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Interfaith Harmony: Mosque in Khirki Village, Delhi, Built By The PM Of Firoz Shah Tughlaq In 14th Century Survived With Help From Local Hindus

New Age Islam News Bureau

20 March 2022

 

The Khirki Masjid is known to have been built in the 14th Century. (Express Photo by Amit Mehra)

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• Interfaith Harmony: Mosque in Khirki Village, Delhi, Built By The PM Of Firoz Shah Tughlaq In 14th Century Survived With Help From Local Hindus

• Terrorists Disregard All Principles Of Religion, Morals, And Humanity: Saudi Minister Of Islamic Affairs

• Opposition ‘Walks Back’ Threat To Disrupt Organisation Of Islamic Conference Meeting

• Afghanistan's Last Finance Minister Khalid Payenda Now Drives Uber In US

• Leader Of The All Progressives Congress Asks Muslims To Create Political Departments Like Redeemed Church

 

India

• Films on killing of Muslims should also be made: MP IAS officer's take on Kashmir Files

• Calls for Murder of Muslims 'Heard' in Viral Video of Former BJP MLA's Rally in UP

• Assam CM Hopes For Reconciliation, Refers To Kashmiri Muslim Youth Calling For Collective Apology Over ‘Genocide’ Of Kashmiri Pandits

• Rare European-Style Mosque, Masjid-e-Mahbubia of Hyderabad Marked 100 Years, Set To Pass Into History

• From History To Lungis: How This Assam Politician Is Battling For A Distinct Miya Muslim Identity

• Hijab Verdict: Islamic Activist Of Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamaat Arrested Over Threats To Karnataka HC Justices

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Arab world

• Saudi Arabia Re-elected President of the Board of Directors of the Standards and Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries

• Coalition in Yemen stops multiple Houthi attacks targeting Saudi Arabia

• Saudi authorities to launch activities of Environment Week in Riyadh on Sunday

• Saudi Arabia ranks 25th in UN World Happiness Report

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Pakistan

• Rifts in PTI trigger street protests

• PPP holds protest over storming of Sindh House

• Aamir Liaquat warns PM Imran against appointing new COAS

• Opposition plans no-trust move against KP CM, claims support of 45 ruling MPAs

• SC asks both sides to help with no-trust matter

• Punjab Govt allocates Rs8b for providing relief to public during Ramadan-ul-Mubarak

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South Asia

• Afghanistan: Four children killed in blast in Kandahar

• Crypto provides fix for some in crisis-hit Afghanistan

• Measles outbreak in Afghanistan prompts travel warning

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Africa

• Bandits Deceived Me Twice With Qur’an; I Regret Negotiating With Them –Katsina Governor, Masari

• Nigeria: Reintegrating ex-Boko Haram fighters proves tough

• Boko Haram Terrorists Plant Explosives In Communities For Attacks, Niger State Governor Laments

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Mideast

• Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan Urges Potentials Of Islamic Countries In Fight Against Islamophobia

• Muslim scholars discuss Palestine issue in Istanbul

• Iran, Israel Missile Strikes Put American Troops At Risk, Top US General For Middle East Says

• Iran moots relaunching rupee-rial trade to meet India's energy needs

• Iran oil minister says aiming for 1.4 million bpd crude exports

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Southeast Asia

• In last message as DAP sec-gen, Guan Eng urges Pakatan parties to unite to win back Malaysians’ hearts

• After 56 years, Kit Siang says quitting politics

• DAP’s Central Executive Committee takes place with 93 candidates vying for 30 seats

• PM Ismail Sabri arrives in Vietnam for two-day official visit

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Europe

• Russian Cosmonauts On International Space Station Deny Their Suits Inspired By Colours Of Ukrainian Flag

• Haverfordwest tax office set to become mosque and community centre

• Arsenal football player Thomas Partey converts to Islam

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North America

• Iran Nuclear Deal Would Make Biden 'The Biggest Funder Of Terrorism In The World': Rep. Jim Banks

• US proposes Turkey to transfer Russian-made missile system to Ukraine

• Suspect in Grisly Mosque Murder Was Obsessed With ‘Race War’ Group

• ‘It was terrifying,’ says man who witnessed attack at mosque in Mississauga, Ont.

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Interfaith Harmony: Mosque in Khirki Village, Delhi, Built By The PM Of Firoz Shah Tughlaq In 14th Century Survived With Help From Local Hindus

 

The Khirki Masjid is known to have been built in the 14th Century. (Express Photo by Amit Mehra)

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by Adrija Roychowdhury

March 20, 2022

In the tumultuous days following the Partition, as thousands of refugees from West Punjab flowed into Delhi, the famed monuments of the city became their very first home. Reports from the time suggest that by October 1947, close to 80,000 refugees were settled in the refugee camp of Purana Qila and as many in Humayun’s Tomb.

Nathu Singh Kaushik was about 15 at that time. His family had, for generations, been living in the village of Khirki. His home was in the vicinity of a historic mosque that gave the village its name. The Khirki Masjid is known to have been built in the 14th Century by Khan-i-Jahan Junan Shah, the prime minister of Firoz Shah Tughlaq. For residents of Khirki though, the identity of the mosque was rather vague, given that no religious rituals were held on its premises. For those like Kaushik it was a ‘Qila’ or a grand historic structure that was characteristic of their village, and where they played and rested as children.

As the government started marking out monuments of the city to make space for refugees, the structure at Khirki too was considered. Kaushik recalled how anxious the residents of his village were about the possibility of their beloved ‘Qila’ becoming a refugee camp. “This structure was a very special part of the village. We did not want it to be ruined in any way or crowded by the refugees,” said Kaushik.

Khirki village consisted of a mixed population of Rajput Chauhans, Muslims, Brahmins and Dalits. In the wake of the Partition and the communal disturbances that followed, almost all Muslims of the village had fled. The Hindu residents, however, came together to appeal to the government, arguing that a mosque must not be disrupted or converted into a refugee camp.

Kaushik remembered how the government had appointed Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, the first minister of education in the Indian government, to visit the village and examine if indeed the structure concerned was a mosque. “My grandfather happened to meet Azad during his visit,” said Kaushik. “He explained to Azad that this has been a masjid for centuries, even though no prayers are held here.” Consequently, the government decided to drop the plan of resettling refugees in the mosque.

The villagers’ steadfast desire to protect the mosque was a product of the role the structure played in their lives. “Before Independence, the structure was used to store grains,” said Ekta Chauhan, who has been carrying out an oral history project in Khirki in collaboration with the Citizens Archive of India. “A lot of village elders have also told me that children would go to play and study there in the afternoon. The structure of the mosque is such that it remains cool even on really hot days,” said Chauhan. She mentioned that through her growing up years in the village, till about the early 2000s, the mosque would be frequented by children for kite flying or playing hide and seek. Much has changed over the years in the way the residents interact with the mosque. Chauhan recollected how they stopped visiting the monument since it became a haven for vagrants and drug addicts. When the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) decided to restore the monument before the 2010 Commonwealth Games, the problem of squatting and encroachment was resolved to a large extent, although the frequent visits of the villagers to the structure had stopped by then.

History enthusiast and Delhi heritage expert Sohail Hashmi said it is because of the residents of Khirki that the monument has survived all these years. He compared the fate of the mosque to that of three Lodi period mausoleums inside the village of Zamrudpur near Kailash Colony. “In the period after the Partition, the area around the village came to be inhabited by refugees from West Punjab. In the subsequent years the three mausoleums are no longer recognisable,” said Hashmi.  “Whether the residents of Khirki were motivated to protect the mosque or whether they did not want outsiders living there is hard to tell,” said Hashmi. “However, these were people who had lived together peacefully in mixed populations for centuries. They had experienced communalism during Partition, but its impact had not percolated down to a large extent.”

Source: Indian Express

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Terrorists Disregard All Principles Of Religion, Morals, And Humanity: Saudi Minister Of Islamic Affairs

 

The Minister of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance Sheikh Dr. Abdullatif Bin Abdulaziz Al Al-Sheikh

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19 Mar, 2022

The Minister of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance, Sheikh Dr. Abdullatif bin Abdulaziz Al Al-Sheikh, has praised the Kingdom’s efforts to spread moderation, renounce violence, and fight extremism, as well as spread compassion and a spirit of reassurance among people, and what citizens and residents enjoy in this safe and stable country.

In a statement on the side-lines of the closing ceremony to honour the winners of the King Salman bin Abdulaziz Prize for Memorisation, recitation, and interpretation of the Holy Quran for male participants at its twenty-third session in Riyadh, he underlined the implementation of judicial rulings against 81 terrorists, stressing that these terrorists had no regard or respect for all principles of religion, morals, and humanity, and committed those dangerous acts that no Muslim would do, and were tried and ruled by the judiciary as per Sharia laws and rulings.

He explained that embracing destructive ideas has a great and direct impact on its embracers, who commit crimes and inhumane acts to take revenge against people and achieve what is in their sick minds, adding that the religion is keen to preserve and protect people’s five necessities as the Kingdom's leaders are keen to implement the commands of Allah to ensure and maintain security and stability.

Source: Alriyadh Daily

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Opposition ‘Walks Back’ Threat To Disrupt Organisation Of Islamic Conference Meeting

 

OPPOSITION Leader Shehbaz Sharif talks to the media on Saturday. PDM head Maulana Fazlur Rehman and PPP chairperson Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari are also seen.—Tanveer Shahzad

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Amir Wasim

March 20, 2022

ISLAMABAD: Hours after threatening to take the extreme step of disrupting the all-important meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) in case National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser did not put the no-confidence resolution against Prime Minister Imran Khan on the day’s agenda by Monday (tomorrow), the joint opposition toned down its stance by stressing that Pakistan’s political turmoil will not be allowed to affect the event in any way.

Though the opposition did not make a categorical announcement withdrawing its threat to stage a sit-in inside the National Assembly, the venue of the OIC event, it assured the foreign ministers of the Muslim countries that upon their arrival and during their stay in Islamabad, “a conducive atmosphere in accordance with the traditional spirit of hospitality, respect and zeal would be ensured”.

The assurance was given by the joint opposition through a statement released to the media on Saturday night by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) information secretary Marriyum Aurangzeb, around five hours after the opposition leaders’ press conference where they had announced staging a sit-in inside the National Assembly hall ahead of the OIC meeting, if the speaker did not include the resolution on the agenda of the sitting to be called on Monday (tomorrow).

The threat had been hurled by Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari and was immediately endorsed by PML-N president Shehbaz Sharif. Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) president Maulana Fazlur Rehman and chief of his own faction of Balochistan National Party (BNP), Akhtar Mengal, were also present.

The joint opposition, however, in its statement later said it would warmly welcome the foreign ministers, delegates and other dignitaries of the Islamic world to Pakistan on the occasion of the 48th meeting of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers, adding “the arrival of distinguished guests is a source of joy and pride for us”.

“The opposition pledges to do its utmost to create an atmosphere in which the distinguished guests will be able to carry out their activities with full attention, dedication and determination,” said the statement.

Later, Zulfikar Ali Bader, the spokesperson for Bilawal, also issued a clarification of sorts, declaring the PPP chairman was not against the OIC meeting, “but against the government’s escape from the no-confidence motion”.

Mr Bader said PM Khan wanted to postpone the no-confidence motion till April under the garb of the OIC conference “but we will not allow Imran Khan to do so”.

Sources in the opposition told Dawn that after their news conference, their leadership met again and reviewed their announcement after receiving a reaction, not only from the government, but also from some public and other circles, as there was a general view that any attempts to disrupt the OIC event would bring a bad name to the country.

Earlier, during the news conference, Mr Bhutto-Zardari had stated that if the speaker did not introduce the no-confidence resolution in the assembly immediately after offering fateha (for a deceased PTI MNA) on Monday (tomorrow) then “my plea to my own party and the opposition parties will be that we will not leave the hall”.

“We will see how you will organise the OIC meeting,” he had stated about the gathering for which even the corps commanders in their last meeting had declared that it would be provided complete security and protection.

The PPP chairman’s remarks were endorsed by Mr Sharif, who said if the speaker did not run the house after offering prayers, “we will be compelled to stage a sit-in inside the assembly hall”.

The threats from the opposition had come amid reports that the government was planning to call the assembly session on Monday afternoon (tomorrow) on the requisition of the opposition, and that the speaker would adjourn it for three to four days due to Pakistan Day and OIC meetings after offering fateha for the departed soul of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) MNA from Hangu Khayal Zaman.

As per parliamentary tradition, the House does not take up any agenda on the first sitting held after the death of any member. Since this will be the first sitting after Mr Zaman’s death, it is expected the speaker may announce a prolonged adjournment after offering fateha.

Moreover, there are reports the government is planning to file a reference before the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday morning seeking interpretation of Article 63-A of the Constitution regarding disqualification of MNAs, and that the speaker may give a ruling during the sitting that since the matter is pending before the apex court, he could not put the no-trust resolution to vote.

Under Article 95 of the Constitution, the speaker cannot put a no-confidence resolution for a vote before three days and after seven days of its presentation before the House. The speaker, however, is bound to convene the assembly session by Monday, as the opposition had submitted the requisition notice to the National Assembly Secretariat on March 8, and he could not delay calling the session beyond 14 days.

Parliamentary history showed that the Lower House of parliament had on a number of occasions ignored the tradition of adjourning a sitting without taking up any agenda item due to the death of an MNA when something important was on the day’s plan. One such occasion came up on June 22, 2012 during the PPP government, when the National Assembly session had been convened for the election of a new prime minister after disqualification of Yousuf Raza Gilani. It was the first sitting of the House after the death of PPP MNA Fauzia Wahab, who had died on June 17.

The then speaker, Dr Fehmida Mirza -- now an ally of the PTI government -- had ignored the calls of the opposition to adjourn the sitting, and allowed the members to continue the election process after PPP’s Syed Naveed Qamar argued that since it was not a regular session, therefore, the tradition should be ignored and voting allowed.

During the presser on Saturday, Mr Bhutto-Zardari had said they also wanted the OIC meeting to take place. But, he said, “the only way for it to happen without any problems is that the speaker plays his due role”.

“If he begins the no-confidence proceedings on Monday, there would be no issues in the way of the OIC and we, too, will not have any objections,” he added.

Shehbaz Sharif said those coming to attend the OIC meeting were the guests of the nation. “But we will not allow you to go against the law and Constitution under the garb of this [OIC conference]. We will stage a sit-in then,” he had declared.

Source: Dawn

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Afghanistan's Last Finance Minister Khalid Payenda Now Drives Uber In US

 

Khalid Payenda is active on Twitter and is still searching an answer to what had caused the massive corruption that had destroyed the Afghan state.

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Mar 20, 2022

by Poulomi Ghosh

Khalid Payenda who resigned as the finance minister days before Kabul fell to the Taliban now drives Uber cab in and around Washington, apart from working as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University where he gets $2,000 per semester. In an interview with the Washington Post, the last finance minister of the Ashraf Ghani government said he is grateful for the gigs that he has found as it helps him to provide for his family of wife and four children.

Recalling the last few days of his ministership, Payenda told Washington Post he had resigned as the finance minister when Ashraf Ghani pulled him up at a public meeting for his ministry's failure to make a payment to a Lebanese company. Seeing Ghani's rage, Payenda feared that he might have arrested him on false charges. As he narrates how he landed in the US from then strife-torn Kabul, he said he quickly left the country and arrived in the US. His family members had left for the US a week before.

“Right now, I don’t have any place,” he said. “I don’t belong here, and I don’t belong there. It’s a very empty feeling," Khalid said.

According to the former minister, nobody is above blame. Not even he himself. While the US abandoned Afghans, Afghanistan did not have the collective will to reform, he said.

Payenda got to know about Kabul's fall from television and then on Twitter. "All we built was a house of cards that came down crashing this fast. A house of cards built on the foundation of corruption. Some of us in the government chose to steal even when we had a slim, last chance. We betrayed our people," the former minister said in the interview.

In the following few days, Payenda's former fellow ministers created a WhatsApp group where the anger was directed towards those who have fled the country. Payenda said he distanced himself from the mudslinging as he saw no point.

This is not the first time that Khalid Payenda has left his homeland. In 1992, when he was just 11, his family moved to Pakistan as the civil war began in Afghanistan. "A decade later, after the Americans toppled the Taliban, he returned to co-found Afghanistan’s first private university," the report said.

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He had worked for the US Agency for International Development and the World Bank, and in 2008 he came to the United States for the first time, attending the University of Illinois on a Fulbright scholarship. In 2006, he became the deputy finance minister and in 2019, he relocated to the United States temporarily. In 2020, he returned to Kabul to work on a short-term project for Ghani when he was offered the post of finance minister. His family was against the proposal and Payenda now regrets his decision.

Months before the fall of Kabul, the former minister said, he had made a visit to an illegal customs post outside Kandahar. When he questioned the police officers who were running the operations netting millions of dollars per day, he was held at the gunpoint, the video of which is still there on the minister's cellphone.

"What had caused the massive corruption that had destroyed the Afghan state? Selfishness? Afghan bureaucratic incompetence? A US strategy that empowered warlords who were good at killing Taliban, no matter their ruthlessness or how much they stole?" the former minister said he carries these questions as he takes classes in Georgetown University.

Source: Hindustan Times

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Leader Of The All Progressives Congress Asks Muslims To Create Political Departments Like Redeemed Church

 

Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress,

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By Ochogwu Sunday

March 20, 2022

National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, has called on the Supreme Council for Shari’ah across the country to create a department of political affairs which would create political awareness among the faithful ahead of the 2023 general elections.

The presidential aspirant stated this at the Annual National Conference and Pre-Ramadan meeting of the Supreme Council for Shari’ah in Nigeria (SCSN) which was held at GMT hotel, Osogbo, the Osun State capital.

According to Tinubu, who is a Muslim, the move to establish a political wing among them, would help to mobilize support for the faithful who are vying for different political positions.

He said, “Other religious groups have commenced political sensitisation by creating political departments or directorate among themselves to promote their own.

“You should create a political wing among yourself so that it will further gear your participation in politics, it will be a good platform to support your brothers who are vying for political positions”.

DAILY POST had reported that the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, had directed the establishment of a directorate for politics and governance in its branches across the country.

The move, according to a memo dated February 28, is aimed at mobilizing support for members who are aspiring to occupy political offices in Nigeria.

Source: Daily Post

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India

Films On Killing Of Muslims Should Also Be Made: MP IAS Officer's Take On Kashmir Files

Ravish Pal Singh

March 19, 2022

The Kashmir Files, a film on the exodus of Kashmiri Hindus from the Valley in the 1990s, has sharply divided opinions in the Indian blogosphere. Amidst raging debate on the subject, an IAS officer from Madhya Pradesh has suggested that the producers of the film should make a movie about the predicament of Muslims in the country.

Acknowledging that The Kashmir Files depicts the pain and suffering of the Kashmiri Hindus who were forced out of their homes, IAS officer Niyaz Khan said that by the same token, the atrocities that Muslims are subjected to should also be showcased on the silver screen.

Source: India Today

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Calls for Murder of Muslims 'Heard' in Viral Video of Former BJP MLA's Rally in UP

The Wire Staff

New Delhi: On March 19, 2022, a video of a rally organised by the former MLA of Dumariyaganj, Raghvendra Pratap Singh, in the district went viral on social media.

In the video, Singh can be seen leading a rally of hundreds down a wide road in Dumariyaganj.

Source: The Wire

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Assam CM hopes for reconciliation, refers to Kashmiri Muslim youth calling for collective apology over ‘genocide’ of Kashmiri Pandits

20 March, 2022

Guwahati (Assam) [India], March 20 (ANI): Noting that healing sometimes starts only when there’s an acknowledgement of the bitter truth, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday referred to a video in which a Kashmiri Muslim youth is talking about the massacre of Kashmir Pandits in his area in 1997 and of the need to “collectively apologise” to the community.

“Sometimes healing starts only when there’s an acknowledgement of the bitter truth. With the open acknowledgement of genocide of Kashmiri Pandits in the 1990s by this Kashmiri Muslim youth, I hope the process of reconciliation will start,” Sarma said in a tweet.

“An animal also does attack an animal of the same species. A lion does not attack a lion, a dog does not attack a dog,” the youth says in an interview to a local cable news channel.

Source: Indian Express

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Rare European-Style Mosque, Masjid-e-Mahbubia of Hyderabad Marked 100 Years, Set To Pass Into History

Serish Nanisetti

MARCH 19, 2022

In 2020, the Masjid-e-Mahbubia marked 100 years of its existence without prayers or any celebrations. The masjid, finished like a gem, is part of the abandoned building known as Asafia Madrasa, established on August 12, 1896, by a nobleman named Mumtaz Yar Ud Dowlah.

The masjid is among Hyderabad’s royal legacy where a Paigah nobleman Asman Jah Bahadur gifted 29 acres to set up a school when Dowlah got inspired to build one with a masjid following a visit to Turkey. The Nizam, Mir Osman Ali Khan, pitched in with ₹25,000 for construction of the building.

Source: Indian Express

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From History To Lungis: How This Assam Politician Is Battling For A Distinct Miya Muslim Identity

Rokibuz Zaman

On September 1, Congress MLA Sherman Ali Ahmed uploaded a photo to his Facebook account that created a furore. Taken on the premises of Assam Bhawan, a state government property in Delhi, it showed Ahmed wearing a lungi. The MLA was smiling gently, perhaps aware that this innocuous picture could scandalise an entire state.

A wrap-around lower garment worn though large parts of South and South East Asia, the lungi is a politically charged outfit in the state of Assam. The reason: its association with the marginalised Bengal-origin Muslims of the state. Indeed, that is exactly the point Ahmed was making with the photo, which he captioned “traditional Miya attire”. Used as a way to stereotype Miyas, as the Bengal-origin Muslim community is often called in Assam, Sherman was reappropriating the lungi as a marker of pride.

Source: scroll

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Hijab Verdict: Islamic Activist Of Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamaat Arrested Over Threats To Karnataka HC Justices

March 20, 2022

An executive member of the Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamaat, an Islamic outfit, was arrested on Saturday night in Madurai for allegedly making death threats to Karnataka High Court justices who delivered the recent verdict on the contentious hijab issue. Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamaat is a group that claims to focus on preaching of Islam.

Rahamathulla, an executive member of TNTJ, was arrested for allegedly delivering an inflammatory speech in Madurai on Thursday. Republic TV reported three functionaries of TNTJ had been booked.

Source: The Week

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Arab world

Saudi Arabia Re-elected President of the Board of Directors of the Standards and Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries

19 Mar, 2022

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was elected for the second time in a row as President of the Board of Directors of the Standards and Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries (SMIIC) for the term 2022 - 2024 during elections which took place at the 23rd session of the Board of Directors of SMIIC in Riyadh today.

Source: Alriyadh Daily

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Coalition in Yemen stops multiple Houthi attacks targeting Saudi Arabia

ARAB NEWS

March 19, 2022

RIYADH: Yemen's Houthi militia launched a combination of missile and drone attacks on various targets in southern and western Saudi Arabia on Saturday, all of which were stopped by air defenses of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen, state media reported early Sunday.

Source: Arab News

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Saudi authorities to launch activities of Environment Week in Riyadh on Sunday

ARAB NEWS

March 20, 2022

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture, Abdulrahman Al-Fadhli will inaugurate on Sunday the activities and exhibition of the Environment Week in the capital, Riyadh, Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday.

Under the slogan “Our Environment is Our Responsibility,” the activities aim to raise awareness on the importance of preserving the environment, spreading environmental culture, consolidating quality of life goals, activating the role of individuals, istitutions and various government agencies in preserving the environment and maintaining ecological balance in accordance with the objectives Vision 2030.

Source: Arab News

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Saudi Arabia ranks 25th in UN World Happiness Report

ARAB NEWS

March 19, 2022

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has advanced one position to place 25th in this year’s World Happiness Report.

The survey, published by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, measures happiness levels in 156 countries around the world. Last year, the Kingdom placed 26th.

Source: Arab News

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Pakistan

Rifts in PTI trigger street protests

Zulfiqar Ali

March 20, 2022

LAHORE / PESHAWAR: As ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) supporters gathered outside the house of MNA Malik Ahmed Hassan Dehar to protest his switching loyalties, workers of the opposition Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) staged a rally outside the residence of another PTI dissident Noor Alam Khan to give moral support to him and his family.

In Multan, PTI supporters, armed with batons and stones, chanted slogans against Mr Dehar outside his residence at Nangana Chowk and against MNA Rana Qasim Noon for apparently supporting the no-confidence move against Prime Minister Imran Khan. The protestors also torched posters of both MNAs.

Source: Dawn

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PPP holds protest over storming of Sindh House

Staff Reporter

March 20, 2022

KARACHI: The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) on Saturday claimed that the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) workers breached the Sindh House in Islamabad on direct orders of Prime Minister Imran Khan, and a case of “attacking Sindh province” should be lodged against the premier.

Addressing a protest demonstration to condemn the “PTI attack on Sindh House”, Sindh information minister and PPP Karachi division president Saeed Ghani said that the attack was a planned move which was actually designed by prime minister and interior minister Sheikh Rasheed.

Source: Dawn

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Aamir Liaquat warns PM Imran against appointing new COAS

Staff Reporter

March 20, 2022

KARACHI: Estranged Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf MNA Dr Aamir Liaquat Hussain on Saturday warned Prime Minister Imran Khan against “appointing a new army chief” saying it would lead to a strong reaction from all over the country.

In a video statement posted on his Twitter account, Aamir Liaquat said he had received reports that the PM was going to appoint a new army chief, which would prove disastrous and he would be the strongest voice against any such move.

Source: Dawn

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Opposition plans no-trust move against KP CM, claims support of 45 ruling MPAs

Ali Hazrat Bacha

March 20, 2022

PESHAWAR: The opposition parties will table a no-confidence motion in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly against Chief Minister Mahmood Khan very soon and have the support of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s 45 members in the 145-strong house, said Pakistan Peoples Party provincial president Najamuddin Khan on Saturday.

“The [ruling] Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf has two-thirds majority in the assembly, so it faces no threat from the opposition,” he said in a statement.

Source: Dawn

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SC asks both sides to help with no-trust matter

Nasir Iqbal

March 20, 2022

ISLAMABAD: The Sup­reme Court on Saturday sought assistance from six political parties including the proponents of the no-trust motion in the National Assembly against Prime Minister Imran Khan and ordered the Islamabad police chief to come up with a comprehensive report regarding Friday’s breaching of Sindh House by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) activists.

In an unusual sitting, a two-judge SC bench comprising Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial and Justice Muneeb Akhtar issued notices to the ruling PTI, Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (Fazl), Balochistan National Party (Mengal) and the Awami National Party through their respective secretary generals, though they will be represented by their legal counsel.

The court also issued notices to the respondents for their assistance in ensuring a smooth, lawful and peaceful completion of the process under Article 95 of the constitution.

Source: Dawn

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Punjab Govt allocates Rs8b for providing relief to public during Ramadan-ul-Mubarak

March 20, 2022

Punjab Government has allocated eight billion rupees for providing relief to public during Ramadan-ul-Mubarak.

Source: Radio.Gov

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South Asia

Afghanistan: Four children killed in blast in Kandahar

19 March 2022

At least four children were killed in a rocket explosion in Kandahar province's Sha Walikot district on Friday, local media reported.

Provincial officials of the southeastern Kandahar province said that a rocket explosion has claimed the lives of four children in Sha Walikot district of the province on Friday morning, Khaama Press reported.

Source: Catch News

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Crypto provides fix for some in crisis-hit Afghanistan

AFP, Herat,

MAR 20 2022

In the middle of a bazaar in western Afghanistan, Arezo Akrimi takes out her smartphone and, after a few taps of the screen, changes some cryptocurrency for a bundle of hard cash.

Arezo, 19, is one of a hundred students in Herat receiving around $200 a month in cryptocurrency since September thanks to an American NGO Code To Inspire.

Source: Deccan Herald

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Measles outbreak in Afghanistan prompts travel warning

by NEWS DESK

March 19, 2022

On Thursday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a travel notice for Afghanistan due to an ongoing measles outbreak.

Federal health officials report cases have been reported in all provinces, with the highest rates occurring in Paktya, Balkh, Kunduz, Zabul, Kandahar, and Logar.

Source: Out Break Newstoday

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Africa

Bandits Deceived Me Twice With Qur’an; I Regret Negotiating With Them –Katsina Governor, Masari

BY SAHARAREPORTERS

MAR 19, 2022

Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina has said that he regrets trusting bandits, who deceived his government into believing that they had surrendered their weapons by swearing with the Qur’an in his office.

“Because they (terrorists) said they are Muslims, we went as far as asking them to swear to the Holy Qur’an that they will never participate in banditry again.

Source: Sahara Reporters

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Nigeria: Reintegrating ex-Boko Haram fighters proves tough

DEUTSCHE WELLE

March 19, 2022

The regional government in Borno state recently announced the successful reintegration into the community of the first group of 500 former fighters from the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram and a splinter group, the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP). In 2016, the Nigerian government launched the Operation Safe Corridor to facilitate the rehabilitation of ex-insurgents. According to official data, coordinated military campaigns have to date resulted in the mass surrender of more than 35,000 Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists and their families. The authorities argue that the reintegration of deradicalized combatants will ensure sustainable peace and security in the state and help bring the decade-long insurgency to an end.

Ex-Boko Haram fighters hope their communities can find it in themselves to forgive them. Bakura Adamu, for example, laid down his arms voluntarily and surrendered to the authorities to be able to re-enter society. But, for that to happen, he needs his community's acceptance. "In the name of God, we are appealing to you. Forgive us for what happened in the past," he said, promising that he and the other ex-fighters are "truly going to live in peace with everybody." Adamu said that he was sorry for what he did and that he was praying for those "who remain in the bush fighting to lay down their arms and embrace peace."

Source: The Hindu

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Boko Haram Terrorists Plant Explosives In Communities For Attacks, Niger State Governor Laments

BY SAHARAREPORTERS

MAR 19, 2022

Niger State governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, has revealed that security personnel in the state detected newly planted explosives by Boko Haram terrorists in Galadima-Kogo, Shiroro Local Government Area of the state.

Bello, who made the disclosure during a visit to the internally displaced persons camp in Central Primary School Gwada, Shiroro Local Government, said the police was working to detonate the bombs.

Source: Sahara Reporters

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Mideast

Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan Urges Potentials Of Islamic Countries In Fight Against Islamophobia

Mar 20, 2022

Islamabad, IRNA – Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan Mohammad Ali Hosseini underlines the need for leveraging the capacity of the Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) to fight Islamophobia and unconstructive attempts of the enemies of Islam.

Hosseini made the remarks in a video message on the eve of a foreign ministerial level OIC meeting due to be held in Pakistan on March 22-23.

Source: Irna.Ir

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Muslim scholars discuss Palestine issue in Istanbul

News Service

March 20, 2022

The Islamic world should act jointly for the liberation of Jerusalem and Masjid al-Aqsa, Muslim scholars said Saturday.

The 3rd International Minbar-al Aqsa Congress of Imams, Preachers and Inviters was held in Istanbul with the participation of more than 300 clergymen from 40 countries.

Source: Yeni Safak

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Iran, Israel missile strikes put American troops at risk, top US general for Middle East says

AP

March 20, 2022

WASHINGTON: The exchange of missile strikes by Iran and Israel in Iraq and Syria puts US forces at risk, the top US commander for the Middle East said, just days after an Iranian missile barrage struck near the US Consulate complex in northern Iraq.

Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie told Pentagon reporters that over the past six months Iran has attacked US forces and facilities a number of times, but “very good action on the part of commanders on the ground” had thwarted any US casualties.

Source: Arab News

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Iran moots relaunching rupee-rial trade to meet India's energy needs

Mar 19, 2022

Iran has offered to help India meet its energy needs by relaunching rupee-rial trade for export of oil and gas, said Iranian ambassador to India Ali Chegeni.

Iran used to be India's second largest oil supplier but New Delhi had to halt imports after the former US president Donald Trump withdrew from the nuclear deal with Iran and re-imposed sanctions on its oil exports.

Source: The Hindu Business Line

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Iran oil minister says aiming for 1.4 million bpd crude exports

March 20, 2022

DUBAI, March 19 (Reuters) - Iranian Oil Minister Javad Owji said in televised remarks on Saturday that he will try to raise Iran's oil and condensates exports to 1.4 million barrels per day as set out in an annual state budget.

"In parliament, lawmakers decided to raise the ceiling of exports of oil and condensates from 1.2 million barrels (per day) to 1.4 million barrels. The Oil Ministry will do everything in its power to realise the level set in the budget," Owji told state television.

Source: Reuters

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Southeast Asia

In last message as DAP sec-gen, Guan Eng urges Pakatan parties to unite to win back Malaysians’ hearts

BY SOO WERN JUN

20 Mar 2022

SHAH ALAM, March 20 — Outgoing DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng today said Pakatan Harapan (PH) needs to do a better job to communicate its message to Malaysians if it is to regain their support, especially for the next general election.

Instead, he called on the component parties to reflect on PH’s own weaknesses in the recent slew of state elections to see how they can do better.

He noted that the DAP had learnt its lessons from the Melaka and Sarawak state elections, indicating that this resulted in his party’s improvement at the Johor state election on March 12.

Source: Malay Mail

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After 56 years, Kit Siang says quitting politics

20 Mar 2022

BY SOO WERN JUN

KUALA LUMPUR, March 20 — Veteran DAP politician Lim Kit Siang announced his retirement from politics today.

The 81-year-old Iskandar Puteri MP told delegates at the DAP’s 17th annual congress here that he will not be contesting any position, whether for the party’s central executive committee today or in future parliamentary or state elections.

“I take this opportunity to announce my political retirement and I will not contest for any position, including the party CEC today — you should delete No. 39 from the CEC candidate list — or any parliamentary or state assembly seat,” he said.

Source: Malay Mail

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DAP’s Central Executive Committee takes place with 93 candidates vying for 30 seats

20 Mar 2022

SHAH ALAM, March 20 — Ninety-three candidates are vying for the 30 seats in DAP’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) in its election for the posts at its 17th national congress here today.

A total of 4,149 delegates will be casting their votes physically at the Ideal Convention Centre here.

Source: Malay Mail

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PM Ismail Sabri arrives in Vietnam for two-day official visit

20 Mar 2022

HANOI, March 20 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob arrived here today for a two-day official visit to Vietnam.

The Prime Minister’s maiden official visit to Vietnam was at the invitation of his Vietnamese counterpart, Pham Minh Chinh.

Source: Malay Mail

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Europe

Russian cosmonauts on International Space Station deny their suits inspired by colours of Ukrainian flag

20-03-2022

Three Russian cosmonauts who arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) in yellow flight suits with blue accents say the choice of colours are not connected to Ukraine.

When the cosmonauts arrived at the ISS in the suits on Friday, some saw a message in them wearing the colours of the Ukrainian flag.

Source: The National

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Haverfordwest tax office set to become mosque and community centre

19th March 2022

The new use has been welcomed by a local councillor and there has also been concern over Pembrokeshire County Council's ongoing ownership of the disused office block.

The authority has been trying to sell the former tax office at Cherry Grove for some time with its purchase in 2011 for around £600,000 called a “huge corporate error” by one councillor.

Source: The National

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Arsenal football player Thomas Partey converts to Islam

March 19, 2022

Ghanaian player Thomas Partey, who plays for the Arsenal football club, announced that he has converted to Islam.

Sheikh Muhammad Al-Azhari, an imam, preacher and researcher in Sharia sciences in London, announced that the Ghanaian player took his Shahada at a mosque in London and declared his conversion to Islam.

Source: The National

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North America

Iran nuclear deal would make Biden 'the biggest funder of terrorism in the world': Rep. Jim Banks

March 20, 2022

Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., explained the dire effects of passing an Iran nuclear deal Saturday on "Lawrence Jones Cross Country."

Source: foxn News

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US proposes Turkey to transfer Russian-made missile system to Ukraine

Reuters, Washington

Mar 20, 2022

The United States has informally raised with Turkey the unlikely possibility of sending its Russian-made S-400 missile defense systems to Ukraine to help it fight invading Russian forces, according to three sources familiar with the matter.

Source: Out Break Newstoday

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Suspect in Grisly Mosque Murder Was Obsessed With ‘Race War’ Group

Justin Ling

Mar. 20, 2022

Just after dawn on Sept. 7, 2020, along a well-trodden path of the West Humber Trail in Toronto, a jogger saw something that stopped them in their tracks.

Laying along the side of the trail, under a bridge, was the body of Rampreet Singh. Cops happened upon a grizzly scene: Singh had been attacked in his sleeping bag and stabbed repeatedly. He was likely attacked while he was still fast asleep.

Source: The Daily Beast

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‘It was terrifying,’ says man who witnessed attack at mosque in Mississauga, Ont.

SALMAAN FAROOQUI

20-03-2022

Members of a mosque in Mississauga, Ont. were left reeling on Saturday after a man wielding an axe and bear spray charged at worshippers during early-morning prayers.

Source: The Globeand Mail

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