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‘Hijab Not Essential In Islam, It Is A Conspiracy To Stop The Muslim Girls From Progressing: Arif Mohammad Khan Kerala Governor

New Age Islam News Bureau

13 February 2022

 

Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan

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• ‘Hijab Not Essential In Islam, It Is A Conspiracy To Stop The Muslim Girls From Progressing: Arif Mohammad Khan Kerala Governor

• Middle-Aged Man Stoned To Death By A Mob Over Alleged Desecration Of The Holy Quran In A Remote Village Of Khanewal

• Israel-Saudi Peace Could Be Bridge To Entire Muslim World But Saudi Arabia Is Complicated And Peace May Take Some Time

• Normalization With Tel Aviv Can Foist A Heavy Political Price On Erdogan

• Reserve Of Afghanistan Does Not Belong To Afghan Government, Its Freezing Is Injustice: Taliban UN Nominee

 

India

• Once A ‘Deciding Factor’, Muslims Prep To Regain ‘Poll Position’ As A Formidable Electorate In Uttar Pradesh

• MP: Headcount, Not Headscarf, Is Worrying Principal Of School In Muslim-Majority Locality

• Muslim youth take out rally in Kadapa district, Andhra; reaction to Hijab ban

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Pakistan

• Substance in defamation suits by Ali Zafar, Meesha Shafi separate: LHC

• Police official martyred, two injured in shootout in Islamabad

• NewsOne taken off air before Pemra notice

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Arab world

• Islamic State kills Iraqi forces in sparsely populated Anbar desert

• Qatar hosts Islamic Organization for Food Security forum Monday

• Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs Meets with Egyptian Grand Mufti

• Minister of Islamic Affairs Heads Saudi Delegation to 32nd International Conference of Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs in Egypt

• Minister of Islamic Affairs Participates in the 32nd International Conference of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs in Egypt

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Mideast

• Turkish Islamist Foundation Linked to Child Sexual Abuse Is Financing New York City Dormitory

• Turkey-Norway Is Willing to Continue Dialogs with Islamic Emirate

• Five Iranian Cultural, Historical Sites Registered As Islamic World Heritage

• Islamic Revolution Anniversary Ceremonies Have Become Part Of Iranians’ Identity

• New Iranian humanitarian aid arrives in Afghanistan's Ghazni

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South Asia

• Biden Should Retreat His Decision Over Afghanistan’s Assets: Hamid Karzai

• India, Pakistan agree on wheat delivery to Afghanistan

• Ex-President Ashraf Ghani’s peace envoy returns to Kabul

• Armed attack on former Afghan government deputy CE left two dead in Kabul

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Southeast Asia

• Aid For Taliban But Not Malaysia’s Minorities? Guan Eng Asks Putrajaya

• Philippine gunmen kill 9 in road ambush in southern town, including Muslim rebel

• VP urges young Indonesian Muslims to become globally competitive

• Muda doesn’t want Johor seats PKR is offering, sources say

• Syed Saddiq: Muda’s Dian Lee can’t choose her father, party does not accept party-hopping elected lawmakers

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Europe

• Anti-Semitic Muslim Who Claimed Grenfell Tower Victims Were ‘Burnt Alive In A Jewish Sacrifice’ Is Jailed For 11 Months For Stirring Racial Hatred

• Sadiq Khan says he will 'work closely' with Priti Patel on the selection of Dame Cressida Dick’s successor

• Boris Johnson focused on Ukraine, not police questionnaire, says UK minister

• 11th anniversary of Bahrain uprising marked in London

• COVID-19: UK monitoring hybrid delta-omicron strain called 'deltacron'

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North America

• US Senator Admits Failure Of Anti-Iran Maximum Pressure Policy

• Suspect fatally shot by police following arson at Michigan mosque

• Dearborn police shoot armed suspect while investigating suspected arson at mosque

• Armed suspect shot dead during Dearborn mosque arson investigation

• Five UN staff abducted in southern Yemen while returning after field mission

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Africa

• Sudan Army Chief Says Israel Visits For ‘Security’ Reasons

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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‘Hijab Not Essential In Islam, It Is A Conspiracy To Stop The Muslim Girls From Progressing: Arif Mohammad Khan Kerala Governor

 

Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan

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By: DNA

Feb 13, 2022

The row surrounding the ban of hijabs and other religious attire inside colleges in Karnataka remains at its peak while sparking several reactions from the student community as well as from political leaders across the country.

In recent news, Kerala Governor Arif Khan expressed his opinion on the current hijab row erupting in the state, saying that hijab is not an essential part of attire for Muslim women, and urged them to keep attending school and college to continue their education.

While speaking to news agency ANI, Khan said, “Hijab is not a part of Islam. Hijab is mentioned seven times in Quran, but it is not in connection with the women’s dress code. It is a conspiracy to stop the Muslim girls from progressing.”

The Kerala governor further added, “The hijab controversy is a conspiracy to stop the education of Muslim girls. The Muslim girls are studying now and achieving what they want. I would suggest the students return to their classrooms and study.”

While talking about the argument about Sikhs wearing turbans during classes, Arif Khan termed the debate as “absurd” and said that hijabs are not necessary for Islam but turbans are absolutely necessary for Sikhism.

He said, “The argument that wearing a turban is allowed to the Sikhs but the Muslim girls are not being allowed to wear hijab inside the classroom is absurd. Turban is an essential part of the Sikh religion, however, the hijab is not mentioned as an essential part of Islam in the Quran.”

The Kerala governor further added, “Hijab has no connection with Islam. The Hijab word is used seven times in Quran but it is not in connection with the dress code of women. It is in connection with ‘purdah’ which means that when you speak, you should have ‘purdah’ in between.”

Khan also emphasized that women are free to wear anything they want, and should comply with the rules and regulations set by universities they are currently working in or seeking education from.

Kerala governor Arif Khan said, “You are free to wear anything that you want. But when you are associated with an institution, you have to adhere to the rules and regulations and the dress code of the institution.”

Source: Dna India

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Middle-Aged Man Stoned To Death By A Mob Over Alleged Desecration Of The Holy Quran In A Remote Village Of Khanewal, Pakistan

 

Horrific videos and pictures of the incident have been making rounds on social media, with users demanding of the government take action against the people involved. Reuters/File

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Imran Gabol

February 13, 2022

LAHORE: A middle-aged man was stoned to death by a mob over alleged desecration of the Holy Quran in a remote village of Khanewal district on Saturday.

The killing comes on the heels of an identical incident in Sialkot, where a Sri Lan­kan engineer was lynched by factory workers on Dec 3 last year on blasphemy charges.

The Saturday incident took place in Jungle Dera village where hundreds of loc­als gathered after Magh­rib pra­yers following annou­n­cements that a man had torn some pages of the Holy Quran and later set them on fire.

With no one ready to listen to the suspect, who rep­orte­dly claimed innocence, the villagers first hanged him with a tree and then hit him with bricks, until he died.

According to an eyewitness, a police team which reached the village well before stoning arrested the suspect but the growing mob snatched him from the SHO’s custody. Chief Minis­ter Usman Buzdar sought a report from IGP Rao Sardar Ali Khan.

Source: Dawn

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Israel-Saudi Peace Could Be Bridge To Entire Muslim World But Saudi Arabia Is Complicated And Peace May Take Some Time

 

 Dr. Najat AlSaied on a visit to Israel in February 2022. Credit: Courtesy.

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By Maayan Hoffman

February 13, 2022

A Saudi Arabian professor who now lives in Dubai has told JNS that peace between Israel and Saudi Arabia “will happen” but that it could take more time.

“If you ask me, logically and rationally, it will happen,” Dr. Najat AlSaied said. “But Saudi Arabia is complicated and peace may take some time.”

She noted that while Israel and Saudi Arabia share a common enemy in Iran, security is not the only consideration for a country like Saudi Arabia, which she said represents the Islamic and Arab world as the home of Mecca and Medina.

Nonetheless, AlSaied said that peace could happen and, if it did, “it would bring peace between Israel and the entire Muslim world.”

AlSaied was in Israel from Sunday to Friday last week, during the same period that several top Israeli officials visited the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Emirati parliamentarians met with colleagues at the Knesset. She said that the recent surge in visits by Israel and Emirati officials to each other’s countries were meant to send a message: Peace is stronger than hate and violence.

She told JNS that the recent visits to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by Israeli President Isaac Herzog, Tourism Minister Yoel Razvozov and police chief Yaakov Shabtai were timed to the tensions simmering in the region.

A drone attack by the pro-Iranian Houthi rebels on a fuel depot in Abu Dhabi on Jan. 17 killed three civilians. It was followed up by at least two more missile attacks, both intercepted, including one during Herzog’s trip.

“They [the Houthis] don’t want to see this kind of peace and normalization between Israel and the Gulf,” AlSaied said of the Abraham Accords, which were signed in September 2020. “But when the Israelis are coming despite these missile attacks, Israel and the Gulf are saying, ‘Do whatever you want to do, the peace will not evaporate and fail because of your silly, immature actions.’”

She called the visits by the officials “symbols of peace” and said that when there is a warm, people-to-people peace, the Iranians and their proxies use it for hegemonic purposes—as a reason to show their force to the Arab public.

AlSaied was in Israel through her role as the academic and media consultant for the NGO Sharaka, which means “partnership” in English. The organization was founded by young leaders from Israel, the UAE and Bahrain in the aftermath of the accords, to help turn the vision of people-to-people peace into reality.

In addition to her volunteer work, AlSaied is a professor at American University in the Emirates. She previously served as a researcher at the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) in Abu Dhabi, and as an assistant professor at Zayed University in Dubai.

AlSaied told JNS that her days in Israel were packed from “early morning until late at night” meeting the people she had connected with via online webinars and other virtual activities in the last 18 months. This was her first trip to the country. She had tried coming to Israel six earlier times, she said, but each trip was canceled for one reason or another, from the Israeli elections to COVID-19 and even the weather.

She met with representatives of the Government Press Office in Jerusalem, where she spoke about women in journalism, schmoozed with professors at Hebrew University and the Open University and held meetings with her contacts in the Foreign Ministry—in addition to visiting friends from various sectors.

“I thought when I would arrive, I would see like a mini-New York,” AlSaied told JNS. “But my expectations were wrong: Israel is like a part of the Arab world, more Middle Eastern than Western.”

AlSaied walked around between the various quarters—Arab, Christian, Armenian and Jewish—and said she was struck by the mosques, churches and synagogues all situated in close proximity to one another and coexisting, at least most of the time.

“I saw the Abraham Accords embodied in front of my face,” she said. “It was amazing. This is something that will always be captured in my mind.”

Source: Jns.Org

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Normalization With Tel Aviv Can Foist A Heavy Political Price On Erdogan

 

Illustration by Erhan Yalva

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February 13, 2022

Source: Al Waght News

On Wednesday, Israeli newspaper the Yedioth Ahronoth reported a visit to Turkey of the Israeli Foreign Ministry Director-General Alon Ushpiz in preparation for next month visit of the Israeli President Issac Herzog's visit to Ankara. His meeting with the Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin comes as earlier Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had said that the Israeli president would travel to Turkey in early February. Many political observers agree that as part of a de-escalation policy he has embarked on over the past months, Erdogan is normalizing with Tel Aviv.

The approach of Erdogan and other Turkish government officials clearly demonstrate that the Turkish leader is seriously seeking to normalize relations with Tel Aviv and maintain economic relations between the two sides. The new Turkish tendency comes as since 2018 and following stepped up Israeli attacks on Gaza and Trump relocation of American embassy from Tel Aviv to Al-Quds (Jerusalem), Turkey recalled its ambassador from the Israeli regime, triggering similar response from Tel Aviv.

Over the past two years, Erdogan has backed down from his aggressive and tense approach with various actors under a charm offensive, pursuing a strategy of de-escalating and normalizing relations with Arab countries and, more recently, the Israeli government. In addition to sending political signals, Erdogan has spoken of readiness to cooperate with the Israelis in all areas, including gas sector. On February 4, Erdogan said Turkey can use Israeli gas and cooperate with Tel Aviv to send it to Europe.

Erdogan's remarks are basically meant to defeat an anti-Turkish regional alliance. Turkey's gas exploration in the Mediterranean Sea in the past few years has brought Greece, Cyprus, Egypt and the Israeli regime under an anti-Turkish coalition. Even in 2018, Donald Trump supported EastMed Pipeline project which is aimed at transferring Israeli gas to Europe via Cyprus. But after Biden took office, support for the plan was quietly quitted, with new administration officials citing the project as a source of tension and instability in the region. Now Erdogan wants Turkey the only way through which the Israeli gas reaches Europe in a bid to break the opposite alliance.

After 2009, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly tried to portray himself as a supporter of the Palestinians and their cause and an ally of the resistance political groups, on top of them Hamas, in the occupied territories. He has even been aspiring to introduce himself as the leader of the Islamic countries in the Palestinian case. During various statements and meetings, he verbally attacked the Israeli regime. This trend culminated in 2018 and led to the severance of relations with Tel Aviv, but the fact is that Erdogan and ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) have never been true allies of the Palestinian people.

In the current context, Erdogan has argued that his efforts to normalize relations with the Israelis do not mean turning his back on Palestinian groups, and that Ankara will continue to defend the rights of Muslims in the occupied territories. However, any friendship with the Israeli regime, actually, should be viewed as running counter to the interests of Palestine. Late last year, Erdogan invited the Jewish rabbis in Istanbul, signaling his efforts to persuade the Israeli lobby in the US to sway Biden policy for the good of Turkey. Therefore, in the normalization case, the claim of maintaining ties with the Palestinian resistance while engaging with the Israelis is a political propaganda and a deception of public opinion at home and abroad.

A set of reasons may drive Erdogan's decision for détente with the Israelis, among them an aim to heal the economic crisis and also win support of the pro-Israeli lobbies to stay in power in next elections. But his new approach which is adopted using normalization can deliver the reverse and cost him and his party heavily.

Actually, now a large part of the Turkish society and also Muslim world public view any thaw with Tel Aviv an unforgivable betrayal of the Palestinian cause. If done, the normalization would harm Erdogan image at home and across the Muslim world— something potentially paving the way for AKP loss in next elections and foisting a heavy price on Erdogan and his political future.

Source:En.Irna.Ir

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Reserve Of Afghanistan Does Not Belong To Afghan Government, Its Freezing Is Injustice: Taliban UN Nominee

 

Nominee of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan for the United Nations Suhail Shaheen

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By Najibullah Lalzoy

13 Feb 2022

Nominee of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan for the United Nations Suhail Shaheen reacted to the US president Joe Biden’s decision over allocating $3.5 billion to the victims of 9/11 and said the reserve only belongs to the people of Afghanistan.

“Reserve of Da Afghanistan Bank-Afghanistan Central Bank- does not belong to governments or factions but it is property of the people of Afghanistan. It is only used for implementation of monetary policy, facilitation of trade and boosting of the financial system of the country.” Reads a Twitter post of Shaheen.

Suhail Shaheen added that the money has never been used for any other purpose but the ones mentioned.

Referring to the $3.5 billion still frozen in the US banks, Shaheen criticized that freezing and disbursement of the money for any other purpose is injustice and not acceptable to the people of Afghanistan.

The decision by Joe Biden has been attacked by everyone in Afghanistan and the common people have accused the US president of stealing the money of impoverished people of Afghanistan.

Source: khaama Press

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 India

Once A ‘Deciding Factor’, Muslims Prep To Regain ‘Poll Position’ As A Formidable Electorate In Uttar Pradesh

Feb 13, 2022

LUCKNOW: Once seen as the ‘deciding factor’ for their propensity for ‘strategic voting’, Muslims were a formidable electorate in Uttar Pradesh until the 2014 general elections, when BJP’s strategy of consolidating Hindu votes across the vast state’s deep caste divide pushed the minority vote to the margins.

Eight years and three major elections later, the Muslim ‘vote bank' is quiet in 2022—though the community that makes up more than 19% of UP’s population can still influence the outcome in over 120 of 403 assembly constituencies through its numerical strength.

What was its strength became its weakness after 2014 when not a single Muslim member of parliament from Uttar Pradesh made it to the Lok Sabha. More than 120 seats have 20% or more people from the community, but the number of Muslim MLAs dwindled to 25—from 68 in 2012, the highest ever in the UP assembly.

Source: Times Of India

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https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/once-a-crucial-factor-muslims-prep-to-regain-poll-position/articleshowprint/89535719.cms

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MP: Headcount, not headscarf, is worrying principal of school in Muslim-majority locality

by Iram Siddique

February 13, 2022

Head covered in a hijab and face in a mask, Zoya Khan (16) is among the first to turn up at the government higher secondary school in Nishatpura, a Muslim-majority locality, in Bhopal. It is a routine morning for Zoya, unaware of the controversy playing out in several colleges in Karnataka after hijab-wearing students were barred from classes. All that occupies Zoya’s mind is the upcoming board examination. “I want to get a job in a bank and support my parents,” says Zoya.

Sharing the bench with Zoya is Shrishti Shrivastav, who sports a red tikka on her forehead. The tikka is something Shrishti puts up from a temple on her way to school every day. While the two wait for their teacher to come in, their friend Sadaf Khan, with her head covered in a white hijab, joins them.

“There is no compulsion from my home to wear a hijab. But I like to wear it as it gives me a sense of protection while walking from home to school. There are many men who loiter around. With my head covered, they don’t seem to notice me. It helps,” says Zoya.

Source: Indian Express

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https://indianexpress.com/article/india/hijab-row-madhya-pradesh-school-dropout-7769371/

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Muslim youth take out rally in Kadapa district, Andhra; reaction to Hijab ban

13th February 2022

By Express News Service

KADAPA: Taking strong exception to Karnataka government banning Hijab for Muslim girl students in educational institutions, large number of muslim youth in Kadapa took out a rally under the aegis of Muslim Mahila Ikyavedika on Saturday. The rally, which commenced at Almaspet concluded at Seven Road Junction in the town passing through Mattipeddapuli, Second Gandhi Statue, Gokul Circle.

Source: New Indian Express

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Pakistan

Substance in defamation suits by Ali Zafar, Meesha Shafi separate: LHC

Staff Reporter

February 13, 2022

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court has observed that the substance in the defamation suits filed by actor-cum-singer Ali Zafar and singer Meesha Shafi against each other is separate and triable concurrently and independently.

“It may be true that the parties are the same but that is all which is common. No similarity of matter(s)-in-issue(s) is conspicuously identifiable in both the suits,” Justice Asim Hafeez observes in his detailed verdict issued on a civil revision petition of Ms Shafi.

The judge had allowed the plea of the female singer and set aside a decision of a sessions court wherein proceedings on her suit were suspended.

Source: Dawn

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https://www.dawn.com/news/1674795/substance-in-defamation-suits-by-ali-zafar-meesha-shafi-separate-lhc

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Police official martyred, two injured in shootout in Islamabad

Munawer Azeem

February 13, 2022

ISLAMABAD: A police official was martyred while two persons sustained bullet injuries in an encounter between the police and gunmen on Saturday, police said.

Officers of the police said there was a business rivalry and family dispute between the groups of Sher Khan and Adam Khan, who were also relatives. Both the groups resided in Bhara Kahu.

Sher Khan along with others allegedly attacked the Dera of Adam Khan, 50, located in Spring Valley and beat his son Shaista Khan, 25, and later shot and injured him.

Source: Dawn

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https://www.dawn.com/news/1674814/police-official-martyred-two-injured-in-shootout-in-islamabad

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NewsOne taken off air before Pemra notice

Staff Reporter

February 13, 2022

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Elec­tronic Media Regulatory Auth­ority (Pemra) has issued a show-cause notice to NewsOne, a private TV channel, for airing ‘unethical’ remarks about the performance of a federal minister during a talk show.

However, even before the legal formalities were completed and a show-cause notice was issued to NewsOne on Friday for airing ‘derogatory remarks’ about Minister for Commun­ications Murad Saeed ‘without any editorial check’, the channel had reportedly been taken off air by cable networks.

Source: Dawn

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https://www.dawn.com/news/1674828/newsone-taken-off-air-before-pemra-notice

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Arab world

Islamic State kills Iraqi forces in sparsely populated Anbar desert

February 13, 2022

BAGHDAD – The deaths of several soldiers in the western Anbar desert and attacks further south in the same province have drawn attention to the vast expanses that were long a hideout for insurgents.

Although the danger had diminished in recent years, a Feb. 8 explosion reportedly killed at least three soldiers and one civilian, as well as injuring others and destroying the military vehicle in the desert near Rawa.

Several attacks have meanwhile recently been carried out near Rutba in the southern part of the Anbar desert, not far from Iraq’s border with Jordan.

Source: Al-Monitor

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https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2022/02/islamic-state-kills-iraqi-forces-sparsely-populated-anbar-desert

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Qatar hosts Islamic Organization for Food Security forum Monday

February 13 2022

Qatar will host the three-day IOFS Strategic Commodities and Food Safety Forum organized by Islamic Organization for Food Security (IOFS) under the umbrella of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), in coordination and cooperation with the Ministry of Municipality.

In an exclusive statement to Qatar News Agency (QNA), Director of Food Security Department at the Ministry of Municipality Dr. Masoud Jarallah Al Marri said that Qatar's hosting of this forum confirms its keenness to strengthen the food security system in Islamic countries and build its capabilities in this vital and important sector.

Source: Gulf-Times

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https://www.gulf-times.com/story/709765/Qatar-hosts-Islamic-Organization-for-Food-Security

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Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs Meets with Egyptian Grand Mufti

12 Feb, 2022

Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance Sheikh Dr. Abdullatif bin Abdulaziz Al Al-Sheikh met today with Grand Mufti of Egypt Dr. Shawki Allam, on the sidelines of his official visit to Egypt to participate in the 32nd International Conference of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed issues of common interest, especially those related to serving Islam, and cooperating in boosting efforts to spread the Islamic religion's tolerance and moderation.

Source: Al Riyadh Daily

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Minister of Islamic Affairs Heads Saudi Delegation to 32nd International Conference of Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs in Egypt

12 Feb, 2022

The Minister of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance Sheikh Dr. Abdullatif bin Abdulaziz Al Al-Sheikh headed the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s delegation to the 32nd International Conference of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, organized by the Egyptian Ministry of Endowments, under the patronage of the Egyptian President Abdelfattah El-Sisi.

In a key speech during the opening session, Dr. Al Al-Sheikh explained that the conference emphasizes the constants of religion, coexistence and the establishment of countries and societies on firm foundations.

Source: Al Riyadh Daily

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Minister of Islamic Affairs Participates in the 32nd International Conference of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs in Egypt

12 Feb, 2022

Minister of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance Sheikh Dr. Abdullatif bin Abdulaziz Al Al-Sheikh will participate in the 32nd International Conference of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, organized by the Egyptian Ministry of Endowments under the patronage of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, scheduled for Cairo on February 12- 13, 2022.

Source: Al Riyadh Daily

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Mideast

Turkish Islamist Foundation Linked to Child Sexual Abuse Is Financing New York City Dormitory

by Burak Bekdil

January 30, 2022

Turkey's Islamist government is set to complete a pair of construction projects in New York City that, among other uses, will house Turkish-American students and expose Muslim youth to Turkish propaganda and extremism.

However, Turkey's indoctrination of Muslim youths isn't the only reason why New Yorkers should oppose the Islamist government's real estate plans. A notorious Turkish foundation accused of numerous cases of child abuse and rape will fund and administer one of these dormitories.

The U.S.-based Türken Foundation, an organization set up jointly by two other religious foundations, Ensar and Türgev, is building a massive 21-story dormitory to "shelter" Turkish-American youths from the enemies of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). The building, called the Türken House, is being erected on a $15.5-million plot on the corner of 2nd Avenue and 41st Street.

Source: Meforum

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https://www.meforum.org/62990/turkish-islamist-foundation-linked-to-sexual-abuse

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Turkey-Norway Is Willing to Continue Dialogs with Islamic Emirate

2022-02-12

KABUL (BNA) Russia’s Sputnik news agency reports that Turkey and Norway have said they will hold more dialogs with the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

Earlier, Acting Foreign Minister Amir MUttaqi traveled to Turkey and Norway, quoting sources in Kabul, as saying that Norway and Turkey would hold talks with the Islamic Emirate in the near future to normalize relations with Kabul. The meeting will be held in Istanbul, Turkey or Norway.

Source: En.Isna

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https://bakhtarnews.af/turkey-norway-is-willing-to-continue-dialogs-with-islamic-emirate/

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Five Iranian Cultural, Historical Sites Registered As Islamic World Heritage

Feb 13, 2022

Tehran, IRNA – Head of the National ISESCO Commission in a letter addressed to Iran's Minister of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Ezzatollah Zarqami said that five Iranian cultural and historical sites have been registered as Islamic World Heritage.

The sites include the Alamut Castle, Sheikh Ahmad Jaam’s Mausoleum, the Bastam Historical Complex, Masuleh Historical Village, and Hamedan’s Alavian Dome.

Source: En.Irna.Ir

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https://en.irna.ir/news/84649342/5-Iranian-cultural-historical-sites-registered-as-Islamic-World

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Islamic Revolution Anniversary Ceremonies Have Become Part Of Iranians’ Identity

Feb 13, 2022

Tehran, IRNA - The ceremonies to mark the anniversary (Feb. 11) of the victory of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution have become events shaping Iranians’ identity, said a university professor.

Making the remark in an exclusive interview with Tehran-based "Iran Daily" newspaper, Mohammad Sadeq Kooshki, a political science professor at the University of Tehran, added that the people’s presence in the ceremonies has positive impacts on the country’s international issues, as it demonstrates their support for the Islamic Establishment.

Source: En.Irna.Ir

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New Iranian humanitarian aid arrives in Afghanistan's Ghazni

February 13, 2022

The Iranian embassy in Kabul said in a statement that a new consignment had been sent to Ghazni province in continuation of Iran's humanitarian aid to Afghanistan.

Source:En.Irna.Ir

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South Asia

Biden should retreat his decision over Afghanistan’s assets: Hamid Karzai

By Najibullah Lalzoy

13 Feb 2022

Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai attacked US president Joe Biden’s decision over allocating $3.5 billion to the victims of 9/11 and added that he must retreat his decision and hand over the property of the Afghan people back to them.

During a press conference in Kabul on Saturday, February 13, 2022, the then president acknowledged that the odd people of Afghanistan have shared a position on the reserve and added that the international community should return the money to the people.

Source: khaama Press

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India, Pakistan agree on wheat delivery to Afghanistan

By Najibullah Lalzoy

13 Feb 2022

Diplomatic sources have told media that talks between Pakistan and India over the supply of wheat and medicines through Pakistan to Afghanistan have been finalized and the delivery will start on February 22, 2022.

Based on the agreement, India will send 50,000 tonnes of wheat to the Afghan people.

Source: khaama Press

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Ex-President Ashraf Ghani’s peace envoy returns to Kabul

By Najibullah Lalzoy

12 Feb 2022

Abdul Salaam Rahimi, Special representative of Afghanistan’s former president in peace affairs return to Kabul on Saturday, February 12, 2022, and was warmly welcomed by the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

Abdul Salaam Rahimi said that his return to Afghanistan was not a choice but an obligation as he no longer wanted to live abroad and that he is willing to stay in Afghanistan, no matter under which circumstances.

Source: khaama Press

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Armed attack on former Afghan government deputy CE left two dead in Kabul

By Najibullah Lalzoy

12 Feb 2022

Armed attack on the house of Deputy Chief Executive of the former Afghan government Engineer Muhammad khan

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Southeast Asia

Aid for Taliban but not Malaysia’s minorities? Guan Eng asks Putrajaya

BY DEBRA CHONG

13 Feb 2022

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 13 — Opposition lawmaker Lim Guan Eng today questioned the federal government’s priorities in providing financial aid after news reports highlighted claims the ethnic Chinese community in Terengganu were marginalised by the PAS-led state.

The Bagan MP said the news reports showed a dichotomy between the government’s treatment towards Malaysian minorities and its policies towards a foreign Muslim-led government, citing the Taliban control of Afghanistan as an example.

Source: Malay Mail

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Philippine gunmen kill 9 in road ambush in southern town, including Muslim rebel

12 Feb, 2022

Gunmen in the southern Philippines killed a Muslim rebel and eight of his companions in a road ambush Saturday that authorities said was apparently sparked by a land dispute.

Several attackers raked two SUVs with assault rifle fire in an early morning ambush in an isolated farming village in Guindulungan town in Maguindanao province, killing nine people and wounding three others who were on their way to a meeting to resolve a long-standing clan dispute, police and local officials said.

Source: Channel News Asia

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VP urges young Indonesian Muslims to become globally competitive

13-02-2022

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Vice President Ma'ruf Amin has said that he wants the young Indonesian Muslim generation to compete at the global level so that they can become role models, not just "watchers."

"Indonesian Muslim youths should be a role model for the world's Muslim generation, meaning they are moderate, tolerant, globally competitive, and developed," Amin remarked at the 8th commencement of the Bani Fattah Islamic Studies Institute (IAIBAFA) for the 2021–2022 academic year. He joined the event from his official residence, here on Saturday.

First, tolerance is key to a harmonious life amidst the nation's plurality, he said. "This value must continue to be implemented; do not abandon our national values, because it is our identity as Indonesians," the Vice President remarked.

Source: Antara News

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Muda doesn’t want Johor seats PKR is offering, sources say

13 Feb 2022

BY SHAHRIN AIZAT NOORSHAHRIZAM

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 13 — Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (Muda) was not interested in the Tanjung Surat, Sri Medan and Semarang seats that PKR has offered to it for the Johor state election, sources said.

“In politics, anything is possible as the negotiation door is always open as nomination day is still a long way to go,” sources were quoted saying.

Source: Malay Mail

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Syed Saddiq: Muda’s Dian Lee can’t choose her father, party does not accept party-hopping elected lawmakers

BY IDA LIM

13 Feb 2022

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 13 — The daughter of property tycoon father Tan Sri Lee Kim Yew, Datin Dian Lee Cheng Ling who has been appointed as a member of the Malaysian United Democratic Alliance’s (Muda) central executive committee cannot choose her father, the party’s president Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman said.

News portal The Vibes today reported Syed Saddiq stressing that Muda has limited the amount of money each person can donate to the political party.

Source: Malay Mail

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Europe

Anti-Semitic Muslim Who Claimed Grenfell Tower Victims Were ‘Burnt Alive In A Jewish Sacrifice’ Is Jailed For 11 Months For Stirring Racial Hatred

By JOE DAVIES

12 February 2022

A racist Grenfell volunteer who claimed the 72 tower fire victims were 'burnt alive in a Jewish sacrifice' has been jailed for 11 months.

Following a trial at the Old Bailey, she was found guilty of two counts of stirring up racial hatred by publishing written material.

Source: Daily Mail

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Sadiq Khan says he will 'work closely' with Priti Patel on the selection of Dame Cressida Dick’s successor

George McMillan

13 February 2022

Sadiq Khan has pledged to oppose the appointment of a new Met Police chief unless they have a “robust plan” to deal with the “cultural problems” that have led to a series of scandals at the force.

Writing in The Observer, the London Mayor said he was “deeply concerned” that public trust and confidence in the country’s biggest police force “has been shattered so badly”, which he concluded could only be rebuilt with new leadership at the top of the Met.

Source: Daily Mail

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Boris Johnson focused on Ukraine, not police questionnaire, says UK minister

Agencies

February 13, 2022

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will not be distracted from focusing on tensions between Ukraine and Russia by receipt of a police questionnaire about lockdown parties at his Downing Street office, a government minister said on Saturday.

The Metropolitan Police are contacting more than 50 people believed to have attended the parties to explain their involvement. On Friday, Johnson’s spokesperson confirmed he had received a questionnaire and would respond as required.

Source: Dawn

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11th anniversary of Bahrain uprising marked in London

February 13, 2022

The images are difficult to look at but the reality of life for many people in Bahrain is still one of imprisonment and uncertainty. With a few days shy of the 11-year anniversary of the uprising in Manama and surrounding districts, activists in the UK are marking the occasion.

One by one the speakers took the podium, erected on the pavement outside the Bahraini embassy in London with a message of defiance and resistance. In the decade-plus since the revolution, Manama has even managed to export some of its violence.

Source: Press TV

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COVID-19: UK monitoring hybrid delta-omicron strain called 'deltacron'

By Brie Stimson

Health officials in the United Kingdom officially began monitoring a hybrid strain of the delta and omicron coronavirus known as "deltacron" last week after it was identified in a patient in the country, according to the country's Health Security Agency.

It is believed to have mutated in a patient who caught both variants at the same time but it's unclear if it first mutated in the U.K or another country, according to the Mirror newspaper.

Source: Dawn

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North America

US senator admits failure of anti-Iran maximum pressure policy

February 13, 2022

The number of American politicians, who acknowledge adopting maximum pressure in dealing with Iran bore no fruit, is increasing and now US Democratic Senator Chris Murphy admits failure of the strategy, underlining the need for an agreement with Tehran.

"Iran" newspaper published a memo on Sunday reviewing the acknowledgement, writing that Senator Murphy wrote an article for the Time magazine, criticizing policies of the previous administration in the US concerning their withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) warning that failures following adopting such a policy has left President Joe Biden with no option other than to reach an agreement with the Islamic Republic.

Source: IRNA

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Suspect fatally shot by police following arson at Michigan mosque

SARAH RAHAL

FEBRUARY 12, 2022

DEARBORN, Mich. — Dearborn police fatally shot a suspect overnight Friday after he allegedly started a fire at a mosque and fired at officers in an incident that initially started in Detroit, the chief told The Detroit News. At 1:18 a.m. Saturday, Dearborn officers on patrol observed a fire at the Al-Huda Islamic Association, located at 8835 Warren Ave. on the city's northeast side. When officers responded to the fire, they encountered an armed man at the scene who appeared to have shot at the officers, the department said. The officers pursued the armed suspect southbound along Lonyo Avenue. From there, the suspect allegedly fired at the officers as they instructed him to drop the firearm. The officers returned fire, fatally striking the suspect. No officers were injured. Dearborn Chief of Police Issa Shahin told The News the incident stemmed from a shooting in Detroit. News alerts in your inbox Sign up for email alerts and be the first to know when news breaks. SIGN UP This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Shahin said the incident was not caused by a firebomb, but that a fire was started from inside of the mosque. A joint task force including the Detroit Police Department and Michigan State Police are investigating the incident, which reached outside Dearborn city limits. “This was a tragic incident for our faith community and the Dearborn community overall that unfortunately led to a loss of life," said Shahin, newly-appointed police chief of the city. "I commend our officers for responding with the utmost professionalism and courage to protect the community from imminent danger." The American Human Rights Council issued a statement condemning what it called the "arson attack" at the mosque and commending the 'swift action" taken by authorities. “This kind of violence we saw at al Huda reinforces the reality that we have a domestic terrorism/ violence problem,” said Imad Hamad, AHRC Executive Director. “The response of the police and the fire department is

Source: Macon

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Dearborn police shoot armed suspect while investigating suspected arson at mosque

Feb. 12, 2022

DEARBORN, MI – Dearborn police shot and killed an armed suspect Saturday, Feb. 12 while responding to suspected arson at a mosque.

Officers saw the fire at the Al-Huda Islamic Association in the “early morning hours,” and found a suspect at the scene, the Dearborn Police Department said in a news release.

Source: Mlive

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Armed suspect shot dead during Dearborn mosque arson investigation

By Hilary Golston

February 12, 2022

DEARBORN, Mich. - An armed individual who allegedly fired at Dearborn police Saturday morning was shot dead after he fled a suspected arson scene at a mosque.

Detroit, and Michigan State Police have formed a joint task force to investigate the incident, which occurred outside the Dearborn city limits, the police department said Feb. 12.

Source: Fox2detroit

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Five UN staff abducted in southern Yemen while returning after field mission

Namita Singh

13-02-2022

Five employees of the United Nations have been kidnapped in southern Yemen, by unknown armed men on Friday.

The staffers were returning to Aden from a field mission when they were abducted, said Russell Geekie, spokesperson for the top UN official in Yemen.

Source: Independent

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Africa

Sudan army chief says Israel visits for ‘security’ reasons

Adel Abdel-Rahim 

13.02.2022

Sudanese army chief Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan has said mutual visits between Sudan and Israel are for security and military reasons.

"The issue of relations with Israel is looked at with sensitivity by many people. Relations between Sudan and Israel are not secret," al-Burhan said in an interview with the state television late Saturday.

Source: AA.Com

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