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India’s Secular Fabric Reinforced: First Donation for Ayodhya Mosque from Lucknow University Staffer, Rohit Srivastava


New Age Islam News Bureau

04 October 2020

 

First Fund contribution for Ayodhya mosque has come from a member of Hindu community

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• Islamist Party Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) Chief’s Elevation as Joint Oppn Movement’s Leader Raises Eyebrows In Pakistan

• Influential Sunni Scholar Al-Qaradaghi told Emmanuel Macron that Islam ‘Does Not Bear the Burden of Fake Cartoon Leaders of Your Industry’

• China's Treatment of Uyghur Muslims Sparks Anger near New Chinese Embassy Site in London

• Mosque Leader a ‘Real Life Hero’ In Las Vegas’ Historic Westside, Taking Action To A Black Neighbourhood That Was Being Left Behind

• Top Religious Figures from Iran, India Held Live Webinar On Late Ayatollah Taskhiri

• Abdullah to Visit India Oct. 6, after Wrapping 3-Day Trip to Pakistan

 India

• India’s Secular Fabric Reinforced: First Donation for Ayodhya Mosque from Lucknow University Staffer, Rohit Srivastava

• Mumbai: New Programme Aims to Increase Representation of Minorities in Police Force

• Gujarat High Court Grants Relief to Muslim Man Facing Opposition by Hindu Residents over Residential Plot

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Pakistan

• Islamist Party Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) Chief’s Elevation as Joint Oppn Movement’s Leader Raises Eyebrows In Pakistan

• PM permission to broadcast Nawaz’s speech termed mistake

• Malik decides not to pursue cases against US blogger

• Ministry takes steps to protect children from abuse

• NAB appeal against Babar’s acquittal to be heard tomorrow

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Arab world

• Influential Sunni Scholar Al-Qaradaghi told Emmanuel Macron that Islam ‘Does Not Bear the Burden of Fake Cartoon Leaders of Your Industry’

• Egypt’s Al-Azhar Condemns Macron’s Remarks On 'Islamic Separatism And Isolationism'

• Shuaa Rolls Out Three Sharia-Compliant Investment Funds with $75m of Commitments

• CBUAE and DIEDC join forces to strengthen Islamic banking sector

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Europe

• China's Treatment of Uyghur Muslims Sparks Anger near New Chinese Embassy Site in London

• Islamic Jihad Ready to Participate In Palestinian National Council Elections

• Teacher bids to become Scotland's first female Muslim MSP in action plan to tackle racists

• Danish Far-Right Activists Stage Koran-Burning Stunt In Muslim-Populated Neighbourhood

• Brit kids groomed by sick far-right video games showing Muslims being beheaded

• Former Associate of Oakland’s Your Black Muslim Bakery Charged with Trying to Allegedly

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North America

• Mosque Leader a ‘Real Life Hero’ In Las Vegas’ Historic Westside, Taking Action To A Black Neighbourhood That Was Being Left Behind

• US Journalist Replies to Trump’s Tweet about Contracting Coronavirus by Posting Martyr Soleimani’s Photo

• CAIR-Minnesota:  Muslims Plan To Vote During This Contentious Election Season, No Matter Who Tries To Stop Them and What Tactics They Use

• Of presidents and health, history is replete with secrecy and lies

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Mideast

• Top Religious Figures from Iran, India Held Live Webinar On Late Ayatollah Taskhiri

• Senior Lebanese Sunni Cleric Hails Ayatollah Taskhiri as Role Model of Anti-Colonialism

• Fariba Adelkhah: French-Iranian academic temporarily released in Iran

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South Asia

• Abdullah to Visit India Oct. 6, after Wrapping 3-Day Trip to Pakistan

• 15 killed, 30 injured in car bomb explosion in Nangarhar, Afghanistan

• Prominent Afghan Umpire Loses 4 Family Members in Nangarhar Blast

• Grassroots Units: AL chief riled by inclusion of tainted faces

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Southeast Asia

• Fahmi Fadzil Reiterates Anwar Prepared To Consider Role for Muhyiddin, With Greater Goal of Setting Malaysia Back On Track

• Hulu Rajang MP denies supporting Anwar to be next PM

• More Than 500 Muslim Students Receive Achievement Awards from Mendaki In Virtual Ceremony

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Africa

• Nigeria: Boko Haram - Military Approaches Cameroon for Support

• Boko Haram: How terrorists, their hideouts were destroyed in Borno – Military

• Islamic Leaders Boycott Oduduwa Republic Rally, Gani Adams Tackles Igboho

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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 India’s Secular Fabric Reinforced: First Donation for Ayodhya Mosque from Lucknow University Staffer, Rohit Srivastava

Arshad Afzaal Khan

Oct 4, 2020

 

First Fund contribution for Ayodhya mosque has come from a member of Hindu community

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 Ayodhya: India’s secular fabric was once again reinforced when a member of the Hindu community made the first contribution towards construction of the mosque complex in Ayodhya on Saturday. The Indo-Islamic Cultural Foundation (IICF) constituted by Sunni Waqf Board to build the mosque, library, museum and community kitchen on 5acre in Ayodhya received the first funds to its corpus from an employee of Lucknow University, law faculty, Rohit Srivastava, who donated Rs 21,000. The Trust accepted the cheque at its Lucknow office in presence of IICF secretary, Athar Husain and trustees Mohammad Rashid and Imran Ahmad.

Talking to TOI, Rohit Srivastava, said, “I come from a generation, which is rooted in syncretism, where religious barriers blur. I don’t celebrate Holi or Diwali without my Muslim friends and they too don’t celebrate the festival of Eid without me. This is just not about me. This is the story of crores of Hindus and Muslims in India.”

“Our families never taught us to be misguided in the name of religion. And I appeal to members of Hindu community to come forward and donate generously for the mosque to send out a message that Muslims are our brothers,” Rohit Srivastava added.

Talking to TOI, mosque Trust secretary Athar Hussain said, “The first contribution for building the mosque came from a Hindu brother and this exemplifies the Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb or Indo-Islamic culture.”

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/first-donation-for-ayodhya-mosque-from-hindu-lu-staffer/articleshowprint/78470524.cms

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Islamist Party Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) Chief’s Elevation as Joint Oppn Movement’s Leader Raises Eyebrows In Pakistan

Imtiaz Ahmad

Oct 04, 2020

 

Maulana Fazlur Rehman (front right) reads out a statement at a press briefing following a meeting of the opposition alliance in Islamabad on September 20.(AP file)

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The naming of Jamiat Ulema-e Islam (F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman as head of he newly-formed alliance of opposition parties which has pledged to unseat the Imran Khan government, has raised eyebrows in Pakistan’s political circles.

Science and technology minister Fawad Chaudhry called the JUI-F president an ‘extremist Mullah’ after the hard-line Islamist party’s supremo was picked by Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) on Saturday as its leader.

“Sad Day for Pakistan An extremist Mullah considered Close to terrorist groups of Afghanistan is selected to lead opposition movement against Government. Unlike India where extremists are in Govt, people of Pak never allowed extremists to lead or mainstream politics,” Chaudhry tweeted.

Pakistani Muslim League (N) chief and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Balochistan National Party (BNP) chief Sardar Akhtar Mengal were among the attendees of a virtual meeting of PDM during which Rehman was elevated as head of the alliance aimed to oust Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The PDM had announced at its All Parties Conference in September that it plans to launch its protest campaign from Quetta, Balochistan in October. The choice of Quetta may have to do with the popularity that Fazlur Rehman’s party enjoys there. Analysts also say that the party’s street power is immense.

In 2019, JUI supporters held a sit-in at Islamabad for several weeks which was called off after army intervention and assurances. The PDM also plans a similar sit-in if its demands are not met.

https://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/islamist-party-chief-s-elevation-as-joint-oppn-movement-s-leader-raises-eyebrows-in-pakistan/story-z2fCkZ9KI9GJyzrV8PDovI.html

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Influential Sunni Scholar Al-Qaradaghi told Emmanuel Macron that Islam ‘Does Not Bear the Burden of Fake Cartoon Leaders of Your Industry’

October 4, 2020

 

Sunni Scholar Al-Qaradaghi

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The Secretary-General of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, Ali Mohieddin Al-Qaradaghi, told French President Emmanuel Macron that Islam “does not bear the burden of fake cartoon leaders of your industry.”

Al-Qaradaghi confirmed in a tweet on his account on “Facebook”, Friday, that “the Islamic religion does not go through any crises,” in response to Macron’s statements in which he claimed that “the Islamic religion is going through a crisis today in all parts of the world.”

Al-Qaradaghi directed his speech to Macron, saying: “Mr. President, do not worry about our religion, as he has never relied on the support of an authority or raised a sword in the face of those who opposed him to impose his banner.”

He added, “Islam is eternal, existential facts that have a solution to the intractable problems of the authorities … it is the religion of God and not a system of government that depends on the mood of the voters and does not falsify awareness (…) Islam is the constant presence of reason, proof and protection of mankind.”

And he continued: “Islam is where freedom is good, you find it good, and where persecution grows despite the nose of tyrants.”

He continued: “Our religion does not go through a crisis and it will not pass, because Islam is not a human industry in order to fear atrophy and depression, it is Islam and it is enough to breathe despite the machinations of others, and despite Islamophobia … We are not afraid of our religion and we do not need, Mr. President, whoever sees us in the presence of a crisis.”

And he added, “Rather, we say to you: The future is the religion of Islam, and we are in fear for the future of societies that make the religions and sanctities of others legitimate targets. We are in fear of societies from authorities addicted to making their enemies.”

He said, “We have compassion on a ruler who is still in crisis and the specter of religious wars, who lives in its middle ages and we are in the twenty-first century.”

He explained, “If (there is) a real crisis, it is due to the double standards of some Western politicians, and we will inform you, noting that those who lead the reins of power in the Arab and Islamic world in most countries are those who you created, or was a coup that you blessed by reaching judgment on the skulls of innocent people.”

And he continued, saying, “Mr. President Macron: You are in a crisis, a crisis of moral, humanitarian and political setback, and Islam cannot bear the burden of fake cartoon leaders who created crises with your sponsorship.”

These were the details of the news After Macron’s attack on Islam … a harsh response from Al-Qaradaghi.

https://en.abna24.com/news//influential-sunni-scholar-al-qaradaghi-harshly-responses-to-anti-islamic-remarks-of-french-president_1075500.html

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China's Treatment of Uyghur Muslims Sparks Anger near New Chinese Embassy Site in London

By Angela Dewan

October 3, 2020

 

 The Secretary-General of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, Ali Mohieddin Al-Qaradaghi, told French President Emmanuel Macron that Islam “does not bear the burden of fake cartoon leaders of your industry.”

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China's decision to move its British embassy from London's upmarket West End to the less glitzy east could have been a heart-warming tale of homecoming. The new mission will be built at the former Royal Mint, just a stone's throw from the city's original 19th century Chinatown.

Just behind the former Royal Mint are the residential streets of Tower Hamlets, where four in 10 residents are Muslim, the highest proportion than in any other borough in the United Kingdom. Some there say the embassy isn't welcome until Beijing stops its alleged mistreatment of Muslims in China.

China is believed to have detained up to 2 million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in internment camps in the far-western region of Xinjiang, according to the US State Department. Beijing says it's providing vocational training and helping to deradicalize segments of the population to combat alleged Islamic terrorism and violence in the region.

"I'm very perplexed as to why the People's Republic of China would want to be on the edges of a neighborhood that is so multi-ethnic, multi-religious. The Muslim community has a large base here," said Mo Rakib, a Muslim resident who is active in community affairs.

"The Muslim community is very linked with each other, regardless of what part of the world we're from. There's always a feeling of affinity from one community to the other based on shared values and shared faith. And that's no different for the Uyghur community."

Some local opposition councilors say that they too are concerned about the implications of embassy's move and want the issue debated at council meetings. But they don't outright oppose the mission coming into their neighborhood.

What's playing out at this borough and its council isn't so different from what's happening in the UK's national government, as well as those of many other democracies, for that matter -- striking the right balance between reaping the economic benefits of working with China and criticizing it for rights abuses is difficult.

Tower Hamlets is one of the most deprived boroughs in London. Its mayor, John Biggs, has welcomed the Chinese mission as "a vote of confidence" in the borough as an "open and dynamic place to live and work," according to local reports.

Rabina Khan was one of several local councilors who, at a council meeting Wednesday, tried to introduce an emergency motion -- usually reserved for urgent matters -- on China. It was rejected due to time constraints, the mayor's office told CNN, adding it would discuss the issue at the next meeting in November.

The motion calls on the council to send a letter to Chinese Ambassador Liu Xiaoming expressing its concerns over the country's treatment of Uyghurs and other Muslims, as well as its clampdown on pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

"What we want is to send a message to China that if they move here, they need to be aware that our borough -- in all of its diversity -- is a place where we're very proud to stand up for human rights," Khan said.

Biggs said in a statement to CNN that Tower Hamlets was "open and tolerant" but also wants "to be good partners and support good relationships."

He acknowledged, however, that he and the community were concerned about China's rights record, "in particular the appalling treatment of the largely Muslim Uyghurs," and that it was right to challenge the Chinese government on the issue.

Any problems with the embassy plans could prove troublesome for China's international image. At a ceremony to hand over the site to the Chinese mission in 2018, Ambassador Liu said he hoped the embassy would become a London landmark and that the new premises should be a symbol of China's current role and influence in the world.

Demonstrators on Thursday gathered in dozens of cities around the world to protest China's treatment of certain groups in the country, including Uyghurs, Tibetans and people in Hong Kong.

One of the organizers, Rahima Mahmut from the World Uyghur Congress in London, said countries were choosing trade over human rights.

"It's very obvious that trade relationships are being prioritized, not just in the UK. We see this in African countries and China's neighboring countries that are already trapped in debt to China. And Turkey too. Turkey was the country that we Uyghurs always felt we could rely on or seek refuge in," said Mahmut, a Uyghur who left Xinjiang in 1997.

Turkey is increasingly relying on China to dig itself out of debt. It was previously one of the few Muslim-majority countries to have criticized China's actions in Xinjiang, early last year denouncing the camps as a "great shame for humanity." It has since softened its tone toward Beijing, and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party voted against launching a probe into the alleged abuse against Muslims in China.

The UK took some action against China following its implementation of the National Security Law for Hong Kong, which has stifled a pro-democracy movement in the former British colony. Westminster opened a pathway for citizenship for Hong Kong residents with the right to a British National Overseas passport, which includes potentially 3 million Hong Kongers.

The UK has also condemned China several times over the camps in Xinjiang, including at the recent UN Rights Council meeting, where the Foreign Office's junior minister Tariq Ahmad called on Beijing to allow a UN team "unfettered access" to Xinjiang to investigate allegations of abuse there.

But activists like Mahmut say they want so see the UK go further and impose sanctions on the people and organizations running the camps in Xinjiang.

In a recent letter to a British MP, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the government was "carefully considering" new designations on its sanctions list in regard to China over the National Security law and postponement of elections in Hong Kong. The Liberal Democrats, one of several opposition parties, is calling for more sanctions in relation to the treatment of Uyghurs as well.

As is the case with many of China's trade partners, there is reluctance in the UK to confront Beijing over rights. China is the UK's sixth-biggest export market. That's a rapid rise from 26th place in 1999.

China has shown that it's not afraid to wield retaliatory economic tools in response to political pressure, as it did in the case of Australia, imposing tariffs of 80% on barley imports soon after Prime Minister Scott Morrison led calls for an inquiry into the origins of Covid-19, which was first reported in central China late last year. Beijing said that the tariffs were in response to Australia selling the grain too cheaply.

The strongest response against China this year has come from the US, which has issued sanctions over Beijing's treatment of Muslims in Xinjiang, while its House of Representatives last week passed a forced labor bill that would effectively ban imports from the region if it becomes law.

There are calls by opposition parties in the UK to do the same, but Steve Tsang, director of the School of Oriental and African Studies' (SOAS) China Institute in London, said the US may struggle to get its usual allies to follow its lead.

"What would be useful is if countries, not just in Europe, but if all countries that care about human rights and ethical trading insist they will stop working with companies operating in Xinjiang unless they can independently verify the supply chain conditions," he said.

"But the Trump administration has discredited itself in terms of moral leadership. I mean, who believes Donald Trump when he says he defends human rights?"

While Tsang does see the public growing more interested in the Uyghur issue, he says more evidence needs to come out about the alleged abuse in Xinjiang to really galvanize a public response that will force governments to confront China more aggressively.

In Tower Hamlets, councilors are mulling how to welcome the opportunities the new embassy will bring to their neighborhood while sending a clear message to Beijing that it does not approve of rights abuses.

One of them, Andrew Wood, suggested a symbolic gesture to show support for people who have challenged Beijing, such as the student protesters of Tiananmen Square in 1989, or the people of Taiwan seeking formal independence from China.

"There is a little lane near the embassy site that doesn't have a name. We're wondering if we could call it Tiananmen Road or Taipei Road. It might be just one way of sending a message that governments have to look after all their people."

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/10/03/europe/china-london-embassy-uyghurs-uk-gbr-intl/index.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_latest+%28RSS%3A+CNN+-+Most+Recent%29

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Mosque Leader a ‘Real Life Hero’ In Las Vegas’ Historic Westside, Taking Action To A Black Neighbourhood That Was Being Left Behind

By Blake Apgar

October 3, 2020

Before protesters spilled into the streets to declare Black lives matter, Imam Fateen Seifullah was quietly at work.

Outside the view of cameras, Seifullah and his congregation at Las Vegas’ oldest mosque, Masjid As-Sabur, set out to improve the lives of people living in the Historic Westside, taking action to a historically Black neighbourhood that was being left behind.

Seifullah knows the everyday struggles of the Historic Westside, the struggles that go unseen outside the shadows of downtown. He sees the food insecurity. He knows the stress on parents who worry how they would pay for the technology that was given to their children for school if something happened to it.

Seifullah knows street activity because he lived it when he was younger. He was introduced to the culture as a child in Los Angeles, and was involved in dealing drugs later in Las Vegas.

“I wouldn’t say that I was a gang member, but I was engaged in every aspect of the life at one time, you might say,” he said. “So I know what it’s like to be a victim and a participant of street activity.”

Seifullah did two stints in prison for drug-related crimes, he said. Originally from a Christian background, Seifullah was introduced to Islam in prison.

“Growing up, he was really, you know, a knucklehead,” said Michael Elliott, a longtime friend who works at Seifullah’s store, Soulfully Scented.

But after his second time in prison, Seifullah made a commitment to change, walking the long spiritual path to where he is today. Now, he means so much to people in the Historic Westside as a community leader, Elliott said.

Seifullah sees his services now as a way to pay his debt to God and society for the harm he caused when he was younger.

Seifullah thinks it may have been destiny that brought him to religious leadership. His grandfather is a deacon, and his two older brothers are preachers. Islam, he said, called on him to be less of a liability.

Seifullah has made good on his word to be an asset. He and his wife helped Eric Chester reinvent himself, Chester said.

As a teenager in the 1990s, Chester said, he committed a murder that could have landed him life in prison. After 17 years behind bars, he said, he was released.

“When the world had thrown me away for the decision that I had made, they embraced me,” he said.

Chester, a Historic Westside resident, said Seifullah and his wife helped him start his own business. They’ve also had him work a homeless initiative and let him help with a tutoring program for kids. Chester is still doing community service with the imam and running a business where he sells fashion accessories such as purses and wallets.

In the 1990s, drugs and gang activity were out of control in the neighborhood, Seifullah said. So the mosque began an initiative to clean up the Historic Westside and close down drug houses.

After becoming the imam of Masjid As-Sabur in 1999, however, Seifullah realized the efforts were not enough and started providing more services.

Masjid As-Sabur helps people get food and provides assistance for utilities and rent. It offers tutoring for children in the neighborhood and performs outreach to let neighbors know services are available.

The mosque also helps both children and adults with reading, and offers computers to help people complete applications.

Seifullah has also been involved in an effort to bridge the divide between the community and the Metropolitan Police Department. After nearly a decade of collaboration in Metro’s community policing efforts, Seifullah said the mosque is close to a partnership with the police. Close, he emphasized.

Police had to change their mentality, but so did Seifullah’s congregants by looking beyond law enforcement uniforms.

Stretch Sanders, a prominent racial justice activist, said he met Seifullah at a protest in 2016 and the two hit it off. Sanders later saw Seifullah and his mosque pay rent for people and shut down drug houses.

Sanders, who considers Seifullah a mentor, said Seifullah has also joined in protests against police brutality on Fremont Street.

Seifullah said the Historic Westside needs more educational support, after-school support and tutoring programs, as well as more work-related training. It needs redevelopment and someone who is interested in filling the lots that dot the neighborhood. It needs a sustained effort from the government.

He said some elected officials have claimed they don’t get enough community participation to move ideas forward. But the imam said it’s a lot to ask for community participation when people are trying to keep the lights on and put food on the table.

Seifullah, however, isn’t done helping. As long as there are vacant lots and economic woes in the neighborhood, there is still work to do.

https://www.reviewjournal.com/local/local-las-vegas/mosque-leader-a-real-life-hero-in-las-vegas-historic-westside-2136697/

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Top religious figures from Iran, India held live webinar on late Ayatollah Taskhiri

Source : Taghrib News

October 3, 2020

Senior political officials, religious figures and Shia and Sunni scholars attended in an international webinar organized by Welayat Foundation in collaboration with the World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought.

Sheikh Hamid Shahriari, secretary general of World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought in this webinar related on the moral characteristics and efforts of the late scholar, Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Taskhiri.

He referred to the senior scholars who had taught Ayatollah Taskhiri, his support for the Islamic Revolution in Iran and the issue of Palestine.

The senior cleric also lauded the advisor of Supreme Leader as an icon of resolution and assiduous scholar who spent his entire life to promote Islamic teachings as well as the writings he left on fiq'h and Islamic unity translated to several languages.

Sheikh Shahriari referred to the seminaries and universities which have made use of guidelines by Ayatollah Taskhiri.

He hailed the former secretary general of World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought as a committed advisor for the Supreme Leader and a role model for jihad (struggle for the Almighty God).

Maulavi Is'haq Madani, advisor of Iran's president in Sunni affairs, Maulana Seyed Shamim-ul-Hasan from Banaras, Ali Chegini, Iran's ambassador to New Delhi, Sheikh Mahdi Mahdavipour, representative of the Supreme Leader in India, professor Akhtarul Wasey, vice chancellor of Maulana Azad University in Jadhpur, Mehdi Alizadeh Moosavi, university professor, professor Ghulam Yahya Anjum from the faculty of Islamic studies from Hamdadr University in New Delhi were among the participants to the webinar broadcasted live on Welayat TV on September 30, 40th day after demise of Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Taskhiri.

Iranian prominent Islamic unity figure, Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Taskhiri (1944-2020) spent over five decades of his life for promoting Islamic teachings and unity among Muslims. Top cleric passed away due to heart disease on August 18 and his body was laid to rest in the holy shrine of Lady Masoumeh (AS) in Qom.

https://en.abna24.com/news//top-religious-figures-from-iran-india-held-live-webinar-on-late-ayatollah-taskhiri_1075211.html

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Abdullah to Visit India Oct. 6, after Wrapping 3-Day Trip to Pakistan

By Mohammad Arif Sheva

04 Oct 2020

KABUL, Afghanistan – Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah is due to travel to India on October 6, according to sources, after he has wrapped a three-day visit to Islamabad Thursday. 

This would be his first visit to Delhi on his position as HCNR chairman, representing the Afghan government in talks with the Taliban, which started in September in Doha.

Abdullah is expected to meet top leadership of India to seek support for the intra-Afghan talks, which India always maintained should have been “Afghan-led” and “Afghan-owned”.

During the inaugural ceremony of intra-Afghan talks on September 12 in Doha, the Indian delegation said, “Our friendship with Afghanistan is strong and unshaken, we have always been good neighbours and will always be so,” as local media quoted. “Our expectation is that the soil of Afghanistan should never be used for any anti-India activities.”

https://www.khaama.com/abdullah-to-visit-india-oct-6-after-wrapping-3-day-trip-to-pakistan-98765/

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Mumbai: New Programme Aims to Increase Representation of Minorities in Police Force

Anju Maskeri

04 October, 2020

Every day, Mankhurd resident Rehmat Bee Khalilwi leaves home at 5 am to reach Churchgate's Oval Maidan by 6.30 am. With no access to local trains under state guidelines that allow only essential workers to use the service under lockdown, Khalilwi's husband Mohammed drops her on his bike. Some days, she takes a bus. Despite the challenging commute, the 28-year-old has not missed a single day of training.

Khalilwi is among 200 Muslim candidates being trained by Grant Road madrassa Jamia Ashrafia Qadria to get into the police constabulary. The religious institution has joined hands with a private coaching institute to launch a pilot, three-month training programme for aspirants preparing for the Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC), an exam that selects officers for civil service jobs.

Spearheaded by Congress MLA Amin Patel, activists MA Khalid and Sarfaraz Arzoo, and madrassa head Maulana Moin Ashraf Qadri, the move is "aimed at increasing Muslim representation" in the law enforcement agency. The training includes not just physical fitness, but also virtual academic classes.

Khalilwi says it's her husband who inspired her to join. "I feel having more female officers will improve the law enforcement's response to violence against women," she says. Nagpada resident Shabnam Qureshi's daughter Bilqees has also enrolled for the training. "She [Bilqees] was always good at sports, all through school and college. I thought her fitness levels and sense of discipline could be put to good use if she joined the police."

The police crackdown at Aligarh Muslim University and Jamia Millia, on December 15, last year and the Delhi riots in February have only reignited the discourse about the low numbers of minorities in the police force.

Patel says, "Every report has pointed out that the reason behind this [low numbers] is that people aren't willing to come forward. In 2007, Maharashtra chief minister Vilas Rao Deshmukh's administration had decided that the minority department should provide police training to Muslims. Hundred candidates from 36 districts were to be selected. But what happens is that you get a good response from certain districts, while nothing from the others. That's why we decided to start the pilot project."

According to Khalid, they have received over 8,000 applications from across Maharashtra. This wasn't the case three years ago, when they had tried to get students in Mumbai. "We had failed to receive even 100 applications. But after our recent campaign, there has been renewed interest." Khalid says having more Muslims in the constabulary will help with the feeling of being part of a larger goal to do good.

"There has been a growing fear within the community that the system is against them, but having their own people in the system will only

Former senior police inspector, Shamsher Pathan, who served at the Nagpada Police Station in the early 2000s, remembers how his services were often sought to diffuse tension in communally-sensitive areas. "Whenever there was a 'Muslim problem', I was the trouble-shooter because they knew that I could mix with the crowd. In fact, the representation of Muslims in the force was so low, that if we needed an Urdu document translated, we had to seek help from outsiders."

Adnan Khan, a fitness trainer, who is among the candidates training currently, believes religion shouldn't figure in a discussion on matters of serving the country. He says, "I'm an Indian first."

https://www.mid-day.com/articles/mumbai-muslim-candidates-being-trained-to-join-the-police-force/23024206

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Gujarat High Court grants relief to Muslim man facing opposition by Hindu residents over residential plot

Satish Jha

OCT 03 2020

The Gujarat High Court has granted relief to a Muslim buyer of a plot located at a Hindu-dominated residential society in Vadodara by permitting him to restart construction of the house and restoration of electricity which had been cut off by the civ...

The buyer is one of the many Muslims who have purchased properties at the Samarpan Society but are finding it difficult to settle in view of angry protests by several Hindu residents allegedly on "communal lines."

Justice Bhargav D Karia pronounced the order last week on a petition moved by Firoz Mohammed Patel who had sought permission for construction and restoration of electricity supply. The society has been in controversy on similar issues for nearly a ye...

Patel has said that after buying the plot by fulling all the legal formalities, he obtained permission for construction from the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) and a temporary electricity connection from the electricity board. However, from May...

In the petition, Patel mentioned that some of the members of the society made representations to government authorities and raised “completely baseless and frivolous allegations of illegal construction, fraudulent Disturbed Areas Act permission etc.”...

Meanwhile, in August, the seller of the plot, Firoz Fali Contractor, was booked for cheating, forging and violation of the Disturbed Areas Act. It was alleged that he concealed his Parsi religion and sold the plot to Patel, the petitioner, by violati...

The Act defines a certain area as "disturbed" to avoid distress sale of immovable properties without prior permission from a local authority like the district collector. Under the Act, the seller and the purchaser have to satisfy the authority that t...

However, in the last several years, dozens of cases have been filed after Muslim buyers bought flat or plot in a society dominated by Hindus. Most of these cases were found to have followed the law yet the buyers faced protest. In many such instances...

https://www.deccanherald.com/national/west/gujarat-high-court-grants-relief-to-muslim-man-facing-opposition-by-hindu-residents-over-residential-plot-896859.html

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Pakistan

 

PM permission to broadcast Nawaz’s speech termed mistake

Staff Reporter

04 Oct 2020

LAHORE: Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid feels Prime Minister Imran Khan made an incorrect decision to allow airing of PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif’s speech on TV though the premier wanted Mr Sharif to be exposed.

He alleged that the PML-N supremo had become an active member of an “alliance” in London that was conspiring against the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). “Mr Khan sees the latest developments in London (Mr Sharif’s speeches, etc) as [part of activities of] the alliance against the CPEC,” he said.

“As the PM, he (Imran) gave permission for airing Nawaz’s speech but he was wrong. Had I been there, I would have never allowed this,” Mr Rashid said while responding to media queries in a press conference here on Saturday.

He said the decision was taken by PM Khan on his own as he believed that it (Mr Sharif’s speech) would perhaps expose the PML-N supremo. “But if it were up to me, I would not have wanted Nawaz to speak that day,” the minister added.

He warned PML-N vice president Maryam Nawaz to stop attacking him in her press conferences/media talks. “Maryam sahiba, I am giving you a final warning. I can disclose some news that can cause a political earthquake in this country. I respect you because you are a woman,” he said.

Minister sees PML-N supremo’s activities as part of plot against CPEC

Mr Rashid said former premier Sharif had taken over the PML-N and was not ready to trust anyone except his daughter.

“The Pakistan Army is a great force, but Nawaz Sharif has waged a war against it,” he said.

The minister claimed that Mr Sharif and his daughter had stayed silent for a year and 10 months under a plan. “Why did Nawaz and Maryam remain silent? I say under oath that they did this because they were bargaining for relief. Some of our [friendly Muslim countries] are witness to this,” he claimed.

He reiterated that the PPP would never tender resignations from assemblies.

“I can clearly state that by the end of December, there will be a sweeping operation [to send the opposition leaders to jail]. The opposition leaders will continue their anti-government movement till Feb 20, but not after the Senate elections.”

Earlier, talking about his department, the minister said the Pakistan Railways had decided to privatise 34 more passenger trains in near future. “Twelve trains have already been outsourced and 34 more are set to be outsourced soon in addition to six freight trains,” he said.

https://www.dawn.com/news/1583168/pm-permission-to-broadcast-nawazs-speech-termed-mistake

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Malik decides not to pursue cases against US blogger

Iftikhar A. Khan

04 Oct 2020

ISLAMABAD: Former interior minister and chairman of Senate Standing Committee on Interior Rehman Malik has decided not to pursue criminal and civil cases against US blogger Cynthia Dawn Ritchie.

“The decision is in good faith and am making it public today,” the Pakistan Peoples Party leader tweeted on Saturday.

The decision came after his exoneration from rape charges levelled against him by Ms Ritchie.

All her allegations were dismissed by the justice of peace (twice), District and Sessions Court, Islamabad, and by police.

As chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Interior, Mr Malik had taken notice of Ms Ritchie’s derogatory remarks against former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

In a series of tweets on Saturday, the former minister said: “I with (my) humble nature do not claim victory as it is evident that the lady in question, being under pressure from inimical elements, was forced into levelling these insinuations against me.”

Suggests Cynthia levelled rape allegations against him at the behest of ‘influential elements’

“I therefore, in good faith and moreover, because I honour women and their dignity, regardless of this matter, would not like to pursue this matter further as I have every reason/proofs to believe that Cynthia Ritchie must have levelled these bogus allegations at the behest of influential elements having nefarious designs to malign me & the top political leadership of our country, including first elected lady PM Shaheed Mohtarama Benazir Bhutto,” Mr Malik said.

“I have decided not to consider for revenge in good faith and I leave this issue to my Allah, to Whom I’m grateful for vindicating my position before my family, friends and PPP leadership and parliament.”

Ms Ritchie had filed an application with Secretariat police station, accusing Mr Malik of raping her at his residence in 2011. Additional District and Sessions Judge Nasir Javed Rana had, however, dismissed her petition.

The blogger then moved the Islamabad High Court against the verdict and IHC’s Chief Justice Athar Minallah issued a six-page order, allowing the petition and setting aside the sessions court order.

For his part, Mr Malik had served a defamation notice to the US blogger and had also filed a Rs500 million defamation suit against her. The second defamation notice had been sent for repeating her allegations.

The Supreme Court had on Wednesday rejected Mr Malik’s appeal and upheld the Sept 1 directive of IHC about remanding back for review to the justice of peace the matter involving registration of a First Information Report (FIR) in the rape allegations levelled by Ms Ritchie.

A three-judge bench headed by Justice Mushir Alam decided to send back the matter to the Justice of Peace after Advocate General for Islamabad Niazullah Khan Niazi supported the high court’s decision.

On Friday, the US blogger posted tweets through her Twitter handle @CynthiaDRitchie about the court ruling, expressing satisfaction over the outcome.

“It was a good day in Supreme Court. Now awaiting orders from Additional Sessions Court.”

Soon afterwards, she made another post that said: “It may be mentioned … Rehman Malik’s attempts to file FIR/defamation against me are dismissed.

“We’ll continue our fight, including the @HBLPak case where my banking information was leaked online, and use my platform to help others without a voice.”

https://www.dawn.com/news/1583166/malik-decides-not-to-pursue-cases-against-us-blogger

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Ministry takes steps to protect children from abuse

Staff Reporter

04 Oct 2020

ISLAMABAD: The Human Rights Ministry on Saturday engaged Child Protection Committees of Islamabad to raise awareness about the rights of children and steps aimed at preventing them from abuse.

The ministry under its Human Rights Awareness Programme, has so far held five sessions by engaging eight of the 15 Child Protection Committees that are efficiently working in several areas of the Islamabad Capital Territory like Sohan, Bari Imam, Saidpur, Tarnol, Golra, Shah Allah Ditta, 26 number Chungi, etc.

The participants in these sessions mostly comprise children, parents, teachers, civil society representatives and community leaders.

The committees were formed in 2019 by the Ministry of Human Rights’s National Child Protection Centre to identify, prevent and report issues of child abuse in the city in collaboration with the relevant authorities.

The ministry said that these sessions helped improve participants’ knowledge about the rights provided to children in the Constitution along with the recently passed legislations like Zainab Alert Act, and the amendment in Employment of Children Act – 1991 proscribing child domestic labour.

Participants were also informed about the toll free helpline to effectively respond to Human Rights violation cases and provide free legal aid to the callers.

The ministry claimed to have received positive feedback from the communities who were not previously informed about their rights and were delighted to be a part of these sessions.

Participants also recommended that such information should be a part of the curriculum and more of such awareness sessions should be held for parents and children separately.

The ministry said it had plans to further hold these sessions in other communities.

https://www.dawn.com/news/1583073/ministry-takes-steps-to-protect-children-from-abuse

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NAB appeal against Babar’s acquittal to be heard tomorrow

Malik Asad

04 Oct 2020

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has fixed for hearing an appeal filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against the acquittal of Adviser to the PM on Parliamentary Affairs Dr Babar Awan in the Nandipur reference.

An IHC division bench comprising Chief Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Aamer Farooq will take up the appeal on Monday (tomorrow).

NAB filed the appeal in July last year. However, no progress could be made as the bureau seems uninterested in pursuing the case. The appeal was fixed for hearing in May, but no NAB prosecutor appeared before the court to present its arguments.

On June 18, when the appeal was again fixed for hearing, NAB sought time from the court to prepare its arguments and requested for an adjournment.

Former accountability judge Mohammad Arshad Malik, days before his video scandal came to limelight, had acquitted Mr Awan in the Nandipur reference. Other accused, including former prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and some officials, are still being tried in this case.

Justice Minallah inquired from NAB to satisfy the court that when allegations against all the accused persons were identical, then how Mr Awan had been acquitted.

The Nandipur power project was approved by the Economic Coordination Committee of the cabinet on Dec 27, 2007, at a cost of $329 million. After the approval, a contract was signed on Jan 28, 2008, between the Northern Power Generation Company Limited and the Dong Fang Electric Corporation, China, and two consortiums — Coface for 68.96 million euros and Sinosure for $150.15m — were set up for financing the project.

The water and power ministry sought a legal opinion on the project from the law ministry in accordance with the schedule of agreement in July 2009, but they repeatedly refused to offer one.

The water and power ministry also failed to take any concrete step in time to resolve the issue and the matter remained pending.

The petition stated that Mr Sharif managed to go abroad on the pretext of his ailment but he not only started actively participating in the politics but also initiated a smear campaign against the state’s institutions.

The petitioner requested the court to issue the order banning his speeches at political gatherings through video link.

https://www.dawn.com/news/1583170/nab-appeal-against-babars-acquittal-to-be-heard-tomorrow

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Arab world

 

Egypt’s Al-Azhar Condemns Macron’s Remarks on 'Islamic Separatism and Isolationism'

Ahram Online

3 Oct 2020

The Islamic Research Academy at Al-Azhar, Egypt’s top religious authority, has condemned French President Emmanuel Macron’s announced plan for fighting “Islamic separatism,” which Al-Azhar described as an “explicit call for racism and hate.”

In a speech in Les Mureaux, near Paris, Macron announced intentions to propose a bill to France’s parliament next year to address what he called Islamist isolationism and separatism.

The bill would impose tighter controls on funding for mosques and severely restrict home-schooling to prevent children from being “indoctrinated” by unregistered schools that deviate from the national curriculum, Macron said.

“There is a crisis of Islam everywhere, which is being corrupted by radical forms,” Macron said.

In a statement on Saturday, Al-Azhar’s Islamic Research Academy, which works to reform Islamic culture and safeguard it from political and ideological intolerance, said that President Macron has directed “false accusations that have nothing to do with the true context of religion.”

It said that Islam calls for “tolerance and peace” among people, including those who do not believe in it.

The academy said it completely rejects Macron’s remarks, which it said “destroy all joint efforts by religious figures to eliminate racism and bullying against religions.”

The academy also said that some people insist on making false accusations against Islam, including those of separatism and isolationism, and are confused by the fact that some people exploit some religious texts to fulfil malicious goals.

The religious body called for abandoning attacks against religions, as this obstructs constructive dialogue and backs hate speech. It also said that such “attacks” can hinder attempts to establish co-existence among people in a society.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/386502/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt%E2%80%99s-AlAzhar-condemns-Macron%E2%80%99s-remarks-on-Islam.aspx

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Shuaa Rolls Out Three Sharia-Compliant Investment Funds with $75m Of Commitments

Sarmad Khan

October 4, 2020

Dubai investment banking and asset management firm Shuaa Capital launched three funds in the Abu Dhabi Global Market as the company continues to diversify its product portfolio and grow its fee income business.

The Sharia-compliant, open-ended funds were rolled out with initial commitments of $75 million (Dh275.25m), Shuaa said in a statement to the Dubai Financial Market, where its shares trade.

The funds, targeting qualified institutional investors, were launched through the company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Shuaa GMC, which is regulated by the ADGM Financial Services Regulatory Authority.

The three funds – Shuaa High Yield Sukuk Fund, Nujoom Aggressive Fund and Nujoom Balanced Fund – are part of Shuaa’s fund platform rolled out in Abu Dhabi’s international financial hub. The platform is expected to be the largest of its kind to be domiciled in ADGM, it said.

“The number of Sharia funds available to investors has yet to match the growing demand for Islamic finance products across the world,” Jassim Alseddiqi, chief executive of Shuaa, said. “This is because not enough fund managers offer options in the much sought after Sharia space, and even the funds available either have small AUMs [assets under management] or are close ended.”

The current climate of uncertainty amid the Covid-19 pandemic has created disruption in the global financial markets, opening up investment opportunities that may not have been available under normal market conditions, Mr Alseddiqi said.

The funds “are designed to give insurance and pension institutional investors more [investment] options while also supporting the Islamic investment industry”, he added.

Shuaa said its High Yield Sukuk Fund will invest in a portfolio of Islamic bond instruments, including high yield sukuk, Sharia-compliant fixed income investments and a number of other collective investment funds approved by its Sharia advisors.

The Nujoom Aggressive Fund and the Nujoom Balanced Fund will invest in a global portfolio of equities, fixed income investments and money market instruments that follow Sharia guidance. The funds offered through the Allfunds Bank platform will widen choices for investors with a long-term investment horizon, Shuaa said.

“Our umbrella fund gives investors the option and comfort of investing in a regulated fund structure that is diversified, achieves cost-efficiencies and economies of scale, and creates consistent and long-term value,” Ajit Joshi, Shuaa’s head of public and private markets, said.

Shuaa manages $13 billion in assets and plans to expand its investment banking and asset management businesses to boost AUMS to $20bn.

Shuaa’s expansion strategy involves growing its regional footprint as it looks to grow recurring income through new products, permanent capital vehicles and expanding its fixed income business, the company said in March.

In June, the company strengthened its corporate restructuring arm to help struggling firms access financing during the Covid-19 crisis. In August, Shuaa reported a second quarter net profit of Dh267m and a first-half net income of Dh5m despite the pandemic-related slowdown. There are no comparable figures as Shuaa merged with Abu Dhabi Financial Group last year.

https://www.thenational.ae/business/banking/shuaa-rolls-out-three-sharia-compliant-investment-funds-with-75m-of-commitments-1.1087903

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CBUAE and DIEDC join forces to strengthen Islamic banking sector

04-10-2020

WAM

The Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE) on Saturday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC) to reinforce and expand the reach of the Islamic banking sector, and to advance cooperation in areas of mutual interest.

Saif Hadef Al Shamsi, Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of the UAE, and Abdulla Mohammed Al Awar, CEO of DIEDC, signed the agreement.

In addition to the cooperation in Islamic banking, Central Bank of the UAE and DIEDC will work together to publish joint research and exchange knowledge to enhance expertise.

Furthermore, the two entities will jointly host international seminars, conferences and meetings, develop awareness projects, build technical capabilities and cooperate in fields that support the development of Islamic finance.

As a first order of business, Central Bank of the UAE and Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre will establish a joint team to follow up on the implementation of the MoU.

The team is tasked with preparing regular update reports that will be shared with key decision makers across each entity.

Speaking on the new partnership with DIEDC, Al Shamsi said, “The MoU reflects the Central Bank of the UAE’s commitment to strengthen strategic ties with various entities in the banking and financial sector, and unify efforts to ensure that plans and initiatives are aligned with the future directions of the country and to achieve the common goals.” Al Shamsi also highlighted that the UAE has become world’s leading hub for finance and business and it is an important centre for Islamic finance.

Through the Memorandum of Understanding, the Central Bank and the Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre endeavour to accelerate growth opportunities and the development of the banking and financial Islamic sector, in addition to attracting and preparing competencies through coordination in proposing and organising programs that will contribute in achieving the best outcomes to promote Islamic banking and finance in the UAE.

For his part, Al Awar said, “Our latest agreement with the Central Bank of the UAE to enhance strategic cooperation in Islamic banking is part of our sustained efforts to expand the Centre’s strong base of strategic partners in all sectors of the Islamic economy and will contribute significantly to implementing our operating plans to boost Dubai’s credentials as a global capital of Islamic economy.”

He added, “As a pivotal sector of the Islamic economy, DIEDC prioritises the advancement of Islamic banking. We have made considerable headway in developing a global charter in collaboration with our strategic partners that serves to expand the scope and uptake of the Islamic finance sector and the wider Islamic economy.

The charter is a first step in building a robust and globally unified legislative framework for Islamic finance transactions that will undoubtedly further expand the reach of the Islamic economy. DIEDC is keen to enhance the available opportunities across Islamic economy sectors, especially in Islamic finance, amidst the growing demand in these sectors locally, regionally and internationally.”

https://www.gulftoday.ae/business/2020/10/03/cbuae-and-diedc-join-forces-to--strengthen-islamic-banking-sector

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Europe

 

Islamic Jihad ready to participate in Palestinian National Council elections

October 3, 2020

Middle East, News

Member of the political bureau of Islamic Jihad in Palestine Mohammed Al-Hindi has announced that his movement is ready to take part in Palestinian National Council elections, Shehab News Agency reported on Friday.

Speaking to the Beirut-based Al-Mayadeen TV, Al-Hindi confirmed that these elections “must” be aimed at reconstructing the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) as: “A liberation organisation not as a submissive organisation.”

He stressed that the start of ending the internal Palestinian division is the unity against the Israeli occupation, warning of: “Continuing dependence on manoeuvrers or small tactics and political changes that could take place here or there.”

He also emphasised the importance of cutting relations and stopping partnership with “the Zionist enemy”, reiterating the importance of: “Popular activities and friction with the enemy in the West Bank as a means to revive corporeal spirit for the Palestinians.”

Meanwhile, he conveyed: “Arab normalisation of ties with Israel, the deal of the century and Israel’s annexation plans proved that dependence on the partnership with the Zionists is wrong.”

He also urged that the PLO “must” be the reference for the Palestinian Authority (PA), not vice versa, and that due to the PLO being “the umbrella for all Palestinians”, it should determine all policies.

The Islamic Jihad leader confirmed that the ongoing dialogue between Fatah and Hamas: “Is a basic and supporting factor for any effort aiming to regain Palestinian unity.”

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20201003-islamic-jihad-ready-to-participate-in-palestinian-national-council-elections/

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Teacher bids to become Scotland's first female Muslim MSP in action plan to tackle racists

ByJohn Ferguson

4 OCT 2020

Anum Qaisar-Javed was first called a ‘P*ki’ the day after turning nine on September 11, 2001.

Terror attacks 3000 miles away in America caused life to change abruptly and her family’s local mosque in Motherwell was fire-bombed a few weeks later.

Today, the modern studies teacher is bidding to become Scotland’s first female Muslim MSP after being convinced by her pupils to stand up against discrimination.

She told one bigot who asked her to go home: “Babes… my husband, siblings and I were all born in Scotland. I’m already home.”

Anum is now seeking selection as the SNP’s Holyrood candidate in May in Uddingston and Bellshill, close to where she grew up in North Lanarkshire.

She said: “Both experiencing and witnessing injustice is what sparked my interest in politics.

“That tweet was not the first time I have had to deal with racism and, unfortunately, I don’t think it will be the last.

“The first time was when I was nine and it was the day after 9/11, which had been my birthday.

SNP MSP candidate, Anum Qaisar-Javed, has opened up about her battle against racism. (Image: Garry F McHarg Daily Record)

“A boy waiting for the school bus asked me why my skin was a dirty colour and if I was born in mud.

“He then started asking if my family were terrorists and called me a ‘P*ki’.

“So I do think that there is a long way to go in tackling discrimination but at least we are now talking about race, which is positive.

“I just try to deal with it in a way that is not aggressive but still gets my point across and hopefully makes people think twice about their attitudes.

“It was great to get the First Minister’s support because it makes me feel people are on my side.

“I believe Scotland is a really welcoming and warm country and I have had so much support from so many people here.

“But there is still lots of progress to be made and, if I get elected to Holyrood, I would want to work to combat all forms of discrimination.”

The Uddingston and Bellshill seat is held by the SNP’s Richard Lyle, who is stepping down as an MSP.

Politics was central to Anum’s family life growing up when she would debate with her dad around the dinner table.

She added: “When I was still at primary school, I wrote to Tony Blair to explain that I disagreed with his decision to participate in the Iraq War.

“My dad always encouraged me to read and to critically analyse and debate current affairs.

“I studied politics at university and, as a teacher, I have been examining reasons for under-representation of women and ethnic minorities with my National 5 and Higher modern studies classes.

“My pupils can clearly see the Scottish Parliament doesn’t fully reflect society. Some older children who knew I had been involved with the SNP asked me why there was a lack of ethnic minorities and if I would ever consider standing.

“It was definitely something that made me eventually decide to put my name forward.

“Being the first female Asian MSP would be an unbelievable honour and, if it happened, I would hopefully inspire other women of colour to break through as well.

Anum was previously a member of the Labour Party but switched to the SNP a few days after the 2014 referendum.

She added: “My maternal grandfather moved to Manchester in the 60s and always voted Labour. He would tell his children to vote for the Labour Party as that was the party for the working class and they supported immigration.

“But, as the referendum continued, I felt Labour were abandoning their founding principles of social justice and protecting the most vulnerable. They first took the voters for granted and then cosied up to the Tories – and I could not, in good conscience, remain a member.

“I had campaigned for a Yes vote along with Labour for Independence and I voted Yes. A few days after the referendum, I joined the SNP.”

Anum grew up in Motherwell with her shopkeeper parents and two younger brothers. She studied politics at Stirling University and now lives with her husband, who is a doctor.

She previously worked for Carol Monaghan MP as a parliamentary researcher and with Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf as a caseworker.

She added: “People are watching the way Boris Johnson has handled this pandemic and are not impressed with the lack of a four-nations approach.

“Again and again, the voice of Scotland is cast aside and people are becoming more aware of how Westminster is just not working.

“I see another independence referendum on the horizon and, if selected as the SNP candidate for Uddingston and Bellshill, I’ll be lobbying for this within the party.”

Another political priority would be better mental health support for young people. She added: “Lockdown was difficult for everyone and the mental health impact on young people is clear since coming back to school.

“I have spent a fair amount of time ensuring pupils are all at the same stage and catching up with pupils who missed work during lockdown.

“I believe there should be more mental health services available at schools, especially with the negative impact of Covid-19 and the potential widening of the attainment gap.

“I’m passionate about education and want to ensure positive steps are taken by the Scottish Government and Parliament to create different paths of educational attainment for our young people.

“I’d also want to be a strong local voice for my constituency. I’m ready to hit the ground running immediately.”

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/msp-candidate-opens-up-lifelong-22788156

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Danish Far-Right Activists Stage Koran-Burning Stunt In Muslim-Populated Neighbourhood 

3 Oct, 2020

Denmark news

Danish Stram Kurs (“Hard Line”) party has staged a Koran-burning protests in an area of the town of Fredericia mostly populated by Turkish and Muslim immigrants. The stunt attracted a group of angry locals, one man was detained.

The activists, led by the party’s head Rasmus Paludan appeared in Fredericia on late Friday afternoon. While the protest was originally expected to take place at a local park, the group instead stood on a cordoned-off lawn by a local supermarket under watch of multiple police officers.

The Stram Kurs members tossed around and burned several copies of the Koran, insisting the stunt was needed to send a political message.

‘What we are doing today is, we are telling the truth about Islam, because many people in Denmark don't know what Islam is about, so we want to explain what Islam is about, and that the values and judgments of Islam are very, very in contradiction to Danish western European values,” Paludan stated.

The stunt has attracted a group of angry locals, who condemned the Stram Kurs’ activities. Footage from the scene shows one man detained by the police after he breached the cordoned-off lawn reserved for the provocative stunt.

The far-right party, founded back in 2017, has repeatedly engaged in similar stunts in Denmark, as well as in neighboring Nordic countries. The latest – and arguably one of the most ‘efficient’ – protests of the kind was held by the party late in August in Sweden’s Malmo.

Paludan himself was pre-emotively banned from entering Sweden for two years after he announced the Koran-burning event, yet his supporters proceeded with the stunt without their leader. The stunt prompted a very angry reaction among Malmo’s Muslim population, resulting in protests that promptly tumbled into outright rioting with blazing barricades in the streets and clashes.

While the Stram Kurs party is well known for its anti-Islam activism and Koran-burning events, its political achievements remain quite modest. The party did not manage to get any seats during any elections it took part in, failing to get past the 2 percent threshold during the latest general election in 2019.

https://www.rt.com/news/502472-koran-burning-denmark-far-right/

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Brit kids groomed by sick far-right video games showing Muslims being beheaded

ByGrace Macaskill

3 OCT 2020

Far-right groups are recruiting children as young as nine with sick video games, a charity warns.

Exit UK, which helps people leave far-right groups, told how one British fascist sent 1,000 USB sticks with 30 neo-Nazi games on to young people.

Kids are recruited by extreme groups on forums, then encouraged to join other groups on encrypted messenger sites such as WhatsApp and Telegram, where they are offered the videos.

Recent games distributed across the country include ones that show Muslims being stabbed and decapitated, Jews being gunned down in a synagogue and black people being shot.

Exit UK head Nigel Bromage said: “What we are seeing is truly shocking. These faceless, core recruiters of the far-right are experts at grooming children, manipulating them through social media, memes and videos.

“The youngest child we’ve helped was just nine, whose older brother was giving him neo-Nazi games to play which showed Germans shooting British or American soldiers and people of Jewish heritage being hurt.

“The far-right is basically grooming young children into this terrible world of hate and it is heart-breaking. You can imagine how upset the mother of those two boys was when she came to us.”

Nigel, a reformed far-right activist who was once part of the National Front and Combat 18, fears lockdown has made fascists’ recruiting easier.

Since April, his team has taken 150 calls from worried family members or extremists wanting to leave far-right groups, up from 60 last year.

“They’ve seen the anti-Semitism, the 5G conspiracy theorists, the non-PC jokes and items about migrants. Most are sickened and say ‘We don’t want any part of this’, but other people become interested and start exploring forums where extremists are ready to groom them. From there they are persuaded into encrypted messenger sites where communication is set up.

“We are aware that one Brit made a neo-Nazi video that was put onto USB sticks and sent out to 1,000 people. It’s hard to control. They don’t charge for them because it’s all about brainwashing.

“They are crudely made but if this violence is your first introduction to the far-right and it’s that violent, where does that lead? These recruiters... simply urge people to commit direct action with videos like these and young people don’t realise they are just being used.”

A report by anti-extremist campaign Hope Not Hate revealed that many young people will buy into conspiracy theories pushed by racists and fascists because they feel alienated by the political system. Almost half of young men aged 16-24 surveyed believed that political violence is necessary in extreme circumstances.

Fourteen per cent of the same age group think Jewish people have an unhealthy control over the world’s banking system and 15 per cent believe the Holocaust was exaggerated.

Almost six in ten of those questioned have witnessed or experienced racism on social media.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/brit-kids-groomed-sick-far-22787774

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Former Associate Of Oakland’s Your Black Muslim Bakery Charged With Trying To Allegedly Rip-Off COVID Paycheck Protection Program

October 3, 2020

Sharieff Dahood Bey,

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Sharieff Dahood Bey, who has a major figure with Oakland’s Your Black Muslim Bakery, has been charged by federal prosecutors with bank fraud for allegedly trying to rip off the Paycheck Protection Program, set up to assist businesses struggling during the COVID pandemic, for more than $22 million.

Bey, who also went by several aliases — Attila Colar, Sharieff Dahood Bey, Sharieff Dahood Bey, Dawud Azadene and Attilla Collan — was charged on Friday after an investigation involving several federal agencies.

According to the criminal complaint filed by U.S. Attorney David Anderson, Bey — who was charged under his birth name Attila Colar — the 48-year-old Richmond resident submitted three applications between April and June of 2020, on behalf of Hercules-based non-profit All Hands on Deck, Inc.

All Hand on Deck is a non-profit that purports to provide housing “to men getting out of prison, food bank services, life and work skills, trainings, resiliency treatment services, prenatal life skills, and a variety of necessary know hows to survive in today’s society.”

Colar received over $1.1 million from one of those loans. The complaint separately alleges that six more applications were submitted in that same time period on behalf of two other entities linked to Colar — The Family Investment Group, Inc. and Oversight Security, Inc.

The criminal complaint described how the loan applications were rife with false information, misleading statements, and glaring omissions.

“The Paycheck Protection Program is supposed to support everyday Americans suffering economic distress,” Anderson said in a news release. “The complaint describes the methodical preparation of fraudulent loan applications to deprive the program of $22 million that is sorely needed by the public to endure this national crisis.”

FBI Special Agent in Charge San Francisco John L. Bennett said the investigation unveiled an attempt by Colar to “fraudulently line his own pockets.”

“Based on the FBI’s investigation, Mr. Colar appears to have illegally used the Paycheck Protection Program to attempt to fraudulently line his own pockets,” Bennett said. “The FBI is quickly and carefully investigating all claims of PPP fraud to ensure that American businesses aren’t further victimized during this challenging time.”

The PPP is administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act is a federal law enacted in March of 2020 to provide emergency financial assistance to the millions of Americans who are suffering the economic effects caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

PPP loan proceeds must be used by the business on certain permissible expenses—payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities. The PPP allows the interest and principal on the PPP loan to be entirely forgiven if the business spends the loan proceeds on these expense items within a designated period of time and uses at least 60% of the PPP loan proceeds on payroll expenses. Loans made through the PPP are 100% guaranteed by the SBA.

The complaint alleges Colar prepared numerous loans for submission through the PPP. One such application, submitted in June 2020, requested $2 million from a bank in Salt Lake City, Utah. That loan was ultimately funded in the amount of $1,113,112.

The complaint alleges the application contained false information including bogus employee names, false payroll records, and fraudulent tax documents. For example, the application was supported by IRS Forms 941 that purported to establish All Hands on Deck employed 45 people in the third quarter of 2019 and 81 people in both the fourth quarter of 2019 and the first quarter of 2020. Nevertheless, the names of the purported employees not only included one of Colar’s aliases, it also included two contractors and several current and former residents of All Hands on Deck, none of whom could support the information in the IRS forms.

Including the successful $2 million loan application submitted on behalf of All Hands on Deck in June, the complaint alleges Colar prepared several other loan applications, the following of which, were actually submitted to banks:

Federal prosecutors said Colar was charged with bank fraud. He faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine if convicted.

Magistrate Judge Westmore ordered Colar released on a $100,000 bond. Colar’s next federal court appearance is scheduled for October 27, 2020, for further proceedings.

https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2020/10/03/former-associate-of-oaklands-your-black-muslim-bakery-charged-with-trying-to-allegedly-rip-off-covid-paycheck-protection-program/

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North America

 

US journalist replies to Trump’s tweet about contracting coronavirus by posting Martyr Soleimani’s photo

Source : Almanar

October 3, 2020

The famous US journalist, Max Blumenthal, replied to the US President Donald Trump’s tweet in which he announced that he and his wife Melania tested positive for the coronavirus by posting the photo of the former commander of IRGC’s Al-Quds Force, martyr General Qassem Soleimani.

On January 3، a US drone strike near Baghdad International Airport assassinated General Soleimani، former commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps. The attack — that also killed Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis، the second-in-command of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) anti-terror group، along with several others— came while General Soleimani was on an official visit to the Iraqi capital.

Trump and his wife had tested positive for COVID-19 and gone into quarantine after holding rallies with thousands of people in recent weeks in the run-up to the Nov. 3 election

We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!” the president said in a late night tweet.

https://en.abna24.com/news//us-journalist-replies-to-trump%e2%80%99s-tweet-about-contracting-coronavirus-by-posting-martyr-soleimani%e2%80%99s-photo_1075190.html

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CAIR-Minnesota:  Muslims Plan To Vote During This Contentious Election Season, No Matter Who Tries To Stop Them and What Tactics They Use

By BECKY Z. DERNBACH

OCTOBER 2, 2020

That was the message at a news conference led by faith groups in Minneapolis’ Cedar Riverside neighbourhood Friday.

“We will not allow our voices to be silenced,” said Mohamed Ibrahim, deputy director of CAIR-Minnesota. “Not only that, we will also not allow for our votes to be suppressed.”

The event outside the Cedar Riverside Apartments capped a tumultuous week in which President Donald J. Trump and right-wing activists attempted to cast doubts on the integrity of voting in the Somali community.

Faith leaders from Islamic Association of North America, Muslim American Society – MN, Faith in Minnesota, and CAIR-Minnesota were joined by Christian and Jewish leaders as well as elected officials, including Attorney General Keith Ellison and state Reps. Melissa Hortman, Aisha Gomez, and Mohamud Noor.

“Every election year there is a playbook used by some politicians,” said Imam Hassan Jama, the executive director of the Islamic Association of North America. “The playbook is to use Muslims, Somalis, refugees, and immigrants as scapegoats in order to divide people by what they look like or where they came from instead of offering solutions that could help all of our families.”

Abdisalam Adam, an imam, educator and Fridley school board member, reflected on how he learned about democracy and the importance of civic engagement when he first arrived in the United States. He was dismayed to hear attacks on his community’s participation in the political process from the president of the United States.

“I never thought I would stand before the media to protest against voter suppression, that people who have the determination and the energy to vote are being asked not to go,” he said. “We’d like to tell those people who are trying to intimidate the voters, the Muslim voters, the immigrant voters, that you cannot stop the desire of people to realize the American dream.”

The Somali community’s high voter participation rate and the number of Somali Americans who have been elected to office in recent years is cause for celebration, he added. In the August primary, 49 percent of voters in Minneapolis’ Ward 6, home to Cedar Riverside, cast a ballot in a city council special election–compared to 22 percent of voters who turned out statewide. Three quarters of Ward 6 votes were cast absentee, according to City of Minneapolis data—a higher percentage than any other ward in the city.

Recent Islamophobic attacks have not been limited to the voting process. Qorsho Hassan, who earlier this year was the first Somali American educator to be named Minnesota’s Teacher of the Year, spoke about her experience visiting Duluth over the weekend, days before President Trump’s visit there on Wednesday. She was circled and harassed by white men in a pickup truck. They were “screaming and yelling make America great again rhetoric,” she said.

“But here’s the thing,” she added. “Proud Boys can’t silence us,” a reference to the white supremacist group President Trump name-checked in Tuesday’s presidential debate.

Christian and Jewish leaders spoke up at the news conference as well. Rev. Curtiss DeYoung, the CEO of the Minnesota Council of Churches, noted MCC’s long history of resettling refugees in Minnesota and decried the recent attacks on Muslims.

“Some of those shouting hate claim to be Christians,” he said. “There is no place in our faith for demeaning, dismissing, or dehumanizing other folks.”

“Our nation’s leaders are using the language and machinery of white nationalism to target our communities and build their own power using fear and division,” said Carin Mrotz, executive director of Jewish Community Action.

Attorney General Keith Ellison told a story about the racist intimidation his grandfather faced when he organized Black voters with the NAACP in rural Louisiana in the 1950s. His grandmother received threatening calls that he had been tied to a tree (though he wasn’t). No one in town would sell him gasoline. A cross was burned across from his house.

“Whether it is rural Louisiana in the 1950s or ‘60s or ‘70s or even today, or whether it’s in Cedar Riverside in Minnesota, racists and bullies will try to intimidate you out of your vote. But you’ve got to have faith and know that you’re going to vote,” Ellison said. “Thank you for your courage, thank you for your bravery, and know that we got your back.”

Abdulahi Farah from Faith in Minnesota, an interfaith group advocating racial and economic justice, said the attacks had been focused on Cedar Riverside because the predominantly Somali neighborhood has high voter turnout and a high usage of absentee voting. But the attacks would not work, he said.

“Our community has seen what voting does, and we’re taking full advantage in claiming our power,” he said.

Since March, a Muslim coalition has been organizing to turn the vote out in communities across the state. So far, Abdulahi said, they’ve made contacts or attempts with 20,000 potential voters through door knocking, phone banks, and text messages. Another phone bank is scheduled for next week–right in Cedar Riverside.

https://sahanjournal.com/politics/minnesota-faith-muslim-somali-vote/

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Of presidents and health, history is replete with secrecy and lies

By DEB RIECHMANN

04-10-2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Throughout American history, an uncomfortable truth has been evident: Presidents have lied about their health.

Now US President Donald Trump has been diagnosed with the COVID-19 disease. The White House initially said he had “mild symptoms.” By Friday evening, he was admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. After a rosy press conference by the president’s medical team, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said Saturday that Trump had gone through a “very concerning” period Friday and that the next 48 hours would be critical in terms of his care.

Trump remained at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Sunday. He offered his own assessment of his status Saturday evening in a video from his hospital suite, saying he was beginning to feel better and hoped to “be back soon.”

In a four-minute video Trump said he “wasn’t feeling so well” when he was admitted to the hospital but that “I feel much better now” and that “we’re working hard to get me all the way back.”

Pandemics have cursed the presidencies of both Trump and Woodrow Wilson. Each played down the viruses that killed hundreds of thousands of Americans. Both presidents got sick — and each had to decide how much to tell the public.

He was at talks in Paris on ending World War I when he fell ill in April 1919. His symptoms were so severe and surfaced so suddenly that his personal physician, Cary Grayson, thought he had been poisoned. After a fitful night caring for Wilson, Grayson wrote a letter back to Washington to inform the White House that the president was very sick.

Flash forward 100 years. In a tweet at 12:54 a.m. Friday, Trump told the world that he and first lady Melania Trump had contracted COVID-19

The White House initially shared few details about his condition. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said he was taken to Walter Reed many hours later “out of an abundance of caution.”

However sick he was or wasn’t, his COVID-19 was startling since Trump had been declaring almost daily that the nation had turned the corner on the disease, which has killed 208,000 people in the United States.

Trump has said he has played down the pandemic so as not to create panic, but there were political reasons for doing so. Seeking another four years in office, Trump did not want the US economy to tank before the November 3 election.

“The Wilson administration, for a very different reason, completely downplayed the pandemic,” said John Barry, an adjunct professor in public health at Tulane University whose book “The Great Influenza” chronicles the 1918-19 pandemic that sickened Wilson and killed 675,000 Americans. “Wilson was concerned that any negative news about anything would detract from the war effort — decrease the energy that people would put into winning the war. In this case, there are more strictly political benefits.”

William Howell, professor of American politics at the University of Chicago, wonders how transparent the White House will be about Trump’s case of COVID-19.

“He is obviously going to be eager to get back onto the campaign trail,” Howell said. “He has all kinds of incentives to signal strength and to get back into the mix. He’s going to want to.”

But he added: “This is a president who’s been less than straightforward over the course of his presidency about all manner of factual issues. And so, is he to be believed is a good cause of real concern.”

History is replete with examples of how presidents have kept the American public in the dark about their ailments and medical conditions.

President Grover Cleveland, fearing poor health would be a political weakness, underwent secret oral surgery late at night in a private yacht in Long Island Sound. The cancerous lesion taken from his mouth was displayed in 2000 in an exhibit by the College of Physicians, a Philadelphia-based medical society.

After leading the nation through a decade of war and depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt was diagnosed early in 1944 as suffering from high blood pressure, hypertensive heart disease, cardiac failure and acute bronchitis.

The problems also betrayed an underlying arteriosclerosis – hardening of the arteries. Roosevelt was put on a low-salt diet and ordered to cut down on smoking. But with an election coming on, Roosevelt and the White House staff issued a statement saying the problem was far less serious.

“The stories that he’s in bad health are understandable enough around election time, but they are not true,” his doctor told a reporter. Historians now believe his doctors concealed all the facts from their patient and the public.

US President Franklin D. Roosevelt speaks on a national radio program from the White House in Washington, June 12, 1944. (Eugene Abbott/AP)

According to historian Robert Dallek, President John F. Kennedy suffered more pain and illness than most people knew and took as many as eight medications a day, including painkillers, stimulants, sleeping pills and hormones to keep him alive. Dallek, who wrote a biography on Kennedy, examined medical files from the last eight years of Kennedy’s life before Kennedy was assassinated.

As president, Kennedy was known for having a bad back, and since his death, biographers have pieced together details of other illnesses, including persistent digestive problems and Addison’s disease, a life-threatening lack of adrenal function. Kennedy went to great lengths to conceal his ailments, even denying to reporters that he had Addison’s disease.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower had a serious heart attack in 1955, while vacationing in Colorado. He was hospitalized for six weeks. Instead of advising Eisenhower not to run for a second term, his doctor recommended that more time in office would aid his recovery.

In 1841, William Henry Harrison became ill with what doctors thought was pneumonia caused by cold weather during his inauguration, where he rode horseback sans topcoat. The White House did not tell the public that Harrison was sick. Harrison died just nine days after becoming ill and only one month after taking the oath of office.

After pools of reporters began to cover nearly every moment that a president is in public, it became harder for commanders-in-chief to keep their medical conditions private.

The first known instance of a so-called pool reporter inside the White House was in 1881 when James A. Garfield was shot. As he lay in bed, Associated Press reporter Franklin Trusdell sat outside the president’s sick room, listening to him breathe and sharing updates with other correspondents.

“I listen for every sound,” Trusdell wrote to his wife in a note about his overnight Garfield watch at the White House. “A dog barking in the distance is heard. A fountain splashes on the lawn. Not a step is heard in the mansion. The president sleeps.”

https://www.timesofisrael.com/of-presidents-and-health-history-is-replete-with-secrecy-and-lies/

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Mideast

 

Senior Lebanese Sunni cleric hails Ayatollah Taskhiri as role model of anti-colonialism

Source : Taghrib News

October 3, 2020

Secretary General of Lebanon’s Union of Resistance Scholars  lauded Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Taskhiri, advisor of Supreme Leader in Muslim world affairs as role model of fighting colonialism in a webinar held to mark the late Iranian cleric on Wednesday.

Shiekh Mahir Hamoud, senior cleric from Lebanon, in his remarks in the international webinar held from the Lebanese capital praised Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Taskhiri as a pure man in love of other people who endeavored to bring people closer together.

“This great man began the fight from his own ego” said the Lebanese cleric and highlighted that as the reason why his words would find the way to the hearts of all people.

Sheikh Mahir Hamoud underlined the loyalty of Ayatollah Taskhiri for Islamic Revolution and said,” He can be called as the clear example of fighting against colonialism and boosting solidarity among Muslims.

Top cleric stressed that the changes should happen within Muslims ahead of liberation of al-Aqsa Mosque since the holy mosque will not be freed while Muslims disagree with each other.

The scholar made the comments in an international webinar held to mark the 40th day after demise of Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Taskhiri, advisor of the Supreme Leader and former secretary general of World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought.

He passed away due to heart disease on August 18 and his body was laid to rest in the holy shrine of Lady Masoumeh (AS) in Qom.

https://en.abna24.com/news//senior-lebanese-sunni-cleric-hails-ayatollah-taskhiri-as-role-model-of-anti-colonialism_1075200.html

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Fariba Adelkhah: French-Iranian academic temporarily released in Iran

04-10-2020

French-Iranian academic Fariba Adelkhah has been temporarily released from prison with an electronic ankle bracelet, her lawyer has said.

She is now with her family in the Iranian capital, Tehran, Saeid Dehghan said.

He hoped this temporary release would become final, he told the AFP news agency.

The academic was given a six-year jail term on national security charges in May.

She received a five-year term for conspiring against national security and one year for propaganda.

"We have not yet [given] a date for her return to prison, but we hope that this temporary release will become final," Mr Dehghan told AFP without providing further details.

The 61-year-old anthropologist and researcher at SciencesPo university in Paris was detained last year.

In recent years, Iran has arrested dozens of foreign and dual nationals on national security charges. Some, including British-Iranian charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, are on temporary release because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Iranian authorities do not recognise dual nationality for Iranian citizens and they have not granted French diplomats consular access rights.

The SciencesPo researcher is a specialist in social anthropology and the political anthropology of post-revolutionary Iran, and has written a number of books, including Revolution under the Veil: Islamic Women of Iran.

At the time of her arrest, she was examining the movement of Shia clerics between Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq, and had spent time in the holy city of Qom.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-54402098

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South Asia

 

15 killed, 30 injured in car bomb explosion in Nangarhar, Afghanistan

Source : Islam Times

October 3, 2020

At least 15 people were killed and over 30 others were wounded in a car bomb explosion near the district governor’s compound in the eastern province of Nangarhar on Saturday afternoon, local officials said.

The Nangarhar governor’s spokesman confirmed the casualties and said some gunmen wanted to enter the district governor’s compound but were killed by security forces, Tolo News reported.

Obaidullah Shinwari, member of Nangahar provincial council, said at least eight of those killed in the attack are civilians.

The official did not provide further details.

https://en.abna24.com/news//15-killed-30-injured-in-car-bomb-explosion-in-nangarhar-afghanistan_1075277.html

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Prominent Afghan Umpire Loses 4 Family Members in Nangarhar Blast

By Mohammad Haroon Alim

04 Oct 2020

Bismillah Jan Shinwari, an Afghan prominent cricket umpire, lost four of his close family members in a blast, which occurred Saturday in Ghanikhail district of Nangarhar province.

Reports indicate he has lost a cousin, including two of her children and a nephew in the blast.

Two of his other minor aged relatives were injured in the explosion that took the lives of more than 15 individuals.

Shinwari is said to have been in Kabul during the time of the incident. He is a well-known international cricket council registered umpire.

He has reportedly officiated many international matches, twenty tournaments and ODIs.

It is reported that his entire family including his mother and father live close to the area, where the incident occurred, where many innocent lives were taken.

Presidential Palace released a statement in regards to the blast saying, “The Taliban and other terrorist groups, in collusion with them, continue their terrorist activities and, like today’s terrorist attack in Nangarhar, kill civilians every day and destroy public infrastructures.”

https://www.khaama.com/nangarhar-blast-claims-4-family-members-of-the-prominent-cricket-umpire-987868/

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Grassroots Units: AL chief riled by inclusion of tainted faces

October 04, 2020

Partha Pratim Bhattacharjee

Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday expressed disappointment after seeing several names of "wrongdoers and infiltrators" were proposed for inclusion in the district, city and upazila committees of the party.

The AL president, also the prime minister, ordered leaders concerned to form committees with tested and dedicated leaders to further strengthen the party at the grassroots.

Names of senior leaders were dropped while people close to local lawmakers and influential local leaders were included in many of the committees, Hasina said, adding that she didn't want the committees to be formed through nepotism, insiders told The Daily Star.

Hasina said these at a meeting of the AL Central Working Committee (ALCWC), the highest decision-making body of the party, at the Gono Bhaban.

According to party insiders, drafts for at least 20 district committees were submitted at the party president's Dhanmondi office earlier.

The people named in the draft included several leaders accused of corruption and repression against women, and personal staff and close relatives of the district committee president and general secretaries, the insiders added.

At yesterday's meeting, Hasina read out some of the drafts and mentioned the names of some "controversial and tainted individuals", said sources.

She also mentioned that some former presidents, general secretaries and vice-presidents of immediate past committees who have no allegations against them and have been dedicated to the party were dropped. She sent back the drafts and asked those to be reformed according to her guidelines.

ALCWC leaders who are infected with the coronavirus or have any family members infected with Covid-19 were asked to not attend the meeting. The last ALCWC meeting was held on March 9.

She also asked her party men to be prepared to serve the people as she feared that the Covid-19 situation may worsen during the coming winter, meeting sources said.

The ruling party yesterday formed eight high-powered committees for eight divisions to strengthen the organisational activities of the party.

In her introductory speech, Hasina said her government has been able to put the coronavirus pandemic under control because different ministries and government organisations, including the health ministry and Directorate General of Health Services, worked sincerely.

"Some people are saying many things regarding the Directorate General of Health Services or health ministry… Whatever I've directed them [to do] on an emergency basis, they have done. They worked properly… That's why we've been able to put coronavirus under control," she said, reports UNB.

She said when directing them to do anything on coronavirus-related issues, she asked that the work be done bypassing government rules as it was urgent to provide medical services to the people.

The prime minister thanked all government organisations, AL and its associated bodies for their coordinated and sincere efforts to help people.

https://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/news/grassroots-units-al-chief-riled-inclusion-tainted-faces-1971897

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Southeast Asia

 

Fahmi Fadzil reiterates Anwar prepared to consider role for Muhyiddin, with greater goal of setting Malaysia back on track

04 Oct 2020

BY SOO WERN JUN

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 4 — On the back of Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s announcement that he is willing to work with Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, PKR communication director said Malaysians have nothing to worry about.

Fahmi Fadzil, who has been with PKR for 10 years, said what is important is how Pakatan Harapan (PH) can set the country back on track.

“What’s important is the intention of this move; it is very clear and that is to set the country back in the right direction,” Fahmi told Malay Mail.

Days before the Sabah polls on September 26, Anwar made an announcement indicating that he has the numbers to form a new government.

The PKR president also said that he was willing to work with Muhyiddin, who is his counterpart in Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu), should he form a new government.

Anwar said he had no personal issues with the Pagoh MP and added that the latter’s willingness to work with him would help with a peaceful power transition.

In supporting Anwar’s views, Fahmi said this was an opportunity for those who supported the coup in February to repent and fix the mistakes they made.

“I was very disappointed with some of my colleagues because this is a strong duty and they were willing to betray that to me this is vile, and I wouldn’t say that I don’t fault them for wanting it.

“But I also want to say that they have an opportunity to repent and fix the mistakes they’ve made, just as how some people asked why I was willing to accept Dr Mahathir into PH knowing what he had done to Anwar and family and the reform movement.

“Those who made the wrong move by supporting the clever coup in February, they have an opportunity to fix things and be on the right side of history,” said Fahmi. 

Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was originally from Umno before quitting the party in 2016 to form Bersatu with Muhyiddin and was subsequently ousted. He has since formed a new party called Pejuang.

In late February, then PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali led 10 MPs out of the party to support Perikatan Nasional (PN), triggering one of the country’s worst political crises and shortening the rule of PH, the coalition he helped put in power.

When asked about PH not taking the route of vesting in propaganda to stay in power, Fahmi said a part of why the coalition lost to PN was due to those who refused to depart from their previous struggles.

“By commission are the so-called deep state — those who call out deep state, but were the ones who were the deep state — and crying wolf when they were the wolves.

“I hope and pray that if Anwar is able to pull this off, we learn from one another and move forward and Malaysia will be a more politically matured country,” he said.

In March, Muhyiddin became prime minister after Istana Negara said he had the majority support compared to other candidates following the fall of the PH administration.

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2020/10/04/fahmi-fadzil-dont-worry-about-working-with-muhyiddin-focus-on-setting-the-c/1909274

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Hulu Rajang MP denies supporting Anwar to be next PM

04 Oct 2020

MYT

KUCHING, Oct 4 — Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) MP for Hulu Rajang Datuk Wilson Ugak Kumbong vehemently denied supporting Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to be the Prime Minister in forming a new government.

He said he had never mentioned or had any intention of supporting the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president, refuting a report by The Coverage dated October 3 which published a list of 121 MPs supporting Anwar to be the next prime minister, where his name was in the list.

“That is incredible. I never mentioned supporting Datuk Seri Anwar. As far as I’m concerned, I’m with GPS, and my boss is Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg. We are in the (GPS) team, we are in the group.

“I don’t know (how my name got in the list). Whatever they put there, I’m not with them,” he said when contacted by The Borneo Post today.

Asked what may be the motive behind the publication of the list, the Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) supreme council member said he does not know, adding that even he was very surprised when he came across the online news report last night.

“That one I don’t know, not in my knowledge whatever they put anywhere. But to me, I support GPS, and GPS supports Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as the Prime Minister.

“All of us in GPS support Muhyiddin as the Prime Minister,” he said.

According to the report by an online news portal The Coverage, of all 121 names of MPs, 15 were from Sarawak.

Out of that, four are from GPS and two from Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB). The rest are from Pakatan Harapan.

The 15 Sarawak MPs in the list are Mordi Bimol (Mas Gading, DAP), Dr Kelvin Yii (Bandar Kuching, DAP), Chong Chieng Jen (Stampin, DAP), Datuk Seri Richard Riot (Serian, SUPP), Masir Kujat (Sri Aman, PSB), Jugah Muyang (Lubok Antu, Independent), Wong Ling Biu (Sarikei, DAP), Larry Sng (Julau, PKR), Alice Lau (Lanang, DAP), Oscar Ling (Sibu, DAP), Baru Bian (Selangau, PSB), Datuk Wilson Ugak (Hulu Rajang, PRS), Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing (Bintulu, PDP), Michael Teo (Miri, PKR) and Anyi Ngau (Baram, PDP).

Jugah also rebutted the list, saying that the list was just a rumor purposely being spread to propagate fake news.

“No, it’s just speculation, just rumor, fake news only. I stand firm supporting Pakatan Nasional (PN) and GPS,” he said.

Meanwhile, soon after the report was published last night, PKR Communications Chief Ahmad Fahmi Mohamed Fadzil in a Twitter post denied revealing any list of 121 MP names supporting Anwar to become the next prime minister as published in the news portal.

“Not true, I do not have the list as claimed, and has never given any list to anybody,” he said in his Twitter post dated October 3 at 10.34pm.

This was following some reports claiming that the name list was provided by him.

Efforts to contact other Sarawak MPs for comments are still ongoing.

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2020/10/04/hulu-rajang-mp-denies-supporting-anwar-to-be-next-pm/1909423

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More than 500 Muslim students receive achievement awards from Mendaki in virtual ceremony

OCT 3, 2020

Malavika Menon

SINGAPORE - More than 500 Muslim students and youth received awards for their achievements from self-help group Yayasan Mendaki on Saturday (Oct 3).

The annual event, which was held virtually this year, celebrates students who displayed exceptional academic performance or excelled in a different area of life.

Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs and Mendaki chairman Masagos Zulkifli, who was guest of honour at the event, applauded the recipients for their achievement and urged the community to stay connected with Mendaki so that they may receive information and support that will help them prepare for what lies ahead.

Said Mr Masagos: "Given the uncertain times, some of you who graduated recently may be facing difficulties securing your ideal jobs. As a resilient community, I encourage you to keep an open mind and leverage on available opportunities, such as the SGUnited Traineeship programme, to gain experience, enhance your skills and build your networks and portfolios."

Four recipients were recognised for their contributions to the community. They received the Anugerah Gemilang Mendaki (Pinnacle Award) for embodying character, competency and citizenry. Among them was Muhammad Ismail Shogo Sahul Hamid, a trained befriender at inmate rehabilitation initiative Family and Inmates Through-care Assistance Haven (Fitrah).

Mr Ismail, 26, is currently pursuing a traineeship at the National University of Singapore's (NUS) Centre for Family and Population Research.

As an undergraduate student reading political science at NUS last year, Mr Ismail was keen on understanding criminality and the ground realities of convicts. He signed up for Fitrah's training programme, juggling the sessions with his studies.

Before Covid-19 disrupted operations, Mr Ismail conducted home visits, assessing inmates' needs and working with incarcerated individuals and with families who have members on death row.

Contrasting his experience in the classroom and at the grassroots level, Mr Ismail said: "When we study about rehabilitation or reintegration in university, we take a theoretical approach, but through Fitrah, I was able to understand the issues on the ground and gather new perspective about how to help these vulnerable groups."

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/more-than-500-muslim-students-receive-achievement-awards-from-mendaki-in-virtual-ceremony

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Africa

 

Nigeria: Boko Haram - Military Approaches Cameroon for Support

4 OCTOBER 2020

By Michael Olugbode

Maiduguri — The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), a combined military formation of West and Central African countries, at the weekend, approached the Cameroonian forces for assistance, especially in terms of reinforcement, to enable them turn the tide against the Boko Haram terrorist group in the troubled Chad Basin. The request followed a spate of attacks by the insurgents lately, which involved several military fatalities.

The terrorist group has continued to pose a serious threat along the Chad Basin, launching three attacks on the convoy of the Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum. The second attack claimed the lives of about 30 persons, mostly security personnel on the convoy. A third attack followed just days after. Just before the attacks on the governor's convoy, the insurgents had killed a Nigerian army commander and some of his soldiers in an ambush also in Borno State.

It was against this backdrop that MNJTF, which comprises units from Nigeria, Benin, Cameroon, Chad, and Niger, contacted the Cameroonian military for support.

A press release yesterday by the Chief of Military Public Information of the N'Djamena-headquartered formation, Colonel Muhammad Dole, revealed that the MNJTF Force Commander (FC), Major General Ibrahim Manu Yusuf, made the appeal during a three-day operational visit to Cameroonian formations/units in Maroua, in the Far North Region of the Republic of Cameroon.

Dole stated, "It is pertinent to note that the operations of Sector 1 MNJTF (Cameroon) are closely linked with the operations of other formations of the Cameroonian Defence Forces. These include Operation EMERGENCE by the 4th Joint Military Region and the 4th Gendarmerie Region as well as Operation ALPHA by the Rapid Intervention Battalion (BIR), all located in Maroua."

He explained that the purpose of the visit was to enhance the synergy between the MNJTF and the adjoining national operations of the Cameroonian Defence Forces.

The statement said, "On arrival, Major General Yusuf paid a courtesy visit to the Governor of the Far North Region, His Excellency, Midjiyawa Bakari," who commended the MNJTF for stabilising and restoring relative peace to the Lake Chad Basin.

Dole stated that Bakari appreciated the sacrifices of the soldiers from the MNJTF Troops Contributing Countries and assured them that the on-going military operations would ultimately bring peace and security for sustainable development of the region.

According to the statement, Yusuf, in his response, appreciated the political support and public goodwill extended to Sector 1 of MNJTF. He added that the support had facilitated the smooth execution of non-kinetic operations, leading to the surrender of several insurgents in Sector 1 Area of Operation.

Dole stated that the FC was emphatic on the unalloyed commitment of the MNJTF to creating conducive environment for the return of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and refugees to their homes to pursue their legitimate economic activities.

Yusuf also visited the Headquarters of Fourth Joint Military Region, where the Commander, Major General Saly Mohamadou, extolled the existing synergy among Operations EMERGENCE, ALFA and troops of Sector 1 of MNJTF. Mohamadou, however, urged the Force Commander to explore additional areas in which the two operations could further consolidate on the operational successes recorded. He expressed the willingness to continue with joint operations between the national and MNJTF forces in the region.

Yusuf acknowledged the need for sensitisation of national forces on the imperative of non-kinetic measures as complementary efforts to kinetic operation to ensure continuous insurgents defection, the statement said. He added that winning public support was a tested veritable strategy for successful counter-insurgency operations in the region. The FC urged commanders of both the national and MNJTF forces to sustain regular operational visits for better understanding and mutual benefits.

https://allafrica.com/stories/202010040032.html

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Boko Haram: How terrorists, their hideouts were destroyed in Borno – Military

October 3, 2020

By Seun Opejobi

The Defence Headquarters on Saturday said the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole has neutralized some Boko Haram terrorists in the Northeast.

Disclosing this feat, the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche said the ATF destroyed a hideout of the terrorists in the Northeast, NAN reports.

A statement issued by Enenche in Abuja said the crews of the subsidiary Operation Hail Storm2, had on October 1, neutralized several terrorists and destroyed their hideouts at Maima and Tusuy near Warshale and Tongule along the Dikwa-Rann axis of Borno.

According to Enenche, credible intelligence reports and series of aerial surveillance missions lead to the neutralization of the terrorists.

Enenche said the Air Task Force dispatched an appropriate force package of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets and helicopter gunships to engage the two locations.

https://dailypost.ng/2020/10/03/boko-haram-how-terrorists-their-hideouts-were-destroyed-in-borno-military/

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Islamic leaders boycott Oduduwa Republic rally, Gani Adams tackles Igboho

October 4, 2020

Olufemi Olaniyi and Daud Olatunji

Five Yoruba speaking Islamic leaders in Nigeria have boycotted a conference on Oduduwa Republic organised by the Centre For Global Peace Initiative which involved Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams.

The religious leaders faulted their inclusion in what they described as secession talks being championed by some agitators in the South-West states .

Both the Center For global Peace Initiative and Centre for Policy intervention in Africa had scheduled  the   zoom conference  for Saturday , October 3,  tagged, the great October  conference  with the theme, “Yoruba Muslims Vs Oduduwa Republic: Clash of perspectives.”

The Islamic invited as panelists are; Director of Muslim Rights Concern, Prof.  Ishaq  Akintola ; Chief Missionary, Ansar ud Deen Society;   Sheikh AbdrRahman Ahmad ;  Imam, University of Abuja, Prof. Taofiq AbdulAzeez ; Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan, Prof.  AbdulHafeez Oladosu and Mufti, Conference of Muslim Organisations; Sheikh Dhikrullah Shafi.

The organisers had invited the Adams as a keynote speaker while Prof. Yunusa Salami of the Department of Philosophy, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, was chosen as the lead presenter.

The religious leaders in a joint release, titled, “Re: Yoruba Muslims vs Oduduwa Republic: Clash of Perspectives: A Disclaimer,” dissociated from the conference which was later shifted.

Meanwhile, Adams, has said the agitator of Oodua Republic, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday  Igboho, did not invite him to lead the October 1 rally to sensitise the people on the need to carve  out Oodua Republic out of Nigeria.

Igboho had in September said in a video posted on Youtube that he and other people would stage a rally on the proposed Oodua Republic on October 1 and that the Aare Ona Kakanfo would lead the struggle.

In another video watched by our correspondent after October 1, Igboho lamented that he was betrayed by some Yoruba leaders. But when the BBC asked Adams whether he collected money to back off from the struggle, Adams denied.

Adams said at his level, he should not be expected to join such struggle without proper invitation or prior discussions before the day, saying that he was aware of Igboho’s comment.

He said, “It was uncharitable for Igboho to accuse me of betrayal because he was never part of the struggle in any way.’’

https://punchng.com/islamic-leaders-boycott-oduduwa-republic-rally-gani-adams-tackles-igboho/

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04 October 2020

 

First Fund contribution for Ayodhya mosque has come from a member of Hindu community

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• Islamist Party Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) Chief’s Elevation as Joint Oppn Movement’s Leader Raises Eyebrows In Pakistan

• Influential Sunni Scholar Al-Qaradaghi told Emmanuel Macron that Islam ‘Does Not Bear the Burden of Fake Cartoon Leaders of Your Industry’

• China's Treatment of Uyghur Muslims Sparks Anger near New Chinese Embassy Site in London

• Mosque Leader a ‘Real Life Hero’ In Las Vegas’ Historic Westside, Taking Action To A Black Neighbourhood That Was Being Left Behind

• Top Religious Figures from Iran, India Held Live Webinar On Late Ayatollah Taskhiri

• Abdullah to Visit India Oct. 6, after Wrapping 3-Day Trip to Pakistan

 

India

• India’s Secular Fabric Reinforced: First Donation for Ayodhya Mosque from Lucknow University Staffer, Rohit Srivastava

• Mumbai: New Programme Aims to Increase Representation of Minorities in Police Force

• Gujarat High Court Grants Relief to Muslim Man Facing Opposition by Hindu Residents over Residential Plot

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Pakistan

• Islamist Party Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) Chief’s Elevation as Joint Oppn Movement’s Leader Raises Eyebrows In Pakistan

• PM permission to broadcast Nawaz’s speech termed mistake

• Malik decides not to pursue cases against US blogger

• Ministry takes steps to protect children from abuse

• NAB appeal against Babar’s acquittal to be heard tomorrow

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Arab world

• Influential Sunni Scholar Al-Qaradaghi told Emmanuel Macron that Islam ‘Does Not Bear the Burden of Fake Cartoon Leaders of Your Industry’

• Egypt’s Al-Azhar Condemns Macron’s Remarks On 'Islamic Separatism And Isolationism'

• Shuaa Rolls Out Three Sharia-Compliant Investment Funds with $75m of Commitments

• CBUAE and DIEDC join forces to strengthen Islamic banking sector

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Europe

• China's Treatment of Uyghur Muslims Sparks Anger near New Chinese Embassy Site in London

• Islamic Jihad Ready to Participate In Palestinian National Council Elections

• Teacher bids to become Scotland's first female Muslim MSP in action plan to tackle racists

• Danish Far-Right Activists Stage Koran-Burning Stunt In Muslim-Populated Neighbourhood

• Brit kids groomed by sick far-right video games showing Muslims being beheaded

• Former Associate of Oakland’s Your Black Muslim Bakery Charged with Trying to Allegedly

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North America

• Mosque Leader a ‘Real Life Hero’ In Las Vegas’ Historic Westside, Taking Action To A Black Neighbourhood That Was Being Left Behind

• US Journalist Replies to Trump’s Tweet about Contracting Coronavirus by Posting Martyr Soleimani’s Photo

• CAIR-Minnesota:  Muslims Plan To Vote During This Contentious Election Season, No Matter Who Tries To Stop Them and What Tactics They Use

• Of presidents and health, history is replete with secrecy and lies

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Mideast

• Top Religious Figures from Iran, India Held Live Webinar On Late Ayatollah Taskhiri

• Senior Lebanese Sunni Cleric Hails Ayatollah Taskhiri as Role Model of Anti-Colonialism

• Fariba Adelkhah: French-Iranian academic temporarily released in Iran

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South Asia

• Abdullah to Visit India Oct. 6, after Wrapping 3-Day Trip to Pakistan

• 15 killed, 30 injured in car bomb explosion in Nangarhar, Afghanistan

• Prominent Afghan Umpire Loses 4 Family Members in Nangarhar Blast

• Grassroots Units: AL chief riled by inclusion of tainted faces

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Southeast Asia

• Fahmi Fadzil Reiterates Anwar Prepared To Consider Role for Muhyiddin, With Greater Goal of Setting Malaysia Back On Track

• Hulu Rajang MP denies supporting Anwar to be next PM

• More Than 500 Muslim Students Receive Achievement Awards from Mendaki In Virtual Ceremony

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Africa

• Nigeria: Boko Haram - Military Approaches Cameroon for Support

• Boko Haram: How terrorists, their hideouts were destroyed in Borno – Military

• Islamic Leaders Boycott Oduduwa Republic Rally, Gani Adams Tackles Igboho

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India’s Secular Fabric Reinforced: First Donation for Ayodhya Mosque from Lucknow University Staffer, Rohit Srivastava

Arshad Afzaal Khan

Oct 4, 2020

 

First Fund contribution for Ayodhya mosque has come from a member of Hindu community

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Ayodhya: India’s secular fabric was once again reinforced when a member of the Hindu community made the first contribution towards construction of the mosque complex in Ayodhya on Saturday. The Indo-Islamic Cultural Foundation (IICF) constituted by Sunni Waqf Board to build the mosque, library, museum and community kitchen on 5acre in Ayodhya received the first funds to its corpus from an employee of Lucknow University, law faculty, Rohit Srivastava, who donated Rs 21,000. The Trust accepted the cheque at its Lucknow office in presence of IICF secretary, Athar Husain and trustees Mohammad Rashid and Imran Ahmad.

Talking to TOI, Rohit Srivastava, said, “I come from a generation, which is rooted in syncretism, where religious barriers blur. I don’t celebrate Holi or Diwali without my Muslim friends and they too don’t celebrate the festival of Eid without me. This is just not about me. This is the story of crores of Hindus and Muslims in India.”

“Our families never taught us to be misguided in the name of religion. And I appeal to members of Hindu community to come forward and donate generously for the mosque to send out a message that Muslims are our brothers,” Rohit Srivastava added.

Talking to TOI, mosque Trust secretary Athar Hussain said, “The first contribution for building the mosque came from a Hindu brother and this exemplifies the Ganga-Jamuni tehzeeb or Indo-Islamic culture.”

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/first-donation-for-ayodhya-mosque-from-hindu-lu-staffer/articleshowprint/78470524.cms

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Islamist Party Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) Chief’s Elevation as Joint Oppn Movement’s Leader Raises Eyebrows In Pakistan

Imtiaz Ahmad

Oct 04, 2020

 

Maulana Fazlur Rehman (front right) reads out a statement at a press briefing following a meeting of the opposition alliance in Islamabad on September 20.(AP file)

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The naming of Jamiat Ulema-e Islam (F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman as head of he newly-formed alliance of opposition parties which has pledged to unseat the Imran Khan government, has raised eyebrows in Pakistan’s political circles.

Science and technology minister Fawad Chaudhry called the JUI-F president an ‘extremist Mullah’ after the hard-line Islamist party’s supremo was picked by Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) on Saturday as its leader.

“Sad Day for Pakistan An extremist Mullah considered Close to terrorist groups of Afghanistan is selected to lead opposition movement against Government. Unlike India where extremists are in Govt, people of Pak never allowed extremists to lead or mainstream politics,” Chaudhry tweeted.

Pakistani Muslim League (N) chief and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Balochistan National Party (BNP) chief Sardar Akhtar Mengal were among the attendees of a virtual meeting of PDM during which Rehman was elevated as head of the alliance aimed to oust Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The PDM had announced at its All Parties Conference in September that it plans to launch its protest campaign from Quetta, Balochistan in October. The choice of Quetta may have to do with the popularity that Fazlur Rehman’s party enjoys there. Analysts also say that the party’s street power is immense.

In 2019, JUI supporters held a sit-in at Islamabad for several weeks which was called off after army intervention and assurances. The PDM also plans a similar sit-in if its demands are not met.

https://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/islamist-party-chief-s-elevation-as-joint-oppn-movement-s-leader-raises-eyebrows-in-pakistan/story-z2fCkZ9KI9GJyzrV8PDovI.html

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Influential Sunni Scholar Al-Qaradaghi told Emmanuel Macron that Islam ‘Does Not Bear the Burden of Fake Cartoon Leaders of Your Industry’

October 4, 2020

 

Sunni Scholar Al-Qaradaghi

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The Secretary-General of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, Ali Mohieddin Al-Qaradaghi, told French President Emmanuel Macron that Islam “does not bear the burden of fake cartoon leaders of your industry.”

Al-Qaradaghi confirmed in a tweet on his account on “Facebook”, Friday, that “the Islamic religion does not go through any crises,” in response to Macron’s statements in which he claimed that “the Islamic religion is going through a crisis today in all parts of the world.”

Al-Qaradaghi directed his speech to Macron, saying: “Mr. President, do not worry about our religion, as he has never relied on the support of an authority or raised a sword in the face of those who opposed him to impose his banner.”

He added, “Islam is eternal, existential facts that have a solution to the intractable problems of the authorities … it is the religion of God and not a system of government that depends on the mood of the voters and does not falsify awareness (…) Islam is the constant presence of reason, proof and protection of mankind.”

And he continued: “Islam is where freedom is good, you find it good, and where persecution grows despite the nose of tyrants.”

He continued: “Our religion does not go through a crisis and it will not pass, because Islam is not a human industry in order to fear atrophy and depression, it is Islam and it is enough to breathe despite the machinations of others, and despite Islamophobia … We are not afraid of our religion and we do not need, Mr. President, whoever sees us in the presence of a crisis.”

And he added, “Rather, we say to you: The future is the religion of Islam, and we are in fear for the future of societies that make the religions and sanctities of others legitimate targets. We are in fear of societies from authorities addicted to making their enemies.”

He said, “We have compassion on a ruler who is still in crisis and the specter of religious wars, who lives in its middle ages and we are in the twenty-first century.”

He explained, “If (there is) a real crisis, it is due to the double standards of some Western politicians, and we will inform you, noting that those who lead the reins of power in the Arab and Islamic world in most countries are those who you created, or was a coup that you blessed by reaching judgment on the skulls of innocent people.”

And he continued, saying, “Mr. President Macron: You are in a crisis, a crisis of moral, humanitarian and political setback, and Islam cannot bear the burden of fake cartoon leaders who created crises with your sponsorship.”

These were the details of the news After Macron’s attack on Islam … a harsh response from Al-Qaradaghi.

https://en.abna24.com/news//influential-sunni-scholar-al-qaradaghi-harshly-responses-to-anti-islamic-remarks-of-french-president_1075500.html

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China's Treatment of Uyghur Muslims Sparks Anger near New Chinese Embassy Site in London

By Angela Dewan

October 3, 2020

 

 The Secretary-General of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, Ali Mohieddin Al-Qaradaghi, told French President Emmanuel Macron that Islam “does not bear the burden of fake cartoon leaders of your industry.”

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China's decision to move its British embassy from London's upmarket West End to the less glitzy east could have been a heart-warming tale of homecoming. The new mission will be built at the former Royal Mint, just a stone's throw from the city's original 19th century Chinatown.

Just behind the former Royal Mint are the residential streets of Tower Hamlets, where four in 10 residents are Muslim, the highest proportion than in any other borough in the United Kingdom. Some there say the embassy isn't welcome until Beijing stops its alleged mistreatment of Muslims in China.

China is believed to have detained up to 2 million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in internment camps in the far-western region of Xinjiang, according to the US State Department. Beijing says it's providing vocational training and helping to deradicalize segments of the population to combat alleged Islamic terrorism and violence in the region.

"I'm very perplexed as to why the People's Republic of China would want to be on the edges of a neighborhood that is so multi-ethnic, multi-religious. The Muslim community has a large base here," said Mo Rakib, a Muslim resident who is active in community affairs.

"The Muslim community is very linked with each other, regardless of what part of the world we're from. There's always a feeling of affinity from one community to the other based on shared values and shared faith. And that's no different for the Uyghur community."

Some local opposition councilors say that they too are concerned about the implications of embassy's move and want the issue debated at council meetings. But they don't outright oppose the mission coming into their neighborhood.

What's playing out at this borough and its council isn't so different from what's happening in the UK's national government, as well as those of many other democracies, for that matter -- striking the right balance between reaping the economic benefits of working with China and criticizing it for rights abuses is difficult.

Tower Hamlets is one of the most deprived boroughs in London. Its mayor, John Biggs, has welcomed the Chinese mission as "a vote of confidence" in the borough as an "open and dynamic place to live and work," according to local reports.

Rabina Khan was one of several local councilors who, at a council meeting Wednesday, tried to introduce an emergency motion -- usually reserved for urgent matters -- on China. It was rejected due to time constraints, the mayor's office told CNN, adding it would discuss the issue at the next meeting in November.

The motion calls on the council to send a letter to Chinese Ambassador Liu Xiaoming expressing its concerns over the country's treatment of Uyghurs and other Muslims, as well as its clampdown on pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

"What we want is to send a message to China that if they move here, they need to be aware that our borough -- in all of its diversity -- is a place where we're very proud to stand up for human rights," Khan said.

Biggs said in a statement to CNN that Tower Hamlets was "open and tolerant" but also wants "to be good partners and support good relationships."

He acknowledged, however, that he and the community were concerned about China's rights record, "in particular the appalling treatment of the largely Muslim Uyghurs," and that it was right to challenge the Chinese government on the issue.

Any problems with the embassy plans could prove troublesome for China's international image. At a ceremony to hand over the site to the Chinese mission in 2018, Ambassador Liu said he hoped the embassy would become a London landmark and that the new premises should be a symbol of China's current role and influence in the world.

Demonstrators on Thursday gathered in dozens of cities around the world to protest China's treatment of certain groups in the country, including Uyghurs, Tibetans and people in Hong Kong.

One of the organizers, Rahima Mahmut from the World Uyghur Congress in London, said countries were choosing trade over human rights.

"It's very obvious that trade relationships are being prioritized, not just in the UK. We see this in African countries and China's neighboring countries that are already trapped in debt to China. And Turkey too. Turkey was the country that we Uyghurs always felt we could rely on or seek refuge in," said Mahmut, a Uyghur who left Xinjiang in 1997.

Turkey is increasingly relying on China to dig itself out of debt. It was previously one of the few Muslim-majority countries to have criticized China's actions in Xinjiang, early last year denouncing the camps as a "great shame for humanity." It has since softened its tone toward Beijing, and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party voted against launching a probe into the alleged abuse against Muslims in China.

The UK took some action against China following its implementation of the National Security Law for Hong Kong, which has stifled a pro-democracy movement in the former British colony. Westminster opened a pathway for citizenship for Hong Kong residents with the right to a British National Overseas passport, which includes potentially 3 million Hong Kongers.

The UK has also condemned China several times over the camps in Xinjiang, including at the recent UN Rights Council meeting, where the Foreign Office's junior minister Tariq Ahmad called on Beijing to allow a UN team "unfettered access" to Xinjiang to investigate allegations of abuse there.

But activists like Mahmut say they want so see the UK go further and impose sanctions on the people and organizations running the camps in Xinjiang.

In a recent letter to a British MP, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the government was "carefully considering" new designations on its sanctions list in regard to China over the National Security law and postponement of elections in Hong Kong. The Liberal Democrats, one of several opposition parties, is calling for more sanctions in relation to the treatment of Uyghurs as well.

As is the case with many of China's trade partners, there is reluctance in the UK to confront Beijing over rights. China is the UK's sixth-biggest export market. That's a rapid rise from 26th place in 1999.

China has shown that it's not afraid to wield retaliatory economic tools in response to political pressure, as it did in the case of Australia, imposing tariffs of 80% on barley imports soon after Prime Minister Scott Morrison led calls for an inquiry into the origins of Covid-19, which was first reported in central China late last year. Beijing said that the tariffs were in response to Australia selling the grain too cheaply.

The strongest response against China this year has come from the US, which has issued sanctions over Beijing's treatment of Muslims in Xinjiang, while its House of Representatives last week passed a forced labor bill that would effectively ban imports from the region if it becomes law.

There are calls by opposition parties in the UK to do the same, but Steve Tsang, director of the School of Oriental and African Studies' (SOAS) China Institute in London, said the US may struggle to get its usual allies to follow its lead.

"What would be useful is if countries, not just in Europe, but if all countries that care about human rights and ethical trading insist they will stop working with companies operating in Xinjiang unless they can independently verify the supply chain conditions," he said.

"But the Trump administration has discredited itself in terms of moral leadership. I mean, who believes Donald Trump when he says he defends human rights?"

While Tsang does see the public growing more interested in the Uyghur issue, he says more evidence needs to come out about the alleged abuse in Xinjiang to really galvanize a public response that will force governments to confront China more aggressively.

In Tower Hamlets, councilors are mulling how to welcome the opportunities the new embassy will bring to their neighborhood while sending a clear message to Beijing that it does not approve of rights abuses.

One of them, Andrew Wood, suggested a symbolic gesture to show support for people who have challenged Beijing, such as the student protesters of Tiananmen Square in 1989, or the people of Taiwan seeking formal independence from China.

"There is a little lane near the embassy site that doesn't have a name. We're wondering if we could call it Tiananmen Road or Taipei Road. It might be just one way of sending a message that governments have to look after all their people."

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/10/03/europe/china-london-embassy-uyghurs-uk-gbr-intl/index.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_latest+%28RSS%3A+CNN+-+Most+Recent%29

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Mosque Leader a ‘Real Life Hero’ In Las Vegas’ Historic Westside, Taking Action To A Black Neighbourhood That Was Being Left Behind

By Blake Apgar

October 3, 2020

Before protesters spilled into the streets to declare Black lives matter, Imam Fateen Seifullah was quietly at work.

Outside the view of cameras, Seifullah and his congregation at Las Vegas’ oldest mosque, Masjid As-Sabur, set out to improve the lives of people living in the Historic Westside, taking action to a historically Black neighbourhood that was being left behind.

Seifullah knows the everyday struggles of the Historic Westside, the struggles that go unseen outside the shadows of downtown. He sees the food insecurity. He knows the stress on parents who worry how they would pay for the technology that was given to their children for school if something happened to it.

Seifullah knows street activity because he lived it when he was younger. He was introduced to the culture as a child in Los Angeles, and was involved in dealing drugs later in Las Vegas.

“I wouldn’t say that I was a gang member, but I was engaged in every aspect of the life at one time, you might say,” he said. “So I know what it’s like to be a victim and a participant of street activity.”

Seifullah did two stints in prison for drug-related crimes, he said. Originally from a Christian background, Seifullah was introduced to Islam in prison.

“Growing up, he was really, you know, a knucklehead,” said Michael Elliott, a longtime friend who works at Seifullah’s store, Soulfully Scented.

But after his second time in prison, Seifullah made a commitment to change, walking the long spiritual path to where he is today. Now, he means so much to people in the Historic Westside as a community leader, Elliott said.

Seifullah sees his services now as a way to pay his debt to God and society for the harm he caused when he was younger.

Seifullah thinks it may have been destiny that brought him to religious leadership. His grandfather is a deacon, and his two older brothers are preachers. Islam, he said, called on him to be less of a liability.

Seifullah has made good on his word to be an asset. He and his wife helped Eric Chester reinvent himself, Chester said.

As a teenager in the 1990s, Chester said, he committed a murder that could have landed him life in prison. After 17 years behind bars, he said, he was released.

“When the world had thrown me away for the decision that I had made, they embraced me,” he said.

Chester, a Historic Westside resident, said Seifullah and his wife helped him start his own business. They’ve also had him work a homeless initiative and let him help with a tutoring program for kids. Chester is still doing community service with the imam and running a business where he sells fashion accessories such as purses and wallets.

In the 1990s, drugs and gang activity were out of control in the neighborhood, Seifullah said. So the mosque began an initiative to clean up the Historic Westside and close down drug houses.

After becoming the imam of Masjid As-Sabur in 1999, however, Seifullah realized the efforts were not enough and started providing more services.

Masjid As-Sabur helps people get food and provides assistance for utilities and rent. It offers tutoring for children in the neighborhood and performs outreach to let neighbors know services are available.

The mosque also helps both children and adults with reading, and offers computers to help people complete applications.

Seifullah has also been involved in an effort to bridge the divide between the community and the Metropolitan Police Department. After nearly a decade of collaboration in Metro’s community policing efforts, Seifullah said the mosque is close to a partnership with the police. Close, he emphasized.

Police had to change their mentality, but so did Seifullah’s congregants by looking beyond law enforcement uniforms.

Stretch Sanders, a prominent racial justice activist, said he met Seifullah at a protest in 2016 and the two hit it off. Sanders later saw Seifullah and his mosque pay rent for people and shut down drug houses.

Sanders, who considers Seifullah a mentor, said Seifullah has also joined in protests against police brutality on Fremont Street.

Seifullah said the Historic Westside needs more educational support, after-school support and tutoring programs, as well as more work-related training. It needs redevelopment and someone who is interested in filling the lots that dot the neighborhood. It needs a sustained effort from the government.

He said some elected officials have claimed they don’t get enough community participation to move ideas forward. But the imam said it’s a lot to ask for community participation when people are trying to keep the lights on and put food on the table.

Seifullah, however, isn’t done helping. As long as there are vacant lots and economic woes in the neighborhood, there is still work to do.

https://www.reviewjournal.com/local/local-las-vegas/mosque-leader-a-real-life-hero-in-las-vegas-historic-westside-2136697/

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Top religious figures from Iran, India held live webinar on late Ayatollah Taskhiri

Source : Taghrib News

October 3, 2020

Senior political officials, religious figures and Shia and Sunni scholars attended in an international webinar organized by Welayat Foundation in collaboration with the World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought.

Sheikh Hamid Shahriari, secretary general of World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought in this webinar related on the moral characteristics and efforts of the late scholar, Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Taskhiri.

He referred to the senior scholars who had taught Ayatollah Taskhiri, his support for the Islamic Revolution in Iran and the issue of Palestine.

The senior cleric also lauded the advisor of Supreme Leader as an icon of resolution and assiduous scholar who spent his entire life to promote Islamic teachings as well as the writings he left on fiq'h and Islamic unity translated to several languages.

Sheikh Shahriari referred to the seminaries and universities which have made use of guidelines by Ayatollah Taskhiri.

He hailed the former secretary general of World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought as a committed advisor for the Supreme Leader and a role model for jihad (struggle for the Almighty God).

Maulavi Is'haq Madani, advisor of Iran's president in Sunni affairs, Maulana Seyed Shamim-ul-Hasan from Banaras, Ali Chegini, Iran's ambassador to New Delhi, Sheikh Mahdi Mahdavipour, representative of the Supreme Leader in India, professor Akhtarul Wasey, vice chancellor of Maulana Azad University in Jadhpur, Mehdi Alizadeh Moosavi, university professor, professor Ghulam Yahya Anjum from the faculty of Islamic studies from Hamdadr University in New Delhi were among the participants to the webinar broadcasted live on Welayat TV on September 30, 40th day after demise of Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Taskhiri.

Iranian prominent Islamic unity figure, Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Taskhiri (1944-2020) spent over five decades of his life for promoting Islamic teachings and unity among Muslims. Top cleric passed away due to heart disease on August 18 and his body was laid to rest in the holy shrine of Lady Masoumeh (AS) in Qom.

https://en.abna24.com/news//top-religious-figures-from-iran-india-held-live-webinar-on-late-ayatollah-taskhiri_1075211.html

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Abdullah to Visit India Oct. 6, after Wrapping 3-Day Trip to Pakistan

By Mohammad Arif Sheva

04 Oct 2020

KABUL, Afghanistan – Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation Abdullah Abdullah is due to travel to India on October 6, according to sources, after he has wrapped a three-day visit to Islamabad Thursday. 

This would be his first visit to Delhi on his position as HCNR chairman, representing the Afghan government in talks with the Taliban, which started in September in Doha.

Abdullah is expected to meet top leadership of India to seek support for the intra-Afghan talks, which India always maintained should have been “Afghan-led” and “Afghan-owned”.

During the inaugural ceremony of intra-Afghan talks on September 12 in Doha, the Indian delegation said, “Our friendship with Afghanistan is strong and unshaken, we have always been good neighbours and will always be so,” as local media quoted. “Our expectation is that the soil of Afghanistan should never be used for any anti-India activities.”

https://www.khaama.com/abdullah-to-visit-india-oct-6-after-wrapping-3-day-trip-to-pakistan-98765/

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India

 

Mumbai: New Programme Aims to Increase Representation of Minorities in Police Force

Anju Maskeri

04 October, 2020

Every day, Mankhurd resident Rehmat Bee Khalilwi leaves home at 5 am to reach Churchgate's Oval Maidan by 6.30 am. With no access to local trains under state guidelines that allow only essential workers to use the service under lockdown, Khalilwi's husband Mohammed drops her on his bike. Some days, she takes a bus. Despite the challenging commute, the 28-year-old has not missed a single day of training.

Khalilwi is among 200 Muslim candidates being trained by Grant Road madrassa Jamia Ashrafia Qadria to get into the police constabulary. The religious institution has joined hands with a private coaching institute to launch a pilot, three-month training programme for aspirants preparing for the Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC), an exam that selects officers for civil service jobs.

Spearheaded by Congress MLA Amin Patel, activists MA Khalid and Sarfaraz Arzoo, and madrassa head Maulana Moin Ashraf Qadri, the move is "aimed at increasing Muslim representation" in the law enforcement agency. The training includes not just physical fitness, but also virtual academic classes.

Khalilwi says it's her husband who inspired her to join. "I feel having more female officers will improve the law enforcement's response to violence against women," she says. Nagpada resident Shabnam Qureshi's daughter Bilqees has also enrolled for the training. "She [Bilqees] was always good at sports, all through school and college. I thought her fitness levels and sense of discipline could be put to good use if she joined the police."

The police crackdown at Aligarh Muslim University and Jamia Millia, on December 15, last year and the Delhi riots in February have only reignited the discourse about the low numbers of minorities in the police force.

Patel says, "Every report has pointed out that the reason behind this [low numbers] is that people aren't willing to come forward. In 2007, Maharashtra chief minister Vilas Rao Deshmukh's administration had decided that the minority department should provide police training to Muslims. Hundred candidates from 36 districts were to be selected. But what happens is that you get a good response from certain districts, while nothing from the others. That's why we decided to start the pilot project."

According to Khalid, they have received over 8,000 applications from across Maharashtra. This wasn't the case three years ago, when they had tried to get students in Mumbai. "We had failed to receive even 100 applications. But after our recent campaign, there has been renewed interest." Khalid says having more Muslims in the constabulary will help with the feeling of being part of a larger goal to do good.

"There has been a growing fear within the community that the system is against them, but having their own people in the system will only

Former senior police inspector, Shamsher Pathan, who served at the Nagpada Police Station in the early 2000s, remembers how his services were often sought to diffuse tension in communally-sensitive areas. "Whenever there was a 'Muslim problem', I was the trouble-shooter because they knew that I could mix with the crowd. In fact, the representation of Muslims in the force was so low, that if we needed an Urdu document translated, we had to seek help from outsiders."

Adnan Khan, a fitness trainer, who is among the candidates training currently, believes religion shouldn't figure in a discussion on matters of serving the country. He says, "I'm an Indian first."

https://www.mid-day.com/articles/mumbai-muslim-candidates-being-trained-to-join-the-police-force/23024206

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Gujarat High Court grants relief to Muslim man facing opposition by Hindu residents over residential plot

Satish Jha

OCT 03 2020

The Gujarat High Court has granted relief to a Muslim buyer of a plot located at a Hindu-dominated residential society in Vadodara by permitting him to restart construction of the house and restoration of electricity which had been cut off by the civ...

The buyer is one of the many Muslims who have purchased properties at the Samarpan Society but are finding it difficult to settle in view of angry protests by several Hindu residents allegedly on "communal lines."

Justice Bhargav D Karia pronounced the order last week on a petition moved by Firoz Mohammed Patel who had sought permission for construction and restoration of electricity supply. The society has been in controversy on similar issues for nearly a ye...

Patel has said that after buying the plot by fulling all the legal formalities, he obtained permission for construction from the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) and a temporary electricity connection from the electricity board. However, from May...

In the petition, Patel mentioned that some of the members of the society made representations to government authorities and raised “completely baseless and frivolous allegations of illegal construction, fraudulent Disturbed Areas Act permission etc.”...

Meanwhile, in August, the seller of the plot, Firoz Fali Contractor, was booked for cheating, forging and violation of the Disturbed Areas Act. It was alleged that he concealed his Parsi religion and sold the plot to Patel, the petitioner, by violati...

The Act defines a certain area as "disturbed" to avoid distress sale of immovable properties without prior permission from a local authority like the district collector. Under the Act, the seller and the purchaser have to satisfy the authority that t...

However, in the last several years, dozens of cases have been filed after Muslim buyers bought flat or plot in a society dominated by Hindus. Most of these cases were found to have followed the law yet the buyers faced protest. In many such instances...

https://www.deccanherald.com/national/west/gujarat-high-court-grants-relief-to-muslim-man-facing-opposition-by-hindu-residents-over-residential-plot-896859.html

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Pakistan

 

PM permission to broadcast Nawaz’s speech termed mistake

Staff Reporter

04 Oct 2020

LAHORE: Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid feels Prime Minister Imran Khan made an incorrect decision to allow airing of PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif’s speech on TV though the premier wanted Mr Sharif to be exposed.

He alleged that the PML-N supremo had become an active member of an “alliance” in London that was conspiring against the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). “Mr Khan sees the latest developments in London (Mr Sharif’s speeches, etc) as [part of activities of] the alliance against the CPEC,” he said.

“As the PM, he (Imran) gave permission for airing Nawaz’s speech but he was wrong. Had I been there, I would have never allowed this,” Mr Rashid said while responding to media queries in a press conference here on Saturday.

He said the decision was taken by PM Khan on his own as he believed that it (Mr Sharif’s speech) would perhaps expose the PML-N supremo. “But if it were up to me, I would not have wanted Nawaz to speak that day,” the minister added.

He warned PML-N vice president Maryam Nawaz to stop attacking him in her press conferences/media talks. “Maryam sahiba, I am giving you a final warning. I can disclose some news that can cause a political earthquake in this country. I respect you because you are a woman,” he said.

Minister sees PML-N supremo’s activities as part of plot against CPEC

Mr Rashid said former premier Sharif had taken over the PML-N and was not ready to trust anyone except his daughter.

“The Pakistan Army is a great force, but Nawaz Sharif has waged a war against it,” he said.

The minister claimed that Mr Sharif and his daughter had stayed silent for a year and 10 months under a plan. “Why did Nawaz and Maryam remain silent? I say under oath that they did this because they were bargaining for relief. Some of our [friendly Muslim countries] are witness to this,” he claimed.

He reiterated that the PPP would never tender resignations from assemblies.

“I can clearly state that by the end of December, there will be a sweeping operation [to send the opposition leaders to jail]. The opposition leaders will continue their anti-government movement till Feb 20, but not after the Senate elections.”

Earlier, talking about his department, the minister said the Pakistan Railways had decided to privatise 34 more passenger trains in near future. “Twelve trains have already been outsourced and 34 more are set to be outsourced soon in addition to six freight trains,” he said.

https://www.dawn.com/news/1583168/pm-permission-to-broadcast-nawazs-speech-termed-mistake

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Malik decides not to pursue cases against US blogger

Iftikhar A. Khan

04 Oct 2020

ISLAMABAD: Former interior minister and chairman of Senate Standing Committee on Interior Rehman Malik has decided not to pursue criminal and civil cases against US blogger Cynthia Dawn Ritchie.

“The decision is in good faith and am making it public today,” the Pakistan Peoples Party leader tweeted on Saturday.

The decision came after his exoneration from rape charges levelled against him by Ms Ritchie.

All her allegations were dismissed by the justice of peace (twice), District and Sessions Court, Islamabad, and by police.

As chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Interior, Mr Malik had taken notice of Ms Ritchie’s derogatory remarks against former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

In a series of tweets on Saturday, the former minister said: “I with (my) humble nature do not claim victory as it is evident that the lady in question, being under pressure from inimical elements, was forced into levelling these insinuations against me.”

Suggests Cynthia levelled rape allegations against him at the behest of ‘influential elements’

“I therefore, in good faith and moreover, because I honour women and their dignity, regardless of this matter, would not like to pursue this matter further as I have every reason/proofs to believe that Cynthia Ritchie must have levelled these bogus allegations at the behest of influential elements having nefarious designs to malign me & the top political leadership of our country, including first elected lady PM Shaheed Mohtarama Benazir Bhutto,” Mr Malik said.

“I have decided not to consider for revenge in good faith and I leave this issue to my Allah, to Whom I’m grateful for vindicating my position before my family, friends and PPP leadership and parliament.”

Ms Ritchie had filed an application with Secretariat police station, accusing Mr Malik of raping her at his residence in 2011. Additional District and Sessions Judge Nasir Javed Rana had, however, dismissed her petition.

The blogger then moved the Islamabad High Court against the verdict and IHC’s Chief Justice Athar Minallah issued a six-page order, allowing the petition and setting aside the sessions court order.

For his part, Mr Malik had served a defamation notice to the US blogger and had also filed a Rs500 million defamation suit against her. The second defamation notice had been sent for repeating her allegations.

The Supreme Court had on Wednesday rejected Mr Malik’s appeal and upheld the Sept 1 directive of IHC about remanding back for review to the justice of peace the matter involving registration of a First Information Report (FIR) in the rape allegations levelled by Ms Ritchie.

A three-judge bench headed by Justice Mushir Alam decided to send back the matter to the Justice of Peace after Advocate General for Islamabad Niazullah Khan Niazi supported the high court’s decision.

On Friday, the US blogger posted tweets through her Twitter handle @CynthiaDRitchie about the court ruling, expressing satisfaction over the outcome.

“It was a good day in Supreme Court. Now awaiting orders from Additional Sessions Court.”

Soon afterwards, she made another post that said: “It may be mentioned … Rehman Malik’s attempts to file FIR/defamation against me are dismissed.

“We’ll continue our fight, including the @HBLPak case where my banking information was leaked online, and use my platform to help others without a voice.”

https://www.dawn.com/news/1583166/malik-decides-not-to-pursue-cases-against-us-blogger

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Ministry takes steps to protect children from abuse

Staff Reporter

04 Oct 2020

ISLAMABAD: The Human Rights Ministry on Saturday engaged Child Protection Committees of Islamabad to raise awareness about the rights of children and steps aimed at preventing them from abuse.

The ministry under its Human Rights Awareness Programme, has so far held five sessions by engaging eight of the 15 Child Protection Committees that are efficiently working in several areas of the Islamabad Capital Territory like Sohan, Bari Imam, Saidpur, Tarnol, Golra, Shah Allah Ditta, 26 number Chungi, etc.

The participants in these sessions mostly comprise children, parents, teachers, civil society representatives and community leaders.

The committees were formed in 2019 by the Ministry of Human Rights’s National Child Protection Centre to identify, prevent and report issues of child abuse in the city in collaboration with the relevant authorities.

The ministry said that these sessions helped improve participants’ knowledge about the rights provided to children in the Constitution along with the recently passed legislations like Zainab Alert Act, and the amendment in Employment of Children Act – 1991 proscribing child domestic labour.

Participants were also informed about the toll free helpline to effectively respond to Human Rights violation cases and provide free legal aid to the callers.

The ministry claimed to have received positive feedback from the communities who were not previously informed about their rights and were delighted to be a part of these sessions.

Participants also recommended that such information should be a part of the curriculum and more of such awareness sessions should be held for parents and children separately.

The ministry said it had plans to further hold these sessions in other communities.

https://www.dawn.com/news/1583073/ministry-takes-steps-to-protect-children-from-abuse

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NAB appeal against Babar’s acquittal to be heard tomorrow

Malik Asad

04 Oct 2020

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has fixed for hearing an appeal filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against the acquittal of Adviser to the PM on Parliamentary Affairs Dr Babar Awan in the Nandipur reference.

An IHC division bench comprising Chief Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Aamer Farooq will take up the appeal on Monday (tomorrow).

NAB filed the appeal in July last year. However, no progress could be made as the bureau seems uninterested in pursuing the case. The appeal was fixed for hearing in May, but no NAB prosecutor appeared before the court to present its arguments.

On June 18, when the appeal was again fixed for hearing, NAB sought time from the court to prepare its arguments and requested for an adjournment.

Former accountability judge Mohammad Arshad Malik, days before his video scandal came to limelight, had acquitted Mr Awan in the Nandipur reference. Other accused, including former prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and some officials, are still being tried in this case.

Justice Minallah inquired from NAB to satisfy the court that when allegations against all the accused persons were identical, then how Mr Awan had been acquitted.

The Nandipur power project was approved by the Economic Coordination Committee of the cabinet on Dec 27, 2007, at a cost of $329 million. After the approval, a contract was signed on Jan 28, 2008, between the Northern Power Generation Company Limited and the Dong Fang Electric Corporation, China, and two consortiums — Coface for 68.96 million euros and Sinosure for $150.15m — were set up for financing the project.

The water and power ministry sought a legal opinion on the project from the law ministry in accordance with the schedule of agreement in July 2009, but they repeatedly refused to offer one.

The water and power ministry also failed to take any concrete step in time to resolve the issue and the matter remained pending.

The petition stated that Mr Sharif managed to go abroad on the pretext of his ailment but he not only started actively participating in the politics but also initiated a smear campaign against the state’s institutions.

The petitioner requested the court to issue the order banning his speeches at political gatherings through video link.

https://www.dawn.com/news/1583170/nab-appeal-against-babars-acquittal-to-be-heard-tomorrow

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Arab world

 

Egypt’s Al-Azhar Condemns Macron’s Remarks on 'Islamic Separatism and Isolationism'

Ahram Online

3 Oct 2020

The Islamic Research Academy at Al-Azhar, Egypt’s top religious authority, has condemned French President Emmanuel Macron’s announced plan for fighting “Islamic separatism,” which Al-Azhar described as an “explicit call for racism and hate.”

In a speech in Les Mureaux, near Paris, Macron announced intentions to propose a bill to France’s parliament next year to address what he called Islamist isolationism and separatism.

The bill would impose tighter controls on funding for mosques and severely restrict home-schooling to prevent children from being “indoctrinated” by unregistered schools that deviate from the national curriculum, Macron said.

“There is a crisis of Islam everywhere, which is being corrupted by radical forms,” Macron said.

In a statement on Saturday, Al-Azhar’s Islamic Research Academy, which works to reform Islamic culture and safeguard it from political and ideological intolerance, said that President Macron has directed “false accusations that have nothing to do with the true context of religion.”

It said that Islam calls for “tolerance and peace” among people, including those who do not believe in it.

The academy said it completely rejects Macron’s remarks, which it said “destroy all joint efforts by religious figures to eliminate racism and bullying against religions.”

The academy also said that some people insist on making false accusations against Islam, including those of separatism and isolationism, and are confused by the fact that some people exploit some religious texts to fulfil malicious goals.

The religious body called for abandoning attacks against religions, as this obstructs constructive dialogue and backs hate speech. It also said that such “attacks” can hinder attempts to establish co-existence among people in a society.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/386502/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt%E2%80%99s-AlAzhar-condemns-Macron%E2%80%99s-remarks-on-Islam.aspx

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Shuaa Rolls Out Three Sharia-Compliant Investment Funds with $75m Of Commitments

Sarmad Khan

October 4, 2020

Dubai investment banking and asset management firm Shuaa Capital launched three funds in the Abu Dhabi Global Market as the company continues to diversify its product portfolio and grow its fee income business.

The Sharia-compliant, open-ended funds were rolled out with initial commitments of $75 million (Dh275.25m), Shuaa said in a statement to the Dubai Financial Market, where its shares trade.

The funds, targeting qualified institutional investors, were launched through the company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Shuaa GMC, which is regulated by the ADGM Financial Services Regulatory Authority.

The three funds – Shuaa High Yield Sukuk Fund, Nujoom Aggressive Fund and Nujoom Balanced Fund – are part of Shuaa’s fund platform rolled out in Abu Dhabi’s international financial hub. The platform is expected to be the largest of its kind to be domiciled in ADGM, it said.

“The number of Sharia funds available to investors has yet to match the growing demand for Islamic finance products across the world,” Jassim Alseddiqi, chief executive of Shuaa, said. “This is because not enough fund managers offer options in the much sought after Sharia space, and even the funds available either have small AUMs [assets under management] or are close ended.”

The current climate of uncertainty amid the Covid-19 pandemic has created disruption in the global financial markets, opening up investment opportunities that may not have been available under normal market conditions, Mr Alseddiqi said.

The funds “are designed to give insurance and pension institutional investors more [investment] options while also supporting the Islamic investment industry”, he added.

Shuaa said its High Yield Sukuk Fund will invest in a portfolio of Islamic bond instruments, including high yield sukuk, Sharia-compliant fixed income investments and a number of other collective investment funds approved by its Sharia advisors.

The Nujoom Aggressive Fund and the Nujoom Balanced Fund will invest in a global portfolio of equities, fixed income investments and money market instruments that follow Sharia guidance. The funds offered through the Allfunds Bank platform will widen choices for investors with a long-term investment horizon, Shuaa said.

“Our umbrella fund gives investors the option and comfort of investing in a regulated fund structure that is diversified, achieves cost-efficiencies and economies of scale, and creates consistent and long-term value,” Ajit Joshi, Shuaa’s head of public and private markets, said.

Shuaa manages $13 billion in assets and plans to expand its investment banking and asset management businesses to boost AUMS to $20bn.

Shuaa’s expansion strategy involves growing its regional footprint as it looks to grow recurring income through new products, permanent capital vehicles and expanding its fixed income business, the company said in March.

In June, the company strengthened its corporate restructuring arm to help struggling firms access financing during the Covid-19 crisis. In August, Shuaa reported a second quarter net profit of Dh267m and a first-half net income of Dh5m despite the pandemic-related slowdown. There are no comparable figures as Shuaa merged with Abu Dhabi Financial Group last year.

https://www.thenational.ae/business/banking/shuaa-rolls-out-three-sharia-compliant-investment-funds-with-75m-of-commitments-1.1087903

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CBUAE and DIEDC join forces to strengthen Islamic banking sector

04-10-2020

WAM

The Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE) on Saturday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC) to reinforce and expand the reach of the Islamic banking sector, and to advance cooperation in areas of mutual interest.

Saif Hadef Al Shamsi, Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of the UAE, and Abdulla Mohammed Al Awar, CEO of DIEDC, signed the agreement.

In addition to the cooperation in Islamic banking, Central Bank of the UAE and DIEDC will work together to publish joint research and exchange knowledge to enhance expertise.

Furthermore, the two entities will jointly host international seminars, conferences and meetings, develop awareness projects, build technical capabilities and cooperate in fields that support the development of Islamic finance.

As a first order of business, Central Bank of the UAE and Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre will establish a joint team to follow up on the implementation of the MoU.

The team is tasked with preparing regular update reports that will be shared with key decision makers across each entity.

Speaking on the new partnership with DIEDC, Al Shamsi said, “The MoU reflects the Central Bank of the UAE’s commitment to strengthen strategic ties with various entities in the banking and financial sector, and unify efforts to ensure that plans and initiatives are aligned with the future directions of the country and to achieve the common goals.” Al Shamsi also highlighted that the UAE has become world’s leading hub for finance and business and it is an important centre for Islamic finance.

Through the Memorandum of Understanding, the Central Bank and the Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre endeavour to accelerate growth opportunities and the development of the banking and financial Islamic sector, in addition to attracting and preparing competencies through coordination in proposing and organising programs that will contribute in achieving the best outcomes to promote Islamic banking and finance in the UAE.

For his part, Al Awar said, “Our latest agreement with the Central Bank of the UAE to enhance strategic cooperation in Islamic banking is part of our sustained efforts to expand the Centre’s strong base of strategic partners in all sectors of the Islamic economy and will contribute significantly to implementing our operating plans to boost Dubai’s credentials as a global capital of Islamic economy.”

He added, “As a pivotal sector of the Islamic economy, DIEDC prioritises the advancement of Islamic banking. We have made considerable headway in developing a global charter in collaboration with our strategic partners that serves to expand the scope and uptake of the Islamic finance sector and the wider Islamic economy.

The charter is a first step in building a robust and globally unified legislative framework for Islamic finance transactions that will undoubtedly further expand the reach of the Islamic economy. DIEDC is keen to enhance the available opportunities across Islamic economy sectors, especially in Islamic finance, amidst the growing demand in these sectors locally, regionally and internationally.”

https://www.gulftoday.ae/business/2020/10/03/cbuae-and-diedc-join-forces-to--strengthen-islamic-banking-sector

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Europe

 

Islamic Jihad ready to participate in Palestinian National Council elections

October 3, 2020

Middle East, News

Member of the political bureau of Islamic Jihad in Palestine Mohammed Al-Hindi has announced that his movement is ready to take part in Palestinian National Council elections, Shehab News Agency reported on Friday.

Speaking to the Beirut-based Al-Mayadeen TV, Al-Hindi confirmed that these elections “must” be aimed at reconstructing the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) as: “A liberation organisation not as a submissive organisation.”

He stressed that the start of ending the internal Palestinian division is the unity against the Israeli occupation, warning of: “Continuing dependence on manoeuvrers or small tactics and political changes that could take place here or there.”

He also emphasised the importance of cutting relations and stopping partnership with “the Zionist enemy”, reiterating the importance of: “Popular activities and friction with the enemy in the West Bank as a means to revive corporeal spirit for the Palestinians.”

Meanwhile, he conveyed: “Arab normalisation of ties with Israel, the deal of the century and Israel’s annexation plans proved that dependence on the partnership with the Zionists is wrong.”

He also urged that the PLO “must” be the reference for the Palestinian Authority (PA), not vice versa, and that due to the PLO being “the umbrella for all Palestinians”, it should determine all policies.

The Islamic Jihad leader confirmed that the ongoing dialogue between Fatah and Hamas: “Is a basic and supporting factor for any effort aiming to regain Palestinian unity.”

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20201003-islamic-jihad-ready-to-participate-in-palestinian-national-council-elections/

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Teacher bids to become Scotland's first female Muslim MSP in action plan to tackle racists

ByJohn Ferguson

4 OCT 2020

Anum Qaisar-Javed was first called a ‘P*ki’ the day after turning nine on September 11, 2001.

Terror attacks 3000 miles away in America caused life to change abruptly and her family’s local mosque in Motherwell was fire-bombed a few weeks later.

Today, the modern studies teacher is bidding to become Scotland’s first female Muslim MSP after being convinced by her pupils to stand up against discrimination.

She told one bigot who asked her to go home: “Babes… my husband, siblings and I were all born in Scotland. I’m already home.”

Anum is now seeking selection as the SNP’s Holyrood candidate in May in Uddingston and Bellshill, close to where she grew up in North Lanarkshire.

She said: “Both experiencing and witnessing injustice is what sparked my interest in politics.

“That tweet was not the first time I have had to deal with racism and, unfortunately, I don’t think it will be the last.

“The first time was when I was nine and it was the day after 9/11, which had been my birthday.

SNP MSP candidate, Anum Qaisar-Javed, has opened up about her battle against racism. (Image: Garry F McHarg Daily Record)

“A boy waiting for the school bus asked me why my skin was a dirty colour and if I was born in mud.

“He then started asking if my family were terrorists and called me a ‘P*ki’.

“So I do think that there is a long way to go in tackling discrimination but at least we are now talking about race, which is positive.

“I just try to deal with it in a way that is not aggressive but still gets my point across and hopefully makes people think twice about their attitudes.

“It was great to get the First Minister’s support because it makes me feel people are on my side.

“I believe Scotland is a really welcoming and warm country and I have had so much support from so many people here.

“But there is still lots of progress to be made and, if I get elected to Holyrood, I would want to work to combat all forms of discrimination.”

The Uddingston and Bellshill seat is held by the SNP’s Richard Lyle, who is stepping down as an MSP.

Politics was central to Anum’s family life growing up when she would debate with her dad around the dinner table.

She added: “When I was still at primary school, I wrote to Tony Blair to explain that I disagreed with his decision to participate in the Iraq War.

“My dad always encouraged me to read and to critically analyse and debate current affairs.

“I studied politics at university and, as a teacher, I have been examining reasons for under-representation of women and ethnic minorities with my National 5 and Higher modern studies classes.

“My pupils can clearly see the Scottish Parliament doesn’t fully reflect society. Some older children who knew I had been involved with the SNP asked me why there was a lack of ethnic minorities and if I would ever consider standing.

“It was definitely something that made me eventually decide to put my name forward.

“Being the first female Asian MSP would be an unbelievable honour and, if it happened, I would hopefully inspire other women of colour to break through as well.

Anum was previously a member of the Labour Party but switched to the SNP a few days after the 2014 referendum.

She added: “My maternal grandfather moved to Manchester in the 60s and always voted Labour. He would tell his children to vote for the Labour Party as that was the party for the working class and they supported immigration.

“But, as the referendum continued, I felt Labour were abandoning their founding principles of social justice and protecting the most vulnerable. They first took the voters for granted and then cosied up to the Tories – and I could not, in good conscience, remain a member.

“I had campaigned for a Yes vote along with Labour for Independence and I voted Yes. A few days after the referendum, I joined the SNP.”

Anum grew up in Motherwell with her shopkeeper parents and two younger brothers. She studied politics at Stirling University and now lives with her husband, who is a doctor.

She previously worked for Carol Monaghan MP as a parliamentary researcher and with Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf as a caseworker.

She added: “People are watching the way Boris Johnson has handled this pandemic and are not impressed with the lack of a four-nations approach.

“Again and again, the voice of Scotland is cast aside and people are becoming more aware of how Westminster is just not working.

“I see another independence referendum on the horizon and, if selected as the SNP candidate for Uddingston and Bellshill, I’ll be lobbying for this within the party.”

Another political priority would be better mental health support for young people. She added: “Lockdown was difficult for everyone and the mental health impact on young people is clear since coming back to school.

“I have spent a fair amount of time ensuring pupils are all at the same stage and catching up with pupils who missed work during lockdown.

“I believe there should be more mental health services available at schools, especially with the negative impact of Covid-19 and the potential widening of the attainment gap.

“I’m passionate about education and want to ensure positive steps are taken by the Scottish Government and Parliament to create different paths of educational attainment for our young people.

“I’d also want to be a strong local voice for my constituency. I’m ready to hit the ground running immediately.”

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/msp-candidate-opens-up-lifelong-22788156

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Danish Far-Right Activists Stage Koran-Burning Stunt In Muslim-Populated Neighbourhood 

3 Oct, 2020

Denmark news

Danish Stram Kurs (“Hard Line”) party has staged a Koran-burning protests in an area of the town of Fredericia mostly populated by Turkish and Muslim immigrants. The stunt attracted a group of angry locals, one man was detained.

The activists, led by the party’s head Rasmus Paludan appeared in Fredericia on late Friday afternoon. While the protest was originally expected to take place at a local park, the group instead stood on a cordoned-off lawn by a local supermarket under watch of multiple police officers.

The Stram Kurs members tossed around and burned several copies of the Koran, insisting the stunt was needed to send a political message.

‘What we are doing today is, we are telling the truth about Islam, because many people in Denmark don't know what Islam is about, so we want to explain what Islam is about, and that the values and judgments of Islam are very, very in contradiction to Danish western European values,” Paludan stated.

The stunt has attracted a group of angry locals, who condemned the Stram Kurs’ activities. Footage from the scene shows one man detained by the police after he breached the cordoned-off lawn reserved for the provocative stunt.

The far-right party, founded back in 2017, has repeatedly engaged in similar stunts in Denmark, as well as in neighboring Nordic countries. The latest – and arguably one of the most ‘efficient’ – protests of the kind was held by the party late in August in Sweden’s Malmo.

Paludan himself was pre-emotively banned from entering Sweden for two years after he announced the Koran-burning event, yet his supporters proceeded with the stunt without their leader. The stunt prompted a very angry reaction among Malmo’s Muslim population, resulting in protests that promptly tumbled into outright rioting with blazing barricades in the streets and clashes.

While the Stram Kurs party is well known for its anti-Islam activism and Koran-burning events, its political achievements remain quite modest. The party did not manage to get any seats during any elections it took part in, failing to get past the 2 percent threshold during the latest general election in 2019.

https://www.rt.com/news/502472-koran-burning-denmark-far-right/

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Brit kids groomed by sick far-right video games showing Muslims being beheaded

ByGrace Macaskill

3 OCT 2020

Far-right groups are recruiting children as young as nine with sick video games, a charity warns.

Exit UK, which helps people leave far-right groups, told how one British fascist sent 1,000 USB sticks with 30 neo-Nazi games on to young people.

Kids are recruited by extreme groups on forums, then encouraged to join other groups on encrypted messenger sites such as WhatsApp and Telegram, where they are offered the videos.

Recent games distributed across the country include ones that show Muslims being stabbed and decapitated, Jews being gunned down in a synagogue and black people being shot.

Exit UK head Nigel Bromage said: “What we are seeing is truly shocking. These faceless, core recruiters of the far-right are experts at grooming children, manipulating them through social media, memes and videos.

“The youngest child we’ve helped was just nine, whose older brother was giving him neo-Nazi games to play which showed Germans shooting British or American soldiers and people of Jewish heritage being hurt.

“The far-right is basically grooming young children into this terrible world of hate and it is heart-breaking. You can imagine how upset the mother of those two boys was when she came to us.”

Nigel, a reformed far-right activist who was once part of the National Front and Combat 18, fears lockdown has made fascists’ recruiting easier.

Since April, his team has taken 150 calls from worried family members or extremists wanting to leave far-right groups, up from 60 last year.

“They’ve seen the anti-Semitism, the 5G conspiracy theorists, the non-PC jokes and items about migrants. Most are sickened and say ‘We don’t want any part of this’, but other people become interested and start exploring forums where extremists are ready to groom them. From there they are persuaded into encrypted messenger sites where communication is set up.

“We are aware that one Brit made a neo-Nazi video that was put onto USB sticks and sent out to 1,000 people. It’s hard to control. They don’t charge for them because it’s all about brainwashing.

“They are crudely made but if this violence is your first introduction to the far-right and it’s that violent, where does that lead? These recruiters... simply urge people to commit direct action with videos like these and young people don’t realise they are just being used.”

A report by anti-extremist campaign Hope Not Hate revealed that many young people will buy into conspiracy theories pushed by racists and fascists because they feel alienated by the political system. Almost half of young men aged 16-24 surveyed believed that political violence is necessary in extreme circumstances.

Fourteen per cent of the same age group think Jewish people have an unhealthy control over the world’s banking system and 15 per cent believe the Holocaust was exaggerated.

Almost six in ten of those questioned have witnessed or experienced racism on social media.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/brit-kids-groomed-sick-far-22787774

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Former Associate Of Oakland’s Your Black Muslim Bakery Charged With Trying To Allegedly Rip-Off COVID Paycheck Protection Program

October 3, 2020

Sharieff Dahood Bey,

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Sharieff Dahood Bey, who has a major figure with Oakland’s Your Black Muslim Bakery, has been charged by federal prosecutors with bank fraud for allegedly trying to rip off the Paycheck Protection Program, set up to assist businesses struggling during the COVID pandemic, for more than $22 million.

Bey, who also went by several aliases — Attila Colar, Sharieff Dahood Bey, Sharieff Dahood Bey, Dawud Azadene and Attilla Collan — was charged on Friday after an investigation involving several federal agencies.

According to the criminal complaint filed by U.S. Attorney David Anderson, Bey — who was charged under his birth name Attila Colar — the 48-year-old Richmond resident submitted three applications between April and June of 2020, on behalf of Hercules-based non-profit All Hands on Deck, Inc.

All Hand on Deck is a non-profit that purports to provide housing “to men getting out of prison, food bank services, life and work skills, trainings, resiliency treatment services, prenatal life skills, and a variety of necessary know hows to survive in today’s society.”

Colar received over $1.1 million from one of those loans. The complaint separately alleges that six more applications were submitted in that same time period on behalf of two other entities linked to Colar — The Family Investment Group, Inc. and Oversight Security, Inc.

The criminal complaint described how the loan applications were rife with false information, misleading statements, and glaring omissions.

“The Paycheck Protection Program is supposed to support everyday Americans suffering economic distress,” Anderson said in a news release. “The complaint describes the methodical preparation of fraudulent loan applications to deprive the program of $22 million that is sorely needed by the public to endure this national crisis.”

FBI Special Agent in Charge San Francisco John L. Bennett said the investigation unveiled an attempt by Colar to “fraudulently line his own pockets.”

“Based on the FBI’s investigation, Mr. Colar appears to have illegally used the Paycheck Protection Program to attempt to fraudulently line his own pockets,” Bennett said. “The FBI is quickly and carefully investigating all claims of PPP fraud to ensure that American businesses aren’t further victimized during this challenging time.”

The PPP is administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act is a federal law enacted in March of 2020 to provide emergency financial assistance to the millions of Americans who are suffering the economic effects caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

PPP loan proceeds must be used by the business on certain permissible expenses—payroll costs, interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities. The PPP allows the interest and principal on the PPP loan to be entirely forgiven if the business spends the loan proceeds on these expense items within a designated period of time and uses at least 60% of the PPP loan proceeds on payroll expenses. Loans made through the PPP are 100% guaranteed by the SBA.

The complaint alleges Colar prepared numerous loans for submission through the PPP. One such application, submitted in June 2020, requested $2 million from a bank in Salt Lake City, Utah. That loan was ultimately funded in the amount of $1,113,112.

The complaint alleges the application contained false information including bogus employee names, false payroll records, and fraudulent tax documents. For example, the application was supported by IRS Forms 941 that purported to establish All Hands on Deck employed 45 people in the third quarter of 2019 and 81 people in both the fourth quarter of 2019 and the first quarter of 2020. Nevertheless, the names of the purported employees not only included one of Colar’s aliases, it also included two contractors and several current and former residents of All Hands on Deck, none of whom could support the information in the IRS forms.

Including the successful $2 million loan application submitted on behalf of All Hands on Deck in June, the complaint alleges Colar prepared several other loan applications, the following of which, were actually submitted to banks:

Federal prosecutors said Colar was charged with bank fraud. He faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine if convicted.

Magistrate Judge Westmore ordered Colar released on a $100,000 bond. Colar’s next federal court appearance is scheduled for October 27, 2020, for further proceedings.

https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2020/10/03/former-associate-of-oaklands-your-black-muslim-bakery-charged-with-trying-to-allegedly-rip-off-covid-paycheck-protection-program/

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North America

 

US journalist replies to Trump’s tweet about contracting coronavirus by posting Martyr Soleimani’s photo

Source : Almanar

October 3, 2020

The famous US journalist, Max Blumenthal, replied to the US President Donald Trump’s tweet in which he announced that he and his wife Melania tested positive for the coronavirus by posting the photo of the former commander of IRGC’s Al-Quds Force, martyr General Qassem Soleimani.

On January 3، a US drone strike near Baghdad International Airport assassinated General Soleimani، former commander of the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps. The attack — that also killed Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis، the second-in-command of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) anti-terror group، along with several others— came while General Soleimani was on an official visit to the Iraqi capital.

Trump and his wife had tested positive for COVID-19 and gone into quarantine after holding rallies with thousands of people in recent weeks in the run-up to the Nov. 3 election

We will begin our quarantine and recovery process immediately. We will get through this TOGETHER!” the president said in a late night tweet.

https://en.abna24.com/news//us-journalist-replies-to-trump%e2%80%99s-tweet-about-contracting-coronavirus-by-posting-martyr-soleimani%e2%80%99s-photo_1075190.html

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CAIR-Minnesota:  Muslims Plan To Vote During This Contentious Election Season, No Matter Who Tries To Stop Them and What Tactics They Use

By BECKY Z. DERNBACH

OCTOBER 2, 2020

That was the message at a news conference led by faith groups in Minneapolis’ Cedar Riverside neighbourhood Friday.

“We will not allow our voices to be silenced,” said Mohamed Ibrahim, deputy director of CAIR-Minnesota. “Not only that, we will also not allow for our votes to be suppressed.”

The event outside the Cedar Riverside Apartments capped a tumultuous week in which President Donald J. Trump and right-wing activists attempted to cast doubts on the integrity of voting in the Somali community.

Faith leaders from Islamic Association of North America, Muslim American Society – MN, Faith in Minnesota, and CAIR-Minnesota were joined by Christian and Jewish leaders as well as elected officials, including Attorney General Keith Ellison and state Reps. Melissa Hortman, Aisha Gomez, and Mohamud Noor.

“Every election year there is a playbook used by some politicians,” said Imam Hassan Jama, the executive director of the Islamic Association of North America. “The playbook is to use Muslims, Somalis, refugees, and immigrants as scapegoats in order to divide people by what they look like or where they came from instead of offering solutions that could help all of our families.”

Abdisalam Adam, an imam, educator and Fridley school board member, reflected on how he learned about democracy and the importance of civic engagement when he first arrived in the United States. He was dismayed to hear attacks on his community’s participation in the political process from the president of the United States.

“I never thought I would stand before the media to protest against voter suppression, that people who have the determination and the energy to vote are being asked not to go,” he said. “We’d like to tell those people who are trying to intimidate the voters, the Muslim voters, the immigrant voters, that you cannot stop the desire of people to realize the American dream.”

The Somali community’s high voter participation rate and the number of Somali Americans who have been elected to office in recent years is cause for celebration, he added. In the August primary, 49 percent of voters in Minneapolis’ Ward 6, home to Cedar Riverside, cast a ballot in a city council special election–compared to 22 percent of voters who turned out statewide. Three quarters of Ward 6 votes were cast absentee, according to City of Minneapolis data—a higher percentage than any other ward in the city.

Recent Islamophobic attacks have not been limited to the voting process. Qorsho Hassan, who earlier this year was the first Somali American educator to be named Minnesota’s Teacher of the Year, spoke about her experience visiting Duluth over the weekend, days before President Trump’s visit there on Wednesday. She was circled and harassed by white men in a pickup truck. They were “screaming and yelling make America great again rhetoric,” she said.

“But here’s the thing,” she added. “Proud Boys can’t silence us,” a reference to the white supremacist group President Trump name-checked in Tuesday’s presidential debate.

Christian and Jewish leaders spoke up at the news conference as well. Rev. Curtiss DeYoung, the CEO of the Minnesota Council of Churches, noted MCC’s long history of resettling refugees in Minnesota and decried the recent attacks on Muslims.

“Some of those shouting hate claim to be Christians,” he said. “There is no place in our faith for demeaning, dismissing, or dehumanizing other folks.”

“Our nation’s leaders are using the language and machinery of white nationalism to target our communities and build their own power using fear and division,” said Carin Mrotz, executive director of Jewish Community Action.

Attorney General Keith Ellison told a story about the racist intimidation his grandfather faced when he organized Black voters with the NAACP in rural Louisiana in the 1950s. His grandmother received threatening calls that he had been tied to a tree (though he wasn’t). No one in town would sell him gasoline. A cross was burned across from his house.

“Whether it is rural Louisiana in the 1950s or ‘60s or ‘70s or even today, or whether it’s in Cedar Riverside in Minnesota, racists and bullies will try to intimidate you out of your vote. But you’ve got to have faith and know that you’re going to vote,” Ellison said. “Thank you for your courage, thank you for your bravery, and know that we got your back.”

Abdulahi Farah from Faith in Minnesota, an interfaith group advocating racial and economic justice, said the attacks had been focused on Cedar Riverside because the predominantly Somali neighborhood has high voter turnout and a high usage of absentee voting. But the attacks would not work, he said.

“Our community has seen what voting does, and we’re taking full advantage in claiming our power,” he said.

Since March, a Muslim coalition has been organizing to turn the vote out in communities across the state. So far, Abdulahi said, they’ve made contacts or attempts with 20,000 potential voters through door knocking, phone banks, and text messages. Another phone bank is scheduled for next week–right in Cedar Riverside.

https://sahanjournal.com/politics/minnesota-faith-muslim-somali-vote/

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Of presidents and health, history is replete with secrecy and lies

By DEB RIECHMANN

04-10-2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Throughout American history, an uncomfortable truth has been evident: Presidents have lied about their health.

Now US President Donald Trump has been diagnosed with the COVID-19 disease. The White House initially said he had “mild symptoms.” By Friday evening, he was admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. After a rosy press conference by the president’s medical team, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said Saturday that Trump had gone through a “very concerning” period Friday and that the next 48 hours would be critical in terms of his care.

Trump remained at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Sunday. He offered his own assessment of his status Saturday evening in a video from his hospital suite, saying he was beginning to feel better and hoped to “be back soon.”

In a four-minute video Trump said he “wasn’t feeling so well” when he was admitted to the hospital but that “I feel much better now” and that “we’re working hard to get me all the way back.”

Pandemics have cursed the presidencies of both Trump and Woodrow Wilson. Each played down the viruses that killed hundreds of thousands of Americans. Both presidents got sick — and each had to decide how much to tell the public.

He was at talks in Paris on ending World War I when he fell ill in April 1919. His symptoms were so severe and surfaced so suddenly that his personal physician, Cary Grayson, thought he had been poisoned. After a fitful night caring for Wilson, Grayson wrote a letter back to Washington to inform the White House that the president was very sick.

Flash forward 100 years. In a tweet at 12:54 a.m. Friday, Trump told the world that he and first lady Melania Trump had contracted COVID-19

The White House initially shared few details about his condition. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said he was taken to Walter Reed many hours later “out of an abundance of caution.”

However sick he was or wasn’t, his COVID-19 was startling since Trump had been declaring almost daily that the nation had turned the corner on the disease, which has killed 208,000 people in the United States.

Trump has said he has played down the pandemic so as not to create panic, but there were political reasons for doing so. Seeking another four years in office, Trump did not want the US economy to tank before the November 3 election.

“The Wilson administration, for a very different reason, completely downplayed the pandemic,” said John Barry, an adjunct professor in public health at Tulane University whose book “The Great Influenza” chronicles the 1918-19 pandemic that sickened Wilson and killed 675,000 Americans. “Wilson was concerned that any negative news about anything would detract from the war effort — decrease the energy that people would put into winning the war. In this case, there are more strictly political benefits.”

William Howell, professor of American politics at the University of Chicago, wonders how transparent the White House will be about Trump’s case of COVID-19.

“He is obviously going to be eager to get back onto the campaign trail,” Howell said. “He has all kinds of incentives to signal strength and to get back into the mix. He’s going to want to.”

But he added: “This is a president who’s been less than straightforward over the course of his presidency about all manner of factual issues. And so, is he to be believed is a good cause of real concern.”

History is replete with examples of how presidents have kept the American public in the dark about their ailments and medical conditions.

President Grover Cleveland, fearing poor health would be a political weakness, underwent secret oral surgery late at night in a private yacht in Long Island Sound. The cancerous lesion taken from his mouth was displayed in 2000 in an exhibit by the College of Physicians, a Philadelphia-based medical society.

After leading the nation through a decade of war and depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt was diagnosed early in 1944 as suffering from high blood pressure, hypertensive heart disease, cardiac failure and acute bronchitis.

The problems also betrayed an underlying arteriosclerosis – hardening of the arteries. Roosevelt was put on a low-salt diet and ordered to cut down on smoking. But with an election coming on, Roosevelt and the White House staff issued a statement saying the problem was far less serious.

“The stories that he’s in bad health are understandable enough around election time, but they are not true,” his doctor told a reporter. Historians now believe his doctors concealed all the facts from their patient and the public.

US President Franklin D. Roosevelt speaks on a national radio program from the White House in Washington, June 12, 1944. (Eugene Abbott/AP)

According to historian Robert Dallek, President John F. Kennedy suffered more pain and illness than most people knew and took as many as eight medications a day, including painkillers, stimulants, sleeping pills and hormones to keep him alive. Dallek, who wrote a biography on Kennedy, examined medical files from the last eight years of Kennedy’s life before Kennedy was assassinated.

As president, Kennedy was known for having a bad back, and since his death, biographers have pieced together details of other illnesses, including persistent digestive problems and Addison’s disease, a life-threatening lack of adrenal function. Kennedy went to great lengths to conceal his ailments, even denying to reporters that he had Addison’s disease.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower had a serious heart attack in 1955, while vacationing in Colorado. He was hospitalized for six weeks. Instead of advising Eisenhower not to run for a second term, his doctor recommended that more time in office would aid his recovery.

In 1841, William Henry Harrison became ill with what doctors thought was pneumonia caused by cold weather during his inauguration, where he rode horseback sans topcoat. The White House did not tell the public that Harrison was sick. Harrison died just nine days after becoming ill and only one month after taking the oath of office.

After pools of reporters began to cover nearly every moment that a president is in public, it became harder for commanders-in-chief to keep their medical conditions private.

The first known instance of a so-called pool reporter inside the White House was in 1881 when James A. Garfield was shot. As he lay in bed, Associated Press reporter Franklin Trusdell sat outside the president’s sick room, listening to him breathe and sharing updates with other correspondents.

“I listen for every sound,” Trusdell wrote to his wife in a note about his overnight Garfield watch at the White House. “A dog barking in the distance is heard. A fountain splashes on the lawn. Not a step is heard in the mansion. The president sleeps.”

https://www.timesofisrael.com/of-presidents-and-health-history-is-replete-with-secrecy-and-lies/

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Mideast

 

Senior Lebanese Sunni cleric hails Ayatollah Taskhiri as role model of anti-colonialism

Source : Taghrib News

October 3, 2020

Secretary General of Lebanon’s Union of Resistance Scholars  lauded Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Taskhiri, advisor of Supreme Leader in Muslim world affairs as role model of fighting colonialism in a webinar held to mark the late Iranian cleric on Wednesday.

Shiekh Mahir Hamoud, senior cleric from Lebanon, in his remarks in the international webinar held from the Lebanese capital praised Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Taskhiri as a pure man in love of other people who endeavored to bring people closer together.

“This great man began the fight from his own ego” said the Lebanese cleric and highlighted that as the reason why his words would find the way to the hearts of all people.

Sheikh Mahir Hamoud underlined the loyalty of Ayatollah Taskhiri for Islamic Revolution and said,” He can be called as the clear example of fighting against colonialism and boosting solidarity among Muslims.

Top cleric stressed that the changes should happen within Muslims ahead of liberation of al-Aqsa Mosque since the holy mosque will not be freed while Muslims disagree with each other.

The scholar made the comments in an international webinar held to mark the 40th day after demise of Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Taskhiri, advisor of the Supreme Leader and former secretary general of World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought.

He passed away due to heart disease on August 18 and his body was laid to rest in the holy shrine of Lady Masoumeh (AS) in Qom.

https://en.abna24.com/news//senior-lebanese-sunni-cleric-hails-ayatollah-taskhiri-as-role-model-of-anti-colonialism_1075200.html

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Fariba Adelkhah: French-Iranian academic temporarily released in Iran

04-10-2020

French-Iranian academic Fariba Adelkhah has been temporarily released from prison with an electronic ankle bracelet, her lawyer has said.

She is now with her family in the Iranian capital, Tehran, Saeid Dehghan said.

He hoped this temporary release would become final, he told the AFP news agency.

The academic was given a six-year jail term on national security charges in May.

She received a five-year term for conspiring against national security and one year for propaganda.

"We have not yet [given] a date for her return to prison, but we hope that this temporary release will become final," Mr Dehghan told AFP without providing further details.

The 61-year-old anthropologist and researcher at SciencesPo university in Paris was detained last year.

In recent years, Iran has arrested dozens of foreign and dual nationals on national security charges. Some, including British-Iranian charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, are on temporary release because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Iranian authorities do not recognise dual nationality for Iranian citizens and they have not granted French diplomats consular access rights.

The SciencesPo researcher is a specialist in social anthropology and the political anthropology of post-revolutionary Iran, and has written a number of books, including Revolution under the Veil: Islamic Women of Iran.

At the time of her arrest, she was examining the movement of Shia clerics between Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq, and had spent time in the holy city of Qom.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-54402098

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South Asia

 

15 killed, 30 injured in car bomb explosion in Nangarhar, Afghanistan

Source : Islam Times

October 3, 2020

At least 15 people were killed and over 30 others were wounded in a car bomb explosion near the district governor’s compound in the eastern province of Nangarhar on Saturday afternoon, local officials said.

The Nangarhar governor’s spokesman confirmed the casualties and said some gunmen wanted to enter the district governor’s compound but were killed by security forces, Tolo News reported.

Obaidullah Shinwari, member of Nangahar provincial council, said at least eight of those killed in the attack are civilians.

The official did not provide further details.

https://en.abna24.com/news//15-killed-30-injured-in-car-bomb-explosion-in-nangarhar-afghanistan_1075277.html

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Prominent Afghan Umpire Loses 4 Family Members in Nangarhar Blast

By Mohammad Haroon Alim

04 Oct 2020

Bismillah Jan Shinwari, an Afghan prominent cricket umpire, lost four of his close family members in a blast, which occurred Saturday in Ghanikhail district of Nangarhar province.

Reports indicate he has lost a cousin, including two of her children and a nephew in the blast.

Two of his other minor aged relatives were injured in the explosion that took the lives of more than 15 individuals.

Shinwari is said to have been in Kabul during the time of the incident. He is a well-known international cricket council registered umpire.

He has reportedly officiated many international matches, twenty tournaments and ODIs.

It is reported that his entire family including his mother and father live close to the area, where the incident occurred, where many innocent lives were taken.

Presidential Palace released a statement in regards to the blast saying, “The Taliban and other terrorist groups, in collusion with them, continue their terrorist activities and, like today’s terrorist attack in Nangarhar, kill civilians every day and destroy public infrastructures.”

https://www.khaama.com/nangarhar-blast-claims-4-family-members-of-the-prominent-cricket-umpire-987868/

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Grassroots Units: AL chief riled by inclusion of tainted faces

October 04, 2020

Partha Pratim Bhattacharjee

Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday expressed disappointment after seeing several names of "wrongdoers and infiltrators" were proposed for inclusion in the district, city and upazila committees of the party.

The AL president, also the prime minister, ordered leaders concerned to form committees with tested and dedicated leaders to further strengthen the party at the grassroots.

Names of senior leaders were dropped while people close to local lawmakers and influential local leaders were included in many of the committees, Hasina said, adding that she didn't want the committees to be formed through nepotism, insiders told The Daily Star.

Hasina said these at a meeting of the AL Central Working Committee (ALCWC), the highest decision-making body of the party, at the Gono Bhaban.

According to party insiders, drafts for at least 20 district committees were submitted at the party president's Dhanmondi office earlier.

The people named in the draft included several leaders accused of corruption and repression against women, and personal staff and close relatives of the district committee president and general secretaries, the insiders added.

At yesterday's meeting, Hasina read out some of the drafts and mentioned the names of some "controversial and tainted individuals", said sources.

She also mentioned that some former presidents, general secretaries and vice-presidents of immediate past committees who have no allegations against them and have been dedicated to the party were dropped. She sent back the drafts and asked those to be reformed according to her guidelines.

ALCWC leaders who are infected with the coronavirus or have any family members infected with Covid-19 were asked to not attend the meeting. The last ALCWC meeting was held on March 9.

She also asked her party men to be prepared to serve the people as she feared that the Covid-19 situation may worsen during the coming winter, meeting sources said.

The ruling party yesterday formed eight high-powered committees for eight divisions to strengthen the organisational activities of the party.

In her introductory speech, Hasina said her government has been able to put the coronavirus pandemic under control because different ministries and government organisations, including the health ministry and Directorate General of Health Services, worked sincerely.

"Some people are saying many things regarding the Directorate General of Health Services or health ministry… Whatever I've directed them [to do] on an emergency basis, they have done. They worked properly… That's why we've been able to put coronavirus under control," she said, reports UNB.

She said when directing them to do anything on coronavirus-related issues, she asked that the work be done bypassing government rules as it was urgent to provide medical services to the people.

The prime minister thanked all government organisations, AL and its associated bodies for their coordinated and sincere efforts to help people.

https://www.thedailystar.net/frontpage/news/grassroots-units-al-chief-riled-inclusion-tainted-faces-1971897

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Southeast Asia

 

Fahmi Fadzil reiterates Anwar prepared to consider role for Muhyiddin, with greater goal of setting Malaysia back on track

04 Oct 2020

BY SOO WERN JUN

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 4 — On the back of Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s announcement that he is willing to work with Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, PKR communication director said Malaysians have nothing to worry about.

Fahmi Fadzil, who has been with PKR for 10 years, said what is important is how Pakatan Harapan (PH) can set the country back on track.

“What’s important is the intention of this move; it is very clear and that is to set the country back in the right direction,” Fahmi told Malay Mail.

Days before the Sabah polls on September 26, Anwar made an announcement indicating that he has the numbers to form a new government.

The PKR president also said that he was willing to work with Muhyiddin, who is his counterpart in Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu), should he form a new government.

Anwar said he had no personal issues with the Pagoh MP and added that the latter’s willingness to work with him would help with a peaceful power transition.

In supporting Anwar’s views, Fahmi said this was an opportunity for those who supported the coup in February to repent and fix the mistakes they made.

“I was very disappointed with some of my colleagues because this is a strong duty and they were willing to betray that to me this is vile, and I wouldn’t say that I don’t fault them for wanting it.

“But I also want to say that they have an opportunity to repent and fix the mistakes they’ve made, just as how some people asked why I was willing to accept Dr Mahathir into PH knowing what he had done to Anwar and family and the reform movement.

“Those who made the wrong move by supporting the clever coup in February, they have an opportunity to fix things and be on the right side of history,” said Fahmi. 

Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was originally from Umno before quitting the party in 2016 to form Bersatu with Muhyiddin and was subsequently ousted. He has since formed a new party called Pejuang.

In late February, then PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali led 10 MPs out of the party to support Perikatan Nasional (PN), triggering one of the country’s worst political crises and shortening the rule of PH, the coalition he helped put in power.

When asked about PH not taking the route of vesting in propaganda to stay in power, Fahmi said a part of why the coalition lost to PN was due to those who refused to depart from their previous struggles.

“By commission are the so-called deep state — those who call out deep state, but were the ones who were the deep state — and crying wolf when they were the wolves.

“I hope and pray that if Anwar is able to pull this off, we learn from one another and move forward and Malaysia will be a more politically matured country,” he said.

In March, Muhyiddin became prime minister after Istana Negara said he had the majority support compared to other candidates following the fall of the PH administration.

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2020/10/04/fahmi-fadzil-dont-worry-about-working-with-muhyiddin-focus-on-setting-the-c/1909274

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Hulu Rajang MP denies supporting Anwar to be next PM

04 Oct 2020

MYT

KUCHING, Oct 4 — Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) MP for Hulu Rajang Datuk Wilson Ugak Kumbong vehemently denied supporting Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to be the Prime Minister in forming a new government.

He said he had never mentioned or had any intention of supporting the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president, refuting a report by The Coverage dated October 3 which published a list of 121 MPs supporting Anwar to be the next prime minister, where his name was in the list.

“That is incredible. I never mentioned supporting Datuk Seri Anwar. As far as I’m concerned, I’m with GPS, and my boss is Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg. We are in the (GPS) team, we are in the group.

“I don’t know (how my name got in the list). Whatever they put there, I’m not with them,” he said when contacted by The Borneo Post today.

Asked what may be the motive behind the publication of the list, the Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) supreme council member said he does not know, adding that even he was very surprised when he came across the online news report last night.

“That one I don’t know, not in my knowledge whatever they put anywhere. But to me, I support GPS, and GPS supports Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as the Prime Minister.

“All of us in GPS support Muhyiddin as the Prime Minister,” he said.

According to the report by an online news portal The Coverage, of all 121 names of MPs, 15 were from Sarawak.

Out of that, four are from GPS and two from Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB). The rest are from Pakatan Harapan.

The 15 Sarawak MPs in the list are Mordi Bimol (Mas Gading, DAP), Dr Kelvin Yii (Bandar Kuching, DAP), Chong Chieng Jen (Stampin, DAP), Datuk Seri Richard Riot (Serian, SUPP), Masir Kujat (Sri Aman, PSB), Jugah Muyang (Lubok Antu, Independent), Wong Ling Biu (Sarikei, DAP), Larry Sng (Julau, PKR), Alice Lau (Lanang, DAP), Oscar Ling (Sibu, DAP), Baru Bian (Selangau, PSB), Datuk Wilson Ugak (Hulu Rajang, PRS), Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing (Bintulu, PDP), Michael Teo (Miri, PKR) and Anyi Ngau (Baram, PDP).

Jugah also rebutted the list, saying that the list was just a rumor purposely being spread to propagate fake news.

“No, it’s just speculation, just rumor, fake news only. I stand firm supporting Pakatan Nasional (PN) and GPS,” he said.

Meanwhile, soon after the report was published last night, PKR Communications Chief Ahmad Fahmi Mohamed Fadzil in a Twitter post denied revealing any list of 121 MP names supporting Anwar to become the next prime minister as published in the news portal.

“Not true, I do not have the list as claimed, and has never given any list to anybody,” he said in his Twitter post dated October 3 at 10.34pm.

This was following some reports claiming that the name list was provided by him.

Efforts to contact other Sarawak MPs for comments are still ongoing.

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2020/10/04/hulu-rajang-mp-denies-supporting-anwar-to-be-next-pm/1909423

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More than 500 Muslim students receive achievement awards from Mendaki in virtual ceremony

OCT 3, 2020

Malavika Menon

SINGAPORE - More than 500 Muslim students and youth received awards for their achievements from self-help group Yayasan Mendaki on Saturday (Oct 3).

The annual event, which was held virtually this year, celebrates students who displayed exceptional academic performance or excelled in a different area of life.

Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs and Mendaki chairman Masagos Zulkifli, who was guest of honour at the event, applauded the recipients for their achievement and urged the community to stay connected with Mendaki so that they may receive information and support that will help them prepare for what lies ahead.

Said Mr Masagos: "Given the uncertain times, some of you who graduated recently may be facing difficulties securing your ideal jobs. As a resilient community, I encourage you to keep an open mind and leverage on available opportunities, such as the SGUnited Traineeship programme, to gain experience, enhance your skills and build your networks and portfolios."

Four recipients were recognised for their contributions to the community. They received the Anugerah Gemilang Mendaki (Pinnacle Award) for embodying character, competency and citizenry. Among them was Muhammad Ismail Shogo Sahul Hamid, a trained befriender at inmate rehabilitation initiative Family and Inmates Through-care Assistance Haven (Fitrah).

Mr Ismail, 26, is currently pursuing a traineeship at the National University of Singapore's (NUS) Centre for Family and Population Research.

As an undergraduate student reading political science at NUS last year, Mr Ismail was keen on understanding criminality and the ground realities of convicts. He signed up for Fitrah's training programme, juggling the sessions with his studies.

Before Covid-19 disrupted operations, Mr Ismail conducted home visits, assessing inmates' needs and working with incarcerated individuals and with families who have members on death row.

Contrasting his experience in the classroom and at the grassroots level, Mr Ismail said: "When we study about rehabilitation or reintegration in university, we take a theoretical approach, but through Fitrah, I was able to understand the issues on the ground and gather new perspective about how to help these vulnerable groups."

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/more-than-500-muslim-students-receive-achievement-awards-from-mendaki-in-virtual-ceremony

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Nigeria: Boko Haram - Military Approaches Cameroon for Support

4 OCTOBER 2020

By Michael Olugbode

Maiduguri — The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), a combined military formation of West and Central African countries, at the weekend, approached the Cameroonian forces for assistance, especially in terms of reinforcement, to enable them turn the tide against the Boko Haram terrorist group in the troubled Chad Basin. The request followed a spate of attacks by the insurgents lately, which involved several military fatalities.

The terrorist group has continued to pose a serious threat along the Chad Basin, launching three attacks on the convoy of the Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum. The second attack claimed the lives of about 30 persons, mostly security personnel on the convoy. A third attack followed just days after. Just before the attacks on the governor's convoy, the insurgents had killed a Nigerian army commander and some of his soldiers in an ambush also in Borno State.

It was against this backdrop that MNJTF, which comprises units from Nigeria, Benin, Cameroon, Chad, and Niger, contacted the Cameroonian military for support.

A press release yesterday by the Chief of Military Public Information of the N'Djamena-headquartered formation, Colonel Muhammad Dole, revealed that the MNJTF Force Commander (FC), Major General Ibrahim Manu Yusuf, made the appeal during a three-day operational visit to Cameroonian formations/units in Maroua, in the Far North Region of the Republic of Cameroon.

Dole stated, "It is pertinent to note that the operations of Sector 1 MNJTF (Cameroon) are closely linked with the operations of other formations of the Cameroonian Defence Forces. These include Operation EMERGENCE by the 4th Joint Military Region and the 4th Gendarmerie Region as well as Operation ALPHA by the Rapid Intervention Battalion (BIR), all located in Maroua."

He explained that the purpose of the visit was to enhance the synergy between the MNJTF and the adjoining national operations of the Cameroonian Defence Forces.

The statement said, "On arrival, Major General Yusuf paid a courtesy visit to the Governor of the Far North Region, His Excellency, Midjiyawa Bakari," who commended the MNJTF for stabilising and restoring relative peace to the Lake Chad Basin.

Dole stated that Bakari appreciated the sacrifices of the soldiers from the MNJTF Troops Contributing Countries and assured them that the on-going military operations would ultimately bring peace and security for sustainable development of the region.

According to the statement, Yusuf, in his response, appreciated the political support and public goodwill extended to Sector 1 of MNJTF. He added that the support had facilitated the smooth execution of non-kinetic operations, leading to the surrender of several insurgents in Sector 1 Area of Operation.

Dole stated that the FC was emphatic on the unalloyed commitment of the MNJTF to creating conducive environment for the return of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and refugees to their homes to pursue their legitimate economic activities.

Yusuf also visited the Headquarters of Fourth Joint Military Region, where the Commander, Major General Saly Mohamadou, extolled the existing synergy among Operations EMERGENCE, ALFA and troops of Sector 1 of MNJTF. Mohamadou, however, urged the Force Commander to explore additional areas in which the two operations could further consolidate on the operational successes recorded. He expressed the willingness to continue with joint operations between the national and MNJTF forces in the region.

Yusuf acknowledged the need for sensitisation of national forces on the imperative of non-kinetic measures as complementary efforts to kinetic operation to ensure continuous insurgents defection, the statement said. He added that winning public support was a tested veritable strategy for successful counter-insurgency operations in the region. The FC urged commanders of both the national and MNJTF forces to sustain regular operational visits for better understanding and mutual benefits.

https://allafrica.com/stories/202010040032.html

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Boko Haram: How terrorists, their hideouts were destroyed in Borno – Military

October 3, 2020

By Seun Opejobi

The Defence Headquarters on Saturday said the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole has neutralized some Boko Haram terrorists in the Northeast.

Disclosing this feat, the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche said the ATF destroyed a hideout of the terrorists in the Northeast, NAN reports.

A statement issued by Enenche in Abuja said the crews of the subsidiary Operation Hail Storm2, had on October 1, neutralized several terrorists and destroyed their hideouts at Maima and Tusuy near Warshale and Tongule along the Dikwa-Rann axis of Borno.

According to Enenche, credible intelligence reports and series of aerial surveillance missions lead to the neutralization of the terrorists.

Enenche said the Air Task Force dispatched an appropriate force package of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets and helicopter gunships to engage the two locations.

https://dailypost.ng/2020/10/03/boko-haram-how-terrorists-their-hideouts-were-destroyed-in-borno-military/

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Islamic leaders boycott Oduduwa Republic rally, Gani Adams tackles Igboho

October 4, 2020

Olufemi Olaniyi and Daud Olatunji

Five Yoruba speaking Islamic leaders in Nigeria have boycotted a conference on Oduduwa Republic organised by the Centre For Global Peace Initiative which involved Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams.

The religious leaders faulted their inclusion in what they described as secession talks being championed by some agitators in the South-West states .

Both the Center For global Peace Initiative and Centre for Policy intervention in Africa had scheduled  the   zoom conference  for Saturday , October 3,  tagged, the great October  conference  with the theme, “Yoruba Muslims Vs Oduduwa Republic: Clash of perspectives.”

The Islamic invited as panelists are; Director of Muslim Rights Concern, Prof.  Ishaq  Akintola ; Chief Missionary, Ansar ud Deen Society;   Sheikh AbdrRahman Ahmad ;  Imam, University of Abuja, Prof. Taofiq AbdulAzeez ; Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan, Prof.  AbdulHafeez Oladosu and Mufti, Conference of Muslim Organisations; Sheikh Dhikrullah Shafi.

The organisers had invited the Adams as a keynote speaker while Prof. Yunusa Salami of the Department of Philosophy, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, was chosen as the lead presenter.

The religious leaders in a joint release, titled, “Re: Yoruba Muslims vs Oduduwa Republic: Clash of Perspectives: A Disclaimer,” dissociated from the conference which was later shifted.

Meanwhile, Adams, has said the agitator of Oodua Republic, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday  Igboho, did not invite him to lead the October 1 rally to sensitise the people on the need to carve  out Oodua Republic out of Nigeria.

Igboho had in September said in a video posted on Youtube that he and other people would stage a rally on the proposed Oodua Republic on October 1 and that the Aare Ona Kakanfo would lead the struggle.

In another video watched by our correspondent after October 1, Igboho lamented that he was betrayed by some Yoruba leaders. But when the BBC asked Adams whether he collected money to back off from the struggle, Adams denied.

Adams said at his level, he should not be expected to join such struggle without proper invitation or prior discussions before the day, saying that he was aware of Igboho’s comment.

He said, “It was uncharitable for Igboho to accuse me of betrayal because he was never part of the struggle in any way.’’

https://punchng.com/islamic-leaders-boycott-oduduwa-republic-rally-gani-adams-tackles-igboho/

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