Holy Land Churches, Mosques, Synagogues Closed: Israeli Government
Instituted A Nearly Complete COVID-19 Lockdown
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Holy Land Churches,
Mosques, Synagogues Closed: Israeli Government Instituted A Nearly Complete
(RNS) — In the days before the novel coronavirus, the thought that every
church, synagogue and mosque in the Holy Land would be ordered shut was simply
Wednesday (March 25), the Israeli government instituted a nearly complete
COVID-19 lockdown that includes the closure of all houses of worship. The
directive permits 10 worshippers to pray outdoors, provided they stand at least
6 feet apart.
day before, the Ministry of Health revealed that 24% of infected Israelis had
contracted the virus in synagogues. Another 5% were exposed in yeshivas.
the West Bank, the Palestinian Authority shuttered all mosques and churches,
including the Church of the Nativity, weeks ago after an outbreak of the virus
in Bethlehem, the traditional birthplace of Jesus and the territory’s most
communal religious practice is being curtailed around the world in an attempt
to thwart the virus’s spread, the limitations on communal prayer, coupled with
the total collapse of religious tourism before Passover, Easter and Ramadan, is
hitting the Holy Land particularly hard.
weeks before Easter, which falls on April 12, Bethlehem’s streets are deserted,
its shops locked tight. No one is permitted to enter the city, and almost no
one is permitted to leave it.
an extremely difficult time for families because Easter is high season,” said
Wadie Abunassar, an adviser to and spokesman for church leaders in the Holy
Land. “But what can we do? Even the Vatican is closed. We are not unique.
Health must come first.”
pray on March 23, 2020, in front of the shuttered gates of the Al-Aqsa Mosque
compound, as all houses of worship are closed to prevent the spread of
coronavirus in Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
Israel, religious tourism is also nonexistent, and hotels are empty or being
used to quarantine patients who have tested positive for the virus. Citizens
have been told to hold their Passover Seder at home, with only their nuclear
family. Many single people may be spending the holiday alone.
move that has angered some Jewish women, rabbinical authorities have insisted
that women’s mikvehs, or ritual baths, remain open.
to Jewish law, a married woman cannot have sexual relations with her husband
until she is ritually cleansed in a mikveh after menstruating or childbirth.
long as the government is neither regulating nor enforcing its own sanitation
protocols in the state-operated mikvaot, it is a public health hazard to keep
them open. When state religious bodies act as though they are above the law,
not only does it endanger our democracy; in this case, it endangers our very
lives,” said Rachel Stomel, director of English communications at the Center
for Women’s Justice.
the health directives are deeply disruptive, they are also fostering
out-of-the-box solutions to religious quandaries, said Rabbi David Rosen,
director of the American Jewish Committee’s Department of Interreligious
are attempting to deal with the situation in creative ways. It’s actually quite
remarkable. The virus is engendering community support and spiritual
inspiration across religious divides around the world,” Rosen said.
controversial move, a group of prominent Israeli Sephardi rabbis ruled that it
is permissible for elderly grandparents stuck at home to participate in their
family’s Seder using Zoom and other internet-based solutions.
rabbis may think they are permitting something on a temporary basis, but the
implications could be far-reaching,” Rabbi Seth Winberg wrote in a Jerusalem
Post op-ed. “After we flatten the curve … will it not seem more convenient to
log in from home?”
vast majority of rabbis have yet to endorse virtual minyans, however, so
neighbors are organizing daily prayers (including the mourner’s kaddish),
weddings, circumcisions and bar mitzvahs on home balconies, in their backyards
or on the street.
woman prays March 25, 2020, in Jerusalem in front of the closed Church of the
Holy Sepulchre, a place where Christians believe Jesus Christ was buried, as
Israel tightens its measures to fight the spread of the coronavirus. (AP
being in self-imposed quarantine after a trip abroad, Ellen Berkman Amzallag
managed to recite the mourning blessing for her late father, who died 10 years
ago, with a minyan thanks to the quorum of men who recited prayers outside her
was able to say kaddish from my living room while 10 men, including one son,
were praying outside. My son in quarantine was in the room with me,” Amzallag
with these innovations, the stringent coronavirus regulations are painful for
Israeli and Palestinian couples marrying in the absence of beloved relatives,
and families burying their loved ones.
Razi Yitzchak died on March 17, his wife and adult children needed to alter
their Jewish mourning practices due to the coronavirus.
a small group of mourners was permitted at the funeral, in keeping with
Israel’s COVID-19 guidelines against people congregating.
burial society kept mourners 12 feet away from Yitzchak’s body out of concern
for the health of the gravediggers. After the mourners slashed their clothes
with a knife – as is customary in Judaism – the burial society disinfected it
in alcohol. Furthermore, the mourners weren’t allowed to shovel soil into
Yitzchak’s open grave because the shovels would be difficult to sanitize.
is hard to be in this mourning status, with all our rich traditions, built-in
and ready to go but instead of following them, posting them on Facebook
instead,” Yitzchak’s son Shaiel wrote during the seven-day shiva period, which
is ordinarily a time when people come to comfort the mourners in person.
would never have been easy to bury our father,” Shaiel said. “But this kind of
funeral, though, was really, really hard. No hugging. No touching. So few
it is still unsettling, especially because Ramadan – a time of communal prayer,
fasting and break-fasts, will begin in late April.
very heavy for me. As someone who is used to praying in a mosque every day I
feel something is missing. But Allah asks us to protect ourselves and not to
put ourselves or others in danger. That takes priority,” Zahalka said.
clerics quarrel as Egypt's Al-Azhar University announces major fatwa
the request of President Arif Alvi, the Grand Imam Sheikh of Egypt's Al Azhar
University issued a Fatwa permitting the suspension of Friday prayers to
control the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
Arabia, Iran, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Palestine, Turkey, Syria and
various other Muslim majority countries have suspended collective prayers but
the Ulema of Pakistan have been unable to unite in fighting this virus and are
continuing collective prayers despite efforts by the government to stop them.
the spread of coronavirus in Palestine was linked to the religious gathering in
Raiwind, which is one of the largest ones in the world. Pakistan was named a
"super-spreader" by international media outlets in the Muslim world
after failing to take necessary precautions in controlling the spread in its
the Fatwa by Al Azhar university — which is considered as the Islamic world's
most prestigious one — Pakistani clerics
continue offering collective prayers, ignoring the severe health risks they
Taqi Usmani who is one of the most revered religious clerics of Pakistan
announced on Wednesday that congregational prayers would continue with the
exception of people older than 50, young kids and those that showed symptoms of
the deadly coronavirus.
Tariq Masood, another prominent religious cleric opposed Usmani's view and
supported the government in advising a ban on congregational prayers. In an
emotional message released on social media, Masood said: "We still don't
understand the intensity of this virus. You can pray at home during this time
and ask Allah for forgiveness and health."
days earlier, Allama Zameer Akhtar Naqvi claimed to possess the antidote for
coronavirus. This claim was highly criticised by Pakistanis who believed that
this claim showed how non-serious Pakistani clerics were in dealing with this
global health crisis.
scientists and pharmaceutical companies are working to develop a vaccine that
could cure the virus, experts believe that such a vaccine could take anywhere
between 12-18 months before it reaches the average consumer.
of the Senate Committee on Science and Technology, Senator Sajjad Mir also
commented on the Pakistani clerics' position on dealing with the virus. He
said, "Please do not introduce a narrow-minded interpretation of our
religion. Use common sense when interpreting religious texts".
members of the civil society and the government are collectively trying to
convince the Ulema of Pakistan to unanimously agree on temporarily halting
congregational prayers but as of the filing of this report, no consensus has
detects five generations of Covid-19 cases linked to mosque cluster
JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Malaysia's Health Ministry has detected
five generations of positive Covid-19 cases that were linked to the tabligh
gathering in the Seri Petaling Mosque last month.
director-general Datuk Seri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that from the tabligh
cluster, 711 cases had infected their families.
we look at the tabligh cluster, there are 711 index cases and these index cases
spread to their families, which are the first generation.
family members infect their neighbours, and these neighbours infect their
friends. We have seen five generations of infections. Every person who infect
another individual... there are five generations," he said during a press
conference on the Covid-19 situation on Thursday (March 26).
tabligh cluster makes up 55 per cent of all the Covid-19 cases in the country,
or 1,117 of 2,031 cases so far.
tabligh gathering from Feb 27 to March 3 this year saw about 16,000 attendees,
with 1,500 of them being foreigners from 25 different countries.
have to determine how we are going to identify the close contacts of the
tabligh attendees. The first is their family members and the second is maybe
their friends. This investigation is complicated and will take time," said
said that 13,762 tabligh attendees were screened with 9,327 samples taken to be
Khalid al-Hindi carried out the attack on Sikh temple in Kabul: ISIS-K
offshoot of the Islamic State terror group, ISIS Khurasan, claimed that the
attack on Sikh temple in Kabul was carried out by Abu Khalild al-Hindi.
Amaq News Agency, affiliated with the terror group released the photo of the
suicide bomber who stormed the Sikh temple in Kabul city on Wednesday.
Ministry of Interior confirmed that the attack on Sikh temple in Kabul city
left at least 25 people dead and 8 others wounded.
suicide attack, claimed by ISIS Khurasan, killed at least 19 people including
many members of the Sikh community in Jalalabad city of Nangarhar in mid-2018.
attack also killed also killed Awtar Singh Khalsa, the only Sikh candidate who
had planned to contest the parliamentary elections.
of Islamic Cooperation calls to coordinate in fight against virus
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) called on the governments of
member states, research institutions and Muslim scholars to coordinate in the
effort to find a vaccine for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
secretary-general of the OIC, Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, said that the Muslim world
should not stand idle while other countries around the world seek to find a
treatment for this global crisis.
stressed his full confidence in the innovation, production capacities and human
cadres of the Islamic world.
also expressed the OIC’s full support to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Christians, Muslims, Fulani, Igbo must unite against this common enemy –
Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, on Friday, urged Nigerians to come together
because Coronavirus is a common enemy.
said Nigerians irrespective of their faith, religious background and ethnicity
should use this period of Coronavirus pandemic to build new bridges and ensure
Islamic rights group made the call in a statement in a statement signed and
sent to DAILY POST by its Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola.
to MURIC: “The latest toll from CoronaVirus, also known as Covid-19, is
alarming. As at today, Friday 27th March, 2020, this dreaded virus has taken
the lives of 24,071 people around the world. According to Worldometer, there
are also 531,799 confirmed cases of infections. With the number of deaths now
at 1,000, the United States now leads in the area of fatality.
should not lose sight of the hidden message in this global tragedy. The most
important message is that despite belonging to different faiths, races, colour,
etc, the whole of mankind is woven together in fate. We should therefore seek
to sink our differences. We should put all human heads under the same thinking
cap and eliminate stigma, racism and all forms of discrimination. Our watchword
should be humanity first.
should not allow this opportunity to slip by without taking a giant leap across
the yawning abyss. Nigerians are too divided over primordial, infinitesimal and
inconsequential things. It is either over creed, ethnicity or politics. Yet
there are still divisions within every issue at stake.
Muslims and Christians tear at each other’s throats in this country, Muslims
still have differences within Islamdom and ditto for Christians. Again, while
the Igbo rave at Hausa-Fulani, both groups still nurse deep-seated intra-ethnic
grievances. The Egba/Ijebu and Modakeke/Ife rivalry is well known among the
Yoruba. Inter-party bitterness in Nigeria may be condemnable but the
intra-party intolerance is most despicable.
right now a common enemy in the name of Corona Virus is on the prowl. America’s
nuclear bomb and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) are useless
against it. No alliance is being contemplated by the West to fight the common
foe. This makes a mockery of man’s inhumanity to man. We marshalled the most
dangerous weapons against fellow homo sapiens but failed to prepare to defend
humanity against coronavirus.”
also charged leaders of different religions and ethnic groups in Nigeria to
“create new bridges at this particular period.”
us make new compromises towards resolving seeming intractable problems. Let us
be persuaded by the phenomenon of Covid-19 which knows no colour, no race, no
political party or ethnicity. It does not discriminate between a Muslim, a
Christian or the adherents of any other religion. This is the time for all of
us to sink our differences. What matters is our dear country, Nigeria. What
matters is humanity,” MURIC added.
fundamentalist preacher Mullah Krekar extradited to Italy
Krekar had previously made death threats against now-Prime Minister Erna
Solberg and has been classified as a “threat to national security”, earning him
a place in the UN list of terrorists.
a long legal battle, Islamist cleric and convicted terrorist Mullah Krekar has
been extradited to Italy, where he was sentenced last year to 12 years in
prison for having planned terror attacks.
is no longer in Norway,” Justice Minister Monica Mæland proclaimed to national
broadcaster NRK, adding that Krekar had been “delivered to Italy”.
explained that the extradition, initially cleared by Norway’s Supreme Court,
was recently green-lit by King Harald V after years of legal proceedings.
an Islamist cleric whose real name is Najmuddin Faraj Ahmad, was declared a
threat to national security in Norway more than 15 years ago, not least after
uttering death threats to now-Prime Minister Erna Solberg, both in the early
2000s and three years prior to her becoming prime minister. The threat made
against Solberg in 2010 was answered with demands that the cleric be jailed or
deported, and many were outraged when he was allowed to stay in Norway.
Krekar first arrived in Norway as a refugee nearly 30 years ago and later
brought his family as well. He breached the terms of his asylum by travelling
back to Northern Iraq and leading a guerrilla group listed as a terrorist
organisation by the US.
April 2006, a Pakistani-Norwegian businessman offered Krekar 500,000 kroner to
leave Norway, calling him a “pest for all Muslims in Norway”. Krekar rejected
Islamic cleric has been in and out of court and prison for years, as Norwegian
authorities maintained that Krekar has encouraged terrorist acts and regularly
threatened other Norwegian residents and citizens. Krekar denied making
threats, claiming instead that he simply expressed his interpretations of
the authorities of Iraqi Kurdistan have repeatedly asked for Mullah Krekar to
be extradited from Norway, Oslo has rejected this push, as it failed to obtain
assurance that he wouldn't be executed upon arrival.
celebration of having Krekar finally deported, Progress Party politicians Sylvi
Listhaug and Jøran Kallmyr organised another kind of party in parliament,
complete with a cake. It was decorated with a Norwegian and an Italian flag and
included an ironic parting message for their old foe: “Good luck, Krekar!”
New Age Islam News Bureau
In view of the lockdown following Covid-19 epidemic, the
Christian religious body of Kolkata has issued advisory to the churches in the
country to suspend all religious congregations in churches and offer prayers at
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kolkata, Mr Thomas
D'Souza has advised all the churches under its order to avoid public gathering
during religious services till the Covid-19 triggered lockdown is lifted.
In a circular issued recently, the Archbishop asked
priests of 65 churches in the country to put on hold religious services like
Friday prayers in the run up to the Easter, the public celebration of the Holy
Mass or Way of the Cross or Adoration of the Black Sacrament in the parish
churches to avoid large gathering. Last Friday, Roman Catholic Christians,
estimated to be 2lakh in Kolkata, prayed within the confines of their homes.
only humiliating, blackmailing Saudi Arabia, UAE: Ansarullah leader
leader of Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement has warned Saudi Arabia and the
United Arab Emirates against continuation of their military aggression against
Yemen, saying the United States is simply blackmailing and humiliating the
Riyadh and Abu Dhabi regimes to pursue its own agenda.
general evaluation and studies confirm that economic losses inflicted on the
Saudi regime have been huge and its ambitions have not been realized. The Saudi
and UAE economies are suffering from economic crises, and continue to decline,”
Abdul-Malik al-Houthi said in a televised speech broadcast live from the
capital Sana’a on Thursday afternoon, which marked the anniversary of Saudi
aggression against its southern neighbor.
Ansarullah chief noted that Saudi Arabia and the UAE have unfortunately
presented an image of themselves, which is much worse than the Israeli regime.
says any political solution to the Yemen conflict should begin with an end to
the US-sponsored Saudi war and the blockade on the country.
United States of] America and Israel want Saudi Arabia and the UAE to be
depicted as brutal to replace Israel. There is no point in continuing this
aggression after all these failures and losses,” Houthi pointed out.
Ansarullah leader went on to say that the Saudi-led coalition aims to occupy
the entire Yemen, and wrest full control over the nation.
then called on people from all strata of the Yemeni society to stand against
the Saudi-led aggression, emphasizing, “Yemeni people will never surrender to
highlighted that enemies have been stunned by the resistance and capabilities
of the Yemenis in the face of the ongoing Saudi-led war, stating that the foes
have desperately sought to sow the seeds of discord and division among Yemeni
people but all to no avail.
people have thwarted enemy plots as they put their trust in God. Their unity
and steadfastness is a divine gift,” the Ansarullah chief underscored.
in his remarks, Houthi said that enemies sought the economic collapse of Yemen
as part of their all-out aggression against the impoverished Arab country, but
they faced the nation’s resistance.
people have helped the axis of resistance greatly over the past five years. The
Yemeni nation has made great sacrifices to support forces in battles against
aggressors,” he pointed out.
Rights Watch says Saudi forces and their allies have commited serious abuses
against Yemeni civilians since June last year in al-Mahrah.
said Yemeni armed forces have developed great capabilities and managed to
manufacture various weapons and military hardware over the past five years,
stressing that all such achievements have been made irrespective of ongoing
sea, land and air blockade on Yemen.
Yemeni military has successfully launched full-scale operations against
enemies. Yemeni missile units have created a deterrent force for the country as
well,” the Ansarullah leader said.
Arabia and a number of its regional allies launched a devastating campaign
against Yemen in March 2015, with the goal of bringing former president Abd
Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and crushing the Ansarullah movement.
US-based Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), a nonprofit
conflict-research organization, estimates that the war has claimed more than
100,000 lives over the past nearly five years.
Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have purchased billions of dollars' worth
of weapons from the United States, France and the United Kingdom in the war on
UN says over 24 million Yemenis are in dire need of humanitarian aid, including
10 million suffering from extreme levels of hunger.
Should Reject Islamic Republic’s Loan Request
Islamic Republic of Iran has requested a $5 billion loan from the International
Monetary Fund (IMF) as Tehran confronts a perfect economic storm combining
President Donald Trump’s maximum pressure campaign, an unexpected plunge in oil
prices, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Were the IMF to approve this loan, the
nature and structure of the Islamic Republic would likely result in the misuse
of these funds in manner that benefits the regime but not the people.
Islamic Republic runs a corrupt economy where freedom is scarce, accountability
nonexistent, and transparency rare. Transparency International’s corruption
index ranks Iran 146th among 180 countries. The Central Bank of Iran –
designated by the United States for its direct financing of terrorism – lacks
the independence of a normal central bank and engages in a range of money
laundering activities. The country’s banking system is an inefficient structure
where politically connected figures embezzle billions of dollars from ordinary
depositors. Firms controlled by the military or by the supreme leader, Ali
Khamenei, dominate the economy.
Islamic Republic’s rampant corruption and money laundering practices are rooted
in a financial structure that runs contrary to IMF rules by operating multiple
currency exchange rates. While the IMF allows its members to operate multiple
rates temporarily, Tehran relies on its multiple rates as a means of
distributing political spoils, by granting regime loyalists access to hard
currency on favorable terms.
addition to these structural issues, Iran diverts its revenues to fund terrorism,
missiles, and illicit nuclear capabilities. In response, the Trump
administration imposed “maximum pressure” sanctions, vowing to add additional
pressure until the regime halts its sponsorship of terrorism, removes its
forces from the Middle East, dismantles its nuclear and missile programs, and
releases all U.S. hostages. The IMF would be right to worry that its loan may
never be repaid and – worse – that Tehran will use it to subsidize malign
influence of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a U.S.-designated
foreign terrorist organization whose leaders and affiliates are subject to UN
sanctions, also seriously compromises the integrity of the Iranian financial
system. The IRGC controls roughly 25 to 30 percent of the Iranian economy,
while Khamenei sits on a $200 billion empire, which also operates above the
law. Businesses owned and controlled by the IRGC or supreme leader account for
20 to 25 percent of the value of all firms listed on the Tehran Stock Exchange.
The U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network has found
Iran’s entire financial system, including its central bank, to be a
jurisdiction of primary money laundering concern.
the IMF to have confidence in Iran’s ability to repay a loan – or even use such
funds in a responsible manner – the Islamic Republic would have to halt all
sponsorship of terrorism; stop investment in its illicit missile and nuclear
programs; disentangle the supreme leader, clerics, and IRGC from the economy;
and comply with all the requirements and recommendations of the Financial
Action Task Force (FATF), which just last month ordered the global banking
community to defend itself against Iranian money laundering practices.
World Health Organization and various countries and non-governmental
organizations are taking proactive steps to deliver medical supplies and
technical assistance to help the Iranian people combat COVID-19. America would
be doing the same, but Tehran has rejected multiple offers of assistance, while
the supreme leader promotes baseless conspiracy theories accusing the United
States of inventing the coronavirus. While transfers of goods and supplies
directly to the Iranian people serve a crucial need, cash payments, loans, and
other lines of credit to the Islamic Republic of Iran pose grave threats to
international security and do not help ordinary Iranians. Without wholesale
behavioral changes by Iran’s government and structural changes to its economy,
the United States and other IMF shareholders should reject Iran’s request for
any IMF loan.
demands medical supplies to fight novel coronavirus
Palestinian official says the Palestinian Authority has submitted a request to
several countries for medical supplies, including diagnostic test kits, as it
is struggling to cope with the rising cases of COVID-19 with its limited
resources and weak healthcare system.
is a serious shortage of medical supplies, including test kits and sets, to
combat the virus in Palestinian territories,” Hussein al-Sheikh, head of the
General Authority of Civil Affairs of the Palestinian Authority, said in a
brief press statement on Thursday.
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki has reached out to his
counterparts in a number of regional countries to garner financial and moral
support for Palestine’s efforts to contain the spread of the new coronavirus.
Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates announced in a
statement that the 65-year-old diplomat held telephone conversations with Saudi
and Kuwaiti foreign ministers Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud and Ahmad Nasser
al-Mohammad Al Sabah as well as the Secretary-General of the Organization of
Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Yousef al-Othaimeen over the issue.
Palestinian government issued an order confining Palestinians in the
Israeli-occupied West Bank to their homes for two weeks as a precaution against
the spread of coronavirus.
Secretary-General of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Saeb Erekat
said that while Palestine is battling coronavirus with very limited resources,
Israeli authorities continue to raze Palestinian houses in the occupied West
Palestine is battling coronavirus with very scarce resources, Israeli
occupation forces entered Ein ad-Duyuk at-Tahta village in Ariha (Jericho)
governorate today, and demolished three homes. Is this what some refer as
‘cooperation’ to fight the virus? It is rather another Israeli crime against
peace,” Erekat said in a statement issued on Thursday.
first two cases of coronavirus infection have been confirmed in the
densely-populated Gaza Strip, which is under the Israeli siege.
of Palestinian workers are also dumped at checkpoints (across the West Bank) in
a show of the immoral corruption of the Occupation. Complete halt to the
Israeli occupation is a basic requirement for a just and lasting peace,” the
statement pointed out.
Melhem, the spokesman for the Palestinian Authority, told a news briefing in
the central West Bank city of Ramallah on Thursday that 15 new COVID-19 cases
were recorded in Palestinian territories, raising the total number to 86.
has given its spy agency Shin Bet the green light to use
"counter-terrorism" operations against those infected with a new
coronavirus, treating the pandemic as a security menace.
senior Palestinian official said the 15 new cases were from the village of
Beddo, which lies northwest of Jerusalem al-Quds.
were infected “after interacting with the Palestinian woman who was declared
dead (from coronavirus) on Wednesday,” said Melhem, adding more precautionary
measures will be taken in the village.
allied militants using water as weapon against civilians in Syria’s Hasakah:
Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates has strongly condemned
Turkey and its allied Takfiri militants for cutting off water supply to local
residents in the country’s northeastern city of Hasakah and surrounding
residential neighborhoods over the past two days.
occupation forces and affiliated terrorists cut off drinking water from Allouk
water station and feeding wells deliberately and systematically, depriving more
than 600,000 Syrian citizens, mostly women and children, from drinking water,”
the ministry said in identical letters sent to United Nations Secretary-General
António Guterres and the rotating President of the UN Security Council Zhang
Jun on Thursday.
Syrian ministry noted that Turkish military forces shelled the water station
during their cross-border military operation last October, putting it out of
officials, accordingly, presented a briefing to the UN Security Council on
February 27, informing the international body of a water outage in Hasakah.
unfortunately the Security Council, its General Secretariat or relevant
international organizations failed to condemn the Turkish forces’ bombing of
such a critical civilian facility and their use of water as a weapon against
civilians,” the letters pointed out.
Syrian Foreign Ministry finally called on the Security Council to condemn the
crimes being perpetrated by Turkish soldiers, and obligate Ankara to stop its
violation of the international law and humanitarian principles, besides its
support for terrorist groups wreaking havoc inside Syria.
urges the US, the EU, and some Arab states to lift their sanctions against the
Arab country amid the outbreak of COVID-19 in the region.
General of Hasakah Water Company, Mahmoud al-Ukla, told Syria’s official news
agency SANA in a statement on Wednesday that company’s workers had resumed the
operation of Allouk water station after Turkish troops and their militant
proxies had cut water supply to the city and its countryside earlier in the
water starts to be pumped from Alouk station to Hasaka after mercenaries of
Turkish occupation forces cut off water for three
SANA- Hasaka Water Department on Wednesday started to pump the water from Alouk
water station to the gathering tanks, then to be pumped to the residential
neighborhoods in the city of Hasaka...
water station is located near the border town of Ra’s al-Ayn, which Turkish
troops and their allied militants seized in October 2019 during the so-called
Peace Spring Operation.
Monday, a United Nations official said interruption to the key water station in
Syria’s northeast puts thousands of lives at risk as efforts ramp up to prevent
the outbreak of the novel coronavirus there.
Representative in Syria Fran Equiza said the interruption “during the current
efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease puts children and
families at unacceptable risk.”
underlined that the station is the main source of water for around 460,000
people in Hasakah city, the town of Tal Tamer as well as al-Hol and Areesha
Syrian government has applied a series of measures, as cases of COVID-19
infection have been found in the war-ravaged Arab country.
measures include suspending schools, universities, as well as some ministries
and closing marketplaces and restaurants.
at home: Ulema advise Muslims: Governor Sarwar warns of stern action if people
Twenty supreme Ulema of all schools of thought, including Pakistan Ulema
Council (PUC) Chairman Maulana Tahir Ashrafi, called on Punjab Governor Ch
Sarwar and later in a joint communiqué, they all advised people to stay home
and offer prayers regularly at homes.
also paid tribute to medical experts, doctors and paramedical staff on waging
an effective war against coronavirus. The governor said if people do not take
government’s appeal for staying home seriously then a stern action would not be
hesitated as we have to save them from corona at every cost. The opposition
should not play politics because this is the time to save Pakistan from Italy
like situation and all have to get united, he said.
met with Punjab governor included Pakistan Ulema Council Chairman Maulana Tahir
Ashrafi, Markazi Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith chief Senator Prof. Sajid, Jamia Asharfia
Chief Maulana Fazal Rahim, Jamia Naeemia Chief Dr Raghib Hussain Naeemi,
Badshahi Mosque’s Khateeb Maulana Abdul Khabeer Azad, Maulana Ghulam Muhammad
Sialvi, Maulana Abdul Mulk, Pir Sahibzada Raza Muhammad, Dr Mumtaz-ul-Hassan
Bharvi, Maulana Muhammad Amir, Mufti Ashiq Hussain, Sahibzada Abdul Mustafa,
Allama Niaz Hussain Naqvi, Pir Nazim Hussain Shah, Maulana Afzal Hussain
Haideri, Maulana Sahibzada Fazal Rahim, Dr Tahir Raza Bokhari, DG Auqaf and
others. Provincial Minister for Religious Affairs Pir Syed Saeed-ul-Hassan Shah
was also present on this occasion.
situation created in the wake of impending coronavirus threat; the government’s
measures and public advisories and other matters were discussed in the meeting.
In the joint communiqué issued after the meeting, the governor said that all
segments of society including Ulema are getting united and In Sha Allah,
together we all will save 220 million Pakistanis from corona pandemic. However,
it is necessary for people to stay home and do not come out, because when they
come out of their houses then it will be difficult for them to prevent
themselves from corona.
are appealing the people time and again to stay home and if they do not adhere
to government advisory, the government will not have any other option but to
take stringent action. We have to save the people from corona, come what may
and ensure all necessary steps in this regard. We are thankful to Ulema for
standing by the government in fighting out dreadful virus.”
the joint communiqué, the Ulema assured that they would fully cooperate with
the government in implementing its advisories regarding safety from corona and
In Sha Allah, together we all will defeat coronavirus. All the Ulema advised
the general public to adopt preventive measures by staying home and performing
prayers regularly at their homes, besides following the advisories/guidelines
given by the government. The entire nation salutes doctors, paramedical staff
and all those fighting on frontline against corona pandemic.
Balochistan, Punjab restrict congregational prayers in mosques
Mar 27 2020
Congregational prayers throughout Pakistan have been limited to a few people
only as the federal and provincial governments ramp up efforts to enforce
social distancing amid the spread of the novel coronavirus that has left eight
dead and more than 1,200 infected.
Friday morning, the Punjab government followed the Sindh and Balochistan
governments in issuing an advisory notifying mosques that prayers were to be
limited to three to five people only, including the mosque administration. The
order also applied to Friday prayers.
should pray at home to avoid catching the epidemic. The Punjab government took
the decision in light of the recommendations of the medical experts in this
regard," the advisory issued by the provincial government proclaimed.
Arif Alvi on Friday said that he would be praying the Zuhr prayer at home
instead of going to a mosque for the Friday congregational prayer following
religious traditions with regards to sickness.
on the previous Jumu'ah I will pray Zohar at home. I follow a very considerate
Prophet (PBUH) who allowed people to pray in their homes to avoid rain or cold
weather or even to avoid a sickness," he said.
on the previous Jumu'ah I will pray Zohar at home. I follow a very considerate
Prophet ﷺ who allowed people to pray in their homes
to avoid rain or cold weather or even to avoid a sickness. My prayer is that
'May Allah forgive us and help us overcome this Corona pandemic'.
Commissioner Islamabad Muhammad Hamza Shafqaat on Friday advised people in the
federal capital to pray at home in order to contain the spread of the
request all those in Islamabad to pray at home. Mosques are requested to limit
prayers to their staff only," he said on Twitter.
after Sindh government’s announcement to restrict congregational prayers,
Balochistan also decided to limit the number of people at mosques for prayers.
notification issued by the home and tribal affairs department on Friday said
the government had limited Friday prayers across the province at mosques with
will remain open but only five people can perform prayers, including the prayer
leader and four others, the notification read.
Sindh government had on Thursday limited congregational prayers in mosques to
five people, across the province from March 27, 2020 till April 5, 2020. The
announcement was made by Sindh information minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah.
"Only three to five persons will be allowed to offer prayers in
mosques," he said.
said that the provincial government had decided to impose a ban on
congregational prayers after consulting ulemas belonging to every Islamic
school of thought. "The decision was taken after consulting doctors and
ulemas," confirmed chief minister Sindh's advisor Murtaza Wahab.
said that mosques will remain open across the province and only five people,
including the staff of the mosque, will be able to pray together. Three to five
persons will be able to offer Friday prayers in congregation inside the mosque,
decisions came a few hours after federal minister for religious affairs Dr
Noor-ul-Haq Qadri announced that the government had decided to 'restrain'
congregational prayers in mosques across the country.
has been decided with consensus that Friday prayers will be restrained,"
said Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Dr Noor-ul-Haq Qadri during a news
conference on Thursday. "Only mosques' administration staff and a limited
number of worshippers will be allowed to pray inside mosques," he added.
clarified that mosques will not be closed but prayers and zikr will continue
inside them. Dr Qadri said that the decision had been taken in consultation
with ulema belonging to various schools of thought.
have been told to tell people to pray inside their homes," he said.
"It is not only the job of the government to control coronavirus but also
of the people." The minister said that various programmes, classes and
examinations across various madressahs in Pakistan had been postponed in light
of the outbreak.
above all: Tanah Abang market closes for 10 days, faces Ramadan losses amid
usually packed Tanah Abang Market in Central Jakarta is closing its door for 10
days from Friday through April 5 in a move that is likely to hit traders, but
has been deemed necessary to curb the further spread of the COVID-19 outbreak
in the Indonesian capital.
market operator PD Pasar Jaya has already closed nearly all blocks in Southeast
Asia’s largest textile market, namely Block A, Block B and Block F. Block G
remains open, but its operation is restricted to grocery vendors, said Pasar
Jaya president director Arief Nasrudin.
are temporarily halting all trading activities as part of the measures to
prevent the spread of COVID-19,” Arief said in a statement on Thursday, adding
that the market operator had informed all traders about the closure policy
prior to implementation.
famous textile market is home around 10,000 tenants that generate daily sales
transactions of up to Rp 100 billion (US$ 6.20 million). It is located in the
strategic and busy Tanah Abang area, where the streets are also filled with
traders and vendors.
market typically sees its busiest time of year ahead of Ramadan, the holy
Islamic fasting month that starts next month, when people from across the
archipelago come to the market to purchase goods in bulk for reselling in their
place of origin.
Abang is the first city-owned market to close amid the COVID-19 outbreak in the
capital city. The last time it closed was in May 2019 during the post-election
riots in Jakarta, which forced traders to close their doors temporarily for
their own safety.
Jakarta administration has not imposed a policy that requires all traditional markets in the city to suspend
administration issued a circular last week that imposed a temporary closure on several
entertainment venues and a temporary closure for all offices – or work from
home (WFH) – to contain the spread of the highly contagious respiratory
dubbed the epicenter of the national outbreak, on Thursday reported 32 new
cases, bringing the cumulative tally to 495 confirmed cases including 48 deaths
and 29 recovered cases.
people practicing physical distancing by staying at home, Tanah Abang traders
have seen "a significant decline in their revenues", said the head of
the Indonesian Market Traders Association, Abdullah Mansuri.
are no customers and no people are coming, so we agreed to the plan to close
until April 5," Mansuri told The Jakarta Post by phone on Thursday.
"We will see how it turns out later."
outbreak was expected to affect the market's textile traders, as the public
health emergency could prevent them from selling during Ramadan, which Mansuri
said was "the yearly [sales] opportunity".
seasonal period] involves many stakeholders, such as laborers, angkot [public
minivans], neighborhood residents and nearby food sellers," he said,
adding that total sales during the Islamic fasting month was projected to reach
above Rp 5 trillion.
preventive measure for traders and customers that could be carrying the virus,
Pasar Jaya has equipped its markets with thermal scanners and hand sanitizers
for both visitors and vendors. The company also regularly disinfects its
facilities, offices and musholla (prayer rooms).
Enny Sri Hartati of the Institute for Development of Economics and Finance's
(Indef), who spoke to the Post by phone on Thursday, said that the market
operator should close all other markets it managed to prevent the further
spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.
many traders and informal workers depended on daily incomes to make ends meet,
the central government should provide a 14-day social insurance scheme to
support them while they could not earn an income, she added.
government could start by helping the most vulnerable, namely those who were
recipients of social assistance programs, like the Jakarta Smart Card education
program for the urban poor, said Enny.
banks to face slower financing growth
LUMPUR ISLAMIC banks in the country could experience slower financing growth
amid lower growth of the economy due to Covid-19 and lower oil prices. The
Association of Islamic Banking and Financial Institutions Malaysia (AIBIM)
president Datuk Adissadikin Ali said the outlook does not look good as
businesses are not performing or even downsizing, so there will be no new job
creation and increment will be freeze or employees might have to receive pay
cuts. He said in the worst-case situation, it will lead to unpaid leave or
layoffs which might contribute to difficulty for people to serve financial
obligations or take out new loans. Adissadikin said banks have announced relief
measures which should alleviate some pressure on the near-term asset quality
and profitability. “While Islamic banks have provided adequate loss-absorption
buffers and have stable credit profiles to withstand the current economic challenges,
the current situation may have a direct impact to the Islamic banks’ asset
quality should it prolong. “Covid-19 outbreak will not just affect the Islamic
finance industry, but Malaysia as a whole. The overall impact of the virus on
the economy will depend on the duration and spread of the outbreak, as well as
policy responses,” he told The Malaysian Reserve.
Agrees to Expedite PPE Shipment to Covid-19-affected Nations
Jakarta - Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani said that G20 members have agreed to
accelerate and increase the supply of personal protective equipment or PPE as
well as other medical devices to countries affected by Covid-19. Sri said the
pandemic has rendered many countries short of PPE for medical workers, as well
as ventilators, medical test kits, and hand sanitizers.
IMF and the World Bank seek support so that companies that are able to procure
it will be prioritized, so that the supply of medical devices throughout the
world can be increased. Indonesia has the capacity to supply, including hand
sanitizers, and others," Sri Mulyani said at a press conference at Bogor
Palace on Thursday night, March 26.
addition, Sri said, G20 members reached an agreement to learn between nations
on what has been done in the fight against Covid-19.
virtual meeting resulted in G20 country leaders' agreement to focus on saving
human lives, as the coronavirus outbreak is not just a health problem but a
now, this is about how the entire world is trying to reduce the risk of
spreading. It will have consequences on many things," she said.
President Joko Widodo or Jokowi invited leaders of the G20 nations to band
together and win two "wars"; the first is against the coronavirus, and
the second against the weakening of the world economy. According to Jokowi, the
G20 must become a driver in global solidarity to face and deal with Covid-19,
and prevent the pandemic from disrupting partnerships that have been built for
cabinet approves plan to impose curfew in Kabul city
to a statement released by the Provincial Government in Nangarhar, Hazrat
Bilal, a resident of Jalalabad city, was tested positive for coronavirus on
statement further added that Bilal returned to Jalalabad city from Saudi Arabia
18 days ago and was tested for the disease three days earlier.
national tested positive for coronavirus after returning from Saudi Arabia
Afghan national was tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) after
returning home from the Saudi Arabia.
Provincial Government in Nangarhar in a statement said Hazrat Bilal, a resident
of Jalalabad city, was tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday night.
is currently being treated in one of the hospitals run by Nangarhar Provincial
Public Health Directorate, the statement said, adding that Bilal’s family
members have been quarantined and are in self-isolation for a period of 14
forces thwart deadly car bomb attack in Paktia province
Afghan forces thwarted a plot to detonate a car bomb in South-eastern Paktia
province, the Afghan military said.
203rd Thunder Corps in a statement said the Afghan National Defense and
Security Forces identified and destroyed a vehicle packed with explosives in
Sayed Karam district.
statement further added that the enemies were looking to detonate the car bomb
in an unknown location, as part of their plan to shed the blood of innocent
comes as the militants attacked a Sikh temple in Kabul city early on Wednesday,
killing at least 25 people and wounding 8 others.
hits Gulf banks’ dealmaking ahead of Ramadan lull
Gulf banks are losing out on a critical quarter for earnings with the
coronavirus outbreak, as deals and lending activity come to a near standstill
ahead of a lull that starts with the fasting month of Ramadan in April and
extends into summer. Several deals – such as the initial public offering (IPO)
of Saudi Arabia’s Amlak International for Real Estate Finance and a sukuk, or
Islamic bond, issuance by Dubai Islamic Bank- have been called off, sources close
to the deals told Reuters. Amlak and DIB did not respond to requests for
comment. “On the origination side, things have slowed down to a standstill.
Nothing new is coming across,” said a Dubai-based banker who declined to be
named. “Banks are reviewing their portfolios and identifying clients that are
going to be impacted. We’re at the identification stage,” the banker said. Data
from Refinitiv for the Gulf Arab region shows the first quarter saw no equity
capital market deals, with debt capital markets down by 36.3%. Mergers and
acquisitions plunged 86.1%. Some bankers see the coming few months as a
write-off, with no meaningful activity until the fourth quarter. “Basically no
one is looking for funding today. All the capital markets issuances that we’ve
worked on, we’ve been like, ‘do you guys need a bridge Do you guys want to put
funding in place’ And all the responses have been no,” a second Gulf banker
said. “Any bond mandate we have, the issuers are saying, ‘fine, markets are not
there, let’s look at next quarter, let’s look at the September-October
window,’” he added. Gulf states have announced stimulus packages to support
their hydrocarbon-dependent economies, which are also being hit by an oil price
collapse, as they take drastic measures to contain the coronavirus spread. Many
have instructed banks to grant grace periods on loan repayments for private
sector firms.— Reuters
finance bodies to assess coronavirus damage on industry
As the coronavirus keeps spreading globally and leaves a swath of economic
disruption on its way, several Islamic finance umbrella organisations have
started assessing the potential damage the virus has on Islamic finance and
banking and the halal industry as a whole. The Islamic Development Bank, a
multilateral development finance institution focusing on supporting the Islamic
finance industry in its 57 member states, in a statement said it was “deeply
concerned about the loss of lives, the socio-economic disruptions and the
strain on countries’ health systems caused by this emerging pandemic.” The bank
expressed solidarity with its member countries and emphasised it stood ready
“to extend all possible support to address the threat caused by the Covid-19
virus” and would lend support to its members “in the short, medium and
long-term.” Iran, hit hardest by the disease in the Middle East, was among the
first to send a request to the Islamic Development Bank – among other
international development organisations – for financial and non-financial
assistance to control, combat and treat the coronavirus and tackle the economic
impact of the pandemic on the country. Iran’s ministry of economy on its
website said it expects “urgent responses” to its requests. In another
statement last week, Kuala Lumpur-based Islamic Financial Services Board, a
globally active body that sets standards and offers guidance for Islamic
banking and finance with 180 members, including regulatory and supervisory
agencies, industry associations and financial institutions, said it was
“closely monitoring the current regional and global situation” and was
implementing measures to ensure the health and safety of all member
representatives and staff. The measures include the postponement of all
physical workshops and meetings and the introduction of virtual formats
instead, the activation of a dedicated information and support telephone
hotline for all members, delegates and the public, as well as “initiatives to
assess and review the financial stability implications of Covid-19 on the
global Islamic financial services industry, particularly on our members’
jurisdictions.” The member banks of the Association of Islamic Banking and
Financial Institutions Malaysia, one of the largest national umbrella groups
for Islamic banks in the industry, encouraged their customers, both individuals
and businesses, to connect with their respective banks “to seek advice
regarding their banking issues that have arisen as a result of the outbreak.”
As a first proactive measure, a number of Malaysian Islamic banks, including
Maybank Islamic, RHB Islamic Bank and Hong Leong Islamic Bank, have begun to
offer relief packages for their clients, namely temporary deferment of loan
repayments, restructuring and rescheduling of financing lines and other options
on a caseby-case basis to help overcome immediate financial constraints faced
by customers owing to the virus outbreak. “We do understand that this sudden
turn of events arising from the virus outbreak have impacted some of our
customers across various industries, and also individually,” Maybank president
and CEO Abdul Farid Alias said in a statement, adding that “as their financial
partner, we would like to do our part and help relieve them from added distress
during this difficult period. In addition to assistance and help from banks, a
number of Islamic insurance operators in Malaysia – alongside conventional
insurers – have pledged to provide hospitalization coverage and treatment to
their policy holders during the coronavirus outbreak even though diseases with
legal quarantine are technically excluded from coverage. According to the
Malaysian Takaful Association, its 15 members, among them large Islamic
insurers such as AIATakaful, Hong Leong Takaful, Sun Life Takaful, Prudential
Takaful, Maybank’s takaful division Etiqa and Zurich Takaful Malaysia, will
waive this exclusion for certificate holders of life, health and family
takaful. “We call for strong global co-ordination and collaboration for
immediate response and medium- to long-term interventions,” IsDB president
Bandar M H Hajjar said, adding that “we will work hand in hand with all
partners for a united action to overcome this pandemic.” The IsDB will also
co-operate with development partners such as Arab Co-ordination Group, an
organisation which comprises bilateral and multilateral Arab development
institutions, the Opec Fund for International Development and theAsia
Infrastructure Investment Bank to mobilise resources to support member
countries, Hajjar noted.
Muslim Media Group Lauds FG, States, Advocates Total Lockdown
Muslim Media Watch Group of Nigeria (MMWG) has expressed satisfaction with the
efforts of the federal and state governments at containing the Coronavirus
pandemic in the country.
called on the authorities not to hesitate to declare a total lockdown and save
the country from an “imminent calamity.”
statement by its national coordinator, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, the MMWG noted
the Federal Government’s effort, including the approval of fund to fight the
disease, and described it as commendable.
commended the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar; the Emir of
Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu Gambari and other traditional and religious leaders
in the country who have taken necessary steps to complement government’s effort
at preventing the spread of the disease.
group, however, called on all religious leaders to continue to prevail on all
their followers to shut all mosques and churches and let people worship in
called on the police and other security agencies to enforce the ban on
religious gatherings, saying any recalcitrant religious leader should be dealt
group added: “MMWG believes that with all practical efforts made so far, we need
to blend it with spiritual devotion. As we remain at home and wherever we are,
we should pray hard to overcome the Coronavirus pandemic and other health
issues soonest, by Allah’s grace.
sensitisation efforts through the media on prevention methods, dangers of
ignoring the advocacy and implications of panic buying and use of Chroloquine
and Quinine are all praiseworthy. However, federal and state governments need
to do more.
is the need for effective and holistic monitoring and supervision of the
utilisation of the money approved to combat the pandemic to avoid diversion to
in the Nigerian society is so endemic that when any devastating events occur,
another opportunity for looting has opened for the corrupt ones in the
government circles. How would that of Coronavirus be different so that we would
be saved from the pandemic and be back to our normal lives?
Federal Government should flood the country with protective gears and sanitiser
so that masses keeping indoors and restricting their own movements in line with
its orders could benefit in their states and the Federal Capital Territory,
Abuja, as most people might not be solvent to procure the items.
is the need for more testing equipment to be urgently procured to speed up the
number of screening exercises to avoid further spread of the disease in
Bridge pub flattened to make way for mosque
Brierfield pub in Blackburn Road, which closed in 2016, had planning permission
approved for its demolition in November 2019, and now the pub has been pulled
next stage of the plans for the site, a mosque, are yet to be submitted
formally as designs for the building and its surroundings are still to be fully
figured out in line with regulations.
Masjid-e-Salaam Trust is in charge of the development in Astley Bridge, having
bought the pub building over four years ago.
the application process for the demolition of the building, over 150 letters of
objection were received by Bolton Council in protest against the pub's
felt that the building had served as a significant landmark in the area, and
that losing the building could be a loss of heritage for area.
application stated concerns such as “cannot afford to lose any more of our
local history” and “the building is too important to lose”.
Patel, secretary of the Masjid-e-Salaam trust, previously told The Bolton News
that plans for the site have been ongoing for over two years, with much time
and consideration going into the site.
said: “We hoped to have the plans submitted by now. Our architects are working
very hard on getting together the most detailed drawings that they can so we
can show in detail what we are planning.”
delay in the next phase has been caused by council concerns over trees at the
site, with the authorities wanting to protect trees and woodland in the area.
Patel described how they are looking to amend some plans, in order to replace
any trees that will be affected by construction.
Islamic State's Biography of a British-Sudanese Medic
Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
Islamic State's days of territorial control and governance in Iraq and Syria
are long past, but that does not mean the group has ceased to use memories of
those days for propaganda purposes. This week's issue of the al-Naba'
newsletter features an example of that with the biography of one 'Abu Hassan
al-Sudani', a British-Sudanese medic who joined the Islamic State in March 2015
along with a group of other British-Sudanese medics. Their case was publicized
in the British media at the time. Abu Hassan al-Sudani was eventually killed in
fighting in northern Iraq in 2017 during the campaign of Iraqi forces to
liberate Mosul and Ninawa province from the Islamic State. This biography
serves to confirm that he was indeed killed during that campaign.
main propaganda purpose of this biography is to emphasize that acquisition of
earthly skills and scientific knowledge should not have to mean turning away
from supporting the religion as the 'Tawagheet' ('idolatrous tyrants') hope
when they offer good employment prospects and lives of material comfort for
graduates of those courses. While the territorial 'Caliphate' may have
vanished, the biography concludes with stressing that Islamic State fighters
still need skilled doctors to assist them in their fighting efforts, and so Abu
Hassan al-Sudani's life should serve as an example for why medics should
support the cause of supporting the religion.
summarize, the biography stresses that Abu Hassan al-Sudani had a comfortable
upbringing (implicitly countering the idea that only misfits and the poor
joined Islamic State for reasons of self-interest) and was by no means of a
very religious background. The biography says that he had no particular inclination
to support the religion until he returned to Britain after medical studies in
Sudan and liaised with a group of youth (i.e. the other British-Sudanese medics
who went to Syria) supporting the Islamic State cause. The reason for that
group of youth's desire to 'migrate' and support the religion- the biography
stresses- was that they themselves had seen the establishment of the religion
in the Islamic State's project.
course, there is considerable truth to this: a significant motivating factor
for the wave of foreigner mobilization to go to Syria was the announcement of
the Caliphate in July 2014 and the idea of living in a utopia implementing
Islamic law- something the biography notes. Further, the biography highlights
peer-to-peer interaction with the supporting youth as an important turning
point in Abu Hassan al-Sudani's life and his turn to the desire to 'migrate',
despite the fact that previously he had not been well acquainted with the
religion and the concept of 'migration'. In my view this corroborates an
important point by Amarnath Amarasingam, who has pointed out that fanatical
zeal for a cause needs to be distinguished from knowledge of that cause. Just
as far-right extremists may profess fanatical devotion to their nations while
not knowing much about the histories of their countries, so many Islamic State
supporters can have the motivation of religious zeal while not knowing much of
the finer points of religious doctrines like nullifiers of Islam and rules of
jurisprudence on ritual cleanliness: the lack of knowledge does not negate the
zeal for the cause.
note that the consumption of Islamic State propaganda releases is mentioned in
the biography but seems to be a secondary element to the face-to-face peer
interaction, as it was one of Abu Hassan al-Sudani's peers who gave him the
material in the first place.
biography confirms accounts that Abu Hassan al-Sudani worked at first in the
health department in Raqqa, but interestingly notes that he then went with his
companion Abu Omar al-Sudani (Ahmad Sami Khidr) to the frontiers in the
Damascus countryside region, providing medical aid to the fighters there (NB:
the exact locations are not specified, but see this article by Aaron Zelin and
Oula al-Rifa'i from 2015 on Islamic State in south Syria for some context). He
was then mobilized along with Abu Omar al-Sudani and others to head from Raqqa
to Iraq in order to try to break the siege of Mosul, but he was then killed in
the fighting there. Incidentally, the account differs slightly from the media
reports from the time. According to the biography, it was Abu Omar who was
killed in an assault on an enemy barracks, while Abu Hassan was killed as a
convoy he was travelling in back to positions was hit by enemy helicopter
of the Earth are keen to distance those of 'material sciences' away from the
religion, and to inculcate their minds with kufr [disbelief] ideas and doubts
during the different stages of their study, and make imitation of the
disbelievers of the West in all matters of their life as an objection for them,
and that living among their backs and serving them should be a dream for them
to strive to achieve. In addition they promote the notion that preoccupation
away from supporting their religion, and indeed hostility to Islam and its
people should be a necessary quality for them, and in this deviant thought they
become the best help for the Tawagheet in controlling the land of the Muslims,
and the most evil example they call the youth to follow, as an example of
success in life, even if they are among the biggest losers in the Hereafter.
God Almighty insists that His light should be fulfilled, so He guides towards
it by His grace youth through whom He supports His religion, and makes their
zeal to put to use what they have learnt to wage war against kufr and its
people, and He makes them proof upon those like them who bear knowledges and
skills that are urgently needed in all affairs of the Muslims, and especially
the mujahideen among the who pray to their Lord to strengthen them through
their brothers and give them victory though them against the disbelieving
Hassan al-Sudani- may God accept him- is from the land of the two Niles, Sudan,
a surgeon, who preferred to wrap bandages around the wounds of his oppressed
Ummah and to serve his mujahideen brothers in the path of God Almighty to meet
the reward from the Exalted rather than the comfortable position and the
societal status in the land of disbelief. Then he finished his life with martyrdom
in the path of God Almighty, after he forsook university qualifications and
scientific titles. We reckon him as such and we do not vouch for anyone over
Hassan was raised in the land of the Crusaders in Britain. Then he moved with
his parents to Bilad al-Haramain [Saudi Arabia], before travelling to Sudan to
complete medical studies there. And he was known for his excelling in his
university studies as he was the first in his cohort during the time of his
was not known for any inclination to support the religion during his upbringing
and the time of his studies, but rather he was like other youth who spent the
time of his studies and awaited the employment and salary that he expected at
the end of the path. Also he was from a wealthy family, which opened for him
all the gates of this world in a country that has suffered- and still suffers-
from poverty and calamities- something not hidden to anyone.
God Almighty willed for him guidance to the truth, as we reckon, and to be
employed in supporting the religion, in a placed as far removed from that as
can be: in the land of kufr Britain, to which he returned after completing his
studies in Sudan. For God Almighty facilitated for him the companionship of
good from the youth of Islam supporting the mujahideen, who burn with zeal to
support the religion, even if many of them procrastinate and delay in that,
until God should make for them a cause to remove from their burden all the
excuses and remove from their mind all the justifications, and to proceed
hurriedly to their Lord that He may be pleased. For they find it has come by
decree and appointment from God the Exalted and that what just deeds have gone
past them, they can recompense for that by the permission of God with more
effort and expending for this religion, such that the certainty comes to them
and they are upon that.
among the reasons for the guidance of many of the Muslims in the world has been
the fact that the mujahideen of the Islamic State established the religion in
the land, and their implementation of the law of their Lord, and their
announcement that what is under their hands is an abode of Islam, and that
their league is the group of the Muslims arising on a book that guides and a
sword that gives victory and an imam that governs them in what pleases God, and
their call for the Muslims in every place to migrate to them, and to wage jihad
with them. So the people looked and behold the Islamic State had returned to
life again, such that in their souls kindled the fire to strive to support it,
and to seek migration to it to live under the rule of God in it, and seek death
under its banner.
of what distinguishes the story of Abu Hassan is the speed of his embrace of
the truth in a time in which those who embrace the truth have been few in
number. And his guidance was after he graduated from the college of medicine
and his return to Britain (whose nationality he held), awaiting his almost
guaranteed position, and at the time some of his colleagues were secretly planning
to migrate to the land of the Caliphate, and Abu Hassan noticed the frequency
of their meetings and asked them about the reason for their repeated meetings
at late hours, so one of them sensed the good in him, and informed him they
wanted to migrate.
he asked: "What is migration?" He clarified to him that it is a duty
on every Muslim who cannot show his religion in his land, to leave the abode of
kufr for the abode of Islam, as was the case of the Companions (may God be
pleased with them) in the beginning, and a discussion occurred between the two
of them in which Abu Hassan asked questions and the other answered him. It
concluded with him being giving some of the releases of the Islamic State, then
the two separated.
on the following day immediately, his brothers were surprised at Abu Hassan's
coming to them announcing to them the decision to migrate with them! And the
brothers greatly rejoiced at the companionship of Abu Hassan, and God
facilitated for them the migration after expending effort planning in secrecy
and arriving in the Islamic State.
the sound fitra and the humbling of the self to the truth are two signs of the
guidance of success from God to man. For he- may God have mercy on him- did not
cite excuses as pretexts and he was not deceived by the multitude of the
contraveners and the 'ulama [scholars] of the Tawagheet, and he did not turn in
haughtiness from the truth through his qualification and position in society.
Thus we reckon him.
arrogance is among the obstacles to guidance! And a reason for the lack of
truth reaching the heart. The Almighty has said: "I will turn away from My
signs those who are haughty in the land without right. Even if they see every
sign they will not believe in them. Even if they see the path of guidance, they
will not take it up as a path. And if they see the path of transgression they
will take it up as a path: that is because they have declared Our signs to be
false and they were heedless of them"- (al-'Araf 146).
soon as he arrived in the Islamic State, his parents and relatives opposed him,
and the brothers feared for him that he would change and recant, as he was
newly established on the path of jihad, but they were surprised about his
steadfastness. For the reprimand of a blamer did not seize him in the cause of
God and he was yearning to deepen understanding in the religion, and those who
were with him testified that he was fasting and rising.
he was entrusted with working in the hospitals in al-Sham, so he worked for a
time in the hospital of al-Raqqa treating the sick and wounded of the
mujahdieen and the victims of air-bombing raids from the citizens. So he
attained the affection of the people and their prayers of good for him, because
of his good manners and surgery expertise he quickly acquired from his
colleagues. Also he had a hand of good in training and teaching through various
medical courses in the medical institute for the mujahideen.
this he moved to the Damascus countryside, and he was the best helper for the
companion of his path Dr. Abu Omar al-Sudani (Ahmad Sami Khidr)- may God accept
him- who was an amir for medical matters in the Damascus frontiers. And the two
men- may God accept them- insisted on seeking direct participation in the
expeditions and battles, but their amirs reminded them of the hadith of the
Messenger (prayers and peace be upon him): "Blessed is a servant who takes
up care for the reins of his horse in the path of God: his hair unkempt and
feet dusty. If he is in the vanguard, he is in vanguard, and if he is in
rearguard, he is in the rearguard" (narrated by al-Bukhari). And they
reminded them that their role behind their brothers in the frontiers is no less
important than the role of the mujahideen in the first rank, for the importance
of what they offer to the mujahideen in the frontier of medical aid in the
battles and the expeditions is not hidden to anyone. So the two continued in
their effort and jihad on this frontier until their expected appointment with
parties of kufr surrounded the city of Mosul, a little before the kindling of
the epic battles in it, and the soldiers of the Caliphate were mobilized to
break the siege of it, so Abu Hassan and Abu Omar were enlisted with the
assault battalions heading from Raqqa to the al-Ba'aj area located south of
Telafar, to head from it to fight the mobilizations of the Rafidites who
besieged Mosul. And there the two did well in the fight with their brothers, as
they participated in assaulting the screen against the idolatrous Rafidites,
and after the mujahideen assaulted one of their barracks, Abu Omar- may God
accept him- was killed by a grenade thrown towards him by one of the apostates
hidden inside the barracks, and as the mujahideen returned to their positions a
helicopter of the enemy got in their way, so the mujahideen clashed with it
such that during that the doctor Abu Hassan was killed and he joined his
companion Abu Omar (may God Almighty accept them both) among the martyrs.
the mujahideen on all the fronts are still in most urgent need of the brothers
of Abu al-Hassan al-Sudani (may God accept him) from the skilled doctors who
heal the wounded of the mujahideen, and aid them in their jihad. So they will
have in every Muslim life they save the great good, and in every scene they
bear witness to with the mujahideen they will have a share in the reward of
their fighting the idolaters, and only those who have endured will meet it. And
only the one of great fortune will meet it. And praise be to God the Lord of
Muslim Children’s Book to Read During Quarantine
with COVID-19 school closings across the country, millions of American parents
seek ways to care for their children at home and make sure they take measures
to avoid academic decline during self-quarantine. Muslim authors write
children’s books that provide entertaining diverse stories and give young
people chances to read and learn about our multifaceted culture.
Your Children To Enjoy The Rich And Beautiful Culture Of African American
Muslims. Bashirah And The Amazing Bean Pie Shares A Fantastic Story Of A
Multi-Generational African American Muslim Family. A Ramadan and Eid Story A
Heart Warming Tale Filled With Faith, Food And Family. Join Bashirah As She
Celebrates The Eid Holiday! Celebrating Diversity
her new backpack and light-up shoes, Faizah knows the first day of school is
going to be special. It’s the start of a brand new year and, best of all, it’s
her older sister Asiya’s first day of hijab–a hijab of beautiful blue fabric,
like the ocean waving to the sky. But not everyone sees hijab as beautiful, and
in the face of hurtful, confusing words, Faizah will find new ways to be
with Hatem Aly’s beautiful, whimsical art, Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad
and Morris Award finalist S.K. Ali brings readers an uplifting, universal story
of new experiences, the unbreakable bond between siblings, and of being proud
of who you are.
Muslim and Latino poet Mark Gonzales comes a touching and lyrical picture book
about a parent who encourages their child to find joy and pride in all aspects
of their multicultural identity.
as a letter from a father to his daughter, Yo Soy Muslim is a celebration of
social harmony and multicultural identities. The vivid and elegant verse,
accompanied by magical and vibrant illustrations, highlights the diversity of
the Muslim community as well as Indigenous identity. A literary journey of
discovery and wonder, Yo Soy Muslim is sure to inspire adults and children
children to know Body Safety Rules, and to speak up if someone makes them feel
unsafe can be a challenging, and uncomfortable task for parents, caregivers,
counselors and educators. Written from a child’s voice and perspective, My
Voice Is My Super Power will help make the job a lot easier. Buddy is a young
boy who teaches body safety and helps his cousin cope with a real-life experience
after she disclosed her abuse at their sleepover. With kid-friendly
illustrations, and language, children can read this book alone, or with an
adult, to know the concept that their bodies are their own, their voice is
their “Super Power”, and they have the ability to use it to speak up if they
4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will experience some form of sexual abuse before the
age of 18. All adults want to keep their children safe from abuse. Prevention
is possible through education. This book can be used as an empowering teaching
tool to keep our children safe, help prevent, and assist with ending Childhood
Muslims book 8: The Red Shoes is a great addition to your Muslim children’s
book collection. In this book, a girl named Huda wants to buy some new red
shoes, but her mom refuses. Allah has already given Huda a lot of shoes. But
Huda desperately wants some more! How will Huda’s mom show her the importance
of being grateful for what we already have?
Are Beautiful introduces the characters Zaynab and Zakiyyah, two sisters, who
experience their first encounter with racial prejudice and who are saddened by
what they hear. Throughout the course of the story, they overcome intolerance
and realize the beauty of ethnic diversity and true friendship. This book
highlights the importance of countering ignorance with knowledge and kindness.
in the village knows not to come near the cranky, old monkey Rico or his
precious bananas. However, after some unwanted encounters, Rico learns a
life-changing lesson. Find out how in this heart-warming tale of friendship,
kindness and the power of prayer.
is a caterpillar who is struggling to understand life’s changes. With a friend
by her side and discovering a beautiful surprise at the end of her cycle, she
happily accepts the biggest change. A lovely book any child can relate too. It
will definitely leave little ones wanting to read it repeatedly.
has got some big dreams. He dreams of helping his family, his friends, and his
community. But is it really possible for a kid like Yaseen to do all of those
things? Of course, it is! Read Yaseen’s Big Dream to follow him on an adventure
unlike any other.
nine-year-old Jennah on her very first adventure where she discovers the world
of Hijab. Also, learn some interesting facts from Jennah about why girls and
women wear hijab. This book is perfect for Grades K-3 as a way to introduce
information from other cultures to create a diverse and inclusive environment.
Ibrahim and friends win a Quran competition, where the prize sees them scoring
tickets to watch an exciting football game after their class is paid a visit by
Hakeem Mohammed, a star football player from the California Spartans.
Mohammed and the California Spartans are in New York City for one of the most
anticipated football games of the season. Ibrahim and friends unite with Hakeem
in the locker room to meet the team before the big game. Though their meetings
with Hakeem were brief, he instilled a life long impression before going on to
star in one of the most memorable games in football.
story unfolds in No Ordinary Day, the first book from ‘Childhood Champions’, a
new series of stories about a group of Muslim children in New York City and their
this moving picture book, author Hena Khan shares her wishes for her children:
“Inshallah you find wonder in birds as they fly. Inshallah, you are loved, like
the moon loves the sky.” With vibrant illustrations and prose inspired by the
Quran, this charming picture book is a heartfelt and universal celebration of a
parent’s unconditional love.
Islamic Trade Finance Corporation Ranks 2nd Globally
Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) Ranks 2nd Globally and as Well in
Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) as Islamic Finance Bookrunner and
Mandated Lead Arranger – Bloomberg Syndicated Loans League Tables 2019
International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) (www.ITFC-IDB.org),
member of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group, ranked 2nd Globally and as
well in Europe, Middle East and Africa’s (EMEA) Islamic Finance listings of the
Bloomberg Syndicated Loans League Tables 2019 for the largest Bookrunner and
Mandated Lead Arranger.
League Tables, showed that the ITFC provided financing worth in excess of US$2
billion as Bookrunner and Mandated Lead Arranger in 2019, cementing its
position as a solid and reputable Partner with which other banks and financial
institutions strive to work.
to our partners, ITFC was able to make widespread progress in developing
strategically important relationships with OIC member countries
ITFC’s ranking in the 2019 Bloomberg Global Syndicated Loans League Tables
represent a major milestone in our journey towards boosting inclusive
socio-economic growth across OIC member countries. Thanks to our partners, ITFC
was able to make widespread progress in developing strategically important
relationships with OIC member countries and in facilitating financing for
incredibly important industry sectors.” said Eng. Hani Salem Sonbol, CEO, ITFC.
ITFC’s share of the Global Bookrunner Islamic Finance was more than 9% per cent
on a volume of US$2.04 billion, whilst its share of the Global MLA Islamic
Finance market exceeded 6.9%. This places ITFC in the league of major
international and regional financial institutions of the World.
worth mentioning that ITFC since inception had provided more than US$51 billion
of trade financing to OIC Member Countries. In 2019, ITFC completed important
syndicated deals for several member countries, especially for Egypt, Pakistan,
Bangladesh, Turkey, Tunisia, Djibouti and Gambia to support key sectors
including, energy, industrials, healthcare, agriculture and others. ITFC plans
to continue and expand the development in its member countries with the help of
its dependable investors base.
International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) (www.ITFC-IDB.org) is a
member of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group. It was established with
the primary objective of advancing trade among OIC Member Countries, which
would ultimately contribute to the overarching goal of improving socioeconomic
conditions of the people across the world. Commencing operations in January
2008, ITFC has since consolidated all trade finance businesses that used to be
handled by various windows within the IsDB Group. Earning the A1 rating by
Moody’s is a reflection of the Corporation’s creditworthiness and financial
strength to responding swiftly to customer needs in a market-driven business
2008, ITFC has provided more than US$51 billion to OIC Member Countries, making
it the leading provider of trade solutions for the Member Countries’ needs.
With a mission to become a catalyst for trade development for OIC Member
Countries and beyond, the Corporation helps entities in Member Countries gain
better access to trade finance and provides them with the necessary
trade-related capacity building tools, which would enable them to successfully
compete in the global market.
234-Year-Old Shock at Jihad
Mar 27, 2020
234 years ago this week, two of America’s founding fathers documented their
first exposure to Islamic jihad in a letter to Congress; like many Americans
today, they too were shocked at what they learned.
in 1785, Muslim pirates from North Africa, or “Barbary,” had captured two
American ships, the Maria and Dauphin, and enslaved their crews. In an effort
to ransom the enslaved Americans and establish peaceful relations, Thomas
Jefferson and John Adams—then ambassadors to France and Britain
respectively—met with Tripoli’s ambassador to Britain, Abdul Rahman Adja. Following this diplomatic exchange, the
Americans laid out the source of Barbary’s hitherto inexplicable animosity in a
letter to Congress, dated March 28, 1786:
took the liberty to make some inquiries concerning the grounds of their
[Barbary’s] pretentions to make war upon nations who had done them no injury,
and observed that we considered all mankind as our friends who had done us no
wrong, nor had given us any provocation. The ambassador answered us that it was
founded on the laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that
all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that
it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found,
and to make slaves of all they could take as prisoners, and that every
Musselman who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise.
had continued by smugly noting that Islam’s “law” offers “as an incentive” more
slaves to those who are first to board infidel vessels, and that the power and
appearance of the seaborne jihadis—who reportedly always carried three knives,
one in each hand and another in their mouths—“so terrified their enemies that
very few ever stood against them.”
can only imagine what the American ambassadors—who years earlier had asserted
that all men were “endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable
rights”—thought of their Muslim counterpart’s answer. Suffice to say, because the ransom demanded
was over fifteen times greater than what Congress had approved, little came of
before setting their sights on American vessels, the Barbary States of Muslim
North Africa—specifically Tripoli, Algiers, Tunis—had been thriving on the
slave trade of Christians abducted from virtually every corner of coastal
Europe—going as far as Britain, Ireland, Denmark, and Iceland. These raids were so successful that, “between
1530 and 1780 there were almost certainly a million and quite possibly as many
as a million and a quarter white, European Christians enslaved by the Muslims
of the Barbary Coast,” to quote American historian, Robert Davis.
treatment of these European slaves was exacerbated by the fact that they were
Christian “infidels.” As Robert Playfair
(b.1828), who served for years as a consul in Barbary, explained, “In almost
every case they [European slaves] were hated on account of their
religion.” Three centuries earlier, John
Foxe (b.1516) had written in his Book of Martyrs that, “In no part of the globe
are Christians so hated, or treated with such severity, as at Algiers.”
punishments these European slaves received for real or imagined offenses
beggared description: “If they speak against Mahomet [blasphemy], they must
become Mahometans, or be impaled alive. If they profess Christianity again,
after having changed to the Mahometan persuasion, they are roasted alive [as
apostates], or thrown from the city walls, and caught upon large sharp hooks,
on which they hang till they expire.”
such, when Captain O’Brien of the Dauphin wrote to Jefferson saying that “our
sufferings are beyond our expression or your conception,” he was clearly not
Barbary’s ability to abduct coastal Europeans had waned in the mid-eighteenth
century, its energy was spent on raiding infidel merchant vessels. Instead of
responding by collectively confronting and neutralizing Barbary, European
powers, always busy quarrelling among themselves, opted to buy peace through
tribute (or, according to Muslim rational, jizya).
meat appeared on the horizon once the newly-born United States broke free of
Great Britain (and was therefore no longer protected by the latter’s jizya
in Congress, some agreed with Jefferson that “it will be more easy to raise
ships and men to fight these pirates into reason, than money to bribe
them”—including General George Washington: “In such an enlightened, in such a
liberal age, how is it possible that the great maritime powers of Europe should
submit to pay an annual tribute to the little piratical States of Barbary?” he
wrote to a friend. “Would to Heaven we had a navy able to reform those enemies
to mankind, or crush them into nonexistence.”
the majority of Congress agreed with John Adams: “We ought not to fight them at
all unless we determine to fight them forever.” Considering the perpetual,
existential nature of Islamic hostility, Adams may have been more right than he
settled on emulating the Europeans and paying off the terrorists, though it
would take years to raise the demanded ransom.
Muslim pirates from Algiers captured eleven more American merchant vessels in
1794, the Naval Act was passed and a permanent U.S. naval force established.
But because the first war vessels would not be ready until 1800, American jizya
payments—which took up 16 percent of the federal budget—began to be made to
Algeria in 1795. In return, over 100 American sailors were released—how many
died or disappeared is unclear—and the Islamic sea raids formally ceased.
American payments and “gifts” over the following years caused the increasingly
emboldened Muslim pirates to respond with increasingly capricious demands.
of the more ignoble instances occurred in 1800, when Captain William Bainbridge
of the George Washington sailed to the pirate-leader of Algiers, with what the
latter deemed insufficient tribute. Referring to the Americans as “my slaves,”
Dey Mustapha ordered them to transport hundreds of black slaves to Istanbul
(Constantinople). Adding insult to
insult, he commanded the American crew to take down the U.S. flag and hoist the
Islamic flag—one not unlike ISIS’ notorious black flag—in its place. And, no matter how rough the seas might be
during the long voyage, Bainbridge was required to make sure the George
Washington faced Mecca five times a day to accommodate the prayers of Muslims
Bainbridge condescended to becoming Barbary’s delivery boy seems only to have
further whetted the premodern terrorists’ appetite. In 1801, Tripoli demanded an instant payment
of $225,000, followed by annual payments of $25,000—respectively equivalent to
$3.5 million and $425,000 today.
Concluding that “nothing will stop the eternal increase of demand from
these pirates but the presence of an armed force,” Jefferson, now America’s
third president, refused the ultimatum. (He may have recalled Captain O’Brien’s
observation concerning his Barbary masters: “Money is their God and Mahomet
jizya from the infidels, Tripoli proclaimed jihad on the United States on May
10, 1801. But by now, America had six war vessels, which Jefferson deployed to
the Barbary Coast. For the next five
years, the U.S. Navy warred with the Muslim pirates, making little headway and
suffering some setbacks—the most humiliating being when the Philadelphia and
its crew were captured in 1803.
measures were needed: enter William Eaton. As U.S. consul to Tunis (1797–1803),
he had lived among and understood the region’s Muslims well. He knew that “the
more you give the more the Turks will ask for,” and despised that old sense of
Islamic superiority: “It grates me mortally,” he wrote, “when I see a lazy Turk
[generic for Muslim] reclining at his ease upon an embroidered sofa, with one
Christian slave to hold his pipe, another to hold his coffee, and a third to
fan away the flies.” Seeing that the newborn American navy was making little
headway against the seasoned pirates, he devised a daring plan: to sponsor the
claim of Mustafa’s brother, exiled in Alexandria; and then to march the
latter’s supporters and mercenaries through five hundred miles of desert, from
Alexandria onto Tripoli.
trek was arduous—not least because of the Muslim mercenaries themselves. Eaton
had repeatedly tried to win them over: “I touched upon the affinity of
principle between the Islam and Americans [sic] religion.” But despite such familiar ecumenical overtures,
“We find it almost impossible to inspire these wild bigots with confidence in
us,” he lamented in his diary, “or to persuade them that, being Christians, we
can be otherwise than enemies to Mussulmen. We have a difficult undertaking!”
(For all his experience with Muslims, Eaton was apparently unaware of the finer
points of their (Sharia) law, namely, al-wala’ wa’l bara’, or “loyalty and
eventually managed to reach and conquer Tripoli’s coastal town of Derne on
April 27, 1805. Less than two months
later, on June 10, a peace treaty was signed between the U.S. and Tripoli,
formally ending hostilities.
and despite the (rather ignorant) question that became popular after 9/11, “Why
do they hate us?”—a question that was clearly answered to Jefferson and Adams
234 years ago this week—the United States’ first war and victory as a nation
was against Muslims; and the latter had initiated hostilities on the same
rationale Muslims had used to initiate hostilities against non-Muslims for the
preceding 1,200 years.
to propose UN’s counter-terror strategy also target anti-Muslim groups in South
NATIONS, Mar 27 (APP):Ahead of the biennial review of the UN’s Global Counter
Terrorism Strategy (GCTS), Pakistan is set to introduce a series of proposals
to upgrade the document so that it also focuses on the new and emerging
terrorism threats from far-right terrorist and anti-Muslim supremacist groups
in South Asia and Europe, according to informed sources.
strategy, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2006, calls for international
cooperation to combat all forms of the terrorism, but its counter terrorism
normative has remained limited to addressing the threats posed by Al-Qaeda,
Da’esh and their affiliates.
the Pakistani move, which obviously targets Hindutva ideology, seeks the
condemnation of “all terrorist groups without distinction”.
new proposals for the strategy’s review were negotiated in New York amongst the
Organization of Islamic Cooperation members States that led to the adoption of
an OIC paper.
here called the proposals ‘significant and forward-looking’, saying Pakistan
has OIC’s solid support to build on its initiatives.
by Pakistan, the OIC paper also stressed the need for member states to take
necessary measures, including enacting civil and administrative laws as well as
criminal laws, to combat direct and indirect forms of religious and racial
discrimination, incitement to violence, couched in xenophobia and anti-Muslim
also calls for expansion of Security Council terrorism Sanctions list to
include anti-Muslim supremacist groups including Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).
this regard, the OIC called on the member states that while the current UN
Security Council Counter Terrorism Sanctions regimes should be reviewed and
overhauled to ensure that targeted sanctions against individuals and entities
should meet the objectives of the sanctions regimes and are used effectively in
line with human rights standards and due process of law, it also upholds the
central role of the concerned member state whose individuals/entities are being
designated and the state which affected by the listed individuals/entities.
regards Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the OIC adopted a number of
proposals, calling on member states that the GCTS review resolution should
strongly oppose any attempt to equate the legitimate struggle of peoples under
colonial or alien domination and foreign occupation for self-determination
guaranteed through UN resolutions with terrorism.
the current oppressive measures enacted by India in Kashmir, the OIC paper
reminds member states that laws and measures in counter terrorism domain
including mass incarcerations, communication blackouts, curfews to suppress
freedom of speech and expression, especially if directed against a specific (or
vulnerable) group, may adversely affect global efforts to combat terrorism.
mosque shootings: Life in prison looms for NZ's first convicted terrorist
than a fortnight after the first anniversary of the Christchurch mosque
shootings, and on the first day of New Zealand's four-week Covid-19 lockdown,
the Australian man responsible for the attacks has surprised the nation by
pleading guilty to all charges.
well as being guilty of 51 counts of murder and 40 counts of attempted murder,
he becomes the first person convicted of terrorism in New Zealand.
until now, the accused man had pleaded not guilty to all charges and was due to
stand trial from June 2. But the guilty plea means a trial is no longer
necessary and the process now moves to the sentencing phase.
Minister Jacinda Ardern she "let out a massive sigh of relief" when
she heard the news of his guilty pleas, and that she expected many New
Zealanders would also feel a certain sense of relief that the whole nation, but
particularly our Muslim community, are being spared from a trial that could've
otherwise have acted as a platform.
families of victims and the wider New Zealand public look likely to face a long
wait before the Australian terrorist is sentenced, as the court processes have
been disrupted by the pandemic response. The judge has indicated that
sentencing will only take place when all victims who want to attend can be present.
note released by the judge, Justice Mander, records that the defendant
intimated earlier this week that he wished to plead guilty to all charges and
then confirmed that in writing.
courts continue operating for urgent matters during the lockdown and the High
Court at Christchurch used audio-visual links for the defendant and his lawyers
at the change of plea hearing. Only a small number of media representatives and
senior members of the Christchurch Muslim community were present.
from any difficulties for probation officers preparing their advice to the
judge, sentencing hearings also provide an opportunity for victims and families
of victims to present victim impact statements.
are usually presented orally in cases of serious crime. Managing this process
would have been difficult in normal circumstances and is now even more complex
during a pandemic lockdown, but the judge has made clear he hopes this can
after the news of the guilty pleas, Police Commissioner Mike Bush said some
police staff who were working on the prosecution of the mosque attacker would
now be freed up to help with New Zealand's COVID-19 response.
Nadu: Preachers from Indonesia, Thailand And Kyrgyzstan Caught in The Viral
Tamil Nadu went into shutdown mode in wake of the Covid-19 panic, some 50
Islamic preachers from Indonesia, Thailand and Kyrgyzstan went behind closed
doors in the state’s hinterland, worried and apprehensive. They had arrived in
Tamil Nadu a month ago from New Delhi, fanning out to Kancheepuram, Chengalpet
and Adirampattinam in Thanjavur district, staying in the local mosques,
visiting Muslim families in their homes and preaching Islam.
has become a source of fresh concern for the Tamil Nadu government and district
authorities battling to contain the virus. Fortunately, the group of pilgrims
have not shown any Covid-19 symptoms yet. District collectors have kept it
under wraps, and rightfully so, fearful about setting off the panic button
among people. All of them have been quarantined and their hands now bear the
red ‘home quarantined’ seal.
collector M Govinda Rao confirmed that 32 Muslim pilgrims, including 12 from
Indonesia and 10 each from Bengaluru and West Bengal, had been quarantined and
were being monitored.
group of around 10 Malaysian pilgrims, besides their two guides, stayed in the
Mamood Masjid in Mannady in Chennai for about a month and left the city by
March 20 before the TN lockdown, said Thajuddin, an assistant at the mosque.
Muslim pilgrims from the Tablighi Jamaat, a religious outreach society, had
arrived a month ago. Following a strict regime inside the mosques where they
stayed, they carried spread the word of faith and communal harmony. While some
took lessons on the Islamic tenets from the local maulvis, most undertook a
pilgrimage to preach Muslim families in the mosques’ vicinity.
groups stayed in mosques in Chengalpet, Kancheepuram and Adirampattinam until
the Covid-19 panic began,” Thamin Ansari, who works at the world headquarters
of the Tablighi Jamaat in Nizamudin in New Delhi told TOI. A few days ago,
after more Muslim pilgrims tested positive for the dreaded Covid-19 in Madurai
and Perundurai, the mosques alerted the district administration. “We have
quarantined a group of 16 in the upper floors of the mosque in Kancheepuram as
soon as we got an alert,” collector P Ponniah said.
pilgrims housed in the Kancheepuram mosque included 10 from Indonesia and four
from Malaysia besides two guides. “The mosque head told us that they had
arrived in New Delhi in Januaryend and reached Kancheepuram on March 5,” said
Ponniah. “They have shown no symptoms of the virus,” he said. The office of
Chengalpet collector John Louis confirmed that some Muslim pilgrims had been
kept under quarantine but declined to divulge further information.
pilgrims come every year, visiting mosques across Tamil Nadu. They also head
out to Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, as they are closer to Delhi,
besides Karnataka,” said Hafiz Mohammed Noorulah, imam of the Thiru-Vi-Ka Nagar
masjid near Perambur which follows the Tablighi Jamaat faith.
Tamil Nadu went into a tizzy when Madurai resident and secretary of a mosque in
Anna Nagar, an elite quarter of the city, tested positive for Covid-19. More so
because the 54-year-old man had no travel history and had not stepped out of
his locality for the past several months. The man died on March 25 and alarm
bells began ringing as this meant the start of community infections, which, if
not checked, could turn calamitous. After local authorities made inquiries, it
was found the virus could have been transmitted by the Tablighi Jamaat
preachers and pilgrims from Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, who arrived in
groups of eight to 12 via Delhi and lived in mosques around the country.
case that raised concerns was of a pilgrim from Thailand who indicated Covid-19
like symptoms when screened at the Coimbatore airport just before boarding his
flight back to his country. He had toured mosques in Perundurai in Erode
district from March 11 to 16 with a group of seven, The man tested negative but
died later due to other health complications, said officials.
the remaining six were screened, two tested positive. But it’s not just the
group members who were isolated and quarantined, 295 families comprising 1,118
members also had to be quarantined as the pilgrims visited mosques on nine
streets in Perundurai town where they lived.
international flights being grounded from March 22, the influx of people have
been arrested. Local authorities hope they have been able to identify the
potential cases from the countries of Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, which
were among the early targets of Covid-19, and will contain the spread of the
panel appeals to Muslims to obey curfew norms
Minorities Commission chairman Zafarul-Islam Khan on Thursday appealed to
Muslims in the city to strictly obey curfew restrictions and adhere to social
appeal came as a reaction to an information that Muslims in some areas like Old
Delhi, Zakir Nagar, Seelampur and Jafarabad were lax about social distancing
and the restrictions imposed by the government to control and contain the virus
Khan asked Muslims in these neighbourhoods to strictly obey the curfew
restrictions, adhere to social distancing norms and approach hospitals if
symptoms were noticed and follow quarantine rules.
and mosque committees must strictly adhere to the current restrictions and
restrict congregational prayers to a maximum of four persons including, the
imam and muezzin while others must pray at home. Preservation of human life is
a primary duty of all. People must not pay attention to fake videos offering
doubtful advice and cures,” Mr. Khan said.
added that authorities, especially police, must deal firmly with violators,
while allowing people to procure essential supplies or to go to chemists and
in particular, must be taken against imams and mosque committees members who
are adamant to flout the current restrictions,” Mr. Khan said.
in J&K: Mosques, shrines closed to avoid large gatherings
restrictions on the movement and assembly of people to contain the spread of
the coronavirus continued in Kashmir for the ninth day on Friday as most
mosques and shrines were shut to avoid large gatherings for congregational
prayers, officials said. The curbs were tightened across the valley in the wake
of detection of more COVID-19 cases, they added. Many roads have been sealed
off in the valley and barriers erected by the security forces to check the
movement of people.
vehicles fitted with public address systems went around the residential areas
of the city and elsewhere in the valley till late on Thursday as well as in the
morning hours of Friday to announce that restrictions under section 144 of the
Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) were imposed.
police were also using drones in some parts of the city to announce the
restrictions on the movement of people, the officials said. Most of the mosques
and shrines across the valley, including those in the summer capital here, were
closed on the appeal of the administration to avoid large gatherings for
congregational prayers on Friday, they added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the 21-day countrywide lockdown on
Tuesday evening, the Union Territory administration here had announced a
lockdown across Jammu and Kashmir till March 31 on Sunday as part of its
efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
administration said essential services, including healthcare personnel, were
exempted from the restrictions. It asked people to cooperate and warned of
action for violating the prohibitory orders. The district administrations have
put in place a mechanism to ensure uninterrupted supplies and deliveries of
essential services to the general public. Essential commodities will be
home-delivered to the residents as part of the mechanism.
there have been reports of violations by people at several places across the
valley, following which the police have taken action by effecting arrests and
markets across the valley were shut and public transport was off the roads with
only pharmacies and groceries allowed to open, the officials said. Educational
institutions across Kashmir have been closed, while all public places including
gymnasiums, parks, clubs and restaurants were shut down more than a week before
the lockdown announced by the prime minister.
were first imposed in many parts of the valley on Thursday last week to contain
the spread of the virus. The measures were taken after a 67-year-old woman from
the Khanyar area of the city, who had returned from Saudi Arabia on March 16
after performing Umrah, tested positive for COVID-19.
number of coronavirus cases has gone up to 10 in the valley, while the figure
for the Union Territory is 13. One patient has recovered from the disease in
Kashmir, while another one succumbed at a hospital here on Thursday morning.
cleric, 27 others booked for defying COVID-19 lockdown in Bhopal
An offence was registered against a Muslim cleric and 27 others, for allegedly
defying the COVID-19 lockdown, by offering prayers at a mosque in Madhya
Pradesh's Bhopal city, police said on Friday.
Imam of Zainab Masjid in Islampura and others organised a prayer at 8 pm on
Thursday, defying section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) and the
nationwide lockdown, which is put in place to contain the spread of
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