
allow halal butchers and other small food businesses to open, saying rules need
to be culturally sensitive.
many Kiwi Muslims say they can’t get halal meat at supermarkets, and the
lockdown is forcing them to eat mostly vegetables until the lockdown ends.
Friday, the Government announced butcheries and bakeries had to close and it
also discouraged home deliveries, but there could be changes ahead. Source: 1
women Farah and Farzana told 1 NEWS they are buying vegetables for their
families because they can’t trust that meat from the supermarket is 100 per
said she didn’t mind going veggie for four weeks, but that she really hopes the
lockdown doesn’t extend until April 23, when the holy month of Ramadan begins
and Muslims can’t eat or drink anything during daylight hours.
butcher Maher Abboud says he’s the only halal butcher still open in the capital
and that he’s spoken with the Ministry for Primary Industries. He says the
Ministry advised him to stay open, and that officials said they would visit to
check he was maintaining good safety and hygiene practices.
woman was annoyed that I’m open and selling halal meat for customers, she came
up to my door and was hitting it. I closed my door 'cause I’ve seen that she’s
very angry, she was about to break everything,” he said.
statement MPI told 1 NEWS “if you are not an essential service or support
service, or if we have advised you not to operate, you should already be
Foon says he wants ministers to urgently respond to the calls from communities
for essential services that fit with religious and cultural rules.
availability of halal meat and other foods for religious or cultural reasons is
supported by various United Nations declarations and covenants that New Zealand
has signed up to,” he said.
message to people discriminating is to ask them to be kind and learn a bit
other people’s culture by education, by looking at the internet, you understand
why their cultural differences are very special to them.”
commissioner says he also thinks butchers and grocers should be allowed to open
in poorer regional areas where people don’t have access to public transport, like
in his hometown of Gisborne.
taxi ride is $20 and $20 every few days is a lot of money for people with fixed
incomes. To go to supermarket is a huge burden to those people and unfair for
Minister Jacinda Ardern told media today that a final decision on halal
products would come “very shortly”.
understanding is there are some who choose because of various practises not to
shop at supermarkets that perhaps is the barrier rather than halal products.”
Kiwis 1 NEWS spoke to say there is a very limited range of halal products in
New Zealand supermarkets. Countdown says it doesn’t sell halal-certified
community advocate Guled Mire says where halal products are available, there is
often uncertainty about how those products are stored and transported and
whether they’ve come into contact with pork and other non-halal products.
lot of Muslims are reluctant to buy halal meat from the supermarket because a)
they can’t certify the meat is halal and also they’re worried about cross
contamination,” Mr Mire said.
happy to go to the supermarket, we just need assurances it’s not going to be
cross-contaminated with other meat and also that accurate packaging is
says the Muslim community really wants to do its bit to battle Covid-19, which
is why so many have chosen to forgo meat entirely, but that it’s not a
reasonable expectation for all Muslim Kiwis.
one’s asking the rest of New Zealand to go vegetarian and I’m pretty sure
there’d be a big uproar if that was the case. We’re not asking for all halal
butchers to be open. We’re just asking that adequate access to be provided.”
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