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Hagia Sophia Mosque In Ainu-Edirne: Turkey Turns Another Church Into A Mosque On Christmas Eve

New Age Islam News Bureau

26 December 2021

 

 This time in the conversion was made in the town of Ainos/Enez of Adrianopolis/Edirne

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• Hagia Sophia Mosque In Ainu-Edirne: Turkey Turns Another Church Into A Mosque On Christmas Eve

• Mark Christmas With Prayers For Youths, Muslim Body Urges Christians

• Religious Scholars of Jammu and Kashmir Condemn Persecution Of Shia Muslims In Islamic Countries, especially Pakistan and Afghanistan

• Head Of Islamic Centre Of England Congratulates Birth Of Jesus To Followers Of Abrahamic Faiths

• Jewish, Muslim Volunteers Deliver Gifts To Kids In Southwest Detroit On Christmas Day

 Mideast

• Islamist Leader Mansour Abbas Proves Again He’s Israel’s Man of the Hour

• Pres. Raisi: Islam, Christianity share same truths, realities

• Why Iran fired missiles during drills, what were the reactions

• Iranian Nuclear Facility Stalled By One Key US Weaponry?

• Professor calls Israeli persistent threat to bomb Iran a bluff

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Africa

• Muslims Attend Christmas Service In Zaria, Present Gift

• Christians, Muslims have equal rights, says Bala Muhammed

• Unknown Gunmen Kill Son Of Chief Imam of Kogi Town, Anyigba On Christmas Day

• Muslims celebrate Christmas with Christians in Kaduna

• Deadly suicide bomb attack at bar in eastern DR Congo kills at least 5

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India

• Over 12 Muslims Held, Muslim Man's House Razed After Communal Clash Over Hindutva Rally ‘Shourya Yatra’ in Madhya Pradesh

• Islamic State terrorist killed in encounter at Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag

• Wary of shifting of 'Rajbhar' votes, Yogi rakes up 11th century Muslim warrior Masud Ghazi

• Priyanka demands action against ‘call to murder Muslims’

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Europe

• UK relaxes visa rules for foreign care workers

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North America

• UN Security Council puts ISIS leader in Afghanistan in arms sanction list

• US lawmakers call on Biden to end blockade on Yemen

• Armed intruder at Windsor Castle arrested as Queen Elizabeth, royal family celebrated Christmas

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Pakistan

• Putin’s Stance On Sanctity Of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) Welcomed

• Ruins Of 200-Year-Old Mosque Discovered At The ‘Kanwal’ (Lotus) Lake in Shakarparian, Islamabad

• Senior Iranian cleric arrives in Pakistan

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South Asia

• Islamic Emirates of Afghanistan Dissolves State Ministry for Peace, the State Ministry for Parliamentary Affairs and Election Commissio

• A None-Taliban Figure, Abdul Latif Nazari Appointed As Deputy Minister Of Economy

• IEA to replace dissolved ministries with councils

• Daesh claims responsibility for thwarted attack on Kabul’s passport office

• Taliban creates police unit for protecting educational institutes

• More Than 30, Including Children, Killed, Bodies Burnt in Myanmar's Kayah State

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Southeast Asia

• Dr Noor Hisham: Malaysia reports 3,160 new Covid-19 cases on Christmas Day

• Nadma: State, district disaster management committees to coordinate post-flood activities

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Arab world

• Saudi Carries Old Father On Shoulders At Prophet's Mosque In Medina For Prayers

• Saudi Shoura Council speaker meets Pakistani Senate chair

• Saudi Arabia arrests 15,000 illegals in one week

• About 100k Audio Tapes Of Mecca Grand Mosque Digitally Catalogued

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Hagia Sophia Mosque In Ainu-Edirne: Turkey Turns Another Church Into A Mosque On Christmas Eve

 

This time in the conversion was made in the town of Ainos/Enez of Adrianopolis/Edirne

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26-12-2021

Edirne is in eastern Thrace, where, according to genocide scholars, the Greek genocide commenced in 1913 prior to the First World War

Turkey turned on Christmas Eve the Church of Hagia Sophia in Ainos (Enez), in Adrianoupoli (Edirne) into a Mosque (Mosque-i Sharif) after the completion of its restoration by the General Directorate of Institutions.

The church of Agia Sophia of Ainos (Enez) is a Byzantine building of the 12th century and it was changed into the Mosque of Conquest in 1456 by Mehmed the Conqueror and now opens again with the former name.

“After last year’s inauguration of the Hagia Sophia mosque in Istanbul (sic), we are meeting here again today, for the inauguration of the Hagia Sophia mosque in Ainu-Edirne”, said Turkish President of Religious Affairs Ali Erbas.

The historic Christian church was not used due to damage from an earthquake. It was restored 56 years later and opened for the (Muslim) Friday prayer by Ali Erbas.

“A few months ago, we visited the Balkan countries. Where our eyes see a minaret, our hearts begin to flutter. Wherever we see a mosque or minaret, we are happy. We are now reopening the Hagia Sophia mosque in Edirne for worship. May Almighty Allah bless it. What a beautiful unity and solidarity we have that we are all here as institutions”.

Source: Greek City Times

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 Mark Christmas With Prayers For Youths, Muslim Body Urges Christians

 

MURIC has called on Christians in the country to pray for youth

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25-12-2021

As Nigerian Christians celebrate Christmas with millions of others worldwide, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has urged Christians in the country to pray for Nigerian youths for divine guidance.

“We appeal to Christian clerics and church goers to spend the yuletide period in reflecting about widespread moral decadence among Nigerian youth and to pray fervently for their redemption.

“They are on the fast lane of material pursuit and they are prepared to do anything to get the good things of life without working for them.

“They have little regard for the sacredness of human life. Drug is the apple of their eyes. Clubbing is their major preoccupation,” Akintola said.

He said that while it is true that some Nigerians look unto the youth as leaders of tomorrow, a large majority are pessimistic over the youth of today, as they see no hope in them.

“They must confess to Him that they have failed as parents. They can then seek His divine guidance and go back to instil family values and norms in their children and wards.”

He also urged parents to turn to God on behalf of their children, charging them to spend a substantial time of this yuletide and thereafter to monitor, guide and admonish them at all times.

Prof. Akintola said, “They must pray for them particularly during this period. Pray that God reforms them. Pray that God intervenes in their lives.

“Pray that they see value in honesty and dignity of labour. Pray that God changes them into youths that are useful for their society and their country.”

Source: Daily Trust

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Religious Scholars of Jammu and Kashmir Condemn Persecution Of Shia Muslims In Islamic Countries, especially Pakistan and Afghanistan

 

Religious scholars condemn persecution of Shia, Hazara minorities in Islamic countries

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December 26, 2021

Religious scholars in Jammu and Kashmir of India have raised concerns about the persecution of Shia and Hazara minorities in the Islamic nations, especially Pakistan and Afghanistan.

On Friday, JK People's Justice Front (JKPJF) organized a seminar titled "Why is Muslim world bleeding and Shia Rights" in Jammu city to observe International Human Rights Day.

The seminar highlighted the world scenario about minorities like Shia, Yazdi and Hazara communities who are victims of atrocities and are prosecuted for frivolous matters all across the world including Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan as well.

Rizvi said that there is no need to take a tough stance against the growing traits of extremist ideology amongst the youth of the Muslim world.

"We need to stop the flow of Petro Dollars, which is fueling the extremist ideologies like ISIS, Daesh, and Taliban who are the root cause of all extremist thoughts and activities and Shia community and at large are soft targets of them in Muslim State of Afghanistan and Pakistan," he said.

"The terrorism happening in the Muslim world and especially the targeting of Hazara and other minority communities across the world is increasing at an alarming rate", he added.

Further addressing the seminar, Rizvi said: "Afghan Taliban is not only massacring Hazaras but is also displacing them from their lands, they have been living upon for ages. There is a need for collective efforts to tackle this issue. The cause for the rise of extremist ideology is that we have moved far away from Sunnah".

Agha Syed Abbas Rizvi mentioned in a report published in New York Times in early October 2021, the Taliban and associated militias forcibly evicted hundreds of Hazara families from the southern Helmand province and the northern Balkh province. These followed earlier evictions from Daikundi, Uruzgan and Kandahar provinces.

Since the Taliban came to power in August, the Taliban have told many Hazaras and other residents in these five provinces to leave their homes and farms, in many cases with only a few days' notice and without any opportunity to present their legal claims of the land.

A former United Nations political analyst said that he saw eviction notices telling residents that if they did not comply, they "had no right to complain about the consequences".

Agha Syed also mentioned how Shia Hazaras are ethnically cleansed in Pakistan's Quetta and Karachi. He also mentioned Gilgit Baltistan where Shias have no freedom to carry out their religious activities and other rituals.

The seminar was attended by scholars of other sects too like it included Sunni Scholars Molana Javed Quadri Sufi, Moulana Zaheer Quadri, Moulana Haji Basher Ahmad and Hindu social activist Munshi Ram and Devi Dutt.

Munshi Ram while speaking at the event said that the Taliban is a terrorist organization prosecuting the minorities in Afghanistan and violating their human rights.

It was pledged at the end of the seminar that if there is human rights violation anywhere in the world in any form we will stand with victims.

Syed Abbas Rizvi also urged upon the UT Administration to accede to the request of Shia community for grant of reservation, like as given to Gujars and Bakarwals in Jammu and Kashmir.

Source: ANI

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Head Of Islamic Centre Of England Congratulates Birth Of Jesus To Followers Of Abrahamic Faiths

 

The head of the Islamic Centre of England sent congratulated the birth of prophet Jesus (PBUH) and the upcoming new year to those who celebrate it.

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December 26, 2021

The head of the Islamic Center of England sent congratulated the birth of prophet Jesus (PBUH) and the upcoming new year to those who celebrate it.

In a message, Hojat-ol-Islam Seyed Hashem Moosavi prayed God to make the new year full of joy and health for all.

Following is Hojat-ol-Islam Moosavi’s message, according to the center:

In the name of God, the most compassionate, the Most merciful

Congratulations to all Christian and Muslim brothers and sisters and other followers of the Abrahamic traditions on the blessed birth of the great prophet and the word of God, which coincides with the beginning of the Christian New Year. I ask God Almighty to make this New Year full of joy and health for all of you.

I also ask God Almighty to eliminate the evil of this sinister disease from all people of the world with His special grace and love so that all the servants of God can perform the special ritual of the birth of this Prophet of Mercy, coupled with peace, confidence and to be able to celebrate the New Year.

I hope, God willing, all of you dear ones, brothers and sisters of faith, will have the opportunity to have a life full of joy, faith, and spirituality, inspired by the guidance of this great and heavenly prophet, and to pave the way for the return of that promised prophet.

I hope you have a time full of health, prosperity, and pride for you and your dear families.

Source: En.abna24

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Jewish, Muslim Volunteers Deliver Gifts To Kids In Southwest Detroit On Christmas Day

  

Detroit News/ Mitzvah Day volunteers give back at annual Christmas Day event

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Nushrat Rahman

On Christmas Day, Santa delivered gifts to kids in southwest Detroit.

Decked out in red, with a bag of presents in tow, he greeted families Saturday morning with a cheery "Merry Christmas."

"We hope to put a smile on your faces and make you feel loved a little bit," he told Mandy Gutierrez and her family as they huddled around their door.

Santa — played byRay Hillenbrand, 60, of Rochester Hills — was part of a caravan of about 100 volunteers who took toys — basketballs, board games and stuffed animals — to about 250 families across southwest Detroit.

It's a 20-year tradition, said Jimmy Tuman, founder and executive director of Jimmy's Kids, the nonprofit behind the Christmas Day giving.

"People who come here — Christians, Jews and Muslims — all come together, support each other, watch out for each other, take care of each other. It really is a little bit of world peace in southwest Detroit," said Tuman, 80 of Royal Oak.

In the parking lot of St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Detroit, bags of gifts were loaded into cars and on their way to families "who don't know we're coming," Tuman said.

Ray Hillenbrand, 60, of Rochester Hills puts on his best Santa suit before handing out toys to unsuspecting families in Southwest Detroit as part of Jimmy's Kids toy giveaway, a Mitzvah Day event, where volunteers of various faiths come together to help Detroit area nonprofits on Christmas Day. I

Howard Lazar has been volunteering with Jimmy's Kids for 11 years. It's a reminder of the Hebrew phrase "Tikun Olam," or repairing the world, he said.

"I feel lucky to give back. I feel lucky to be able to do something that's outside of myself," said Lazar, 54, of Farmington Hills, who also brought his four kids to volunteer.

"One of the other things that we recognize is lacking in the public discourse today is some empathy and that's the result of not being able to spend time with people that don't look like you, or pray like you, so this is really an exercise in some interfaith work and also an exercise in empathy," said Haidri, 21 of Canton.

The gift deliveries were part of Mitzvah Day, where volunteers of various faiths come together to help metro Detroit nonprofits on Christmas Day. In its 25th year, Mitzvah Day this time around is really Mitzvah weekend, running from Dec. 24-26 to expand the outreach and offer alternatives to Jewish volunteers who observe the Sabbath. 

Historically, Mitzvah Day is the single largest day of volunteering by Detroit's Jewish community, according to the Jewish Community Relations Council/American Jewish Committee.

The idea is to lend a hand to nonprofits during the holiday. Volunteer efforts span about 30 organizations across metro Detroit, from before the weekend to Christmas Day itself, said Asher Lopatin, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council/American Jewish Committee, on Thursday.

Trinity Lutheran Church needed volunteers to serve breakfast and prepare lunch on Saturday. Western Oakland Meals on Wheels called for people to help deliver holiday meals to seniors in the parts of the county.

On Sunday, Lopatin said he plans to head over to the social service agency Crossroads of Michigan with his children and father-in-law to give out food.

"Even though Christmas is a Christian holiday, Mitzvah Day is a way of involving everybody in a celebration of humanity," said Lopatin, rabbi for the Kehillat Etz Chayim, a modern orthodox congregation in Huntington Woods and Oak Park.

Ray Hillenbrand, 60, of Rochester Hills knocks on the door of Mandy Gutierrez as she gathers her children to be surprised by Santa. The family cat Loco stands by while Hillenbrand waits to hand out toys to the unsuspecting family in Southwest Detroit.

"In Detroit, so many of us live in different neighborhoods, different communities. We don't get to mix as much as we want to. This really feels like almost a flagship for our desire to do things together," Lopatin said.

Source: freep

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Mideast

Islamist Leader Mansour Abbas Proves Again He’s Israel’s Man of the Hour

Carolina Landsmann

Dec. 25, 2021

Mansour Abbas is the most important figure to arise in Israeli politics. He’s the man of the hour. As an Arab Israeli, he challenges not only Israelis – Jews and Arabs alike – but also the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank and Gaza.

Source: Haaretz

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Pres. Raisi: Islam, Christianity share same truths, realities

Dec 25, 2021

He made the remarks when calling on the family of an Armenian Christian soldier, Vartan Aghakhanian,  who sacrificed his life for country during the Saddam-imposed war against Iran.

The visit took place Friday night on the occasion of Christmas eve which is celebrated by Christian Iranians living throughout the country.

Source: En.irna

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Why Iran fired missiles during drills, what were the reactions

December 25, 2021

By: Deutsche Welle

Military drills conducted this week by Iran were intended to send a warning to Israel, the country’s top military commanders said on Friday.

The war games included firing ballistic and cruise missiles. State television showed missiles flattening a target which resembled Israel’s Dimona nuclear reactor.

Source: Indian Express

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Iranian Nuclear Facility Stalled By One Key US Weaponry?

By Sakshi Tiwari

December 25, 2021

Israel has threatened to attack Iran as Tehran continues to enrich uranium beyond permissible limits set under an earlier nuclear deal.

As talks between Iran and the United States to revive the deal, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), remain inconclusive, the shrill from Tel Aviv is getting louder.

Source: Eurasian Times

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Professor calls Israeli persistent threat to bomb Iran a bluff

By Mohammad Mazhari

December 25, 2021

“I rather doubt Israel is having much impact on the negotiations, especially since their position is no Iranian nuclear program at all,” Professor Ronnie Lipschutz tells the Tehran Times.

Israel has threatened military action to destroy Iran’s nuclear program if need be. But defense officials say Israel does not have that capability.

Source: Eurasian Times

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https://www.tehrantimes.com/news/468418/Professor-calls-Israeli-persistent-threat-to-bomb-Iran-a-bluff

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Africa

Muslims attend Christmas service in Zaria, present gift

By News Desk

December 25, 2021

Shiite Muslims on Saturday attended a Christmas church service at HEKAN Church in Zaria, Kaduna State, as part of an effort to strengthen religious tolerance and peace in the state.

Speaking in an interview with newsmen, shortly after the service, the leader of the team, Prof. Isa Mshelgaru said the essence of attending the service was to promote love, tolerance and understanding among Nigerians.

Source: Daily Nigerian

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Christians, Muslims have equal rights, says Bala Muhammed

By The Nation

Dec 26, 2021

Bauchi State governor, . Bala Mohammed, has said that Christians have equal rights as their Muslim counterparts which should be respected.

Mohammed said this when the state Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Abraham Damina, led the Christian communities on a Christmas homage to him in Bauchi on Saturday.

Source: Punchng

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Unknown Gunmen Kill Son Of Chief Imam of Kogi Town, Anyigba On Christmas Day

BY SAHARAREPORTERS

DEC 26, 2021

Some unknown gunmen have killed Mallam Yusuf Labaran, the son of the Chief Imam of Anyigba in Kogi State, Ustaz Musa Yahaya.

SaharaReporters learnt that the unknown assailants came in a Toyota Sienna SUV without registration number and opened fire on people at Agudoko Junction in Anyigba, in the Dekina Local Government Area of the state, killing the son of the Chief Imam, Labaran.

Source: Punchng

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Muslims celebrate Christmas with Christians in Kaduna

By John Gabriel

December 25, 2021

Some Muslims in Kaduna State on Saturday joined Christians at Christ Evangelical and Life Intervention Ministry, Sabon Tasha, to celebrate Christmas.

This, according to the General Overseer of the ministry, was to foster love, peace and unity among residents in the state irrespective of religion.

Source: Daily Post

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Deadly suicide bomb attack at bar in eastern DR Congo kills at least 5

26-12-2021

A suicide bomber killed at least five people at a crowded night spot in the city of Beni in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo Saturday, local officials reported.

Officials blamed the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militia, one of the deadliest armed groups in the region and claimed by the Islamic State group as its central Africa arm.

Source: News24.

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India

Over 12 Muslims Held, Muslim Man's House Razed After Communal Clash Over Hindutva Rally ‘Shourya Yatra’ in Madhya Pradesh

Kashif Kakvi

26-12-2021

Bhopal: Right-wing Hindutva groups’ attempts to enter a locality primarily populated by Muslims – against police instructions – as part of their ‘Shourya Yatra’ in Manawar tehsil of Madhya Pradesh’s Dhar district developed into a clash with stone pelting from both sides recently. However, police have only arrested Muslims among those accused and inexplicably razed a Muslim man’s house for harbouring three of the accused there and not having “building permission.”

On December 23, 2021, Hindutva groups led a massive ‘Shourya Yatra’ (‘bravery rally’) with a DJ playing music. When they tried to enter the Gandhi Nagar locality, they were stopped by the police with the use of mild force.

Police action led to rumours spreading that a communal clash had begun between Hindus and Muslims. The region had seen a similar clash in 2016 and is understood to be communally sensitive.

Source: The Wire

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Islamic State terrorist killed in encounter at Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag

DEC 26 2021

A terrorist killed in an encounter with the security forces in South Kashmir's Anantnag district has been identified as Faheem Bhat who was involved in the murder of a policeman, officials said on Sunday.

"Neutralised terrorist identified as Faheem Bhat of Kadipora Anantnag. He had recently joined the ISJK terror outfit and was involved in the killing of ASI Mohd Ashraf, who was posted at PS Bijbehara," the police said.

Source: deccan herald

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Wary of shifting of 'Rajbhar' votes, Yogi rakes up 11th century Muslim warrior Masud Ghazi

DEC 25 2021

Wary of possible shifting of the 'Rajbhar' (an OBC) community votes following an electoral alliance between Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party (SBSP) of former saffron party ally Om Prakash Rajbhar, Uttar Pradesh chief ministe...

Addressing a public meeting at Baharaich, about 200 kilometres from here, Adityanath also dubbed the SP leaders as the 'supporters' of Mohammed Ali Jinnah and appealed to the 'Rajbhar' community members not to support them in the next assembly polls ...

Source: deccan herald

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Priyanka demands action against ‘call to murder Muslims’

By Our Correspondent

December 26, 2021

NEW DELHI: Reacting sharply to hate speeches made at a ‘Dharma Sansad’ held recently in Haridwar, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has demanded the strictest action against those who incite violence, saying such acts violate the Constitution and the law.

According to Kashmir Media Service, All-India Trinamool Congress national spokesperson Saket Gokhale has also demanded action against the organisers and the speakers of the ‘Dharma Sansad’ held in Haridwar, where “hate speeches” were made against Muslims.

Source: The News

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Europe

UK relaxes visa rules for foreign care workers

December 25, 2021

Foreign social care workers, care assistants and home care workers, including from India, will soon be eligible for a UK Health and Care Visa for a 12-month period as part of temporary measures to meet shortages in the sector.

The UK government said on Friday that thousands of additional care workers could be recruited to boost the adult social care workforce following temporary changes to the scheme, which will make it quicker, cheaper and easier for social care employers to recruit eligible workers to fill vital gaps.

These workers cover work in government-backed care homes and also care assistance for the elderly and disabled in their own homes.

Source: The New Daily

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https://www.theweek.in/news/world/2021/12/25/uk-relaxes-visa-rules-for-foreign-care-workers.html

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North America

UN Security Council puts ISIS leader in Afghanistan in arms sanction list

December 25, 2021

UN Security Council sanctions committee puts Sanaullah Ghafari, known as Shahab al-Muhajir, Emir of Khorasan fraction of ISIS (IS-KP) in arms sanction list. According to this sanction, his assets should be confiscated.

Prior to this action, US Department of State on November 23, in addition to Sanaullah Ghafari, put ISIS spokesman for Afghanistan Sultan Aziz Adham, Esmatullah Khalouzi a financial supporter and Mawlawi Rajab head of Kabul faction on its sanctions list.

Source: Islamic World News

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US lawmakers call on Biden to end blockade on Yemen

December 25, 2021

A group of international humanitarian organizations and a number of American legislators have demanded the administration of President Joe Biden to end the siege on Sanaa International Airport.

Source: YPA

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Armed intruder at Windsor Castle arrested as Queen Elizabeth, royal family celebrated Christmas

By Erin Einhorn

Dec. 25, 2021

British authorities on Saturday said they arrested a man who brought a weapon onto the grounds of Windsor Castle as Queen Elizabeth and her family celebrated Christmas inside.

The 19 year-old alleged intruder is being held on charges that he breached or trespassed a protected site and was carrying an "offensive weapon," according to local police.

Source: YPA

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Pakistan

Putin’s stance on sanctity of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) welcomed

Kalbe Ali

December 26, 2021

ISLAMABAD: Religious scholars from all over the country have lauded Russian President Vladimir Putin’s stance on ‘Namoos-i-Risalat’ [respecting the sanctity of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)] and thanked him for understanding the sentiments of the Muslims.

In a joint statement, the religious scholars said the stand taken by Prime Minister Imran Khan before the world on Namoos-i-Risalat and Islamophobia had become a success following President Putin’s stance.

Source: Dawn

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Ruins Of 200-Year-Old Mosque Discovered At The ‘Kanwal’ (Lotus) Lake in Shakarparian, Islamabad

APP

December 25, 2021

Ruins of a 200-year-old abandoned mosque have been discovered by the Capital Development Authority’s (CDA) Environment Wing while carrying out development work at the ‘Kanwal’ (Lotus) Lake in Shakarparian, Islamabad.

With the architecture of the Jamia Masjid suggesting that the age of the structure dates back to at least 200 years, it may be declared an archaeological site once surveys have been conducted and conclusive proof has been reviewed.

Source: Daily Times

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Senior Iranian cleric arrives in Pakistan

December 26, 2021

Iran’s Secretary General of the World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought Hojjatoleslam Hamid Shahriari arrived in Islamabad on Sunday morning to meet with Pakistani religious leaders.

Source: En.Abna24

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South Asia

Islamic Emirates of Afghanistan Dissolves State Ministry for Peace, the State Ministry for Parliamentary Affairs and Election Commissio

By Farshad Daryush

25-12-2021

The Islamic Emirate in a new move dissolved the State Ministry for Peace, the State Ministry for Parliamentary Affairs, the Independent Election Commission (IEC), and the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC).

Bilal Karimi, deputy spokesman of the Islamic Emirate, said currently there was no need for these institutions and the leadership decided to dissolve them.

Source: Tolo News

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A none-Taliban figure, Abdul Latif Nazari appointed as Deputy Minister of economy

By Najibullah Lalzoy

25 Dec 2021

Deputy Minister of information and culture and spokesperson of the Taliban Zabiullah Mujahid in a Twitter post said that Doctor Abdul Latif Nazari has been appointed as professional Deputy Minister of the economy.

Source: khaama Press

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IEA to replace dissolved ministries with councils

By Najibullah Lalzoy

26 Dec 2021

Deputy Minister of information and culture and spokesman of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Zabiullah Mujahid said that they are working on creating a grand council and other common councils.

Zabiullah Mujahid said that a grand council of patriarchs and tribal elders along with a small sub-council will be created in the country.

Source: khaama Press

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Daesh claims responsibility for thwarted attack on Kabul’s passport office

By Najibullah Lalzoy

26 Dec 2021

Islamic State of Iraq and Syria-Khorasan Branch (ISIS-K) or Daesh claimed responsibility for Thursday’s attack on the General Directorate of Passport in Kabul that was thwarted by the Taliban affiliates.

Reuters has reported that Daesh released a statement on Saturday, December 25, and claimed responsibility for the attack.

Source: khaama Press

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Taliban creates police unit for protecting educational institutes

By Najibullah Lalzoy

25 Dec 2021

Ministry of higher education of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan announced that a new 170-member unit has been created for the security and protection of educational institutes.

A statement released by the ministry on Saturday, December 25 reads that the personnel of the unit are part of the ministry’s Special Forces that were trained in 313 central corps for 30 days.

Source: khaama Press

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More Than 30, Including Children, Killed, Bodies Burnt in Myanmar's Kayah State

Reuters

26-12-2021

More than 30 people, including women and children, were killed and their bodies burnt in Myanmar‘s conflict-torn Kayah state on Friday, according to a local resident, media reports and a local human rights group.

Karenni Human Rights Group said they found the burnt bodies of internally displaced people, including elders, women and children killed by the military that rules Myanmar, near Mo So village of Hpruso town on Saturday.

The Myanmar military said it had shot and killed an unspecified number of “terrorists with weapons” from the opposition armed forces in the village, state media said. The people were in seven vehicles and did not stop for the military, it said.

Source: The Wire

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Southeast Asia

Dr Noor Hisham: Malaysia reports 3,160 new Covid-19 cases on Christmas Day

BY RADZI RAZAK

25 Dec 2021

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 25 — The Ministry of Health (MOH) announced that 3,160 new Covid-19 cases were reported today.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said this figure brings the country’s cumulative cases to 2,738,401.

Source: Malay Mail

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Nadma: State, district disaster management committees to coordinate post-flood activities

25 Dec 2021

SHAH ALAM, Dec 25 — Disaster Management Committees at state and district levels have been instructed to coordinate post-flood activities in the flood-affected areas, National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) director-general Datuk Aminuddin Hassim said.

He said the coordination of post-flood activities will include discussions with all other federal agencies as floods begin to recede in several states and districts.

“The mobilisation of government assets with the involvement of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and volunteers should also focus on the assessment of flood victims’ post-disaster needs,” he said in the daily media conference for Ops Murni here today.

Source: Malay Mail

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Arab world

Saudi carries old father on shoulders at Prophet's Mosque in Medina for prayers

Khitam Al Amir

December 25, 2021

Dubai: A video showing a young Saudi man carrying his old father on his shoulders to enable him to perform prayer at the Prophet's Mosque in Medina has gone viral on social media, Saudi media re-ported.

Source: Gulf News

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Saudi Shoura Council speaker meets Pakistani Senate chair

SPA

December 26, 2021

ISLAMABAD; Saudi Shoura Council Speaker Sheikh Abdullah Al-Asheikh met Pakistan Senate Chairman Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani in Islamabad.

During the meeting, Al-Asheikh stressed the depth of the relations that unite Saudi Arabia and Pakistan and the roles of both countries in role in promoting security and stability in the Islamic world.

Source: Arab News

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https://www.arabnews.com/node/1992881/saudi-arabia

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Saudi Arabia arrests 15,000 illegals in one week

SPA

December 26, 2021

RIYADH: Saudi authorities arrested more than 15,000 people in one week for breaching residency, work and border security regulations, an official report has revealed.

From Dec. 16 to 22, a total of 7,777 people were arrested for violations of residency rules, while 5,375 were held over illegal border crossing attempts, and a further 1,924 for labor-related issues.

Source: Arab News

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https://www.arabnews.com/node/1992871/saudi-arabia

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About 100k audio tapes of Mecca Grand Mosque digitally cataloged

December 26, 2021

More than 98,000 audio tapes containing Quran recitations and speeches delivered at the Grand Mosque in Mecca have been digitally catalogued.

The measure has been taken by the General Presidency of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque, according to El-Balad News.

Source: En.abna24

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